SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Dan Boyle wants his teammates to do one thing collectively Wednesday to show all of San Jose's doubters what's really up.
"Obviously I don't want to be in this position, but this is a good time for us to come together here and kind of raise our middle finger and just do it together," Boyle said. "It's going to take a lot of work."
The Sharks were on their way to Chicago Wednesday morning, merely hours after falling into an 0-2 series hole in the Western Conference Finals with a 4-2 loss to the Blackhawks. Boyle, who was brutally honest after Tuesday's game, had the same attitude when he met with a small group of reporters near the airport Wednesday.
Here is the rest of what he had to say:
Q: Joe (Thornton) was very physical and aggressive last night, but do you think the rest of the team could do a better job of that moving forward in the series?
Boyle: "Yeah, I think so. I think you can always improve, obviously. We're down 2-0 so something needs to get better and I think it can start with the physical play."
Q: When a team is faced with a 2-0 deficit can it sometimes be good to get away and get together in a hotel and bond?
Boyle: "Yeah, it's good to be on the road sometimes. You eliminate some of the distractions you have at home and in this case, yeah, it's good for us to get out of here and try to get this series back on track."
Q: Do you need maybe a little more hate for those guys, more tension in the series, but still within the boundaries?
Boyle: "Yeah, whatever it takes. Whatever it takes. I think we can all look at ourselves in the mirror and realize what we're doing is not good enough. Whatever it takes for every individual to get better and have an impact on the series. The past is the past. You have to live with what we're doing today and it hasn't been good enough."
Q: When you think of their high-end guys, Jonathan Toews in particular, has anything taken you by surprise?
Boyle: "In particular, no. I mean, they're who we thought they were and they're doing what they're supposed to do. We need to raise our game and have our top guys raise their games. They're doing what they're supposed to do."
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