Pittsburgh Penguins’ defenseman Rob Scuderi reportedly had some choice words in regards to how the team played following their loss in Edmonton last night – according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
According to Yohe, Scuderi said the team didn’t deserve to win, and that they continue to make the same errors over-and-over again.
Here’s what Scuderi said, per Yohe:
“If you’re going to play hockey like the Harlem Globetrotters, you’re going to get burned. We continue to make the same mistakes, go for the same highlight reel plays. That might look good on the highlight reels every now and then, but it’s not a formula for winning.”
Despite opening-up and discussing the realities of how his squad actually plays, Scuderi didn’t specifically say who was the culprit to his remarks, and still recognizes it’s a team effort.
“It was the whole team the entire game. We did a good job of trying to keep it together. Our goalie [Jeff Zatkoff] made some big saves. But you can’t ask that much of a goalie and a defense – a team defense – for 60 minutes. It’s not going to pay off.”
And the sad part, is Scuderi’s right.
Pens’ fans know the team has the ability to put themselves in a hole by committing too many penalties – which they did in Friday’s loss – and having a lack of control over their emotions, which they also displayed.
Not to mention, players were making crucial turnovers at the most important times of the game.
All Scuderi is trying to relay is a wake-up call. He’s recognized why the team has failed in the postseason over the last four years, and he knows they need to start developing a winning mentality.
We’ll see if Scuderi’s words take effect tonight, when the team takes on the Calgary Flames – the second-worst squad in the Western Conference.
The game can be seen on the ROOT Network, and is set to start at 10 p.m.