It may have been hard, but it was necessary for head coach Doug Weight to show film from the 5-0 loss to the Maple Leafs Wednesday night.
"One of the worst films I think I've ever shown," Weight told Newsday's Mark Hermann.
Weight showed 20 clips to his players, and he couldn't bear to watch as his players floated around the ice without regard for the speedy Leafs around them.
"It makes me ashamed," Weight said. "It makes me sick to my stomach...It's just shameful. They've got to hear it. We've got to compete.
"What I have to be better at -- and our staff, but mainly me -- is to find a way to have them compete consistently."
Weight may not have been able to watch, but he admitted "it's on me" on how the Isles have came out of the All-Star break. They have let up nine goals to one in the last two games, and the only way to fix it is thinking outside the box.
That is why Weight broke up one of the best lines in the NHL in Anders Lee and John Tavares on the top line. Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle joined Lee, while Anthony Beauvillier and Josh Bailey played with Tavares in practice.
"Just a little change, just a little more speed with Johnny. Maybe it's a period, maybe it's a game, maybe it's a couple," Weight said.
The honest video session proved to spark something in Weight's roster as he said the team came out energized on Friday.
"I think we need to get back to that and get our energy levels up and get that fire under our seats," Lee said. "I think we've been pretty disappointed and ticked off with the last couple games. I think we showed it out there at practice.
"Obviously Barzie and Ebbs are two great players and I think we're going to have some good things going tomorrow."
Tavares added: "Everyone on this team is a good hockey player, they're here for a reason. Play to your strengths, trust your instincts, try to read off one another. I think that's the best way to approach it. Don't try to do too much."
Weight likes the spirited practice, but he hopes it translate in their next game against the Blue Jackets on Saturday.