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Game 3 pregame quotes: Daniel Briere

Tuesday, 05.13.2008 / 4:52 PM / 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs

By NHL.com Staff


Q. The other day in Pittsburgh, John Stevens said that in order to get the line going that they need Vinny to start moving his feet. What do you see from Vinny right now? He looks a little tired to me out there?
 
DANIEL BRIERE: Obviously, if I score on that wraparound and a couple of other plays that we had a chance. And Randy Jones was in the slot with the slapper, then we're not talking about it. But we didn't finish our chances, that's why these things, you know, you try to look at where the problem lies, but for me it's all about, you know, burying our chances when we have them.
 
Q. The chemistry between you two guys has been undeniable since you got here. It seems that you really need him to get going for the line to get going.
 
DANIEL BRIERE: Well, we're, you know, we're players, and I think for all three of us, we all need each other. We need all three to get going. We use each other a lot. We're not the Ovechkin or even a Malkin where they'll rush the puck up and down the ice by themselves and make plays themselves. We work the give and goes a lot. We need all three to get going. That's for sure.
 
Q. How much will being at home help guys help your line get favorable match ups or whatever you need to get going?
 
DANIEL BRIERE: It was weird. I don't think the match ups will be an issue. You look in Pittsburgh, and everybody was playing against everybody. Obviously, playing in front of our own crowd. We've played really well the first two series, and hopefully that can happen again against Pittsburgh. It's obviously one of the toughest buildings to play in. And I've had the chance to be on the other side, you know, and it was tough coming in here. So hopefully we can feed off that energy that the crowd's going to give us tonight.
 
Q. Has Fleury been the best goalie you've faced in the playoffs so far?
 
DANIEL BRIERE: You're talking about this year?
 
Q. In the playoffs, yeah, this year.
 
DANIEL BRIERE: Well, I mean, Price had his ups and downs. I think we made his life miserable by always being in his face. We did the same thing. I thought with Huet, we made it pretty tough on him. I thought we haven't had the chance to make it tough enough on Fleury. Obviously he's a good goalie. But I mean, it's up to us to get there, to get in front of him, and try to, you know, create some screens, which we haven't done a very good job so far in the first two games.
 
Q. How important is it to get off to a hot start? To get off to a good start, how important is that?
 
DANIEL BRIERE: Well, like I said earlier, we have to feed off that crowd. Right at the beginning of the game. I think we'll be ready to go. I mean, you look at any games in the playoffs, it seems that that first goal is huge, it's critical. So, yeah, we'll try to feed off the energy of the crowd, and hopefully get us going. Get the early lead.
 
Q. A lot is made about the visiting team as to whether the first five or ten minutes. But do you also have to be careful not to get too hyped up or too over the line in the same timeframe?
 
DANIEL BRIERE: Yeah, that's a good point. This whole series you have to be careful. You have to watch your emotion, not get carried away, not cross a line to give them a power play that can turn the game or the series around. And it's the same thing at the beginning of the game. You know, Pittsburgh did a very good job in their building feeding off the crowd without crossing a line. We have to do the same thing.
 

 
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