On what he attributes the third period success to:
“Just not getting too down, not getting too carried away with the score, the situation, the period [and] where we are in the game. Just sticking with our gameplan and knowing over time it’ll work out. We’ll get our chances. It’s just a matter of if we capitalize on them or not, and that’ll be the difference in the game. The other night we capitalized on them. We stuck with the same game. We didn’t have a very good start, I didn’t think. I thought within the dressing room, on the bench, we were very positive. We…weren’t down. We weren’t getting negative. Guys weren’t off-page, straying away from the system. Everybody was on the same page there, and we just kept pushing. Eventually they had some breakdowns and we capitalized.”

On what he attributes his 69% faceoff success rate in the last five games to:
“I had some tough games. I had a couple of them that were 20-something percent or 30 percent. That pisses me off, to be honest with you. I wanted to make sure I cleaned up that area of my game. I work on it in practice a little bit more and [added] a little bit of a change, too, in the way I’m taking them, too. With the linesmen the way they are – they crack down so much year after year after year – I’m trying to get kicked out less and change up some of my tendencies. And that’s hard, too, because I’ve been taking faceoffs the same way for a long time now. You’ve got to change with the game, be smart about it and try to work with the linesmen. It’s tough getting kicked out. Sometimes we don’t have two centermen out there. I’m just trying to make sure I’m at least 60 [percent] or above consistently.”

On how often he communicates with the linesmen during the game in regards to faceoffs:
“Always. You want to know where they’re at. Some games are different. Some games, there’s a little bit more leeway for you, and some games there’s not at all. So you’ve got to realize that when that game is. There have been some games where my first two faceoffs I’ve been kicked out, so I’m [thinking] ‘this is going to be a night here where I’ve got to bear down and play the game with the rules there on the faceoff.’ Every game’s different. Every linesman’s different. You’ve just got to adjust.”

On whether he had seen the Toronto-Montreal faceoff in which Tyler Bozak was not allowed to reset and the puck was dropped:
“I heard about it. I didn’t see it, no. That happens. It definitely happens. I don’t think it’s happened to me where we’ve gotten scored on right away for maybe a game-winner or something. Yeah, that happens. Miscommunication, timing, all those things. It’s tough luck there.”

On whether he gets a “we’re better than this” feeling when the team is trailing:
“Oh yeah. Anytime we’re down, especially three, four-one, you know you’re better than that. You know you can bring more, and that’s probably the calmness in our game where we know that. A lot of situations aren’t going to rattle us, aren’t going to get us off-page, and it didn’t the other night. The character in the room, just the sense and the feeling that we know we can do this, we know we can come back, we know we can get a goal, get two goals. We all know what happens when that happens. It’s a tough lead to keep when it feels like the ice is tilted on you. We’re fine in here with any situation during the game.”

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