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Methot: "It's special for me."

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

On the eve of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, Marc Methot looks to work his way back into the line-up after a devastating finger injury on March 23rd and into games that are truly on home ice.

On starting the series at Canadian Tire Centre:

Home ice is huge. No matter who you're playing against you want to get home ice advantage and play at home. I guess you could say that it's a goal that we've achieved. I know a lot of people were writing us of at the start of the season and you can't help but notice that when you're watching TV in the morning and people really aren't talking about you or they're discounting you for making the postseason. Now we're here and we have home ice so it says a lot about the group, our coaching staff and the job that we've done this season.

On Sens fans raising their game in the playoffs:

They always do. Our fans are fantastic. When you've got all that noise going down on Elgin Street and in the building the energy is great suffice to say that it's easy to get up for these games. There's never a lack of motivation or adrenaline when you're playing with injuries or you're tired…you're always pumped up to play in these games.

On skating in playoff games for his hometown team:

I love it. I love being able to play in front of everyone that I've grown up with here in the city so it's special for me.

On what happened with his finger injury:

When I approached him we exchanged a few words or whatever and then I could feel something moving around in my glove. That's why I let go and I started skating back to the bench. I wanted to see what was wrong so I took my glove off. That's why I had it off and sure I take my glove off and I see it and it's hanging by a little bit of skin. It's just a finger and I understand that there's far worse out there that can happen to people and what not but it's not something you expect to have happen when you're playing a sport. I've broken my jaw before and had some bad injuries but this one is a little different. There are a lot of nerves in there and it was pretty rough for a while.

On his potential return to the line-up:

I can say that maybe I'm a little frustrated. I just want to be able to contribute and I really want to play. It's the best time of the year to be playing hockey. You're not coming to the rink in a Canada Goose jacket anymore, you're able to come here in your suit and just play. The weather's great, everyone is all in and the fans are excited so everyone is pumped and I'm trying to get to that point.

�� These two are back skating with the team today. ��

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