Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller wasn't overly concerned about goalie Cam Ward's meltdown at the bench two weeks ago in Winnipeg.

Ward was showing his emotions, showing how much he cared about winning, Muller said at the time.

But Muller said Thursday that team captain Eric Staal might have taken on too much of the blame Wednesday night when he said he was the one primarily responsible for the Canes' 4-3 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes.