"You almost hope for a back-to-back situation after those types of losses. But Nashville is a pretty underrated team, so we need to be ready to play. When you're playing against a team you don't really know, you want to come out and get off to a good start and kind of dictate the pace of play and try to make them adjust to us rather than making adjustments to them." -- Matt Carle
"I'm just happy I can play again. It's been a tough two weeks for me. I'm just glad to be back and be fine to play."
-- Ales Hemsky
NEW YORK -- The Penguins don't expect to know until Wednesday if center Jordan Staal will face any supplementary discipline from the NHL for the match penalty he received after punching Rangers forward Brandon Prust in the face late in the second period of Tuesday's 4-3 shootout win at Madison Square Garden.
Staal hit the Prust with his left fist and sent him spinning to the ice at the end of a scrum in front of the Rangers' bench. The officials first sent Staal to the box and then sent him to the dressing room with a match penalty.
The NHL rulebook states that "in addition to the match penalty, the player shall be automatically suspended from further competition until the Commissioner has ruled on the issue." Pittsburgh is scheduled to host the Islanders on Wednesday night.
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I think offensively, a lot of us are fighting it a little bit, and you don’t play with swagger and confidence when you are fighting it.