-- The contrast in vibes between the dressing rooms was to be expected.
Chicago, up 3-1 in the series with Game 5 Sunday night at home (8 p.m. ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS), is loose and even starting to field some questions about the San Jose Sharks
. Vancouver, obviously down 1-3 to those Blackhawks, had to face a lot of difficult questions about why it is in this position.
, as he usually does, stood up and answered them all Sunday morning from inside the visitor's dressing room at United Center. Here is what he had to tell NHL.com.
: Is it just a matter of doing things smarter to get back in the series?
: "Yeah, 5-on-5 we have been good. If you look at all through the playoffs we're outscoring teams 5-on-5, but every time we take a penalty it costs us. That's something we need to be better at."
: There is a lot of talk about discipline and being better in that area, but is it just too much talk at this point?
: "Yeah, and right now every penalty we take there is a lot of focus on it because they are scoring on their power plays. I think we can turn a lot of the momentum around if we can kill off the penalties and get a few back, too. It's just a matter of going out there and trust in doing our jobs."
: Do you still believe that trust is there?
: "The trust is there. Ninety percent of our game is good, it's just that when they score on pretty much all of their power plays you take all of the momentum away from your team and it puts you in tough spots. We have to take fewer penalties for sure and we have to kill them off."
: Has there been any muttering on the bench like, 'What was he thinking and why did he do that?'
: "A little bit, but you look at all the series, even Chicago, they're taking the same kind of penalties. Not as many as we do. We take one or two too many and we know that, but what hurts you is when they come and score on you. It's so tough to score in the playoffs and if you play as well 5-on-5 as we are and are outscoring teams, it's tough when it costs you on the penalties."
: If you are muttering on the bench, that's a sign of frustration. Is it hard to avoid?
: "Yeah, but you gotta believe that the guy that does it feels bad and he's not going to come back and do the same thing. It's tough, but at the same time if you can kill one of those off you may get going."
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