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Old 10-08-2010, 09:48 AM   #11421
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Aftermath: Flyers 3, Penguins 2


Thursday, 10.07.2010 / 11:03 PM / Features
By Sam Kasan


Opener Memorable Open-Night Crowd Enjoys Arena
Highlights Crosby Kennedy Coach Bylsma Mario Splash Ceremony Photos


The Penguins opened their brand-new, state-of-the-art facility, CONSOL Energy Center with much anticipation and excitement. Though Pittsburgh was on the losing end of a 3-2 game to rival Philadelphia, the bigger story of the night was the new arena that saved the Penguins and hockey in Pittsburgh.

On the ice, the Penguins ran into a hot goaltender in 22-year-old Russian rookie Sergei Bobrovsky, who made his NHL debut. Pittsburgh pressured the goaltender all night, throwing 31 shots on goal. And when the Penguins did get the puck behind Bobrovsky, they couldnít beat the red metal behind him. Though no official count exists, offhand I recall Pittsburgh hitting at least five posts. The Penguins deserved a better outcome on the ice than occurred.

Despite the disappointing loss, it was still ďa great day for hockeyĒ and a grand celebration of the CONSOL Energy Center and the start of the 2010-11 season.

Tyler Kennedy put on his customary energetic and inspired performance.

He was flying up and down the ice, hustling to loose pucks, fighting for puck possession and a menace with his defensive stick work.

Kennedy was rewarded for his efforts by forever etching his name in the history books as the first Penguin to score at CONSOL Energy Center.

He tallied 44 seconds into the third period. Kennedy also finished with three shots and a plus-1 rating.




The Penguins scored a goal 44 seconds into the third period to cut Philadelphiaís lead to 2-1.

Pittsburgh had all the momentum and was working on a power play just two minutes later. Sidney Crosby received a perfect pass above the near circle and rifled a shot. The puck unfortunately dinged off the goal post, and 1:31 minutes later the Flyers scored the game-winning shorthanded goal.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Surprise starter Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots in his NHL debut, Danny Briere and Blair Betts scored the first two goals, and the Flyers spoiled the Pittsburgh Penguins' debut game in their new arena by winning 3-2 on Thursday night.

For the first time in their 44-season history, the Penguins played a home game in a brand-new building as an above-capacity 18,289 jammed into the Consol Energy Arena - a building made certain only after Sidney Crosby's arrival in 2005 rejuvenated hockey interest in Pittsburgh.







ē Some quick firsts for the CONSOL Energy Center: goal/power-play goal (Danny Briere, 2:51, first period); Penguin goal (Tyler Kennedy, 0:44, third period); shorthanded goal (Claude Giroux, 4:55, third period); Penguin power-play goal (Alex Goligoski, 5:14, third period).

ē Pittsburgh outshot Philadelphia, 31-27. The Penguins put 65 total shots toward the net (with 16 being blocked and 18 missing the goal).

ē The Penguins dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 34 of 56 draws (61 percent). Sidney Crosby (18 of 29, 62 percent) and Mark Letestu (10 of 14, 71 percent) were the workhorses on the night.

ē Brooks Orpik recorded a game-best five blocked shots, while Zbynek Michalek placed a close second with four.

ē The Penguins had their first sell out crowd at CONSOL Energy Center (18,289), and the 167th consecutive sell out for the franchise (including postseason), dating back to February 2007.






#1. Sergei Bobrovsky
Goaltender - 35


29 saves
1st career NHL win





#2 Claude Giroux
Center- 28


1 SH goal
Plus-1 rating
19:54 MP





#3 Tyler Kennedy
Right Wing - 48


1 goal
Plus-1 rating
3 shots


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Hard Work Earns Rupp Special Teams Duty
Friday, 10.08.2010 / 2:31 PM / Features
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Penguins forward Mike Rupp proved his versatility on several occasions during his first season in Pittsburgh last year.

Whether it was centering the fourth line in an energy role or notching a hat trick on Sidney Crosby’s wing against the New York Rangers, Rupp excelled in every situation head coach Dan Bylsma threw his way.

If the early portion of the 2010-11 season is any indication, Rupp figures to be adding even more responsibilities to his list of job descriptions.

Since the beginning of training camp last month, Rupp’s hard work in practice has led to him seeing extra minutes on both the penalty killing and No. 2 power-play units.

“Playing on the fourth line, it provides an opportunity to get some special teams minutes,” Rupp said. “You get a chance to get more involved in the game. In turn, I think that helps me to feel more involved five-on-five because you get more acclimated to the game.”

Drawing net-front presence duties on the power play is nothing new for Rupp – he performed the same role a few times for the Penguins last season, and also did so on numerous occasions during his days with the New Jersey Devils – but taking shifts on the penalty kill is new.

Following practice on Friday, Bylsma talked about how he toyed with the idea of using Rupp on the PK last season, but the Penguins’ depth there kept Rupp from seeing game action. Fast forward one season and a Jordan Staal injury later, and Bylsma believed now was the perfect time to see if Rupp could contribute to the Penguins’ outstanding PK unit.

“Mike is a guy we talked to about killing penalties last season,” Bylsma said. “He spends a lot of time in practice penalty killing, so I have seen him penalty kill quite a bit. I wanted to get him involved in the preseason as another option. Due to the absence of Jordan Staal there are going to be more people killing.”

While Rupp hasn’t killed penalties in several seasons, he does have prior PK experience from the season and a half he split between the Phoenix Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets from 2004-06.

“It’s something that I have done in the past,” Rupp said. “We have a pretty good PK unit, so I guess it was just a matter of earning the trust from the guys. I would love to have responsibilities like that on special teams. I am happy to get that chance.”

Rupp isn’t surprised that he has had success in the preseason and during Thursday night’s opener against Philadelphia as a penalty killer, because as a defensive-minded player, he has the perfect mindset to succeed in such a role.

“I think I am pretty reliable defensively and with my long reach it’ll benefit me,” Rupp said. “You have to pay attention to what the other team’s tendencies are and just be patient. We force when we can force them to make quick, rash decisions with the puck.”

As far as Rupp standing in front of the net providing a screen on the power play, look for that to continue as well, as Bylsma continues to search for the player who best fills that role.

“We are definitely trying to establish a net-front presence,” Bylsma said. “He obviously adds to that. If you ask our goaltenders who the best one is in practice, they will tell you (No.) 17. He’s there because of that reason.”
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Penguins Report: Practice 10/8/10


Friday, 10.08.2010 / 10:40 AM / Penguins Report
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FRIDAYíS WRAP:
  • Great tribute video for John Barbero, and fundraiser (1:47 PM).
  • Dan Bylsma discusses Talbot (for Quebec media), the power play and Thursdayís game (1:29 PM).
  • Mike Rupp getting more PK and PP time (3:05 PM).
  • Malkin, Fleury and Comrie talkd to PensTV (2:57 PM).
  • Some chatter from Crosby and Orpik (12:48 PM).
  • All 22 Penguins players (non-IR) were at practice (11:13 AM).
  • Practice pics (11:14 AM).
  • Montreal practice pics (1:33 PM).
  • Goalie Patrick Killeen was sent back to Wheeling (10:40 AM).
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3:04 PM:
Not sure if you noticed, but Mike Rupp is getting a few more minutes of special teams action - both on the power play (as a net-front presence) and on the PK.
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2:57 PM:
Some player videos from PensTV:

EVGENI MALKIN



MARC-ANDRE FLEURY



MIKE COMRIE



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1:47 PM:
The Penguins had a touching tribute to long-time PA announcer John Barbero, who passed away this summer.



The blog Mondesi's House is putting together a benefit in the memory and honor of Barbero.

On Sunday, November 7, the Mon Valley YMCA will host a sports and celebrity memorabilia auction from 1-4 p.m. at the YMCA gymnasium, sponsored by Charleroi Federal Savings Bank.

Proceeds from the event benefit the YMCA's Youth and Teen Programs, and a $1,000 scholarship will be awarded on behalf of John Barbero to a high school student pursuing education or broadcasting in college.

For more details click here.
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1:33 PM:
The Montreal Canadiens, who will play the Penguins Saturday night, are in town and held their first practice at CONSOL Energy Center. The Habs are coming off a 3-2 loss at Toronto Thursday night.


Carey Price (right)


PK Subban (left); Tomas Plekanec (right)
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1:29 PM:Coachspeak with Dan Bylsma....

On generating offense against the Flyers:
The scoring chances in the first period were somewhere around 10-4 (in favor of the Penguins). If you are thinking about creating, and that implies taking a risk, thatís the kind of risk-taking I would like to have. In the offensive zone, Mike Comrie had a wraparound and our defenseman had a chance at an empty net. We had another chance at a puck in the crease. That is the type of creating and habits that can lead to good offense for your team. If you are thinking along the lines of trying to create a goal every time you touch the puck, thatís the type of offense we are not trying to instill in our team. Yes, we want to attack. Yes, we want to force teams to play against our speed, but there is also responsibility that comes with managing the puck the right way and executing with the puck so that we can do that. Thatís not risk-taking at all. Thatís always a balance. Thatís a balance for every team being able to manage the puck and do that. If we can do that, get to the offensive zone and be there for 65-70 percent of the time like we were in the first (period), those are the risks we like to take.

On Thursday being a mixed bag in that regard:
The second period was for sure. We got away from that in the second and it led to some momentum going away from our team. I thought we had to play catch-up in the third period.

On Maxime Talbot:
Max is best described as an energy guy. He is an abrasive guy. He is a battle guy. He thrives on being that. Thatís how he has been effective. He can be effective anywhere in your lineup doing that Ė penalty killing, third line, fourth line, he can play up (on the top lines). He has scored goals and gotten chances to play on top lines because of being able to bring that into a game. Thatís where we and he expect him to get back to be a factor like we have seen Max be in the past.

On Malkin playing the left point:
I had a conversation with ĎGenoí and with other people as well. I asked him which spot he wants to play and thatís the one he wants to play.

On the reason why:
Itís a little different mindset. He should be attacking and on the offensive when he gets the puck and not stationary and left alone over there. I think sometimes he has felt that way in the past when he has played the point on the offside. That is not the case. This is a case where this player in that position should be getting the puck and attacking. He would rather be doing that on that side of the ice than the right side.

On the term Ďpointí applying to how the Penguins are running their power play:
Thatís not the term we are using. Itís a day-to-day term. Itís a game-time decision (said laughing).



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12:48 PM:
Sounds heard around the locker room:

Sidney Crosby

On the importance of the month of October:

Itís just competitive. The teams that youíre battling with sometimes are playing one another and there are often three-point games. It is a long season and itís a process, and you want to start off right. But there are a lot of games.

On Thursdayís game:
Itís a game of execution. We did some good things, but itís the first game of the season so thereís going to be mistakes. And there were mistakes on both sides. We hit like three or four posts and we had a great start, but we couldnít put the puck in the net. But thatís hockey. Thatís how it goes sometimes.




Brooks Orpik


On what the team learned from the 3-2 opener loss:
Weíre not going to go 82-0. We just played the defending Eastern Conference champion. Itís a good team. We could have been up two or three goals early if we had finished some opportunities, but we didnít. They were opportunistic on some of our breakdowns and turnovers. We had a couple chances to get back in the game and didnít do it. Weíll try to learn from it and move on for tomorrow night.

On what the team can improve on:

It was the breakdowns we looked at this morning. Itís the new guys sorting out communications and line rushes. Some of it was just execution. It was some carelessness on our part, and our focus on some areas needs to be a little bit better.

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11:14 AM:


Head coach Dan Bylsma chats with Evgeni Malkin (left)


Assistant coach Tony Granato with Maxime Talbot (left)

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11:13 AM:
All 22 Penguins are on the CONSOL Energy Center ice for practice. Only Jordan Staal and Arron Asham, both currently on injured lists, are not practicing. Kris Letang missed Thursday's morning skate with an illness, but played in the game. He is on the ice.

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10:40 AM:
The Penguins made an early transaction Friday, sending goaltender Patrick Killeen to Wheeling of the ECHL.


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Mom, you are kicking ass in this thread!

Love all the articles and updates.

Just wish they were playing again tonight. I'm bored.
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I know...I can't wait for tomorrow.

Greatest thing about hockey though...you never have to wait that long for another game. Montreal tomorrow and NJ on Monday...big week for the Pens. Hope they can get a couple wins out of it to start the season off well!
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Looking at the schedule, I thought it was a bit weird that on Monday they play a day game.

But that actually works out great for me. Can watch the game without missing MNF.
I say yay to that!
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I'm actually probably gonna miss that one, Jon's Dad's birthday is Monday and we're going over to his place for a while. So I probably won't get to see that or MNF. Oh wells.
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I'm actually probably gonna miss that one, Jon's Dad's birthday is Monday and we're going over to his place for a while. So I probably won't get to see that or MNF. Oh wells.
Sorry you're gonna miss both Mom.

I just hope that seeing the Pens on TV again will eventually calm me down to where I'm not humping the TV during commercial breaks like I was last night.

I'm that excited about the Pens and the start of the season.
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Penguins seek some revenge vs. Canadiens
Friday, 10.08.2010 / 9:28 PM Magalie LafreniŤre - NHL.com Staff Writer

CANADIENS (0-1-0) at PENGUINS (0-1-0)

TV -- CBC (HD), RDS (HD), FS-Pittsburgh (HD) 7 PM EST

Season series -- This is the first of four games between the two teams. The Penguins won the first three meetings last season, but the Canadiens had the final word, taking the final regular-season game and defeating Pittsburgh in seven games in the second round of the playoffs.

Big story -- Both teams dropped their season-openers by losing 3-2 to a close rival -- Montreal to Toronto and Pittsburgh to Philadelphia. This is also the teams' first meeting since the Canadiens eliminated the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, ending Pittsburgh's hopes of repeating as Stanley Cup champions.

Team Scope:

Penguins -- Pittsburgh's debut at the new Consol Energy Center was spoiled by the Flyers and rookie goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky in a 3-2 defeat. In his first NHL game, Bobrovsky made 29 saves and kept the Penguins' big scorers at bay. Tyler Kennedy scored at the beginning of the third period, while Alex Goligoski added a power-play tally. Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves in his first game since that Game 7 loss to the Canadiens.

"It's a game of execution. We did some good things, but it's the first game of the season so there's going to be mistakes," Sidney Crosby told the Penguins' website. "And there were mistakes on both sides. We hit like three or four posts and we had a great start, but we couldn't put the puck in the net. But that's hockey. That's how it goes sometimes."

Canadiens -- The Habs will be glad to have Mike Cammalleri back in the lineup -- he sat out Thursday's loss at Toronto after being suspended one game for his preseason slash on the Islanders' Nino Niederreiter. The Habs seemed to have trouble solving the Maple Leafs on Thursday without their playoff leading scorer and two of their top two defensemen, Andrei Markov and Roman Hamrlik, who are out with injuries.

Dustin Boyd and Jeff Halpern, newcomers to Montreal this season, scored for the Habs' in their 3-2 loss. Carey Price gave up two goals on the first six shots, but was solid the rest of the way, finishing the night with 24 saves.

"I was glad to chip in with that goal but we need to be better," Halpern told Canadiens.com. "It felt like we were swimming out there at times."

Who's hot -- Boyd had a great debut in a Habs uniform. The forward had a goal and three shots against Toronto. … Mike Comrie led the Pens with 19 shots on goals in four games during the preseason and continued with this pattern on Thursday with another four shots.

Injury report -- Hamrlik is recovering nicely form his knee injury, but won't be ready for Saturday. Markov is expected to return this month from his right ACL surgery, which he injured during the playoff series with the Penguins. … The Penguins are without Jordan Staal (right foot surgery/infection). Staal initially injured his foot in Game 1 of the Habs-Pens playoff series, but returned by series end to have to have the foot become infected over the summer.

Stat pack -- Cammalleri had 7 goals and 1 assist against the Penguins in last year's playoff series.

Puck drop -- "This new building is just unbelievable. Even our visiting dressing room is amazing. There's nothing like this anywhere in the league. We obviously have some pretty awesome memories of Mellon Arena from the playoffs and winning that Game 7 there, but now we'll just have make some new ones starting this weekend." --Tom Pyatt to Canadiens.com on playing at the new Consol Energy Center

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Well that sucked.
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