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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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We are thrilled to inaugurate our column: Rising Bakeries with Brod Kitchen!  Its culinary pursuits are inspired by Scandinavia, and in Manhattan especially as we are approaching Game 7, you only need to look as far as
 Henrik Lundqvist to know that this city loves that region.  Henrik is King after all.  (If you are not in Manhattan and don't like hockey, Henrik is the star goaltender from Sweden.)
You also may not know what Brod means: it is the word for bread in Danish and Swedish and every day Brod Kitchen makes their artisan creations with expertise and love.  They take great care in a slow fermenting process over two days to break down the sugar content so their bread is better for you.  Not only is it better but also it tastes better.  Owners Hugo Uys and Monette DeBotton could not have been more pleasant and professional, and this is the first time we've worked with them.  Hugo hails from South Africa and Monette is from London, however, they both have traveled extensively to Scandinavia and are involved with culinary professionals there.  A brief geography reminder: Scandinavia is: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Norway. 
We visited on a hot day and the moment we walked in they greeted us with enthusiasm with water options, which was appreciated.
We love that their salads are made to order.  We opted for the greens: romaine, mesclun and spinach and added the toppings: red onions, beets, mushrooms cucumber, carrots, and cherry tomatoes.  They listened and put the dressing on the side, and you should know they make all their dressing on premises so it is better.  Our options were: lemon, pomegranate and onion.  We liked the onion the best.  The salad was fresh, arranged beautifully, and exactly what you'd want a gorgeous salad to be!
Then we segued into savory.
We next tried the Salmon Smorrebrod.
Fresh salmon of high quality is served on their wonderful rye bread with cream cheese and lemon.  It's a sincerely refreshing bite for a hot day!  It was our favorite item and we'd eat this every hour on the hour when the clock gongs, and not be sick of it by bedtime.
We like Roast Beef just as much as salmon, and that ringed true at Brod Kitchen as well.  Succulent roast beef stands up to the rye bread of Brod Kitchen with winning creme fraiche and horseradish.  Just delicious, and we loved it.  We preferred the savory over the sweet, but still did like the sweet.
As a follow up to savory, we tried first the Blueberry and Ricotta Smorrebrod served on a ginger biscuit with sweet ricotta and blueberries and next the Pistachio and Apricot Smorrebrod.  The crisp crunch of the biscuit was completely satisfying and everything employed was of top-notch quality.
Of course, we were most interested in the bread itself and you should be too.  We are still thinking about which we liked best.  We began with the Peasant Sourdough, which was just bursting with homemade goodness.  Every slice is to be savored and we suggest you eat it plain first to enjoy just how great it is and how much better it is from ordinary bread.  Then you can add butter or olive oil.  Or your favorite Vermont Harvest spread of course.
The artisan quality is unsurpassed and you don't see this at your local grocery store.  You feel like someone in your family is baking you bread!
If we had to pick one, we must admit Peachy's personal tastes go towards rye.  Please meet the rye!  It was great for sandwiches and this rye was seedless.  The crust of all three breads was standout, and if you like crusty bread this has your name all over it.  Also, for the person that has everything, maybe bring them bread from Brod Kitchen as a gift.  They don't have this yet probably!
The most interesting bread we chose was the Olive Rosemary Sourdough which had superb flavor that rocked our tastebuds.  They are not at all stingy with the olives and we love the beautiful design on the outside of the bread.  Our hats off to the rosemary accent especially which we loved.
Brod Kitchen is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know.
We can't wait to see what Hugo and Monette do next!


On Mental Strength, by Phil Esposito

"Players today put too much emphasis on lifting weights, low body fat and big muscles that they think make them look good - all that bullshit.  What you need to play hockey is heart and determination, and the ability to stay mentally strong.  Mental strength beats physical strength any day."
-Phil Esposito


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Q. Can you predict what the next game will bring?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Well, I think what you can predict is that two teams are going to go on the ice and battle and work extremely hard to try and win a game. I mean, you've got two highly skilled teams that both want to win.

Q. When you get to game 7, do you have a message?
COACH VIGNEAULT: It's Game 7. In this sport it doesn't get much better than this.
Starting tomorrow - today will be a day where we're going to rest up a little bit, but starting tomorrow we're going to focus on the elements that we need to do on the ice to have a good game. We're going to narrow our players' focus to exactly that, that permits us to stay in the moment, go on the ice and execute. And that's what we're going to try and do.

Q. Being defense first, have you seen enough of that at MSG?
COACH VIGNEAULT: The games at MSG have been a little different, how they've played themselves out. But this is Game 7, I'm very confident that our group is going to go on the ice, make the plays that need to be made against such a strong opponent.
There are some plays, like it's going to be our 7th game in a short amount of time against this team. There are some plays that we know we need to make against that team to have success, and hopefully we'll be able to execute them.

Q. If a line is rolling like Brass’ last night, you okay with the other lines being just defensive?
COACH VIGNEAULT: You know, again, are we going to be into - like last night, it looked like it was going to be another 2-1 game, and it turned out to be a little different. Games are going to unfold. We're hoping to be able to make the other team pay for some mistakes.
In Game 7, you need different guys stepping up, and hopefully we'll have more than one.

Q. Coach, when you challenge the players? Are you blunt? How do you define that?
COACH VIGNEAULT: You know, I would always prefer that those conversations stay between a player and a coach. Sometimes players get a little excited after a big win and they don't want to share things.
But what started as a challenge, it was more like this is the reality, and this is what we need you guys to do. And they're both very professional. They both understood what I was talking about, and it wasn't that big of a deal.

Q. The way Hedman is playing, what's it say about your team that they will not let that be a factor – that he’s been in check?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Every team you meet in the playoffs has those dynamic players. There's definitely a plan for the dynamic players on how to play them. He is one of their great players and leading personalities in the league. He's definitely one of the best. So we definitely have a plan we're trying to implement, but it's not easy against that skill level.

Q. Are you okay with Kreider’s response to the non-call?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Yeah. I mean, I think 90% of the people watching that hit, the numbers are there, five, six guys face into the boards. You've got to play through that at this time.
I mean, as much as - at some point you're happy that a player protects their teammate, and at this time not knowing what the guys calling are going to call, I mean, attempt to turn the other cheek and let's play.


Q. What’s the feeling like to have that type of game in that situation?
DERICK BRASSARD: Obviously, it felt pretty good. You know, you try to play well for your team, you try to be involved, and I was just - like I said yesterday, it was just like one of those nights. I was in the right place at the right time. My teammates gave me some really good plays, and I'm just going to try to bring it in Game 7.

Q. Good to have a day off?
DERICK BRASSARD: Yeah, yeah, it's going to be good for our team, just to have a chance today to not think about hockey, not go to the rink and rest our bodies.
Come Friday, it's going to be fully energized with a lot of energy, obviously.
I remember, I guess, against Washington we were pretty exhausted and we were pretty tired, and those two days really helped us to come out with a win.

Q. This is the time of year, did you always know (indiscernible) that you wanted to be the guy? How much do you love this time of year?
DERICK BRASSARD: Yeah, I think I play with a lot of emotion, and I think at this time of the year that's what it takes to make a difference, a lot of passion and emotion.
I played four years in the league before I got my first taste of the playoffs, and I think I really enjoy playing at this time. There is nothing better than playing in New York in front of those fans and playing on a good team.

Q. How difficult was it for you to play all those years and not make the playoffs?
DERICK BRASSARD: Yeah, it was really hard. I had a hard time in Columbus, but I stuck with it. I came here to New York, and they showed me a lot of confidence right away, and I think it really helped me to adjust to a new team and come here and have some success.

Q. You spent some extra time on the ice after morning skate, working on anything else?
DERICK BRASSARD: No, not really. I was just playing there with Marty and Zuc came on the ice with a big smile, and I think that actually kind of helped me to have a smile on my face a little bit. I wasn't working on anything. I was just playing there.

Q. What is it about there being more goals in Tampa than at MSG?
DERICK BRASSARD: I don't know. That's a good question. It should be the other way around, but we're a pretty good road team. We show up to play every time on the road. It seems like we don't have anyone to impress. Maybe at home we're trying to impress our fans or we're trying to impress people.
I think we just have to show up Friday and play the same way, be confident. They're going to be loud. The atmosphere's going to be great, and we just have to take those emotions and put it in a good way.

Q. The games have been so different, any idea what to expect for game 7?
DERICK BRASSARD: No, both teams have had their moments. You know, it's been back and forth, and we're facing a really good team. I think it's some really good hockey to watch.
You know, we're not far from our goal, and we just have to begin one more game and play hard, but we're just going to try to focus on our play. We're going to focus on our team. We're going to follow the game plan and we're going to give ourselves the best chance to win this game.

Q. How much of a difference has JT Miller been?
DERICK BRASSARD: Yeah, I think J.T., his attitude has been outstanding for the past two weeks. He's been competing really hard. I think, like I said yesterday, he's energized our line.
I remember last game he was trying to push me and Rick to be better and to make a difference. He's a guy with a really good shot, he wins a lot of pucks. He's a really strong guy, and we need him to be really good to be successful.
Last night it was just I think he got rewarded with all the hard work he's been doing the past couple weeks.


Q. What's it going to be like to be back home at MSG?
DEREK STEPAN: Yeah, the Garden has been so great the last few years in the playoffs, and Game 7s are so exciting to play on that ice, and the fans seem to just absolutely light that building up. It's a really cool experience, and it makes for a great atmosphere.
You know, you play all year to get home ice advantage, and that's what we're able to do this year. Now we get ourselves in a Game 7 in front of our own fans.

Q. (Indiscernible)?
DEREK STEPAN: No, everything that's happened before this point, it doesn't really matter. We're looking at it as one game against a team that's played really good hockey through the series, both teams have. And I think both teams feel like at times they haven't played as well. So it's been a back-and-forth series, but now it just comes down to one game.
Like I said, it's in our own building. But all we're focused on is getting our start that we want and starting with that first 20 minutes.

Q. What is it about Tampa and their bounce back ability?
DEREK STEPAN: Definitely. Their top six forwards are elite players. Their bottom six play a really hard game and they finish their checks. Their group altogether plays a really strong game. We have to bring our best in order to win on Friday night.

Q. What do you think about Brassard and his impact on the game?
DEREK STEPAN: Oh, I mean, good thing for us is he steps up big time and probably when our group needed it. Mostly their line was phenomenal all night, and Brass is a guy that this time of the year seems to really be a big part of our team. He always seems to raise his game when the game has more importance to it. It was great to see he played at a really high level, and we're going to need that line to do it again.

Q. Brass said that coach challenged him and you, is that what was needed?
DEREK STEPAN: I mean, I think it was more of a conversation more than a challenge. I mean, it was all - the whole conversation went in the way that I felt our coach, in a sense, did challenge us. But at the same time, this series is so close that there's not much separating the two teams. So he wanted that extra push from me and Brass, and Brass responded in a way that I think A.V. really wanted him to and our group really needed him to.
I think it was a good coaching move by A.V. to kind of come in and at least have a conversation with us and kind of push us to get to that next level.

Q. Experience manifests itself, was that a factor last night?
DEREK STEPAN: I'm not really sure. I think our group didn't really - throughout the game, even from the drop of the puck and when Tampa really was pushing hard on us, we didn't really have any panic. We made sure we stuck to our game. I think that goes with our experience. Being in that situation before, keeping our whits about us and just keep playing our game is what made us successful through the whole season.
But other than being in that situation and understanding what it takes mentally, there is not much else you can take from the experience of being there before. I think knowing how to handle yourself is probably the biggest thing you can take from it.

Q. Two days off good?
DEREK STEPAN: Either way. It kind of gets you on autopilot at this point of the year. But two days is good for us to get some rest, and we'll be able to get ourselves ready for a big game.

Q. Consistency in which you’ve been able to avoid elimination, is that about the group personality?
DEREK STEPAN: Yeah, that's a good way to put it. We always talk about our core group just relaxing and playing the game. I think that's a good way to put it. We have a group that, the way our personalities work, we just somehow find a way to have the right mindset going into these games. Obviously you talk about eliminations games and your biggest player sometimes has to be your goaltender, and you talk about his numbers in elimination games, you know, off the charts. I think the core guys and the core guy kind of leads the charge.

Q. You think Tyler Johnson is frustrated at this point?
DEREK STEPAN: I think he's played really good hockey through this series, so I'm not so sure that he's that frustrated, maybe a little bit last night.
But two days to regroup yourself and it comes down to one game. So both teams are going to bring their best, and I don't expect anything but Tampa's top guys' best game of the year.


Q. How much fun is it to have a Game 7 at home?
RICK NASH: It's a lot of fun. You obviously want to win the series in four, but when it comes down to a Game 7, I feel like these are things that you dream about and you pretend you're playing hockey on the ice by yourself or road hockey when you were a kid. It's just one of those experiences that's tough to put into words.

Q. Is it stressful as well?
RICK NASH: Yeah, it can be stressful. Reality is the game is coming no matter what, and you might as well turn that stress into energy and controlled emotions. So it's a tough balance, for sure.

Q. Seems like one game has nothing to do with the next. What do you expect from a Game 7?
RICK NASH: Yeah, hopefully that trend ends and we can keep the momentum from last game, but I would expect a tight game. It seems like all Game 7s are pretty tight, pretty defensive and tight checking.

Q. How do you take the offense and bring it to MSG?
RICK NASH: Yeah, I think it's a matter of playing better defense and getting their offense from that. It seems like we know when we're here we're going to get a big push from the other team, and we're going to make sure we're defensively sound.
I think sometimes at MSG, we're just worried about getting offense, getting opportunities, getting chances and then we get exposed defensively.

Q. What’s it like knowing you’re in this situation and have the goaltender you do?
RICK NASH: Yeah, it's a huge sense of confidence, I guess, and his comments, as we talked about last night, kind of carries through our whole team. We're lucky to have a goalie like that, and he's the leader of our team, so I'm sure he'll step up.

Q. Brassard said you were looking for him all night. Have you ever seen him play that way?
RICK NASH: Yeah, I don't think I've seen him score five points before. He had an impressive night, and seemed like he was possessed right from the start of the game. You could tell he was around the puck, he was forechecking, and he was finding himself open a lot off the back door. He's working for his opportunities.
Since he's come to New York, he's really turned into a premier center.

Q. Pressure. You think your game is stepping up because of it?
RICK NASH: Yeah, there is always. Always. I feel pressure all the time. I think our team has felt pressure since Game 1 of the season to perform, so it's no different in Game 7, even like you said, it's going to be more pressure, and we've got to turn that pressure into a challenge.

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New York – 7
Tampa Bay – 3

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Q. I know you've been through this now a lot, two years with this team. Does whatever this team does in elimination games, does it ever take you by surprise or is this just what you expect to get from your group?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Well, I expected our group to get ready, prepare themselves and give ourselves a chance to win this game, and I think that's what our group did.
We came out, we capitalized early on our chances. And after that, our goaltender was asked to make some big saves, which he did.
But in the third period, with our season on the line, we probably played our best period of this series so far. So we wanted a chance, and we got a chance.

Q. Looked like it was going to be another one-goal game after the second. What changed for you guys in the third?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Basically we talked in between the second and the third about not sitting back and making more plays with the puck.
And then the second period there, we had tough times getting through the neutral zone, and then we did it early on in the third. And Brassard's line was obviously unbelievable. Like I just said, we've got a chance at a Game 7.

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New York – 7
Tampa Bay – 3

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Q. You said you guys obviously didn't want to get back on a plane to go to New York. Now that you are, how do you think the team's going to respond?
COACH COOPER: How do I think we're going to respond? We're going to respond the same way we have every time our backs are against the wall. You've watched it happen all year. You know how they'll come out.

Q. Take us through the start of the third period. What happened there that turned this thing around, it seems?
COACH COOPER: I think for five straight periods, we played really, really well. We played defense. We created chances. We just didn't turn pucks over. We thought we were playing a 2-1 game. Unfortunately, we weren't winning 2-1.
And I think in a matter of seven or eight minutes there in that third period, we gave up more scoring chances and turned over more pucks, more than we did in all of Game 5 combined, the 60-minute game.
For our team, as a group, we've never been this far before, and so it's just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn't.
We've got a young group. They've played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we're not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that's what they did. It's a lesson learned.

Q. Speaking of lesson learned, some of the guys were mentioning how they were trying to tie it up in one shift, they were trying to press and do too much. Is that kind of what you're talking about?
COACH COOPER: I think maybe. I thought we had a good mindset going into the third. We just can't turn pucks over like we did. We just kept turning them over again and again, and that's why we stayed in our zone the whole time. We made a few panic plays that they capitalized and kept pucks in.
And then we - after that we just stopped playing "D". And this happened to us in Game 4. So, unfortunate, because we would have loved to have won this game in front of our fans, but going to get up tomorrow and still read the newspaper and see that we're still playing. We'll take it.

Q. Do you see any benefit now having two days off before Game 7 to get ready for that one?
COACH COOPER: Yes. For our team it is much needed. We need rest and we need to get healthy, and this extra day is going to be good for us.

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Q. Brandon, you know what you have to do. Talk about what lies ahead and your feelings on that.
BRANDON SAAD: Yeah, last night was obviously tough to lose like we did. We did a good job of coming back. We know we got to have a better start and finish strong. We have to take care of our home game here and go back on the road and steal one on the road.

Q. Things start working better after your legs get warmed up. Seemed like that was what was happening. Did you feel like everybody was a little dead-legged at the beginning?
BRANDON SAAD: Yeah. It seemed like, I don't know what it was, but like we were sleeping there at the start. Their goals piled on. Mistake after mistake. They capitalized on it. That's what a good team is going to do. We know we got to start better tomorrow.

Q. What do you take from similar situations in the past, facing eliminations?
BRANDON SAAD: It's something we know we've done before. When we're in tight situations like this, we have a veteran group that has been through it and we know how to win games. We got to take care of tomorrow. It's one game at a time.

Q. Jonathan Toews is the captain and leader of this team. In situations like this, how much do players like yourself look to him for the way to mentally look at this, or is it assumed? Is there anything actively you do as a player to follow him?
BRANDON SAAD: Yeah, different guys say different things. I think Toews leads by example. You saw last night, even if he's not saying anything, the way he battles, obviously scoring the big goals for us, he leads by example. That picks the team up. He does a great job of that.

Q. I don't want to overstate it, but does having him on your side with his record, does that give you any more confidence, that he'll find a way, help your team find a way?
BRANDON SAAD: Yeah. I think we have confidence in our team. Obviously he's a big part of our team, our captain, our leader. He leads the way. I think we're a confident group that we can come back to the same.

Q. It seems like it takes dire circumstances for you to hit your top gear for whatever reason. How frustrating is that? Why do you think that is?
BRANDON SAAD: Yeah, we got to play desperate right off the bat. Now we're in a situation where it's do or die. That's the team you're going to see. For some reason we started slow yesterday and it was a big game for us. We need to steal one on the road. We didn't do it last night. We got to do it in the future.

Q. Niklas, teams have scored in bunches. Can you pinpoint why that's happening so consistently?
NIKLAS HJALMARSSON: It's tough to say. We obviously have to be better in big moments of the games like that. It's always important to keep the momentum on our team, especially after scoring a goal, if the other team scores a goal, you have to have big shifts right after. I think that's something we can improve on going forward.
We all know tomorrow is a fun, huge game for us. We all going to bring our best, for sure. We definitely will have to do a better job.

Q. Is it still fun even though you face the end of the season if you lose?
NIKLAS HJALMARSSON: It's more fun to play these games than the normal games. When it's all on the line, I think that's what you want to play. You want to play at this time of year. You want to play elimination games, obviously come up on the winning side. That's the most fun games to play.

Q. These games are fun to watch for all of us. Do you have any perspective of that while you're playing? Do you realize how entertaining this series is for somebody watching?
BRANDON SAAD: Yeah. I think it's been a good series. As a fan, especially. It's emotional on the bench when you have goals and swings like that, comebacks. We've been through it before, and it's exciting for fans and for the game of hockey. We obviously want to be on the winning end.

Q. Game 7 last year, how you lost to the Kings, is that motivation?
BRANDON SAAD: That's an experience we can go back and look upon where we had a lead. You always see bounces like that in overtime. That's how the bounces go. That's how hockey games are won. That's something we can look back on and use our experience for.

Q. You've taken more hits than about anybody on the team. Are you starting to feel that adding up?
NIKLAS HJALMARSSON: No. I feel great. I can't really say that I'm banged up at all. I'm just looking forward to tomorrow's game. They hit hard, but they hit pretty clean. It's just a matter of getting back up and focusing on the next shift. At the same time maybe I can do a better job not to put myself in a situation to allow to get hit.
They're a big team. They like to play physical. But, you know, I'm feeling good and I'm excited for tomorrow's game.

Q. Brandon, after Freddie Andersen allowed those two late goals, he admitted he was rattled. How important will it be to test him early and often tomorrow?
BRANDON SAAD: Yeah, that's something we talked about even going into overtime. We get two quick goals like that, we want to test him as much as possible.
Unfortunately it ended fairly quickly on their side. That's something where momentum can carry over to a game. We want to keep testing him tomorrow.

Q. Do you feel you turned a 3-0 game into an overtime game? Do you think you planted any kind of seed of doubt in the Ducks' minds?
NIKLAS HJALMARSSON: Yeah, sure. It's obviously never good to lose. But maybe it's better to lose like we did than get a blow-out loss, five or six to nothing. It shows character in our team. We never stop fighting, being down 3-0 and two goals in the end, still coming back. I don't know, it's just a feeling we have in our team that they can never count us out, we always have a chance to come back.
Same thing now. We're down 3-2 here in the series. But we have a lot of confidence. We are confident we can turn this around.

Q. Do you see that same attitude in them, as well, in this series?
NIKLAS HJALMARSSON: They're a really good team, definitely. Playing against them in the regular season, too, we knew they were one of the best teams in the league. Obviously they won the conference. They're a pretty complete team, really good depth on the defense and forwards, goalie.
We knew coming into this, that this was going to be a good challenge. It's going to be a good challenge to turn this around. We're going to bring our best.
THE MODERATOR: Thanks, guys.
Questions for coach.


Q. Question about starting the game better than in Game 5.
COACH QUENNEVILLE: We have to be playing our best from the outset. You look at Game 5, you say for four games we started the right way. You knew they were going to start on time. We were late. Made a difference in the game.
We had 40 straight minutes of pretty good hockey, playing the right way. Got ourselves back, almost, in an unbelievable fashion.
At the end of the day the series has been very tight. We got to know that we can't have the lulls that we've had in the last couple games.

Q. Did they catch you by surprise in overtime, how aggressive they came out? Other overtimes, seemed like they were feeling their way out.
COACH QUENNEVILLE: Tough to say. We had the puck a couple of times. I don't know. I don't know. Tough to measure. Wasn't enough time to get a good handicap on it.

Q. What Bickell did on that play, seems like he was going to hit the puck in the zone. Anything he could have done differently?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: Get it past them.

Q. With your lineup, any changes?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: We'll see how everybody looks tomorrow.

Q. Any chance that TVR gets in?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: We'll see. Look forward to talking to him. He skated today, we’ll se how he is. He's going to skate with us in the morning.

Q. Anything you do differently as a coach in an elimination game as opposed to having a lead in a series?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: I think we've been behind the eight ball a few times. I think back to being down 3-1 in Detroit. We've been in some tough spots before and put ourselves back. In this series we've been behind for the third time. Putting ourselves in the spot of trying to have to win one game. That's our mindset.
We know that they got a pretty good hockey team there, but we have to play our best game. We can talk about different things going into games, you can visit history, you can look at past games, big games, big moments. There's a lot of history here that we've collected over seven years. A lot of positive things.
I think we all came out of last night's game with an anger and a real sour taste in our mouth. Sometimes that can be better than a history lesson.

Q. You had the two-goal lead with 12 and a half minutes to play in Game 4. If you held onto that, you would have avoided the grueling minutes. Do you think about that?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: No. When the game's over, they're over. You gather, you learn, you move forward. 'What ifs' after the fact, I don't know if that's a good process.

Q. Do you have any issue with Corey? Seems to have an issue with how physical the Ducks have been with him. Are you concerned at all?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: You got to stay focused knowing that there's a line there, they're going to basically impede his space inside the blue. He's got to be willing to hold his ground, but at the same time referees can make their calls. But you can't get distracted.
Kind of like what we talk about, the physicality of the game overall. He's in the same boat as we all are as a team. Stay focused and stay out of the box.

Q. How fair is the criticism on Bickell? he is taking a lot of heat for that play last night.
COACH QUENNEVILLE: It's a play. We talk about getting the pucks behind them and in deep. I'm sure he feels bad. They had to make a couple plays after that to put it in the net.
It's one of those things we saw basically another hockey game, nothing happened. Another almost 40 minutes of nothing happening. When I say 'nothing,' there was a lot between that nothing.
Then, basically the puck drops, now you're focusing on one play. That's how close it is. We've seen some pretty crazy endings the last couple of games, so...

Q. In terms of resiliency, we know you have it. Are you starting to see maybe a bit of yourselves in the other team?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: You look at their record this year, I don't think they got beat in regulation in the playoffs. That shows they're a pretty good hockey team.
We have to be our best in knowing that's our challenge, that's our task. Last couple years, regular seasons, they've been there as well. We know they've got some talent, some depth. They have a pretty mobile defense as well. We have to be ready to play our A game tomorrow night.

Q. Are you reaching a breaking point with Timonen? I know you believe in him. He's struggling in general. Seems like the series is wearing him down.
COACH QUENNEVILLE: We'll see. I know that every game is different with him. Some games he gets a few more minutes. He doesn't play a lot. I know it's not easy on him. But we'll look at options.

Q. With Timonen and Cumiskey, what have you seen? 
COACH QUENNEVILLE: Cumiskey, I think he gives us some quickness and some pace, makes a lot of direct plays in the middle of the ice. He had a good stick. Sustained some offensive zone time. Made some nice decisions with the puck. So I didn't mind his game.
Kimmo, his situation, has been fine. Last night, okay. He's steady. Does his thing.

Q. Could you look at putting Kane and Toews together going forward?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: We'll see all our options. Over the course of a game, you never know.

Q. You're 14-0 when Hossa scores in the playoffs. He hasn't been scoring. You kind of figure he's a veteran?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: He had some nice looks. Made a nice play to Johnny. He is around the puck. That line had some good zone time as well. Defensively, he's always in the right area. Always does good things if he doesn't score.

Q. This is two years now where his shooting percentage has been low. Something you seeing? Is it bad luck that the puck is not going in for him?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: He gets a lot of good looks. That line gets a lot of good looks. Probably how well they check that they get the puck. Has strength in the puck area. Protects it well. The scoring area, that's where we've got to find a way. Some guys it goes in a lot easier than other guys. Some guys have that patience, they see the options quicker, or they can pick that option quicker.
But him, he scored in the past. We expect him to be scoring going forward.

Q. The way they came back, what does that say about your team?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: Tons of character. Tremendous leadership. Never die. Never quit. Find ways. It's all about moving forward, dealing with the situation that faces you. Puts us into tomorrow night's game.

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"The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum First Comprehensive Exhibition About Artist in a U.S. Museum Since 1948 Our Coverage Sponsored by Martin's Tavern of Georgetown Est. 1933

Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Strong Woman and Child, 1925, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

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"The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi" is the first comprehensive overview of the artist's work by a U.S. museum in more than 65 years. The exhibition is a selective survey that will trace Kuniyoshi's career though 66 of his finest paintings and drawings chosen from leading public and private collections in America and Japan. Most of the works from Japanese collections have not been exhibited in the U.S. for more than 25 years.

"The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi" is co-curated by Joann Moser, deputy chief curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Tom Wolf, a Kuniyoshi scholar and professor of art history at Bard College. The exhibition will be on view from April 3 through Aug. 30; the Smithsonian American Art Museum is the only venue. A catalog written by Wolf will accompany the exhibition.

"Kuniyoshi remains one of our country's most important and innovative modern artists, yet his work has not been widely exhibited for decades," said Betsy Broun, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. "We are proud that the Smithsonian American Art Museum will enable a new generation of viewers to encounter Kuniyoshi and his powerful, enriching paintings."

Kuniyoshi rose to prominence in the New York art world during the 1920s to become one of the most esteemed modernist artists in America between the two world wars, celebrated alongside artists such as Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keefe and Stuart Davis. During the course of his career his style ranged from deadpan humor to erotic sensuality to deep tragedy.

"The evolution of Kuniyoshi's art from his slyly humorous works in the 1920s, through his sensual and worldly paintings of the 1930s, to the darker works of his last years is a deeply human story, and the opportunity to see it in all its complexity and visual eloquence is a rewarding one," said Wolf.

Kuniyoshi defined himself as an American artist while at the same time remaining very aware that his Japanese origins played an important role in his identity and artistic practices. He drew on American folk art, Japanese design and iconography and European modernism to create a sophisticated, distinctive mode of expression that integrated Eastern and Western styles. His inventive works often included subtle color harmonies, simplified shapes, oddly proportioned figures and an eccentric handling of space and scale.

"Kuniyoshi's art-subtle and sophisticated, idiosyncratic and unique-defies easy categorization," said Moser. "His paintings reveal a story of aspirations, disappointments, a striving for meaning and a place as an immigrant in America."

About the Artist
Kuniyoshi (1889-1953) was a photographer and printmaker as well as a painter. He was born in Japan and came to the United States as a teenager, studying art in New York City in the Independent School and the Art Students League. He went on to teach at the Art Students League, to exhibit in prestigious exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad and to win major awards; among numerous other accolades he won first prize at the Carnegie International exhibition in 1944, was honored with the first retrospective exhibition of work by a living artist at the Whitney Museum in 1948 and exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1952. He was active in politics in New York and was a member of several important artistic circles. His success, however, was shadowed by his immigrant status; though he was thoroughly integrated into American society and considered himself American, immigration law prevented him from becoming a citizen. During WWII Kuniyoshi remained steadfastly loyal to the United States and put his talents to work as a poster artist to support the war effort; despite this, the U.S. government declared him to be an "enemy alien" in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and he faced increasing prejudice and harassment. Kuniyoshi remained active and influential in artist circles and continued to paint and teach until his death in 1953.

Related Exhibition
The Smithsonian's Archives of American Art will present a separate, complementary exhibition entitled "Artist Teacher Organizer: Yasuo Kuniyoshi" from March 30 to July 10in the Archive's Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery. Newly discovered papers, including the artist's personal correspondence, photographs, writings and scrapbooks, will document the varied facets of Kuniyoshi's prolific career as an artist, teacher and organizer of activist causes.

Connecting Online
An online gallery of all of the artworks in "The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi" will be available on the exhibition website, as will an essay by Moser on Kuniyoshi's contribution to modernist art and a special Web feature on members of his artistic circle. Behind-the-scenes insights about the exhibition will be published on the museum's blog, Eye Level.

Free Public Programs
A series of free public programs will complement the exhibition. Wolf will discuss the exhibition and his recent findings on Kuniyoshi and his artistic circle Friday, April 10, at6:30 p.m. in the museum's McEvoy Auditorium; this program will be webcast live on the museum's website at The 21st Century Consort, the museum's ensemble in residence, will present "Worlds Away," a concert inspired by Kuniyoshi's works Saturday, April 18, at 4 p.m. Moser will lead a tour of the exhibition Thursday, May 7, at 5:30 p.m. In addition, the museum will present a "Cherry Blossom Family Celebration" Saturday, April 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. For additional information about programs, the public may

"The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi" is accompanied by a catalog with an essay on Kuniyoshi by Wolf and an introduction by Broun. It is published by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in association with D Giles, Ltd. The book is for sale in the museum's store and online ($59.95, hardcover; $40, softcover).


"The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi"is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. American Honda Motor Co. Inc. provided leadership support for the exhibition. We are especially grateful to Mr. Soichiro Fukutake for his major support of the book and exhibition, for his generosity in lending artworks from the Fukutake Collection in Okayama and for his long advocacy for this artist. Additional generous contributions have been provided by All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd., the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the Fukutake Foundation, the Raymond J. and Margaret Horowitz Endowment, the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, Peter and Paula Lunder, Friends of Franklin Riehlman, the Sara Roby Foundation, the Share Fund and Yasuda Fine Arts Inc.

About the Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrates the vision and creativity of Americans with artworks in all media spanning more than three centuries. Its National Historic Landmark building is located at Eighth and F streets N.W., above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station. Museum hours are 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (closedDec. 25). Admission is free. Follow the museum on Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram,Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, iTunes U and ArtBabble.Museum information (recorded):(202) 633-7970. Smithsonian information: (202) 633-1000. Website:


On His Number, by Bernie Parent

"Every time a puck gets past me and I look back in my net, I say 'Oh, oh.'"
-Bernie Parent, on why he chose number 00 in the WHA


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Q. What have you seen from Yandle in the last couple games here?
COACH VIGNEAULT: He's working extremely hard. He's trying to make some plays. Obviously, you know, with the pressure sometimes our "D" are under - a little bit more challenging to make the right play. But he's got the right idea, and we need him tonight to find a way to get a couple more pucks to the net, and we'll be in good shape.

Q. Can you talk about the challenges of the pressure he faces? What kind of challenge does that represent for him?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Well, it's a big challenge. It's the biggest team that we've met this year, and not just when they have the puck, but when they don't have it, they are quick to put pressure. You've got to have your head up. You've got to be thinking a play ahead, and you've got to make the right plays.

Q. Coach, what did you notice in the first quarter of that game when you had so much zone time, but it was difficult to generate those strong scoring chances that you want?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Yeah, for the first 35 minutes of the last game, I thought our puck possession, the amount of time that we were trying to get some good looks, we did everything but get the looks. So our execution is going to need to be a little bit quicker, and we have no choice. I mean, if we want to move on, we're going to have to be better tonight.

Q. Coach, Hank's been so good for you guys when your backs have been against the wall. How much confidence does that give you going into tonight?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Not just Hank, our whole group. This is a team game and there is no doubt that as a group tonight that we've got to come up with our best game of the year, and that's what we're going to try and do.

Q. Zuccarello hops on at the end there. Assuming no chance he plays tonight, but is there any update?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Day-to-day, and he's getting better.

Q. Any concern with the guys that missed the skate this morning?
COACH VIGNEAULT: No, no, everybody's good.

Q. Is it just maintenance?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Maintenance, yeah.

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Q. Cedric Paquette, any sort of status update on him?
COACH COOPER: Lineup questions are pointless at this juncture. We're way too deep. Optional skate.

Q. He came off early?
COACH COOPER: I didn't even see it. I didn't watch. So you're asking questions I didn't even see. I don't know.

Q. So you're saying you have no idea?
COACH COOPER: Zero. You have to ask the head coach that. You know, he's questionable in your terms, very questionable.

Q. Would you talk about the value of having a guy like Rick Bowness on the bench with you for these games as you get deeper into the playoffs?
COACH COOPER: Well, I think I answered this question a couple times already in the playoffs, so there's got to be a transcript of me saying how valuable he is to me.

Q. Can you talk about what you're seeing in terms of Steven Stamkos and his will? It seems when he steps on the ice, he just has that burning desire to want to win this whole thing, and he's doing all those little things. Obviously he's getting the goals now, but can you talk about the little things that maybe guys that are experiencing this for the first time can feed off?
COACH COOPER: I think the one thing you have to look at Stammer is how he merged and kind of did a little struggle and emerged.
Early on in the playoffs where he wasn't - I think the pucks weren't going in the net for him, and he didn't have his, I guess, mojo or offensively he found a way. And I think there wasn't tail between the legs, there wasn't head down. Frustration, yes, but you want that probably in a player that he wants to succeed, but he struggled and fought his way through it to where he is now.
We may have got through the Detroit series without him having to go produce much offensively, but for us to keep advancing, we need Stammer to produce, and he just keeps finding a way as this series goes on. So somebody young coming up looking at that, there is a perfect example of sometimes things aren't going to go your way, so what are you going to do about it? Like how are you going to come through this, and he's found a way.

Q. When we come to the rink one win away from the Stanley Cup Final this morning, what is on your mind?
COACH COOPER: It's, I don't know - really not thinking about beyond tonight. As the series goes on, you have to plan for a seven-game series, so this part of you that is just planning because it's not a given you're going to win tonight, and you have to plan this all the way through. So you kind of have to step out and say what are our travel plans? Well, we had to do that in all our series.
It's weird how it's our third series and we've advanced to this Game 6 in different ways, one with our back against the wall having to win this game at home and going to a Game 7. The next one being up three, giving up two, and now having to come back on your heels a little bit; and in this one, tied series, we get the fifth one, and now we have a chance to knock them out. So we've kind of approached these, we've kind of lived these different battles.
I think one thing I know, I don't take anything for granted. Every game becomes our most important game of the year, and that's how we have to treat this. We can't just sit here and say we played a pretty good game in Game 5, that'll just carry us into a win tonight. If we don't play better than we did in Game 5, we won't win tonight. That's kind of my message.
And my feeling for me is it's excitement, nervousness, fear, anticipation, like I can whip through a bunch of things. It's really an exciting time. But as we go through this, you just can't get - you can't let yourself get too high and you can't let yourself get too low at this point. You have to go out and prepare your guys as much as possible, and I think our coaching staff has done a good job with that.

Q. Having Brenden Morrow in the lineup in the regular season is obviously important, but come playoff time and these kind of games, does he sort of earn his pay, so to speak?
COACH COOPER: Well, I think if we look back, and I think we signed him July 5th or something like that, and it was for this reason. Mo's been one of those guys that he had a different role in his career playing for Dallas and how he's moved. He was playing a couple teams lately, probably those teams pulling him in for the same reason we did.
We know he can still be an effective player on the ice. What he brings in the room, his experience both in the regular season and the playoffs, his leadership, and everything that we wanted him for, he's delivered and he's delivering at the biggest time. And it may not show up on the score sheet, but people even ask questions about who your unsung hero is, and he would be one of them for us.
He's probably not going to find his face on the front page of the paper, but he has done so many things for us that have helped us get here, hence why he's still playing the minutes and being effective for us, and I think a big part of why we're winning. Maybe those lines aren't scoring, but they're being effective for us in other ways.
I tell you, when Morrow's on the ice, the defensive pair that's on the ice with him definitely knows he's on the ice, and that's a good thing.

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