June 6, 2000
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY: Practice Day
SCOTT STEVENS: At this point, I think everyone knows what we have sacrificed, how far
we come and what this all means, that I don't think we have to look too far ahead. We just
got to take it one period at a time now and look at that first period of the next game and
be focused. I think we did a good job of doing that last night.
Q. How do you take your mind off of it? Do you watch movies? What do you do
SCOTT STEVENS: I am still looking for the answer of that. I guess try to read a lot;
take your mind off hockey. Think of other things. There has been a lot of hockey so far
this year for us, and at this point I think you just want to get away from it, not think
too much about hockey too much, and go on from there. I think that is the best way to
Q. Did you do anything in 1995 to keep yourself calm.....
SCOTT STEVENS: It is tough. You try to go to bed and try to think about something else,
but you are always rehashing the hockey games, going over the ifs and the buts, and all
those things. But like I said, you got to take your mind away from it. Today, when we get
back, spend some time with our families, it should be nice. And like I said, try to pick
up a book and read as much as you can.
Q. How does a team go about coming back to 3-1? How did you guys do it?
SCOTT STEVENS: You take one game at a time. You go from there. If you look at the big
picture, it doesn't look pretty. But you are looking at one game at a time, and it is
easier to accept. Obviously, this time of year is pretty big, and you sacrifice a lot. You
have come a long way, so you don't want to go out early.
Q. How strongly is the desire to close this out at home? If you lose the next one, then
they have one here, and next thing you know, if they win that one, it is 3-3....
SCOTT STEVENS: Yeah, no question. You never have too big a lead in this game, it seems.
That is why you don't get too high and you don't get too low. We have been through some
ups and downs and adversity in this Playoffs. We have to just, like I say, go out and
think about the next game and nothing else, and play our best hockey game at home.
Q. Is it hard not to think about the Cup?
SCOTT GOMEZ: It is. Yeah, it is hard not to think about it, but for how close we are, I
still feel like it is so-far-away kind of thing. You know you are right there, it takes
one more; that is always the hardest one. To clinch it, that is always the hardest one.
Q. Obviously, you guys wouldn't want to give Dallas any advice, but how does a team
come back from being down 3-1? You have done it.
SCOTT GOMEZ: It is something you have got to believe in in each one. You guys -- it is
just a matter of things going right for you. Everything has to go right for you down 3-1;
that is just the way it is.
Q. Is there a sense of disbelief from where you guys were at one point down 3-1 to
Philly; now you are up 3-1, one game away?
SCOTT GOMEZ: No, one thing good about this team is the ability to just let things go.
Like after a win or something we enjoy it, but then right after it, it is totally done.
Q. Is that what you think Dallas would have to do to get back into this?
SCOTT GOMEZ: Yeah, I guess. Not really worried about whatever they have to do.
Q. What do you do to keep yourself calm and cool in this one game away from a clinch?
Do you read? Do you watch movies? Anything you do?
SCOTT GOMEZ: I don't know, you talk to the older guys a little bit. They have gone
through it. They know what it is like. I think you just, I mean, it is tough. It is always
on your mind kind of thing but at the same time it is so far away 'til the last buzzer
sounds or whatever, I guess that is when it really is happening. Until then, I don't know
how you stay calm. You kind of just all soak it in.
JOHN MADDEN: I asked Gomer if he was nervous. He said, no. Imagine being 20 years old
and one game away from winning the Stanley Cup and not being nervous, either he has got
ice running through his veins or he just doesn't know any better.
Q. All your teammates said the toughest one to win is the fourth and especially in a
series like this. How do you guys focus on this next game? How do you guys stay focused on
the task at hand?
JOHN MADDEN: It is important -- it is important to just not talk about it openly, I
guess, with family and friends and try not to get too far ahead because I know obviously
the questions family and friends are going to have are: What are you going to do with the
Cup; what if you win, what is going to happen afterwards. We don't want that. We just want
to focus on the game and what we have to do to win the game.
Q. (inaudible) Rafalski has a chance to be here and be a significant part of what is
going on ....
JOHN MADDEN: Obviously Brian and I are thankful that New Jersey found us - Lou
Lamoriello and the scouts of the New Jersey organization found us. We were out there
trying to be seen and they took notice, so I think it is more of a tribute to them. There
is not too many teams in the League that would take a chance, so to speak, on two free
agents and to have them wind up in the Stanley Cup and playing an avid role on the team,
to me, it is a tribute to the organization and to the talented scouts they have.
Q. Have you ever seen the Stanley Cup?
JOHN MADDEN: Yeah.
Q. A few of your teammates said they never even saw.....
JOHN MADDEN: Really? I have been to the Hockey Hall of Fame about 15 times, so whenever
I am in Toronto, I seem to go by there. I have seen it there and to be honest, I am not
even actually sure if that is the actual Stanley Cup or a replica of the one they got
there, but if that is the Stanley Cup, I have seen it.
MARTIN BRODEUR: We will go back to the hotel tonight really be together and will get us
into that frame of mind when we are going to need to play our next game.
Q. Coming in you had to take something away from them. Do you feel like they are trying
to take something away from you being that close?
MARTIN BRODEUR: It is like anything, we are the living proof that you are able to come
back 3 to 1 in a series. I think that really scares us a little bit because we did it to
the Flyers. They never saw us coming. Now we are in a situation that it could happen to
us. So we definitely -- it is a team that is able to do it. It is a team that is really
solid from their offense to their defense, so it is going to be tough to close out a
series. The last is always the toughest one to get.
Q. What is the difference why you are up 3-1?
MARTIN BRODEUR: I don't know, there is a lot of things. I think we scored some key
goals during this series. We played well defensively. I think their special team did a
great job throughout and bounces - we got the bounces and we were able to put them away
when we had our chance, but everything could be erased if you don't win that last one.
Q. How big a factor has your team's speed been?
MARTIN BRODEUR: Definitely it is one of our assets. We have young legs that really like
to be in this situation right now. Everybody is pumped up and we use our asset as much as
we can, the system that we have and we gained a lot of success so far.
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