Here's what the Pens had to say about tonight's game against the New York Islanders…
ON BETTER STARTS
Crosby: "(We need to) just to get to our game. It took us a bit last game to get going. It probably took about half the game and we got into some penalty trouble early. We'd like to get a better start. They're playing back-to-back nights so it would be nice to get some momentum and build off of that."
Kuhnhackl: "Especially in the first five or ten minutes, we just have to keep it simple. Everybody needs to get their legs going, get pucks in, check bodies, get your body into the game."
Dumoulin: "We seem to be coming out real hard in the third periods. I think we've got to have better starts. That's important for us to get to our game. Obviously we don't want to be taking the penalties we do in the first period. The more we can stay out of the box, the better we will be. Some of the penalties we can control and not take. Sometimes we're going to have to. But the more we can stay out of the box and not let their top guys get to handle the puck and our top guys sit on the bench, the better we will be."
ON PLAYING A FULL 60
Crosby: "You have to make sure you're aware of how you need to play and what our identity is, and we know that. It's just details. It's making sure that we're sharp on details and every line that goes out there has to play the right way and I think that goes a long way in helping put shifts together and create some consistency."
Kuhnhackl: "I think we have to start that way (we played in the third), not just finish that way. Obviously we want to play a strong 60-minute game tonight, not just 20 or 30 minutes. We have to work on that."
ON THE ISLANDERS
Crosby: "Some of the guys they added are really quick. They've added some speed there. I think you're going to see that every night. You're going ot see a lot of teams who bring that type of speed, and we've got to be ready for that. And that's something that we pride ourselves on as well, so being aware of that is important, but we've got to be on our game."
Sullivan: "They're a good team. We're obviously very familiar with them as they are with us. It's a divisional rival. They're always emotional games. We know it'll be a tough test for us. They have a lot of skill, they play a speed game, they have a good transition game. I think they're trying to play a similar style of game that we're trying to play in the sense that it's about speed and transition. So I think when you play these types of games, the most important aspect from our standpoint is to make sure we take care of the puck and we make good decisions and we don't feed their transition game because they can be very dangerous. They've got a lot of skill. And I think their power play has been very good for them historically. I know they haven't got it going to the point they would like it to be at this point in the early season, but they're a dangerous group so I think our discipline is something that is going to be important for us tonight. It's something that is an area where it hasn't been our strength in the first part of this season. And I think when you play this Islanders group tonight, we've got to make sure we don't give their power play too many opportunities."
ODDS AND ENDS
Dumoulin on taking a puck to the face last game: "(Jaromir) Jagr deflected it up on the half wall there. Coming through the neutral zone, just came up and got me in the lip. I got a couple (stitches) on the outside, a couple on the inside. Whenever you get a puck to the face too, you've got to go through a little concussion protocol. So it took a little while for me to get back in that game."
Letang on getting closer to playing: "I'm getting excited, obviously. The intensity is always higher every day, so that's a good sign."
Crosby on what he likes about the team so far as a whole and what needs improvement: "I think the positive things that we've seen are things that we know are the identity of our team: our speed, the way we forecheck and create turnovers and put pressure on teams. When we've been at our best, that's what we've done, so I think we've got away from that. We've been a little sloppy with our execution and that doesn't allow us to use our speed and get on the forecheck. Just making sure we're sharp and that the details are there, I think that's something that will go a long way for us."