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We're betting he's traded this in by now - 11-23-08

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Why do we suspect you won't find this Blazer in the driveway of a certain Sewickley residence these days?

GOOD SIGN

After yesterday's game, we took a long way out of Mellon Arena and discovered this somewhat hidden gem near B-20:

Its a plaque noting those responsible for having the then Civic Arena and Exhibit Hall built back in the 1960s.

When we say it's hidden, that's a bit misleading. It's on the wall of the concourse in plain view. It's just very easy to pass up when you're racing among the masses seeking Janne Laukkanen jerseys. But walking through the arena at a much less frantic pace allowed us to "unearth" this little piece of history.

The picture isn't very clear but in the lower right-hand corner it notes that the plaque was erected in 1963, four years before the Penguins came into existence.

EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS

Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from yesterday. Michel Therrien isn't happy with his power play.

-Therrien and Canucks coach Alain Vigneault are BFFs.

-A look at the first quarter of the Penguins' season.

-Some of the Canucks thought Penguins forward Matt Cooke took a cheap shot on Alexander Edler yesterday.

-Janne Pesonen had two assists for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-2 loss at Toronto.

-Curtis Darling made 33 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-1 win at Cincinnati.

-EN reader Geoff Marton spotted this Wayne Gretzky Team Canada jersey at yesterday's game:

-We don't believe Gretzky ever wore this style of jersey so we're going to call a jersey foul on this one.

Atlantic Division

-Mike Richards' overtime goal gave the Flyers a 4-3 win against the Coyotes.

-Andy Hilbert and Mark Streit had a goal and an assist each for the Islanders in a 4-2 win at Buffalo. Joey MacDonald made 35 saves in the win. Buffalo has lost five consecutive games.

-Islanders forward Frans Nielsen will be out 8-to-12 weeks after a blow to the head from Devils defenseman Mike Mottau Friday. Nielsen actually suffered multiple leg injuries from the hit and did not suffer a concussion. Mottau meanwhile will be suspended all of two games. Huh? Who ever said this was a garage league?

-Forward Jeremy Colliton was recalled from Bridgeport of the AHL to replace Nielsen.

Northeast Division

-Blake Wheeler's shootout goal gave the Bruins a 3-2 win at Montreal. It was Boston's 100th regular season ever in Montreal.

-Check out this hit Montreal's Saku Koivu stuck on Boston's Dennis Wideman last night:

-For some reason, Boston's Milan Lucic wasn't too eager to fight Montreal goon Georges Laraque.

-Prior to the game, the Canadiens retired the number of former goaltender Patrick Roy:

-It was a big night in Toronto as well as the Maple Leafs honored (they don't officially retire jersey numbers in Toronto) the number of Wendel Clark:

(Kudos to Eric McErlain for AOL finding both videos.)

-Toronto also paid tribute to Clark by distributing fake moustaches to every fan in attendance last night.

-Alex Auld made a "whopping" 18 saves for Ottawa in a 4-1 defeat of the Rangers. The win broke a six-game losing streak for the Senators.

-Senators forward Jarkko Ruutu drove the Rangers nuts last night.

-The Senators and Dany Heatley (below) unveiled a new third jersey last night:

-Those almost look like minor league jerseys. The only thing missing is a Hyundai dealership advertisment on the pants.

-The Senators demoted forward Ilya Zubov to Binghamton of the AHL.

-Sabres forward Tim Connolly is dealing with a broken rib.

Southeast Division

-The Panthers put enforcer Wade Belak on waivers.

-The Lightning is dinged up. Goaltender Mike Smith ("lower body"), defenseman Lukas Krajicek ("lower body") and forwards Chris Gratton (knee) and Gary Roberts ("upper body") are all dealing with injuries.

-Thrashers forward Todd White returned to the lineup after being run over by Penguins defenseman Kris Letang Thursday.

-Atlanta forward Erik Christensen says his team wants an identity like his former squad, the Penguins.

-Today's game between the Hurricanes and Predators could be called the "We Hate The KHL" bowl.

Central Division

-Pavel Datsyuk and Jiri Hudler each had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings in a 5-2 win at Calgary. Former Penguins goaltender Ty Conklin made 31 saves in the win.

-Two goals by Brad Boyes gave the Blues a 2-1 win at Minnesota.

-Dave Bolland's overtime goal gave the Blackhawks a 5-4 win at Toronto. Patrick Sharp scored two goals for Chicago.

-Steve Mason made a "whopping" 15 saves for the Blue Jackets in a 2-0 shutout win at Atlanta. It was his first career shutout. Rick Nash (right) had a goal and an assist for Columbus.

-The Red Wings are benefitting off the Penguins again. They won't have to face Vancouver's Roberto Luongo, who was injured yesterday in Pittsburgh, on Monday.

-Today's "Marian Hossa is fitting in well with the Red Wings" article is brought to you by Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

-Blues forward Patrick Berglund is dealing with a groin injury.

Northwest Division

-Shootout goals by Milan Hejduk and Marek Svatos gave the Avalanche a 4-3 win at Los Angeles. Paul Stastny and Wojtek Wolski each had a gol and an assist for Colorado.

-Colorado defenseman Adam Foote was injured on a hit from behind by Kings forward and Pittsburgh native John Zeiler.

-Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo (right) suffered a left groin injury during yesterday's win at Mellon Arena. The severity of it isn't known as of yet. The Canucks are surprisingly up front with this news. We're shocked Luongo isn't dealing with an undisclosed "lower-body" injury.

-With Luongo injured, the Canucks recalled goaltender Cory Schneider from Manitoba of the AHL and demoted former Penguins defenseman Nolan Baumgartner to Manitoba.

-If Vancouver backup goaltender Curtis Sanford had been injured yesterday, the Canucks could've used their assistant equipment manager as a goaltender.

-The Avalanche recalled forward Brian Willsie from Lake Erie of the AHL and put forward Ben Guite on injured reserve.

-Yesteday was the fifth anniversary of the Heritage Classic between Montreal and Edmonton.

-The Oilers' signing of Dustin Penner two summers ago is starting to look like a bad deal.

-Edmonton needs to get more physical.

-The Wild is having trouble scoring.

Pacific Division

-How scary are the Sharks? The team not the animal that is. Well, we suppose the animal is still pretty scary, but it really doesn't apply to the context of a hockey blog. Anyway, Rob Blake had four assist for the NHL team in a 7-2 rout of the Capitals. Ryan Clowe added two goals for San Jose. The Sharks are now 11-0-1 at home this season.

-Washington hasn't won in San Jose since 1993.

-Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov cares not for Washington forward Alex Ovechkin's jewelry.

-Shootout goals by Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry gave the Ducks a 2-1 win at Dallas.

-The Kings unveiled their new third jersey:

-Sean O'Donnell and Drew Doughty (No. 8) sport the new look. Its obvious the Kings are trying to recapture the 1990s Gretzky era look. Buf if they're going to do that, why not just go back to that fantastic look?

-Ducks enforcer George Parros is buddies with Padres pitcher and former Pirates prospect Chris Young. Additionally, Parros endured a naked hug with Padres outfielder and former Pirate Brian Giles once.

-Stars captain Brenden Morrow was shocked by his season-ending knee injury.

-The Coyotes unveiled their third jersey:

-Wow. In a time when Reebok's reign of terror has continually set the bar lower and lower, the Coyotes pretty much picked up the bar, broke it over their knees and set it on fire. These are horrendous. It's almost as if they couldn't find the matching black pants and pads for those jerseys.

-Frankly, the Coyotes could never top this little diddy:

-Former Devils forward Claude Lemieux is actually getting a tryout with a team in North America. The Worcester Sharks, San Jose's AHL affilate, will give him a look.

Smythe Division

-Icethetics, one of the best hockey sites out there, needs some help.

(Photos: Heatley-Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images; Nash-Gregory Smith/Associated Press; Luongo-Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Kings-Jeff Gross/Getty Images; Gretzky/Kings-Photobucket; Coyotes-Phoenix Coyotes; Jets-Photobucket)

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