He needed time to cool off, to get over the disappointment of losing a game on hockey's biggest regular-season stage. He didn't play poorly in the 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers, but allowing the soft goal to Mike Rupp that tied the game at 2-2 was a backbreaker.
Once most of his teammates were showered, dressed and gone from the borrowed Phillies clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park, a crushed Bobrovski appeared. He had an interpreter but his face said everything that needed to be said about how he felt about the game.
"Too bad I made a mistake," he said.
It was the first of a series of short answers to questions in a scrum that lasted two minutes only because it was being interpreted. He said he was hopeful that his confidence wouldn't be shaken after the loss and admitted that he felt the pressure that came when Peter Laviolette gave him the high-profile start instead of Philadelphia's $51 million goalie, Ilya Bryzgalov.
"A little bit [of pressure]," he said. "But tried to put it aside and not allow it to influence the game."
Instead of seizing the opportunity created by Bryzgalov's struggles and establishing himself as the answer in goal for Philadelphia, now there are only more questions. The biggest: What next?
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