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Off Day, May 17 quotes: Daniel Briere

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Q:  Who has the greater amount of pressure tomorrow, you or them?

DANNY BRIERE:  I think both teams have a lot of pressure on them.  They're trying to move to the next step.  We're trying to move to the next game.  So at this time, I think both teams have a lot of pressure there.  I don't have the feeling that there's more pressure on one side or the other as of right now.

Q:  The power play clicked a lot better in Game 4 than it did in the first three games, did you guys do anything differently or was it just a matter of bouncing the puck the right way and more opportunities?

DANNY BRIERE:  A little bit of both.  We're trying to find ways.  It wasn't very good in the first few games of the series, and we're trying to find ways.   We're watching a lot of tapes and trying to see where we can take advantage of them. I mean, my goal, it's not something you ?? it's not a designed play.  But with Jeff's goal we had a couple of guys there in front, and they were able to find the rebound. But I think we were passing the puck a lot better.  And it gave us a chance to take some better shots on net compared to the first two games where we weren't even able to pass the puck around and take some good opportunities taking the puck to the net.  So it's a little bit of both.

Q:  Can you talk about skating with Richards full-time?  How that makes a difference for you guys out there on the ice?

DANNY BRIERE:  Well, I mean, at this time of the season whatever the best thing is for the team, that's what matters.  I know I had a lot of fun.  I don't know about Mike.  But I had a lot of fun, and I thought our line played well.  We created a lot of chances. As for myself, I just felt I was on the puck a lot more.  I was on the forecheck a lot more.  So, I don't know.  It forced me to be involved a little bit more in the offensive zone.  So I had the chance to get there a little quicker on their defenseman.  Maybe it was just that game.  I don't really know.  But, you know, it worked out.  I know it's going to keep going like that at least until the end of the series.  So, yeah, I'm happy about it and I'm excited about it.

Q:  Coming off the must-win game that you guys did and the possibility of Kimmo and Braydon coming back, how much of a boost is that for this team confidence-wise?

DANNY BRIERE:  Well, the win was huge, obviously.  That's what you're looking for, just to find a little spark to get you going and guide you in the right direction.  You know what?  Right now it looks like Kimmo's going to play, so that's a big boost for us.  There's no doubt about it.  And the guys that have played the last couple of games have done a tremendous job, but you get a guy like Kimmo back there, which probably was our best defenseman this year, it's a huge boost for us. Cobe, I don't want to get too excited right now.  I'm not sure if he's going to be in or not, so we'll wait and see.  As of right now, I'd rather think that he's not playing, but we're getting Kimmo and I'm excited about that.

Q:  You're in a similar situation last year at this time.  Eastern Conference finals, rivalry team, down three games to 1.  I'm wondering if you could compare the situations, are there more similarities and differences to what the Sabres faced last year and Flyers?

DANNY BRIERE:  You know what?  I think the mood is completely different.  Last year I remember we were down 3?0, and we won that Game 4.  But it just felt like we just kind of squeaked by and we kind of got lucky.  We had lost Zubrus and we had, I remember a couple more guys got injured really bad.  They didn't even know if they were going to play.  Like last year the mood was going the other way, where this year we've played extremely well for two and a half periods.  You know, we let them back in late in the game.  But for two and a half periods, we played a solid game. We're getting Timonen back, maybe more.  So I just have the feeling that the mood is different than it was when I was in the same situation last year.  It's a lot more upbeat.

Q:  With staving off elimination last game, and now with the game tomorrow in their place where the track records speaks for itself, you could have a bad game, Richards could have a bad game, but Marty can't afford a bad game.  Is that a fair assumption or analysis?

DANNY BRIERE:  Well, I'm not here to put pressure on Marty.  Marty knows what he has to do.  And you know what, I can't really compare or I can't really compare, because I don't know what the situation is to be a goalie. But I can't worry about what the other guys are going to do.  I have to worry about my own game and try to be ready.  That's all we can do at this point.  It wouldn't serve anything to you know, to put the pressure somewhere else. I know I have to be good, get on the puck, create turnovers, create some offense.  That's what I have to do.  Everybody's going to have to take care of their own business.



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