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Rielly on consistency, the western road trip

by Chris Lund / Toronto Maple Leafs

Morgan Rielly
spoke to the media on Wednesday following practice. Here's what he had to say...

On the team's slump:

I think last year we kind of experienced something like this and I think you can kind of draw from those experiences and learn how to deal with it and how not to deal with it -- try to make it easier on yourself. This is not something that you want to go through year after year so we've got to find a way to handle it while we're experiencing it, but it's not something we want to get used to.

On Kadri saying that the consistency of the group needs to improve:

I'd agree with that, I think we've had some times where we've had pretty good stretches but when you take those nights off teams are going to make you pay whether it's Ottawa, whether it's Chicago. We've got to get that straightened out, we can't be taking nights off against those teams. That's just an issue we have to deal with as players and we have to be ready to play every night.

What did you take from the Western Canada swing that you'd like to see consistently?

I think we had times where we played well. That's just the most important thing. We know we can play with teams in this League, we know we can win games against good teams. It's just a matter of doing it every night. Travel can be hard but I think we battled and we have to continue to do that and be ready to play every night.

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