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From the Locker Room: Game Three

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Following Monday’s morning skate, members of the Avalanche, along with head coach Joel Quenneville, discussed what’s on tap for Game Three of their best-of-seven series against the Minnesota Wild.

To watch a video from the skate, including interviews with Peter Forsberg, Paul Stastny, click here.

Peter Forsberg
On battling Minnesota defenseman Brent Burns…
“We’ve played against him most of the time and he’s a really mobile defenseman and physical. It’s a battle every time you’re out there against him, so I’m expecting the same thing for every game we play against him. It’s definitely a tough job because he’s mobile, tough to get around and very physical too.”

John-Michael Liles
On Marian Gaborik’s speed…
“He’s definitely top five (in the league). His breakaway speed – I think it was two years ago – he started out maybe 10 feet behind me on a flipped puck in the offensive zone. I think he passed me by the red line. I used to think of myself as a pretty decent skater until that point [laughs]. I was kind of shaking my head.”

Paul Stastny
On if he’s been dealt any surprises in his first two playoff games…
“No, it’s what I expected it to be; especially against these guys you know it’s going to be a close game. It’s a matter of bounces or inches for each game and I think it’ll be another one tonight.”

Avalanche Head Coach Joel Quenneville
On the physical play in the series…
“I think in all the games so far both teams have played with a lot of energy. I think there’s been a good physical presence in both teams’ games. We’re respectful for their skills and their patience, but at the same time we’d like to be on their ‘D’ and be as physical as we can in those areas.”

On neutralizing Gaborik…
“The match-up up front has been a little inconsistent, but I think Footer (Adam Foote) and Kurt (Sauer) have had the job and responsibility to make sure when he’s out there, they’re out there. The gap is important with Gaborik and (Pavol) Demitra as well, with their speed off the rush.”
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