PHILADELPHIA -- Matt Carle had just two assists through eight playoff games. He doubled that production Friday night, capping his four-assist effort with a brilliant pass that enabled Simon Gagne to score the overtime winner which kept the Philadelphia Flyers' season alive.
Carle, who also finished Game 4 against Boston at Wachovia Center with a plus-5 rating, spoke to NHL.com following the Flyers' 5-4 win. Here is what he had to say:
Q: You contributed four assists and the one at the end for Simon. Did you see him there?
Carle: Yeah, I knew he was on the back door and I figured (Tuukka) Rask would be coming out, so I got the pass through and Gags made a good play there.
Q: What is the reaction when (Mark) Recchi scores with 31.5 seconds left in regulation to tie the game?
Carle: Uh, you know, it's tough. You'd rather him score then than right after we scored. You'd rather him score then so we can get regrouped. We were pretty down after the third period, but we came in and talked about forgetting about what happened and trying to conquer the task at hand, try to play to win the game, I guess.
Q: You guys were getting a lot of bodies in front of Rask tonight. Was that a focus?
Carle: Yeah, I think so. It's just like any game, we're not going to change that up. He's been playing pretty well throughout the series so it's just getting pucks and bodies to the net and it paid off tonight.
Q: Kind of fitting that Simon gets the winner tonight?
Carle: Yeah, absolutely. Somebody told me that was his first shift of overtime, too, so for him to get the first scoring chance and to be able to finish it off there is pretty good for him. We couldn't ask for a better start with him coming back into the lineup and hopefully it will continue from here on out.
Q: So what is it about this team that you consistently pull yourselves off the mat?
Carle: I don't know. I don't know. I guess it helps that we have been faced with that in the past and it seems like we have been down and out a few times now and been able to battle back. We live to fight another day.
Q: When you look up and see Simon there at the doorstep, wide open, do your eyes just light up?
Carle: Well, when I first got it my initial reaction is I have to shoot this because if I try to make that play and it hits a D-man's stick or something, that's a missed opportunity. I tried to hold onto it a little bit to get that D-man to react to me and the goalie came out a little bit, so it worked out.
Q: Does it seem like you guys have been pulling yourselves up all year?
Carle: Yeah. You can go back all the way to the beginning of December when the coaching change happened, but I don't think we want to read too much into this now. It's just one game now and the game on Monday is going to be even more difficult. Our backs are still against the wall, but it helps that we have been in this situation.
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