PITTSBURGH — Consecutive losses to start the Stanley Cup Final hasn’t shaken P.K. Subban‘s confidence.
“The focus shifts to, ‘We don’t lose in our building,'” Subban said in the aftermath of a 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 2 on Wednesday night. “We’re going back home, we’re going to win the next game. Then, we’ll go from there.”
The remarks came after an eventful evening. Subban played 24:33, blocked a team-high three shots, was the only Preds d-man not to finish with a negative rating and, in something of a stunner, dropped the gloves with Evgeni Malkin late in the third period.
As such, some might chalk Subban’s comments up to raw emotions spilling over to the postgame scrum. But he insisted the moment wasn’t getting the best of him, or the Preds.
“There’s no frustration. We’re learning,” he explained. “We’ve got guys in here that are learning. We’re going to learn from those two games, and there’s not one ounce of doubt in this locker room.
“We’re going to learn from our mistakes, and we’re going to get better. And like I said, we’ll be ready to play next game.”
And hey, Subban does have reasons to be confident.
Nashville has been terrific at home this postseason, going 7-1 — with the lone loss coming in overtime to Anaheim in the Western Conference Final. Bridgestone Arena has become one of the most raucous rinks in the NHL, and Preds fans have provided the team with incredible energy and excitement throughout this run.
It’s something head coach Peter Laviolette alluded to in his postgame remarks.
“Our building is great, the atmosphere is great,” Laviolette said. “There’s going to be a lot of energy in the building. We’re happy to get home. Our home building’s been a good place for us.”
On Saturday, it’s going to have to be.