They Stated It: Brind’Amour, DeAngelo, Kotkaniemi, Raanta break down win over Blackhawks

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The Carolina Hurricanes stayed undefeated Friday night time in PNC Arena, beating the Chicago Blackhawks to maneuver to 7-0-0.

Tony DeAngelo recorded the Canes’ first Gordie Howe hat trick since 2012, whereas Antti Raanta lastly bought a recreation and internet and bought his first win as a member of the Hurricanes.

Following the win, head coach Rod Brind’Amour, DeAngelo, Jesperi Kotkaniem and Raanta spoke with members of the media.

Here is what they needed to say:

Rod Brind’Amour

On the staff not taking a breath: Yeah, the primary 10 minutes weren’t nice, that’s for certain. I believe we gave up perhaps 10 pictures within the first 10 minutes, after which I don’t suppose they bought a shot within the second half of the primary interval. We performed a greater recreation after the primary 10 minutes. Then the sport simply type of dissipated. I don’t know what to say about it. Just penalties. It wasn’t a really enjoyable recreation to teach. I don’t know the way it was to look at. But this didn’t have any movement. But we had achieved sufficient harm to get forward that we may get by way of it.

On Raanta getting the win in his first begin since his dad handed: That’s robust. Guys take care of quite a lot of stuff that you simply don’t find out about. It’s real-life stuff. I used to be glad for him to get the win.

On having the appropriate components in place on this staff: That’s what it is advisable to do. To achieve success, all these groups which might be profitable have that. What you simply mentioned, you simply knocked off like 5 issues and also you’ve bought to have that. That’s why we introduced within the sure gamers we did, and now we’ve clearly bought to place all of it collectively and forge forward.

On what they’ve seen from DeAngelo: That’s what we thought we had been getting. He’s an excellent puck mover. He can be part of the frenzy and rating. He’s bought that aggressive edge, that fireplace that you simply love.

On the staff’s resiliency early: I really like the group. We weren’t dangerous initially, but it surely wasn’t good. That’s for certain. Then we had some good shifts, bought some breaks tonight and a few bounces that went our means. I don’t actually know. It’s actually arduous to evaluate this recreation for me. We had been going alongside and there’s a penalty, and everyone seems to be wanting round like ‘where’s the penalty?’ Next factor you recognize we’ve bought eight minor penalties. Just a extremely unusual recreation.

On guys sticking up for one another: I really like that. I really like sticking up to your group. Obviously everybody does. That’s so essential. But it’s not a recipe for achievement if you happen to’re going to be within the field, that’s for certain.

On Nino Niederreiter’s damage: That appears to be like like some kind of decrease damage there that may very well be not quick. It appears to be like like he may very well be out for some time.

On the flurry of targets and the ability: That’s what now we have. We have the flexibility to counter rapidly, and such as you mentioned, some high-skill gamers. That’s what can occur in a recreation. You’re not essentially enjoying properly in opposition to the opposite staff, however you do it proper and get your probability and might bury it. That’s an excellent signal to have that. We’ve simply bought to restrict the opposite probabilities. We gave up a ton. That’s the work in progress.

On Kotkaniemi getting rewarded with a objective for enjoying the appropriate means the final two video games: Yeah, however nearly extra to your level about expertise, that was a high-end play. Tony’s objective was a high-end play, a fantastic go. That was a type of video games the place we bought away from it however our ability took over at instances and gained us that recreation. Not all the time going to be like that, that’s for certain.

Tony DeAngelo

On his Gordie Howe hat trick: That is likely to be my first ever in my profession, even together with junior. I’m fairly certain it’s. That was enjoyable. The crowd was loopy on the finish. That was cool, too. It was good.

On taking a while to get settled in: I felt settled. Our staff is so good. We have so many good gamers that it was straightforward to get settled in. Just some lucky bounces tonight. The first objective I believe I may have scored if I used to be left-handed [Trocheck] made such an excellent go. Those sorts of issues are available waves typically. Points are nice. Obviously it’s one thing that I’ve bought to convey to the staff. We’re simply enjoying actually good hockey, and we’re discovering methods to win. We bought down twice in the course of the first interval, and we got here out of the primary interval up 4-2. It simply reveals what sort of staff now we have. Everything else simply falls into place.

On if tonight was emblematic of how he thinks he can play: Yeah. Numerous particular groups tonight and stuff, I don’t suppose I performed a ton. And then I had the battle, so I sat slightly bit there. But yeah, I assumed I made higher performs and higher reads. Much higher performs on the facility play. Last night time I ruined the facility play one time with two horrible turnovers. I assumed it was significantly better tonight.

On why he fought Reese Johnson: I’ve bought quite a lot of respect for that man. I gave him a shot within the second interval, a cross examine there. He requested me to go. I gave him a shot, so I’ve bought to do it, proper? You can’t give guys pictures after which after they ask you to go say no. I’ve bought quite a lot of respect. He’s a troublesome child. It is what it’s.

On responding and getting a lead for Raanta within the first interval: That’s a fantastic query. For us as a staff, we all know what sort of goalie [Raanta] is. But I don’t know what he was considering. The first objective was a very nice play by them. The second one, I may barely see it from the bench there and I had an excellent angle. But Raanta is actual good. He settled in and made quite a lot of good saves after that. But yeah, for us to get 4 for him there I’m certain type of takes slightly strain off.

On the scoring depth of the staff: I believe that’s what we are able to do. All six of our defensemen can rating, too. Obviously it hasn’t occurred a ton but, however we are able to all rating. Our forwards are so good. Anytime you might be on the market with any line, you recognize you’ll be able to management the offensive play and any play basically. All of our guys are good defensively. We’re enjoying good protection after which we transition that to offense. We’ve bought quite a lot of particular gamers up entrance. We’re deep. We can’t get too assured. It’s clearly a fantastic begin for us, however we’ve simply bought to maintain enjoying the way in which we’re going thus far, preserve getting higher.

On what he’s realized from Brind’Amour: I like his fashion. He’s an lively man on the bench. I like the keenness he brings. I like the way in which he speaks to the gamers earlier than video games, getting you able to go. All round he’s been an excellent coach thus far. I’m nonetheless solely a month in. I believe I’ve been right here for slightly over a month. But thus far, I’ve been impressed. Like all people mentioned prior to now earlier than I bought right here, he’s simply dwelling as much as expectations.

On the followers moving into the sport and chanting for him: Fans get into the sport. They love that type of stuff. I respect that. That was actual good. Like you mentioned, clearly I bought quite a lot of suggestions each methods, optimistic and unfavorable, after I signed, which I knew was going to occur regardless of the place I went. But I’m actually appreciative tonight of that type of ovation. It means greater than the followers would possibly suppose.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi

On getting on the scoresheet: It feels actually good. Like you mentioned, final night time I simply performed the appropriate means. The targets will come, like we noticed immediately. Just preserve working arduous, and we’ll see outcomes.

On enjoying with Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen: It’s been actually enjoyable. Like I’ve mentioned earlier than, they’re in all probability the most-skilled guys that Finland has to supply proper now. For me, it’s simply working arduous with them and attempting to get the puck to them and simply making some performs.

On how good this staff may be: I believe it’s even a step higher. I believe we could be a actually good contender this yr. As we’ve seen thus far, it’s a extremely hard-working staff. Guys are giving their all each night time once we go on the market. It’s been nice to see.

On getting back from an early deficit: Sorry guys, I’ll simply say the identical factor. We simply work actually arduous. We all the time discover a means to achieve success. Grind by way of it and bear down. That’s our means.

Antti Raanta

On how he felt his first recreation of the season went: Pretty very similar to a primary recreation. There had been some moments the place it began to really feel actually good, however then just a few moments the place you felt you had been slightly bit late on some issues and also you didn’t get the appropriate learn on the performs. I believe if you happen to would do the appropriate issues, you could possibly in all probability make each save on these targets. It’s the primary recreation. Numerous feelings within the recreation. It was good to get again in there and play behind this staff. Obviously I bought quite a lot of objective assist, so I type of must ship additionally and ensure the staff is profitable.

On how robust it’s as a goalie once you aren’t going through constant pictures and have an enormous lead: Yeah, particularly the third interval. Not a lot was occurring, after which we had been within the PK just about the final 10 minutes of the interval. It’s all the time when you have got a three- or four-goal lead that you simply’re going to be on the PK for the remainder of the sport. Emotions bought slightly bit out of hand in just a few moments, however that’s what occurs when these two groups collide. I believe it confirmed our staff effort, additionally. We’re not going to take any steps again. We stored pushing. I believe there may have been in all probability a few penalties for the Blackhawks, however our PK was doing an excellent job. We killed these penalties and made certain that we bought the win.

On if the early lead helped him settle in: Sometimes it’s nearly more durable once you get an enormous lead as a result of often the sport type of turns round slightly bit. I felt like we had been nonetheless enjoying fairly good within the second interval. They bought their probabilities of their energy play. But yeah, when your staff is scoring six targets it’s type of a humorous feeling. If you lose the sport, you’re going to finish up giving seven targets or extra. That’s not going to be an excellent factor. I used to be simply attempting to concentrate on the following shot, attempting to get myself going. Trying to really feel comfy and issues like that. There had been just a few saves the place I began to really feel good, after which there have been a few instances the place I type of overplayed conditions. Overall, it’s good to get there and get that win.

On Tony DeAngelo’s power: It’s fairly superior. He’s placing quite a lot of emotion within the recreation. It’s good to see that he’s getting on the scoreboard, and he was fairly fired up with that battle additionally. It’s all the time enjoyable when guys are pumped up. I believe Tony was actually fired up immediately. That confirmed. He bought a objective and an help and the battle. You don’t actually see that many instances from the d-men, but it surely’s good to be a part of that type of day.

On if it’s nonetheless particular for him to beat the Blackhawks: Yeah, clearly. That was my first staff within the NHL. I had two nice years there. I used to be saying to [Jonathan Toews] within the warmups that he’s the one man left within the lineup proper now with [Patrick Kane] out. It was type of a bizarre feeling to solely see [Toews] there, and everybody else both bought traded or retired. But yeah, it’s all the time enjoyable to play in opposition to your outdated staff. But when the sport has began, you simply concentrate on making the saves and ensuring you play the appropriate means. When the sport is over, then you’ll be able to have the little laughs and speak along with your outdated teammates. But often earlier than and when the sport is on, you actually don’t pay that a lot consideration.

On having to attend so lengthy to play: Yeah, but it surely’s additionally for myself quite a lot of feelings immediately. It was my first recreation since my dad handed away this August. It’s been a tough couple of months. He often all the time texted me earlier than the sport, and it was type of a bizarre feeling immediately to go to the sport and never get that textual content from him. If something, it’s good to place this recreation and get this win to remembering my dad. That was an enormous factor for me immediately.

On what his dad’s identify was and on if he performed hockey: Pekka…Yeah, he performed till he was 18 or 19. He’s been my largest supporter. Without him and with out my mother I wouldn’t be right here. Lots of various emotions immediately for certain, to go to the sport and play and win, it’s clearly good. But it’s additionally slightly bit emotional.

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