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Claesson: "It boosts you up for sure"

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

Fredrik Claesson talks about the size of his playoff beard, drawing energy from the home crowd and more before Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

On if this is the biggest beard he's ever grown:

So during the year, I've been trimming it a lot just to try and make it look a little better but now I'm just letting it go. I like it. 

On what he's learned from these playoffs:

Just being prepared for everything. Like you see all the media in here, a lot of fans screaming and there's so much more around the hockey and everything so I think it's that. Then hockey-wise on the ice it's way faster, guys are hitting but I kind of like when guys are hitting me…you feel alert out there so I like it a lot.

On adjusting to playoff hockey:

If you've made a mistake out there you just have to try and let it go and move on. I think that's the biggest part that you have to move on and focus on the next shift.

On the challenge of facing the other team's best forwards at times:

For me, it's a big challenge. Just to try and shut them down and try to do my job…I like it a lot. It's great playing against their top guys like Malkin, Crosby, Kessel and those guys. 

On what the team needs to do to be successful tonight:

I think just finish every check and just try to be a "problem" in front of their net. Go to the net hard and do the job. 

On getting a boost from the home crowd:

You feel it a lot. As soon as you get over the red line you hear them start screaming and it's great like that. If someone finishes a check and everyone is screaming, it boosts you up for sure.
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