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Quick Hits: Morning Skate Wrap Up

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Penguins held an optional morning skate at Joe Louis Arena Sunday afternoon. The only players to participate that played in Game 1 the previous evening were forwards Tyler Kennedy and Craig Adams and defenseman Philippe Boucher.

The remaining players were forwards Pascal Dupuis, Eric Godard, Dustin Jeffrey, Chris Minard, Petr Sykora, Jeff Taffe and Mike Zigomanis, defensemen Alex Goligoski and Ben Lovejoy and goaltenders Mathieu Garon and John Curry.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach Todd Reirden oversaw the practice, while Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma participated in the role of a player.

The Red Wings will be without the services of forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Kris Draper in Game 2.

Here are some quick quotes from the locker room:

Despite the loss, the Penguins felt like they played a good game and were evenly matched against the Red Wings.

“They had a couple breaks on the first two goals,” said Ruslan Fedotenko, who scored the team’s lone goal. “It tilted their way. I feel we just need to stick to our game and we definitely can beat them.”

“It was a good game on both sides,” Maxime Talbot said. “We know that we have another level. We know that if we play like we played in the second period, we like our chances. It’s disappointing that we lost Game 1. The good thing is that when you go on the road for the first two games you want to win one of them and there’s still one game in front of us.”

“I thought it was a pretty even game,” Bill Guerin said. “It was a good game up and down. There were a few shifts of momentum. We came out and battled hard. We played well. We just have to put this all behind us and rebound (tonight).”

“I think we played well enough to win,” Brooks Orpik said. “We had our chances though, especially when it was 1-1. (Evgeni) Malkin had that breakaway and (Miroslav) Satan had that chance in front. It could have been 2-1 or 3-1 and who knows where the game goes. They had a couple lucky bounces. There are a lot of positives we can take and everyone in here is excited to get going (tonight).”

Speaking of those lucky bounces, the Red Wings scored two fluky goals thanks in part to fortunate bounces off of the backboards.

“They’re lively,” Guerin said. “That’s something you have to get used to right away as quick as you can. It’s obviously a luxury for them. They know how the puck comes off. They made good plays before that happened. You can’t just put it on good or bad bounces.”

“We can’t let them get those shots,” Rob Scuderi said. “They have some skilled defensemen that know if the shooting lane is clogged to shoot it off the end boards and they are very lively. Hopefully after they hit the boards we can stop them before they get to the front of the net. I don’t think it’s something we’re worrying about. It was a one-game thing. If that’s the difference in the series then I’ll be surprised.”

And last, one reporter told Penguins captain Sidney Crosby that Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock claimed the center was headhunting on Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg.

“I’m not going to get involved in his games,” Crosby said. “He can say whatever he wants. I don’t think I’ve been known as a headhunter throughout my career. He’s the first one ever to say that. It’s pretty interesting stuff.”
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