Tarik spoke with some Pittsburgh players after practice Monday at Consol Energy Center, and they seemed to share that sentiment:
Backup goalie and former Capital Brent Johnson
“Whether it’s Sid being injured, or changing of coaches, it’s just different. It will still be there if it comes down to the playoffs again.
“ I wouldn’t say it’s just another game. The rivalry is still good, but it’s just different. Things have changed.
“We’ve had injuries this year, and now we have other teams I hate.”
“It’s a little different for the fans, for us. But that’s hockey. You don’t know what can happen.”
“The [hat tricks in Game 2] were ridiculous. Both guys, with two completely different styles, accomplished the same thing within their own team dynamic, is so crazy.”
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