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QUOTABLES - 18.04.17

A rundown on what was discussed during this morning's media availability

by ALEX MEDINA @alex_medina5 /

On how the series has gone:

"Right now we have nothing to lose. We're going to be playing hard, we're going to try and do everything in our power to send a message. It's a tough hill to climb right now but it's been done before. We're going to be playing the way we've been all year and right now they have some pressure on them. We would have hope if it's never been done before. We're a team with great leaders and we've won four in a row a couple times this year. The message is you can't win four games in Game 4, you can just win Game 4." - Matthew Tkachuk

"We've had a lot of great moments in the series. We have to take it one game at a time, we've shown we can create offence and score goals. They've been better at the momentum swings and the key goals. Down 3-0 it's tough to come back in this league, but you go game to game and try and get that first win and build momentum off of that. All three games are one goal games that could've gone either way. We have to come out tomorrow with confidence and make plays through the whole 60 minutes. We need to continue to make plays and play fast, that's when we're carrying play in this series." - Mark Giordano

"We're still in the series, it's not in the place we want to be but its where we are. We've played really good hockey, the last two games especially. It could very easily be 2-1 but it isn't, it's 0-3. There was some bad bounces but those things will happen, you keep playing your way and those good bounces will come. We just need to keep playing the same way we've been playing and the results will come. It's about getting that first win and that winning feeling, that really changes everything." - Kris Versteeg 

"We know where we are and it's going to be tough but nothing is impossible. That's going to be the mindset, we just want to take it game by game and in the game of hockey anything can happen. We just need to stick with it, the first two games it's been working it's just been good bounces for them. We need to refocus, have a good start and go for a win." - Michael Frolik

On the team mentality after the loss:

"It's tough, I don't think many guys sleep win or lose in playoffs. It's not easy to sleep after a game like that, but these things happen. Today is a new day and we know how good of a team we are and when we're playing good, how good we can be. We've shown it in this series and there's no reason why we cant beat these guys. Everyone seems upbeat and we're ready for Game 4. We're ready for a win, it's going to take everything but we're ready for it." - Versteeg

"We need to regroup quickly, our focus is now on Game 4 and take it shift by shift. We've been in situations where you have to push and make steps and we've done that before. As a team we still believe in each other and this is a tight group. You have to avoid what's going on outside of the room and there is a lot of belief in here, tomorrow is a big night and we are ready." - Sean Monahan

"It's a case of you're never as good as you think and you're never as bad as you think. You have to move on and focus on the next game, it's a big game. It's just live in the moment, don't think about yesterday. Any mentor that I've had has said that you can't control everything, do the things you can, do the things that you prepared your whole life for." - Brian Elliott

Gulutzan on his message to the team:

"We were a little down this morning and that's a completely normal reaction. In our meeting I told them that it's completely normal. We had a good positive meeting and we thought we played well. In anything we've done all year we really like to deal with reality rather than perception. The reality of the situation is that it's a tough situation. Being down 3-0 is tough but we've been in these situations before. Reality of the situation is we're focused on Game 4. You cant win all four games in the same night so really it becomes a mental thing." 

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