The Hurricanes are a pretty fast team that can move the puck well and can outquick many opponents.
The Canes pretty much did that to the New Jersey Devils in the opening round of the playoffs. They pretty much did it again to the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
But the Penguins? While Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby have gotten the goals and the headlines, the Canes have run into a team that's quicker overall than they are, a big reason the Pens have a 3-0 series lead.
"We did a reasonable job off the rush in Game 1 and 2 but a very poor job in our own end and not a very good job off the rush in Game 3," Canes coach Paul Maurice said today. "They've attacked us where we've been weak in each game.
"Those guys (Malkin and Crosby) have speed. But Pittsburgh right now is a quick team and that has to do with nonverbal communication. It has to do with everybody moving or having a general idea of where that's puck's going, so they all get into that motion prior to it.
"To go further than that, I think they've worked hard defensively. So they work hard back to the puck, so that that their transition game is easier, which makes it faster and makes it look faster. They've got a lot of fast guys."
Maurice noted that the series was billed as two teams with speed that would lead to fast-paced matchup.
"We've got some quickness based on when we're moving in the direction we know the puck's going. But with the exception of a few guys, we're not all that fast.
"But that's our strength. When you look at our team, you say, 'Man, they transition quick.' It's the same with Pittsburgh. They've got three or four guys that just fly, as do we. But their strength right now is their quickness as a group."