Evgeni Nabakov believes there's no sense in crying.
Rob Blake insists there's very little he would change about the Sharks' performance in Game 3, and the rest of the series for that matter.
The San Jose Sharks are down 3-0 in the Western Conference Final to the Chicago Blackhawks, and they know there is little to do about it except take one game at ...
(No. We just can't go there).
Instead, here's a sampling of what the Sharks had to say after an optional practice and a team meeting on Saturday at the United Center in preparation for Game 4.
Todd McLellan: "When I addressed the team this morning, the first thing I told them was that I wasn't going to stand up there and be a cheerleader. Based on my experience and maybe the Detroit thing, when you're down 3-0, there's often times where you've got to go in and give 'em the speech. It's just not going your way. You're trying to convince them they still have a chance.
"It didn't feel like that today. Doesn't feel like that in our locker room. We felt like we have played with this team all along. We are approaching the game with a must-win mentality, like we always do.
"I also talked to them about the Detroit series. We talked about the pressure we felt when we came home after getting shellacked in Detroit. Detroit played very loose in Game 4. Came out, threw everything they had at us, and we didn't respond well. We'd like to come out, throw everything we have, play loose against Chicago, then put a little pressure on them after that. We've got to take step one first.
"I didn't know coming to the rink today where our group would be. Would we be dealing with self pity, kind of feeling sorry for ourselves, or would we hold our heads high? The good sign was the first guys that walked in, they didn't necessarily have a smile on their face, but they were holding their heads up. As the group arrived and I addressed individuals, I felt pretty good about where their mindset was. I think some of the leaders took care of it. Quite frankly, they feel like I said last night -- they've been in every minute of this series. It doesn't feel like a 3-0 series, but it is."
Joe Pavelski: "There hasn't been one time where we felt overwhelmed by any means. It felt like these games could have went the other way just as easily. But that's not the case. We can't worry about experience. There's a job to be done. We have another chance tomorrow."
Evgeni Nabokov: "If you come out and you are going to be crying about this, crying about that, there's no point to it. So we just have to stay the course and continue to do what we do. That's unique of this sport because sometimes you play good, but you still lose. For many reasons, the bounce doesn't go your way. Sometimes the other goalie makes really good saves in the third or second period, whatever it is. You just have to battle through."
Rob Blake: "I don't think we need to play much different than we did the last couple games. There are some things we can bear down a little bit better on. We'd like to execute better on the power play. As far as our level of competitiveness, being ready to play, we'll keep what we had yesterday."