Faulk: "We Know There's A Lot Of Work Left"

The Carolina Hurricanes are back in the conference finals for the first time since 2009

Zach Gelb
May 08, 2019 - 10:11 am
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After sweeping the Islanders in their second-round playoff series, the Carolina Hurricanes are back in the conference finals for the first time since 2009. They will face the Boston Bruins, who beat the Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets in seven and six games, respectively.

Carolina has won eight of nine overall heading into Thursday’s Game 1.

“The team’s been playing well,” Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk told Zach Gelb, who was filling in as host of After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “We had a grind to fight our way out of a little bit of a hole there against Washington, and we kind of carried that over into the series against the Islanders and took care of them. Obviously we know there’s a lot of work left ahead.”

Indeed, the Hurricanes lost their first two playoff games in Washington but won four of the next five to oust the defending Stanley Cup champions. They then won Games 1 and 2 against the Islanders – both on the road, both by one goal.

“It was a grind,” Faulk said. “We just came fresh off the series against Washington, and to be honest, I don’t think we played all that well in Game 1. (Petr) Mrazek did. He kind of held us in there a bit and we were able to get one in overtime. After the game, we were happy, but we knew we could play a lot better. To get the two there, that was huge.”

The Hurricanes are now four wins from playing for a Stanley Cup, which they last reached in 2006. The Bruins, meanwhile, are seeking their first trip to the Stanley Cup since 2013.

“They’re playing well,” Faulk said. “(Tuukka) Rask has been playing great for them. Obviously going through a couple series, they’ve been tested and they’ve held up. They went seven games and six games, and they weren’t playing easy teams. They’ve shown they can grind it out and beat you in multiple ways. It’s not going to be easy, and they’re not going to make it any easier on us. It'll be a good series. I think we’re ready for it.”

Click below to listen to Faulk’s interview in its entirety.