Originally written on Lord Stanley's Blog  |  Last updated 12/21/11

UNIONDALE, NY- OCTOBER 21: Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes waits for the puck to drop on a faceoff against the New York Islanders during the game on October 21, 2009 at in Uniondale, NY. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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...
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