Dave Hakstol met with the press outside the Flyers' locker room shortly before Game 2 of the series with the Capitals at the Verizon Center.
This was the conversation:
Beyond scoring goals, what has to be
done differently tonight?
“Well for our team, we had a great
commitment and a great effort in terms of our overall play and our
overall effort. We were good defensively. You have to find ways to
generate and create a little more offense. We don't have to change
our game. It's two or three plays that we maybe have to add
throughout the game against a hard-working and structured team that
we're playing against.”
Do you sense that players felt Game 1
was a missed opportunity?
“No, not at all. It's Game 1 of a
series and we came up on the wrong end of it. Put that one away and
now pure focus is on Game No. 2, the opportunity that's in front of
Any value in, for example, a goaltender
interference call just to get Holtby something to think about?
“No. You've got to the net. You have
to get on top of the blue paint. But you have to do everything with
discipline. You can't give away power plays on purpose. And I know
that's not really what you're suggesting. I understand what you're
suggesting. And you have to get to the front of the net. But you also
have to do it in a smart and disciplined way.”
What would you like to see out of Scott
“Just Scotty going out and being
himself. He's been a good player for us all year. He's been the guy
that's been on the short end of the lineup here the last few weeks
but he's worked extremely hard. He'll bring pace. He'll bring
tenacity. And I know he's going to be a guy who's not afraid to play.
He'll go out and he'll play hard tonight.”
What can you learn about players who
are in the playoffs for the first time at this time of year?
“Well, it's obviously a different
level of intensity. I'm learning that myself. This is my first time
through it as well. It's having a real even-keel focus on the
situation at hand and the next job at hand and being able to focus
and clear your mind and go out and execute.”
Is blocking shots something you address
at playoff time?
“Our guys have done that all year
long. There's nothing that needs to be said. That's something that's
ingrained with our group from our penalty-killers on out. Guys take
pride in it.”
It seems like the guys are still loose,
as opposed to late in the regular season when any game could have
taken you out?
“This is a different level because
it's playoff time, but in a different respect we have been through
this the last couple of months. We've had some tough losses. But I
think we've learned to take a few minutes and be a little bit, maybe,
upset at ourselves at the outcome and then just let it go, flush it
out and turn the page and move on to the next task. And I saw that in
the guys right away again yesterday morning and no question coming
into Game Day today. Their heads are in the right places.”