Ryan Dzingel reflects back on his NHL playoff debut against the Bruins and talks about the challenges the Sens will face against the Rangers in the second round.
On playing his way back into the line-up in Round 1:
I learned a lot. Obviously, you never want to be out of the line-up but as a younger guy and with the guys we have in this locker room...we have a lot of great players and solidified NHLers who have been in the playoffs for many years before this so I'm just learning from them and my line-mates like Alex Burrows who's been a big help for me. I'm just glad that I can help out and glad that I'm playing well for my team. I'm just trying to do anything I can for us to try to win.
On what he can learn from a line-mate like Alex Burrows:
It's hard to pin-point one thing that he's told me but I think to be honest, it's the simple things. It's just having fun, relaxing and not worrying. I think there are a lot of worries that go on in this game, especially as a young guy, that people don't see. I tend to worry a lot about a lot of different things so it's just as simple as 'have fun' and enjoy it because you're still in the NHL and you're still living your dream. I think it's just the simple things and the confidence and the way he exudes himself is pretty cool so I'm just trying to follow him.
On the importance of having fun during the playoffs:
The older guys, I don't really know how to say it, I think they have more fun because they realize what they have. They've been in the league for a long time, they've been through it and they kind of realize what's going on. When you're younger and worrying about things and you're thinking about 'we need to win this game' or 'we need to do this or that' but at the end of the day you're still a hockey player and you're still remember dreaming about these games as a little kid. Reflecting on the first round the last couple of days, it's been a dream come true for me. I was in my basement as a kid calling myself Steve Yzerman and acting like a legend like that in overtime so you have to just enjoy it and it's pretty amazing what we're doing. It's a blessing for sure.
On getting ready to face a Rangers' squad that roles four good scoring lines:
I think we match up well with them because we have four lines that can score as well. It's going to be a long series and it's going to be a battle. Like every other series we do whatever it takes to get prepared and our coach does that really well for us. Just the little things from game to game that make a difference, especially with different teams, is huge. With these guys, their style is a little different, they like to flip pucks out of the zone and they like odd man rushes so we're going to try not to give them those. Other than that it's just going to be exciting and I've been looking forward to it for the past few days. It's been hard not to get too excited.
On starting the series at home in front of their fans:
The fans have been incredible. This is my first playoff experience and just being around Ottawa in the playoffs compared to the regular season is a big difference. Obviously, you know that because the style is so different and the fans really come out and it's loud in there. I've never heard this building that loud and that many fans and the towels...it's an awesome feeling. Right when you step on the ice for your first shift it's pretty amazing. It gets your heart pumping and it's been a lot of fun so you have to thank them for everything they've done.