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Hoffman: "They're going to be coming out strong."

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

Sens winger Mike Hofman spoke with the media this morning about Game #5, the role the home crowd could play, their growing rivalry against the Bruins and more...

What he expects from the Bruins in Game #5:

We know when teams have their backs up against the wall they're going to come out with probably their strongest game of the season so we have to make sure that we're on top of our game and make sure that we have a good start. Hopefully, through the 60 minutes we can play our systems well, create some scoring chances and put some pucks in the net.

On how close the games have been in this series:

We knew going into it that it was going to be tight right until the end. Every game has been decided by one goal or overtime but that's how the playoffs are. When you're watching some of the other series they're all mostly close games...a couple of blowouts but it's not too often that happens. Like I said, they're going to be coming out strong. They've got their backs up against the wall and we have to try and seal the deal here.

On what the home crowd could mean in tonight's game:

I think it does if you can get the momentum going and the crowd into it. It's just easier to keep the momentum as the home team. This game is all about the momentum swings and whoever can keep it for the longest usually generates the most scoring chances which usually turns into the most goals. If we can get the crowd into it early, it'd be a plus for us.

On staying structured and not opening up the play to force offence:

Sometimes when you've got a lot of emotion, the crowd gets into it and you've got a lot of adrenaline that's when you can try to do too much or not think the game that you really should. You might just be trying to go as fast as you can and end up being in the wrong place at the wrong time. With the crowd being as loud as it's been here we have to be able to control our emotions and keep a steady pace for the entire game.

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On the growing rivalry against the Bruins:

It's always a battle against these guys. We play each other pretty often in the regular season and now again in the playoffs so anytime you get that many opportunities to play against each other always builds up a little rivalry and a little bit of hate for each other.
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