CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Brief and to the Point ...
• The Penguins have kept scoring, which has masked a lot of shortcomings.
They've kept winning, which has masked that much more.
But what they aren't doing, and what they haven't done consistently all winter long, is defending. And we're soon reaching the point where, as everyone doubtless recalls from last season, a team's collective identity starts getting forged toward the games that really matter.
Translation: "Now. It's got to happen now."
That was Olli Maatta after practice Monday at the Lemieux Sports Complex, and he wasn't telling me anything I wasn't hearing all around that locker room.