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Quote Roundup: Game 3 (Senators)

by Pens writing staff @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

Here's what the Pens were saying heading into Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against Ottawa…

ON WHAT THEY WANT TO CARRY OVER FROM GAME 2

Bonino: "We had a lot of zone time again. We built on what we did in Game 1. It's hard to get to the net against these guys. They have five guys in the house. I thought we did a good job using the points, going low to high, and getting to the net. That's how we expected to score. It's tough to score against them on the rush. Phil's shot hit the leg, came right back to him, and was off quick, so I think that's great. We need to generate some more offense like we did last night down low and hope we get some goals that way."

Crosby: "I think we were good at being patient but also not sitting back. I guess by saying that, I mean playing fast but then when there weren't plays there, we weren't afraid to chip pucks and go to work a little bit too. We generated some good chances, which we liked, and we'll try to do much more of that here in Game 3."

Malkin: "I think we were a little bit faster and we controlled the game, We controlled the puck. I think we had like 30 shots. It's a good number against Ottawa. We just have to play the same, like last game, and go to the net."

ON DEALING WITH THE INJURIES

Crosby: "We've had some practice at it, unfortunately, throughout the year. But I think we've handled it the right way. I think we approach it with the same mentality and hopefully that's something that'll help us out in the situation that we're in now."

Sullivan: "I think it's a challenge this league presents. Every team goes through it. We've had our fair share of it, maybe a little bit more than most, but what I love about this group of players is no one's looking for excuses. Everybody's looking for answers. The guys that get opportunities to go back into the lineup, they go in with the mindset that they want to make a difference, and that's just a credit to the character of the players that we have."

Dumoulin: "When we were going into the playoffs that we knew we were going to need a lot of defense and a lot of forwards. I think that's why Jim and our staff did a good job of acquiring D. So far, it's been good. (Chad) Ruhwedel stepped in pretty well when he had to, and now we'll have 'Streiter.' If he has to step in and play then so be it. We're confident with the group we have, and we know we can execute and execute the game plan well and still play as hard as we can."

ON STREIT POTENTIALLY MAKING HIS PENS PLAYOFF DEBUT

Streit: "It's the best time of the year. You wait a long time to get an opportunity to play. If that's the case tonight, I'm thrilled about it and really happy. I want to help the team."

Crosby: "Just that experience, I think that goes a long way when you're thrown in different situations. He's played a lot of games, especially in the playoffs here when the stakes are higher, you want a guy who's comfortable and he's going to be able to come in and do that.

"He's really smart (on the power play), he's always looking for guys out there through seams and things like that, so he hasn't actually played so just giving him an idea of what we're looking for and seeing what he sees out there too. You try to prepare as much as you can. You don't know how many power plays you're going to get and things like that, so you want to make the most of the ones you get."

ON THE SERIES GOING TO OTTAWA

Dumoulin: "Obviously there's going to be emotion in the building. It's going to be fun to play. It's going to be the first time I've played a playoff game in the Canadian market. So I'm expecting it to be a blast, and I'll try to relish it."

Wilson: "I think it's pretty cool, there's a lot of good vibes going around this city (we noticed) coming in yesterday. They're excited for this series and they're happy to have a conference final game here, for sure."

ON REUNITING WITH CROSBY AND GUENTZEL

Sheary: "We had a few games there where we were slumping a little and you've got to change things up. But I think we had that chemistry before and it's easy to get back into that. I think it took a few shifts in that game but I think we started to find each other in the second and third period."

ON HIS GAME AND THAT FOUR-HIT SHIFT IN GAME 2

Wilson: "I've felt pretty good, I think when you get a little bit of confidence and you're getting some more ice time it's easier to keep your legs in it. It's been fun and it's not that hard to get up for a game like this, either.

"I wasn't looking for the puck, but I was just trying to get the guys going and I know some guys were starting to get frustrated a little bit, so just trying to do whatever I could to swing the momentum a little bit."

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