Will be back with more from the coach, and with some player quotes later.
My line of questioning today was about how different a 3-1 deficit is in today’s NHL than it was years ago. Because, though still rare, it does happen enough to make you think it’s possible. And because teams have figured out how this “win one game” approach works. And because that one win can shift the pressure to the team that’s now up 3-2. And because the teams are so even now, there’s no reason it can’t happen.
On Chicago winning two straight from Vancouver being an inspiration:
“I didn’t watch it. We’ll be ready to play. Whatever they need to do to get inspiration, that’s fine. I just know that we’re ready to play.”
“We’re preparing as it’s our next game.”
“I mean, years ago … and I’m not sure; you guys probably have all the stats, it just didn’t happen. But it’s happened. I wouldn’t say frequently, but you probably know how often it’s happened in the last few years. But, again, I think the game has changed a little bit, the rules have changed a little bit. But, honestly, I’m not looking at anything like that. I’m looking at our next game, and my gut tells me we’re going have a good game. We’re ready to play. I just have a really good feeling.”
Does he ever cite history as a motivator?
“Nah. Nah. First of all, I don’t remember some of it. But I just think this team here, especially this team here, doesn’t need to go to history, or far back. I think this team has, for the past few weeks, fought through a lot of different things in finding their way. I just sense … I’ll be honest with you, it took me until (Thursday) afternoon to swallow the loss. That was a tough one. It was one of the tougher ones I’ve lived through. But once you swallow it and you puke it out, I just have such a good feeling. I just feel good about our club.”
On Lundqvist’s mental toughness improving:
“I think he’s improved. I’ve watched his last quarter of the season and right on through. And I think he’s improved. All players need to improve if they want to get where they want to be. And certainly from that aspect, as far as the mental aspect, I see improving.”