"Don't let us win three.."
Syracuse Crunch captain Mike Angelidis' words are proof that the Crunch has its swagger back.
Remember, it was less than a week ago that the AHL's Eastern Conference Champion was reeling, trailing Grand Rapids 3-0 in the best-of-seven series for the Calder Cup.
It was after that point, that Crunch Head Coach Rob Zettler told the media "Don't let us win one."
Now, Here we are, on the verge of Game 6 and the Crunch has a chance to even the series up at three games apiece and force a Game 7, also here in town at the War Memorial, on Thursday.
Certainly the slogan, "All In" has proven true. With its back against the wall, the Crunch loooks like a new team and absolutely controlled every aspect of Game 5 in Grand Rapids on Saturday.
"It gets us going, we can't pick it right up, we can't take a shift off. Everybody's got to be their best every night We have to lay it on the line because we lose one game it's done. It's over for us. Right now, we have to play our best and when we say "All In" (The Crunch's post-season slogan) put everything everyone's got on the table, we can't hold anything back" said Angelidis.
Most Crunch fans were merely hoping for a chance, as slim as it might have seemed, to see the team one more time in a Game 6.
But now, with this team, the Crunch's rabid fan base can feel the aura around this team.
They want the Cup, and this team could very well bring it home to Syracuse for the first time since 1937.
Puck drops at 7 p.m. at the War Memorial, tickets are still available at the War Memorial Box Office.