"They worked harder than we did, I think," said Hasek. "If we don't score five or six goals, we probably don't win the game. It's important to be able to win games 3-1 and 3-2. In the playoffs, the games are going to be close.
"It's frustrating. We have to find a way to win these close games. I don't know the reason, but part of it has to be mental. After the first half of the season, I don't remember winning a game 2-1 or 3-2. I'd like to see us win 10 of those games by now. It makes the team stronger to know you can win these close games."
Hasek's point is backed up by the stats: The Senators, who have led the league for most of the season, are just 5-6 in one-goal games and, after last night, are just 11-10 in two-goal games. They are 18-3 in three-goal games.
He also brought up the fact that playoff games tend not to be blowouts, as Sens fans caught up in hellish 2-0 and 1-0 infinite loops can surely attest.
I'm really at a loss, here. I find it hard to believe that Spezza could have broken open any of the last few close games (although Havlat might have), nor do I see any available players out there capable of providing what they already ought to have in spades.
Saturday night we're in Edmonton and need to save some face if we're not going to go 0-3 against our western Canadian counterparts.