“Take one game, one period, one shift at a time”
“We just need to win one game right now”
Clichés are rampant in sports and become even more abundant players, coaches, and reporters during the playoffs. After the Wild’s 2-1 loss in Game 3, it was cliché central after Monday’s practice.
However, even through all of the “must win games” and “it’s not over til it’s overs,” one thing was apparent.
“There’s not going to be any let up on this team,” said Keith Carney. “There’s too much character and hardworkers to let it go like that.”
Carney is one of the veterans who has dealt with big leads in the playoffs before.
“I’ve been up three games to one before and lost,” said Carney.
“I’ve been down in the NHL and ended up coming back and making it a series and didn’t win,” added Mark Parrish.
But players don’t have to look far to find someone to rally behind for a comeback. Niklas Backstrom has success coming back and moving on in the playoffs. And that should give fans more confidence in the first-year netminder, who despite the losses hasn’t been frazzled this postseason.
“3-1, I’ve been down back home (Finland) and came back that year,” said Backstrom. “It’s tough, but it’s possible.”
Parallels are sometimes tough to make between different sports, but the last time a U.S. professional sports team came back from a 3-0 deficit was the Boston Red Sox overcoming the New York Yankees in the 2004 MLB playoffs. It has been told that before game four of that series, everyone on the Red Sox got together watched the movie “Miracle” for inspiration. The togetherness of that team was a theme throughout their championship run.
Carney, a Red Sox fan, said they don’t plan on watching a movie together, but the team is close-knit and has been spending a lot of time together.
And that might be inspiring enough.
When asked where he is getting inspiration being down 3-0, Adam Hall responded, “Each other. The group of guys we have in this room is so tight that every guy in here knows what needs to be done.”
“We’re all going to stay together in the hotel and refocus,” said Parrish.
“We all kind of hang out, play cards and B.S. and just talk about little things that either happened, that we want to happen or that are going to happen.”
For both veterans and rookies, the aura of the Stanley Cup is inspiring enough. To make sure that isn’t forgotten, there is a framed picture of Lord Stanley’s finest as players head out of the locker rooms
Referencing back to his comeback in Finland, Backstrom said one of the main reasons for his team’s comeback was that they believed.
The Wild can draw inspiration from many different places, with the Red Sox comeback being one of them. Believing in each other is something the players haven’t lost yet and are staying together, as cliché as it sounds.