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Penguins Report: Guerin Practices

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

Great news for the Penguins as right wing Bill Guerin joined his teammates for the morning skate and will be in the lineup on Thursday night against the Philadelphia Flyers after taking a shot in the leg on Tuesday night.

5:19 PM:

Busts of Flyers inducted into the team's Hall of Fame. Right is Fred Shero, coach of their Stanley Cup teams and the father of Penguins general manager Ray Shero.

Left is Bernie Parent and Bob Clarke busts; right is Parent's pads.

Left, the famous picture of Penguins general manager Ray Shero as a young boy looking on in amazement at the Stanley Cup. Right is the view from FSN Pittsburgh's booth.

Left is the Gene Hart Memorial Press Box Plaque; Right is the game entertainment work room studio.

3:04 PM:
For lunch, myself and another member of the Penguins staff set out to get a Philadelphia cheese steak from one of the two most famous spots in the City of Brotherly Love: Pat's and Geno's. Both are located right next to each other. So which did we choose? That remains a mystery but I will say that it was excellent.


3:02 PM:
Sounds heard around the locker room:

Dan Bylsma
On what he told the team in preparation for this game:
We were ready for a physical game, a fast game, an emotional game, in the last game. Regardless of what the score was, we’re expecting that again tonight. The score is not an indication of what this game is going to be like. We’re coming into an emotional building. They’re charged up. They’re going to be ready to play a physical game, a fast game and take it to us. We have to be ready for that type of game and not looking at the score sheet and saying, ‘A 6-1 game is coming our way.’ We have to be ready because they will come hard, they will be emotional and I think they’ll be coming at us in a physical manner.
On the rivalry:
I think it’s a rivalry bred in a lot of different ways: proximity, we’re in the same state; minor league teams playing against each other; these two teams have a lot of history in the regular season and playoffs; and the kindness with which the fans treat each other breeds a little more animosity between the two teams. This is a really, really tough building to play in. It’s an emotionally charged place. The team is usually emotionally charged. It always makes for an interesting storyline. I would throw out last game’s score and start all over again. It’s going to be exactly that storyline coming into tonight’s game.

Sidney Crosby
On continuing their power play work:
That will be up to us. We know if we go in there with the right attitude, executing and getting the puck in there we are confident we will be able to move the puck. We have the skill and guys are smart enough out there to make the plays. That will be up to us to make sure that we enter the puck well and when we’re in there, competing hard to get it back.
On what he expects tonight:
Another tough one. If you look at the last one, before the third, we got a few there, but before that it was a pretty close hockey game. It was pretty hard and physical. We expect the same there. That’s the way these games always are. I expect a very similar game in the first couple of periods to the last time we played there.
On if he noticed a change in the Flyers with Peter Laviolette as coach:
When he coached in Carolina, that was a pretty fast-paced game and brand that he liked. They have a lot of guys who can play that game. They’re fast and skilled. That’s something that they’re trying to implement. They want to come hard on the forecheck, they want to force turnovers and they want to be physical. You see that a lot throughout the whole league but that’s something that they’re trying to establish.
On the Art Ross trophy:
A long way to go. The season is really long. A lot of things can happen. I’m not too worried about it right now. It’s a long season. I know that from years past.

Bill Guerin
On expecting early friction from Philadelphia:
No, I don’t prepare for that. It’s going to be a hard fought game no matter what the situation. It’s a good matchup all the time and I just anticipate a hard working game by both teams.
On how the Flyers-Penguins rivalry compares to others he’s played in:
It’s definitely up there. I’ve been a part of the Devils-Rangers, Edmonton-Calgary, Islanders-Rangers. This one is big because both teams are really good. Both teams have superstars that are going to be playing against each other for a long time and with the recent playoff history. I know it’s been a rivalry for a long time but it’s going to be a real good one for a long time.


3:00 PM:


12:09 PM:

Head coach Dan Bylsma just finished addressing reporters following the morning skate and he confirmed that right wing Bill Guerin will be in the lineup on Thursday night against the Flyers.

"It was a stinger type of thing," Guerin said. "It goes away. Its fine. I just wanted to get my skate off and get some ice on it."

11:12 AM:
As they go through the morning skate the Penguins are using their normal forward combinations with Eric Godard and Max Talbot alternating at wing on the Craig Adams' unit.

11:05 AM:

The Penguins have stepped onto the ice at the Wachovia Center for the morning skate and Bill Guerin has joined them. Guerin was hit in the leg by a shot late in Tuesday's 6-1 victory over the Flyers and sat out practice on Wednesday in what head coach Dan Bylsma described as a maintenance day.

Bylsma will provide an update on Guerin's status after the morning skate.
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