Sitting out not good news for Pisani, Nilsson

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

Getting scratched isn't the worst thing that's ever happened to Fernando Pisani -- not after a broken ankle and career-threatening bouts of colitis in recent years -- but it's not good.

The veteran winger sat out his second game in a row Wednesday against Philadelphia and isn't sure when he'll be drawing back in.

"Coach's decision and I have to respect it," said Pisani. "Any time you sit out it's not fun. I'm not going to lie to you and say I'm enjoying myself. I obviously want to be out there playing. All I can do is work hard in practice and wait for my opportunity."

Pisani hasn't been banished to the press box since his first season in the NHL, seven years ago.

"It was a bittersweet one," he said. "(Craig MacTavish) called me in his office and said he had some good news and bad news. 'The good news is you can stay and get a place; the bad news is that you're not playing tonight.' After the good news, I wasn't really too concerned about the rest."

This time is a lot different. He's a veteran player in the final year of his contract, so there's no silver lining to the news Quinn delivered this week.

"I'm not happy, but I can't pout about it," said Pisani. "That's not going to do me any good."

Quinn says he just wants to see a little more intensity.

"I pulled him out because I didn't think he was playing with energy," said the coach. "It's about maintaining a level of intensity."

Robert Nilsson, who never seems very far from the doghouse, also sat out Wednesday's game, a move he saw coming.

"I was awful the last two games," he said. "Maybe I needed a wakeup call so it doesn't get to be three games in a row, I would have been more surprised if I felt like I played good."


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