What the Caps are saying before Game 6

What the Caps are saying before Game 6
May 12, 2013, 3:45 pm
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NEW YORK – What the Caps are saying as they await Game 6 against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden [4 p.m., pregame on CSN]:

Head coach Adam Oates: “I would think the guys are a little more relaxed. [There’s] a little more pressure on [the Rangers]. But obviously it’s their building, so that kind of neutralizes that a little bit. They’re going to still feed off the crowd. We’re going to talk about a good start and winning this hockey game.”

Defenseman Karl Alzner on having a killer mentality: “I think the experience helps. We know the feeling of being against the wall and you have to do everything you can to stay alive. They’re a team that’s very aggressive, so hopefully it maybe puts them over the edge a little bit. We need to play the way we did in Game 5. We were calm. We waited for opportunities.”

Left wing Jason Chimera on holding Rick Nash without a goal on 19 shots in five games: “They’re going to get their looks, but you need to limit their time and space. I played with Nash a long time in Columbus and I know how good he is. It’s the playoffs and space is so limited, it’s tough to create any offense. It’s important to wear them down and bump them as much as possible.”

Center Mike Ribeiro on how to find shooting lanes: “Once they go down it’s hard to get up and be back in position. Stay patient and if they’re in your way, shoot a little bit harder and they’ll stop [blocking] at some point.”

Alex Ovechkin on facing Rangers defensemen Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh: “Oatesy wants our line to play against them. It’s not a surprise who we play against. We can handle it. We have the experience.”

Alex Ovechkin on avoiding a third overtime game [the Caps are 2-0 in OT]: “You want to finish it in the third period because you get exhausted and your legs stop moving and you get hurt all the time because your body is just exhausted.”