The Penguins have two games remaining in the regular season (home with the Islanders on Friday night and on the road with the Sabres on Saturday night). They need to finish strong to earn a spot in postseason! Here are some thoughts from the players who will be trying to make it happen:
Sidney Crosby: A lot of good hockey teams that have had good years are in the exact same position as us. It’s gonna be about who handles it the best. Who plays the best at the right time…I think we all understand the situation. We’ve talked at different parts in the year. We understand what our game looks like, and the way we need to play, for 60 minutes. We’ve done a lot of good things the last four games…still haven’t played 60 minutes together.
Paul Martin: “I think down the stretch, it’s up to us. We have control over it, so it’s something that we’d rather be in control than not. It’s up to us to get the job done.”
Brandon Sutter: “You always wish it was easier but that’s not the way this league is any more. There’s a lot of teams, like I said, that wish they were in the position we’re in. We got two games to play our best hockey, and if we do, we’ll be fine.”
Chris Kunitz: “We’ve got another chance to go out there and do it…great chance to go out and prove your worth…make sure you go out and do what you can do to help your team win, and I think we all gotta put that on our shoulders…go out and be better than we were for one period last game.”