"We have to be disappointed that it was an opportunity blown, but excited at a big challenge that we can show our character here," said Pacioretty, who led the team in regular-season goals but hasn't scored in the playoffs. "We came back a lot this year, we've shown that, and we've got an opportunity to show that in this series. We have to tune out all this noise. We've done an OK job of tuning out the negativity thus far. It's important, especially in Montreal."
"We know their biggest adjustment will be their compete level," he said. "We know that they're going to come out and play their best game of the series. That's just the way it goes in the playoffs. It's up to us to try to limit that and also try to stick to our game plan."