After Colorado Avalanche’s 3-2 loss in Game 5 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the veteran forward Andrew Cogliano spoke at a players-only meet after the game on how he isn’t happy with the team’s performance. His speech at the meet helped Avalanche regroup and try to focus on defeating the Lightning before getting to the cup.
Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper noted, “He just said, ‘Stay in the moment”. “He addressed how he felt last game and I think we all resonated with that, where we were maybe looking a little ahead and thinking about this [Cup-winning celebration], thinking about this rather than being in the moment. You know, to hear it come from him, everyone was in agreement. I think that really helped us just come out and play our game.”
Andrew Cogliano’s motivating speech helped regroup the Avalanche
The Colorado Avalanche took the Stanley Cup by storm after defeating the two-time reigning champions the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 6 on Sunday for the first time since 2001. As written on nhl.com, Andrew Cogliano noted, “It was more just, we’ve worked so hard to get here playing the right way, let’s be in the moment, win or lose, no regrets. And that message was pushed by our leaders”. “At the end of the day, the captain, and the assistant captains, those guys are a big reason we’re here.”
Hearing his speech surely made an impact on his teammates, as they could resonate easily with the person who played more than 1000th NHL games now. It’s also his first time Stanley Cup win. During the playoffs, he recorded 6 points in 16 playoffs. Due to his middle finger surgery, he missed Game 1 of the Cup. Avalanche coach Jared Bednar wasn’t present during the player’s only meet but he sure recognized the change in his players.
Bednar noted, “You could feel a sense of relief, some of the nervous tension that we had at home and focus was back”. “So, I had a pretty good feeling about tonight because they called that meeting. Those guys said what they said.” Avalanche defenceman said, “When a guy like that talks, you listen”. “He spoke to us, it was him and ‘Landy’ [Landeskog] and ‘Nate’ [MacKinnon], basically just calmed the guys down and made sure that, regardless of the outcome, we just put it all out there and see where the game lies.” “
That’s kind of where our minds were at throughout this whole game. Our mentality was just to win that period, win that next shift, and so on. We were never looking too far ahead to the outcome. We definitely feel like we earned that one, for sure.”