June 4 postgame quotes: Willie Mitchell
On their reaction to going down 2-0 in the first period:
Like I said, it could have been a lot worse than that. We probably deserved that bounce with how bad we were playing. We were giving up odd-man rushes and stuff like that. Our goaltender was, like I said, he allowed us to find our legs somewhat.
On what the overtime win says about the team:
I think we don’t want to make a habit of that, but maybe that’s been a little bit of our identity as a hockey club, that we find a way and always kind of scratch and claw. Like I said, you don’t want to make a habit of it. If you make a habit of that, sooner or later it’s going to bite you in the you know what. We’ll look to get much, much better in Game 2. [Reporter: Have you ever been a part of a team that keeps finding ways to come from behind?] Probably not, no. I give Dean Lombardi credit. There are lots of things that go into it, but Dean has kind of put together a character group and we have a coach who doesn’t let us off the hook, so to speak. I think those two things combined make us a dangerous team.
On whether there was an adjustment they had to make in starting a new series:
I don’t think that’s why we didn’t have legs. I couldn’t tell you why we didn’t have legs. Like I said, there is no rhyme or reason. Some mornings you feel great. You go out on the ice and your legs feel like you can skate forever and it feels like you’re gliding out there. Sometimes, you feel great in the morning and go out at night and it’s quicksand. I don’t think it’s anything to do with coming off an emotional series against Chicago. We all know it was. That was a back and forth series and it’s a team that’s had our number and it meant a lot to this hockey club to beat them. I don’t think that played into it. I think it was more just one of those nights where we just didn’t have it.