Ryan Malone has two goals, three points and is plus-2 in four games for the United States in the Olympics. As he prepared for today's semifinal with Finland, the Lightning left wing was pretty sure he wouldn't be taking in any curling.
Has it been as thrilling as you thought it would be?
When it's all said and done, you can look back on everything that's happened. We're still in the process of getting where we want to go. The games so far have been a great experience, and the Canada game was a big confidence booster for our team. We still have two big games ahead.
Describe the intensity in the building when you played Canada.
It was loud, but we scored right off the bat, so it wasn't as crazy as I thought it was going to be. Just from my few games in the playoffs, (there are) some pretty loud barns you get to play in, so it wasn't unusually loud. But I do know the town here is going crazy, especially after (Canada) beat up on the Russians in the last game.
Are the games rougher than in the NHL?
A little bit. Because there's no fighting, anyone can run around and hit anybody, so it's going to be a little more physical and a little more chippy. As the stakes get higher, the intensity and everything matters a little bit more, so it will get more physical as we go.
What has it been like playing for assistant coach John Tortorella?
It's great. He gives a tap on the back when you've got to get going. The way he looks at the game is really good and little different from (Lightning coach Rick Tocchet) and everybody else in Tampa. To have the experience of some other coaches here has been good.
Has Torts flashed his famous temper?
No. He'll yell just to get the boys going and make sure you're on the same page. The coaches have done a great job getting everyone to do the job effectively.
What will it take to beat Finland?
Just make sure we're disciplined. The last game (the quarterfinal win over Switzerland), we gave up too many odd-man rushes. (Finland) has a great power play, so we just have to make sure we do those little details well.
Taken in any curling?
Ah, no. No time for curling. But when it's on, you kind of watch a little bit of it. It is what it is.
Do you get it?
You just try to put the disc in one of those circles. The last disc there gets the points.