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Quote Roundup: Pens-Flames

by Sam Kasan and Nicole Jelinek @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

Here's what the Pens had to say about their contest tonight against the Calgary Flames. 

 

ON CALGARY

Sullivan: "They're a real good, young team. Their power play is top-10 in the league. They have the ability to score goals. There's an element of skill and grind to their game. Our expectation is that it'll be a hard-fought game."

Schultz: "They play hard. All four lines stick together and come at you hard. We have to be ready for that. Western Conference teams sometimes put a little less energy playing another conference. Those are two big points we want to hit."

Bonino: "They have a very young, skilled group and a pretty strong defense. I know (Chad) Johnson has been playing well for them. They are a team that has historically blocked a lot of shots. When we (Vancouver) were playing them in the playoffs and you couldn't get anything through. It just kind of depends on what day… They don't score a ton of 5-on-5 goals, but they will score enough to win. They are a good team."

Fehr: "They struggled earlier in the season, but are playing well right now, and they're in the middle of their playoff hunt. Those teams are really desperate."

ON CROSBY CLOSING IN ON 1,000 POINTS

Bonino: "He can do it every different way. When you watch Sid he will beat you 1-on-1. He will go into the corners and grind it out for 40 seconds and go to the front of the net and get a tip. He is one of those rare players who is one of the best in the game and can beat you any way he tries to."

Fehr: "One thousand anything is a lot. Getting to 1,000 games is an accomplishment, never mind 1,000 points. He's done it pretty quickly. You don't have to say too much about it. He's the best player in the world right now. It'll be pretty special to see him get 1,000."

ON 'YOU CAN PLAY' INITIATIVE

Kunitz: "Inclusion is something for everyone. We need to find people who love the game as much as we do. It doesn't matter what your stance is. We are all supportive of each other whether you are a fan, player or manager. We are all here for each other."

Bonino: "I think it is a lot of fun for us to be involved with that. The NHL has done a great job partnering with that and promoting the LGBTQ community and I think the guys in here are looking forward to being able to use the tape and trying to promote that."

ODDS AND ENDS

Kuhnhackl on getting back in the lineup: "I just want to do the things I did last year that made me stay in the lineup. Use my speed to my advantage, block shots, create turnovers, finish my hits, make it hard for their D."

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