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In Quotes: Stanley Cup Finals Game One

By Marcus Gilmer in News on May 30, 2010 3:10PM

The Players

  • "It was a lot of fun. And, I almost had a heart attack." - Kris Versteeg []
  • "Shootout at the OK Corral. I don't think anybody envisioned 5-5 heading into the third period." - Coach Quenneville [Tribune]
  • "They challenge the puck a little bit, so I was just kind of a little patient and I just slid it in." - Tomas Kopecky [ESPN]
  • ''I'm not totally disappointed with the way I played. I'm disappointed I got pulled of course, but you look at the situation -- every time they had a good chance they scored. I've got to make a few of those saves, that's the bottom line." - Flyers goalie Michael Leighton [Sun-Times]
  • "I think I felt more comfortable in the first period and then the second was pretty tough. In the third, I was pretty much waiting for it to end." - Antti Niemi []
  • "Right around 4-3 or 4-4 or whatever the score was, I was like, 'What is going on out there?'" - Patrick Sharp [Tribune]
  • "The ice is below average. It's really chippy. A lot of snow accumulates really fast, so after the first couple of minutes you don't see those nice crisp passes and things like that. It's hot outside and humid and stuff like that so hopefully they'll be able to do a better job for Game 2, the ice guys." - Flyers' Scott Hartnell [ESPN]
  • ''It's a real emotional game. [A] lot of back and forth, a lot of up and down. You just try to stay composed." - Troy Brouwer [Sun-Times]

The Press

  • "The Flyers allowed themselves to be seduced into playing the Blackhawks' freewheeling, fast-paced style of game. They did a better job at it than you might have expected, but it's something they can't continue doing if they hope to win this series." - Phil Sheridan [Philly Inquirer]
  • "A Rembrandt or Van Gogh? Hardly. More like Doodle Art. But on a night when their top line was a combined minus-9 with just two shots on goal, and they gave up five goals, the Chicago Blackhawks will take their first win in a Stanley Cup finals game since 1973 and be happy." - Scott Burnside [ESPN]
  • "I swear, Chris Pronger is the spawn of Hannibal Lecter." - Steve Rosenbloom [Tribune]
  • "This series isn't going to be easy. But it could be very, very fun." - Rick Morrissey [Sun-Times]