TRIB PLAYOFF UPDATE
Since I am on the road with Sam, I stepped in (and up) and did my first Trib Playoff Update of this postseason. Here it is...
During his media availability, forward Jussi Jokinen was asked if he had any physical problems that would hinder him from playing. He responded, "No, no. I'm healthy."
THEY SAID IT...
Forward Brenden Morrow left the Penguins practice early and did not return. When asked for an update, head coach Dan Bylsma said: "Don't have an update on Morrow leaving the ice for you."
Malkin snaps a shot on Fleury
Dupuis with a death glare at the puck
Eaton and players assemble
Coach Bylsma and Crankshaft discuss geometrics
Gilles and Vokoun are transfixed by the ice
Vokoun refreshes with some liquid
Joe Vitale back at practice
Jokinen worked on 2nd PP unit and centered 4th line
--Michelle Crechiolo & Sam Kasan
PP AND RUSHES
Jussi Jokinen worked with the Pens' second power-play unit and centered the fourth line. Brenden Morrow left practice early and did not return. Here is how the lines shook out...
PP unit 1: Letang, Malkin, Crosby, Neal and Kunitz
PP unit 2: Martin, Iginla, Kennedy, Dupuis and Jokinen
Prior to practice, some of the players like to invent games to pass the time. In Tuesday's installment, the goal was to get this hockey ball to stay on top of the "ON AIR" sign.
Bortuzzo gives it a try (although he's so tall he could probably just place it on top).
Coach Bylsma joins the fun while Sutter watches on
The players warm up on the exercise bike and watch the game
SUCCESS!!! Someone pulled it off, although who will remain a mystery
Pens sewing machine
PENS PRACTICE DEETS
Joe Vitale, who did not practice Sunday and missed Game 3, was back on the ice with the team. The Pens are all accounted for at practice. Perfect attendance.
SENS ROUND UP
Senators forward Chris Neil left Game 3 after he lost an edge and went head first into the corner boards. Brooks Orpik went to hit him right before that, but after his skate blade fell out, the extra shove added some momentum to the collision. After a day off Monday, Neil was back on the ice for the Senators.
After practice, when asked about Neil's status, Senators coach Paul MacLean answered, "Chris Neil practiced today, there's nothing wrong with him. There's nothing to update." Looks like he will be fine for Game 4...
Michelle Crechiolo went into the Sens room after practice for the following bites...
--Sam Kasan & Michelle Crechiolo
Throughout these playoffs, the Penguins have approached both wins and losses, no matter the final score and how the games played out, with the same mentality.
From their very first game of this postseason, a 5-0 win over the New York Islanders in Pittsburgh, to the most recent, Sunday’s 2-1 double overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators, the Penguins have handled every result the same way.They focus immediately on the next game.
Full story here.
MONDAY NEWS & NOTES
The Pens did not practice on Monday, but there were a few updates provided by head coach Dan Bylsma, particularly in regards to Joe Vitale and Jussi Jokinen.
Full story here.
START ME UP
Good afternoon hockey fans! Today the Pens are practicing at Scotiabank Place at 2 p.m. Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series with the Ottawa Senators will take place Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. Stay tuned for all the latest coverage...