Q: What special quality do you think this year's team has that maybe others haven't had?

A: We've been a hard-working team, but what I feel this year is we're a little bit more consistent. We're a little bit more mature group, that can handle ups and downs maybe a little bit better.

Q: If teams take on the personality of their coach, what would the personality of this team be?

A: We try to leave everything out there. ... We're talking about Torts (John Tortorella), he leaves everything out there. He's very determined ... passionate. And I think being a passionate team, that's something that goes a long way, to have that fire, and you want to give everything out there.

Q: Is this the most passionate team you've played on in New York?

A: Yeah, I think so. ... I mean, it's hard to say if it's just being passionate but ... it's a combination of a lot of things ... being more mature, but being ready to pay the price. ... It's a combination of a lot of things that I really like about this year.