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Penguins Report: Practice 4/28/10

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

1:45 PM:

Sounds from the locker room:

Sidney Crosby
On having a week off:
When the time comes, we should be ready. We have some days off and time to practice. I think that you try to make the most of the time that you have off both mentally and physically. You can use that to your advantage to get some good practices in and make sure that you’re sharp. That’s the way that I’ve looked at it.
On if these practices have been different since the team does not know who it will play in the next round:
Usually the day before you play you kind of go over what you’re going to face and things like that. It really doesn’t change for us. We’ll know tomorrow what to expect a little bit more and probably have our practice structured around that a little bit. Other than that, our practices haven’t changed, and it has been good. We’ve had two days of practicing at a pretty good pace out there. It’s important if you want to maintain that level of play and that intensity that comes with the playoffs. You have to practice hard, too.
On resting mentally and physically:
Both are equally important – sometimes even more so mentally. There are a lot of emotions, and there are ups and downs in the playoffs. Mentally, you just have to come to the rink and worry about your own team and nothing else around it. That’s important, too.
On if he is itching to play a game again:
When it’s time – you like to prepare. I don’t think that we’re in a rush. We’re getting ready and making the most of our practice time and preparing accordingly. When it’s time, it’s time, and we’ll be ready. Until then, we’re going to try to make the most of the time that we have.  

Alex Goligoski
On having a couple of days off:
The more rest that you can get during this time of the year, the better.
On having a mental rest:
They’re tough series with back-to-back games. It’s a lot mentally and physically, so it’s good to kind of recharge your battery for a few days.
On if he is itching to play a game again:
We’re looking forward to the next round for sure. We’re just getting back into it with a couple of practices, and tomorrow will be a really good practice. Everyone’s really going to be focused then tomorrow.
On the team re-gaining focus with these practices:
We’re getting back into it. We have had a couple of days of rest, and we’re getting back into it to make sure that we’re sharp, and we’ll focus on who we’re playing tomorrow.

Assist Caitlin Kasunich

1:22 PM:
Forward Chris Kunitz, who has missed the last two days of practice with an undisclosed injury, said that his is not sure when he will get back on the ice with the team or his status for the start of the second round of the playoffs.

"We're not sure yet. Everything is day-to-day," he said. "We're just going to play it by ear."

11:45 AM:
The Penguins had another day of practice in their week-long sabbatical at Mellon Arena on Wednesday afternoon. Jordan Leopold, who has been sidelined since suffering a head injury in Game 2 of the quarterfinals, practiced with his teammates for the first time. He started the day in a light blue jersey, switching to a grey "no-contact" jersey.

Forwards Tyler Kennedy (lower body, day-to-day) and Chris Kunitz (undisclosed, day-to-day) were not at practice.

Matt Cooke and Pascal Dupuis re-direct shots on Marc-Andre Fleury (left); Evgeni Malkin and Alexei Ponikarovsky (right)

Chris Conner (left); Dan Bylsma (right)

Jordan Leopold rejoined his team for practice (right)


9:09 AM:
The Penguins recalled seven players from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to join the team for its 2010 Stanley Cup playoff run. The group will help provide practice support for the Pens.
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