VOORHEES, N.J. -- Kimmo Timonen
stripped off his hockey gear after practice Tuesday to reveal a T-shirt that read "Play Angry."
Teammate Wayne Simmonds
said that's not a bad philosophy to have going into a win-or-go-home Game 5 Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils
(7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC) in their conference semifinal series.
"You've got to go into the game desperate," he said. "We've got to play the best hockey we played all year. I think we know that. I think every man in here is ready."
said he wasn't sure anger was the right path to travel, but adding emotion to their game definitely was something his team needs.
"I don't know if its play angry, but play with emotion," he said. "Play angry, that's when you might cross the line or something like that. We definitely have to have that emotion. Definitely after the whistles, they're not even looking us in the eyes, they're skating to the bench, so we're not looking for that stuff after the whistles. We've got to do our talking between the whistles."
Coach Peter Laviolette
said it would take more than a catchy slogan to help his team extend its season.
"I think it's just a shirt," he said. "I would like to see our team compete and play hard, do a lot of the things we've done for a majority of the year. A couple bad games that stick out recently, but this team knows how to compete. They know how to play with a lot of energy, a lot of pride, a lot of success. I expect that tonight.
"I don't think we're going to hang Kimmo's T-shirt behind the bench, or rally behind that."
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