Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Do Penguins lack Flyers' hunger?

PITTSBURGH - Just left the Pittsburgh Penguins’ dressing room, where, surprisingly, there wasn’t a lot of anger coming from the players after their collapse in Game 1.

Do Penguins lack Flyers' hunger?

“We laid off the gas pedal and tried to protect the lead,” Penguins Steve Sullivan said. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
“We laid off the gas pedal and tried to protect the lead,” Penguins Steve Sullivan said. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

   PITTSBURGH - Just left the Pittsburgh Penguins’ dressing room, where, surprisingly, there wasn’t a lot of anger coming from the players after their collapse in Game 1.

   Does that mean the even-keeled, veteran Penguins are focused? Or does that mean they don’t have the hunger that their younger counterparts possess?

    The answers will be provided in the upcoming days.

    On Wednesday, the Flyers overcame a 3-0 deficit and scored a stunning 4-3 OT win at the Consol Energy Center.

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   “We know that game is over and we have to move on,” Pittsburgh superstar Sidney Crosby said in a low tone after Thursday’s practice.

     Crosby said the Flyers didn’t do anything surprising.

    “We expected everything they did. There’s no real secrets at this point,” he said. “Both teams know exactly how they need to play to have success, and there’s no reason to change that in the playoffs.”

   Teammate Steve Sullivan, however, said there is one thing the Penguins need to alter.

   “We laid off the gas pedal and tried to protect the lead,” the veteran forward said. “We were in a defense-first mentality. We need to play in the offensive zone against a team like Philadelphia. We have to make sure we get pucks deep; we have to make sure we get pucks behind the goal line and make their defensemen turn.”

   Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, whose mannerisms are the opposite of the fiery Peter Laviolette, said Pittsburgh’s power-play woes (0 for 3) need to be corrected. The Pens’ power play was 1 for 35 in last year’s playoffs.

   The Flyers, who were 1 for 1 on the power play, will practice at 1 p.m.

   Check back for updates throughout the day.

   Follow Sam Carchidi on Twitter @BroadStBull.

Sam Carchidi Inquirer Staff Writer
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