Penguins Report: Dec. 22, 2009
Tuesday, 12.22.2009 / 11:07 AM ET / Penguins Report
By Sam Kasan
Sounds heard around the locker room:
On Mark Eaton’s return:
I don’t yet, actually. He’s probably out seven days. We will wait and see how he responds to treatment. It’s not a serious injury. It’s going to be about a week or so.
On not letting last night’s game affect them:
I think this year in particular we have had some losses we have had to respond at different times. We have done that. We treat every game the same way. How did we do and what did we do well? What can we improve on? We got beat in a couple of areas last game and you address them in practice and then you move on to the next game. We get that tomorrow with Ottawa.
On Evgeni Malkin:
Again, the same kind of evaluation we go through with our team we go through with our players. How are you playing? What’s the foundation of your game? How are you playing it? Are you consistent in it? Are you working on the things you need to work on? Geno is a guy who knows exactly how he is playing. He always wants to play better and always wants to do more. Sometimes just focusing on his game is the best thing he can do – focusing on the details he does best. Sometimes he needs a reminding on that but he is a guy who is going to get back to it and throw it all out there. He is always a guy who gives a full effort both in trying to get better and trying to get to his full game.
On Tyler Kennedy:
That is the challenge. Sometimes you look at the results or the lack thereof and get focused on that instead of getting to your foundation of what you do as a player. Tyler is a speed guy. He is a tenacious guy getting on pucks and getting into the offensive zone, winning battles there, cutting seams and getting to the net. That is what he does well. That is what he needs to focus on doing. When he does that he is a real effective player. There was a stretch there five-on-five when he was one of our best forwards. He was really dictating the pace of the game five-on-five. That’s what he needs to make sure he brings every time he steps on the ice for our line and this team.
On team’s mentality after New Jersey loss:
I liked our third period. It would have been easy to go out there and not play the way we’re supposed to and give in. But I don’t think guys did that. They played hard the whole third period. I think it carried over in practice (Tuesday) and we had a good practice. We know we, for whatever reason, had a lull in the second period and that was the difference in the game. But guys came to work here today and we’ll try to rebound (Wednesday vs. Ottawa).
On letting go of New Jersey loss:
I think it’s easy to forget, with what happened in the second (period). We know we didn’t give ourselves a chance. We really didn’t. I think our attitude and our preparation was all there. We brought it out in the first and then, for whatever reason, had a tough second (period). We’ll forget about it and make sure we get our game back to where it needs to be.
On not having as long of a wait to get back in:
I was just doing some extra weights in the weight room and trying to stay in game shape. Unfortunately it wasn’t a good game to come back to but hopefully that was just one game.
On playing with Letang:
I think we all know what plays we want to make and how we want to play and manage the puck. I think the six guys who are in the lineup can play with anybody.
On owing Ottawa for the Senators’ 6-2 win on Nov. 19:
We have to be ready right from the start and play the game we want to play. We have to make them keep up with us and not have it us trying to keep up with them.
On spotting New Jersey an early lead:
We kind of got down after the first or second goal. It’s kind of their game. They play patient and they wait for your mistakes. If you make them or if they score the first goal they are a tough team to beat.
On adapting well to coming in and out of the lineup:
I knew what I was coming into. I just try to stay in shape whenever I don’t play. It’s been pretty good even though last night wasn’t the best game.
Jordan Staal wore his protective visor at practice one day after suffering a nose laceration against the New Jersey Devils.
The Penguins took the ice at Mellon Arena at 11 a.m. for their Tuesday practice. Absent from the practice was defenseman Mark Eaton, who has been sidelined since suffering an undisclosed injury Dec. 19 at Buffalo.
Here are a few shots of the official scorer's table.
Left is the freezer where the game pucks are stored. Right assistant equipment manager Danny Kroll flexes while assistant athletic trainer Scott Adams looks on.