April 17 postgame quotes: Dustin Brown, Willie Mitchell
Dustin Brown, on San Jose’s late first period goals:
We were just sloppy. I think we were sloppy, other than maybe our first shift of the game. I turned the puck over on the third one, which can’t happen. We had a bad change on the second. When you give their team odd-man opportunities that’s what happens.
Brown, on the second period:
We weren’t ready to go from the start. Just trying to play catch up, we were really sloppy. When you’re sloppy against a team like that, and they’re good on the forecheck and can cause turnovers when you’re not sharp, they’re going to get a lot of chances. It could have been a lot more. Quickie made some big saves.
Brown, on the third period creating momentum for Game Two:
I think it stops game-to-game, but more so just wearing. It’s a series and every chance you get to finish a check, rub a guy out, make it harder on them, tire them down, it pays dividends later. We needed a third period like that.
Willie Mitchell, on what contributed to the loss:
There is no rhyme or reason for it. I know these guys, every one of us, want to come out – it’s the Stanley Cup playoffs, it’s what it’s all about – and have a great start. And we didn’t, and we didn’t execute well. You get behind that many, that early against a good hockey club it’s really tough to come back. We better learn from our mistakes so we can have a much better effort here in Game Two.
Mitchell, on the effort in the third period:
We want to play our best hockey and if we play our best hockey, we feel we can beat anyone. So, we were just looking to get our [stuff] together.