Gaborik: “We still need more, obviously. It wasn’t enough”
On whether he agrees that the team’s best players played better:
I think so. We played better, but we still need more, obviously. It wasn’t enough. We played our best game of the series, that’s for sure. I think we created a lot of chances. Especially in overtime, we didn’t give them much, but they scored and they won the game. We’ve got to put this one behind, and we’re still alive. Nobody’s quitting, and we’ll try to keep our heads up and score tomorrow and try to win that one.
On how the team can improve:
We still gave up some chances up close around our net. I think we eliminated the turnovers from the first couple of games, and I think we’ve just got to do a better job and then be stronger around our net.
On how to counter a talented San Jose team:
They’re a good team, no question about that. I think we did the better job on their…fourth line. Their big guys stepped up. We have to the same way in our team tomorrow, and just have to worry about our team, how we play, and we can’t worry about it that much. We’re going to be ready tomorrow, and we just have to win that one game.
On whether Game 3 represented a step forward in getting to Antti Niemi:
I think so. I think it was the first time that really we got to him. The first couple games we scored goals, but they were ugly goals – which we need, of course – but yesterday was the first time we really got to him in terms of having quality scoring chances and being on him and shooting. So we have to have that more and try to find the net.
On how the team breaks down the remainder of the series:
Well, it is about details. The series is very tight, so of course everybody has to look at their game, and that creates a team concept, so details are of course very important. It just comes down to being out there, everybody on the same page, check five guys and go off with five guys. I think our power play was better. We scored two goals. We just have to build on that, and that creates momentum, and I think we’ve got that. Again, tomorrow is a do-or-die game, and we just have to win that one.