Pens remain committed one-game-at-a-game
By The Tribune-Review
Friday, February 16, 2007
The Penguins take on the Devils tonight, hoping to slice into New Jersey's seven-point lead in the Atlantic Division but understanding that there's only so much they can do in the first of four remaining games between the two teams. The Pens' 12-0-2 run has put them in position to at least contemplate winning the division championship. They remain committed to a cliched but effective one-game-at-a-time approach. New Jersey is 3-1 against the Pens this season. The teams will also meet Feb. 27 and March 8 at Mellon Arena and March 14 in New Jersey.
? The Pens and coach Michel Therrien remained convinced on Thursday that Chicago's fourth goal on Wednesday night was scored after the Blackhawks benefited from having too many men on the ice. Therrien's pleas to the officials on Wednesday night resulted in little consolation.
"They told us they were right," he said. "They're always right. Sometimes coaches are wrong, sometimes players will make mistakes, but those guys are right. That's they way it is, they're right. OK? OK."
? Therrien said no decision had been made regarding when to get Jocelyn Thibault a start in net. The Pens play tonight, Sunday (against Washington) and Monday (at New York Islanders). Marc-Andre Fleury has started the last eight games and 47 of 56 overall ... Winger Mark Recchi and defenseman Sergei Gonchar were given yesterday's practice off.
0 - goals the Pens scored in their last game against New Jersey (a 3-0 loss on Dec. 26 at New Jersey).
1.75 - Goals the Penguins have averaged in four games against the Devils.
3 - Games in which the Pens have surrendered at least four goals over their last four games.