No one asked that Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal come out and address the media Wednesday night.

But after the Canes' 4-3 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes at the RBC Center, a miserable game in which he was on the ice for three of the Coyotes' goals, Staal had something to say and asked to be heard.

"I've got to be the best player on the ice on a night like tonight, and I wasn't," Staal said.