He was solid. When you only have three shots against you in one period, it can be hard on you mentally. I thought he gave us a chance to win. He stopped everything he should have stopped and he made a handful of good saves to keep us in the game.
We've got a good mix of young and old. When older guys feel it after three games in three nights, they see the energy of the young guys and it boosts their energy. It works the other way, too. The older guys help the young guys work through things.
We relied on one man [MacIntyre] to hold us in a hockey game on Friday in the first period and we relied on him again tonight. We were 1-1 after one, but it could have been 4 or 5-1. It is frustrating because we are better than that.
I don't know if I can come up with enough intelligent words to describe Drew MacIntyre. The confidence he has instilled in the rest of the team is unbelievable. If there is a goalie outside the National Hockey League that is playing as well as him, I'd pay good money to see him.
We tried to let things go as long as we could, but it got to the point where the safety of the players became a concern. You've got to think of the players' best interests and not put them in harm's way.
Some people think these guys are just hockey players, rough and tough guys. But they also have lives and aspirations away from hockey. He is a perfect example of that. One day he's sitting in front of an impressive group of people and two days later he is fighting in front of another group of people.
I had him at my son's school. Not only can we count on him to do things that are asked of the team, he goes out and finds other things to do. That just says so much about his professionalism and character.
It was excitement, but there was relief, too. We battled and fought so hard. After the season we will reflect on the title. But the most important thing right now is that we have five days off before we play again. So we can rest our weary bones.