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Posted By On April 18, 2011 @ 4:18 pm In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 33 Comments

Belated Happy Passover.

First, Brian Boyle wants and deserves credit for setting the playoff moustache trend. He started his because his beard wouldn’t come in. Brandon Dubinsky followed.

“I have to get more guys on board,” Boyle said.

Asked if he was going for a look, Boyle said, “We’re doing it for other reasons. We don’t think it looks very handsome.”

Brian Boyle:

“I think the dynamic of the series has changed. We got a little bit of momentum. We want to sustain it, they probably want to take it back. So, it’s a great feeling after a win. But, you know, as was the case after Games 1 and 2, we’ve got to focus — watch what we did wrong and what we did right in Game 3 — and focus on Game 4.”

On getting a couple of bounces:

“Yeah, because there were a few times where we didn’t get some bounces, too. We’re going to keep trying to pepper him, we’re going to keep getting bodies to the net. That goalie Dubi got, I hadn’t seen it until this morning. That was a great bounce for us. That was hard work. That was winning a battle in the corner and bringing it right to the net. We’ve got to do more of that.”

On getting under the Capitals’ skin:

“I don’t know. I don’t know what’s going on in their dressing room. I don’t know what they’re thinking. We’re trying to play hard, we’re trying to play physical, have pucks, and they’re trying to do the same thing, I know that. It worked out for us last night. We had success.”

On Bruce Boudreau downplaying the building:

“I don’t know what their coach is saying. I’m not worried about that. Our building was rocking. I had a great time. It was a blast. I had some family in, and they had a blast, too.”

Prefer to get right back at it instead of waiting an extra day?:

“Yeah, probably, but this is fun. I’m enjoying it.”

Setting a tone on the first shift:

“I don’t know. I can’t even remember the first shift. But we try to do that over the course of the game. We tried to be physical. That’s been our goal, I think, the whole year. Whether it works out every game, that’s kind of our focus. We want to be physical and try to give ourselves momentum, our team momentum, play through the body and have pucks, create momentum that way.”

On maintaining discipline while doing that (he suggested Sunday that he shouldn’t have taken the penalty that resulted in the winning 4-on-4):

“It’s tough. In the playoffs, it’s a high intensity atmosphere. But it’s been a lot of fun. We know how to play. We know what we can and can’t get away with. We just want to play hard, play through people, and make life as hard as you can.”

On handling the momentum surges by Washington in Game 3:

“Yeah, that was just the guys staying together. It’s a pretty good group. I’ve been saying that, and everybody’s been saying that, all year long. We’ve got tightness in here, we believe in each other. Everything seems to be done by committee. And we really didn’t get down. It’s tough because the momentum does swing a little bit and it takes a little bit of wind out of your sails, but we got it right back. It’s perseverance; it’s whatever you want to call it.”

On Tortorella saying they play best when they play ugly:

“He’s right. That’s what we’ve got to do.”

Marc Staal:

“We had a good game last night and got back into the series, so we’re confident going into Game 4.”

On Boyle’s line setting a tone:

“Yeah, they were good. I think we wanted to establish our game physically and they got on the body and created some momentum for us. It was a good start for us.”

On Tortorella’s “playing ugly” comment being a compliment:

“Well, I think we found success in playing that way for most of the year and getting to the body and playing in their end zone and grinding it out. So, that’s the type of game we wanted to play and we did a pretty good job last night for the most part.”

On it being a team effort to contain Ovechkin:

“The backcheck, the back pressure on those guys, is huge, especially for defensemen playing against those guys. It makes it a lot easier on us just to close gaps and limit their options, what they can do with the puck. So our backcheck and back pressure is part of trying to slow those guys down.”

“It’s nice to get a couple days off.”

On Girardi flying under the radar:

“He’s solid every game. I think, he’s physical, he blocks a ton of shots. He’s a lot of fun to play with. he makes it easier on me, and he’s been great all year long. You get a bigger stage in the playoffs and everyone starts realizing how talented player he actually is.

“All we’ve played together, we’ve had experience with each other. That helps. I think, he sits back a little bit more and allows me to get more in the rush at times when I want to, or feel the opportunity to jump in. Communication on the ice is a big thing for us, too. We talk a lot on the ice and on the bench, just to work things out if they’re not going our way, and keep each other going.”

On Girardi’s blocks:

“He’s done that all year long. I don’t know how he does it sometimes. His timing. That’s just the way he plays. It’s a courageous way of playing the game, but he’s found success in that. He’s been doing it all year long, so it doesn’t surprise me that he’s doing it now.”

“He’s kind of flown under the radar coming up. He wasn’t a high marquee player coming up. But he played really well when he got here. He’s gotten better and better every year. He’s a great defenseman and it makes it a lot easier for me playing with a guy like that.

“I knew him when he played in London. He had a great playoff and Memorial Cup and he kind of came out then and I knew he was a good player then. I watched him come up through New York, and when I watched him in juniors, when he got called up, he played really well and just kept going from there.”

On being one of the veterans on defesne, at age 24:

“Yeah. I know. We’ve got a good group of guys, though. I’m still young myself, but we take pride in the way we play in our zone and we just try go get better every day and we’ve done a pretty good job of that.”

“We’re still down 2-1 in the series and we’re obviously well aware of that. I think we just concentrate on coming out next game and being physical and playing hard like we did the last game and we’ll see where it goes from there.”

On seizing momentum:

“Well, the win was huge, obviously. It’s 2-1, not 0-3. And it’s a series now for us. I think coming back to our building again, we need to find a way to get another big win and go back to Washington all tied up.”

On being more tired playing against an Ovechkin than other opponents:

“That whole line finishes their checks. It’s a little bit more grinding. But at the same time they’re exerting energy too. They’re hitting us and we’re hitting back. It’s a good challenge for us. But me and Dan take it as exactly that, a challenge, and we get excited for it. It’s not just us trying to shut him down. We need all the guys on the ice to help us out in that area, because as a five-man unit they’re pretty dangerous.”

More ice packs when playing Ovechkin?:

“Sometimes. They hit hard and we try to dish it out as much as we take it. Sometimes in the momentum of the game it doesn’t work out that way. But they’re tough players.”

The extra day off:

“Yeah,” he smiled. “It’ll be nice to get a couple of days off here.”

On Boudreau bashing the Garden fans:

“We just worry about us.”

“It was great (atmosphere). It always is. That was the loudest I’ve heard it, probably since the Boston game.”

On Boudreau saying a hit Staal made on Green just before the Ovechkin goal should be reviewed by the league:

“I haven’t seen it. I remember the play now. He was cutting across and I tried to finish him in the middle. But I haven’t seen it again.”

Ruslan Fedotenko:

On the preference of one day off rather than two between Games 3 and 4, and then again between Games 4 and 5:

“Yeah, but on the other hand it just gives us a little rest, so that’s good too. But, you know, I go with the flow. Day between? That’s great. We have two days, that’s good too. I’m not thinking too much into it.”

On the pressure on Neuvirth:

“Oh, yeah, I mean we scored three goals. That definitely pays off. We had quite a few chances there. We just need to find a way to bury it and, overall, I think we played a pretty good consistent game throughout all the periods. We just need to make sure we play the same way, or even better, in Game 4.”

On the lines feeding off one another:

“A lot. That’s been like snowballing. If one line’s setting the tone and playing well, then another line picks it up. That’s kind of contagious. So that’s what’s important, to make sure everybody’s on the same page, because if one line not playing as well it just kind of gives momentum to the other team. We don’t want to do that.”

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