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Penguins Report: Practice 11/16/10

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Sidney Crosby is having a decent season (4:01 PM)
  • The Pens deliver turkeys! (3:03 PM)
  • Martin has a maintenance day, Kennedy back at practice (12:31 PM)
  • Pens lines at practice (11:07 AM)
  • Bylsma talks faceoffs and the power play (1:15 PM)
  • Crosby and Letang talk to the media (2:53 PM)
  • PensTV talks to Cooke and Kunitz (3:57 PM)
  • The Canucks practice at CONSOL Energy Center (2:50 PM)
  • Vancouver’s been travling a lot (11:23 AM)
  • Pens pics (11:24 AM)
  • "That's me in the corner, that's me in the spotlight..." (11:04 AM)

4:01 PM:
Guess what? Sidney Crosby is having quite a season so far. Shocker...

3:57 PM:
PensTV caught up with Matt Cooke and Chris Kunitz




3:03 PM:
The Pens held their fourth annual turkey delivery Tuesday afternoon, giving away 120 turkeys, veggies and patatoes to Hill District families at the Allequippa Terrace Community Center.

Brooks Oripk hands out the turkeys (left); Alex Goligoski, Deryk Engelland and Paul Martin take a break from giving out food to pose (right)

Maxime Talbot poses with a bag of fruit

2:53 PM:
Sounds heard around the locker room...

Sidney Crosby

On what he did with his gold medal:
It’s not on display right now. It’s in a safe somewhere, I didn’t just leave it out.

On memorabilia from the Olympics
I’ve got a couple different photos and my helmet. The gloves and stick went to the Hall of Fame.

 On Roberto Luongo taking over in goal
It’s two weeks. You always leave goalies alone when the games are that big. I got to know him a little bit better. He’s a great guy and that was a great experience to share with all the guys. We’re all under the same amount of pressure, to be able to win that is special. You share that with all the guys.

Kris Letang

On what he worked on in the offseason:
I’m just shooting the puck more and obviously trying to rush more. And I’m supporting the attack with a good first pass.

On how he balances offense with his defensive duties:
I think playing a good D-zone coverage and playing good in my defensive zone is going to help me to get points in the offensive zone. I’m going to get out quicker and transition quicker. I think that’s the key.

On what changed on the defense:

We’re different than the previous year, I think we have five guys who can move the puck really well. I think obviously we look like more of a defensive squad that wants to attack and wants to put pressure on them.

On if he thought he would be leading the NHL in defenseman:

No, it just came like that. I didn’t really expect it to happen. I was just playing my way, and I’m getting the bounces.


2:50 PM:
Vancouver is in town and held a practice at 1 p.m. at CONSOL Energy Center.

Netminder Roberto Luongo


1:15 PM:
Coachspeak with Dan Bylsma…

On what he likes and dislikes from the power play:
I don’t like looking at the number in the standings and seeing where we rank. We have worked to try to get movement and motion to play on our guys’ strengths to get some attacking. We’ve had a very good net-front presence in Chris Kunitz all year, and Matt Cooke when he gets out there has done that well. But we haven’t done a good job of getting the pucks there to score on those rebound goals that we think we can create and we need our guys to create. Sidney Crosby can score a lot of goals around the goal-area. He scores them on the power play and five-on-five. But we haven’t got those opportunities to bang those goals home.

On Paul Martin:

He was just a little banged up, so it was a maintenance day. I expect him to be on the ice tomorrow.

On Tyler Kennedy:

TK looked fantastic today, so he got through his sickness and should be fine tomorrow.

On Monday’s game against the Rangers:

We have to be real clear about the expectations and how we did give up those two goals (Monday). We talked about it today, and we’ve talked about playing a certain way and minimizing the other teams’ chances. The last four or five games we’ve done a real good job of that. By our count, we cut them to nine scoring chances (Monday) night. That’s the recipe we’re looking for and our chances are way up there. Their goaltender played really well. Going into the third period, I stressed the fact that this is the type of game we’re going to have to be comfortable playing. They got the first goal and we’re going to have to keep plugging away and stay focused on our game and be resilient to get the tying goal and the go-ahead goal to make it 2-1. You feel like that’s a real good lesson you’ve learned by sticking with your game plan, and not getting discouraged by not getting that power play goal on the four minutes at the end of the second, beginning of the third. We came back out and stayed focused and got a huge goal just the way we thought we were going to get it – by crashing the net and getting a second chance with the goalie on his back and getting a rebound from Chris Kunitz. There were a lot of good things from that game. But we have to take our lessons. We have to get better in some of the areas, but at the same time that’s how we’re looking to play for a 60-minute game. We accented the positives and talked about how we executed to do that, but we also did talk about the situations that cost us there at the end.

On what went wrong with the Rangers’ shorthanded goal.

The mindset going out on that power play – and we had plenty of time to discuss it going out – was that we wanted to get in and set up and kill time by passing it around. We went out and didn’t take that opportunity, and we tried to shoot the puck. We had a good entry and we had good position with the puck. But we tried to shoot it and it hit a skate and goes the other way. The five guys turned back and played defense. They all came back hard, but we didn’t get a good stick on the puck, we didn’t lift the stick. The shot got deflected off our guy’s stick and ended up in the back of the net. I think when you see that turnover, you see all five guys on their horse ready to play defense. But we didn’t take care of the situation. The mistake was looking for a shot so soon on the entry.

On how he learned to talk to players with elite skill about how sometimes creativity might not be the right play in a situation
You talk about it and look at those situations. It is a fine line taking the creativity pen out of a player’s hand who has the skill to be exceptional, but they well know about winning hockey games and playing with a winning mentality. And that’s not always scoring goals. They are aware of that.


12:31 PM:
Martin did not practice today because he was "banged up," according to Bylsma. He was given a maintenance day. Bylsma added that Kennedy, who missed Wednesday's game with an illness, looked good at practice.

11:24 AM:


11:23 AM:
The Pens host the Vancouver Canucks Wednesday night at CONSOL Energy Center. The game will mark the final contest of a five-game, 10-day East Coast road trip for the Canucks with stops in Montreal (L, 0-2), Ottawa (W, 6-2), Toronto (W, 5-3) and Buffalo (O, 3-4).

Vancouver's contest against Pittsburgh marks the finale of a stretch which saw the Canucks play seven of eight games on the road.

11:07 AM:
Defenseman Paul Martin is not on the ice for the Penguins. We'll get an update from coach Bylsma after practice. Letestu was double-shifting on the lines. Here were the line combos:



11:04 AM:
The Penguins are making their way on to the CONSOL Energy Center ice as the lights slowly brighten. 

Today's practice is brought to you by R.E.M.'s "Losing my Religion."

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