You can't give up in any game, even if you are losing.
For me, it is the worst kind of sacrilege if you are given some of special talent and you don't take advantage of this gift.
Every time I see you naked, I feel sorry for your wife.
I don't try to be anything. I just want to play my game.
All that matters is that you find a way to put the puck in the net. It doesn't matter how. I learned that from Mario.
I yell at the players if I don't like the way they are playing. But when they're playing well, I hug them.
I love to play for Pittsburgh. If they can't afford me, then I'd love to play in L.A. or New York.
Most people have friends, but no money. I have the opposite. I don't have a chance to talk to my real friends, the ones I've had since I was 5 years old. Sometimes I wish I could bring Czechoslovakia to America. Then I would be the happiest guy in the world.
You appreciate things after you lose them.
There's probably a lot of people wondering if I can play.
When I'm not happy, I can't play. That's just the way I am.
I know how well I can play. I don't mention myself with the other players. I mention myself with the best.
Old people, don't watch it because you might die just watching it.
I'm trying not to be a kid all the time, but it's hard.
Many European guys go to the N.H.L. at a young age, even without knowing English. But they quickly adapt to new conditions, another game, a new country. They are also young, receptive, can move mountains.
My goal was to play in the NHL, because that is the best hockey in the world.
People judge you by the way you play in the playoffs.
I'm not 21 and trying to prove something with my words.
It's tough in the NHL; you have to produce on a high level. And everybody expects you to do it because you make a lot of money. And I never minded it. I always want to be that guy.
In the U.S., you have so many rules, everything's regulated and structured. When you make a mistake, you pay for it -a lot.
If I was on a third or fourth line I would probably be in the NHL, because you don't have to produce every night.
Crosby is a great player, but I'd have to say Ovechkin, who is also a great player but doesn't have the same kind of support, and who does something great on almost every shift.
Russia has got to be the team to beat, in my opinion. When they are playing together as a team, they are tough to beat.
You have to be a good team, but you have to be lucky and stay away from injuries.
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