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Quote Roundup: Pens-Caps

by Michelle Crechiolo, Sam Kasan, Bryanna McDermott @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

Here's what the Pens had to say about tonight's game against the Washington Capitals… 

ON THE BANNER RAISING

Fehr: "It's going to be pretty special. We obviously worked real hard for it last year and it's obviously been a goal of mine since I was young, so to be out there and see the banner drop will be pretty sweet."

Hagelin: "We know it's going to be a special moment on the bench or on the ice looking up at the banner. But after that it's the start of a new chapter, a new journey and we have the opportunity to do something great."

ON TURNING THE PAGE AFTER THE CEREMONY

Bonino: "The tour we did at the White House and the ring ceremony, we'll put the icing on the cake with the banner raising and then focus on the game. It's easy to look back on last year when that banner is going up and think about how well things went. But we can't let that happen. Hopefully, it goes up and we use that for motivation for this game."

Kunitz: "We have to go out there and earn it all again. After tonight everyone will be hunting for you. We have to want it just as much as the next team."

ON THE SEASON STARTING

Hornqvist: "We're super excited. We know we had a really good run last year and just try to build off that. We almost have the same group in here, we know what we have to do to play well. We're a fast team and we have to play with a high pace if we're going to win games. So go out there and do it again."

Hagelin: "We're ready. It's going to be a fun game. We're playing a team that had one heck of a year last year and they're going to come out flying again, and we're going to do the same."

Dumoulin: "It's exciting to start the season. We're playing a tough Washington Capitals team. We know them a lot from last season. This being our first game we don't want to test the waters. We want to go out there and try to initiate."

ON THE CAPITALS:

Kunitz: "They're a fierce rival, but great competition. We know that they're one of the main teams in the league that drive possession. We know the regular season that they had last year. We need to be like them and be consistent every single night. That's something we need to work toward. If we can beat them it will give us a good feeling going into the season."

Hornqvist: "They have a good team and we have a good team. Last year we beat them in six games and what was it, three overtime games? So we know it's going to be a tough game. Not a lot of time and space out there. But we know we have to play through it to beat them."

ODDS AND ENDS

Fleury on if he still gets nervous heading into his 11th-straight season opener: "I think I was a little more nervous when I was younger. Getting older, I'm more excited. I'm looking forward to getting back out on the ice in a real game. There's that challenge, I still get few butterflies before I get on the ice, especially for the first game."

Wilson on playing tonight for the first time since getting injured on March 11: "It feels like it's been a long time. I don't know how long exactly that it's been, but it's nice to get those preseason games in training camp. But when it gets down to the regular season it's a little bit different."

Daley on playing tonight for the first time since being injured in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final: "I've been thinking about that a lot, just going through it last year and the different feelings. Obviously last year I was in a new spot, a lot of changes, just a lot of new things. You're very happy for your teammates, but at the same time you weren't there with them through the battles. This year is obviously a lot more exciting."

Hornqvist on playing next to Cullen with Crosby being out: "He's really smart and he was a big part of our success last year on our fourth line, I don't know if you can even call it our fourth line. They played like a second or third line. He's great and he really knows how to dish the puck and play smart so I'm looking forward to playing with him here tonight."

Letang on 21 of 23 Pens on the opening-night roster having played for Pittsburgh in the playoffs: "You built a chemistry with different guys. When you have the same group in the room everybody is more tight. You kind of trust the guy next to you and what he's going to do. You know the guys' tendencies."

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