PITTSBURGH — One victory in 11 games. One game in nine days.

The Pittsburgh Penguins knew what was coming after they lost their first two games last weekend under new coach Michel Therrien, and what this week would be like with five consecutive off days.

Welcome to Camp Therrien, where the sessions are long, the skating is tough and the emphasis is getting better in a hurry, especially for a team that may have already run out of time to do anything this season.

The Penguins, one of the NHL’s most disappointing teams, have been going through training camp-like workouts, partly because Therrien doesn’t seem to think they’re in shape to play seven games in 12 days beginning Dec. 27.

They’re also learning and adapting to Therrien’s system, which emphasizes controlling the puck, getting it back as quickly as possible when it is lost, never straying from assigned responsibilities on defense and being creative in the offensive end.

“Obviously for the style of game we want to play, we want to go 60 minutes and don’t want to take any time off,” Sidney Crosby said. “You have to be in shape to play 60 minutes and this is part of getting prepared to do that.”

It isn’t like these Penguins haven’t seen it before. Ten players previously spent time with Therrien at Wilkes-Barre, which was 21-1-2-1 this season before Therrien was hired Thursday to replace Eddie Olczyk as coach.

The players have seen it work, so there were no arguments about doing on-ice push-ups after losing one-on-one practice scrimmages — something never seen with the player-friendly Olczyk as coach.

“It’s the same stuff we did down there, and you know from his record it works,” forward Matt Murley said. “It was definitely coming to us. He put it on the table right before the weekend.”

Crosby, the newly appointed alternate captain, criticized his teammates’ lack of effort a week before Olczyk was fired. Crosby probably won’t need to do that again, not with Therrien around. Therrien already has been critical of the players’ conditioning and the rapid rate with which they accumulate penalties.

As a result, each practice drill is designed to stress a key element of Therrien’s system before the Penguins play again Friday night against Philadelphia. The Penguins have 23 points in 33 games, the second fewest in the Eastern Conference and fourth fewest in the league.

“It’s going to be a lot easier when everyone is on the same page and we know where everyone is going to be,” forward Ryan Malone said. “Going into Friday’s game, we’ll be reacting instead of thinking or looking around to see where everyone’s at. We’ll be doing it instead of having to think about it and that’s good.”

The drills are meant to establish where each player is supposed to go on defense in various situations. That seemed to be one problem in the consecutive weekend losses to Buffalo, partly because the Penguins had only one day of practice in advance to assimilate Therrien’s system.

One player who already knows it, forward Michel Ouellet, scored his first two NHL goals in his first two games under Therrien. The new coach brought Ouellet back to Pittsburgh with him after the Penguins sent him down the week before.

“Any time you get tired, you start to break down,” Crosby said. “I don’t think we’re too much out of shape, but if we do get in shape, it definitely helps and it’s one less thing you have to worry about happening. We were guilty of making some big mistakes and if you want to say that’s because of conditioning, maybe, but at least this takes away that possibility and gives us a better chance to win.”

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