Bounces is catching up on the process for Hurricanes – The Athletic

WASHINGTON — If you know anything about Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour, you know he’s the opposite of lazy. Those close to him are well-equipped with dozens of extreme anecdotes about his dedication to fitness, like sneaking into closed gyms and packing bags full of equipment for vacations.

He takes the same careful approach to match analysis and the way he speaks to the media about it. He doesn’t let us get away with being too positive just because the team won or too negative just because the team lost.

Brind’Amour was keen after the 2-0 defeat by Rangers on March 20. The Canes struggled to string together wins and overtake their opponent by 44-18, but none of those 44 shots went in. (For the record, I love if he and the players get hot – makes for a much more interesting story).

“That was probably one of our better games of the year. Your goalkeeper played great and that’s the end of the story. I don’t know what we could have done other than throwing pucks in the net. Most of what we wanted to do, we did. We just weren’t rewarded tonight,” he said. “…I know you’re going to write ‘four losses in a row.’ Go ahead, but three of those four games would take me all day. End of the story.”

Four days later came Carolina’s shootout loss to the Stars. Brind’Amour maintained that his canes and their process were fine.

“I don’t know if I’ve seen a better game in the 20 years that I’ve been here when we’ve accomplished everything we set out to do,” he said. “We just didn’t make it as far into the net as we’d like.

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