Capitals-Rangers, Game 5: Postgame Quotes

Via the team:

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates on the play of Mike Ribeiro...

"It's obviously a very big goal for him. He's played pretty good hockey for us. He's played well in the series and just hasn't gotten one to go his way. Obviously a huge goal."

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates on looking forward to Game 6...

"We talked about trying to have a better start, which we didn't really have again tonight. Obviously it's going to be their barn, their building, their people. It's going to be electric. We've got to handle the first 10 minutes of the game, once we get into the game we're okay. It's good hockey, as you saw tonight, but we've got to have a good start."

Washington Capitals center Mike Ribeiro on staying positive and keeping the gas...

"The way I play is that the next shift is a new one. You make a mistake or you get mad at the refs one shift; during the year you stay soggy a bit, but in the playoffs you don't have time to waste your energy on the shift that just passed."

Washington Capitals center Mike Ribeiro on the difference tonight...

"I felt good right away. Last game I had a bad game in the circle, and a lot of times when you have good games in the circle, your focus is better. You start with the puck, you're not chasing as much. It was important for me to bounce back."

Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson on his first day in the NHL...

"I was pretty nervous. I was at the rink and I wasn't that nervous. Then I got back to the hotel room, had some down time, and it kind of set in. But, I was able to nap pretty well so it was good."

Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson on the experience on the ice...

"It was everything I imagined. It was just unbelievable. The fans, you could hear them, everyone could hear them. It was just the best support we could have. And to have a finish like that; it was just a dream come true and everything I imagined."

New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella on how his team played after the first period...

"The second period, really neither team developed a whole bunch. [The Caps] scored on a power play but for our team it did go downhill [after the first period]. We had a couple chances in overtime, third period we didn't have much; that's the way it worked out."

New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella on how he looks at Game 6...

"I don't consider it an elimination game, we're trying to win one game. I'm not going to even use that word. Again, we've bounced back. Guys that haven't been in it, it's an opportunity; that's the way they have to look at it. So we'll go home and try to win a game."

New York Rangers forward Derek Brassard on the Caps game-winning goal...

"I got the rebound in the slot and I just tried to put [the puck] out there and gave it to [Caps defenseman Mike

Green] right away. [The Caps] went D-to-D and they got a shot on net and a quick rebound and it's in the net. It's a tough situation...next time I've got to make sure [the puck] is out and if the puck is out there, it's probably a different situation right now.

New York Rangers forward Derek Brassard on how he's looking toward getting home for Game 6...

"We bounced back from 0-2, I don't see us going down there. We're going to try to feed off the crowd and it's going to be a big game for us and like I said this morning, we're going to eventually need to win a game on the road to win the series and that's what we're going to do."

New York Rangers forward Brad Richards on what went wrong tonight...

"We didn't have a forecheck which means our [defense] faced a lot tonight. [The Caps] were coming hard and we didn't do enough to keep the puck in their end and take the pressure off."

New York Rangers forward Brad Richards on the team's outlook for Game 6...

"We've just got to win a game on home ice; it's a good opportunity for everybody. Like I said, we all have confidence that we play good [at home], forget quick and move on to that."

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