Brady Skjei goes into the corner with The Post’s Steve Serby to talk about Rangers-Senators, life as a rookie, and more:
Q: What do you like best about this team?
A: I think our speed and skill. When we’re putting our speed on display, that’s when I think we’re at our best. We aren’t the team that’s gonna out-physical a team. We don’t have any guys that are real enforcers. But when we play with our speed, we’re a pretty scary team to play against. It was also nice to see last series that we can play that physical element, too. The whole year that was kind of our knock — (that) we were a soft team, we weren’t physical. Our series in Montreal was the most physical series in the playoffs.
Q: A quick scouting report on you?
A: I’d say good skater. It’s probably my No. 1 asset is my skating ability … can make a good first pass and can make plays in the offensive zone and is reliable in the D zone and can play a physical game.
Q: Ottawa forward Chris Neil?
A: I’m gonna play him just how I play every other forward on their team — try to take away his time and space and just try to play whistle to whistle. He’s gonna want to start stuff after the whistle, and you just gotta let it go and just play the game.
Q: He drove you into the boards and to the ice in December.
A: He kinda hit me from behind into the bench. As a player, you gotta know who you’re out there against. A guy like that’s gonna look to hit you whenever, so gotta protect yourself.
Q: Mats Zuccarello stood up for you.
A: None of us are really fighters, but we all stick up for each other and that’s been a huge thing.
Q: Your mentality on the ice?
A: I would say even-keel. I don’t try to get too high or too low. I play with a little emotion, but nothing that’s gonna take me off my game, I don’t think. I try to play a smart game and use my speed to my advantage.
Q: What drives you?
A: To win a Cup. That’s what really makes me come to the rink every day and want to get better and make our team get better. Winning a Cup would be the ultimate dream.
Q: Do you feel any pressure?
A: I think my whole life I’ve been pretty good at handling pressure. I get more excited than I feel nervous.
Q: The agony of losing in the first round of the playoffs last year against the Penguins?
A: I wasn’t really part of the team, I was there for seven games in the regular season and then all playoffs. Seeing what the guys put in to get to that point and then to have it end like that was tough. This year, being part of the team the whole year has kinda made me realize what it really takes to get to the playoffs, and I don’t want to have that feeling anytime soon here.
Q: What makes Hank (Henrik Lundqvist) Hank?
A: His focus, determination at the rink. It’s amazing how dialed in he is before games.
A: I think his skill set is off the charts. He’s not the biggest guy out there, but you can’t get the puck from him. He always makes the right…