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Penguins Report: Practice 10/8/10

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Great tribute video for John Barbero, and fundraiser (1:47 PM).
  • Dan Bylsma discusses Talbot (for Quebec media), the power play and Thursday’s game (1:29 PM).
  • Mike Rupp getting more PK and PP time (3:05 PM).
  • Malkin, Fleury and Comrie talkd to PensTV (2:57 PM).
  • Some chatter from Crosby and Orpik (12:48 PM).
  • All 22 Penguins players (non-IR) were at practice (11:13 AM).
  • Practice pics (11:14 AM).
  • Montreal practice pics (1:33 PM).
  • Goalie Patrick Killeen was sent back to Wheeling (10:40 AM).
3:04 PM:
Not sure if you noticed, but Mike Rupp is getting a few more minutes of special teams action - both on the power play (as a net-front presence) and on the PK.

2:57 PM:
Some player videos from PensTV:





1:47 PM:
The Penguins had a touching tribute to long-time PA announcer John Barbero, who passed away this summer.

The blog Mondesi's House is putting together a benefit in the memory and honor of Barbero.

On Sunday, November 7, the Mon Valley YMCA will host a sports and celebrity memorabilia auction from 1-4 p.m. at the YMCA gymnasium, sponsored by Charleroi Federal Savings Bank.

Proceeds from the event benefit the YMCA's Youth and Teen Programs, and a $1,000 scholarship will be awarded on behalf of John Barbero to a high school student pursuing education or broadcasting in college.

For more details click here.

1:33 PM:
The Montreal Canadiens, who will play the Penguins Saturday night, are in town and held their first practice at CONSOL Energy Center. The Habs are coming off a 3-2 loss at Toronto Thursday night.

Carey Price (right)

PK Subban (left); Tomas Plekanec (right)

1:29 PM:
Coachspeak with Dan Bylsma....
On generating offense against the Flyers:
The scoring chances in the first period were somewhere around 10-4 (in favor of the Penguins). If you are thinking about creating, and that implies taking a risk, that’s the kind of risk-taking I would like to have. In the offensive zone, Mike Comrie had a wraparound and our defenseman had a chance at an empty net. We had another chance at a puck in the crease. That is the type of creating and habits that can lead to good offense for your team. If you are thinking along the lines of trying to create a goal every time you touch the puck, that’s the type of offense we are not trying to instill in our team. Yes, we want to attack. Yes, we want to force teams to play against our speed, but there is also responsibility that comes with managing the puck the right way and executing with the puck so that we can do that. That’s not risk-taking at all. That’s always a balance. That’s a balance for every team being able to manage the puck and do that. If we can do that, get to the offensive zone and be there for 65-70 percent of the time like we were in the first (period), those are the risks we like to take.

On Thursday being a mixed bag in that regard:
The second period was for sure. We got away from that in the second and it led to some momentum going away from our team. I thought we had to play catch-up in the third period.

On Maxime Talbot:
Max is best described as an energy guy. He is an abrasive guy. He is a battle guy. He thrives on being that. That’s how he has been effective. He can be effective anywhere in your lineup doing that – penalty killing, third line, fourth line, he can play up (on the top lines). He has scored goals and gotten chances to play on top lines because of being able to bring that into a game. That’s where we and he expect him to get back to be a factor like we have seen Max be in the past.

On Malkin playing the left point:
I had a conversation with ‘Geno’ and with other people as well. I asked him which spot he wants to play and that’s the one he wants to play.

On the reason why:
It’s a little different mindset. He should be attacking and on the offensive when he gets the puck and not stationary and left alone over there. I think sometimes he has felt that way in the past when he has played the point on the offside. That is not the case. This is a case where this player in that position should be getting the puck and attacking. He would rather be doing that on that side of the ice than the right side.

On the term ‘point’ applying to how the Penguins are running their power play:
That’s not the term we are using. It’s a day-to-day term. It’s a game-time decision (said laughing).

Assist: Jason Seidling

12:48 PM:
Sounds heard around the locker room:

Sidney Crosby

On the importance of the month of October:

It’s just competitive. The teams that you’re battling with sometimes are playing one another and there are often three-point games. It is a long season and it’s a process, and you want to start off right. But there are a lot of games.

On Thursday’s game:
It’s a game of execution. We did some good things, but it’s the first game of the season so there’s going to be mistakes. And there were mistakes on both sides. We hit like three or four posts and we had a great start, but we couldn’t put the puck in the net. But that’s hockey. That’s how it goes sometimes.

Brooks Orpik

On what the team learned from the 3-2 opener loss:
We’re not going to go 82-0. We just played the defending Eastern Conference champion. It’s a good team. We could have been up two or three goals early if we had finished some opportunities, but we didn’t. They were opportunistic on some of our breakdowns and turnovers. We had a couple chances to get back in the game and didn’t do it. We’ll try to learn from it and move on for tomorrow night.

On what the team can improve on:

It was the breakdowns we looked at this morning. It’s the new guys sorting out communications and line rushes. Some of it was just execution. It was some carelessness on our part, and our focus on some areas needs to be a little bit better.


11:14 AM:

Head coach Dan Bylsma chats with Evgeni Malkin (left)

Assistant coach Tony Granato with Maxime Talbot (left)


11:13 AM:
All 22 Penguins are on the CONSOL Energy Center ice for practice. Only Jordan Staal and Arron Asham, both currently on injured lists, are not practicing. Kris Letang missed Thursday's morning skate with an illness, but played in the game. He is on the ice.


10:40 AM:
The Penguins made an early transaction Friday, sending goaltender Patrick Killeen to Wheeling of the ECHL.

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