LOCKER ROOM SOUND
Coach Bylsma spoke to the media after practice, and here’s my takeaway…
Bylsma opened on a light note, saying “There are no injuries of note on our roster right now. That’s my update. I like those updates.”
The Penguins practiced Monday after having back-to-back games on the road on Saturday and Sunday. They will not skate on Tuesday, meaning the team will have a full day of rest entering their home opener on Wednesday vs. Toronto. In a normal 82-game season the Penguins usually take the day off after back-to-back contests, but with the shortened schedule and limited practice time the coaches would rather have the guys skate the day after getting back (with a later than usual start time) and have the day before the game off.
Bylsma said that newcomers Tanner Glass and Brandon Sutter “really fit in” with the Penguins’ style of play over the weekend. Bylsma cited Glass’ physicality and penalty killing as his strengths, and also called him a “grit and sandpaper guy for our lineup” that set the tone on Sunday. Bylsma called Sutter “our best guy” in faceoffs and said he was also strong on the PK.
Bylsma is looking forward to the home opener on Wednesday, especially after the playoff-like atmosphere at the Black and Gold Game, where he said the fans were as “loud and rambunctious” as he’s ever heard them. “I’m looking forward to even more so maybe just the buzz of the building and the fans before the game, leading up to the game and then coming out the tunnel and hearing our fans for our home opener.”
This was our intern Wes Crosby's first day on photo duty, and he did a great job. And yes, he has the best last name ever.
Tangradi (with asst equipment manager Danny Kroll in the background)
Coach drawing up a drill
Bortuzzo getting stick checked by Coach
Now he has goalie coach Gilles Meloche trailing him
Look at that flex on TK's stick!
Neal unleashing the shot that's given him 3 goals in 2 games
--Michelle Crechiolo and Wes Crosby
QUOTES HEARD AROUND THE LOCKER ROOM
PENS INSIDER: THE SEASON BEGINS
PensTV was on the road with the team this weekend and returned with a bunch of awesome footage. They put together this fantastic piece on the first two games of the season. Check it out!
All 23 players are present and accounted for at today's practice.
The lines and defensive pairings have not changed from this weekend.
START THE DAY
The Penguins are back in Pittsburgh after a successful opening weekend on the road against two Atlantic Division opponents. After losing to Philadelphia in the 2012 playoffs, the Penguins opened the 2012-13 season against their bitter rival at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday and got a 3-1 win over the Flyers (full recap here). Marc-Andre Fleury earned his 227th career win that night, becoming the winningest goaltender in Penguins history. The Penguins then traveled by train to New York City to play the Rangers on Sunday, and Pittsburgh came away with a 6-3 victory (full recap here).
Today the Penguins will hit the ice at 12 noon for practice at CONSOL Energy Center. While we wait for the guys to come out, let's relive the highlights from the Penguins' four-point weekend. Enjoy.
NOTE: This morning the NHL announced a scoring change on Pittsburgh’s first goal of the game against Philadelphia, a power-play tally at the 4:40 mark of the opening frame. Paul Martin is now credited as the goal scorer. Assists go to Niskanen and Sutter. Sutter's helper is his first point as a Penguin.
PIT 6, NYR 3
PIT 3, PHI 1