“(Evgeni Malkin has) had moments where he’s been real good,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “And he’s had others where he hasn’t been at his best. I think it’s a matter of time here before (he) finds his game consistently."
“I know this game is going to be played at a fast pace with how (the Tar Heels) do in transition, how fast they push it, how much they push it and what they do going to the offensive glass,” Pitt coach Jeff Capel said.
“Seeing all my good friends get traded in Pittsburgh and to see the direction we were headed, I think it was necessary,” said Jameson Taillon, who missed the 2020 season while rehabilitating from his second TJ surgery.