“It's a greater challenge and everybody rises to it,” Paajarvi said. “We've got a good system. It's when we get outside of the system that we hurt ourselves.”
The Barons did that in Game 1, a 5-0 loss at the Cox Center. Oklahoma City struggled to create first chances, let alone second and third tries, against Toronto goaltender Ben Scrivens.
Oklahoma City went back to doing what it has done best for Game 2, creating better chances, though most of the goals weren't the “greasy” kind that have been the Barons hallmark on the road for most of the year.
They're likely to need that element — getting screens in front of Scrivens, deflecting pucks and winning battles in front of the net — in Toronto.
“The way we played (Friday), we've got to keep playing like that,” Cornet said. “But we've got to expect pressure like the first game. They're going to be at home with the crowd behind them, so we've got to match their intensity and their pressure.”