They believe they can play with the Penguins.
So do I, I just don't think they can beat them. - At least not three straight.
Anyway, the mood in the locker room was both bitter and confident.
First the confidence...
They think they can come back and win. Not a game or two - the whole series.
They really believe it.
Not like last year, where they were saying the right things but you could tell they had no prayer of winning in Pittsburgh.
This time they really do believe they can win three times.
“It’s a deep hole yes, but we also started the season 0-6,” said Mike Richards. "That was a pretty big hole there too. We battled back from a lot of things. This one is a little bit bigger, but it’s something I feel and have confidence in that if we play the way we did tonight this series could be a long way from being over.”
They all sounded like that.
They all sounded like this too when it came to the Crosby goal:
“You might look at it and say we didn’t get people to the net. Well, we did get people to the net. We didn’t put the puck at our feet and throw ourselves in the net, which apparently is allowed now, but other than that I felt like we played a good hockey game.
“I’d still like to know why he can knock Marty (Biron) into the net. That’s my concern. Your goalie has to be able to make a save. I still haven’t gotten an explanation.”
Biron also felt it was a dangerous play.
“I personally always said I don’t mind if it hits their skates… but, it’s a dangerous play when you’re sliding in with both feet first toward the goalie,” he said. “I don’t really like that. It’s not the first time he’s done that.”
Here's what Richards had to say:
"There's no explanation. What's (the referee) going to say to me? He's not going to convince me that it should have went in or that it should have been a goal. I didn't think it should have been."
The League justified it saying it wasn't kicked in or batted in with a glove, so it counts.
I say bollocks. I agree with the Flyers on this one. Most of Crosby's lower torso crossed the goal line before he puck. That should not be allowed.