Down 3-0, Penguins try to take their minds off hockey
Mike Sullivan’s viewing of choice was Game of Thrones. For Justin Schultz, Masters post-tournament coverage.
The routine-oriented Matt Murray and Sidney Crosby planned on spending time with family.
The Pittsburgh Penguins’ season is on the line Tuesday. But Monday, players and coaches mostly were electing to keep from dwelling too much on the three-games-to-none hole they face in their first-round series with the New York Islanders.
“It’s a great time of year. There’s lots of games on. I’ll watch some games, spend some time with family and treat it as a typical routine as far as getting ready,” Crosby said early Monday afternoon after a scheduled practice was canceled.
A we-have-nothing-to-lose mindset is permeating the Penguins (at least publicly). As defenseman Brian Dumoulin noted, at this point the pressure will shift to the Islanders if the Penguins happen to win Game 4 on Tuesday night at PPG Paints Arena.
As such, Sullivan noted that he put in his regular preparation in regards to film work and gameplanning Sunday after Game 3 and early Monday.
As for the evening?
“Maybe I’ll catch a rerun of Game of Thrones and maybe go for a walk with my dogs,” Sullivan said.
Schultz said he wanted “to try to get away from (hockey)” – and he has one other objective.
“Stay off social media,” he said.
“Just refreshing the mind. It’s a new day (Tuesday) – come ready to play.”
Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .