TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Penguins' Orpik sees room for improvement

Penguins/NHL Videos

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Rob Rossi podcasts

  • Loading...
Monday, May 25, 2009
 

RALEIGH, N.C. — Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik knows his club can play better.

On Saturday night, after a convincing 6-2 victory in Game 3 of a best-of-seven Eastern Conference final to take a 3-0 series lead over the Carolina Hurricanes, Orpik spoke of what the Penguins must improve upon to close out the Hurricanes in Game 4 at RBC Center on Tuesday.

"(In Game 2), and in both of their goals (in Game 3), we have to be better around our net," Orpik said of the Hurricanes' success getting to loose pucks off rebounds from saves by Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

"Our forwards aren't turning pucks over, which allows us to have good gaps — and we've had good gaps, so we're forcing them to chip pucks. They're not getting much off the rushes. They're just getting into the zone and firing pucks near the net.

"It's not anything fancy, and it's up to us to take that away."

Neither the Penguins nor Hurricanes practiced Sunday, but each club will return to its regular routine today.

Orpik said he expects a spirited effort from the Hurricanes, even though only two NHL teams have rallied to win a best-of-seven series after trailing, 3-0.

"This team, every single time you think they're down and out, they bounce right back," he said. "I don't think anybody in our room feels that comfortable. We feel fortunate to be in this position, but at the same time we have a tremendous amount of respect for those guys and how resilient they are."

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Penguins

  1. Ex-teammates say Kessel unfairly criticized
  2. New Penguin Kessel’s shot is what makes him special
  3. Russian winger Plotnikov could join Penguins in August
  4. Penguins get their man in making trade with Toronto for Kessel
  5. Penguins notebook: Rutherford proves savvy in deal
  6. Hurricanes owner rips Rutherford, Penguins
  7. Starkey: Rutherford hits jackpot with Kessel
  8. Penguins’ Kessel ‘thrilled’ with chance to play with Crosby, Malkin
  9. Penguins sign defensive prospect
  10. Shopping season starts up for Penguins amid onset of free agency
  11. Starkey: Kessel worth Penguins’ inquiry