Erik Karlsson shares his thoughts on facing a desperate opponent tonight as the Sens prepare for Game #6 against the New York Rangers.
On how difficult it is to close out a series:
It's probably going to be the toughest one so far. People say that the last game you win is always the hardest and that's the mentality we have to have. To get that one more win that we want is probably going to take a little bit more than what we've had in the past and we know that. We're going to be prepared for that and we're going to do everything we can to play the way that we feel we have to play to be successful.
His thoughts on changing his routines up at MSG:
I personally don't think it really matters what you do in between and before. I think that things can change a little bit obviously but come game time it's all going to be up to the guys in here to decide what we want to do with the time that we have. The way that we prepare, everybody wants to do it a little bit differently but I don't think it has anything to do with whether you perform well on the ice.
On staying focused on the task at hand and not looking forward to the Conference Finals:
It's an easy thought to have probably being in the position that we're in but it's a thought that you're going to have to push out. We're far from where we want to be and this is going to be the hardest game to win for us.
On what Chris Neil brings to the line-up:
He's a veteran guy who's been around for a long time and he brings a lot of experience. Sitting as much as he has in the past few weeks, I think he did a great job coming in and playing the way that he needs to play to be successful within the team. He's someone that always brings a lot of presence and has for a lot of years. Whether he plays or not in Game #6, every single individual is going to have to do their part. If he plays, he's going to do his part and if he doesn't someone else is going to come in and do their job.
In case you missed it yesterday, here's what some of the other players had to say ahead of tonight's game in New York...
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