Pittsburgh - Consol Energy Center - Wed. April 11, 11:57 a.m.
We got to Pittsburgh around 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon and the first thing we did was hook up the Play Station 3 in my room. We played video games and hung out for a good part of the night. I’d say we had six to eight guys at a time in my room, the guys would come in and out. The majority of the team was there at one point.
They wanted to check out who we were playing.
We like to play FIFA Soccer. We played a round robin tournament with a couple of us.
After that, we had a team dinner at a Pittsburgh steakhouse. It was really good. I just wanted to get in and get out. It’s good to get some bonding going before the start of the postseason.
Jake Voracek is sick on FIFA. It’s soccer, and those Czechs are pretty good at soccer. I wouldn’t expect any less from them.
We got back to the hotel after dinner and did the same thing again: played video games. It’s a good way to kill some time.
By 9:30 p.m., everyone had cleared out of my room. Me and ‘Reader’ (Matt Read) closed the door, just watched a little TV, and cut the cord and went to bed.
At the skate today, (Peter Laviolette) called the rookies aside and talked to us about tonight’s (Game 1). It’s been a great ride for us. We’ve had ups and downs throughout the season but we’ve done a great job. He told us to keep going and keep positive.
We can’t let any situation get us too high or too low. We’ve got to stay in the middle and just keep grinding it out.
As for this afternoon, I don’t know if I’m going to take a nap yet. I’ll see how I feel.
Flyers rookie Zac Rinaldo will be writing a daily blog on Philly.com throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs. Check back on Thursday for another post. Follow him on Twitter at @RinaldoZac.