With a 2-0 series lead squandered, Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy couldn't be more blunt about his team's performance going into Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round series with the Minnesota Wild.
"We're right there with them," he told reporters on Friday. "Now it's time, sorry about the words, to put our balls on the table."
The Wild went home from Denver down two games in their series against the Avalanche and - following solid starts from goaltender Darcy Kuemper - they're leaving St. Paul with the series even at 2-2.
Charlie Coyle and Jared Spurgeon each scored once while Kuemper held the fort to send the Wild to a 2-1 victory over the Avs in Game 4 on Thursday.
The Avalanche struggled offensively during their two games in Minnesota, scoring just one goal and firing just 12 shots on Kuemper in Game 4. Colorado has been outshot 78-34 in the last two games, with Ryan O'Reilly getting the lone goal.
"I'm not happy about that," Roy added. "Let's not kid ourselves. We know we can do better and we will. There's always adjustments...one other thing, their goalie did a good job not giving too many rebounds. Plus, we missed the net too many times. Sometimes in the playoffs, you need to put the puck on the net with the purpose of getting a rebound."
The Avalanche went 0-for-8 on the power play over the last two games and is 1-for-15 in the series, but Roy warned that such challenges are natural for a young team that isn't even a Stanley Cup contender. "We need to be patient with our group," he explained.
"This is a young team. This is a team that, let's not forget, finished 29th last year. These are huge steps and this is a learning process."
The series returns to Denver for Game 5 on Saturday.