Day 3 Tidbits:
The Crosby-Malkin scrimmage ended with Malkin's group (C) taking a 2-1 victory. Here are the highlights (courtesy of Jason Seidling):
12:54: There was a penalty called on Walker. Malkin was awarded a penalty shot. He made a move to his forehand but Thiessen stopped the shot with his right pad.
10:37: GOAL! Veilleux got the puck to Sterling atop the far circle. Sterling ripoed a wrist shot, top shelf, over the shoulder of Thiessen (Wagner awarded the second assist).
6:50: GOAL! There was a rebound at the feet of Thiessen. Sterling was there to knock it into the net for his second goal of the game and tournament.
18:30: Brent Johnson was under siege early. Potter made a great play at the near point to create a shot for himself. Johnson made the save and squirmed along the ice to stop Veilleux's rebound chance.
10:04: Kennedy has looked unreal. He skated like it was Game 7 of the Cup Final. Kennedy was flying on the ice, getting into scrums and creating chances. He was rewarded for his efforts by getting a chance to play on Malkin's line. Malkin carried the puck down the midde and found Kennedy cutting down the right side. Kennedy sent a backhander just over the net.
5:31: GOA! A hooking penalty gave 2009 first-round pick Simon Despres a penalty shot. The smooth skating defenseman skated in on Fleury and beat him with a wrist shot just under the glove. The score made it 2-1, and things got more interesting.
1:20: Group A pulled netminder Brent Johnson for the extra attacker.
0:04: With time running out Brooks Orpik sent a desperation shot towards the goal. The puck slid untouched through the crease, around the corner and out of the zone to seal the game.
0:00: The game ended with a 2-1 victory for Group C, thanks to two goals from Brett Sterling.
Here are the line combinations and D-pairings the Penguins are using this morning during the scrimmage between Sidney Crosby's Team A and Evgeni Malkin's Team B.
Coachspeak with Bylsma:
Coachspeak with Dan Bylsma.
On the teamís health:
We have been (relatively healthy), but weíre at the point in camp now weíre itís evident. Weíre starting to get fatigue and thatís playing into what you see on the ice a little bit, both in practice and in (scrimmages). We need to make sure we give the appropriate rest to players while trying to get the work.
On Ray Sheroís extension:
I think itís well deserved when you see what Ray has done here and what he continues to do, both in getting good players and building a team and a nucleus and foundation for what the Penguins are and how they play. Iím certainly happy for him.
On the Penguinsí organization:
I think thereís a clear understanding of what it means to be a Pittsburgh Penguin. Whether youíre a staff member, a coach or a player, there is something distinct and unique about that. And in a very short period of time, I think thatís happened with our organization. And I think it translates into what you see on the ice. Thatís unique. Thereís a clear understanding of the players and the people and how we do things and what it means to be a Penguin. Itís not an easy thing to do, but [Shero]ís done a very good job with that.
On Wednesdayís game being the first ever game at CONSOL Energy Center:
That the game on the 22nd is the first game in this building definitely played into some of the decision about the lineup. I think Sidney Crosby should be in that game, being the first game. And other guys like Evgeni Malkin and Brooks Orpik who have been with the organization for a long time, they are playing in that game because of that reason. On top of that, we really have three different types of games here. The first two are where players will get opportunities to get exhibition games. The second two are still more opportunities, but guys will have earned those games, and maybe the competition and some of the spots on our team will be playing out based on how the first two games go. Then five and six will be more of getting down to our team and situations for players to see themselves in.
On taking in the first game:
Iím really looking forward to seeing the building full, and see a National Hockey League game in here and seeing the energy and excitement and what it will be like. I just have a feeling that this game will different than a normal preseason game will be.
Mark Letestu played games as our third-line center last year when he played in the National Hockey League. He was put in a playoff game because we were trying to win and he was a guy we thought could help us do that. So to see him on a line with Cooke and Asham is an indication of what we think a possibility for him to have success would be in.
Eric Tangradi is a guy we think can be a top-six guy or a winger with a good center-man and another good winger, and heís getting that opportunity.
On his plans for camp:
The great thing about training camp is that every day itís planned out and you execute that plan. Thereís not really an adjustment to that plan for five or six days. So in terms of getting things done, itís very planned out. The work and the drills and the pace that we have is planned out to get the work and the necessary conditioning in. Giving players and certain scenarios time to play out is all scheduled out. To this point, we feel pretty good about the first three days of planning.
On having NHL guys competing for spots:
I think itís important. There are certain scenarios in a playerís career where they have a heightened sense of competitiveness, like contract years, coming to camp on a tryout, going to a new team, there are areas where you have a heightened sense of competitiveness. When you have that, thatís where you want your players to be. Having 12 players in camp and everyoneís assured of their jobs doesnít provide that. So having depth and players that can compete for different opportunities and spots is important, especially in a short period of camp. We need to get competition and people need to earn their spots or move up in the organization Ė whether its from Wilkes-Barre to Pittsburgh or moving up in the lineup.