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Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton: "They are a good offensive team. They're going to get those chances. It was unfortunate we took those two penalties and kind of let them back in the game at the end and made it a little more interesting. But, you know, they came hard and thank God we won."

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette: "I said when we left there again it wasn't just -- I wasn't just talking. I thought we could have won both games. I like our game. I like what we're doing. In saying that, they probably thought they could have won Game 3. It's going back and forth quick both ways. Guys are really competing out there. But nothing changed for us. Our game hasn't changed. Just the score changed."

Blackhawks defenceman Brent Sopel: "Definitely give them credit. They were relentless. They've been relentless all four games. I thought we played a fairly good first period. We made a couple of costly mistakes. Give them credit. They capitalized."

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Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville: "They were dictating a little bit more than we would like. Certainly the goals were all type of goals we don't generally give up. I thought they came rather easily. That's one of our strengths of our team. We have to make them make plays to score goals."

Flyers captain Mike Richards: "We have two teams that are great hockey teams playing. Obviously, it's not going to be an easy task for us. Some nights you're going to play well and lose, and some nights you're going to play well and win. I think that's what's happened in the first four games. They've all been close. One-goal games. Overtime last time. We're not expecting an easy series. I'm sure they're not expecting an easy series. We have both even teams going at it and playing hard. I think it shows that on the ice with the product that we're throwing out there."

Winning goal scorer, Flyers forward Ville Leino, on his up-and-down season: "My confidence was at an all-time low there for a while. It was tough when I got here. I didn't get a chance right away. I played a few games, and after that I didn't play again. It was just tough. Obviously, you go through emotions there and think maybe you won't ever get a chance."

Laviolette, again: "I think their game plan changed a little bit. They inserted Ladd. They inserted Boynton. They started being aggressive in the neutral zone. They started pinching down the wall. I think their system changed a little bit. I think there's opportunities there we can exploit if they're going to play that way. It caught us off guard a little bit that they were that aggressive. We'll be ready for that next time."

Quenneville, again: "We're excited with going back home. I know the series is wide open. It's even. We get to go home. We have to take advantage of home ice. We played well there all year. As we progress in these playoffs as well, I just know momentum is an important thing for to us grab early at home. I still think we have to be smart, disciplined and make them play defence."

Blackhawks winger Andrew Ladd: "That's what you work for in the regular season. It definitely comes in handy in the Playoffs. I know firsthand, we were in Carolina and it came in very handy to be at home. Especially in Game 7. So we're looking forward to getting back to Chicago and having the crowd on our side."

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