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Game 4 postgame quotes: Crosby, Staal

Thursday, 05.15.2008 / 11:19 PM / 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs

By NHL.com Staff


Q. I know that fourth game was always a tough game to get.  How disappointing is that to be able to finish off the night and get a bit of a breather for that first round?

SIDNEY CROSBY: Yeah, we would have liked to, obviously.  You want to win every game.  But, you know, they had a good first period, and we didn't.  And that was really the difference.  We fought hard in the second and third, and you give them too many opportunities.  But it was just too little too late.

Q. Can you guys talk about their aggressiveness going to the net, more so in this game maybe than the other three?
 
JORDAN STAAL: Yeah, they threw a lot of pucks on net.  You know, I think we had a tough time containing them in front.  You know, they're strong players.  You know, we knew coming into this game we had to do a better job in front, and, hopefully, we'll do that next game.

Q. What was the secret, the reason that you and [Maxime] Talbot and [Tyler] Kennedy really worked together well in the third period?  When did coach change those lines up a little bit there?

JORDAN STAAL: He always likes to mix it up, especially when we're behind.  I think throughout the whole game, you know, we had a few chances, and it really just clicked when we had us three out there.  You know, we just tried to keep it simple.  Just kind of getting pucks deep and working down low, and we had a few opportunities after that.

Q. All along people talked about this being a really physical series like it was during the course of the year.  Was this game more what you thought it would be especially considering they were coming out more desperate?

SIDNEY CROSBY: Yeah, I mean, you know, it's been pretty physical.  You know, we're skating with a lot harder hits.  The first period we weren't skating well, but that's the playoffs.  You know, there's a lot of history in things like that with the two teams.  But, you know, in the Eastern Conference final it's going to be intense no matter where the teams are playing.

Q. In the first 12 games of the playoffs you really had played with the lead for all but 60 minutes or something ridiculous like that.  Is it more mentally exhausting to play with the lead or to play from behind?

SIDNEY CROSBY: Well, I think everyone will tell you it's easier to play with the lead, I mean, that's natural.  But I don't think we're a team that panics when we don't have the lead.  I think we really believe in the way we play.  You know, there's been a lot of times in these playoffs where we haven't scored the first goal.

We've been down.  We were down three with the Rangers early on in that series and came back.  We really believed we'd come back here tonight.  Came up a little short.  But you never want to put yourself behind the eight ball like that.  But I think we all believe in ourselves if we play the right way for 60 minutes no matter how it starts off that we give ourselves a chance to win.

Q. The Flyers were getting through the neutral zone much easier tonight than they were in any of the first three games, especially the first period.  Did they change anything, did you notice?

SIDNEY CROSBY: No, I think we just didn't get pucks deep a few times and they capitalized on that.  You know, for sure, they're going to try to move their feet into the zone, get speed, get pucks in deep.  That's normal.  Every team wants to do that.  But we can still do a better job and make it tougher on them.  So we'll make sure that we do that next game.

Q. The importance of trying to get this series done and not give them anymore playoff life?

SIDNEY CROSBY: Yeah, obviously, we're at home.  We want to play well there, we want to finish it off.  We have to play better than we did tonight and give ourselves a better chance.  But I don't think you go into every series expecting to win four in a row.  For sure we'd like to get it done, but we're going home.  We've got a great opportunity here.

Q. For both of you, how much do you think with the plays after whistles impacted the game tonight?  And did Philadelphia make it more of a series along those lines is that something you need to address going into Game 5?

JORDAN STAAL: Yeah, I think that's something we've got to improve on.  I think they're really trying to slow the game down for us.  We were trying to get a lot of scrums and stuff.  It's not our game.  We know that if we play whistle to whistle hard, they're going to get more intimidated by that than anything else.

SIDNEY CROSBY: Yeah, we want to stay with that stuff.  I think they're looking more for those little scrums more so than we are.  You know, we'll play to our strengths and that's our skating and our speed and our skill, and being physical in a disciplined way.



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