Some losses leave players scratching their heads. Others involve such obvious things going wrong that the players almost can't stop talking afterward.
It's almost as if they feel that the more they accept a terrible loss, the quicker they can move on.
Thursday night was one of those nights when the Philadelphia Flyers had plenty to say after losing 5-1 to the Montreal Canadiens in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, which they still lead 2-1.
There were so many interesting quotes that didn't make the cut for my story about the game in Friday's paper that I thought I'd put a few of them on here:
Kimmo Timonen: Overall, I think the last three games we haven't played at the level we're supposed to play. You never want to say that was a good loss, but maybe that was a good loss for us. Now we've got to realize that this is not us. We've got to play way better than we've been playing the last three games. ... We all knew after two games that we have another level we can play, and I was hoping we could bring it tonight, but it didn't happen, and I'm sure we'll have a really long meeting (Friday) to figure out what's going on, and that's why I said this is a good thing for us.
Claude Giroux: The whole game, 5-on-5, they dominated us. You know what, we've got to take that game as a learning experience and make sure we show up the next game. ... Obviously we're very confident. We won, what, six in a row? Obviously when you lose one, it might wake you up a little bit, and the game wasn't even close tonight. ... They were the best team on the ice, by far.
Simon Gagne: It was embarrassing. ... It's up to each one of us to get ready for a game, and right now we don't do it, and we have to find a way. The game's just getting quicker and quicker. It was fast against Boston, but now it's faster. And you need to think a bit quicker out there, but right now we're still at the same pace we were against Boston. ... It's a wakeup call. It's 2-1. Now we're talking about a tight series. ... They were more hungry than we were.
Chris Pronger: Use it as a wakeup call or whatever you want to call it, but we need to understand it's going to take a lot more than what we just showed out there to be successful.