On a day with two Game 7s in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, New York Islanders defenseman Steve Staios drops by Thursday afternoon to discuss the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Staios, who has played in 1,001 regular-season games, as well as a Game 7 in the 2006 Stanley Cup Final, knows a bit about the pressure the first round's four remaining teams will face Thursday night. After a season of facing off against these teams, he also knows about their personnel and tendencies. So stop by and get an insider's scoop on the drama that will unfold Thursday night.
It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.
— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday