Following the Penguins 5-1 defeat at the hands of the New Jersey Devils last night at PPG Paints Arena, you may expect a certain level of gloom around a team in their locker room. It was their fourth straight loss overall, and their third straight on home ice.
The general response seemed to still reflect a positive attitude while addressing the issues surrounding the team right now. He started off his media availability by taking the heat and pressure off of another player, that being Evgeni Malkin.
Media just circled around Malkin after the game. Hornqvist stood up in front of him and directed the media to himself.— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_PGH) November 6, 2018
“Ease up on him. He doesn’t need to talk every game. Come to me.”
The heaviest comments came from Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist.
Hornqvist said there is no magic formula to aid the Penguins.
“Just get back to hard work,” he said. “Do the small things right. We improved from last game. We just have a long way to go. We just have to find a way to do the small things right, work for each other, have a little bit of fun with it. We’re one and done all over the ice. Win the faceoff, one and done. If we win a puck battle down low, we’re one and done. We get the puck in our end, we get stick on puck, and the next man is too slow. We have to find a way to play as a five-man unit.”
Hornqvist also seemed to think that things could turn around quickly for the Penguins.
“We want to play the best game of the year every single night,” Hornqvist said. “It didn’t happen tonight. But I think it starts in practice. We have to try and get better. One shift is going to turn this season around.”
We know Hornqvist is a man who is possessed on the ice at times, so it is not surprising to see him leading the charge for the Penguins in terms of leadership off the ice as well.
The Penguins will travel to Washington to take on the Capitals tomorrow night.