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Quote Roundup: Game 1 (Senators)

by Pens writing staff @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

Here's what the Pens were saying heading into Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against Ottawa…

ON GUARDING AGAINST A LETDOWN

Sullivan: "We just have to be ready to refocus our energy and reinvest ourselves into this series. We can't dwell on the past. We've got to turn the page and look to today's game and just stay in the moment. I think that's the most important thing. It always starts with an attitude and a mindset that we can't ease into this. We have to make sure we're ready to play from the drop of the puck. For me, it's about an investment, emotionally and otherwise into this new challenge. And I think our guys are excited to play."

Fleury: "It was an emotional series. It was a tough one. It was great to win it. It's a quick turn-around and we're facing another good team tomorrow. We have to start fresh."

Crosby: "When you come off an emotional game; you have to quickly turn the page. It's not like you have 3-4 days to move on and turn the page. It's a pretty quick turnaround. I think that can help you if you use it in the right way. If you are in those intense moments and those desperation levels are there you want to carry that over. That's a big challenge because of that reason."

Cullen: "I think the first thing is being conscious of it. It is natural to have a little bit of a set-back, sit-back attitude when you come off of something like that. We had (Thursday) off, a good day at practice (Friday) - we looked at video and will look at a little bit more and get our heads turned. I hope our experience serves us well from last year. We understand we need to be foot on the gas from the start."

Rust: "We know that pretty much any series this time of year is going to be tough and any team is going to be good. We know that coming in and we're going to be just as motivated or even more motivated than we were before."

ON GOING THROUGH THAT EXPERIENCE LAST YEAR

Sheary: "We had a similar situation last year in our series with Washington. We had to move by that pretty quickly. I think it's no different this year. It's a new challenge and a different time. They have a different style. I think we just have to be ready for that and we have to stick to our game as much as we can."

Bonino: "I think you saw last year, we came off of the Wash series and we didn't play our best Game 1 and we dropped it to Tampa. It's something we want to avoid tonight and I think our heads are in the right places. Having gone through it once, I think we know we need to be prepared for a really good team and I think we are."

ON THE CHALLENGES OTTAWA PRESENTS

Sullivan: "I think Ottawa's quietly had a real solid year for themselves. They're one of four teams still playing and I think that's an indication of how good a team they are. So we know it's going to be a big challenge. They play stingy defense. I think they've got a lot of structure to their game. And they have a balanced attack. I think it's hard to survive this long in the playoffs if you don't. And so we know this is going to be a big challenge. We know this is going to be a hard-fought series. That certainly is our expectation and we're going to have to be ready to bring our very best."

Fleury: "I think the system. They are a pretty patient team. They will wait for their breaks. They have some skill up front, obviously (Erik) Karlsson on the D-side, but they have a few forwards who can score some goals."

Cullen: "They have some really dynamic players who can score goals and I think throughout their lineup they can score goals. When you start with Karlsson on the backend and move forward to some of their forwards they are a dangerous team. They didn't get enough credit or the accolades they deserved. We know how good they are, we're preparing for a fight."

Rust: "They're obviously playing really good hockey right now. They've got four good lines. They've got six good D. They do have some high-end talent we have to be aware of and kind of make sure we play tight against."

Schultz: "They're a very good team. They're obviously hot right now and they trap in the neutral zone pretty good. We can't get frustrated. We've got to keep playing our game and find ways to beat them."

ON HOW TO CONTAIN ERIK KARLSSON

Sheary: "It's tough. He's one of the best players in the world. He's one of the best D-men in the world. He's up the ice all night and I think you have to get in his way as much as you can and make it difficult for him. I think he's hard to contain, but as much as we can, we want to just try and get in his way and make sure we are finishing him off."

Bonino: "Just hit him as much as we can. Big hits, small hits, just get in his way. Beat him a little bit and try to make him defend. He is one of the best players in the world. If we can keep him in his d-zone as much as we can and keep him out our end, I think that'll help us."

ON CONTINUING TO IMPROVE

Crosby: "We want to build off last round. We know that it just gets tougher and tougher as you move along I think it's whatever motivates you at this point. But I think that we did some good things that we want to build on and we know we're going to be tested here. This is a team we need to get through if we want to move on. We need to find a way to be consistent and be even better."

ON OTTAWA BEING A DIFFERENT FORECHECKING TEAM THAN COLUMBUS AND WASHINGTON

Maatta: "I think every team forechecks a little different. This team is still a good forechecking team and I think we've got to pay attention to their breakouts. If we turn the puck over I think their forwards are skilled and dangerous. They're going to make us pay. So that's something we've got to be aware of.

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