Found October 28, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
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There should be two grumpy, antsy, emotionally charged teams in PNC Arena on Monday night. The Carolina Hurricanes have lost their past two games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have lost the past three. "We're striving to be one of the top teams in the East," Canes captain Eric Staal said after practice Sunday. "We didn't come in happy today." But as much as the Canes (4-4-3) want to win, they realize a faster, stronger start to games is imperative. They also have a plan for doing it: harder but smarter play. Staal said the Canes have been overanxious at times in the opening period, and that's hurt. So have first-period penalties. There's also the matter of maintaining the proper positioning in the offensive zone, keeping a third forward high if a defenseman pinches down in the zone to prevent the other teams from countering. "They're creating havoc and creating chances that way," Staal said. "So it's about being smarter in o...
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