Here's what the Pens had to say heading into Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final against Ottawa…
ON THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BEING ONE WIN AWAY FROM RETURNING TO THE STANLEY CUP FINAL
Crosby: "We've just got to get a win. We know it's going to be a tough one. But I think everything else surrounding it is not really our focus. We just have to make sure we play the right way and give ourselves a chance to get one there."
Sullivan: "I think we have a mature group, and I give our leadership group a lot of credit. These guys, I think they understand it. I think they've been through a number of experiences over the course of their respective careers, that they have it in perspective. So we have to take each game as it comes, and nothing's been accomplished to this point. So we try to take each game as it comes. We play the game. We break the film down. We try to learn from the experience, and then we move by it, and we look at the next one. We're in the same situation again. We had a film session this morning. We try to learn from it, and now we'll move by it, and we'll set our mind on the game right in front of us, and that's tomorrow night. I think our leadership group certainly, I think, takes charge in that regard, from a mindset standpoint and making sure that we reset the mindset and we're ready to go for the next game."
ON CLOSING OUT THE SERIES
Murray: "I think it's a challenge to close out a series whether you're at home or on the road. It's a team with their backs against the wall. They're going to bring their best. We need to be prepared for that. It's going to be a fun environment to play in, I think. The fans will be excited about it. But like I said, we don't need to worry about any of that. We just need to worry about taking care of our business and playing our game."
Rust: "I think we've just got to put the past in the past and just focus on tonight and I think our start is going to be key. Trying to establish momentum early is going to be big. In pretty much every series, you've got to match their level of desperation and that's the main focus for us, just going into tonight and playing as hard as them, play as desperate as them and play a little bit simple off the start and try and get that momentum."
ON EXPECTING A RESPONSE FROM OTTAWA AFTER LAST GAME
Crosby: "A win's a win. It doesn't matter what the score is. We've been on both sides of it before. I think it's about how you play the next game, and I think we expect a pretty desperate group. You don't get to the Eastern Conference Finals without having that ability to bounce back. We know that tomorrow night's going to be their best game, and it's going to be our best as well."
Hagelin: "I think (the first 10 minutes are) going to be key. They're going to come out with a vengeance. You know they're going to play a good game and anytime you lose badly like they did you know that team is going to respond. We have to match their intensity."
Bonino: "We know we're going to get their best game for sure. To beat them we need to play even better than we have. (Losses like that) happen in hockey. When we were in the locker room after (our 5-1 loss in Game 3) we said in the playoffs losing 5-1 or 7-0 is the same as a triple overtime loss. It's just one game in the series and I'm sure their leadership group in there has stressed the same thing, and we'll see their best tonight."
ON HIS LINE WITH RUST AND BONINO
Rowney: "We want to get some momentum, get pucks low, hold onto pucks. If we can do that for a whole shift I think that's great. Try to get another line on with some tired D, that's a good way to grab momentum. Our line's been good at keeping pucks down low and not giving them a chance to break out."
ON PLAYING WITH MALKIN AND KESSEL
Wilson: "I know Phil and Geno go at it. Two stud players like that butt heads but they're so good together that they just work through and they're able to find each other out there."
ON SCORING IN ELIMINATION GAMES
Rust: "Haven't talked about that. Try not to talk about that and knock on wood (laughs). Hopefully there's more to come."
ON GETTING BACK IN THE LINEUP
Archibald: "You never want to be in a position where you see one of your teammates get hurt or anything like that, but I'm just trying to make as much of this opportunity as I can and it's fun to be here. I thought about (taking a step back), but right now, you don't really want to take a step back. You kind of want to live in the moment and just do everything you can right now."