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Quick Hits: Curtis Lazar

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

We catch up with Sens forward Curtis Lazar after the optional morning skate for a quick chat as the team prepares to host the Florida Panthers on Fan Appreciation Night...

On facing the Atlantic Division winning Panthers tonight:

It's a good challenge with them coming in to our building. We have a lot to play for here knowing that it's our final home game. Obviously, our season hasn't gone as well as we would have liked but we owe it to our fans. They've supported us all season long. For us, we're going to go out there, put up a solid 60 minutes and try to put on a show for them.

On ending the season at home on a high note for Fan Appreciation Night:

It's huge. Not only for ourselves where we have to hold ourselves accountable for how we work but like I said: for the fans. I think the first 7,500 get free hot dogs or something? Of course I know that stat. But we need to play with pride. It's an honour playing in the National Hockey League and to play in a great hockey city like Ottawa. We're going to go here, grab the bull by the horns and get after it tonight.

On what young players in the league can take from a player like Jaromir Jagr:

He loves the game and he's a true professional because I don't even know how old he is but to be as effective as he is...it's pretty remarkable. You hear about all the work that he puts in each and every day to make himself better. He's one of the toughest players to defend against knowing that he's going to use his size and his strength to his advantage. He knows the ins and the outs of the league and all the shortcuts. It's always a good challenge having him around and it's fun to match up against him.

On his approach for the final 2 games of the season:

I know for myself being a young guy and with all the injuries that we have it's almost an opportunity to showcase myself. I'm getting to play some heavier minutes with some tougher match-ups and for the most part I feel that I'm fairing pretty well. I really want to try and build off that because every time I step out there it's still an evaluation. We know that changes are going to happen in the off-season and I want to be a part of the bigger picture moving forward.

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