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Game 3 postgame quotes: Flyers

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Q: Talk about the game.

MARTIN BIRON: We were frustrated a little bit, but that’s normal in the situation that is not a good one. We didn’t play a good game either. Give the other team (Pittsburgh) some credit, but I think that we’re going to have to come up with better games because the first three didn’t work. We’re going to have to find something that works.

Q: Is it tough to remain positive after tonight’s loss and being down 3-0 in the series?


MARTIN BIRON:  Well, right now after this game, yeah, but tomorrow morning we are going to have to regroup and focus and go to war. We’ve showed resilience in our battles all year. We’re not going to stop now.

Q.  Regarding missed opportunities.

JOFFREY LUPUL: I do not know if I have an explanation right now.  It seems that when we had chances we either missed the net or they blocked shots. We are working.  We are in their skating but they are just doing a good job defensively.  We are making it tough on ourselves by making costly mistakes and having to play from behind.

Q. On being down 3-0.

JOFFREY LUPUL: It is pretty simple; we cannot lose again.  That goes without saying.  It has happened before.  Teams have come back.  We are in a pretty big hole but look at last series between San Jose and Dallas.  San Jose was right there with a chance to come back.  I guess that is the type of thing you look for.  We are not going to quit, we are going to come out in game four and play as hard as we can, I can guarantee you that.

Q. Are you surprised at how good defensively Pittsburgh is?

JOFFREY LUPUL: I think they have really tightened up since the start of the year.  They added some workers. (Pascal) Dupuis and (Marian) Hossa are good defensive players and their defense is playing as a pretty solid unit.  It is tough right now but it is not like we are unable to penetrate.  We can get in there and get chances.  We had chances tonight but we were missing the net and they were doing some good things like blocking shots.  We just need one of those games where the pucks we throw at the net start going in like they have been for them.

Q.  They are not the New Jersey Devils but (the Penguins) are playing a 1-4-1.  How do you guys counter that?

MIKE RICHARDS:  We just need more support, crisper passes and come up as a group.  We cannot blow the zone or have a guy hanging out high.  We need to come out together and use everybody.

Q. Do you guys think you were just outplayed?

MIKE RICHARDS:  I thought tonight was just a sloppy game all together.  They were not great and we were not as sharp as we would like to be and we did not have success.

Q. Are they under-rated defensively?

MIKE RICHARDS:  They are a patient team.  They sit back and there defense pulls out.  They turn a lot of pucks over when we try to do too much with the puck and then their forwards counter the other way.  They have speed and the capability to beat you off the rush.

Q: Talk about the game.

SCOTTIE UPSHALL: They (Pittsburgh) played a good team game. They blocked shots. They didn’t let us penetrate the middle of the ice in front of their net. They played an all-around great game. They outworked us around the wall. I just thought that our effort wasn’t there.

Q: What can you guys do to improve for Game 4?

SCOTTIE UPSHALL: We got to shoot more. We have to get more pucks on (Marc-Andre) Fleury, he looks too comfortable in net. He’s making saves, but the rebounds are there, we’re not able to find them. Our forwards, including myself, we just have to be better.



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