Postgame thoughts after Pens win vs OTT.


Greetings Chipped Ice fans,

All of a sudden, the Penguins can’t lose at the Consol Energy Center, or anywhere, for that matter. Tonight’s game had a surreal feel because of the guy wearing No. 55 for the visitors. Senators D SERGEI GONCHAR was back in town for the first time, and was given quite a warm reception.

Here are some tidbits.

= Gonchar received a standing ovation in the first period after the Penguins honored him with a video. The normally stoic defenseman admitted to feeling emotional during the tribute. “It was very nice of them,” Gonchar said. “I’m quite thankful for the cheering. It meant a lot to me. It was a very special moment.”

= Count Ottawa coach CORY CLOUSTON among those impressed by Penguins G BRENT JOHNSON. “Obviously he is giving them a lot of confidence,” Clouston said. “He’s playing very well.”

= RW PASCAL DUPUIS, after being complimented about his mustache before tonight’s game: “Yeah, it does look pretty good.”

= A number of the Penguins have complained about the Consol Energy Center’s bad ice. Former Penguins star RW ALEX KOVALEV also was displeased with the ice, but took a more philosophical view. “It will get better. Ice needs time to mature.”

OK then, Kovy.

Until next time, you stay classy, Pittsburgh.

— Yohe