Spezza resists urge to put pressure on himself

NEW YORK – A lot was made over the last week about Jason Spezza having only two assists and no goals in the first four games of the series, but he wasn’t worried.
He felt he was playing well and the team was in a good position with the series tied, so he resisted the urge to heap pressure on himself.
“A lot was made of it,” he said. “You feel pressure to score.”
“But we were also tied 2-2 in the series and in a pretty good position.
“I felt like I was playing pretty good, so for me I didn’t change how I approach the game.
“I was trying to play good defensively and not give them anything and then I got rewarded with a good play from (Mark Stone) and a goal and then we locked it down defensively.
“I’m not going to change my game just because I don’t have any goals. Sometimes you need them, and sometimes you need, and obviously we’d like to score more.
“But this is a tight series.
“If you’re down 3-0 and we’re having a hard time scoring, and I haven’t done anything, then you put a little more pressure (on yourself).
“But when it’s 2-2 and playing good hockey, you don’t want to get too worried.”

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