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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

Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib

Comments

  1. Dan says:

    I think he means the people working on the ice need time to figure out the system at Consol.

    But it’s still surprising that the ice isn’t as well as the sheets in Canadia.

  2. Shawn says:

    Kovalev, Malkin, Lemieux. Those are, in order, the three most naturally gifted and talented players in Pens history. Raw talent, I mean.

    I really hope that Mark Letestu continues to play well enough to keep the #2 center job, even after Staal comes back. The reason we drafted Staal over Toews and Kessel was Shero’s belief in 3 stud centers being the path to a championship. Two finals and one Cup later, I’d say he was right.

    Staal would be a solid number two center. He is the DOMINANT number three center of the past 10 years.

    I also don’t like Geno on the wing, he’s not even 1/3rd as effective getting the puck flat footed along the boards vs. in motion up the middle. Also, he’s not very good defensively on the wing, whereas he’s actually very underrated defensively as a center. Just let someone else take the draw.

  3. Shawn says:

    I bet you do…

    Any info on their plans once Jordan and Asham come back? Tangradi is probably going back to WBS. Kennedy has played well. Any chance Godard gets waived?

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