(Not) running with the Devils.



Penguins D ALEX GOLIGOSKI did not appear to show any ill effects of a nasty looking hit from Devils C ROD PELLEY late in New Jersey’s 5-2 victory at Prudential Center. Goligoski was seen walking without notice in a hallway, though he did not comment on the hit. Pelley had this to offer:

“It’s kind of just a reaction,” he said. “I was already committed to finishing my hit. I kind of had my arms out and I just kind of followed through. Right as he turned, I kind of connected with his numbers and he went in pretty rough.”



Actually, they do. A recap of the PuckSpeak from the Devils’ dressing room after their sixth regulation win in as many games over the Penguins:


— On the second period: “It was pretty amazing. Even though we’re killing penalties we got two breakaways out of the deal. It takes some commitment to make the other team make mistakes. For us to capitalize on them after a big save that (Penguins G MARC-ANDRE FLEURY) made … it didn’t really bother us. We got back at it, got another breakaway and finally scored. You can see the emotion of the guys. That makes a difference. I think goalies sense that – that the energy is coming at you. It’s hard to play against sometimes.”

— On going 6-0-0 against the Penguins: “If it gives us any edge on them later on — well, good.”


— On going 6-0-0 against the Penguins: “It’s kind of a measuring stick a little bit because you’re playing the Stanley Cup champs. Guys get up and play well.”



0 — Points recorded by Penguins C EVGENI MALKIN in four games against New Jersey

-5 — Special-teams performance by the Penguins, who allowed three power-play goals, scored none and surrendered two shorthanded tallies to the Devils in six games

22 — Total shots advantage by the Penguins in six games against the Devils



A recap of words from the Penguins’ dressing room after their sixth loss in as many games to the Devils:


— On rebounding from this loss: “There’s no point in looking back at this point.”

— On the Devils’ forcing poor execution: “I would say maybe the first four games, but at least not the last two that hasn’t been the case. We’ve done a lot of good things. Tonight we hurt ourselves; whether it was Jersey or another team we’d have the same result. The last game was 50-50 game, two good teams and it could have gone either way. Unfortunately we’ve been on the wrong end of the results a lot, but we know what it’s going to take to beat these guys.”


— On losing six of six to New Jersey: “Two years ago I was on the Islanders and we beat (New Jersey) seven out of eight games. Does that mean we were the better team? I don’t know, but we beat them. I get more concerned about how we handle the situation emotionally and in our play. We could see them down the road sometime. The first couple of games I felt we didn’t play our best against them, but we got better as it went along. Marty played some great games against us and that’s the way it was; but I’m not putting our whole season on losing six games to the Devils.”


— On what going 0-6-0 against New Jersey means: “It doesn’t matter. I know media or fans will come to the conclusion about things. They’re not in our heads. We’re in our own heads about playing our game. We got away from it for a few minutes, but other than that I thought we had control of the hockey game.

— On if the record matters: “Have we lost to Philly this year? We’ve beaten Philly. We’ve beaten the Rangers. We don’t think they can never beat us. That would be pretty naive to think that. I don’t think (New Jersey) thinks that. We have a great chance of seeing these guys again. We need to learn from it and fix those things.”

— By Rob Rossi (03/17/10)