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(Not) running with the Devils.

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GOLIGOSKI UPDATE

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.”

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THEY DON’T SAY

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:

G MARTIN BRODEUR …

— 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.”

C DAINIUS ZUBRUS …

— 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.”

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3 STATS (DON’T FREAK)

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

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PENGUINS PUCKSPEAK

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

C SIDNEY CROSBY …

— 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.”

RW BILL GUERIN …

— 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.”

C MIKE RUPP …

— 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)

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Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

Comments

  1. Mario Lopez says:

    0-6-0 vs Devils, 0-1-1 vs Caps w/ 2 more games, slice it anyway you want, we haven’t looked good in those 8 games, The only 1 we should have won is the last game vs Caps when we had 3-1 lead & lost in OT…. So in 8 games vs roughly the top 2 teams in the east, garnered exactly 1 lousy pt out of 16 possible…. You interview players & coaches & they say, “we need to learn from this, & fix whats wrong, yet same problems plague this team, almost all yr long….Def of insanity, doing things the same way & expect different results…

  2. Paul M says:

    According to Sidney Crosby the penguins have never been outplayed or been beaten by a better team (even for one night). They always just didn’t get the breaks or take advantage of their chances. Give me a break.

 
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