the 8-1 loss in game 3 was actually scoreless after the 1st period, then they scored 11 seconds into the 2nd and everyone imploded and gave up.
The only game where we were completely out of it right off the bat was game 6, they scored 4 in the first.
As I said, Thomas kept his team in it until the bitter end in all of his losses. Keeping your team in it for one period isn't going to win the game. You need to keep your team in it for three periods to have that opportunity.