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Penguins Report: Game Day at Florida

Monday, 11.23.2009 / 3:12 PM / Penguins Report
By Sam Kasan
4:00 PM:
AROUND THE RINK (BANKATLANTIC EDITION)




The outdoor patio attached to the rink.


Dan Marino was appearantly inducted into the Broward County Hall of Fame in 2001. Right is a shot of a club box.




A collection of pucks from various teams across North America.
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3:49 PM:
Here are some shots of Florida's morning skate:







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3:42 PM:
Sounds heard around the locker room.

Dan Bylsma
On Tyler Kennedy
I don't know how he was today. Yesterday (Sunday) was a day that he really tested himself and went hard. We brought him here because he was progressing. Yesterday was a big test. Today he didn't goes as hard as yesterday so we'll see how he is. He did some battling out there to test it in that regard. Hopefully he's progressing.
On if Kennedy could play Wednesday against Montreal
I would think that's not in the future.
On maintaining momentum
We did that with different lineups and different situations and still trying to get that momentum from game to game. We're playing a really solid game, getting to our game, that doesn't mean you win every night. But you have a good chance of establishing your game and getting a good result by tipping the ice in your favor.
Tonight is another good chance to do that. We're playing a really good team that's on a roll in terms of their record. They've come off the road, played some good teams and had some success. They play a fast game and get to the offensive zone quickly and we have to be ready to play that and play our game. It's almost who can get to their game quicker, better. We're going to try to get to the offensive zone quickly as well and establish the offensive zone. If we can do that, we can nullify their strengths and keep them away from their speed game. We'd like to see a couple games in a row where we can do that and play that way. Tonight is a big challenge.
On playing a team that gives up a lot of shots
We need to make sure we get those shots. They don't give them to you. They don't hand out 40 at the beginning of the game. You've got to earn them and get to the offensive zone. It's a big part of how we want to play. Staying patient against a very good goaltender is something you have to do. It might not come in the first 30 shots. You may have to get 45 to have a good chance to win the hockey game. You can't count on one shot, you can't count on one period. Staying focused and managing the puck to get to the offensive zone, and then you have to be determined to get a second-chance goal on this guy.
On outshooting opponents
I would rather have 40 "OK" shots than 22 "good" ones where you have 15 scoring chances. If you have 45 that means you're in the offensive zone, you're around the cage, you're winning puck battles, staying there longer. You're power play is probably adding to that number. There are shots that you can make a better decision on but generally speaking if you're getting pucks to the cage with guys going there in offensive zone time, those are the kind of numbers you want to see. I'll take it every night around 45.


Sidney Crosby
On Florida
They play with a lot of speed. They're really aggressive. They force mistakes and turnovers. Any team that has success will capitalize on other teams' mistakes and force them into mistakes and they've done a great job of that.
On Thomas Vokoun
He played unbelievable (in the last meeting). We've had some games where he has played very well too. He's won some games and stood on his head. We're always ready for that challenge but at the same time, we have generated some shots and we want to continue to do that.
On the toughest goaltender he's faced
I don't know if I want to give him the mental edge. I think Brodeur and Luongo, those guys have really stood out.The guys that you see more often. Brodeur is in our division so I see him more often. He's one of the best ever so I don't feel bad saying that.
Ed Belfour was a guy that I grew up watching and wanted to score on. I think I played two or three times against him and had 15 shots and breakaways and never did score on him. I've always been upset about that. He was a guy that always gave me a hard time. There are always one or two that give you a bit of a headache.

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3:26 PM:
Here are some pictures from Pittsburgh's morning skate at BankAtlantic Center in Florida. The Penguins take on the Panthers (in their new third jerseys) Monday night at 7:30 p.m.





Tyler Kennedy (left) chats with head trainer Chris Stewart. Kennedy returned to practice last week. He's been sidelined with an undisclosed injury.






Strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar tosses pucks onto the ice before practice.
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