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Off-Day May 14 quotes: Mike Richards and Daniel Briere

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Q.  Just curious if either of you are at all surprised?  The Penguins are a team that came in with a lot of offensive star power, in terms of reputation, but the way they're trapping and playing defensively and the forwards are responsible, does any of that surprise you?

DANIEL BRIERE:  No, not at all.  You don't get to this stage of the playoffs without playing well defensively.  You know, but it's about us trying to find ways to get to the net.  Put more pucks on the net.

I thought we, and me the first one, missed the net way too often yesterday where it doesn't even get us a chance to get in there for a rebound and crash the net, because the puck's going around and most of the time leaving the zone.  So that's an area where we have to be better.

I thought we took more shots yesterday, but we just didn't hit the net.

Q.  Mike, I wonder if you could address moving to this line, and Danny, could you talk about what Mike brings to the line and how that's going to shape things up?

MIKE RICHARDS:  Well, Danny and I have had success on the power play.  Even at the beginning of the year when we were put up together it seemed like we had some chemistry, and not being together just because we're both centermen.

I'm excited for the opportunity to play with Danny.  Like I said, we've got to find ways to get to the net, get more pucks to the net and find them.  And, hopefully, we can do that together tomorrow night.

Q.  You changed the lineups, do you change your game plan to get behind them?  How do you attack the line?

DANIEL BRIERE:  Like I said, I think the first thing for us is about hitting the net a little bit more often and we did.  Johnny had those lines up this morning you'll have to ask him.  I don't know if he's going to go with them or if it's going to last.  I don't know.

Q.  My question is how do you get out of their zone and get to the net?  What do you change in your system to get behind them?

MIKE RICHARDS:  To get ?? we have to make better plays.  We have to make smarter plays.  I think we've turned the puck over too many times in the neutral zone.  We have to make our defensemen work a little bit more than we have so far.

Q.  Adversity is nothing new for this team.  What is the mindset going into this?  You can't win four games in one night, but what is the focus going out here for Game 4?       

MIKE RICHARDS:  I think that's exactly it.  You can't win four games tomorrow night.  You've got to take it a game at a time.  We've won four games in a row in the playoffs against a really good Montreal team.  So I think we've got to draw from that and not try to do too much right off the bat, and go all the way in the first ten minutes or first period.

We've got to go play a full game and do what we've been talking about the last couple of days, and try to get pucks in and try to make good plays out of the zone and just play the game that we know we can play.

 Q.  Were you guys glad to see the line changes today just in the sense of your situation is very dire, and the head coach is trying something, making changes?  Does that go over well in the room with the sense that they're trying to fix something?

DANIEL BRIERE:  You know what, at this time in the playoffs, you know, it's not about yourself, it's about the team.  You know, if Johnny thinks that's the best way to go, it's the best way to go.  So, yeah, we're excited.  I know I'm excited about the opportunity.  So, we're down, so you have to try to find a way.  If that works, then great.

Like I said, it's not about what you think at this time, it's about what's best for the team.

Q.  Couple of players said this morning that the mood in there was better than they expected.  It was kind of upbeat.  Do you get that sense?

DANIEL BRIERE:  I certainly do.  Yeah, we've had some tough nights the last few games against Pittsburgh, but it's bound to turn around.  That's the way I see it.  Try to stay positive, and make, as Mike said earlier, for us, it's about winning the next game.  That's all it is.  Then we'll go from there.

Q.  Are they doing that good a job on you defensively personally or are you pressing too much right now?

MIKE RICHARDS:  Want me to answer that one (smiling)?

DANIEL BRIERE:  They're a good defensive team.  They're doing some good things, and we're not finishing our chances.


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