Smith spoke to his teammates after Game 2 about not playing their best hockey, and he included himself in the criticism.
“It’s one thing to lose when you’re playing your best, but when you’re losing games when you’re not playing up to your capability, that’s why it’s frustrating,” he said. “We start with one win right now and that’s all can worry about. We can’t win four games in one game. We’re not looking too far ahead and this series is far from over.”
“Frustration can’t get the better of us,” Tippett said. “Sometimes people expect us to come out and dominate the game, but that’s not going to happen. We’re a team that hangs around the game and we find a way to win. The frustration of not being able to do that in the first two games certainly was evident. We need to get back to playing the way we can, playing our style and find a way to win.”
AP Sports Writer John Marshall in Glendale, Ariz., contributed to this report.
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