When Steve Downie talks, you listen.
Or at least I do.
Downie talked today and addressed crushing Frans Nielsen at the end of Saturday’s game against the Islanders, as well as the upcoming Flyers game, his first in the series as a member of the Penguins.
Here’s part of the media scrum today with Downie, who revealed that he and his wife went to the Penguins Halloween party as nerds.
“It wasn’t the best costume, but it was funny,” Downie said.
Q: What’s it going to be like facing the Flyers?
A: They’re a physical team. They like to intimidate teams. They like to play the body first. We have to be ready for their compete level. We know they’re going to come in here and work as hard as they can. We have to match that.
Q: You played for Philly. Is it weird being on this side?
A: I like being on this side. (Laughter) It’s going to be a fun game, so I’m looking forward to it. We have to match their intensity level and come to play the smart way.
Q: Walk us through the situation with Nielsen and Hamonic.
A: I thought they came out and played a physical second (period). They started taking runs at our D. At that point, I thought maybe I’ll start hitting them back a little bit. Take the pressure off our D a little bit. I made a hit. I thought it was a clean hit. I’m going to play hard. I’m going to play the body as hard as I can. There’s a time and place for that. I thought that was the time.
Q: What about the end of the second period, when you were seen jawing with goaltender Jaroslav Halak?
A: That’s part of the game. That happens on every team. You have to answer the bell when it comes and play a disciplined game.
Q: Year-to-year, is there ever a difference in the rivalry?
A: That’s a tough question. You play for the jersey on you. I forgot about Philly. My focus is here in Pittsburgh. This is where I want to be. I’m excited to be here. Excited to be a part of this organization and this group of guys. It’s been a good start. We just have to keep it going.
Be GRATEFUL to each other,