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Maple Leafs at Penguins - Pregame - 9-18-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

PREGAME

Greetings from the final preseason game at Mellon Arena. You are reading live on a warm late summer day. You can't find a cloud in the sky. It was a marvelous afternoon to walk up to Mellon Arena. Looking down Mellon Arena:

-PPG's evil corporate lair:

-Remember how we showed you how Market Square was all ripped up just in time for the G20 on Tuesday:

-Well guess what brilliant implement of public relations they've employed to cover the ugly truth. Tarps!

-Welcome to Pittsburgh. Don't you dare look at our construction.

-The new Reed Smith Centre on Fifth Ave.:

-There's quite a bit of work going on down along Fifth Ave.:

The PNC building along Fifth Ave.and Wood Street has this really cool "plant" display alongside the building. This whole thing is made of shrubbery:

-If you didn't know that the Duquesne Club has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior in 1889, you do know:

-Welcome:

-Dan Bylsma's Qdoba:

-Mellon's evil corporate lair:

-Consol Energy Center rising up beind the Church of the Epiphany:

-And the current barn:

(We have no idea how that woman got in all three pictures.)

-Gate 3 still looks naked without the big screen:

-The ice:

-Check the comments for information on watching the game on line.

-Some sights around the arena. KDKA-TV's Jory Rand has a posse:

-A Luca Caputi Wilkes-Barre/Scranton jersey:

-Jaromir Jagr early 1990s:

-Is it us, or do you just not see nearly enough Sergei Gonchar jerseys?

-Sidney Crosby Rimouski Oceanic:

-Tom Barrasso has at least two fans here tonight:

-The student rush line filing in from Mario Lemieux Place:

-Jarkko Ruutu Vancouver Canucks:

-We're not sure if wearing the jersey of another team in honor a player who was popular with one of the teams at the arena you are presently at constitutes a jersey foul. And we're not even sure if that previous sentence made sense.

-Warm ups:

-Marc-Andre Fleury and James Reimer are your starting goaltenders.

-James Reimer? We're not sure if any records exist, but the Penguins might break some preseason scoring marks tonight.

-A little birdie told us Paul Bissonnette was planning on fighting tonight. He pretty much as to in order to make this roster.

-Sarah Marince is on hand for the national anthems.

-Just so we're clear, no Jimerson = no anthem pics from us.

-Click here for the first period.

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