With the 168th overall pick of the 2007 NHL draft, the New York Rangers selected Carl Hagelin, a speedy Swedish winger then committed to the University of Michigan. “Hags” has been an important piece to this team whether it is killing penalties, being aggressive on the fore-check or establishing possession in the offensive zone. TFR’s Scott Charles had a chance to catch up with Hagelin before Game 6:
* HOW DO YOU AS A TEAM MATCH THE INTENSITY FROM GAME 5?
I think we saw the success we had because of our intensity. I believe it is important to think back to that game and realize that our hard work paid off.
* HOW CLOSE IS THIS LOCKER ROOM COMPARED TO OTHER RANGER TEAMS YOU’VE BEEN A PART OF?
This one is very close. It is hard to compare teams but as of right now guys are really close to each other and it’s a great room. We have good leadership and a good mix of young players and veterans. We have a team that rolls four lines that makes everyone feel as if they are an important part of the team.
* HOW MUCH DO YOU RELY ON PAST PLAYOFFS EXPERIENCE TO PREPARE FOR TONIGHT?
I think it definitely helps that you have been through it before. At the same time, I do not think we should think too much. For me, I just need to go out and play.
* WHAT IMPACT HAS CHRIS KREIDER HAD SO FAR?
Well he scored a power play goal for us. He is always skating well. He also uses his body extremely well. It is good to see him get on the fore-check
* WHAT HAS MADE THE BRASSARD LINE SO EFFECTIVE?
They are a good mix of play-makers and scorers. They always seem to find each other out on the ice and know where they are at all times. They are not afraid to take shots.
* HOW IMPORTANT IS SCORING THAT FIRST GOAL?
First goal is always important. If we don’t get the first goal we cannot think about that stat. (Teams are 18-0 and when scoring first in second round) If they score the first we have to battle back and get the next one. Our goal is to come out with a lot of intensity.
* HOW MUCH OF AN IMPACT WILL PLAYING AT HOME TONIGHT BE?
Home is always home. We want to play better than we did the last game at home. We need to come back and show our fans what we are made of.