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Turris: "This is a great opportunity to play for a Stanley Cup"

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

Kyle Turris spoke with the media this morning at Canadian Tire Centre as the Sens prepare for their Eastern Conference Final series against the Penguins.

On facing the Penguins:

It's going to be a great series. They're obviously a very good team and it's going to be a lot of fun.


On preparing to play the defending Stanley Cup Champions:

I think we've played the same way the whole season. It seems silly for us to change that now so I think we're going to play along those lines and very intense. They have a bunch of good players. Obviously Crosby is one of the best in the world and Malkin's pretty good too. They have a lot of depth and we'll have to counter it.


On the increased "physicality" in the post-season:

Everybody slashes and gets slashed especially in playoff hockey when there's lots of stuff going on. It's just part of the game and that's part of the fun.


Having a bit of a break after the second round:

It's been nice. It was a physical final few games so to get the little break in between here has definitely been very helpful.


On reaching the Conference Final:

It's great to be in the final four but we're not going to sit on that. We want to move forward and this is a great opportunity to play for a Stanley Cup.

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On the recent flooding in Ottawa:

This is our opportunity for us to be an 'out' for people and to maybe get their minds off of things. It's been a very special year with everything that's gone on with Clarke MacArthur and with the Anderson's and now in the community here with the flooding so for everything to come together like this it's been a pretty cool, neat year. The more people that catch wind and join our surge through the playoffs here the better. It's a lot of fun and hopefully that will continue.


On the increased attention that comes along with being the last Canadian team remaining:

It's been less than 24 hours so it's hard to say that. I've been getting a lot of support from B.C. and friends and family out in Vancouver so it will be cool to see the attention we get in Canada now.


His memories from the last time the Sens faced the Penguins in the playoffs in 2012:

We lost in 5, I believe? We won that game in double overtime on Colin Greening's goal. They're a good team. They have a lot of depth; play with a lot of speed and skill so we're just going to have to play our game very well to counter them.
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