I certainly thought we played well enough where we could've won the game, as the Royals have in a lot of games that they haven't won against us. That's what's fun about this series. But we made a couple key mistakes in the first period that resulted in pucks in our net, and you can't do that against that hockey team.
Sometimes when you're pressing, you squeeze the stick too hard and instead of a goal you have a handful of sawdust. A big team effort and victory erases all of that. It's nice to get off this little slide we were on. Our mindset will be so much different. They know how hard things have been and it's nice to see them leave the rink with a well-deserved smile.
Some people think these guys are just hockey players, rough and tough guys. But they also have lives and aspirations away from hockey. He is a perfect example of that. One day he's sitting in front of an impressive group of people and two days later he is fighting in front of another group of people.