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10-05-2010, 07:16 PM
Yeah, I know...the games on Thursday, but I'm geeked and ready to go! :tt02:

Penguins open up Consol Energy Center vs. Flyers
Tuesday, 10.05.2010 / 5:52 PM
Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

FLYERS (0-0-0) at PENGUINS (0-0-0)


Season series -- The Penguins won five of six meetings last season. … On Oct. 8, Alex Goligoski and Bill Guerin scored midway through the second period to help the Penguins earn a 5-4 road win. … On Dec. 15, Jordan Staal scored twice and Sidney Crosby's goal and assist lifted the Penguins to a 6-1 home win. … On Dec. 17, Crosby and Kris Letang scored shootout goals in Pittsburgh's 3-2 road win. … On Jan. 7, James van Riemsdyk and Jeff Carter scored two goals each for the Flyers in a 7-4 road win. … On Jan. 24, Matt Cooke scored with 1:47 remaining in the third period to give the Penguins a 2-1 road win. … On March 27, Crosby notched three assists and Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves in a 4-1 home triumph.

Big story -- The Flyers and Penguins tied 1-1 in their first game in Pittsburgh on Nov. 4, 1967, when 4,179 showed up at the Igloo. Nearly four times that many, 17,132, were on hand for the final home game there between the teams last March 27. On Thursday, you can expect a capacity crowd of 18,000-plus to fill Pittsburgh's new state of the art Consol Energy Center with its wide concourses and fan-friendly views.

Team Scope:

Penguins -- After 43 years at Mellon Arena (aka the Igloo), the Penguins will move across the street to the Consol Energy Center and play before what is sure to be a pretty boisterous crowd. The loss of defenseman Sergei Gonchar (Ottawa Senators) was quickly filled with the additions of Zbynek Michalek and Paul Martin along the blue line. The absence of Staal (foot) hurts, but the Pens remain top contenders with Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Fleury in the fold. The team seeks a fourth 100-point season in the last five years.

Flyers -- Rather than acquire a goalie in the off-season, General Manager Paul Holmgren went with his gut feeling and decided to stick with Michael Leighton and Brian Boucher as his Nos. 1 and 2. That plan was revisited on Sept. 28, however, when Holmgren learned that Leighton would be sidelined a month with an ailing back, thrusting Boucher into the spotlight. That also opened the door for 22-year-old Russian goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to serve as the team's backup for the foreseeable future. Holmgren did bolster his defense in the offseason with the additions of Andrej Meszaros, Sean O'Donnell and Matt Walker and he's hoping forward Nikolai Zherdev can help offset the loss of fan-favorite Simon Gagne (Tampa Bay).

Who's hot -- It'll be interesting to see if Flyers coach Peter Laviolette opts to reunite Ville Leino with center Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell to open the season. The media-dubbed "Second Chance Line" combined for 11 goals and a plus-12 rating when they were put together for the first time during the Stanley Cup Playoffs last spring. Leino tied a League rookie record with 21 points in the playoffs despite missing four games as a healthy scratch and Briere finished with a League-high 30 postseason points.

Injury report -- The Penguins are without Staal (foot). The Flyers will carry on without the services of Leighton (back) for a month and penalty-killing specialist Ian Laperriere (post-concussion symptoms) for the foreseeable future. Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger (right knee), meanwhile, is questionable.

Stat pack -- The Penguins will take a 58-44-2 home-ice record against Philadelphia into their new building, although the Flyers hold a one-sided 132-85-31 series edge since both franchises entered the NHL in 1967. Pittsburgh's win total at home against the Flyers, counting the playoffs is 66, the same as the great Mario Lemieux's number.

Puck drop -- While the Flyers might boast the best top six on defense in the League, questions abound in goal. Boucher is the likely starter against the Penguins with the rookie Bobrovsky serving as backup. The Crosby-led Penguins will offer a stern first test in front of their hometown faithful. The Penguins and their fans have been waiting for this day for almost three months after suffering a stunning seven-game setback to the Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.



10-05-2010, 10:49 PM
I'm geeked too.
Just two more days and hockey season will finally be here. :banana:

10-06-2010, 03:45 PM
Facing Arch-Rival Flyers Adds To Opening Night Excitement

Wednesday, 10.06.2010 / 2:45 PM / Features
By Jason Seidling
Finally, after years of hype and buildup, CONSOL Energy Center will officially make its regular-season debut on Thursday night when the Penguins begin the 2010-11 campaign by hosting the Philadelphia Flyers at 7 p.m. in a nationally-televised contest on Versus.

The anticipation of opening a new arena would have been immense no matter who the National Hockey League chose to schedule as the Penguins’ opponent. But the fact that the Penguins drew their fiercest rival only adds to what should be a memorable night at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Washington Place.

“I think it is always exciting to start up again, particularly at home,” captain Sidney Crosby said. “With the new building and with it being against Philly, there is no shortage in motivation.”

“I think playing the Flyers definitely adds to the game,” Craig Adams added. “I think it’s fitting and good for the fans to open up against Philly. I think it will be good for both teams.”

Penguins fans never have trouble getting up for a game when the Flyers make a cross-state visit, and that will be particularly true on Thursday night as the Flyers enter the contest as the defending Eastern Conference champions.

That title – conference champion – was of course held by the Penguins in 2008 and ‘09, which means the Flyers now holding that distinction is not something that sits well with Penguins fans.

“If you are a fan and there is a team you really don’t like, you don’t like to see them have success,” Adams said. “Certainly our fans would have rather seen in us in the Final.”

But sometimes that constant shift in the balance of power is what helps to make a rivalry … well … a rivalry.

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To keep the spice within a rivalry, it doesn’t hurt to loath a bit for the other team’s success. Which means one of the goals for the Penguins this season before they can reach their ultimate goal – the Stanley Cup – is to get by the defending conference champions.

“They are the team that went the furthest (in the conference) last year,” Chris Kunitz said. “We didn’t get that far, so that means our season wasn’t as successful. They got to the point where they were within two games of winning the Stanley Cup. We want to get back to that. Whoever stands in our way is going to be our competition.”

Heading into Thursday night’s opener the Penguins should feel good about their chances of taking down the Flyers and beginning what they hope is a journey which will allow them to dethrone the ‘Broad Street Bullies’ of their lofty positioning.

Including the postseason, the Penguins have posted an impressive 28-10 record against the Flyers since the beginning of the ’06-07 season, including an 11-3 mark in Pittsburgh and a 5-1 overall record last season.

Adams, however, cautioned against reading too much into those numbers. He said the Flyers have brought their ‘A’ game almost every night throughout the Penguins’ recent run of success against them, and the Penguins are expecting more of the same when the puck is dropped on Thursday night.

“You know it’s always going to be a hard-fought game,” Adams said. “Both teams are always going to be ready to play those type of games. A lot of those games have been close games that could have gone both ways. We have been fortunate to win a few.”

Thanks to a red carpet pre-game intro into the arena, the outdoor screen, a thrilling pre-game ceremony – and most importantly, the Penguins and Flyers doing battle – Thursday night should be another great chapter to add to one of the NHL’s best rivalries.


10-06-2010, 10:27 PM
Sweet jesus I think I might weep tomorrow night.

It's finally here .....

10-06-2010, 10:32 PM

Bring it, Philly.

This is gonna be our year!

10-06-2010, 10:34 PM
I KNOW! I watched two older Pens/Flyers games last night on Hulu cause I couldn't contain myself.

I also decided not to go down tomorrow night. It's been raining here all week long, and has only been in the low to mid 50's (during the day, colder at night of course)...and my daughter just got over a cold last week. It's much easier to get down there during the playoffs when the weather is a bit nicer.

So you definitely gotta hop on here tomorrow and watch with me!

10-06-2010, 10:44 PM
I am pumped!!! I LOVE that Crosby video too!

Is it wrong for me to be more psyched up about the start of the hockey season? :nervous:




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10-07-2010, 07:17 AM
Let the lovin' begin...



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I love this last one... :chuckle:

10-07-2010, 12:42 PM
Penguins Report: Grand Opening

Thursday, 10.07.2010 / 9:30 AM / Penguins Report (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Fpenguinsreport)
By Sam Kasan

Asham and Letang updates at 11:35 AM entry...

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12:39 PM:
According the Flyers official website 22-year-old Rusian sensation Sergei Bobrovsky will get the start (http://flyers.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=64095) in goal for Philadelphia tonight.

"Bobrovsky led the team in preseason action, appearing in five games and posting a 3-0-1 mark to go along with a 1.76 goals-against average and .939 save percentage in 205 minutes of play, allowing six goals on 98 shots."
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12:34 PM:
Coahspeak with Dan Bylsma...

Arron Asham (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465025), after further evaluation, wanted to play. We were hoping to play him, but he is going to be placed on IR. As a result, we have called up Eric Tangradi (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8474025). For those of you who were concerned about Eric, we hoped Arron would be able to play, but possibly knowing he wouldnít be able to play, we sent Eric to Wheeling in case this was a possibility he had to come back here, with the round trip being two hours instead of 10 hours to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

On Tangradi being nervous growing up a Flyers fan:
I think the things we bounced around this end, regardless of the situation, this is the start of the season, the home opener against Philadelphia. Iím pretty confident that regardless of any situation he would have been experiencing some jitters and some things other than hockey in his head tonight.

On Letangís status:
Kris is under the weather. He is a game-time decision.

On why Patrick Killeen (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8474737) was recalled:
It was just because Patrick has been sent down to the East Coast Hockey League. Gilles Meloche works with all of our goalies. Patrick is considered a prospect, so this was a chance for Gilles to work with him today.

On Tangradi staying with the Penguins when Asham returns:
Thatís a great question. I think that will play itself out a little bit considering how everyone plays and how our team plays where he fits in when Arron Asham (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465025) gets healthy.

On why Despres was sent down:
He was not going to be in our starting lineup. The situation he would have been in if he would have stayed with our team was one where he would have been in and out of the lineup and not getting a great chance. Thatís not something we thought was good for his development. Simon did a great job in this camp. He showed he is going to play in this league. He could probably play right now. But for our team and our situation, itís probably not the best thing for his development.

On paring Goligoski and Engelland:
I couldnít tell you the exact number of games they have played together, but itís probably in the 80-100 range. Just that comfort I think is something that we looked at this morning when we were entertaining possibilities with Kris being under the weather. I think if the game would play out, you would see 3 (Goligoski) and 7 (Paul Martin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468542)) playing together and 44 (Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498)) and 4 (Zbynek Michalek (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469760)) playing together.

On who will fill the net-front role on the power play:
We had a meeting with about five players regarding the net-front guy. The one who does it the best will be the one who stands there. The purpose and what we would like to see from that position has been explained very specifically.

On opening the new arena:
I think we wanted to win some games in here (during the preseason) to break it in. Itís beautiful, itís nice, itís an awesome place in a lot of different aspects, but we want this to be a tough place to play. We want this to be a place that visiting teams donít want to be in and donít want to come play in. Winning exhibition games is nice and took some polish off the seats, but the real thing will be something different. Tonight is the real life. Itís opening night and itís Philly. There are a lot of things that make this game special.

Goal: Jason Seidling
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12:31 PM:
Sounds heard around the locker room:

Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675)

On the motivation playing Philadelphia:
I donít think we need any extra motivation at this point. If anything it adds to it, but I really donít think you can add to it at this point. Itís a great way to start the year especially in this new building.

On how much different this game feels than the preseason home games:
Itís more exciting. This is why we all play. I think weíre all looking forward to getting a routine and playing for something here.

On all the little details of CONSOL Energy Center:
I think the biggest thing is that they made it feel comfortable with all the tradition around here. I think anyone will tell you in any organization or any player that the history of their team is so important, so it just adds to everything.

On the Mario Mosaic:
Itís pretty incredible that they were able to do that.

On managing the excitement level of the first game:
We just have to use it to motivate us. I donít think we have to change anything. Thereís a lot of excitement that comes with this anyway. Itís all part of a first game and itís something weíll have to deal with, and weíll be able to deal with our emotions. If anything, I hope it makes it better.

Mike Comrie (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8467964)

On playing on a top line and the top power-play unit:
I think that there are a lot of capable players in here. Whoever is on the ice has to do their best and fulfill their role. Thereís obviously some talented players that can get you the puck. We are all excited about this year. We know itís a long year and there are going to be ups and downs. On paper we have a great team. If we stay healthy we can really give ourselves a chance to compete.

On being a free agent steal:
I think that we have a lot of work ahead of ourselves. We all want to contribute. The preseason is over and now it is time to start playing for real. We are all excited about that.

Assists: Tony Jovenitti, Jason Seidling
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12:20 PM:

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Scott Hartnell and Mike Richards (left)

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Sergei Bobrovsky (left)
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12:10 PM:
The Flyers are finishing up their morning skate. Defenseman Chris Pronger, who has a knee injury, wasn't looking to limber in the early going. He is still on th ice while the majority of his teammates have departed. Though it's not a definite sign, but is an indication that he will not play tonight.

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12:05 PM:
Eric Tangradi (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8474025) had an interesting 24 hours. He was assigned to Wheeling of the ECHL Wednesday evening, only to be recalled Thursday morning. Head coach Dan Bylsma said the reasoning behind the move was due to the upper-body injury Arron Asham (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465025) has been dealing with.

"We knew there was a possibility Asham couldnít play," Bylsma said. "So we sent Eric (Tangradi) to Wheeling so that he could be here roundtrip in two hours versus 10 hours to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton."

"I got a call this morning to come back," said Tangradi, who will be wearing No. 26 in the lineup tonight. "I feel fortunate to be here. I planned on practicing in Wheeling today and the plan changed."

Tangradi, who has 12 family and friends attending Thursday's home opener, has enjoyed the social media melee over his interesting journey.

"It was a confusing 24 hours, but Iím back in Pittsburgh," he said. "It was fun looking at Twitter last night. There were a lot of interesting rumors being spread, very, very interesting rumors. I canít say any to you guys, but I had a couple good laughs yesterday."

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11:35 AM:
Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma gave a couple of injury updates at his media conference:

Arron Asham (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465025) - Placed on IR.

" Arron Asham (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465025) after further examination, he wanted him to play and we were hoping he'd play, he was placed on IR."

Kris Letang (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471724) - Under the weather and is a game-time decision.

"Kris is under the weather. He is a game-time decision."
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10:58 AM:

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Maxime Talbot (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470171) (left) was the first player on the ice for the morning skate as usual.

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Eric Tangradi (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8474025) (right) was recalled earlier today.

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Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) (left) shoots while stretching

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Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594) makes a save with Mike Rupp (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8467336) providing a screen (left)

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10:49 AM:
Defenseman Kris Letang (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471724) is not on the ice. We'll get an update as soon as we hear anything.
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10:38 AM:
Student rushers lined up as early 8:30 Wednesday night to get a ticket to the grand opening of CONSOL Energy Center. The line was full this morning. Penguins CEO David Morehouse, GM Ray Shero and head coach Dan Bylsma passed out donuts and coffee to the rushers. View the full photo gallery here (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/gallerylanding.htm?id=17029).

Jason Seidling will be filing a report shortly...

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CEO David Morehouse (left); GM Ray Shero (right)
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10:34 AM:
The Penguins' lines at the morning skate were:

Rupp-Adams-Talbot-Godard (the four rotated)


Fleury and Johnson were in the net.

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9:48 AM:
Goaltender Patrick Killeen (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8474737), who was recalled from Wheeling of the ECHL Wednesday, did some work on the ice with goaltender coach Gilles Meloche and strength coach Mike Kadar before the team's morning skate.
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9:41 AM:
Jason Seidling has tonight's scouting report on the Flyers (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=64944).
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9:37 AM:
Some early news to report. The Penguins have recalled left wing Eric Tangradi (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539839) from Wheeling of the ECHL. He will be in the lineup tonight, and will likely play with Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) and Mike Comrie (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8467964).
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9:30 AM:
Welcome to CONSOL Energy Center - the new home of the Pittsburgh Penguins! The day has finally come. There will be a lot of festivities taking place for Thursday's opener - with a red carpet, big screen (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539689) and the hated Flyers (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=64944) - but everyone should take a minute to reflect on what this new arena has really meant for the Penguins and the city of Pittsburgh. I did that yesterday and this was the result (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539728).

So take some time to enjoy the great accomplishments ...

OK. Now let's play some hockey. The 2010-11 season has arrived. Game on!


Fire Haley
10-07-2010, 01:08 PM
Yay! The game will be on Versus.


NHL Center Ice to be free for first 18 days


10-07-2010, 02:50 PM
Phuck the phliers. :fingers:


!!! = 3 cups :tt03:

10-07-2010, 03:18 PM
Anyone who LOVES the Pens and Cryers rivalry will get a kick out of what Pensblog has posted today...17 youtube videos chronicling the historic rivalry between the two teams. Check it out!


I clearly remember the second one (from '89), was probably the first big brawl I'd ever seen as a kid. I never got tired of the crowd heckling Hextall either. :sofunny:

Fire Haley
10-07-2010, 03:20 PM
a win would be nice over those filthy birds

10-07-2010, 06:05 PM
K...I've had enough of this Canuck band...Let's get to some hockey!!!


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10-07-2010, 06:54 PM
End of the 1st period, and no score yet.

-Cooke had the first penalty at the Consol (no surprise there)
-Fleury has been VERY strong in net so far, but so has 3rd string rookie goalie Bobrovsky for Filthy. Impressed with both so far.
-Defense looks much, much stronger than last year. Martin, Michalek and Engelland have all been playing very well so far.
-SOG 15-9 in favor or Pitt and they have dominated the time in the offensive zone so far as well.

They gotta get to Bobrovsky though, he can only hold out for so long.


10-07-2010, 08:41 PM
Well, the first game at the Consol is a loss to the Cryers. (3-2)

Still need to work on the powerplay it seems, but overall I thought they played a good game. Bobrovsky was the difference.

I'm only upset b/c it was Filthy, otherwise, I'm just relieved that hockey has started again. We'll get em the next 5 times!

Fire Haley
10-07-2010, 08:56 PM
Shea was right all along.....this team is lost without Gonchar on the PP.

10-07-2010, 08:56 PM
Penguins-Flyers Opening Night Game Blog

Thursday, 10.07.2010 / 6:45 PM / Features (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Ffeatures)
By Jason Seidling

0:00: The Penguins drop the opener at CONSOL Energy Center, 3-2.

1:13: A golden chance for the Penguins to send the game to overtime. Goligoski just drew a hooking penalty on Blair Betts, putting the Pens on a late power play. Fleury is out for a sixth attacker.

2:25: Unbelievable save by Fleury as he flashes his right pad to deny Jeff Carter from two feet away. That looked like a sure Philly goal.
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2:55: Dupuis rings a slap shot off the outside of the post to the left of Bobrovsky.

3:46: The fans have a "Let's Go Pens!" chant going to help inspire the home team.

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9:05: Pittsburgh dodges another bullet as James van Riemsdyk rings a shot off the post behind a startled Fleury.

11:00: Malkin's out of the box and both teams are back at even strength.

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13:00: The crowd is none too pleased as Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) is called for a hooking penalty in the offensive zone. Either way, what a third period we have had through the first seven minutes. As I was writing the Malkin penalty, Talbot and Carcillo picked up coincidental roughing penalties.

14:46: The Penguins get the Giroux goal right back Zbynek Michalek (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469760) floats a wrist shot from the center point that is deflected by Alex Goligoski (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471274) in the slot and past Bobrovsky with one second remaining on the man-advantage. Kunitz picks up the second assist. Flyers 3, Penguins 2.

15:05: A turnover by the Penguins results in Claude Giroux undressing Fleury and tossing a shot into the cage as he slid along the ice for the shorthanded tally. Flyers 3, Penguins 1.

16:36: Crosby rips a one-timer off the post from the top of the near circle.

16:45: The Penguins are flying right now and the result is a power play as Meszaros is whistled for knocking a Penguin to the ice. Pittsubrgh is 0-for-3 thus far on the man-advantage.

1916: And that's the first-ever Penguins goal at CONSOL Energy Center by Tyler Kennedy (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471311) ... KENNEDY!!!!!! Paul Martin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468542) makes a beautiful cross-ice pass to Kennedy in the far circle and he buries a shot over the shoulder of Bobrovsky to cut the lead in half. Flyers 2, Penguins 1.

20:00: Do the Penguins have the first come-from-behind victory at CONSOL Energy Center in them? We'll find out over the next 20 minutes.


- Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) was great on faceoffs in the second period, going 6-1.
- The Penguins are outhitting the Flyers, 27-25.
- Crosby leads all players on both teams in ice time with 15:24 minutes.

0:00: Not the second period the Penguins envisioned as Philadelphia strikes twice on goals by Danny Briere and Blair Betts to take a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes. Pittsburgh still hold the advantage in shots, 24-19.

0:30: The Penguins have Malkin, Crosby and Kunitz together for the second-consecutive shift

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2:45: Well, it's going to take a comeback here tonight if the Penguins hope to come back and win tis hockey game. Blair Betts just staked the Flyers to a two-goal advantage by pouncing on the loose puck created by Darroll Powe's rebound and guiding the puck into the cage. Flyers 2, Penguins 0.

4:04: It pains me to write this, but Scott Hartnell just made a great defensive play to prevent the Penguins from picking up a shorthanded goal. Hartnell hustled back and dove to the ice to keep Talbot from slipping a pass over to Dupuis for a one-timer that surely would have been a goal had the puck got through.

5:00: Unfortunately when Orpik tried giving Briere another piece of free candy the referee deemed it sour, sending Orpik off tothe penalty box for two minutes for hooking.

5:18: Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498) just dished out the first free candy at CONSOL Energy Center as he rocked Danny Briere to the ice with a thunderous check along the near boards.

8:00: The Penguins will take a third crack on the man-advantage as Coburn was given an interference penalty.

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8:54: Letestu and Kennedy continue to generate quality scoring chances as they both almost combine to stuff a rebound behind Bobrovsky.

11:56: The Flyers have had the better of the play the beginning of this period and a Claude Giroux hit post is the only thing that prevented the Flyers from going up 2-0.

14:04: Mark Letestu (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473914) just wrang a shot off the post from the top of the doorstep after a great setup from Kennedy.

14:25: Pittsburgh spent almost the entire two minutes in the Flyers zone and did everything but score on the PP.

15:50: Great defensive play by Carle as he sneaks a stick in to make a great defensive play to deny Crosby from throwing the puck into an open net.

16:25: Flyers tough guy Jody Shelley just picked up a goaltender interference penalty.

17:09: Well, we know who is going to score the first-ever goal here now. Danny Briere just re-directed a Mike Richards pass over the shoulder of Fleury from the right of the goal to pick up the power-play tally. Flyers 1, Penguins 0.

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17:15: The Penguins are on the GNC penalty kill for the second time as Deryk Engelland (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468674) was whistled for hooking.

17:50: Beautiful toe-drag move by Malkin at the top of the near dot to create space for himself. His shot was then stopped by Bobrovsky.

18:50: Great recovery by Kris Letang (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471724) as he got back into the play and cleared a cross-ice pass from Ville Leino to Scott Hartnell. Otherwise it would have been a great scoring chance for the Flyers.

20:00: Who is going to get that historical first goal here at CONSOL Energy Center? We are still waiting to find out.


- Mike Comrie (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8467964) led the Penguins in the opening period with four shots on goal.
- Pascal Dupuis (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8466393) had a team-high three hits.
- Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498) laid his body down in front of three Philadelphia shots.

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Fans are lined up outside the American Eagle Outfitters Gate where the Penguins have the outdoor screen set up for fans who could not attend to watch the game.

0:00: The opening period at CONSOL Energy Center goes by without either team finding the back of the net. Pittsburgh controls the play, outshooting the Flyers by a 15-9 count.

0:52: Matt Cooke (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465951) had the Penguins' best scoring chance on a loose puck in the crease, but the Penguins ultimately fail to score on the power play.

2:52: An unbelievable shift down low by Tangradi, Dupuis and Letestu not only nearly results in the opening goal, it puts the Penguins on the power play for the first time. Sean O'Donnell is the guilty party for the Flyers.

5:24: Comrie scored the first preseason goal at CONSOL Energy Center, and thus far has had the best chances to pick up the first regular-season tally as well. Bobrovsky just robbed him for a second time by making a pad save from the top of the paint as Malkin found Comrie all alone in front.

7:51: Matt Cooke (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465951) takes the first penalty at CONSOL Energy Center as he is given a hooking penalty.
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7:51: At the second television timeout of the period the Penguins are honoring the memory of the late public address announcer, John Barbero, who passed away this summer. Barbero was an institution at the Civic Arena for years and was the best in the business. When a shot of his family was shown on the scoreboard, they received a well-deserved standing ovation.Mondesi's House is hosting an event to honor Barbero. Click here (http://mondesishouse.blogspot.com/2010/09/announcing-ymca-john-barbero-sports-and.html) for more details.

9:07: Comrie and Malkin continue to set each other up. Off the rush, Malkin just hit Comrie as the late guy, but Comrie's shot went right into the stomach of Bobrovsky.

9:45: The house was ready to explode as Pascal Dupuis (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8466393) and Crosby came down two-on-one against Bobrovsky. Dupuis fed a pass over to Crosby in the right circle, but his one-timer just went off the outside of the net wide. What a fitting way to open the building that would have been.

10:39: Back-to-back icing calls against the Flyers resulted in their head coach, Peter Laviolette, using their only timeout.

11:00: Bobrovsky makes the first big save in CONSOL Energy Center as he denies a one-timer in the high slot from Malkin by making a save with his midsection. That shot and the ensuing pressure came as the Penguins loaded their offensive line following an icing call with Malkin, Crosby and Comrie.

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13:00: Looks like the referees are going to let the boys play a little bit. Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498) and Scott Hartnell just mixed it up in the Penguins zone with nothing called. That came a couple minutes after a hooking penalty against Philadelphia went uncalled.

14:43: Tyler Kennedy (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471311) really has a lot of jump for the Penguins here through the first two shifts. He's already hit a post and has been effective creating scoring chances with his speed to the outside. That's a good sign and a continuation of his strong play against Detroit in the final exhibition contest.

18:09: Mike Comrie (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8467964) records the first Pittsburgh shot at the new arena as he wraps the puck around from behind the net on Bobrovsky. Paul Martin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468542) came sliding in for the rebound and he hit the second post of the minute for Pittsburgh.

18:59: Tyler Kennedy (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471311) records the first Penguins scoring chance as he rips a shot off the post from the far circle.

19:29: Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594) makes the first official save at CONSOL Energy Center by denying a Braydon Coburn slap shot from the right point.

20:00: Mark it down in the history books, Crosby wins the opening faceoff at 7:16 PM. A new era is under way!


7:13 PM: Jeff Jimerson just completed another thrilling rendition of the national anthem and now it's time for the ceremonial opening faceoff. Dropping the puck are Penguins owner Mario Lemieux and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Team captains Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) and Mike Richards are participating.

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7:01 PM: It's time for the crowd to meet the 2010-11 Pittsburgh Penguins! We are seconds away from player introductions here at CONSOL Energy Center.

6:58 PM: Mario Lemieux is now at center ice - yes, the place is going crazy! - with that jar of water ... he has now poured it onto center ice so that the memories of the Civic Arena can live here forever! Wow was that amazing!

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6:55 PM: The next video starts off with a remembrance of the Civic Arena. The snow was shoveled off the ice, melted and placed in a jar as highlights fill the other half of the screen. Another great video by the Penguins Game Entertainment staff led by Rod Murray, Billy Wareham and Steve Finerty. I think everyone has the chills right now!!!

6:54 PM: The lights are off here at CONSOL Energy Center and a video narrated by the legendary Mike Lange is being played. Cameras are flashing everywhere as fans cannot wait to welcome the Penguins for the first time at the new arena.


10-07-2010, 09:01 PM
Shea was right all along.....this team is lost without Gonchar on the PP.

I think they'll get better. Just need to adjust. It wasn't like they lost due to a lack of shooting on the PP (or in even strength), at least 3 or 4 hit the post during the game and Bobrovsky must have eaten a shit load of Lucky Charms this morning cause he was making big time saves with little defensive help throughout most of the game.

I'm not too worried (yet).

Fire Haley
10-07-2010, 09:01 PM
Lots of opportunities. Tangradi looked good.

10-07-2010, 09:04 PM
Lots of opportunities. Tangradi looked good.

Definitely, as did Engelland. Very impressed with them both so far. Comrie and Crosby were both on fire tonight too (shots wise), just couldn't get any past Russian Bob.

Fire Haley
10-07-2010, 09:17 PM
I think Malkin slept through the game, but his English is 100X better - so there's that trade-off.

10-07-2010, 09:24 PM
He tried, but was getting tag teamed a lot. He'll do a lot better once Staal comes back. I think Comrie would be a better line mate for Crosby (which is where I believe he'll be going once Staal centers the 2nd line).

But yeah, he did seem to have an off night as well. As did Letang (who pretty much cost us the game...no surprise there though).

10-07-2010, 09:48 PM
The Letang turnover was brutal and the penalty against Geno was bunk, especially since he was getting in control of the puck right in front of the Philly goalie. Who by the way played a pretty damn good game for his first NHL game. He was very poised and impressed me. Didn't seem nervous at all.

We had our chances, especially Crosby, but the puck just didn't bounce our way.

Maybe the new arena is jinxed? :nervous:

10-07-2010, 09:58 PM
BTW, why is it that Versus seems to always pick one or two commercials to play over and over again?

The Ovechkin locker laugh will now give me nightmares and the T.Ocho show sounds like one of the dumbest ideas a network ever came up with.

10-08-2010, 08:07 AM
BTW, why is it that Versus seems to always pick one or two commercials to play over and over again?

The Ovechkin locker laugh will now give me nightmares and the T.Ocho show sounds like one of the dumbest ideas a network ever came up with.

It's cause VS is full of creepers.

10-08-2010, 09:09 AM
Sucks to lose the 1st one, but there's plenty more to be had.

We shelled the young goalie early, and had our chances the whole game, but not enough went in. He was good.

If we get the early lead, it's a different game. The crowd was ready to go.