The Carolina Hurricanes weren’t disappointed in their performance in a 4-3 double-overtime loss to the Nashville Predators in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup First Round at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday.
The best-of-7 series is tied after the Hurricanes lost in double-overtime for the second straight game.
But the Hurricanes, who had 61 shots on goal, don’t plan on changing much for Game 5 on Tuesday in Carolina.
“I think if you watch that game, it’s evident of what makes us successful,” Hurricanes forward Jordan Martinook said. “We get in on our forecheck and start rumbling around and take pucks to the net, we get pucks low to high. It’s a recipe for success.”
The Hurricanes, the top seed in the Discover Central Division, couldn’t get one more goal against the Predators, the fourth seed and goalie Juuse Saros, who set a Nashville record with 58 saves in Game 4, 20 coming after regulation. Saros has made 110 saves on 117 shots in the past two games. He had tied the Predators record with 52 saves in the Game 3 victory.
“He’s playing well,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “I mean, obviously you’d like to get (to the net) more. They’ve got big defense, they do a nice job not giving us the seconds. But overall, I think it was a real solid game, same as the other night. I think we’re digging in and doing what we have to do to get the opportunities which is all you can do and their goalie’s playing great. That’s part of it.”
Brock McGinn, who scored two goals, said it was draining losing two consecutive double-overtime games but wasn’t disappointed in the overall play.
“You work so hard to get to double-OT there. To lose both of them, it’s not easy,” McGinn said. “We have to keep our heads held high. It’s a long series, now basically best of three. We’ve got to go home, regroup, see what we can improve on, keep our heads held high and win the next game.”
The Hurricanes were 0-for-4 on the power play with six shots in Game 4. They are 2-for-14 (14.3 percent) in the series.
“To me, we needed to connect on that power play,” Brind’Amour said. “We had some good looks, but again [Saros] was good. But we have to find a way to [make it] count there. if you keep knocking on the door, you’ll get your goals.”
The Hurricanes just want to keep playing their style in Game 5.
“We’re wearing them down and that’s what we want to do there,” Martinook said. “They’re going to score goals, but we need to just stick to what we do and what makes us successful. It’s just two overtime games that can go either way. It’s right there.”