Greetings, Chipped Ice fans. It was yet another somber postgame scene at Consol Energy Center, where your Penguins are now 0-3.
Here are some tidbits.
= D BROOKS ORPIK might not be out of the lineup for too long. He was in the locker room following the Penguins’ 4-3 loss to Toronto Wednesday and was walking without a limp. He is currently out with a groin injury and while he might not play against the Islanders and Flyers this weekend, he isn’t expected to miss an extended period of time.
= It was always said that former Penguins RW BILL GUERIN knew the appropriate times to be serious, and the appropriate times to crack a joke. Maybe he thinks the Penguins need a good laugh. Even though C SIDNEY CROSBY was hardly in a good mood following the Toronto loss, the Penguins’ captain broke into a couple of smiles when talking with Guerin in the locker room.
= During a TV timeout in the first period, the Consol Energy Center crowd gave Guerin, who was sitting in owner Mario Lemieux’s private box, a thunderous standing ovation. Guerin has not retired and is still possibly open to employment, but was released after a training camp run with the Philadelphia Flyers.
= A number of Penguins again openly complained about the Consol Energy Center’s ice surface.
= C MIKE COMRIE was a surprise healthy scratch after failing to score in the team’s first three games. His replacement in the lineup, RW ERIC GODARD, was given only 3:24 of ice time in his first game of the season.
Rob Rossi will be back with you Friday night when the Penguins host the Islanders. Maybe he’ll be able to deliver a win in the new barn. It’s about time, eh?
You stay classy, Pittsburgh.
(NOTE FROM ROSSI: Josh, we’re American. Also, Guerin deserved a Springsteen song on his video tribute, not one written by a Brit, though a great one in David Bowie. Missed opportunity by the Penguins to honor a Cup hero and a musical icon on the day that the Cup hero’s favorite musical icon celebrated the 30th anniversary of a great album, “The River.” Talk about a true wreck on the highway.)