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Belfast Giants are now developing a play-off mentality

By Stuart McKinley

Steve Thornton is confident that his Belfast Giants team is now in Play-off mode after completing their first four-point weekend since mid-January.

After beating Coventry Blaze 2-0 at the Odyssey Arena on Friday night, they went to the Fife Flyers on Saturday and recorded a 3-1 triumph, with the home side's goal only coming in the third period.

Now they face the Cardiff Devils in a two-legged battle next weekend, with the first of those expected to be in Belfast on Saturday evening, for the right to go to Nottingham at Easter for the Play-off finals.

And after seeing their Elite League title hopes evaporate, Thornton has renewed belief that the season can have a silver lining.

"It was Play-off hockey and you can't just turn that switch on and off, we talked about that and having a Play-off hockey mentality and we need that to carry over into practice and then get a four-game run and we've got a good chance of winning a trophy," said Thornton.

"You have to empty the tank on every single shift, finish every hit and back check until your legs are bending.

"It's the small things that make a difference. Other teams are going to do it and if you lose one game, you're out."

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