Carolina head coach Paul Maurice has show his sense of humor numerous times during the first couple days of his team’s Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Boston Bruins. Today he was asked about Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward’s comment that the Hurricanes “discombobulated” Boston in their Game 2 win that tied the series up at 1-1.
“He’s a pretty funny guy. He’s got a good sense of humor,” Maurice said with a chuckle. “I’m not even sure you’re allowed to use that word in hockey though. That might be fine. I’m going to call the league office, among other things.”
On a more serious note, Maurice explained how important it was for his team to not only get a win to earn a road split in this series, but to prove the Hurricanes could beat the Bruins after dropping the first five meeting this season (including regular seas0n).
“You have to learn and you have to build your confidence. When you’re a confident team, you’re more resolved. When you think you can win, you’ll stay in the fight longer,” said Maurice. “And having that win to tie the series and get home-ice advantage is real important. But to keep that resolve, to keep on believing …”
At one point, Maurice made a reference to a 2 1/2-goal lead his team held in Game 2 heading into the third period. Of course, that was translated as a dig at the video review that overturned what would’ve been Carolina’s third goal. Chad LaRose’s shot went off the right pipe and after the referee ruled no goal on the ice, the review upheld that decision. But with a win, he said he’s not bitter and that he’s all for the video review system.
“Regardless of whether you agree with the call or not, it has to get resolved and then both teams move on. And the last thing you want is to come in and they do a rush job and ‘oh yeah, there was one more camera angle that showed it for us.’ That’s just wrong. So they take their time, I’m fine with that,” he explained.
He then recalled that he’s been in that “war room” before and witnessed how it all gets done.
“I know most of those guys up there doing it. I used to call them friends,” he quipped before turning serious again. “They work really hard at getting those right. They wait, they go through every possible angle, they have a tremendous amount of experience doing it.”