Penguins Report: Ricoh Coliseum
Friday, 10.9.2009 / 12:36 PM ET / Penguins Report
By Sam Kasan
Here are some sounds from around the Penguins' locker room:
On the Maple Leafs
I expect a tough game. They’re always strong at home and start well. We expect it to be a pretty high-paced game.
On the team's early spread out scoring
That’s important. You need depth. For us, we’re going to play good teams especially within our division. We’re doing well at the start of getting everyone involved. Moving forward, that’s something that’s very important.
On if the season is like an Olympic tryout
I think everybody handles it different and are motivated by different ways. I think for me, I just try to worry about playing here and doing my best here. That’s hopefully going see results that they see. You just have to focus on helping your own team. That will reflect on you as a player. That’s probably the best thing, to focus on what you have to do and let everything take care of itself.
On playing his childhood team and returning to Canada
It’s always nice to come back to Canada. You always have that hometown feel wherever you go. I always have a few people come to the game, which is nice. It’s always exciting to play against the team you grew up watching. It was the only team that was on every Saturday so we rooted for them.
On why he put Jordan Staal on Evgeni Malkin's line
It’s pretty self explanatory, another good player on the wing with Geno. It’s something I’ve done in the past where I’ve moved guys up and down based on how they’re playing and based on making a line look a little bit different. It’s also based on matchups. I would anticipate doing that again at some point in time.
On their bounce back performance against Philly
Perfection is something we’re working for, you may never get it. Response-wise, coming back after a disappointing loss and going into a tough building, I thought we bounced back with a good effort and character. But within that game there were times where we had to answer back when they came at us hard. Our players kept coming back in the game and completed the job. I think that was a great effort and a great indication of our team.
Penguins equipment manager Dana Heinze gave a Q and A on buying the proper skates.
Here some shots from around the Ricoh Coliseum:
Banner and ice shot
Left is the biggest protruding puck in any arena. Right is a banner of all the AHL teams.
After discarding the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-4, at Wachovia Center Thursday night, the Penguins boarded a plane after the game headed for the northern border.
The Penguins arrived in Toronto well past 1 a.m., their third city in the last three days. With the tough travel schedule and back-to-back games, Friday gives the team an opportunity unwind to get back into a normal routine.
The Penguins will hold a late afternoon practice Friday and then have an evening to rest and relax. Pittsburgh will be back in action Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre at 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh is practicing at the Ricoh Coliseum, home of Toronto’s American Hockey League affiliate the Toronto Marlies.