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Penguins Thrive At End Of Back-To-Backs

As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports this morning, the Penguins have been pretty good in the second games of back-to-back games this season. Tonight, the Pens will travel to New York to face the Islanders after beating Atlanta last night at the Consol Energy in the first game, and they'll be looking to improve on their 6-1 record in the second games of back-to-backs in 2010-2011. Players aren't sure why they've been so successful so far, though.

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"Your guess [for the reasons behind that success] is as good as mine," forward Craig Adams said Tuesday. "I don't know."

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Neither does defenseman Brooks Orpik, although he and some teammates have a theory they are happy to share. In fact, they already have done it with their bosses.

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"We tell the coaches it's because we don't skate in the morning [of the second game]," Orpik said, smiling. "They don't want to believe that, though."

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The Pens' next set of back to back games will come after the New Year when they host Tampa Bay on January 5 and follow that with a road game against Montreal on Jan. 6.

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Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.