PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan)-Pens winger Pascal Dupuis joined The Fan Morning Show Thursday prior to practice and before the league meets with Shawn Thornton about his hit on Brooks Orpik.
“They have been doing a much better job with this lately,” Dupuis said. “We will see tomorrow how they handle this.”
Dupuis said he doesn’t want to guess how many games Thornton may get. He says it’s a hard job and they have many angles of video to watch. He tells the guys he is glad that he is not the one making the decision.
Dupuis says the rivalry between the Bruins and Pens always gets both teams to play more intense so he would expect the rough play between the two will continue.
“You try and take it away from the game, but it will probably happen again,” Dupuis said.
Dupuis said that he hopes to be able to see Orpik today at practice. He says that right now, he just needs to be cautious with what his body is telling him.
He said the Pens’ medical staff will know exactly what to be looking for because of what they went through with Sidney Crosby.
Dupuis also talks to the guys about how his career has benefited from being on a line with Crosby. He said there is a level of comfort playing with such great players.
He said this team has all of the confidence in the world right now.
“We felt pretty confident going into every year that we can win it,” Dupuis said.
He also said he felt that they were playing well in the playoffs last year, but ran into a good team with a great goalie.
Speaking of goalies, Dupuis said that Marc-Andre Fleury has been tremendous this season and that the addition of new goalie coach Mike Bales has made a great difference.
“He came in with a chip on his shoulder,” Dupuis said. “He wanted to prove he is still the number one goalie.”
That is a good thing because despite it being December, the fans are already wondering how he will be playing in June for what they hope is another run at the Cup.
Listen to the full interview here: