Ponikarovsky Wants To Win ‘Em All

While tonight’s return to Pittsburgh may be bittersweet for Rob Scuderi, it probably won’t be anything close to similar for teammate Alexei Ponikarovsky. After spending seven-plus seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, he was acquired by the Penguins in a deadline deal last March.

It was a move that didn’t pay off for either the team or player, as he scored just two goals in his 16 regular season games there and added a single goal in 11 more playoff games – numbers that probably cost him dearly on the free agent market last summer.

Still, he tried to downplay the situation before the Kings headed out east…

MM: For you personally, is there special meaning in the Pittsburgh game or are you perhaps looking forward to a different game on the trip?

AP:  Nah, I wouldn’t say so. I played in Pittsburgh for a couple of months last year at the end of the season. It would be nice to beat them for sure, especially in their own building – the new one. Other than that, it’s the same as other road trips.

MM:  Dustin Brown alluded to some guys possibly taking the Penguins too lightly with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin being out of the line-up. Is that a concern for you?

AP:  No. We know what we have to do. We know where we are in the standings right now. So, I don’t think we can back off and just see what’s going to happen. We have to go after them right away and play good hockey. Even without Malkin and Crosby, those guys play their system well and they know what to do. So, they can still score and hurt you. They have good goaltending. So, we have to play our best game.

And for perhaps the line of the day, check out this closer…

“I think all the teams we’re going to play on this trip are pretty good teams. So, it’s going to be a tough one. We just have to bring a good game as a group and win them all.”

Well that would be nice.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

RELATED ARTICLES:

Dustin Brown and Jack Johnson on the Pair of Missing Penguins
Ponikarovsky – Reporting From The Sidelines

Welcome to LA – 10 Tidbits on Ponikarovsky

How Can the Kings Get Back on Track?
.

Recent Articles

Robitaille Luc LA Kings NHL

TBT: Luc’s First Hat Trick, Kings Memories at Nassau Coliseum

Tonight’s game will mark the Kings final visit to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the stadium where the Islanders have played their home games for the last 43 years.  It’s also a perfect opportunity for the subject of this week’s Throw Back Thursday article. Not only is it a building very reminiscent of the Kings former […]

Richards Mike LA Kings NY Rangers

Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Radio: Richards, Kings, Ducks Problems

Follow @mayorNHL Enjoy a free replay of this week’s Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Network Radio. John Hoven joined host Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon to touch on all the latest happenings in the Western Conference. Among the highlights were observations on Mike Richards’ return to the NHL, Jarret Stoll’s progress, a surging Anze Kopitar, what might be […]

Amadio

LA Kings Prospect Tracker, Plus Playoff Matchups Set

All Canadian major junior leagues have now completed their regular seasons and playoff matchups have been set. Every Kings prospect playing in the OHL and QMJHL qualified for post-season action, with two of them even set to square off in the opening round as Spencer Watson (Kingston) will face Mike Amadio (North Bay). The Kings […]

Major News Items

Kings Top 10 Prospects MayorsManor

LA Kings 2014-15 Midseason Prospect Rankings: The Top 5

Finally, the wait is over. With the Honorable Mentions and Nos. 6-10 prospects previously revealed in other articles, we are now prepared to share the final five players making up the latest edition of our L.A. Kings Top … [Read More...]

More Prospect News