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Quote Roundup: Pens-Flyers

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

Here's what the Pens had to say heading into their contest against the Flyers. 

ON THE INJURIES

Sullivan: "Cullen and Streit will be game-time decisions. They felt really good out there today. We're hopeful we'll have them tonight …. (Hornqvist) is on the ice. That's a big step for him. It was non-contact today. We'll see how he responds. The next step is contact, then at that point he'll be a game-time decision. We're encouraged that he's on the ice. We feel like he's making significant progress."

Cullen: "It's definitely going in the right direction. I'm feeling pretty good. Any time you're out you feel a responsibility to get back as quickly as you can. You try to push it as much as you can, especially this time of year."

Streit: "This morning I felt pretty good. I'll take warmup and see how I feel. I was surprised how good I felt."

Hornqvist: "I feel good. It's nice to be back with the boys and on the road, getting back to practicing. It took a little while (to notice the concussion). That's life. I'm back here with my skates and gear on, and having some fun."

ON THE ODD TRAVEL DAY

Sullivan: "It's going to be important for us to control what we can to have success. We have to do our best to be conscious of our shift lengths, that we change at the right time and smart, not on the individual's terms but on the team's terms."

Sheary: "It was an earlier bus than normal. I got up an hour before I usually do on a game day. I'll probably take a longer nap to catch up on some of that sleep. It was nice to sleep in your own bed and break up the road trip."

Cullen: "It was a unique deal. As it turns out, it might have been safer to fly into Philly instead of Pittsburgh with the weather. It's a unique circumstance. It helps being so close and such a short flight. We can get into our normal routine."

ON THE GUENTZEL-CROSBY-SHEARY TRIO

Sullivan: "What allows them to be successful is that all 3 of them are brave. They don't get pushed around. They're elusive in tight space. They play with courage. Those 2 things can be dangerous. Even if they are undersized, I think their hearts are bigger than their physical stature. That's what allows them to be successful."

Crosby: "You try to build on each game. We've gotten better. We've improved. When you see improvement, that's encouraging. With that we still generated good chances. You can see guys getting more comfortable. You start making plays without thinking as much. That's when you know things are clicking."

Sheary: "There was 1 game where we had 25 shots as a line. We were creating chances every shift we were on the ice. That was the turning point where we realized if we kept our chemistry and kept talking it would work out."

ODDS AND ENDS

Sullivan on facing Flyers: "When Pittsburgh plays the Flyers it's always an emotional rivalry. Those games are exciting to play in as a player."

Crosby on his success in Philly: "The rivalry and games bring the best out of both teams. For whatever reason it's worked out that way. When you play in a building you get comfortable. We've played in a lot of games here over the years."

Sullivan on Murray: "Matt has quietly had a stellar year for us. Game-in and game-out he gives this team a chance to win. For the position that he plays, I think he's as good as it gets as a young goaltender."

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