The catcalls for Chris Osgood cascaded from the Consol Energy Center upper deck late in the second period after the Penguins scored for the fifth time against the Detroit goalie, including a second goal by Ryan Craig.
After Detroit defenseman Ruslan Salei cut it to 3-1 with a slap shot from the right point at 9:29, free-agent acquisition Brett Sterling was the beneficiary of a Sidney Crosby pass after a perfectly played give-and-go between Crosby and Pascal Dupuis for a 4-1 lead at 13:28. Sterling spent the past four seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers organization, scoring 55 goals as a rookie for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL in 2006-07.
Craig scored his second at 15:06, sliding on the ice to knock in Tyler Kennedy’s shot from the right boards. It’s a memorable Penguins debut for Craig, who played five seasons for the Tampa Bay Lightning but spent the majority of last season with Norfolk of the AHL.
The announced attendance is 18,087, a sellout at the new arena. If it looks like there are empty seats, it’s probably because many fans are wandering around the concourses of Consol Energy Center to check out all of the amenities available the new building has to offer that Civic Arena didn’t.
The Penguins have a sellout streak of 166 games (including playoffs) that dates to their game against Chicago Feb. 14, 2007. Since the streak began, 2,836,303 fans – an average of 17,086 per game – have seen the Penguins play. That doesn’t count exhibition games.
An interesting note about Jesse Boulerice, who quickly became a fan favorite after pummeling Aaron Downey in a first-period fight: Boulerice has played in 172 career games and accumulated 333 penalty minutes, including 124 PIMs in 54 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last year.
And Mike Comrie, who became the answer to a trivia question by scoring the first-ever goal at Consol Energy Center, has scored 20 or more goals five times in his nine-year career, including a pair of 30-goal seasons.
The Red Wings outshot the Penguins, 14-7, in the second period but have been outshot 27-21 overall and are 0-for-6 on the power play.