Schultz: 'Seeing Washington Win It Makes You Want To Get Back There Even More'

The Pens defenseman says everyone in the locker room is hungry

Matt Koll
October 05, 2018 - 12:08 pm
Justin Schultz

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- Fresh off a rather odd 7-6 OT win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals (that's weird to see isn't it?) to open the season Thursday night, Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz joined The Fan Morning Show on Friday to talk about the start to the 2018-19 campaign.

"Obviously we don't want to be giving up six goals every night," said Schultz. "We've got to tighten up some things defensively but it was good to get the two points and we'll learn from it and move forward." 

Schultz described how the end of last season left a sour taste in the Penguins' mouths and how that is carrying over in a healthy way to this year's team. 

"Losing out and then seeing Washington go and win it just makes you want to get back there even more," said Schultz. "Once you get that taste, you want to just keep getting back there. Everyone in that locker room is hungry to work hard and do everything we can to get back to the finals."

Schultz likes the addition of Jack Johnson to the blue line and feels it is a deep group. 

"He's a solid veteran guy and has been around for a while and knows how to play the game, knows how to play it the right way. We're really excited to have him and he played great last night and we expect him to keep playing great."

Schultz also talked about his captain Sidney Crosby and how the earlier exit may impact him this season, as well as the rest of the team.

"He's always been the hardest worker and is always looking to improve his game. Obviously you don't want to lose but at the same time it was good for everyone to get away from the game and relax a little and recharge for this year."   

You can hear the entire interview with Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz on The Fan Morning Show below. 

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