We had a game (against Phoenix, when they blew a 3-0 lead) we let get away and it seems to have done some severe psychological damage and we haven't been able to pull out of it. Four games ago, we weren't crappy, but we're crappy right now.
(If you think) you can come to games and turn it on, already you are in a frame of mind you should not be in.
Everybody believes it is going to settle down as far as minutes go (coming from special teams play). You do get concerned when you have five games in seven nights.
They battled us hard and it was one of those games that was going to get decided along the boards and in the pits, it wasn't a wide-open affair.
We can't win games like that at the end, and if we think we can, we're fooling ourselves. In the last 10 minutes, they didn't pick anything up, we just gave them a lot of room. Our forwards didn't much in the offensive zone except get caught.
We stopped checking and that's why we lost the game ... We couldn't stop the last play. It looked like it should have been stopped, but we didn't do it. We can't win games like that at the end, and if we think we can we're fooling ourselves.
It certainly has saved us in some games,
He had a couple good games right out of the chute and I think he played so well because he was so hyped up after being out so long,
If I start worrying about stuff like that, I'll be losing my own focus. We had four, five really poor games, actually not all poor, but we lost them and certainly I guess people have opinions and start worrying but we can turn this around as fast as we got in it.
We're playing eight games in 12 nights here.
We've certainly had a few games we don't like too well. We've had a lot of good individual play but that's not how you win a gold medal.
You have to use your games to pull this together. You've seen the last two games and we're not pulling this together.
The games between these two franchises always take on something beyond the game. I expect it to be a rip-roaring building Thursday and Saturday.
Montreal wants that (eighth-place) spot back, so they'll be ready to go. Those are playoff games, that's what they are. I expect that to be a rip-roaring building.
Our quickness was not there for a while this season. For some reason the last few games we've moved the puck real well. We're getting quicker at it.
I don't think we competed hard enough on the road this year. There were some games where we were in them and we let them go because we didn't know how to compete.
You just cannot play that way. We cannot expect our goalie to keep winning games for us.
Are we going to like it I'm not sure, ... I don't like some of the games I'm seeing now.
I think they are pushing each other right now and it has helped them. I don't know if I'll play them together when the season starts, but right now in the exhibition games, they've been getting better and better.
No, it is not alarming. He has been doing fine, and it seems like this team, at least on special teams, either finds a way to score some or give some up. I look at it as team thing.
The first goal, that was very dissatisfying from the standpoint of a group that's talented enough not to give up that kind of goal. That's also an area we have to be better. You can't draw that up on a chalk board. We have to compete better.
Our guys have been pretty hot with those shots, ... Most teams are dropping off the points to cover down low so we're getting - and other teams are getting - better point opportunities to score goals.
Those two power-play goals certainly changed the game.
He's probably the biggest reason they won gold in 1998, and he would have been the dark horse to carry them to gold again.
You have to be good in your own division or they could really put some nails in you,