Before a possibly decisive Game 5, we thought we would bring in someone to give the St. Louis Blues some inspiration. And as a special treat, we let you inside the dressing room to hear the words for yourself. Before tonight's playoff game, we've asked someone from Mitch and Murray to say a few words.
Let me have your attention for a moment. So you're talking about what? You're talking about, bitching about that goal you missed, some son of a bitch that made the save, somebody that doesn't want what you've got, some broad you're trying to screw and so forth. Let's talk about something important.
Are they all here? [looks at Ken Hitchcock] Well, I'm going anyway. Let's talk about something important. [looks at T.J. Oshie] Put that coffee down. Coffee's for closers only. Do you think I'm fucking with you? I am not fucking with you. I'm here from downtown. I'm here from Mitch and Murray. And I'm here on a mission of mercy. Your name's Oshie? ... You call yourself a playoff hockey player, you son of a bitch? ... You certainly aren't pal. ‘Cause the good news is you're all fired. The bad news is you've got, all you got, just 60 minutes to regain your jobs, starting tonight. Oh, have I got your attention now? Good. ‘Cause we're adding a little something to this month's sales contest. As you all know, first prize is a Cadillac El Dorado. Anyone want to see second prize? Second prize is a cruise with the Sedin brothers and you all share a cabin. Third prize is you're fired. You get the picture? You're laughing now?
You've had leads in this series with San Jose. Dave Checketts has paid good money. You can't close the leads you're given, you can't close shit, you are shit, hit the bricks pal and beat it 'cause you are going out. ... ‘The leads are weak.' Fucking leads are weak? You're weak. I've been in this business 15 years. [someone mutters 'who is this guy?'] Fuck you, that's my name. You know why, Mister? ‘Cause you drove a Hyundai to get here tonight, I drove an $80,000 BMW. That's my name. And your name is you're wanting. And you can't play in a man's game. You can't close. And you go home and tell your wife your troubles. Because only one thing counts in this life. Win the game at the end of the night. You hear me, you fucking Red Wings fans? ... A-B-C. A-always, B-be, C-closing. Always be closing. Always be closing. Close these motherfucking Sharks out.
A-I-D-A. Attention, interest, decision, action. Attention; do I have your attention? Interest; are you interested? I know you are because it's fuck or walk. You close or you hit the bricks. Decision; have you made your decision for Christ? And action. A-I-D-A; get out there. You got the Sharks comin' in; you think they came in to get out of the rain? Guy doesn't walk in the rink unless he wants to play. Joe Thornton is sitting out there waiting to give you the game! Are you gonna take it? Are you man enough to take it?
What's the problem pal? You. Berglund. ...You see this watch? You see this watch? ... That watch cost more than your car. I made $970,000 last year. How much you make? You see, pal, that's who I am. And you're nothing. Nice guy? I don't give a shit. Good father? Fuck you, go home and play with your kids. You wanna play hockey here? Close. You think this is abuse? You think this is abuse, you cocksucker? You can't take this, how can you take the abuse you get on one shift against the Sharks? You don't like it, leave. I can go out there tonight with the stick you got, make myself a goal and an assist. Tonight. Can you? Can you? Go and do likewise. A-I-D-A.
Get mad. You sons of bitches. Get mad. You know what it takes to win a playoff hockey series? It takes brass balls to win a playoff hockey series. Go and do likewise, gents. Game 5's out there, you pick it up, it's yours. You don't, I have no sympathy for you. You wanna go out on those shifts tonight and close, close, it's yours. If not you're going to be shining my shoes.