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 following the Sharks 2-1 overtime loss in Game 2 on Wednesday:
Obviously, you want to come in here and have the mindset of winning both games. That is the approach you want to take when you start a series. But when you lose Game 1 like we did, we were still really positive. We felt like we broke it down and made some adjustments.
I thought we had a lot better game in Game 2. Our start was a lot better than it was in Game 1. I think it was just a couple of little things. That's playoffs; a shot here, one little pass there and it was unfortunate we couldn't be on the winning side of it.
It's hard when you lose like this. You are playing for a lot more than yourself. You are playing for a team, you are playing for a city, you are playing for an organization and you are playing for your teammates, the guys you sit across from every day in this room. Most importantly, you are playing to win. That's what drives us all. You don't grow up just wanting to score a goal, you want to score the Stanley Cup-winning goal; you want to score the goal in overtime that helps your team win a game.
It's managing those emotions that are key in the playoffs. It's things you learn along the way. From my first game to now, whatever game it is for me, from my first playoff game to now, it's all a roller coaster. You score one goal or win one game in the playoffs and you think that the world is easy and things are great. We go down one tonight and then we tie up there in the third period and then the unfortunate goal against to lose. I'm sure if you ask a lot of guys, you want to jump off a bridge. But that is the thing with sports; you get another opportunity to do it again.
The series isn't over. We haven't played in our rink yet, in front of our own fans in a building we are really comfortable playing in. Overall, we have to just think about that we are in the Stanley Cup Final and we have lost two games by one goal each. We've had our chances.
We're confident going home because of this team, the guys in this locker room. We never count ourselves out of it; we never count ourselves out of any game, no matter what the score is. From Martin Jones to the defense to the forwards, everybody believes in each other. That is something that has got us to this point and is going to get us past this point to the next step.