Mike Yeo after today's 4-2 loss to Boston
I’m not going to try to pretend that that was good enough, that’s for sure.
Was that jittery, frustrated team? Everybody has nerves, everybody has emotions, good and bad, and you have to find a way to deliver, you have to find a way to play, and we didn’t
Are you worried this is going to cost you your job? “I’m a realist. You can’t lose every game and expect to think that there’s not going to be changes. I’m operating under the assumption that I’ll be the coach tomorrow, and I know what I’m going to do and it’s going to be something different from what we’ve done. That’s what happens. When you lose, you’re looking for a response, you need a response, and so you can try to, whether it’s change players, whether it’s change coach, whether you don’t do anything, you’re either going to get a response from the group and you’re going to change things or you’re not and you’re not going to change things. And that’s what we need right now. We need a response because that was not good enough.
I’m disappointed in that game. Very. Very disappointed with that game. I thought we had three games where I thought the outcome could have been different. I thought there were three games where I thought that we were coming, and I was expecting a much different performance of our group today.
What changes will you make tomorrow? That’s between me and them
Pominville to the fourth line, then third: “A response, and he did. Wasn’t planning on playing him with Thomas and Haulzy there, but with the penalties, I wanted to give him a shift because Fonzie was killing. They drew a penalty, had a good shift in the offensive zone. Kept rolling with him, that group gave us the most offensive zone time and a little bit more sustained pressure than anybody else.
Microcosm giving up a goal 35 seconds after tying it? It’s almost more difficult to do what we are doing right now than it is to win a whole bunch of games. We just keep finding different ways to lose hockey games and tonight we give up a shortie, we give up a breakaway goal and we give up a 2-on-1 with a forward defending it. That’s not exactly a recipe for winning hockey.
Do you believe this core is still good enough? “I had a chance when we Mikey scored, you’re down two goals and we’ve got 30 seconds left, are we going to tie the game up? No. So I could have not pulled the goalie, but the message is pretty simple: I’m not freaking quitting here, and I’m not quitting on this group. I’m going to show some fight, and I believe in the group, but better start believing in each other and better start delivering.
Have they quit on you? I don’t worry about that. Those are things that are out of my control. I worry about the things that are in my control. Like I said, I know what I’m going to do tomorrow and I’m ready for that.