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Tuesday Quotables

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Coach John Stevens on his wishlist: “I would like to see us get the lead, keep the lead, and pull away as opposed to making it that exciting.”

RJ Umberger on the hip check from Tomas Plekanec: “He stuck his hip out.  It’s a long series, and we know who it was. The [knee] brace saved me.”

Guy Carbonneau on Carey Price: “He is 20 years old. You can’t forget about that.  We are trying to ask this kid to be a savior for our club. Carey has proven in the past he can bounce back and come back really strong. We will sit down and see what is going to happen in the next game. I know he can come back really strong.”

Saku Koivu on Carey Price: “His skills and confidence haven’t gone anywhere.  You don’t lose those things overnight.”

Danny Briere on officating: “Tonight we had to fight through a lot of adversity.  It was a gutsy effort trying to battle through all the freedom they had, hitting [Biron] and slashing [Biron] the way we’re not allowed to. It’s pretty amazing.”

Mike Knuble on returing to the lineup: “It’s improved a lot.  I skated for the first time Friday, and it was so sore, I was pretty ginger out there. I went out [Saturday] and it was a lot better, so there’s progress. Wednesday is questionable, but for sure after that.”

Joffrey Lupul on who’s making the most chatter on the ice: “We are.”

Former Canadien Murray Wilson on Kate Smith: “She sang God Bless America before Game 4 in 1976.  The arena was dark and, when the lights came back on, there was (Canadiens general manager Serge Savard) with a dozen roses, which he gave to Kate Smith. She shouldn’t have taken them, but she did, and then when she realized where they came from, she threw them out.” The Canadiens won that game to sweep the series.  Fortunately for the current team, Lauren Hart knows better.

Francis Bouillon on the Flyers: “It took only two games to hate them.”

Scottie Upshall on Bouillon’s quote: “I’m surprised it took that long.  It’s the playoffs. We’re not friends out there. It’s time when everyone puts everything aside. . . . The hatred has been there all year, no matter what the sweater is. Montreal is just a team we’re up against. We’re in battle mode.””

Kimmo Timonen on Bouillon’s quote: “Who likes the Flyers?  It’s the playoffs. That’s our style of play, and we’re going to keep doing it. They have a lot of skill, and we’re going to be hard on their top people.”

Steven Begin on the upcoming Game 4: “We’ll contnue to work hard.  We have to win the next game. We have no choice.” 

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