Nikolai Antropov: “We Knew They’d Come Out Flying”
Sunday April 19th 2009, 10:34 pm

Following the New York Rangers game one victory in the nation’s capital on Wednesday, Slava Malamud of Russian sports daily Sport Express caught up with Rangers forward Nikolai Antropov for a brief chat.  His conversation with the big winger, who scored a second period power play goal to give the Rangers their first lead in the game, is translated below.

– You weren’t given a chance in this series.  What tactics did you choose against the favorite?

- Let them keep not giving [us a chance].  We simply played our game.  On a pair of chances the puck bounced our way and we won the match.

– Did you purposely sit back defensively in the first period?

- Everyone knew that they would be flying at the beginning of the game.  In the first game of the playoffs in your own arena everyone flies.  So we didn’t panic: everyone tried to play simply, waited for our chances.  We didn’t do anything special.

– Nonetheless, you looked experienced.  They, to some extent, seemed more confused from the start.

- For the time being I can’t explain anything.  I’m still celebrating the victory… We played the way we could, as we have in the last four games.

– Without Drury you suffer on the penalty kill, play in the slot, faceoffs.  How did you compensate for the absence of your captain?

- Before the game they told us that he wouldn’t go.  Everyone, of course, rallied, and everyone played 10-15 percent better than usual.  As it should be.

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