Some quotes from Philadelphia Daily News
"The winner of this game is going to win the Cup," deadpanned Flyers' defenseman Chris Pronger, tongue firmly planted in cheek.
Left winger Scott Hartnell:
"We did our job on the road, and here in front of our fans, we need to set a precedent early and not start off on the wrong foot, especially against Washington. They're a high-powered team. Obviously, Ovechkin is a great player, but they've got other players, too. So we're going to have to roll four lines and stay out of the box [because] they have a power play that is going to be right up there among the tops in the league. [Knuble]'s got a big body in front of the net and is hard to move off the puck. We'll definitely try to get him off his game and hit him every chance."
Flyers coach John Stevens wasn't sure which defensive pairings would be matched against left winger Ovechkin. Pronger will sometimes face him, and Stevens is contemplating moving Kimmo Timonen (who is paired with Braydon Coburn) from the left side to the right so he can be matched against Ovechkin.
The Pronger-Ovechkin matchup intrigues even some of the players.
"That's why he's here, to stop the big boys from scoring," Hartnell said with a laugh.
Pronger was asked if he had played against Ovechkin enough to call him the best player he had ever faced.
"No," he said, noting he had been matched against Steve Yzerman, Joe Sakic, and Peter Forsberg in their primes and that he had faced Ovechkin only a handful of times.
"He's going to try to be creative and make plays," Pronger said of Ovechkin. "You need to understand that and know where he is on the ice. You've got to make sure you're positioned well at all times.
"You've got to have that constant pressure on him. He's got to feel guys coming in from behind trying to strip the puck. He can shoot in traffic - you've got to be in shooting lanes."
Hartnell said the Capitals are "so fun to play against; they're go-go-go. They're very offensive, and if you check well and come back hard, you're going to get opportunities the other way."
Just my 2 cents:
Caps need to be careful with their go-go-go game vs Flyers. This is exactly where Flyers had the most success against Capitals last season staying back, waiting and countering on every opportunity. It was a very successful strategy. Just like Hartnell said, "if you check well and come back hard, you're going to get opportunities the other way".
What was the most humiliating loss to Flyers, like 1:7? And Capitals totally outshoot Flyers. If they haven't learn from last season, they are in trouble. Capitals should play "defense first" and with better offense than the Flyers they will prevail.