| Our starts lately have been off a little bit but I don't think that comes down to a captain to say something to inspire everyone. It comes down to everybody preparing themselves the best they can. |
Lately, we've struggled that way and it's cost us games. It's definitely an area where we need to improve.
Like I said, we didn't get the start we wanted in Carolina and it forced us to battle back after that. We managed to tie the game but couldn't pull it out.
Our penalty kill was great. The power play got us a goal. It was our five-on-five play, especially at the start of the game, that struggled.
I was pleased with penalty kill though because it's something that we had talked about before the game. We knew their power play was going well - I think they were eight for their last 32 or something like that - so we really tried to focus on that aspect of our game.
As good as we were at not taking penalties against Washington, it was kind of the opposite at Carolina. We deserved a lot of those calls. At the time, maybe we were complaining a little too much, but it's part of the game and a part you can't control. You just have to make sure you stay out of the box. But our kills were good, so that definitely a momentum swinger.
Here's some answers to a few fan questions that I received.
Question for Jason: How do you overcome jet-lag when you play a West Coast team or return from a long road trip? -- Melissa from Philadelphia, PA
"I think it's hydration. We usually get there a couple days before to get a good practice in and to try to get our bodies adjusted. But mostly I think the trick is mostly hydration and eating well."
Question for Jason: Dear Mr. Pominville, do you believe in superstition and if so, what is yours? -- Steve Zimmer from Lancaster, NY
"Some guys do. I have my routine. I don't know if I can call it a superstition or not. If I don't do it, I don't get screwed up or anything. It won't turn me off my game. But I definitely have a routine that I enjoy doing."
Question for Jason: Who do you think is the best defenseman in the whole NHL? -- Amanda Caruso from Getzville, NY
"I would have to say, Nicklas Lidstrom."
Question for Jason: Do you have any siblings back at home? -- Ashley from Grand Island, NY
"I have one sister. She's younger than me. She's actually in college right now so that takes up most of her time."
Question for Jason: Most people French-Canadian players have some sort of accent [Bernier, Patrick Roy, etc.] but you don't. It seems like English is your first language. Did you grow up speaking French or English? -- Rachel from Batavia, NY
"I actually have duel citizenship between the United States and Canada. My mother is American and my father is French Canadian, so I have papers for both countries. Before I came over here, I didn't need a Social Security Number or working papers since I already had all that.
"So to get back to your question, I spoke English to her since she's American when I was growing up and French to my father. That's why I don't have that accent."