Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind'Amour knows his club needs to dig deep after dropping its fourth straight game in regulation Saturday against the Ottawa Senators.
"It’s a soul search time for our group," Brind'Amour said following the 4-1 loss, according to FOX Sports Carolinas. "We’re better than what we’re showing right now, for sure, but tonight was not acceptable."
The Hurricanes allowed three first-period goals, including a Senators-record two tallies in four seconds, and they never recovered.
"To come out and play like that at the start is very disturbing," Brind'Amour said. "So, you know, that's what you get in this league if you're not ready to play ... we just weren't focused on what we had to do."
The Hurricanes have been outscored 17-7 during their slide despite outshooting opponents in each of the four losses. Brind'Amour recognizes that the team hasn't gotten the results it's deserved and stressed the importance of staying focused through the tough stretch.
"We lost a couple games that we actually could have won, and we were playing pretty well. This is the one egg that we threw in all year, but when you're in a situation where you're losing games, you can't afford that."
After winning five straight to begin the season, Carolina has posted a 4-6-1 record and sits fifth in the Metropolitan Division.