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Quote Roundup: Pens-Flames

by Pens writing staff @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

Here's what the Pens had to say heading into their Monday night showdown with Calgary…

ON CALGARY

Crosby: "They've got some depth, both up front and on the back end, too. They play a pretty fast game, I think two pretty similar styles as far as teams are concerned. Zone time will be important and making sure we don't turn it over and give their skilled guys a chance to come back the other way. They've got a really good transition with their D jumping and things like that. We've got to play in their end."

Hornqvist: "We know we're going to face a desperate team. They haven't won lately but they've been playing really good. They have a lot of speed up front and their D are really mobile, so we just have to make sure we play behind them and don't give them that transition game they're looking for because their forwards are really fast and skilled. We have to be in their faces all night and make sure we're playing behind their D."

CHAD RUHWEDEL

On getting back in lineup: "It's been good. It's hard to just be ready to go when the time is called, but that's what I've been preparing for with our staff. I made sure I'd be ready when my name was called." 

On working with Maatta: "Olli and I played together a lot this year, mainly early on in the year. Stepping in and playing with him we really didn't lose a beat. The lineup has changed a bit, but our identity has stayed the same. It makes it easier coming in to play."

On staying focused when not playing: "It's taxing mentally and physically. We do a lot of work in the gym too. Mentally it's staying in a good state of mind, being positive. When the team is winning that's what you want most. You want the team to succeed. They did a lot of that in January and February. It was fun to watch. I'm just glad I can be playing with them now."

ODDS AND ENDS

Letang on his game: "It's been a long road, but it's getting better. It's not going the other way. It's positive. I think I can still improve my game."

Maatta on playing with Ruhwedel: "We've played together before its nothing different. He's a good player he talks a lot and keeps it simple which is really good."

Brassard on his game: "In Ottawa we always wanted numbers, did a really passive kind of defensive system. Here it's a quick transition. They're fast with a lot of skill. Like I said, I'm just trying to move my feet more, create some turnovers in the offensive zone and stay in those battles instead of just peeling off all the time. I did it a couple times last game but need to do better."

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