Florida Panthers defeat Carolina Hurricanes in Game 2

"Neither team cheats the game because it's tight," -Florida coach Paul Maurice said

by Sead Dedovic
Florida Panthers defeat Carolina Hurricanes in Game 2

Matthew Tkachuk proved to be the hero of his team after his goal at 1:51 of overtime gave the Florida Panthers victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Tkachuk was delighted after the important victory.

He put a special accent on his teammate who gave him a great pass. It was not difficult for Tkachuk to score a goal. "Great pass to start by 'Bennie' and a great pass by 'Rhino' there to make it really, really easy for me," Tkachuk said, as quoted by NHL "I just feel like we get better as the game goes along, so hopefully we continue that trend." Jordan Martinook is aware that they missed a chance, but he doesn't want to dwell too much on it.

His focus is already on the next match. They will have to approach in a completely different way if they really want to reach the trophy. "Obviously, it stings," Hurricanes forward Jordan Martinook said. "We wanted to get the one tonight to split it going back (to Florida), but now our mindset is we've got to go get that next one and we'll go from there.

But you get to overtime and it's a toss-up and they get the power play and get their goal tonight. So, we've got to have a mindset to get that next game." Florida coach Paul Maurice emphasized how evenly matched the teams are.

Small details can decide the winner. "Neither team cheats the game because it's tight," -Florida coach Paul Maurice said. "The two teams are pretty disciplined in their game, it stays tight. They're both comfortable in that game.

It is that tight. We've been doing this for a couple months."

Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour reacts

Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour is disappointed with the realization of chances. His team should have done much better in that aspect.

"I thought we had the better of it, just haven't found a way to score,"- Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "You're right there and you know maybe you should have had it tonight, and it is what it is. However, he has no doubts that his team will answer in the best possible way.

"We've been through this, so this is not new to us. We've been kicked in the teeth here a lot these last few years and we've always responded. I'm pretty sure we will the next game."

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