Penguins return from trip, place priority on some rest
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Feb 2, 2014
The Penguins didn’t practice Sunday. The Penguins did something new on their road trip, which included a 4-1 win Thursday at Los Angeles and a 3-1 loss Saturday at Phoenix. A week earlier, the Penguins canceled a Sunday practice after a 3-0 loss a night earlier at Dallas despite having a home game Monday against Buffalo. In years past, when an NHL team was coming off of a lackluster game or wasn’t playing up to a coach’s standards, there might be a punishing practice even a “bag skate,” where pucks were left in the puck bag and players were put through grueling skating drills as a means of getting their attention and, at least in theory, motivating them to play better. There were long flights, late nights, triumph, disappointment and, always, a routine to follow on the Penguins’ two-game road trip to the west. Most of the players, coaches and staff brought their mothers along for the team’s first moms trip. That doesn’t mean the team was necessarily against the idea of getting on the ice and working on some things ahead of a home game tonight against the Ottawa Senators.