"They were trying to establish their forecheck, but on our end, our forecheck was much better," said Pittsburgh defenseman Matt Niskanen. "They didn't have energy in the offensive zone or on the forecheck because of what we were doing."
"It wasn't a lack of effort or competing or anything like that," he said. "I'd love to tear it up every series, but it's not always the case. It doesn't make it any easier, I'll tell you that. It's tough losing as it is but when you're unable to contribute as much as you'd like, it's even tougher."