Training camp - Day 3 - Semi live blog - 09-20-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Greetings from:

-It's kind of a different environment here today without fans:

Group C is on the ice. This group consists of:


Mike Comrie
Ryan Craig
Dustin Jeffrey
Nick Johnson
Tyler Kennedy
Evgeni Malkin
Ryan Schnell
Brett Sterling
Eric Tangradi
Keven Veilleux
Tim Wallace


Kris Letang
Paul Martin
Corey Potter
Carl Sneep
Steve Wagner


Marc-Andre Fleury
Patrick Killeen
Alex Pechurskiy

-Malkin, Tangradi and Comrie are once again working on a line. Martin and Letang are teamed up on the blue line.

-Penguins great Kevin Stevens, currently a professional scout with the club, is in the house chatting with assistant general manager Jason Botterill. Looks like "Artie" lost a little weight.

-The NHL released its rules enforcement video:

A scrimmage between Groups A and C is about to begin. Group A's roster is:


Tyler Brown
Sidney Crosby
Chris Conner
Pascal Dupuis
Eric Godard
Chris Kunitz
Nick Petersen
Zach Sill
Joe Vitale
Geoff Walker


Robert Bortuzzo
Joey DeSantis
Simon Despres
Zbynek Michalek
Brooks Orpik
Brian Strait


Brent Johnson
Brad Thiessen

-For Group C, Kennedy is on a line with Jeffrey and Sterling.

-The Penguins have signed general manager Ray Shero to a contract extension.

-Brett Sterling puts a puck by Thiessen off assists from Veilleux and Wagner. Group C 1-0.

-Sterling is gunning for Mark Letestu's unofficial training camp scoring title. He puts a backhander by Thiessen. Kunitz gets the only assist. Group C, 2-0.

-Malkin jabbed a quick wrister from the right circle on net. Thiessen eats it up.

-Comrie took a pass from Martin and pumps a big slapper from the right circle. Thiessen fights it off. Thiessen has been busy so far.

-Despres has a sloppy turnover in his own zone to Malkin. Can't let that happen.

-Wagner and Godard get a little chippy in the corner. Nothing really comes of it.

-Kevin Stevens and Dan Bylsma are sitting next to each other while watching the scrimmage. That prompts us to pull out this amazing photo:

(Photo: Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

-Kennedy, getting some time with Malkin and Tangradi, takes a little give-and-go pass from Malkin off the right wing. He cuts to the crease and lifts a backhander wide to the far side. Nice move by Kennedy. He just couldn't finish it.

-Martin found a way to get a decent wrister on net through traffic. The Penguins will need more of that with Sergei Gonchar gone. One aspect of Gonchar's game which was very underappreciated was his ability to put the puck on net through traffic. He didn't just pull back, crank a boomer of a slap shot and hope it forced its way through. He could find lanes and put the puck in a position to either go in the net itself, or create a second-chance scoring opportunity.

-Simon Despres beats Marc-Andre Fleury on a penalty shot. Weird.

-That's not the first time he's had a chance with a goaltender one-on-one:

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-Dupuis challenged Potter deep on the right wing one-on-one. Potter made a nice poke check and broke up the opportunity. We've liked Potter so far.

-Comrie has Matt Cooke disease. He misses an empty netter from the left wing.

-End of game. Group C 2, Group A 1.

-Injury note: Casey Pierro-Zabotel is out 3-4 weeks with a broken finger on his right hand.

-Dan Bylsma said the team will play several of its stars Wednesday for the first preseason game against Detroit since it will be the first contest at Consol Energy Center.

-Many coaches seem to shun away from all the "extra" ceremonial aspects of hockey. Bylsma embraces it.

-That's pretty much the end of our live blog for Day 3. Not a lot going on with Group B. We'll have a Q&A with Mike Rupp later.

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