Pens' Therrien sees possible bright side to loss
Coach Michel Therrien was asked what problems the Penguins addressed at Wednesday's practice, following a 5-2 loss to the Rangers.
"How much time do you have?" Therrien replied.
Not that he was complaining. He even envisioned a scenario in which Tuesday night's defeat might turn out to be a good thing for his team in the long run.
"Depending on how we're going to react, sometimes it can be a good thing," Therrien said. "The team was playing really well lately. We had a step back. We worked on different things I believed we needed to work on. Sometimes it can be a good thing, those things."
Defensive zone coverage was among the areas the Pens addressed.
Out of action
Crosby, Petr Sykora, Gary Roberts, Kris Beech, Adam Hall, Mark Eaton and Rob Scuderi didn't skate with their teammates during practice.
Sykora was given a day off due to his recent bout with back spasms but is expected to play tonight against Tampa Bay.
Tonight's game is the last non-Atlantic Division opponent the Penguins will face in the regular season.
Entering last night's play, a mere eight points separated the first-place Devils (90) and the fourth-place Flyers (82) in the Atlantic, with the Penguins (89) and Rangers (85) jockeying for position in between.
"This is the best time of the year to play hockey," Therrien said. "That's why it's exciting. We've been in that mood lately. It should be real interesting until the end of the season."
21 - Positive goal differential for the Penguins this season. (They've scored 222 goals and allowed 201.)
27 - Negative goal differential for the Lightning this season prior to last night. (They had scored 203 goals and allowed 230.)
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