Here's what the Pens were saying in the locker room heading into their matchup with Washington...
ON SULLIVAN SAYING THE PENS WERE PLAYING TO OUTSCORE TEAMS:
Crosby: "I think our offense is going to take care of itself. We have enough guys here and enough depth. We just have to make sure we're not giving up chances and sacrificing our defensive plays to get chances and be patient. Things will take of themselves if we take care of the puck. The main thing for us for the second half of the year is to play the right way. We trust the wins will take care of themselves. When you get to the second half that's an important time of year. Everyone starts to raise their level, we need to do the same."
Hagelin: "It comes down to not paying enough detail in the defensive zone and in our structure. We've given up way too many chances. That's what happens when you play to score goals. You start giving up chances. We're at our best when we are playing defensively and from that we create our offense."
ON THE CAPITALS:
Hagelin: "They're a team that you can see is feeling good about themselves right now. They're scoring a lot of goals. The reason they are so good right now is that they're not giving up that many goals. They're a team that is stingy defensively and all four lines are rolling."
Hornqvist: "They're a really strict team. They all buy into their defense and they're on a run right now. We have to make sure we come out there hard and get it going right away. Take the momentum. When we played them last time, (Alex) Ovechkin scored after 35 seconds and they get all the momentum. We have to go out there the first few shifts, get it deep and get some hits and get everybody involved."
ON BEING BACK IN PITTSBURGH:
Crosby: "It's nice to be back at home. I still feel like if we are home or away we have to play the right way. Just be more consistent. Hopefully tonight we can do a better job at that."
Hornqvist: "I think we all are really disappointed in this road trip. It'll be nice to get back here in front of our own fans and get back at it."