Bobby Ryan spoke with the media today after the team's morning skate and shared his thoughts on Game 7, the team's belief in itself and more before tonight's deciding game in the Eastern Conference Final.
His thoughts before Game 7:
It's win or go home for us just like last game. There really isn't much more to it than that.
Preparing for tonight's game:
Its game 100+ for us this year so you continue to go about your business all day, keep your emotions in check and get ready for it a little more but that's about it.
On this team's belief in itself:
It's the way this team has approached the season and approached these playoffs. That belief system in each other has been ingrained from the start of training camp and that's a testament to them over there in our coach's room. We've really carried that on through here and we still have that belief in each other.
On what the coach means when he says to "pay the price":
It means a number of different things. Offensively, get to the net. You're going to get hit, you're going to get whacked and slashed in there. Pay the price in the defensive zone by blocking the shot and sometimes the big difference in a game like this is a blocked shot or any of those little things. "Pay the price" goes across the board for us.
On the "Why not us? Why not now?" mentality:
That was the message to us last year as we broke for the end of the season. We started with that and it's carried us this far so we'll continue to use it tonight.
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On not looking too far ahead:
I think we were guilty of that down here in Game 5 and that bit us and we gave up a touchdown so we'll continue to make sure that we aren't looking too far ahead. We've done a good job of that all year and playoffs, not thinking about more than the first 10 minutes or the next shift.
On the motivation that comes from playing in a Game 7:
Anybody playing in this situation wants to be the hero and you want to be known as the guy who came up with the big play. Sometimes it's not a goal or a point, sometimes it's a blocked shot or a backcheck and those are things that don't go unnoticed in games like this so you have to find a way to contribute.