The Washington Times - April 19, 2012, 01:38AM

The Boston Bruins pushed the Washington Capitals around a bit in post-whistle scrums Monday night in Game 3. But it seems everyone wants to talk between the whistles in this series. Some examples:

Bruins center Chris Kelly

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“I don’t think we want to be a team that plays after the whistle. But I think we definitely want to play with that edge and that hunger between whistles. … But we don’t want to be known as a team that after the whistle we’re always getting involved with things like that. We want to play hard between the whistles and be that big, physical, honest hockey team.”

Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer

“Our focus is on what happens in between the whistles. Anything after the whistles is for the refs to sort out. You can’t win games after the whistle’s blown.”

Capitals left wing Jason Chimera

“We don’t need to prove we’re tough to anybody. We’ve got some guys who can do that, and we’ve just got to go and play the game and keep it between the whistles. … We’ve got to play within the whistles.”

Bruins coach Claude Julien

“I think the one thing you go to do is you got to play between whistles. And there’s scrums that happen after whistles and you got to be disciplined enough not to put your team short-handed.”