New York Rangers forward Derek Dorsett will be blogging for NHL.com throughout the Stanley Cup Final, offering his insight on what is happening inside the walls of his team's locker room and within the confines of the rink.
NEW YORK -- The last couple of days have been frustrating around here, as you could imagine. We had some down time and I've done a lot of thinking. Obviously no one is happy. The mood hasn't been very good.
When you're in the Stanley Cup Final and you're down 3-0 it's hard to turn your mind off from it. There are a lot of sleepless nights, tossing and turning.
It was real quiet around here yesterday. We had a team meeting and some things were said. Guys did a lot of thinking. I don't know if it was soul-searching, but searching for something. Today it seems like guys are energized and ready to bring our best game to try to get a win to stay alive.
And that's all we can do -- worry about one game. We can't look further. We have to put our best effort in front of us, win one game and go from there.
Yesterday was a tough day, but I came to the rink and played some soccer with the guys to get a sweat going. You don't want to have a full day off where you do nothing, so I got a sweat going during the optional skate and then I met my brothers Mike and Chad, and my cousins.
We had lunch at my place and then we just walked around to get some fresh air. We were down on the west side at Chelsea Piers and we saw the putt-putt and said, 'Let's go play.' We had a little competition. It was good. It gave me a chance to get away and recharge my batteries.
However, getting away from everything is definitely hard to do now. There's a big buzz around the city. Everywhere you go you see Rangers signs and people wearing Rangers apparel. There are people coming up to you, still supporting you, walking down the street and telling you that they still believe. You just tell them that we do too.
We have to win one game. That's where our focus is. You can't think about anything else.
It's been a frustrating week with the position we're in, but I think Marty St. Louis said it best yesterday when he said there are 28 other teams that wish they could be in our situation. Now we have to come with the best effort we've had all year and win the game.
I haven't packed for L.A. yet, but I imagine there will be a duffle bag in my future, that's for sure.