The contest was filled with penalties, starting right off the opening whistle. Josiah Didier laid a hit on John Quenneville 10 seconds in that earned the Checkers’ blue liner a game misconduct as well as a major penalty. The Devils converted once on their five-minute man advantage, the notched another tally minutes later on a separate power play.
The Checkers joined in the power-play festivities later in the frame, with the red-hot Greg McKegg snapping a quick shot to extend his point streak, but that would be all the home team could muster. Charlotte was handed eight man advantages in the contest but went scoreless on seven of them, while the Devils notched their third of the opening period shortly after McKegg’s strike. A late empty-netter would stretch the visitors’ lead to 4-1, where it would stay until the final horn.
Specialty teams. They went 3-for-5 and scored on their first three opportunities that they had. The penalty kill was atrocious and our power play wasn’t much better in only going 1-for-8.
Vellucci on the early penalties affecting the team’s momentum
If we kill them all, we get the momentum. We just didn’t kill them and that’s our fault. You’ve got to earn your own momentum and we didn’t earn it. You’ve got to compete and you’ve got to skate. We looked tired, and they looked better than we did.
Vellucci on the power play not working
Z missed a couple of chances that he could have buried and he let up just a little bit. We just passed too much. We were looking for the pretty play when sometimes you’ve got to get that ugly one.
Philip Samuelsson on the game
If you give up three goals on the penalty kill, you’re not really giving yourself the best chance to win. Right now our penalty kill is just not getting the job done.
Samuelsson on playing with five defensemen for the majority of the game
We’re professional athletes and we’re supposed to take care of ourselves. I know for me personally the more I play the more I get into a nice little groove. I don’t think that’s an excuse that we’re looking for.