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Phaneuf: "It's a great opportunity for our team"

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

After today's morning skate in Pittsburgh, Dion Phaneuf talks about preparing for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, seizing the opportunity they have and more.

Preparing for tonight's game:

We all know what's at stake and we know where we're at but without stating the obvious this is a big game for both teams. Every game is about reloading and we've done a god job at that, now we refocus for today.


On the Penguins have more experience in these types of games:

I'm sure it's an advantage. They've got a lot of experience, they're the defending Stanley Cup champions so they've got a lot of experience and we've said that since day 1. I'm sure they'll draw on that tonight so we have to find a way to play our game, play our structure and continue to build the way that we've been playing from last game.


On Clarke MacArthur's comments yesterday about "boring them to death":

We're going to play to our structure so if some people think that that's boring then you can call it whatever you want to call it. I think we've done a good job of playing or structure and you can see that we're dialed into the way that we have to play. We know what's gotten us here, we know the style that's gotten us here and we've got to continue to do that.


On if he feels the Sens structured play has frustrated the Penguins:

We've been playing the way that we've played throughout the whole season and throughout the playoffs so you'd have to ask them. That's kind of a tough question for me to answer but I know that we're going to come out and play the style that we have to play tonight and that's a structured game.


His thoughts on the officiating in this series:

I think the referees have done a very good job. It's been a tough, tight checking series. There's not a lot of room out there and guys are competing for their ice which is pretty much to be expected at this time of year. I think the refs have done a good job and every game is different so we'll see tonight. They've done a good job of controlling the game and making calls when they see them so I'm sure tonight is going to be much of the same.


On seizing this opportunity:

Both teams know where they stand and both teams know the importance of the game. They're big hockey games and they're fun to be a part of as a player in the sense that this is what you play for. We're in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final. You use that to be motivated, you use that to be excited and it's a great opportunity for our team. We knew it was going to be a long, tough series and it's come as advertised.
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