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Pens Report: 10.14.16

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

The Pens practiced at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex on Friday after defeating the Washington Capitals in a shootout, 3-2, on Thursday.

Phil Kessel was given a maintenance day, while Sidney Crosby - who is out indefinitely with a concussion sustained last Friday at practice - also did not skate, and head coach Mike Sullivan said he's still day-to-day.

"He skated today with our skills coach," Sullivan said. "He's making progress. But he's still day-to-day."

Injured forward Bryan Rust, skating with the team for the third straight day, filled in for Kessel in line rushes, but Sullivan ruled him out for Saturday's game against Anaheim.

They looked like this…

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While the Pens were happy with their play overall last night, they did say there's obviously a lot to clean up moving forward after getting Game 1 of 82 out of the way. Sullivan said the most important thing they need to work on is their competitive advantage of quickness.   

"Sometimes it's sheer foot speed, but sometimes it's team speed by the ability to change the point of attack, moving the puck quickly," he said. "I think that's a process that a team goes through to get there. It's a constant work in progress. And quite honestly, we're not there yet, where our expectation is. I think we can play faster, I think we've got to put pressure on ourselves to play faster. And it's not just about foot speed, it's about knowing what you're going to do with the puck before you get it so it cuts down your execution time. It's about moving the puck off your tape quicker so teams have to react and respond. And then it's making the right decisions with the puck."

 

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