PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) — Pittsburgh Penguins forward Zach Sill joined 93.7 the Fan host Mike Kearney, Trib Sports Columnist Rob Rossi and Pens beat writer of the Trib Jason Mackey for another edition of “Backchecking with the Pens.”

The four started off talking about the tough grind that Sill and the rest of the team has gone through over this two-month stretch.

“It’s been a lot of road games this month,” Sill said. “January and February are the two hardest months of the season and we’re just trying to get through them.”

Seven of the last 10 games for the team have been on the road, including a three-game, four-day road trip through Western Canada.

Sill then went on to talk about how he and some other Penguins, including Sidney Crosby, Nick Spaling and Robert Bortuzzo gave back to some local kids interested in the sport.

“Sid does this thing with all these kids. They get a full set of gear and they run this camp. They get to skate on Consol right after practice. Me and Spaling and Crosby and Bortuzzo participated in some of the drills,” he said.

“It’s a huge thing to get the kids on the ice and it takes a huge burden off the parents backs,” he added. “If you have the chance to do something good, then why not do it? It goes a long way for kids that age.”

The group finally talked about the very controversial non-slashing call against the Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin in last night’s game on Penguins’ defenseman Kris Letang.

Sill, who wasn’t in last night’s game, gave his thoughts on what he saw from off the ice.

“I think it was a hard slash. Tanger going into the boards wasn’t Ovechkin’s fault, but the call should’ve been made,” he said.

Sill was happy about the way the team responded after the no-call.

“Nobody took any stupid penalties right afterwards,” he said. “It was a good game and we just came out on the wrong side of it.”

The Penguins lost 3-1.

Sill was also eager to play in the game, especially because he knows the Capitals can be a physical team.

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Make sure to tune into “Backchecking with the Pens” in its usual time slot on Mondays at 6 p.m.

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