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AM Camp Log: Fleury allows 4 goals in scrimmage (9-12-13)

Approx. 11 a.m. UPDATE>>>

Group B won the first camp scrimmage, 5-0, over Group A. Goals were scored by wingers Craig Adams, Tanner Glass, Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis, and center Sidney Crosby.

Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals – including three on as many shots to open the scrimmage – for Group A. It was only a scrimmage, but it was also not the most encouraging start for a franchise goalie that was pulled from last postseason.

And so it begins…

The Penguins are on the ice – well, Group A’s members, anyway – for their first training-camp practice. Players reported Wednesday, but camp opens in full with three practices scheduled for Thursday, plus a scrimmage between Groups A and B.

It is all enough to make a grown man cry:

More on the Groups in a bit. To start, a look at the #TribHKY headlines from this Thursday morning:


= The Insider, an element of coverage we debuted last postseason, is now a full-time feature (when the situation warrants). The Insider is not intended to be straight news, but rather a deeper dive into subject matter that requires a beat reporter’s insight. Our hope is that this will become a particularly useful tool to bring readers the information we gather, but cannot always source on the record because of the subject material’s sensitivity.

It’s not opinion. It’s insight. (Warning, you may hear that soon on a radio station. Gulp.)

The Insider on this day is all about the perception vs. reality when it comes to D Matt Niskanen:


= Consider this a strong encouragement to actually buy the print edition to see the wonderful design/layout work by the Trib’s Melanie Wass, but for those among the Dear Readers that only do the web thing, here is the online version of our Training Camp Preview:


= A fine, feel-good piece about local hockey and the Penguins Foundation’s impact by Deb Deasy:



OK, so now the Groups for training camp (numbers in parentheses):


Group A

Martin (7), Kobasew (12), Sutter (16), Jeffrey (17), D’Agostini (22), Conner (23), Mikkelson (24), Fleury (29), Leblond (32), Jokinen (36), Zolnierczyk (39), Drazenovic (40), Orpik (44), Gibbons (49), Pouliot (51), Ruopp (52), McNeill (53), Marcantuoni (61), Jarry (70)


Group B

Scuderi (4), Harrington (6), Dumoulin (8), Dupuis (9), Dupuis (9), Glass (10), Kunitz (14), Adams (27), MacIntyre (33), Kostopoulos (34), Vitale (46), D’Agostino (56), Thompson (57), Letang (58), Megna (59), Murray (60), Seymour (64), Crosby (87), Vokoun (92)


Group C

Niskanen (2), Maatta (3), Engelland (5), Neal (18), Bennett (19), Ebbett (25), Hartzell (31), Zatkoff (37), Sill (38), Bortuzzo (41), Farnham (42), Payerl (45), Despres (47), Uher (48), Kuhnhackl (54), Samuelsson (55), Malkin (71), Dea (74)



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

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