The guys arriving at the rink
Morrow cuts his stick
Dupuis does an interview with NBC Sports Network
Following the interview Pierre stalked Dupuis
--Sam Kasan & Michelle Crechiolo
SOUNDS HEARD AROUND THE ROOM
Chris Kelly --Sam Kasan
BRUINS ROUND UP
THEY SAID IT
Quotes out of the Penguins locker room as they prepare for Game 3...
--Michelle Crechiolo and Sam Kasan
PENS MORNING SKATE PICS
Sid gets his twig ready for practice
As does Tanger
View of the TD Garden hallway where the visitors locker room is
Your starting goalie Tomas Vokoun
Dupuis gives locker stall neighbor Sutter a playful shove
Neal is focused
Another one of Nealer
Coach Bylsma directs his players
The guys were waiting for Sid to pass them the puck
Crankshaft boxes out a laughing Despres
Despres can't stop laughing
Suttsy looking pensive
Tanger took a head start and starting sliding into Morrow, who put his stick out to prevent him from bumping into him. Ha.
Letang is growing his hair out since it's the playoffs
Kunitz carries up the ice
Fleury down at the other end
Tomas Vokoun said following morning skate that he is starting in goal for Game 3 tonight in Boston.
Moves like Jagr
Tyler Durden (when he's not playing hockey, he's making soap)
--Sam Kasan & Michelle Crechiolo
MORNING SKATE DEETS
The Pens had a few players missing from their morning skate. Malkin, Martin and Iginla were not present. But new callup goalie Jeff Zatkoff was with the guys.
With Malkin and Iginla not at the skate, the lines were jumbled about and the team did full ice rushes instead of their normal zone breakout. So wouldn't read much into the lines.
NOTE: Brooks Orpik confirmed after practice "we didn't do anything with lines today," adding with a smile, "I mean, I think I was skating with a couple of forwards on some of them. So it was just kind of a mixed bag for the optional. We were missing a couple guys, so I wouldn't make too much out of those lines. I don't think anyone knows what our lineup is tonight, but we've dealt with that all year. No matter who's in there, we've got to play the same way. I know Boston's been the same way throughout the year."
Michelle Crechiolo gives you some insight into the Pens' mindset heading into Game 3.
It may have seemed like just another day, but it wasn’t. There may have been a few laughs and chirps here and there, but overall, the guys were somber and focused as they should be, considering the situation they are in – losing the first two games of the Eastern Conference Final at home and having to try and dig themselves out of this hole in a tough situation on the road.
“It’s tough to win in the playoffs as it is, and when you give a team a game like that you feel terrible,” captain Sidney Crosby said following practice. “Nobody had a good feeling about it. But we came in here today and know we’ve got to get ready for Game 3.”
“Nobody is happy with where we’re at or the way we played last night,” forward Jarome Iginla added. “We came in and it’s back to work.”
Full story here.
START ME UP
Good morning hockey fans! Tonight the Pens and Bruins will battle in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final at 8 p.m. at TD Garden. Boston has a 2-0 series lead and could push the Pens to the brink of elimination with win tonight. For all intents and purposes, Game 3 is a must-win for the Pens. So Pittsburgh must play tonight like their season is on the line.
Pens coach Dan Bylsma said there will be changes to the team's lineup and line combinations for Game 3, though of course, would not specify what they would be. Pittsburgh is on the ice at 11:30 a.m. for its morning skate. We'll let you know of all the latest developments so stay tuned...
We're going to start the day by having a little fun. If you grew up in the late 80s then there was no avoiding New Kids on the Block (or NKOTB now that they're in their 50s). They were bigger than the Beatles in their time. And they just finished back-to-back concerts at TD Garden and will be appearing in Pittsburgh this weekend. So here is "Hangin' Tough." (A video that can sum up the late 80s fashion in 3:52 minutes).