Eric Majeski's (aka Netwolf) Camp Reports for LetsGoPens.com
Camp 2006, Day 2
September 16, 2006
The rosters were basically the same as yesterday with these changes:
The Nasreddine-Letang pairing sat this game out for the White team and was replaced by Skolney-Bissonette. Also, Mathieu Roy was out and Dennis Bonvie was in.
The Black team replaced Carkner with Sersen and Wallace with Morrison.
The White team won 6-3, thanks to a Colby Armstrong hat trick. Two of them were on penalty shots and the third was into an empty net.
Again a ton of penalty shots (11+6), but two most obvious calls were let go. Evgeni Malkin got boarded twice, one of which might have warranted a major. He was okay after each, though you could tell it fired him up a bit.
Malkin opened the scoring on a penalty shot after John LeClair interfered with Andrew Penner. Erik Christensen tied it less than a minute later on a penalty shot of his own after Malkin slashed him. Jordan Staal put Black back up 2-1 after Rob Scuderi got called for holding. Joe Jensen gave Black a 3-1 lead after Stephen Dixon hooked him. Mark Recchi missed the net after a Wade Skolney hold. Christensen missed on another penalty shot and then Jensen was stopped by Sabourin after Bonvie interfered with it.
Finally, at 9:02 Sidney Crosby scored an even-strength goal. Nils Ekman threw the puck up to him and he exploded through a couple of defenders. Penner made the initial save but Crosby was able to get his own rebound and beat him. That got White back to within a goal at 2-3.
Armstrong scored his first penalty shot goal at 9:56 after Malone slashed him to tie it at 3. James (Melichar hook), Malone (Melichar hold), and Jensen (Dixon slash) were unable to score on their penalty shots.
At the end of 1, shots were 13-9 in favor of Black. Sabourin finished 5 of 8 on penalty shots and 13 saves of 13 shots. Penner was 1 of 3 on penalty shots and had 8 saves on 9 shots. The White team switched up all of their defense pairings for the second: Orpik-Scuderi, Bissonette-Whitney, Melichar-Skolney.
Christensen scored off a DuPont interference call at 1:36 to put White up 4-3. Dominic Moore missed the net after a Malone slash. Rob Scuderi was stopped by Jocelyn Thibault after Ryan Stone was called for a hold or a hook. A bit later, Andre Roy got a breakaway on Marc-Andre Fleury and was stoned. Roy got another crack seconds later as Armstrong was guilty of high-sticking on that play while trying to catch Roy from behind. Fleury stopped him again. Fleury made a flashy glove save on Tyler Kennedy's penalty shot a few minutes later to keep White up 4-3.
Armstrong got his second goal of the game, again on a penalty shot, after Ryan Lannon interfered with him. That made it 5-3 White. He completed the hat trick with an empty netter. Libor Pivko got the lone assist.
Second period shots were 11-10 Black. Thibault was 2 of 4 on penalty shots and had 10 saves on 10 shots. Fleury was 2 of 2 on penalty shots and had 11 saves on 11 shots.
The arena was packed today. If the Pens' estimate of 1541 last Saturday was accurate, there had be be 2000+ there today.
Patrick Ehelechner was not at practice today. Maybe he was returned to his German club? According to the PG, Eric Cairns has a problem with one of his ankles. He was out again today. The Penguins also noted today that Ronald Petrovicky is out indefinitely after hip surgery. That opens up another forward position.
Practices consisted of the same drills as previous days. During the defensive zone drills, the goaltending coach would work on puck handling drills with the other goaltender. Nothing fancy, he would dump it in and the goaltender had to stop it and through it back up the boards.
In the 1 on 1s, Sergei Gonchar was still looking for the hip check. Unfortunately for his, the first one did not go so well. He stumbled as he got to Ryan Malone, missing him and crashing backwards into the boards. It looked awkward, but wasn't that bad of a fall.
Mark Eaton appears to be a very good addition to this club. He's been very solid. There's no flash to his game but he's very responsible in his end, he has good mobility and awareness, and he makes a good first pass. He plays a smart, simple game.
Brooks Orpik was a bit more physical today and was pretty tough for opposing forwards to get around. I did see one bad pass, but the rest were good. He rushed the puck once or twice too. I think a lot of people don't forget how mobile he is. Noah Welch and Ryan Whitney were pretty solid today as well.
Today was further proof that the Pens should have plenty of offense. Crosby and Malkin's lines should be consistent threats at even strength. That is a huge plus. I can't wait to see what these groups do in the preseason against other teams.
Crosby had an incredible burst of speed on his goal. His puck control was amazing all day and there was a pass he made to Whitney that must have gone through 3 or 4 guys. To even see that opening was unbelievable; to make the pass was ridiculous.
Malkin and his line might not have the flash as Crosby's crew, but they are every bit as effective. Malkin does have that flash to his game to, but you tend to notice it more from Crosby, if that makes any sense.
Mario Lemieux was at practice today with his son Austin. It looked like Austin had a bunch of his friends there as well. The crowd cheered him and he acknowledged them, which drew more cheers. Andre Roy was skating down the ice after stretches as this was going on and he started waving to the crowd and bowing. Mario got a good chuckle out of it.
At the end of practice Moore, Crosby and Armstrong were goofing around and throwing some pucks over the glass to fans. Moore had Armstrong back up a bit a pitched a puck to Armstrong for him to try and hit over the glass. As a baseball player, Armstrong is a hockey player; he missed all three.
I'm not sure if Crosby was giving him grief over it, but Armstrong talked Crosby into giving it a try. Armstrong threw it and Crosby whacked 15-20 rows into the stand on the first try.
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