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Post-Game 6 Quotes: Henrik Zetterberg

by NHL Public Relations / NHL.com
Q.  What were your thoughts on killing the two minute penalty early, the two-man advantage. How key was that to this game?

HENRIK ZETTERBERG: Well, of course it was huge. It's not the first time they had a two-mian advantage. Of course, it was a great opportunity for them to score. But we battled through it. And we kept the puck outside the net.

Q.  What are your emotions winning that award next to you there?

HENRIK ZETTERBERG: (Smiling) it feels pretty good. It's been a long way. And it's been a long season. Especially in the last few nights ago in Joe Louis [Arena] -- devastating. And found a way to battle back. And it's just a great feeling right now.

Q.  Can you talk about the play of the Penguins? A lot of people didn't think they had a chance in the series. They made it an interesting one. What are your thoughts on how they played?

HENRIK ZETTERBERG: Well, they battled really hard. They were down 3-1 and came to our building, and I think their first period in our arena was unbelievable. They just came at us. We really didn't have anything to answer it. But overall, I think they played really good. They had some really skilled players. It's a young team, and they're going to be a good team for many years to come.

Q.  Your fellow Swede, Nicklas Lidstrom, became the first European captain to win a Cup. What does that mean to you for him to have that place in hockey history?

HENRIK ZETTERBERG: It's a great feeling. There's been a lot of talk about that throughout the years. It's great see him lifting the Cup and with the 'C' on his chest. It means so much for the team and the organization. He's bringing it every night. He's probably our best player every night. And I'm really happy for him. And as I say, it was a great feeling seeing him lift that Cup.

Q.  What was it about your team that made you guys be able to bounce back from that last loss, as you did in previous series, disappointing losses to come back and closeout series?


HENRIK ZETTERBERG: We've been there before. We knew that even if we lost Game 5, we play good on the road. And we just had a mind set, we're going to play a good game. And we had a great start, and we just kept going. Kind of what we did in Dallas. It's great to have that behind us, and we know we could pull it off. And we did.

Q.  Historic night obviously with Lidstrom becoming the first European captain to win the Cup, but it's also the second time that a European has won the trophy sitting beside you there. Niklas is the only other one who has won this. Can you talk about sharing your name with his on that trophy, I think with 40 other Canadian players?

HENRIK ZETTERBERG: Well, it's some great names on there. I didn't know Niklas was the only European. Of course, it's special to be on there. And especially to be among such great players, and especially with Nick. It's great to have that with him.

Q.  Can you talk a little bit about, I know you were brought in 2002 during the Cup run, during the Colorado series. Can you talk a little bit about seeing that group, and obviously this is your first time since then, and what that put in your mind at an early age?

HENRIK ZETTERBERG:
Well, it was a great experience. It was me and Niklas Kronwall. They brought us over here. We saw two games against the Avalanche, and it was real high, high speed in the game. And both me and Nick didn't realize that we were able to play there next year. We were really -- it was a little bit too fast for our game, but it was a great experience. We met all the guys. And I remember I went down and met Steve [Yzerman] and Nick [Lidstrom] and [Kris] Draper and [Tomas Holmstrom] Holmer and a few others. So it was a great experience. It was good for me to have when I came for training camp.

Q.  There in the last minute and a half when [Penguins forward Marian] Hossa scored, and then they had that real frantic ending there where they almost scored there at the last second, was there any time you guys were thinking: My God, here we go again. This is just like Game 5?

HENRIK ZETTERBERG: Yeah, you know, we were happy we had the two goal lead. But when they scored the second one, we knew it was going to be tight all the way to the end.

And when they had a chance, I don't know how many seconds was left, but when I saw the puck behind the net, and I looked up and it was 0.0 on the game clock, I was a pretty happy man.
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