After being acquired on July 18th, 2016, Derick Brassard returned to his home town with the reputation as a big game player in the post-season and as someone who could help the Sens "take the next step". So far so good as Brassard lead Ottawa in scoring during their first round series win over the Boston Bruins but now he looks to duplicate that success in Round 2 against his former club: the New York Rangers.
Brassard on getting ready for the second round:
Like any other team, we're in the second round and we have a goal as a team. Right now, they're in the way and it doesn't matter if it's the Rangers or any other team. We're going to try our best to advance.
On facing his former team in the playoffs:
They're a great team and we expect the best out of them. I'm just planning on not changing anything and doing what I do best but it is a little bit more special than usual.
On if there's pressure to deliver after being acquired from the Rangers last summer:
There's always pressure and I think I can handle it pretty well. I always show up on the big stage so I'm just going to try and play my game. I'm not going to put any pressure on myself. I have some good line-mates and teammates to play with and that's going to help me out.
His thoughts on Mika Zibanejad's season in New York:
I watched pretty much every game and he's a good player. The Rangers got a really good, young centreman but it's not about me and him...its about two good hockey teams going at it. I respect him as a player and as a person but at the end of the day there are hockey trades every year and there are always players changing teams. It is what it is.
On his first round performance against the Bruins:
I just played like I can. At this time of the year you expect guys to step up and be better players who try and get out of their comfort zone. We saw a lot of a lot of players on our team do that in the first round which is why we're here today.
Video: BOS@OTT, Gm2: Brassard nets Karlsson's nice pass
On developing the reputation as a playoff performer:
I haven't won any Cups yet so until I win the Cup...obviously it feels good to hear that but I haven't accomplished anything yet. I'm just looking forward to playing solid and helping to give my team a chance to win in the second round.
Getting back on the ice today before Game #1:
We had two days off so sometimes those days off can kind of trick you as a player or as a team. We made sure we had a good practice today and came back and put our mindset in the right place. You just work on little things to make sure you're ready to go for tomorrow. I'm pretty confident in our group and I think a lot of people don't give us enough credit but we're fine with that. We're going to try and show everyone.
The Sens and Rangers kick off their second round series at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday at 7 p.m. Click here to get tickets.