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Penguins Report: Game Day at NY Rangers

by Jason Seidling / Pittsburgh Penguins


Head coach Dan Bylsma announced following Monday's morning skate that forward Bill Guerin and defenseman Alex Goligoski will both be held out of the lineup tonight against the New York Rangers. (see 12:34 PM entry)

6:11 PM:


2:32 PM:
Here are the sounds heard around the locker room:

Head Coach Dan Bylsma

On Goligoski and Guerin:
I do not expect to have Goligoski tonight. Guerin is also not expected to play tonight. Both need further evaluation, but I would label both as day-to-day.
On whether Talbot will play or if a recall is needed:
We are going to bring someone up. Chris Conner has been recalled and he will be joining us this evening.
On whether Guerin was hurt against the Flyers:
The injury did not happen yesterday.
On having Fleury back in the lineup:
I think Marc-Andre Fleury has been that goalie for us for a long time so to get him back between the pipes is always good. I think one of the strengths of our team this year is that Brent Johnson has done an amazing job gaining the confidence of his teammates and being a guy who has gone in and played some very good games for us. We would feel comfortable putting him in the net if that was the case but Flower has had some time to heal and is going to be in there tonight.
On what Asham said about Cooke after Sunday’s game:
I know about it. I watch from the bench. I saw Matt Cooke with Hartnell and I saw Asham try to rip Cooke off him. After that it was the bottom of a scrum. I don’t know what happened. I’m sure there was some ripping and pulling. I don’t think anyone for sure knows what happened.
On why the Penguins have had so much success against the Rangers:
I know our mentality is no matter where we play, we are going to play a certain way whether it is home or away or who the opponent is. I think that mentality has been a big factor for us on the road. (Madison Square Garden) is a tough place to play and it’s a great place to play but it can be an intimidating place to play. I think the mentality of we know what kind of game we are going to put on the ice regardless of where we play helps us in places like Philly and in Madison Square Garden. Another key is their goaltender. He is always a big factor for their team. Getting pucks and shots and traffic at that guy is a big part of thinking you are going to have success against him.
On whether the win of Philly was a turning-point game to get back on track to where the Penguins want to be:
Looking at the Flyers going into Philly, they were 11-3-1 going into that game and they were playing very well. That is a team that we expected to be a very good team at the beginning of the year, so to be able to go in there and win is always great. To win the game like we did, 2-1, and to minimize the scoring chances against – I thought that was one of our better games away from the puck. Again, some of the attention to detail we want to have in our game has been showing up. In a big game like that it needs to be there and it was there. It was great to see us get a win in the third period on the road with a power-play goal is big for us. It is certainly something we will try to build on tonight.

Marc-Andre Fleury

On getting back in the net:
I am looking forward to playing again. It always stinks to be watching so it will be fun to play.
On where his new glove came from:
It is the same guys I usually use from Reebok. They put a little more room in there for me to put a splint in and they put a little more protection along the outside.
On how it felt taking shots at the morning skate:
It wasn’t bad. It went pretty good. Maybe there was one time where it stung a little but other than that it has been pretty good.
On getting a shot in the finger to kill the pain before the game:
Yes, we have some stuff. I will talk to our trainers. Anything that is legal would be a good help.
On whether the glove is broken in:
Yes, it’s alright. The last couple days I have tried to warm it up or heat it up so that it gets a little softer. It should be alright.
On whether he usually does that:
When they are new to break them in a little bit but right now I will do it every day.
On what he uses to heat his glove:
In the trainer’s room we have the hydrocollator I use to heat it up.

Sidney Crosby

On all the little things he has been doing translating during the Olympics:
Those are details of the game. Even over the course of the season those are things that add up and hopefully make a difference in your own game and in your team’s game. When you have a full team paying attention to things like that you usually have success. That is a big reason why a lot of the guys are on the team – because they are good at the things they do. Whatever those details are, I’m sure everyone is going to be expected to cover them because in one game they become so important.
On the threat of a “Mom’s Trip” inspiring the team to end their losing streak on the “Dad’s Trip”:
I think so. There was probably a little bit of pressure there but we have been having a lot of fun and I’m sure guys wanted to play well not only because it’s Philly but because our dads are watching. There is a little extra. We want to make it a perfect record on the trip.
On his dad being the captain of the dad’s team:
I don’t know. This is his fourth trip. I think Staalsy’s (Jordan Staal) dad is right there because he has been on about 12. He has three sons who do father’s trips so he may well be the leader there. He enjoys it and I think all the dads do. We are pretty lucky to have them here to experience all this with us.
On Fleury getting back in goal tonight:
We are just happy to see him back. That is the main thing. I don’t think we feel any different. Johnny (Brent Johnson) has done a really great job for us. If anything, for Johnny, we probably want to give him a few more goals than we have. We haven’t necessarily put a lot of goals up for him over the course of the year. Sometimes that is the way it works, especially when you are in the position he is in where he comes in every few games. You want to make sure you give him a little more help. He has done an unbelievable job for us and played well every game. It’s nice to see Flower back because he is going to hopefully be healthy but I think we try to play hard for both of them.

Matt Cooke

On the accusations from the Flyers:
No. There was a scrum. I went in and grabbed (Scott) Hartnell and had a hold of him. All I know is someone was the third man in the pile and grabbed me, scratched up my face – digging and clawing the third or fourth time. I found out after someone proceeded to rip off my helmet and punch me in the back of the head four or five times. I have the welts to prove it.
On whether he has heard from the league:
On whether he thinks he will hear from them:
I really have no idea. It’s not my call. If I do – I do. Who knows?
On having a history with Asham:
Nope. Not at all. Frankly I had Hartnell and I didn’t know he couldn’t handle himself. He made some accusations at me after the fact but it was a 1-1 hockey game with 10 minutes left. I’m sure I am not the first one to say no to fighting him, so whatever.
On taking offense to what Asham said:
He is allowed to say whatever he wants. It’s a free country. It doesn’t bother me at all. I think I have proven myself. This year I have fought three times already. If I have to, I will, but not at times where we have to play.
On the Rangers:
They are a good team. Whenever you have a goaltender like (Henrik) Lundqvist you have to make sure you get lots of pucks there and lots of traffic. They have gone through a little bit of a tough time here lately but I’m sure they are going to come out firing at all cylinders so we are going to have to be ready to have success.
On finishing with another win for the dads:
To go 2-0 would be really nice. Last year we went 0-2 so to get another win tonight would be huge.

12:45 PM:
With Bill Guerin and Alex Goligoski both sidelined tonight against the Rangers, the Penguins have just announced forward Chris Conner has been recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Click here to read more about Conner.

12:34 PM:
Head coach Dan Bylsma just finished addressing reporters and Madison Square Garden and he has declared both Bill Guerin and Alex Goligoski out for tonight's game against the Rangers. Martin Skoula appears likely to step into Goligoski's place. Keep checking back for more updates and and reaction from around the locker room.

12:21 PM:
Forward Bill Guerin and defenseman Alex Goligoski did not participate in the morning skate. Pascal Dupuis and Sidney Crosby skated as a two-man unit while Martin Skoula skated with Jay McKee in Goligoski's place. The rest of the Penguins forward and defensive combinations were the same as Sunday's 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Marc-Andre Fleury will start in tonight's game and the players and their dads posed for a picture on the ice at Madison Square Garden.

12:03 PM:
Marc-Andre Fleury will be back between the pipes on Monday night against the Rangers. Fleury has missed the previous four games with a finger fracture suffered against the Edmonton Oilers on Jan. 14.

11:53 AM:
Maxime Talbot was back at practice on Monday. He has sat out the past two games after leaving Tuesday's game against the New York Islanders early with an undisclosed injury.

11:21 AM:

Monday marks the final day of the Penguins' 4th Annual "Dad's Trip." Before the team took the ice at Madison Square Garden all the dads joined their sons for the team's pre-skate meeting. Then all the dads, players, coaches and staff took a picture at center ice.
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