Nick Foligno and the Columbus Blue Jackets are committed to getting a bounce-back win over Pittsburgh Wednesday.
For the second time in their best-of-seven series in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Columbus Blue Jackets built a 3-1 lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second period of play. However, just like game one, in game three Monday night at Nationwide Arena, the Blue Jackets allowed three unanswered goals and fell to the Penguins, 4-3.
But rather than focusing on the loss, the Blue Jackets know the importance of looking ahead to game four Wednesday, which, if they won, would even the series at 2-2.
"There was no message after the game to the guys," Columbus coach Todd Richards said. "I think the emotion is high. I think the disappointment is there. For me, now, you have to be able to put things behind you, and we'll have to learn from it, probably talk about some things, get ready for game four. Whether it's an emotional win or a tough loss, you put it behind you and get ready for game four."
Blue Jackets left winger Nick Foligno added, "We've got to have a short memory on this. Just like when you win a game, you've got to forget it and get ready for the next one. That's what we've got to do."
Foligno said the Blue Jackets should have a short memory of the loss because of the "good things" they were able to accomplish against the Penguins.
"You've got to continue to look positively at things and not get down," Foligno said. "It's a long playoff series. It's going to be a long playoff series. We know that, and you've just got to wait for your chances to break through and it's tough because we know we had a real good opportunity to get a win here, but it doesn't mean we're not going to be ready for this fourth game and making sure we're doing everything possible to win."
Center Ryan Johansen added, "Right now, it's very frustrating, especially when you see goals go off of legs and things like that. Sometimes, you just want to throw your arms up in the air, but that's why we're professional athletes.
"We're able to refocus right away. We'll watch some video of things we'll break down and get better at. Moving forward, I thought we had a great start, which we'll need again Wednesday. If we get a couple goals early, we need to find a way to hold onto them."
Center Brandon Dubinsky is a veteran of 34 NHL playoff games, mostly with the New York Rangers, but having fought alongside his fellow Blue Jackets for the past two seasons, he knows the team will be ready for game four.
"We like our character in here, and I anticipate we'll be ready," Dubinsky said. "We'll come to the rink, figure out what we need to get better at and we'll talk about some of the things we did well because there were a lot of good things out there.
"(We'll) just be ready and be prepared for a tough game four. They're going to come again hard, and it's going to be a long series. It's going to be a battle, and we've just got to keep on keeping on."