Canes coach Kirk Muller talked about his team hitting the restart button after the Olympic break.

They're still trying to find that button.

The Canes now are 0-2 after the break, following up a last-minute loss to Buffalo with the 4-1 beating by the Dallas Stars on Thursday. There was no apparent fire or urgency in the first period as the Stars grabbed a 2-0 lead.

"For whatever reason we didn’t have enough guys ready to go to start this game," Muller said.

The Canes did show some spunk -- and start hitting some people -- later in the game. Defenseman Ron Hainsey hit somebody, hard. After the Stars' Antoine Roussel took a run at goalie Anton Khudobin early in the third, throwing his left elbow at Khudobin's head, Hainsey quickly dropped the gloves and went after him.

When Hainsey was through with the pummeling, Roussel was bleeding from the nose and mouth. It was the kind of reaction badly needed by a team that at times appears to have trouble responding and countering a punch with a good counter-punch.

"That was good to see, that he has that kind of mentality," Canes forward Elias Lindholm said.

But the Canes' underlying problems continue. The power play remains a mess. The Canes were 0-10 on the power play in the two games and things more or less flatlined against the Stars, who had two shorthanded goals.