by Tony on 01/19/13 at 10:18 AM ET
From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Shelly Anderson:
Asked earlier this week to describe new winger Tanner Glass' game, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma twice used the word "grit."
That's a commodity the Penguins always can use when they visit rival Philadelphia as they will this afternoon to open the lockout-shortened season.
For a little word, though, grit has a broad meaning in the NHL. It goes way beyond fighting or thundering hits or anything that can be found in a statistics packet.
"I think it's a willingness to battle on pucks, to be along the boards and win battles in front of the net, to outwork somebody to score a goal or outwork somebody to poke a puck away from them," said Penguins winger Chris Kunitz, a player who has a physical element to his game and could be called gritty despite holding a spot on the top line and having numbers that indicate he possesses a good deal of skill.
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