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Quote Roundup: Pens-Panthers

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

Here's what the Pens had to say about tonight's game against the Florida Panthers…

ON CROSBY'S POTENTIAL RETURN

Patric Hornqvist: "He's huge. He's the best player in the world and obviously he does a lot of good things for our team, but tonight we have to go out there with the right mindset. It doesn't matter who's in or who's out of the lineup. We just have to do it together and show each other how to play here."

Chris Kunitz: "It makes it a lot easier on everybody. He comes in and plays top minutes against the other team's top pair. He kind of pushes everybody. It's one of our hidden strengths when we're healthy. We have such depth and guys that can attack that second, third, fourth, fifth d-man that makes it tough on their guys. A lot of teams don't have that depth at center that we do, so when Sid comes back it just makes it that much easier on everyone out there."

Carl Hagelin: "He's the best player in the world, so I think when you put him on the ice it challenges the other team to match that. We're happy to have him back and we need to get rolling here."

 

ON BOUNCING BACK FROM SATURDAY

Trevor Daley: "We got a chance to look at it on video, the mistakes we've been making, and the good thing about it is we get to go out tonight and get it right."

Kunitz: "We aren't fooling ourselves, we have to be a better team. We proved for short periods in parts of games that we can play the right way and the way our coaches want us to. We've been fortunate that we've had individual performances that have helped us win as many games as we have, but we have to be a better team. We have to gel better, we have to roll four lines over the boards and have that confidence that we're going to push these teams to their tipping point."

Hornqvist: ""We have a great group of guys in here, but we all have to bring it to the table tonight. Nobody can not show up. I'm looking forward to tonight."

 

ON HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER NIGHT

Mike Sullivan: "I think it's such a great charity that the league gets behind and supports and for us to be a part of it, is certainly an honor. I don't think there's anybody in this room or anywhere that doesn't have some personal attachment to cancer and this charity. So the fact that we have an opportunity to help, I think this is one of the greatest benefits of our job in pro sports. We have the opportunity to make an impact in such a positive way with these types of endeavors. I think it's our responsibility, quite honestly, to get behind these and help the cause. For me to be a small part of it in this way, I couldn't be happier. I know I speak for our whole organization and our coaching staff, our management, our ownership, our players. We all feel the same way, because there isn't anyone in this room or in our dressing room that isn't touched in some personal way with this imitative. It's certainly an honor and a privilege to be a part of it."

Olli Maatta: "I think the thing is just to raise awareness. Of course it's important, it's close to my heart for sure."

Daley: "It's something that the whole world's got to deal with, it's a not-so-fun disease. Whenever you get a chance to recognize it, it's always special."

 

ODDS AND ENDS

Kris Letang, on skating for the first time since leaving in the second period of Pittsburgh's 4-0 loss to Montreal on Oct. 18: ""It feels awful (laughs). No, it's good to be back on the ice. It's going the right way for sure. I literally feel like I haven't skated in a month. I don't know, my body like completely shuts down when I don't skate, but we'll build it back up."

Scott Wilson, on playing with Evgeni Malkin and now potentially Crosby: "I think you can take it two different ways. I think you can try and get away from yourself and play like those guys, but Sully's told me multiple times to just play my game, just north-south and shoot the puck. I think just try and stay to what you do best and kind of let them take care of the rest."

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