Off-day Series news and notes
– Senators forward Milan Michalek will be out for the rest of the series with a torn ACL, the Senators announced this afternoon.
-Brent Johnson didn’t practice today. He has the flu. The Penguins have recalled goaltender Brad Thiessen from Wilkes Barre/Scranton as insurance if Johnson is not available.
-Sidney Crosby admits that the level of hate wasn’t enough last night against the Senators. He says that will be the case from this point forward. He blamed not seeing Ottawa a lot in recent months, or last year in the post season.
-A number of players insisted the trap wasn’t as much of an issue as some were making it out to be, claiming Ottawa didn’t trap as much as some other teams they have faced. Matt Cooke, for one, blamed Pittsburgh’s own sloppy play in the neutral zone
-Dan Bylsma spoke well off Mike Rupp, but stopped short of promising he’d be in the line up tomorrow. Rupp was a healthy scratch last night.
-Marc Andre Fleury remained critical of his own play last night but pledged to do whatever was necessary to bounce back from Game One’s bad performance. Fleury did defend his rebound control and suggested there may have been other areas of his game that were more deserving of scrutiny than the attention given to the rebounds he allowed.
-Bylsma continues to stand by his pledge of playing the players he sees fit. He continues to resist suggestions the team should work to avoid having Crosby’s line out against Mike Fisher, Anton Volchenkov, and Chris Phillips.
-Crosby refuted suggestions he needs to shoot more, insisting he will continue to do what has worked for him in 2010 claiming, “Shooting just to shoot isn’t smart either.”
-Matt Cooke says he felt fine this morning after playing his first game since getting knocked out in that fight vs. Atlanta Saturday night.
-Max Talbot said he was pleased with his game last night even though he didn’t score. Talbot had an assist and drew two penalties against the Senators. He also endorsed playing with both Craig Adams and Pascal Dupuis if the line up remains the same from last night.