During the second intermission Wednesday night in Montreal, frustration boiled over for Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal who was seen “throwing a goalie stick” into the locker room area and also seen “storming out of the locker room” on two occasions until being chased down into a separate room and being cooled down by coach Paul Maurice, TSN reported.
The Hurricanes were shutout 4-0 in Montreal and kept with 5 shots 34 minutes through the game.
The Hurricanes captain Staal has a league and career low in plus/minus at -18, and has only four goals, and eight points through 19 games, on pace for a career low in both categories.
“We didn’t play” Staal stated. “We showed up halfway through the second period and played the third period, we got what we deserved.”
With the frustrations possibly boiling over into the locker room, it all but seems that Maurice has lost control of his own team. Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford spoke with ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun last week and said changes were all but evident and it is looking like a coaching change will happen in the next few days.