San Jose defenseman Brenden Dillon will be keeping his own blog throughout the course of the Stanley Cup Final. Dillon will check in after games and on some of the off days in between games.
Here is Dillon's blog ahead of Game 5:
PITTSBURGH -- Practice today was a lot of fun. It was good to get out there and prepare a bit for Game 5.
I think with this group, when we are on our game, when we are playing the way we want to, we're a pretty loose, fun, energetic group that laughs and smiles. We enjoy being around each other. There's not one guy in here that you could go up to and have them say that they don't absolutely love what they do.
Here we are in the best League in the world and in the best situation, in the Stanley Cup Final. Obviously, we are not in the exact situation we want to be, down 3-1 in the series. We have to find a way to get back to what has made us successful for 100-plus games. We have one game here, 60 minutes, to show it and to continue to get better.
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It doesn't matter how we have gotten to this point, the highs and lows of the season and of each playoff series, it all comes down to this; one game, one opportunity to bring your best and, hopefully, have some success. You have to approach this as Game 7. It's Game 7 for us for these next three games. It's do-or-die. It's every puck battle, it's every shot, every hit; every play is going to be so huge. The reality of it is it's win or go home. This group has had that never-quit attitude all year, from the beginning of training camp to today.
I think that showed in practice today. We're not gripping our sticks. This is just how it goes. We have to rebound, we have to do better in the next game and we have to get back to what has worked for us in the past.
We embrace the opportunity to make a comeback here. We have talked about it in here. A good chunk of guys in this room were up 3-0 in the playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings two years ago and came back to lose in Game 7. We haven't gotten here by fluke. We earned it. I think when we are on the top of our game there's not a team in the League that can play with us.
With that said, that's the mentality we have to have because at the end of the day, the opportunity is there for us to be a part of history. We just want to win the Stanley Cup in whatever way it has to happen. In this case, we are down three games to one. We have had a three-game winning streak before. This year, we have had the ability to do that and to be a part of history by winning the Stanley Cup would be really cool.