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Notes from Monday's morning skate



Was kind of cool to see Sidney Crosby shooting hoops instead of partaking in the morning skate. Nothing to read into it except that physical activity obviously is not an issue since he was being physically active.

Interesting the differences in approach to the morning skates. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said he likes the skate to allow players to get their legs loose. Lightning coach Guy Boucher said he "hates" morning skates because they invariably last longer than they should which drains some energy. Tampa Bay does have morning skates, but generally only after days on which they have not practiced. Boucher also said when has players on the ice, he likes to watch them go all out. Morning skates have a more leisurely pace.

No specific update on Lightning assistant coach Wayne Fleming, who has a malignant brain tumor. Fleming, though was at the St. Pete Times Forum on Monday and watched the Penguins skate. Boucher said Fleming will be at the game and offering his observations to the coaching staff.

Doesn't sound as if there will be any lineup changes for Game 3, which means defensemen Marc-Andre Bergeron and Randy Jones will be out.

Boucher said he has been happy with his players keeping their shifts short in the first two games. "Guys who are staying out for a minute, they're not working hard enough," Boucher said. What he meant by that is going all out should drain a player after 35-40 seconds.

Asked what it's like having a goaltender (Dwayne Roloson, 41) who is two years his younger, Boucher said it is great. "It's more of a talk rather than teaching," Boucher says of his conversations with Roloson. Guys still need direction but it's a two-way conversation when we both get something out of it."

Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was subtle in his comments, but he certainly didn't like the Times Forum ice that was covered over the weekend for Lady Gaga and Iron maiden concerts. "We'll see tonight," he said. "They've still got some time today to work on it." Fleury said he expected the ice to be bouncy and choppy but added, "It's something that will be the same for both teams."

I really like this quote from Penguins defenseman Paul Martin on trying to contain the Lightning: "It looks like, to us, that they’re just throwing pucks around, but a lot of them have played together for a long time so they know where they’re going to be on the ice. For them, they get pucks and they throw them to the net, so sometimes it’s hard for us to know what’s going to happen when they’re just throwing things around. So for us, just to make sure that we know where they are. They’re talented guys, so we’ve just got to try and limit their chances the best we can." 

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 12:15am]


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