RALEIGH — Kirk Muller took the high road Wednesday. He could have burned the village right to the ground. He had every right to blast the players who expressed tepid support for him a day earlier, every opportunity to vent. Instead, the Carolina Hurricanes coach talked about what went well this season, including an improved overall defensive performance and the growth of the youngest players. He refrained from blaming the team – or its leaders – for the endless series of slow starts for which they alone face responsibility, or pointing out the Hurricanes beat four playoff-bound teams in April without Alexander Semin in the lineup while losing the other three with him.
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