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Pyatt: "I'm very happy I get to experience it again."

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

After spending the last two seasons in Switzerland, Sens winger Tom Pyatt wasn't sure if he'd ever get another opportunity to play in the NHL. He skated in all 82 regular season games this season and we spoke to him about his journey back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs and more...

On rebounding in Game #2:

You want to be resilient. If you're going to go all the way there are going to be a few times where you're down in a series or you lose Game #1 so you have to be able to bounce back and stick to what you do well. We're a pretty structured team so if we stick to that I think we'll be all right.


On the team's experience being a factor:

I think it's a good thing. It's obviously nice to have experience and we have a good balance in here of some veteran guys and some young legs too. It's always good to have a balance; the older guys can help keep things calm and make sure everyone is focused and knows how to bounce back.


What they worked on at practice today:

We worked on some breakouts today, being a bit stronger on the boards and managing the puck under pressure. That's a big thing in the playoffs, just getting pucks out at the right time, being able to handle the pressure and showing poise with the puck in crucial moments. So that's what we worked on today and just sharpening everything back up.


On looking to reduce the number of turnovers:

We just need to be poised when there is pressure. The two goals they got we had a lot of turnovers on those shifts and we had trouble getting it out so in those moments you just have to be a little smarter with the puck and make sure when you do try and get it out it gets out over that blue line. 


Making it back to the NHL Playoffs:

It's great. It's exciting for me because when I went over I wasn't sure if I'd ever have this chance again and I wasn't sure if I'd ever come back to the NHL. My goal was to come back but when you go over to Europe you just never know if someone is going to give you another opportunity. I'm very happy to be back. To experience playoffs again is a great feeling. At Game #1...with the crowd...I'm very happy I get to experience it again.
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