Eric Majeski's (aka Netwolf) Camp Reports for LetsGoPens.com
Camp 2005, Day 4
September 17, 2005
I got to the arena at 7:40 this morning a good hour and 20 minutes before the first game was supposed to start. There were already around 200 people waiting in lines outside. I got in one of them, but about 15 minutes later an arena employee came out to inform everyone that the lines were for the autograph sessions. When the doors opened a little while late, there were only about 20-30 people in the stands. That crowd grew as the session went on and there had to be around 2000 in there for the Crosby game.
Team Francis vs. Team Badger
Francis wins 7-5 while getting outshot 19 to 26
Francis used the same forward combos and defensive pairings. Badger had Eaves and Christensen rotating at center and the wings just tolled through as well. Defense also rotated. Sabourin played the entire game for Francis; Thibault got the game off.
Francis goal, Francis leads 1-0. Hussey (Dixon, Corupe). Hussey beat a man to the net and redirected a good Dixon pass five-hole.
Francis penalty, Pirjeta hold or trip. Malone faked Sabourin down and slid a forehand by him. Tied 1-1.
Badger goal, Badger leads 2-1. Malone (Carcillo) Tarnstrom had a wrister from the point blocked by Carcillo, who nudged the puck ahead to Malone, who used a burst of speed to separate from the defense and blew a wrister past Caron.
Badger penalty, Morrison trip. Surovy made a nice move to the backhand, but somehow Caron was able to get a piece of it with his blocker.
Badger penalty, Palffy hook. Melichar skated in and shot one into Sabourin.
Francis goal, Surovy hook. Koltsov make a move to the backhand and beats Sabourin 5-hole. Badger leads 3-1.
Badger penalty, Rouleau hook. Lefebvre's whiffed shot helps him and trickles in past Caron who was moving the other way. Francis trails 2-3.
Badger penalty, Carcillo hook. Letang goes forehand-backhand and roofs one to tie the game at 3.
Badger penalty, Malone hook. Pirjeta skates in and fires one off the glass behind Caron.
Francis penalty, Surovy hook. Morrison got Sabourin to bite on a move and dumped it behind him. Badger leads 4-3.
Badger penalty, Koltsov hook. Lefebvre shoots low left side on Caron but was stopped.
Francis goal, tied 4-4. Letang (Corupe, Dixon) Corupe pulled up in the zone and sent a great pass along the blueline to a late-charging Letang. He skated down into the circle and lashed a wrister over Caron's glove.
Francis penalty, Murley hook. Christensen missed high to the blocker side.
Badger penalty, Koltsov hook. Lefebvre misses the net.
Badger penalty, Eaves hook. Corupe went backhand but was stopped by Caron.
Francis goal, Francis leads 5-4. Dixon (Hussey, Corupe)
Badger goal, tied 5-5. Eaves (Koltsov) Eaves went to Koltsov and broke for the net, Koltsov faked the wrister and fired a cross-ice pass to Eaves for an easy tap-in.
Francis goal, Francis leads 6-5. Corupe (Pirjeta, Murley)
Francis goal, Francis leads 7-5. Paddock (Surovy, Whitney) Empty net goal. Badger was really pressuring for the tie and hit two posts moments before.
Ryan Malone easily had his best game of the tournament. He showed a burst of speed that wasn't there before and just played better overall.
Koltsov's hands were working well today. He still runs into trouble when he tries to make a bunch of quick moves in succession, but the passing was good and did very well in 1-on-1 situations.
Eaves also had a good game. On more than a few occasions I saw him working again Pirjeta along the wall and was winning them. He's listed at 5'8" and Pirjeta is 6'4".
The PG reported today the Rob Scuderi is recovering from a shoulder injury and hasn't been cleared for contact yet. I think Koci is also recovering from an injury, as he is not playing games.
Ryan Lannon left the game early and could not put any weight on his left leg.
Team EJ vs. Team Herbie
Team Herbie wins 7-1 while getting outshot 34-37
Despite Armstrong tweaking his shoulder yesterday, he was back playing today. He took a few bumps, seemingly without any problem. John LeClair did not play, but practiced prior to the game. I'm not sure why; he looked okay.
Herbie goal, Herbie leads 1-0. Filewich (Jackman, Sersen)
EJ penalty, Orpik crosscheck. Talbot converts the penalty shot to give Herbie a 2-0 lead.
EJ penalty, Orpik hook. Crosby has the puck jump up as he skates in but puts a wrist shot by Chiodo to give Herbie a 3-0 lead.
EJ penalty, Orpik interference. Doyle was stopped by Chiodo who was assisted by some bad ice.
Herbie goal, Herbie leads 4-0. Crosby (Recchi, D. Fata) The goal of the tournament so far. Crosby goes behind the net and spins away from the defender. He comes out from behind the net on his backhand doing an excellent job of shielding the defenseman with his body and roofs a backhander. If you haven't seen it, go visit the Pens official team site and do so.
EJ penalty, Armstrong interference. Stone goes five-hole for a 5-0 lead.
Herbie goal, Herbie leads 6-0. Stone (Welch, VandenBussche) Stone cashes in on a Welch rebound.
Herbie goal, Herbie leads 7-0. D. Fata (Kennedy)
Herbie penalty, Sersen hold. Salmonsson goes forehand-backhand but can't put it in.
EJ penalty, Kelleher hold. Stone fails to get the HT goal.
EJ goal, EJ trail 1-7. Hansen (Bissonette, Mason) The ref had called no goal, but after a lot of booing by the crowd he changed the call and Fleury lost his shutout. This may be the first time in the history of hockey that an official reversed a call.
EJ penalty, Bissonette crosscheck. Filewich never got a shot off. He was at the end of a tough shift and was either gassed or forgot Bissonette was chasing. Bissonette caught up and poke-checked him from behind.
I think don't think Orpik gets enough credit for his skating. Obviously, you talk about his hitting and physicality, but he's good wheels and does a good job handling the puck. More than once, I saw him carry it up, gain the zone and then made a play and was right back on defense. No one will mistake him for Ryan Whitney anytime soon, but he can play a little offense.
Welch did not carry the puck much, but I did see him make smart reads and jump into the attack from time to time. The other impressive thing about him is that as soon as he gets the puck in his end, his head is up and he's looking to make the first pass. If it isn't there, he's looking to clear the zone. He makes the smart play more often than not.
Sersen didn't make any one great play, but was really solid today. He just always seemed to be in the right place and make the right play.
Crosby gave everyone a scare in the first. I didn't see the hit, but either a stick or the puck caught him in the left jaw. He was bent over and went to the bench. The trainer looked him over and he continued to play.
Fleury looks as quick as ever, maybe even more so with the smaller pads. He played really well today, though he did get really luck once. He went behind the net to play the puck and hesitated. The little delay allowed the forechecker to get there and feed it in front. Fleury got there just in time to glove it, but it didn't look like the shooter got all of it. Fleury also got his bell rung in the second when Rico Fata put a slap shot off his head.
Team Francis finished at 3-0 and will play Team Herbie at 10am tomorrow in the championship game. Team EJ (1-3) played Team Badger (0-3) for third place at 8am.
Thanks for the memories Ron! Viva la Francis!
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