Here are the key points the Penguins made in their postgame interviews following their 5-1 setback to the New Jersey Devils on Monday at PPG Paints Arena.
- They're frustrated, but positive that they can work themselves out of this 0-3-1 skid.
Sullivan: "We're thinking too much instead of being in an instinctive mode. When players are in an instinctive mindset then they're at their best. Things happen fast out there. If you're overthinking situations that usually results in trouble. That's part of it when a team struggles is finding ways to work yourself out of it. For me the focus needs to be on one shift and focusing on the details of the game and not getting overwhelmed with the circumstance."
Crosby: "We've just got to work ourselves out of it. It's something that a lot of us have been through before. When it's going like this you've got to be able to find a way to get a hold of it. The details and all the little things become so much more important. When it's like this, it feels like every mistake you make ends up in your net. It's easy for them to pile on and kind of chase it. But we just got to go into next game with the mentality that we're going to outwork the other team. As long as we do that we give ourselves a chance. Just focus on one game right now."
Hornqvist: "I think right now everything is kind of frustrating. It doesn't go the way anyone wanted. We have high expectations of ourselves and on our teammates and everything and no one is playing up to those expectations right now. And you know what, teams go through these kinds of ups and downs. But we need to stop the bleeding next game."
Johnson: "I think it's good to show emotion. You've got to have emotion to play this game. I don't think there's anything wrong with that. I think that's a positive. If you didn't see any emotion, you'd be worried. We know everyone in here cares and wants to do well. I think bringing some more emotion into it is only a positive thing."
- They feel confident that they have what it takes to get back on track.
Sullivan: "For me, when you go through these ups and downs in the schedule - and right now it's a struggle for us - we have to make sure that we don't feel sorry for ourselves. The solutions to our challenge are right inside the dressing room. We believe in this group. We believe we have what it takes to be a very good team in the league. They've shown an ability to do it. A week ago we were feeling good about ourselves winning four in a row on the western Canada trip. We know we have what it takes within the room to become a better team. We just have to work together."
Hornqvist: "We just have to get back to hard work and do the small things right. I think actually today we improved from last game. But we still have a long way to go. We just have to find a way to do those small things right out there and work for each other and have a little more fun with it. Like right now we're one and done all over the ice. It doesn't matter if we win the faceoff, we're one and done. If we win a puck battle down low, we're one and done. If we get a puck in our end, we go out there stick on puck and our next guy is too slow. We just have to find a way to get together and play like a five-man unit out there."
Johnson: "There's no question in my mind that it's all correctable. That's the positive news. I'm a glass half full guy. I fully believe it's very correctable and I fully believe that it will be corrected."
- The Penguins are going to turn the page on this loss and start fresh tomorrow.
Sullivan: "Tomorrow is a new day. It's not a good feeling when you're in these types of situations. When you're around the game long enough, we've all been there, it's not an easy feeling. But we have to rely on one another to get out of it."
Hornqvist: "We have to get back to working like we did yesterday and try to get better and just find a way. One shift is going to turn this season around."