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"We're very close to being a very good team. And maybe all it is is a little bit more maturity in...

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"We're very close to being a very good team. And maybe all it is is a little bit more maturity in some areas, and I think we'll be able to make that step. I believe next year that if you were asking me right now, we'd be very disappointed if we weren't in the final four."

- Bruce Boudreau

We play our best when we're just flying around. We're an aggressive team by nature, and it's sort...

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We play our best when we're just flying around. We're an aggressive team by nature, and it's sort of a high-risk high-reward kind of a game sometimes. And with us, we're playing better when we're buzzing. I absolutely would expect that, and it seems like every elimination game we really figure out, this is it, so we show up.

- Brian Pothier on tonight's "uber desperation," from Da Bog

There is one more Mike Green Edition Stealth in existence: the one he used to set the NHL record...

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There is one more Mike Green Edition Stealth in existence: the one he used to set the NHL record for consecutive games with a goal by a defenseman earlier this season. That stick was earmarked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. But I'm hearing the stick could be back in Green's hands on Wednesday.

- Capitals Insider

"[I]t's not over yet. If somebody thinks it's over, it's not over.... [W]e're gonna come back here...

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"[I]t's not over yet. If somebody thinks it's over, it's not over.... [W]e're gonna come back here again Game 7. That's our goal."

- Alexander Ovechkin after last night's loss

"I don't think you can look to the guy next to you to do it; you just have to take it upon yourself...

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"I don't think you can look to the guy next to you to do it; you just have to take it upon yourself to go out there and be the man that makes a difference."

- Brooks Laich on unleashing the fury stepping up

"I just didn't play well. I watched my shifts, and the goal, when I scored, was lucky, and after...

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"I just didn't play well. I watched my shifts, and the goal, when I scored, was lucky, and after that I didn't skate. I don't move my legs, and I think [the Penguins] did a good job, but it's not about them. It's all about me. It's my fault, and [Sergei Fedorov] and [Viktor Kozlov] give me good pass to create something, but I didn't create, because — I don't know. My legs just didn't run, and I don't know why. I feel pretty good last game, but I just don't know why I didn't play well."

- Alexander Ovechkin on his Game 3 performance

"The shoddy ice at the Mellon Arena has become an issue. Ovechkin and Boudreau complained about it...

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"The shoddy ice at the Mellon Arena has become an issue. Ovechkin and Boudreau complained about it following Wednesday's Game 3 and Orpik today said "it's the worst I've ever seen it and it won't be any better after last night's concert." Comedian Dane Cook was on stage last night[.]"

- Sun Media's Rob Longley, on what's likely to be a third-consecutive unfunny night at The Igloo (zing!)

"By the (center-ice) red line we need to understand who's going to take the puck carrier and...

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"By the (center-ice) red line we need to understand who's going to take the puck carrier and identify late guys (jumping into the play). They do a real good job on the rush. If you give them one (open) opportunity, it might be one too many."

- Pens' head coach Dan Bylsma on part of his team's defensive strategy

"After watching Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin beat him with four shots through two...

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"After watching Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin beat him with four shots through two games of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said Tuesday he would not be surprised if Ovechkin plays with an illegally curved stick blade. "'I haven't taken a look at it,' Fleury said. 'The puck sometimes sticks to it pretty good, even if it's bouncing.' ... Ovechkin, who has scored 50 goals in a season three times, has never been caught using an illegal stick during a game. Former New York Rangers coach Tom Renney once challenged a blade used by Ovechkin, but officials determined it was legal.

- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
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