The thing that makes it difficult is that every team in this league has a lot of pride. If you see that a team has beaten you the last three or four games, a sense of pride takes over and you say, 'Enough is enough.' It's like what we did earlier this season against Los Angeles.
I said a few words to them, but I'm not going to call myself Rudy or anything. I played there, so those guys can see that they're not too far from reaching their goals. If I can be any kind of inspiration to them, that'd be great.
It shows you right there what kind of a player he is and what kind of heart he has. That's what playoffs are all about even though you've already been through a long season, all the aches and pains seem to go away. You know the Cup is just 16 wins away.
We tried to learn from our mistakes (Monday). Their success comes from their defensemen shooting the puck and the guy in front not allowing the goalie to catch the puck cleanly. If they shot the puck, we wanted it to be from the outside or the boards.
We're the fourth-seeded team, so we know we're going to have to win a few road games. Now is as good a time as any. This is an important game. We'd like to win both games, but we want to get at least one.
We remember the great atmosphere here, how inspiring the fans were. This is why you play. This is the best time in the year. Being able to start at home makes it that much better.
The losing is coming at a bad time. We have to figure out a way to win games. It doesn't have to be pretty, but we have to win.
Our job right now is far from over. Last time we were just happy to get in, but now we're looking for home ice.
We've done it plenty of times this year, come back in the third. We had a (four-game) losing streak there and we knew this was a key game for us because teams are creeping up on us.
Our first period today was atrocious, probably the worst period all year. It's the NHL. Any team you spot three goals, it's going to be a tough time coming back. We just need to get off to some better starts and get some momentum coming our way.
After nine years I think it's time to give someone else the chance.
It was fun and it brought back good memories. I probably hadn't swung a bat in five years and I'd never used a wooden bat.
We had a lot of quality chances and we all thought it was just a matter of time. (Anderson) had been playing well against us and we talked about just getting people in front of him.
The war in Iraq is one of those issues, and Hurricane Katrina is another. Where do you find the humor We go to the people handling it, such as Bush and Michael Brown, who headed the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
We finished up the last couple weeks playing some of our best hockey of the year, especially defensively, and the old cliche 'Defense wins championships,' that's an important part of our game.