Day 2 Scrimmage Update:
Group B 3, Group C 1
Goals for the winners: Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang (2); goals for the losers: Jean-Sebastien Dea.
Notable Moment: Simon Despres’s hit on Crosby – a first-look questionable decision by Despres, who seemed only aware of Crosby being near him at the last minute. Crosby, who missed the last half of the 2010-11 and most of the 2011-12 season with concussion symptom, declared himself fine after the scrimmage.
Actually, Crosby credited with Despres for “letting up on me” on the sequence.
“He could have really crushed me,” Crosby said. “They had guys changing. I thought they were all off (the ice), but they weren’t. It was a last-second thing.”
Despres was very active in the Day 2 Scrimmage, noticeably physical. Perhaps that was his response to a seemingly alarming Day 1, during which his conditioning was called into question as he lagged behind teammates on drills.
Forward Joe Vitale, a native of St. Louis, expressed little concern for his now tied-for-first place Cardinals. Oh, but deep down in the places he does not want to acknowledge, he is worried. (We are trying to find a Green Weenie to present him, but there are few to be found.)
A fair – if gloomy outside – morning to the Dear Readers in and around Pittsburgh, as Day 2 of Penguins camp is underway at Consol Energy Center…
QUICK REMINDER >> Day 3 (Saturday) is open to the public, with entry being granted at 8:30 a.m. There will be a session and scrimmage.
BRING GLOVES as it remains a bit, oh, freezing in The Center That Replaced an Igloo.
We will spare you a tiresome Day 1 recap, as dangerous it is to read much into a first day of practices; but do take a look at these reports from fellow beat scribe Josh “Instinctive One” Yohe:
= As hinted at in our camp preview, and detailed more in this piece, the third line will have a new look – and role, seemingly – this season: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4694508-74/third-sutter-agostini#axzz2emXoamJr
= Marc-Andre Fleury had a rough start, which leads the notes from Day 1: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4694518-74/fleury-penguins-team#axzz2emXoamJr
Allow us this thought on Fleury’s Day 1: It doesn’t matter. Also what would not have mattered – Fleury having a dominant Day 1.
Now, granted, Fleury has had one past occurrence – the 2010-11 campaign – in which he did not easily shake off a previous postseason disappointment. However, he also rebound that season to have arguably his best overall regular season:
The big point we will make about Fleury is that – with the exception of a complete showing that he can no longer stop pucks – there is little he can do this camp, or before the playoffs, to show much of anything. He needs to play better when it counts, and it counts starting in April for these Penguins.
= Columnist Dejan Kovacevic touches on that very topic: http://triblive.com/sports/dejankovacevic/dejancolumns/4689631-74/crosby-final-team#axzz2emXoamJr
Be Excellent to Each Other,