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Game 4 postgame quotes: Chris Osgood

by NHL Public Relations / NHL.com
Q.  Could you talk about that five on three, and what do you think it means for this team.  And if this keeps going the way it's going, do you think this will be the turning point of the series?

CHRIS OSGOOD:  It was a big time for us.  We were in the box too much in the first, deservingly so.  All the penalties we took were penalties tonight.  They were skating well, and we just did a great job, getting in the shooting lane on the penalty kill.  It wasn't like they weren't shooting.  They were.  We blocked a ton of shots, and we were able to get in the shooting lane and get the puck and retrieve it and shoot it down.

We were a little lucky, too, at the same time.  It bounced back to our guys.  But all in all, we did a great job.

Q.  I know you've told us countless times you take things in stride, you live in the moment.  But you've just played one of your best games of the playoffs.  You made a number of point blank saves and won a 2-1 game.  To put your team towards the Cup, when you go home tonight, isn't that going to be a pretty sweet feeling?

CHRIS OSGOOD:  I've always approached it   I have talked about it before, but I'm not going to think about anything tonight on the ride home.  I'll clear my mind all day tomorrow and not even think about anything.  Just come to the rink and be prepared to play another game.

Sounds boring, but that's the way I've approached it all playoffs.  It's fun for me when the game starts.  That's my most enjoyable time of the entire playoffs is when I get out there, have my mind free and just play.  That's what I plan on doing on Monday.

Q.  When you see one of these superstars coming in on you, is there any extra rush than just a normal player, say, [Penguins forward Evgeni] Malkin or [Penguins forward Sidney] Crosby coming in?

CHRIS OSGOOD:  It's fun playing against this team, because they skate well and it's end-to-end action.  There's a lot of passing.  There's not a lot of stoppages in play.  So I enjoy it.  I notice who it is when they're out there on faceoffs in the neutral zone, but when they're shooting, I'm so focused on the puck itself sometimes I don't know who it is.  But there are times I realize it's Crosby or Malkin or [Penguins forward Marian] Hossa is a great player as well.  They have a lot.
But I just try to make myself big and be patient, because these guys are All-Star players and world class guys.  I'm just trying to get in front of it the best I can, because they do have great moves.  And it's great to play against them.  It's a lot of fun for me.

Q.  You clearly shrugged off that early goal.  How were you able to do it so easily?


CHRIS OSGOOD:  I don't really think about it after it was done.  Hossa made a great play.  I mean, the guy has unbelievable hands.  Not many guys can do that move.  He just kind of grabbed the puck and fired at the center and got ready to play again.  That's my approach.  I don't really look at streaks and records and who wins when they score first.

You play in that particular game that moment and that's how our team approaches it, and so do I.  I didn't think just because they scored the first goal we were going to lose the game tonight.  We don't think that as a team.  We think we can come back and we have good composed team, and we knew we could win.  But we had to play very, very well to win.



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