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Penguins Report: 1/11/11

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Crosby still not symptom free, Godard working out but not skating (12:48 PM).
  • Pens’ lines (11:22 AM).
  • Asham practices after missing game with illness (11:17 AM).
  • Coach Bylsma on faceoffs and losing to Boston (2:26 PM).
  • PensTV chats with Craig Adams (3:18 PM).
  • Staal, Fleury and Talbot express opinions (1:06 PM).
  • Thiessen and Jeffrey named AHL All-Stars (5:32 PM).
  • NHL release full All-Star rosters (11:30 AM).
  • Pittsburgh’s Josh Gibson is the top-rated NA goalie prospect for the 2011 Draft (1:41 PM).
  • Pens pics (11:49 AM).
  • “I heard you crying loud all the way across town…” (10:42 AM).

5:32 PM:
Goaltender Brad Thiessen and center Dustin Jeffrey were selected to the AHL All-Star Game, which will take place Jan. 30-31.

3:18 PM:
PensTV caught up with Craig Adams before he got on the plane to Montreal:

2:26 PM:
Coachspeak with Dan Bylsma...

On Monday’s 4-2 loss to Boston:
I’d like them to remember it. We got beat quite badly against Minnesota and then last night, although we went into the third period with a 2-0 lead and waited until the five and a half minute marker to take the penalty. The scoring chances worked well in the first two periods, but not really the way we wanted to play the game. We did have the lead. We did get a goal from Mike Rupp’s line, who put in a good shift and they had the power play. But it still wasn’t the type of game that we want to play and I think in the third period we got outchanced 7-0. Certainly there are things we have to take from that game, learn from that game and apply it.

On learning lessons and moving on from last night:
I think we believe in our group and how we play and who we are. But without that kind of attention to detail, how we play becomes average. Last night’s game was an example of that. We did have a 2-0 lead, but we were 50-50 with them the whole way. And what with turn overs and not being real succinct in our play, it turned it to seven chances for and zero against.  Those were after the two power plays at the end of the game. That’s not how we want to play and that’s not what makes us a good team, and they are lessons hopefully that we take. We have to make sure we have those details in our game and how we play, and we have to make sure we’re on the same page. When we are, we know and believe we are a good team. But we have to be aware of what those details are and those situations are.

On taking faceoffs without Crosby:
It becomes much more of a monitor in the game when Crosby wins roughly 55-60 percent of his draws. On the majority of the nights, he’s the guy if you need (to win) a draw in certain circumstances.  It’s easier to pick the next guy for the draw if it’s a hot guy. But now in the game, we really have to monitor who is doing well and who they are doing well against to try to match up in situations where the draw becomes a big draw.

Assist: Joe Prince-Wright

1:41 PM:
There's a plethora of Pittsburgh players ranked as top prospects in NHL Central Scouting's midterm rankings, which were released Monday. Headlining the group is John Gibson of Whitehall, who is the top-ranked North American goaltending prospect.

1:06 PM:
Sounds heard around the locker room...

Jordan Staal

On hearing that his brothers Eric and Marc made the NHL All-Star team:
Oh, did they? Very nice! I was expecting (that), the way Eric was playing. Even the way Marc was playing, I knew he had a good chance. Both of them deserve it and I’m very happy for them.

On if that means that he’ll be going to the game:
I think my parents are going to be there as well, so it would be nice to have a little family get-together. It’s not too often throughout the season that you can get almost the whole family together. Jared’s not too far away from there, so maybe we’ll get to see him too.

On what the team worked on today in practice to put Monday’s game behind them:
Just little things. Little details of our game that are just slipping and not really working for us. Plays on the walls and things like that. Nothing crazy, just a lot of little things.

On faceoffs:
(Sidney Crosby)’s obviously one of our top faceoff guys. With him out of the lineup, our centermen need to be better, including myself. We need to work on those, and I’m sure we’ll do that (Wednesday) morning.

On Carey Price’s game and how to solve him:
He’s a very solid goaltender. He doesn’t do anything crazy in there. He’s just kind of square to every puck. Just like any other goaltender, you’ve just got to get in front of him and get as many shots as you can.

Maxime Talbot

On going back to Montreal:
It’s always fun to play in Montreal. It’s always fun to play in front of your family. Tonight I’ll have a chance to spend some time with them and relax a little bit. I’ve got a homecooked meal by my mom, and (will be) getting ready for (Wednesday).

On carrying Monday’s game with them or leaving it behind:
You definitely have a lot of lessons to take from a game like that. Even though we were up 2-0, we were not playing as good as we need to play to win some hockey games. I think since maybe Dec. 23, we haven’t played our best hockey and we need to realize that. We need to work harder and play better, and maybe pay attention to little details a little better.

On pinpointing those details or if it’s just a hump they need to get over:
There’s a couple different things. (Monday) night, I think we weren’t disciplined at times. We’re the most penalized team in the league, so we need to better at that. I think coming out of our own zone and playing defensive zone, sometimes we’re kind of anxious to go play in the offensive zone. We have to get better at this.

On Fleury:
I think the whole game, he was pretty good. You look at the goals that got through him, they were unfortunate bounces. He was awesome all game. When the crowd is chanting “Fleury, Fleury” it’s always a good sign.

Marc-Andre Fleury

On going back to Montreal:

It’s not as much hype as when I first started. It’s still always fun to go back. I get to see my friends and have dinner with them tonight. Family is coming to the game. It will be fun to play. 

On playing twice in a week in Montreal:

That doesn’t happen too often. It will be a little different. Everyone is looking forward to the challenge of facing them again. 

On bouncing back from Boston loss:

We played well in the game and were up 2-0 with four minutes left. Things were going well. They came out hard in the third and played well. We still had a two-goal lead. When you’re going for the win and you lose it in the last minutes, it’s tough. It’s frustrating that we couldn’t get two points out of it.

Assist: Michelle Crechiolo

12:48 PM:
Head coach Dan Bylsma reiterated that Crosby will not skate until he is completely symptom free from his mild concussion, saying "I know how Sidney did yesterday, but I haven't seen him today so I don’t know. He will not be participating until he is symptom-free, and at that time he will be tested again."

He added that Eric Godard, who has a broken orbital bone, has resumed working out, but isn't ready to get back on the ice yet.

"I am not real qualified to tell you exactly what’s wrong," Bylsma said. "He had an eye injury, and he has resumed activity now. He hasn’t gotten on the ice yet, but he’s back working out."

11:49 AM:
Pens pics

Johnson and Asham (left); Jeffrey (right)

Lovejoy (left)

Granato and Cooke (left)

Staal (left); Rupp and Asham (right)

11:30 AM:
The NHL released the full rosters for the All-Star Game in Raleigh, NC at the end of the month. No real surprises. Or course, the Pens will be well represented in the mid-season classic.

11:22 AM:
No changes to the top three lines for the Pens. Fourth line is switching players:


11:17 AM:
The players are on the ice. Arron Asham, who missed Monday's game with an illness, is on the ice for Pittsburgh.

Interesting note, the main lights at CONSOL Energy Center weren't on as the players were first coming out for practice for warm ups, but they'e slowly grown in intensity. Once the arena was fully lit, Bylsma called the team over to get this practice going.

10:42 AM:
The Pens have practice Tuesday at 11 a.m. at CONSOL Energy Center, before jumping on a plane for Montreal. The Pens battle the Canadiens Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. It will be Pittsburgh's second visit to Quebec in the last seven days.

But time for some morning (afternoon) music...

Green Day may be the most durable, underrated band to survive the 1990s. The band has flown under the radar for nearly two decades, and its staying power has been phenomenal. Green Day was an immediate favorite with their three chords (they’ve since expanded), catchy tunes and smoothed out slappy style.

Green Day broke through with some commercial success with the release of “Longview” in 1994. But it was the song “Basketcase” that really catapulted them to mainstream darlings.

I can't lie, they had one-hit wonder written all over them. But their music has matured over the years and they’ve only gotten better with age. I never would have guessed that Green Day would be one of a handful of bands to still be relevant from the 90s. Yet, they continue to defy the odds.

Lots of great songs by Green Day. “Brain Stew/Jaded” will always be a favorite of mine because it was the first song I learned to play on drums. But "When I Come Around" is the song that really got me into band. So take it away Billie Joe...

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