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Post-Game 6 Quotes: Evgeni Malkin

Thursday, 06.05.2008 / 12:46 AM / 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs

By NHL Public Relations

EVGENI MALKIN: At the beginning of the series I didn't play my best games, and I was pretty nervous with what to expect.
   
And more at the end of the series, I feel big help from my coaches, from my teammates, who just helped me out and I'm kind of -- I feel like I've come down and I start feeling a bit better.

Q.  Can you talk about being a young group, what have you guys shown yourself this year, and can you talk about the future a little bit?
   
EVGENI MALKIN: Yeah, I think we have a great team. We learned a lot. We learned, first of all, we can compete with anybody. And the most important is we can play against anybody and hopefully we're going to have a good summer and we'll be ready for next season. And I think we have a good future.

Q.  I'm told that you were quite sick at the start of the series, you had the flu and it was quite violent. Is that true?
   
EVGENI MALKIN: Yeah, at the beginning of the Detroit series I was a little sick. But I didn't think it was major effect on my game.

Q.  Can you talk about how you battled in this series and then talk about the future?
   
EVGENI MALKIN: Yeah, actually, we came out with a big future for us, and we just realize we can compete. We can play no matter what team, that we played against a great team. But most important I think we have a great future for next year. We found out we just have to fight to the last second, last minute. The previous game, last game, that's what shows us we can play until the last second and score the goal. And the same thing today, just a few seconds, we were ready to tie the game.

Q.  That series was so close. Wonder if you can pinpoint any reason why they got the edge so close after those first two games, why they got the edge there.
   
EVGENI MALKIN: We played a good team. We didn't play against them all season.
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