The San Jose Sharks forced a sixth game in their series against Dallas after a stunning third-period comeback and beautiful overtime winner.
Many fans must be wondering what exactly Ron Wilson said in the locker room between periods. The Bleacher Report has the exclusive:
Wilson: All right guys, it hasn't been a very good first two periods. Even a quick look at the scoreboard reveals the other team is winning. This is bad news for our team, since we are not the other team. We are our team.
Roenick: Hey, that's right! Coach is right!
Wilson: Indeed I am. What's more, if we don't score at least two goals in the next period — the so-called 'third' period — then we will lose this game and our season will be over.
Marleau: Wait, slow down. If we don't score any goals in the next period, then we will have our work cut out for us in our next game... right? That's not the worst thing ever.
Wilson: No, no. That's a common misconception. As it turns out, the rules technically dictate, that if we lose this game...we don't get a chance for another one.
Thornton: What?! Well, why didn't anybody tell us this?
Wilson: The guys in the front office hadn't done the math yet, obviously.
Roenick: So then what options do we have?
Wilson: Well, my inclination is that if we want to win the Stanley Cup —
Thornton: Of course, we want to win the Stanley Cup! That's the whole point.
Wilson: Yes, then we must win this specific game. This very one that is happening right now.
Soupy: Oh, geeze, we had better get our act together. If I had known that, I wouldn't have played like complete junk this entire playoffs. Classic case of miscommunication.
Wilson: No worries, Soupy, we'll deduct it from your free-agent contract.
Soupy: Fair enough, my bad.
Thornton: Very well, then I think the best course of action for us is to win. And not just in any game. We need to win this one. Right now. So I guess we'll have to...um...
Wilson: Score goals. That's my recommendation.
Michalek: That's it? Just score some goals? That's all we have to do?
Wilson: Yes, we need at least two, if not more.
Marleau: Oh, we can do that. If that's all we have to do...
Wilson: My suggestion is that when you guys shoot the puck, you aim it at the upper-corner of the net, and make sure that it's so perfectly placed that it skims both the crossbar and the post on the way in. Those shots are harder to stop.
Soupy: Ok, I can do that. Are you sure that you wouldn't rather that I commit a giveaway at the point which leads to a Dallas breakaway?
Wilson: That's very tempting... but goals are probably preferable.
Pavelski: Should I try to score too?
Wilson: Yes, my strong recommendation for the next 20 minutes is that every single person on this team tries to score a goal.
Nabby: Even me, Coach?
Wilson: No, you've scored enough goals for one lifetime.
Michalek: Wait, does that mean that I should score a goal too?
Wilson: Yes, everyone on the team. Even you. Every player should aspire to score a goal in this period, as we want to score not one, but two.
Thornton: And if we just score a handful of goals in this period... then that's all we have to do to win it? Just score a few easy goals? We did that all the time this year. I set up as many goals as anybody in the league, I think.
Wilson: You sure did!
Marleau: But wait! What happens if our team doesn't spend any time in the penalty box? Then how can you expect me to score?
Wilson: Give the biscuit to someone else.
Wilson: Alright, boys, what are we gonna do?
Team: Score goals!
Wilson: And how many do we need?
Team: More than one!
Wilson: That's right, go get 'em boys! Charge!