Recap: Ulf Samuelsson’s pre game comments

Ulf SamuelssonUlf Samuelsson spoke with Sam Rosen on MSG before game four against LA:

  • How do you get the players to buy in to feel that they can do this, “They are ready. Yesterday was a tough day and today you can feel the energy and everyone recognizes that we are in the Stanley Cup Final and we are happy to be here but we gotta come out swinging tonight for sure and the feeling is good in the room.”
  • What was missing in game three, “A few things we looked at are trying to get more on the inside and had some scoring chances and some borderline scoring chances but we for sure want to fight our way to the inside. LA is a good team defending and we want our defense more involved in the offense and the cycle.”

  • On the defense getting inovled, “we haven’t been that good shooting from the blue line. Lots of shots blocked and LA is good at playing man to man down low. LA is backchecking really hard so you need to go hard and quick when you see that opening.”
  • On defending against LA, “we can always improve on that side as well but we are good at swarming and out manning LA in the corners and defensively we are pretty happy with most things. On offense we want to be quicker on the pucks and need to be sharper on breakouts and get better and more in the middle of the ice.”
  • Is the team ready emotionally, “yea, we are ready, ready and yesterday was brutal but today everyone will come out swinging.”