“We’ve just got to make sure we prepare better next game. I don’t know if it’s because we played a team like the Islanders before and we weren’t ready to go because this is a much better team we played against tonight, but either way, every night’s tough to win in this league. We’ve got to make sure we’re ready right off the get-go and have a good start.”
What was said during the timeout?:
“To start playing the way we can. Start getting pucks deep, start banging, start being aggressive and then start winning battles. We’ve got to make sure that’s a staple of our game. That’s our team identity and that’s the way we need to play for 60 every night.”
“We certainly generated enough chances to win the game even with the start we had, but we’ve got to put a full 60 minutes in or you’re going to find yourself in a situation that we’re in right now, without any points. At the same time. I have a wide open net; I’ve got to find a way to bury that. We’ve got to finish some of our opportunities that we had, and capitalize on those chances.”
On whether the lethargy is contagious.
“You see the start like that and pucks are getting turned over and we’re not being physical and mentally it gets at you a little bit. Anything in this game is contagious. Success is contagious, physicality, playing well—you see somebody on your team doing that and you come right back on top of them. So I think everything’s contagious including the bad stuff.”
“I thought we wore them down a bit (once they began to forecheck) and we were getting some offensive zone time and creating some power plays off of it. But we need to have a better start, and when you do that it’ll carry out for the whole game. We knew they were coming off their back-to-backs, so we wanted to jump on them right away and we didn’t do that when we needed to.”
“It’s surprising. Everybody in here prepares mentally and physically the same way, and you want to start the game off well … that was one of our keys with them coming off (a game Saturday night). And for whatever reason we didn’t do it. I think it hurt us tonight.”
On the contagious feeling:
“It does a bit. I think mentally you’ve got to try to block it out and worry about your next shift, but at the same time it does wear on you. You realize we’re having puck trouble, getting the puck out of the zone and getting pucks in. I think, a good team, you’ve just got to block it out and worry about your next shift and put that behind you, and I thought we did a good job of that after the first period.
“But we’ve got to start off better. That’s inexcusable.”
On these stinkers showing up.
“Yeah, it is (puzzling). I can’t put my finger on one reason we started like that. Unfortunately we did, and we can’t have it and we have to learn from it. The biggest thing is not learning from this and just say ‘Well, it happened.’ We’ve got to look back and see why it happened and correct it moving forward.
“With the way we play, we can’t afford to have starts like that or have stretches like that where we’re not playing intense and not winning battles. The way this team’s built and the way we try to perceive ourselves and our identity is a hard-working team that’s in your face. And when we’re not doing that, we’re not playing our game and we’re an easy team to play against.”
On the breakaway:
“I don’t know. I thought it was a penalty. On second look, I don’t know. … I had to wait for the puck. They could have called it but I’m not sure.”
On the trip on the power play:
“Again, I think that should have been a penalty, sure. But then again, I have to make a better play to Step there. It kind of bounced on me a little bit, you know? Then he couldn’t do much there. So I have to make it flat for him.”
On the slow start:
“They came out really strong, they were really skating, and we were kind of shocked. We have to have a better start, especially, we know they’re going to come—they haven’t been winning lately and they haven’t been scoring, so we have to make sure we’re ready because they really got on their horse and they were flying.”
On the game-winning goal:
“They just got the puck from behind the net and they got a guy driving in, so late in a game, we have to do a better job there.”
What was said during the timeout?
“I don’t know. I wasn’t there.”