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Carter Wants Penguins ‘To Look In The Mirror’



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Jeff Carter

The Pittsburgh Penguins talked some about taking some positives from their 2-1 loss Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres – their third loss in a row – but veteran forward Jeff Carter also made some mental notes.

He figures they will be talking points soon enough.

“There are things that I see. It’s stuff that we’ll talk about in the (locker) room,” Carter said after the game at PPG Paints Arena.

Some of that might be approach or intensity. He wasn’t offering a lot of details.

However, he did divulge one area he feels strongly about.

“I’m a firm believer that when you have an opportunity to put a puck on net, you put it on net. When you do that, when you’re struggling, you get bodies there, good things usually happen,” Carter said.

Curiously, he said that on a night when the Penguins registered 46 shots – not necessarily an example of passing up shots – but were thwarted by Sabres goaltender Dustin Tokarski.

In fact, the Penguins held a 20-3 shot advantage in the third period, when they picked up their only goal – and a power-play tally at that – but that didn’t leave Carter with an overall glowing assessment.

“We’ll take some positives, but we’ve got to start getting some points here,” he said. “We have to stay positive and stick to our game. It’s the NHL. You’re not going to cruise through a season. I don’t care what team you’re on. You’re going to have your ups and downs.

“We’re finding our way right now.”

Team captain Sidney Crosby earlier in the day and, after the game, defenseman Marcus Pettersson and forward Jason Zucker talked about playing with more urgency and intensity throughout games.

Perhaps you like the idea of desperation better.

Coach Mike Sullivan does not.

“I’ve never been a big fan of that word, desperation, because it suggests that you’re not in control, and I don’t think that’s certainly not a vision that we want for our players,” Sullivan said.

“I think what (the players) are alluding to is playing the game on your toes with a whole lot of urgency, playing an assertive game, ratcheting up intensity level.”

That’s something Carter can get on board with.

“You’ve got to just take a look in the mirror here, get back to work,” Carter said.


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Shelly is a columnist and reporter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. She was a Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and remains a contributor to The Hockey News. Catch her on Twitter @_shellyanderson

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Robert Shoemaker
Robert Shoemaker
6 months ago

Its almost as if these players think that they have a lot of games left to play. Don’t they know that they already missed the playoffs and have no chance of winning anything? What is the point of them even trying to break out of this slump? Everything has already been decided 🙄

Don’t look in the mirror, Mr. Carter, look up because the sky is falling.

There, now the usual suspects don’t have to repeat their usual schtick lol

6 months ago

Yeah, it doesn’t feel good but it’s definitely not all over yet. Plenty of time to turn it around. Definitely have to start doing that real soon though. This division is going to be competitive.

Robert Shoemaker
Robert Shoemaker
6 months ago
Reply to  Ujermaikan

That was kind of my point. Its a losing streak. This happens every season to every team. A lot of players have been out and they are just now getting to an ALMOST healthy group for the first time.

Some people want to call the season before it starts, good for them! I would rather the games be played first.

Robert Shoemaker
Robert Shoemaker
6 months ago

Winning streak is coming

6 months ago

The Chicago Penguins tried to wake up in the 3rd but we’re facing an A+ brilliant goalie. It seemed their goalie got bigger and De-Jarry got smaller. Have to admit at least our PK looked good and without Boyle was our best chances of scoring. Blackhawks…I mean Pens gotta work on breakaways. They must practice them against De-Jarry and figure we get everything past him so we’re ready.
Go Hawks!

6 months ago

“I’m a firm believer that when you have an opportunity to put a puck on net, you put it on net.”

How soon before they run him out of town?

Robert Shoemaker
Robert Shoemaker
6 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Shooting is the main part of the game, but if no one is willing to get dirty in front of the opponent’s goaltender, not much will get accomplished. Dustin Tokarski for Vezina? No, but if an NHL goaltender can see the shot, there is a good chance it will get stopped

6 months ago

The pens need to clean out players that lack intensity in their play. Instead, they’ve moved inspirational players like Tanev. I’m not saying that Tanev is the greatest player ever, but you always knew that he was giving 100% at any point in the game. That kind of attitude is infectious and critically important. There are only a few players on the pens that look like they’re excited to play when the puck drops. I’d rather see a bunch of young anxious nobody’s playing an exciting game than a bunch of middling middle-aged players content to just be on the… Read more »

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