Here's what the Pens were saying in the locker room at Verizon Center heading into Game 5 against Washington…
ON POTENTIALLY GETTING CROSBY AND SHEARY BACK
Hornqvist: "I think we have to bring the same emotion, doesn't matter who's in or out of the lineup. And we have to have controlled emotions too. I think last game was really good from that standpoint, but we want to play a better hockey game tonight and we have to do that to win the game."
ON HAVING A CHANCE TO CLOSE OUT THE SERIES
Hagelin: "I think it's time for us to do that on the road. You see it a lot, people going in on the road and not bringing their A-game. I think for us, we've been there before and it's time to put it to work. It's time to get that win on the road and just play a greasy road game where everyone buys into the system and everyone's playing the right way throughout 60 minutes."
Rust: "As far as we're concerned it's a race to four and we haven't gotten there. And we know we haven't played our best hockey either. We know we do have some things to build on and we're trying to address those areas and learn from our mistakes and just trying to build."
ON WHAT THEY NEED TO DO TO GET THE WIN
Sullivan: "We can't be satisfied. We've got to stay hungry. We've got to have a killer instinct. We've got to play on our toes. We've got to try and dictate the terms. We have to have an aggressive mindset and I think that's how we have to approach each and every game that we play. I think our guys are well aware of it. We've been through this on a number of occasions. The elimination game is always the most difficult and we've got to make sure we bring that necessary readiness and urgency to our game so that we can be at our best."
Hornqvist: "We have to play a little better. We have to control the momentum a little better than we did last game. They were a little better than us, but we played with a lot of heart and that's why we won the game. Tonight we have to come out stronger and grab the momentum and keep it for a longer time."
Guentzel: "To be in their building, they're going to be rocking. We know what to expect. We don't want to give them any life. We need to start early and take it from there. Obviously it's going to be a tough game."
Maatta: "We know the elimination game is the toughest game of all. They're going to bring their best. We have to make the same effort. It's the hardest game of all. You want to get it done right away. You don't go into games thinking about losing. Every game you go into, you think about winning."