The Carolina Hurricanes fell to the Washington Capitals 5-2 in their home finale on Thursday night.
The Carolina Hurricanes had the opportunity to send their fans home happy and optimistic, but they came out and played a bad game. It was really disappointing. I was surprised that they came out and played like that.
The game was truly a disappointment, but the response after the game from head coach Kirk Muller was even more frustrating.
“Tonight was the first game where I think the fact of not going to the playoffs, we just didn’t the energy that you need to win a hockey game… The fact of not making the playoffs really hit them tonight… When your last home game is when you’re mathematically knocked out, timing-wise, you know there’s going to be a let down on teams… I think the timing of it didn’t match up… I really sunk in that it was the last game we were playing at home this year.”
-Kirk Muller (April 10)
Kirk Muller made excuses there. He said multiple times that being eliminated from the playoffs is the reason that they lost to the Washington Capitals. That irritates me greatly.
The Washington Capitals came out and dominated the Carolina Hurricanes, and they were also just eliminated from playoff contention. The Capitals came out and actually played with pride and emotion. It just looked like the Carolina Hurricanes didn’t give a damn about their fans, the game, or their situation.
This team is fueled off of excuses. It is always something new when the team doesn’t win. Last year, the Carolina Hurricanes used injuries as the scape goat.
Did the Detroit Red Wings use injuries as an excuse this year when they saw player after player get injured? No, they did not. They put their head down and drove through the tough times. The Detroit Red Wings will being playing in the playoffs this year.
The Detroit Red Wings are the poster boys, no.. men, of a perfect NHL organization. They have the right players, the right management, and the right coaches. That has led to 23 years of consecutive playoff hockey.
Eric Staal also looked to set the record straight after the Carolina Hurricanes loss to the Washington Capitals.
“Whether I have a letter or not, I’m going to be the same way. I’m taking this personally because I’ve been here the longest. I’ve been through good times — obviously a lot more bad — but my job is to go out there and compete and work. That’s what I’m trying to do. Whether people think that or not, I’m out there competing as hard as I can, regardless of the situation, and that’s what I’m going to continue to do.”
-Eric Staal (April 10)
Eric Staal knows how people feels about him, and he obviously wanted to set the record straight after that disappointing loss.