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Penguins Report: Practice 10/28/10

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

  • The Pens unveiled their new Winter Classic uniforms (2:24 PM).
  • Bylsma on Tangradi and Goligoski (2:40 PM).
  • Dupuis, Crosby and Orpik sound (2:27 PM).
  • Practice pics (12:41 PM).
  • Back in Pittsburgh after the long trip (11:58 AM).

2:40 PM:
Coachspeak with Dan Bylsma….

On Alex Goligoski missing practice:
Just maintenance. He played a lot of minutes the last couple games. He had a day off the ice with the travel last night.

On Goligoski’s workload:
He had 28 (minutes) last night. We’re asking him to play in a lot of different situations. That’s a lot of minutes. We’d like to see him at 25, but with the way he skates he’s able to play the extra minutes.

On the young guys working into the lineup
The timing of the send down with (Tangradi and Hutchinson) coincides with some players coming back. It’s just one right now, but others are close. We went down to just one extra guy. We have a lot of players. Guys are coming back and healthy. Both those guys, I anticipate them coming back and being a part of our team, playing games for us. Eric Tangradi is a young kid. Making a team is one thing, adjusting to life after making the team is a different mindset. It’s one he was dealing with, and provided some inconsistencies with his play. He’s going down now, but I imagine him being a force when he comes back.

On young players maturing:
It’s not uncommon to see a kid come into camp and play really well, have his eyes set on the goal line of just making the team. Once you cross the goal line you kind of feel like you finished the race, but there’s a lot more to go. There is an adjustment when that happens. It’s happened a lot in the course of hockey. In Penguin history you’ve seen Kevin Stevens and Mark Recchi do the same thing, go down and tear up the IHL, get a chance here and never look back. That’s Eric’s challenge. He’s got to go down there, tear it up and be ready to come back here and be a force when he gets back.

On if he’s concerned that two forwards will get stuck at the points on the power play and become vulnerable:
It’s something that we’re aware of. We’re aware of situations where when you’re a forward and you’re back at the blue line, understanding that when there’s shot at the net or a rebound that goes to the weak side you’re responsible for being back. Because it’s symmetrical with a forward on each side of a defenseman at times, they have to understand that they’re going to take turns being the guy back in those scenarios. It wouldn’t be any different than if there were two defensemen back there. They have the same responsibilities and be aware when the puck goes to the weak side that they’re the person being counted on.


2:27 PM:
Sounds heard around the locker room.

Sidney Crosby

On the Winter Classic jersey:
I'm sure they're nice. I know a lot of thought was put into that, going to the throwback jerseys. I'm sure it'll be something similar to what we've seen in the past.

On players that go back and forth from the NHL to the AHL:
I don't think it's something you can worry about a whole lot. It's out of our control. It's something that you get used to somewhat. You never like seeing guys get hurt or sent down. There are always mixed emotions with that. At the end of the day we all know the situation. It will happen a lot too, everyone is used to it. But you're happy for the guys who get the opportunity and happy for the guys who get back in the lineup and worked hard to do that.

Pascal Dupuis

On the team’s puck management:
(The Lightning) bring three guys in the puck area, and if you don’t take care of it the right way, they’ll make you pay.

On playing Philadelphia for the third time, and what they’ve learned about the Flyers

They’re the Flyers. They play the same way, and they’re a good team. Obviously the emotions will be there tomorrow, and hopefully, we will use it to our advantage.

On Arron Asham being back:

We’re happy he’s back, and I’m sure he’s happy to play his first home game against the team he played for last year.

On the road trip:
Yeah (it was a good road trip), but with the way the game started yesterday, we can’t be too happy with how the road trip ended. But at the same time, we know what we did wrong and there are some things we talked about it practice. And we’ll address that come game time tomorrow.

Brooks Orpik

On if a 5-4-1 stretch in the beginning of the season gains more attention than in the middle of the season:
Maybe with just the way we lost last night, being up 3-1, it gets a little more attention. But I’d rather do it now than April or May. Hopefully we learn from it and don’t make the same mistakes.

On the team’s puck management:
You could blame the loss on a lot of things, we took a lot of penalties. But I think it was more just the mindset going into it, it kind of seemed like we sat back when we got up 3-1, and 3-2. They just kept chasing the game for 60 minutes. So I think it was the attitude and the way we played.

On Marc-Andre Fleury:
Everyone here has a lot of confidence in him. Everybody goes through rough patches in their career. It’s a long season, and obviously I think its everyone’s goal to try to achieve some consistency. I think that’s the hardest thing for anyone in this league. But he’s the No. 1 guy here. Johnny is playing great, but everyone has confidence in Fleury.


2:24 PM:
The Pens unveiled their Winter Classic jerseys. Here are some photos. Check back later for Jason Seidling's story here.


12:41 PM:

Maxime Talbot (left) is always the first player on the ice for practice; only four more days until Pascal Dupuis (right) gets to shave off his lip fur. I vote for him to keep him.

Craigh Adams (left) had a big game last night in Tampa Bay with a goal and three points; Mike Comrie (right)

Eric Godard (left) was back at practice after missing the past few days with an illness; Chris Kunitz (right)

12:15 PM:
The Penguins are beginning practice at CONSOL Energy Center. After practice the Penguins will be unveiling the jerseys that will be worn at the 2011 Bridgestone Winter Classic on New Years Day at Heinz Field.

Jason Seidling will have full coverage of the event, and of course, you can see the jersey first here at

11:58 AM:
The Pens didn't finish their three-game, eight-day road trip the way they would have liked following a 5-3 loss in Tampa Bay Wednesday night. But the team still finished with a 1-1-1 mark, picking up three big points in the standings.

The Pens are back home (for the next 1.5 days anyway). Pittsburgh will host division rival Philadelphia Friday night and fly out immediately after the game to Carolina to battle the Hurricanes on Saturday night.

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