If something needed to be said in the locker room after the debacle Monday night, it has been uttered.
Players were not completely candid on who that voice -- or voices -- belonged to, but did say words were exchanged, thoughts were aired and action needs to follow.
"I'm not going to go too much into it. We talked a lot as a group," said right winger Craig Adams. "Obviously, guys are passionate and care deeply about what's going on.
"The thing is, we know what we have to do. It needs to be said for sure. More than anything we need to go and do it."
Goalie Tomas Vokoun said the aftermath of the lopsided, 6-1 loss that left the Penguins trailing, 2-0, in the Eastern Conference final provided plenty of fuel for a conversation. It wasn't just losing, he said, but how the loss unraveled.
"You know, we already, I think, said everything we need to say after the game," said Vokoun. "I think we all understand where we are at. More importantly, not as much that we were down 2-0, it's how we play. If we want to have any chance, we've got to change that and approach the game a little bit differently than we have been."
The experience in the locker room has been well chronicled.
Eleven players won a Stanley Cup in 2009 as Penguins, and several more with decades of experience between them were added at the trade deadline.
That experience, said defenseman Matt Niskanen, means no one is afraid to speak up. That includes Sidney Crosby, who wears the "C" on his jersey.
"We have quite a few [experienced leaders]. Obviously, Sid's the captain. If he says something, it gets people's attention pretty quick," said Niskanen. "But there are a number of guys that are veteran players that have been through a lot and know what it takes to win. It's a leadership by committee thing. We've got number of them."
Niskanen said the conversation wasn't rocket science.
"Basically, play better," said Niksanen. "There were times in the first two games where we just gave them golden opportunities. We've just got to play better, play smarter. Have the puck on your stick? Do something good with it. Compete harder to get the puck back or compete harder to keep it out of our net."
Kris Letang said nothing more needs to be said.
"I think we know," said Letang.
"We have a lot of veterans that have been through a Stanley Cup playoff run. They know what to expect now, know why we're in that trouble.
"We know what gave us success in the past, so we just have to get back to that."
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