RALEIGH – It was a tough loss for the Carolina Hurricanes and no one seemed to take it any harder than team captain Eric Staal.
After the Phoenix Coyotes had rallied for a 4-3 victory Wednesday, Staal stepped forward to accept most of the responsibility for the loss.
"I've got to be the best player on the ice on a night like tonight, and I wasn't," said Staal, who was minus-3 for the game. "It's probably the other way.
"Obviously no excuse. I've got to be better than I was and be there for our team, and be a guy to step up in a situation when things don't go your way (and) you need someone to step up and score a big goal and make a big play."
Lauri Korpikoski scored a big goal for the Coyotes (18-13-3). His score with 9:12 left in regulation was the winner. Rostislav Klesla's goal for the Coyotes was a big one, tying the score 3-3 at 4:20 of the third.
The Canes led 3-1 in the second period after goals by Andreas Nodl -- his first with Carolina -- and Jiri Tlusty. Phoenix, which won...