Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Carpenter will be keeping his own blog throughout the 2018 Stanley Cup Final against the Washington Capitals. He will check in regularly with behind-the-scenes access.
Carpenter, 27, joined the Golden Knights on Dec. 13 after he was claimed off waivers from the San Jose Sharks. He had 15 points (nine goals, six assists) in 52 regular-season games. In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he has five assists in 16 games.
Here is Carpenter's fifth entry, after Vegas lost 3-1 in Game 3 at Capital One Arena on Saturday to fall behind 2-1 in the best-of-7 series. He discusses the loss and what needs to be improved between now and Game 4 on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).
Right now we are definitely frustrated, but there is nothing we can do now. We can't really dwell on it. We have to change a few things. They deserved to win.
It's always tough and frustrating when you lose in the playoffs. You have to have a short memory. We have battled through adversity all year and even at times in the playoffs. That's what we will continue to do.
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They just outworked us tonight. In playoffs, it comes down to a lot of those battles, and they won a lot of those battles tonight, and, as a result, they deserved to win. We have to find a way to play a more complete game in Game 4 on Monday; get some more offense, some more traffic, and get more pucks on Braden Holtby, their goaltender.
We need put this game behind us now. We'll go back to the hotel, have something to eat, try to relax a little and then try to go to sleep as quick as you can. Anytime you lose in the playoffs, it just stinks, but it's a good thing it is not a best-of-3. We're still in it. If we win Game 4, it's a 2-2 series and that is all that we can really focus on now.
We probably don't feel that confident after that loss, but I think when we regroup we're still a confident bunch. We just need to get back to our identity as a hard-working team.
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Our room is really good about moving on. We try to pick each other up and encourage each other when we make mistakes. Tonight's loss wasn't on one or two guys. It was on all of us. When we win, it is as a team, and when we lose, we lose as a team. There's no one to really blame tonight. The Capitals deserved to win.
That was a pretty hard game physically; it got chippy at times. Both teams want it bad, and they have played physical all playoffs, and we have tried to as well. We expect it to be that way for the rest of this series.
Losing this game stinks right now for sure. But that's the beauty of hockey: In a seven-game series, you get to play again, so we'll be ready and we will look forward to Game 4 on Monday.
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