The best part about the 5-2 loss the Vegas Golden Knights endured in Game 1 of their first round series against the San Jose Sharks is that it's over.
While a series-opening loss can sting, the Golden Knights want prove their experience is going to win out and that started by turning the page at practice Thursday afternoon at SAP Center.
As the Golden Knights move on Wednesday's loss, key aspects of the game will remain with them as the team prepares for Game 2 on Friday night.
"I think playing from behind and frustration affected our game," said defenseman Deryk Engelland. "We got outworked and outcompeted and, in the puck battles that were 50/50, they were coming up with it a lot more than us."
Vegas' focus in the days leading up to Game 1 was to not allow what San Jose did to affect its own game plan. The Sharks crashed the Golden Knights net and made life difficult for Marc-Andre Fleury, but the veteran goaltender is used to increased pressure that comes with postseason hockey.
"That's playoffs," said Fleury. "There are always a lot of guys going to the net. It's part of the game. For me, I have to worry about finding the puck and stopping it."
Despite the three-goal loss in Game 1, Head Coach Gerard Gallant said he's confident that this team can still win the series if they're willing to work hard enough.
"We've got to get ready for a big game tomorrow," Gallant said. "It's easy to say as a coach that we need to work harder. There's nothing wrong with our style of play. When we play our game with a good work ethic and good support, we're a good hockey team. We didn't do that enough last night and a lot of our guys need to be a lot better. They know that."
Specific things that need to be fixed or corrected from Game 1 remain within the locker room, but sometimes the most important thing a team can receive in the playoffs is a reinforcing message from a teammate.
"Last night was frustrating, but today is a new day," Fleury said. "You need to have a short memory. You learn from it, but you put it behind you."