We caught up with Derick Brassard ahead of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Penguins to talk about his playoff familiarity with Pittsburgh, starting the series on the road and more...
Moving on from an emotional second round series victory:
As soon as you shake hands with the other team, you're moving on. It was nice to get a couple of days to get away from everything now you have to flip the switch back on again and try to get yourself ready for the next series.
On how important the extra days of rest have been:
When you look at the Western Conference Final series, those guys had one day and they played last night so it was nice to finish the last series in 6 games and get those couple of days. Sometimes it's hard to get flip the switch back on and try to compete really hard but we had a good practice yesterday and we have to get ready to play a really good team.
Starting this series on the road:
If we can steal the first game then the home ice goes the other way right away. We just have to find a way to play well and take it one game at a time. We can't look too far ahead and we can't get stuck in the past. We have to be in the moment and try to play well.
On his playoff history with the Penguins:
It's the 4th year in a row that I've played them in the playoffs. We beat them the first two times and last year they beat us in 5 games and went on that Cup run so I know how good of a team they are. They have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang is hurt now but they have guys that can make a difference and we're just going to have to play them hard.
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