Eric Majeski's (aka Netwolf) Camp Reports for LetsGoPens.com
Camp 2010, Day 3 - September 20th
September 20, 2010
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I don't have a ton to report today. Practice kept to the same schedule as the past two days, which meant one group practiced at 9, followed by a scrimmage at 10, another practice at 11 and another at 12. However, today's practice was not open to the public. The Central Blood Bank was running a blood drive, so the doors opened up to donors at 10. I sat around for a bit, but after talking to a few folks, I was able to go down to practice and donate afterward.
I got there partway through the first half, in time to hear Sterling's second goal of the game announced. It was kind of odd and neat all at the same time to be in Consol Energy Center with most of the lights off and not many other people around.
Alex Pechurskiy played the first half, and kept Sidney Crosby's group off the board. Brad Thiessen played the first half for his squad, allowed two goals to Brett Sterling. At the break, Marc-Andre Fleury replaced Pechurskiy and Brent Johnson relieved Thiessen. Johnson pitched a shootout period, while Fleury was only beaten by Simon Despres with a high wrister to the glove side on a penalty shot. Despite pressure towards the end, Crosby's crew could not beat Fleury again, and they lost 2-1, going winless in the scrimmages.
Towards the end of the first half, Kris Letang and Eric Godard came together and were none too pleased with each other. They exchanged a couple of shots and glares, but Mike Comrie got between them and that was the end of that. That's not the first time those two have had issues with each other if my memory serves me correctly.
Evgeni Malkin was on the forecheck at one point, and Johnson attempted to clear the puck up ice. It wasn't high enough, and Malkin was able to glove it down. A defenseman was able to disrupt him a bit, and Geno couldn't quite deliver and on-target pass to whomever was out with him at the time.
Tyler Kennedy continued to play with the energy and aggression he showed yesterday, and eventually got a shift or two with Malkin. On one occasion he was able to skate the puck down the right wing wall and behind the net. Malkin went to the slot and Kennedy found him. Johnson made a good save; though I'm not sure Malkin got all of the shot.
Late in the game, after Despres had cut the lead to 2-1, Chris Kunitz threw a slap shot on goal. Fleury butterflied, made the save and the puck dropped in front of this left pad. He didn't know where it was for a split second, but found it before Crosby did and covered up. Kennedy and Dupuis traded some pushes shortly after that, but no big deal.
Not a ton to pass along from the drills, but Brian Strait did look pretty good in the 1 on 1 drills down low. He looked pretty agile and was roughing op the forwards pretty good. Robert Bortuzzo was solid as well, though I should also note that all of the big name forwards in this group were down at the far end.
I didn't get to watch the other group skate as it was time to get back in line to donate blood. Just remember I bled for you guys this year! =)
Of course the big news of the day isn't really related to training camp, with Ray Shero getting a well-served 5 year extension. I haven't seen video of his presser today, but there is a lengthy transcript at http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=538019 He's pretty up front about how good of a situation he walked into and about some of his moves that didn't quite work out. It's quite a contrast to his predecessor, Craig Patrick, who was a master of being able to talk without really saying a whole lot.
I also want to give a tap of the stick to Dan Bylsma. I haven't seen the full lineup yet, but he's already announced that Crosby, Malkin and Brooks Orpik are playing in the first official hockey game at Consol on Wednesday. That's a nice move by him, and as a fan I really appreciate him foregoing the normal procedure for icing a preseason roster.
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