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Off-Day May 27 Quotes: Brad Stuart

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Q.  You've been on a bit of a tour for the past couple of years. Latest stop in Detroit. How does the system differ from the other teams you've been on. Is it significantly different?
   
BRAD STUART: I wouldn't say significant. Obviously, every team has subtle differences. I think the biggest difference is the dedication that's required from the forwards to play defense. And you see it from our top guys right down through our fourth line. When your top two skilled players are nominated for the Selke, it's a good indication of what's expected from everybody else.

Q.  Can you talk about what happened late in Game 2 and whether or not you think that might change the tone for the rest of the series?
   
BRAD STUART: I don't think so. I mean, they were probably a little bit frustrated towards the end of the game. I mean, it's not really something we've even probably thought about since the buzzer went at the end of Game 2. We're just going to go out and do the same things we do. And if they're going to change their game, I mean, that's not something we can worry about. We just kind of have to do what we've been doing.

Q.  They always say Detroit is a tough team to hate, and you guys won't play at a street level, for lack of a better term. What does it say when you guys see a guy like Pavel [Datsyuk] who is certainly not known for taking a punch at a guy standing up for himself last night?
   
BRAD STUART: Well, probably not something you would expect from a guy like that. In situations like that, everybody on our team is capable of sticking up for themselves. You get in a situation like that, towards the end of the game, we've all decided we have to protect ourselves. And I think that's what he was doing. He did all right for himself.

Q.  What have you learned about Nicklas Lidstrom as a teammate that you didn't know about him as an opponent?
   
BRAD STUART: Well, it's a little different when you get to see somebody every day, you get to observe them. It's different when you're just playing a game here or there against him. You get to see how easy he makes the game look, and that's not an easy thing to do. So it's been a real treat for myself to be able to see that.

Q.  When Mike [Babcock] coached the Ducks in '03, his team was shut out back-to-back the first two games of the finals, and then they were able to force the series to go seven games. Did he bring that series up to you guys last night to say the series could be far from over?
   
BRAD STUART: No, he hasn't talked about that. Obviously, I think we all know that things can change in a hurry. So we've got to be prepared to play the same way we've been playing in the last two games. Just in a different building.

Q.  Brad, in this playoff year, you have had leads on teams, and then they've got back in the series.  So what will your team do differently now to prevent that from happening?

   
BRAD STUART: In the last two series, we've been up 2-0 going in, and we've won the third game. I think we learned a bit of a lesson in the Nashville series when we let them get back into it. It's something we're always going to draw from. This game is important. We don't want to let them gain any momentum, especially in their building. We just have to go out and do what we've been doing.
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