PEGUINS 3, RANGERS 2
The Trib’s Terrific Trio:
1 – D Alex Goligoski, Penguins.
Key stats: 2 assists, 2 blocked shots, 2:12 of power-play time.
Rossi: As I told Go-Go after the game, he’s making me look good: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_642739.html
2 – G Marc-Andre Fleury, Penguins.
Key stats: 25 saves, including all 12 shots faced in second period.
Rossi: I told a Canadian colleague in the press box before the game, “If Canada doesn’t put him in net with a medal on the line at the Olympics, Canada loses.” Seems pretty simple, eh?
3 – C Sidney Crosby, Penguins.
Key stats: 1 goal, 2 shots, 13 of 20 on faceoffs.
Rossi: May he never leave the front of the net again.
SAY IT, SIR
“They are extremely tough to beat in this building. That’s just the way it is.”
–Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist, on the Penguins and Mellon Arena.
Rossi: He’s right, you know. Just ask the Detroit Red Wings. This, of course, begs the question: Should co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle keep the Igloo around a bit longer just in case Consol Energy Center isn’t so sweet to the local club?
RING IT UP
- Penguins team president David Morehouse did a bit of damage to his Stanley Cup ring on Friday. It slipped off his hand as he tossed a football inside Mellon Arena prior to the game. To the naked eye the damage doesn’t show, and Morehouse will have the diamonds his ring lost replaced.
- Penguins team CEO Ken Sawyer needs some work on his Cup ring, too. It doesn’t fit. I learned this while riding to the fifth level in an elevator with Sawyer before the game. Also in that elevator, coincidentally, were David Morehouse’s sons and brother-in-law. (Me thinks they knew not of his gaffe.) Anyway, Sawyer will have his ring re-sized this week, but I question how the guy that hired GM Ray Shero and oversaw design of the new arena – not to mention helped steer the franchise during its dark post bankruptcy days – fails to get a Cup ring that fits.
CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES
Before leaving Mellon Arena on Friday morning after the pregame practices I stopped by the room that houses the club’s game-night entertainment crew, where I was told by Chris DeVivo, director of game night operations and video production, “Be in your seat by 7:25 tonight, because it’s going to be something.”
Sorry, Chris, but you weren’t doing the Stanley Cup pregame ceremony justice. It totally reeked of awesome.
When those white drapes dropped to cover the video board and showed nothing but a picture of the Stanley Cup… well, for those lucky enough to be in attendance that will be a moment to keep forever.
Penguins vice president of communications Tom “SLAP!” McMillan told me the dropping of those drapes gave the organization its gravest concerns about the ceremony. “You just never know if it’s going to work,” he said.
Plus, the move to get comedian Dennis Miller for narration of the Stanley Cup tribute video was worth any trouble – and I’m not just staying that because Miller is a graduate of Dormont High School, which later became Jay Neff Middle School in the Keystone Oaks School District, which holds a special place in at least one Golden Eagle’s heart.
Nope, I’m not just saying that at all, babe.
Anyway, kudos to DeVivo, game night producer Billy Wareham and his crew, which I can attest works longer hours than any in the NHL (and deals with by far the most rodents). Their work pays off often, and it did big-time Friday.
–BY ROB ROSSI (10/3/09)
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