Maybe it was gallows humor or just putting on a brave face, but the Penguins were in surprisingly good spirits ahead of tonight's do-or-die Game 4 against the Islanders. As Marcus Pettersson explained to me, there's no point in putting on a game face when the game is still eight hours away. Good point.
How loose were the Penguins on Tuesday morning? Even Mike Sullivan cracked a few smiles. Seriously. I asked Sullivan about his struggling power play and he laughed while recalling a conversation he's had with Jake Guentzel.