Eric Majeski's (aka Netwolf) Camp Reports for LetsGoPens.com
Camp 2008, Session 2
September 18, 2008
Brown played the first period, Fleury was in for the 2nd and 3rd.
D'Aversa, Filewich, Haddad, Kemp, Pierro-Zabotel and Stone did not scrimmage, though all did participate in drills. Scuderi was absent from the scrimmage and practice.
Curry played the first period, Sabourin was in for the 2nd and 3rd.
Jeffrey, Johnson, and Veilleux did not scrimmage. As with the other "scratches", they all did participate in drills.
*Denotes a lineup change from yesterday's scrimmage.
Curry (W), Brown (B) in net...
The top line of Staal, Malkin, and Sykora got off to a quick start, creating 2 excellent scoring chances. Malkin picked off an errant pass and went one of one against Orpik. Malkin danced left and right and cross Orpik up a bit, but fired a shot over the net. Moments later, Staal picked off another pass and split Orpik and Gonchar, but Curry was able to keep the game scoreless.
The Pens got a minor scare a little later when Crosby caught an inadvertent stick up high. I didn't see whose stick it was but since no penalty was called, I'm assuming it was a teammate's.
White nearly got a fluke goal later in the period when a centering pass was accidentally deflected on goal by Kemp. Brown reacted quickly to make the save on his own defenseman.
The overall pace of the period was slowed compared to yesterday, and the physicality dropped as well, except for when Bissonette and Boogaard were out. Each handed out a few glass-rattling hits.
The period ended tied at zero, despite a shaky-looking Curry. He was juggling the puck on almost every save.
Sabourin (W), Fleury (B) in net...
Kennedy used his speed to generate a good scoring chance, but Sabourin stopped him.
White Goal (White led 1-0) Lovejoy (Caputi) - The Caputi, Beech, Godard line was all over the Black team in their own end. Beech put a solid hit on someone, allowing his teammates to gain control of the puck. They worked it around the zone and Caputi got a good shot on Fleury from in close and had another whack or two at a rebound. He got the puck out to Lovejoy and he threw a shot through a crowd and it found it's way in. Fleury was hampered as well, as he got tangled up with Godard. Since the goal was allowed, I'm guessing the officials ruled Gill pushed Godard into Fleury.
White Penalty Shot: Henrich got his stick up high on Gonchar. Gonchar skated in and made a few moves before trying to slip the puck in. Fleury didn't bite on anything and made an easy save.
Hal Gill was doing a good job over getting low wrist shots through to the net from the point.
Malkin started off the third period with a brutal giveaway. He had circled back behind his own defense from neutral ice into his own zone. He tried to make a move to get around Crosby, but wasn't able to pull it off and Crosby got a clean breakaway from the high slot. He made some fakes and Fleury made an excellent stop on him to keep the deficit at 1. There few a few times today where Malkin was trying to go through people without success.
Later, Crosby delivered a jaw-dropping pass to Satan, where he pulled up and spun to his backhand, letting a seemingly blind diagonal pass through the slot. It might have caught even Satan off guard, as he shanked the shot into the corner.
White Goal (White led 2-0) Fedotenko (Talbot, Cooke) - The Talbot line caught Team Black in a line change. Talbot was able to capitalize on the extra space and got a pass over to Fedotenko, who got a pretty easy one. Not much Fleury could have done.
Tim Wallace his a deflection go off the post later in the third.
Late in the third, Malkin and Crosby lined up for a faceoff in White's end with the Black net empty. Malkin kept jumping the gun and boxing out Crosby, a huge smile on his face the whole time. On the third or fourth attempt, the linesman dropped the puck and Malkin won it back to the point, but it was moving so fast the defense (Eaton?) couldn't hold in in.
As mentioned above, Rob Scuderi did not take the ice today. I didn't notice him getting hurt at any point yesterday.
The drills today were pretty much the same as yesterday.
Another big crowd today. The blue seats were full and even more people spilled over to the surrounding sections.
I really liked what I saw of Luca Caputi ion the scrimmage today. He was seemingly making the right play every time he had the puck and was swarming the opposing net. He must have had 6 or 7 shots today.
Keven Veilleux ran into Michel Therrien during drills today, literally. I didn't see the actual impact, but when I looked over Veilleux was still sliding and Therrien was down. Therrien was slow to get up and did leave the ice. He eventually did return.
At the end of the first practice session, Dan Bylsma played some impromptu goalie ad Kris Letang and Jordan Staal passed around trying to get one past him. He was doing really well, but was losing ground on each attempt. At that point, Fleury glided in and lifted Staal's stick from behind. He tied Staal up for a good bit and Bylsma was able to recover somewhat, making a few more saves before eventually giving one up as everyone headed off to get ready for the scrimmage.
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