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Off Day, May 17 quotes: Jordan Staal

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Q.  Did you worry after the offensive production a year ago, and they have to do this every year?  Or do you have sort of a comfort zone with what you've been asked to do and obviously what you've done very well defensively this year?

JORDAN STAAL:  Well, I think knowing personally as long as the team was winning, I was happy.  Obviously, my numbers weren't the same throughout the season.  It was obviously disappointing.  I know I can be a player that can put up numbers, and I know I can be an offensive threat out there every time I'm on the ice.  It's something that hopefully my game will turn into though.

Q.  Do you have to teach yourself not to take pride or pleasure in doing what you do, whether it's killing penalties or shut down an opposing line?  Do you have to sort of learn to appreciate that in yourself?

JORDAN STAAL:  Yeah, obviously, every player you want to be just great on both sides of the puck.  And I take pride in applying a sound defensive of the game.  I play well on both sides of the puck.  The defensive side is something I've obviously played well on.  I want to keep getting better now.

Q.  What is our game plan early tomorrow after the way things went in the first period of Game 4?

JORDAN STAAL:  Obviously we want to get a better start.  I think we had a tough start in Philly.  You know, we started two games in the round in the second and third and started playing well.  We just want to carry that through to this game, and I think, feed off our fans and we'll go from there.

Q.  On the trip on the bus, did it remind you of your days back in mites?

JORDAN STAAL:  Yeah, something like that.  It it's always fun.  Always brings the guys together a little bit, too.  We were chatting on the way back.  Obviously, we wouldn't want to do it every day, but it's always nice to have something like that.

Q.  This Game 5 scenario, it's that point in the series where you're getting over it, and now you're back to Philly.  Characterize how important it is for you guys to get this thing done here?

JORDAN STAAL:  Yeah, we're definitely don't want to go back to Philly, that's for sure.  It ain't fun playing there.  It's obviously, we want to get this done right now, and we're focused on just one game right now.  One, tomorrow.  I think right now we feel pretty good about our game, and we just want to have a good start again and we'll go from there.


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