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Game 3 pregame quotes: Mike Richards

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Q.  You got in some practice today.  Game of this magnitude, was it nervousness, excitement?  What are your feelings in practice today?

MIKE RICHARDS:  We went through our normal game day routine.  I think the feeling in the dressing room and on the ice is excitement.  Everyone's looking forward to this opportunity to play at home. I think everyone knows the importance of tonight's game. And all the X's and O's we can go through.  It's whether we play our game and how we can play.

Q.  How much is just being at home going to help you guys as far as getting the last change and getting more favorable matchups?
  
MIKE RICHARDS:  Well, I think we feel comfortable putting anyone on the ice against anyone.  But I mean the defensive pairings, and even the forward pairings against different lines is huge in the playoffs. I think the biggest part about playing at home is the crowd and feeding off their energy, trying to get them in there early and carry the momentum through the game.


Q.  Just seeing Braydon, though he's not playing, but just seeing he's doing okay and around the team and recovering, does that give you a little jolt also?

   
MIKE RICHARDS:  It's nice to see that nothing severe has happened.  Right when it happened you couldn't help but think of the worst.  Being there, and seeing the blood, it was kind of a shock for you.  But knowing that he's going to be all right, and kind of seeing him around gives you a little more motivation, yes.

Q.  Has Marc Andre Fleury been the best goalie you've faced in the playoffs this far?
   
MIKE RICHARDS:  He's been good, yeah.  He's been solid.  I thought Huet was really good in the first series.  Price played well in a couple of games, except for some of the bounces that we had.  I don't think we've had enough traffic in front of him as we did in the first two series.  It's something that we have to focus on and trying to get bodies so he can't see the puck as well.




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