Buffalo Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt kept a diary during the 2019 NHL Global Series in Stockholm. The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Sabres 5-3 on Saturday and 3-2 on Friday at Ericsson Globe.
In his final entry, he writes about the games, the memories and the road ahead.
Maybe Friday we were a little flat, but I think Saturday we dictated the play for most of the night. I think you just can't give a good team like that chances. Obviously they're going to score. They have so much skill up front. They capitalized on their chances, and we didn't. That's what it comes down to.
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The positive is that we showed some resiliency to come back after Friday. Especially in the first two periods, I thought we played well. We were playing the way we want to play and staying up on guys, getting pucks in and making plays in their end. Yeah, there are things we can take away, for sure, and obviously there's a lot to learn from.
I think overall, Stockholm was a lot of fun. Obviously it's not every day the Swedish guys get to come here and play in front of their family and their friends, and for me it was fun just to come here, venture around and be with the guys. To have some time away from home to hang out with the guys was the best part for me.
The funniest thing was probably just walking into Max, the place my roommate, Rasmus Dahlin, wanted to go when he came home. I thought it was going to be a regular restaurant, and it was more like a McDonald's.
We wish the games would have gone better. But it was a good experience.
The challenge now is to go home and get back with it. We have a couple of days off to recharge. We've got to use those days the right way and get ready to go. Obviously we've had a lot of time off around these two games.
We have a lot of season left. I think obviously you're going to face some adversity during the year. You're not going to win all 82 games. So I'm happy with where we're at.