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Game 5 postgame quotes: Mike Babcock

by NHL Public Relations / NHL.com
Q.  I think people certainly watching in the stands and at home and looking at the shots on goal, territorial advantage, and say: How did you not win this game? What's your sense of that?

COACH MIKE BABCOCK: Well, I mean, I thought we -- we had every opportunity to win the game, obviously. And saying that, though, we started slow.

I thought we were really nervous. We never made a play in the first period, for whatever reason. And whether that's focusing on outcome rather than just process and doing what you always do. You know, we really battled our way back, we had every opportunity. And we had it twice, one at the red line and one on the half wall. And we didn't get it deep, and we never got it out. In the end, they scored, and we never scored on our chances in overtime. So that's the game.

Q.  A lot has been said about experience and age in this series, and given the fact that this went into six periods, what does age have an effect in a game like this?

COACH MIKE BABCOCK: I don't know. I guess -- I think what you're getting at is it should help the young people, is I think what you're getting at, right? I think a lot of our players are pretty young as well and pretty fit.

I think the hardest thing in a game like this is the mental part. It's not the physical part. The mind drives the body. Your body can keep going. It's the mental part. You were that close, and then, oh, tough. And I think it's natural to feel bad for us for a bit, and feel bad for yourself. But it's the Stanley Cup playoffs. It's not supposed to be easy. It's supposed to be a battle, and obviously we're in one.

Q.  I guess the mood was on to where do you go from here, how do you get this team now ready to play Game 6 after that many overtimes and travel, in a game you probably thought you weren't going to have to play with a minute left in this one?

COACH MIKE BABCOCK: I don't know what you do about that, though. I mean, it happened. We got a game. That's all there is to it. We'll have an optional tomorrow. The guys can go right to the flight. And just have to ask yourselves how bad we want to win, and how determined we are. I think the resolve of the group is real good. I think the determination is real good. It's not like we didn't have every opportunity. I believe when you do good things, good things happen. Just do good things again.

Q.  Is it fair to say that Marc-Andre Fleury stole that game, would that be a good way to put it?


COACH MIKE BABCOCK: Well, I thought he had some help. They got down to five "D". Their "D" battled real hard. They got off to a good start tonight. They had two goals early. And I hated to see Petr Sykora get that puck late. You just know it's going in. He's that kind of guy. He won a game for me like that in Dallas in five overtimes. So Petr has that ability to score. And Fleury was good, and we didn't beat them.

Q.  Can you talk about the feeling on the bench after that game-tying goal with :34 left?

COACH MIKE BABCOCK: I didn't feel like that. I mean, sure you're disappointed. But we had such a great third period. We outshot them 14-4. We went into the third period, and we were down. We came out with an opportunity to win the game in overtime.

And so I guess it's all on how you look at it. Would we have liked to have got the puck out? Sure. Would we have liked to get it out deep when it bounced over Z's stick over the red line; it didn't happen that way. I thought ultimately we showed good resolve and played hard. We had lots of opportunities. It doesn't go in.

Q.  Can you give an idea what it's like to go into a room after that, where you've had it so close and you play so long, almost another game, and lose that way, what as a coach do you say or can you say anything to them?

COACH MIKE BABCOCK: I don't talk after we win, and I don't talk after we lose. So I don't have to think of something to say. I'll deal with that tomorrow.

When I walked in and talked to [Nicklas] Lidstrom, basically, and talked to the guys about our plan for tomorrow, basically just said: 'Hey, it's not easy. Keep your head up, let's get going.' But they're big boys. They understand this.
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