Eric Majeski's (aka Netwolf) Camp Reports for LetsGoPens.com
Camp 2010, Day 1 - September 18th
September 18, 2010
As you probably already know, I set up a Twitter account and "covered" camp that way today. You can find those notes here:
As a result, this probably isn't going to be very long as pretty much everything of note is already posted there.
The biggest questions coming into a camp usually surround who is going to be playing with whom. Day 1 provided some answers, but it's obvious that nothing is even close to set at this point.
The answers we did get are that (as of right now) Crosby is centering Kunitz and Dupuis while Malkin is centering Tangradi and Comrie. On the back end, Orpik and Michalek make up one pair and Martin and Letang comprise another. Goligoski played a good bit with Lovejoy, further reinforcing the notion that the #6 spot is his to lose.
Talbot, Adams and Rupp gave us a look at what the 4th line could be. Mark Letestu gave us an early look at what the 3rd line might be, skating between Cooke and Asham. During the scrimmage, those 6 players were used in a variety of combos, but once that group practiced, the lines listed were constant. Letestu scored the only goal of the scrimmage.
It was also interesting to see Kennedy skate with Jeffrey and Sterling. Again, it's only day 1, but if a guy like TK that's been here for a while is with two guys that have largely been minor leaguers to this point, it can't be a good thing.
Two funny things, both involving Marc Andre Fleury. During his group's practice, there was a kid right on the glass in the corner to Fleury's right. He was maybe 5 or 6. As the drill moved up ice, Fleury winged a puck at the kid (who was still right on the glass, but looking elsewhere). Had the glass not been there, the kid would have been nailed right in the head, and I'm pretty sure that's where he was aiming. The kid jumped quite a bit.
Later in the session, Malkin was chasing down a loose puck behind the net. Fleury stepped out and set a pick on him, so Malkin bumped into him. Fleury fell and lost his stick in the process. As the puck was worked back out in front, Fleury dove for it and covered it up. As he got back up, he threw the puck at Malkin before going to retrieve his stick. The crowd enjoyed it.
The scrimmage was uneventful for the most part, but here are some notes:
Michalek almost got killed in the corner by someone. I read it might have been Boulerice. Not a surprise if true.
Modig got the 1-0 shutout win, but I'm not entirely sure he should have. Crosby made a great play to get Dupuis alone in front of Modig. As he skated across the crease from Modig's right, Dupuis faked him to the ice. Modig sprawled but Dupuis was very patient and threw a bad angle shot along the ice past his outstretched paddle. The puck was traveling almost parallel to the goal line. I thought it was across by the time it got back to the near post and the d-man fished it out, but the ref disagreed. No goal.
Letestu has the only goal. He, Talbot and Asham were crashing. Asham got a puck to Max, who found Letestu in front.
Late in the game, someone tripped up Orpik or Michalek. 4 and 44 look very similar from up high, and the player doesn't give you a good look at his back. Normally, this would result in a penalty shot for the person who was fouled, but Crosby hopped over the boards to take it. The White squad protested, but away Sid went. Modig stuck right with him and stuffed him. Crosby had been trying for high glove most of the game, but was cutting it a little too fine and couldn't hit the net.
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