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Blue Jackets at Penguins - Pregame - 9-15-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

PREGAME

-We know it's only the preseason, but we can't help ourselves:

-Greetings from Mellon Arena. The postseason ended approximately 49 minutes ago. And now, we're here for the first game of the final preseason at Mellon Arena.

-A few pictures from our walk up from Downtown. The water fountain at PPG Place:

-Good they decided to rip up Market Square. It's not like there's a convention of the world's most powerful heads of state coming into town or anything that will cripple traffic next week:

-We realize Barack Obama probably wasn't planning on taking Nicolas Sarkozy over to the Original Oyster House for a fish sandwich or anything (the Secret Service wouldn't confirm the President's dining plan for security reasons, sorry), but why would you rip up one of Downtown's centerpieces right before an event that will grant the city a ton of international exposure?

-While in Market Square, we stopped off for some health food:

-One of our favorite structures downtown, the Grant Building:

-Apparently they're showing some Emilio Estevez movies in the arena after the game:

-We haven't gotten a look at Consol Energy Center in a while. They're starting to put up a lot of the exterior materials like brick and glass:

-This picture doesn't really illustrate it that well, by you can really see the formation of the concourses really well if you peer inside:

-And Penguins broadcaster Bob Grove apparently has a crane and is helping with the construction.

-Fans crossing Washington Place:

-The current facility:

-They still have chalk art up on the sidewalk:

-Dan Bylsma has repeatedly stated his team is trying to downplay the fact they are the defending Stanley Cup champions. The other day, he described his team as one of 30 trying to win the Cup. Well... we guess he doesn't enter the Arena through Gate 3 too often:

-Blue Jackets forward Jakub Voracek has at least one fan here:

-The ice:

 -Some "When You Were Young" by the Killers is playing in the Arena at the moment. You enjoy the song while we go jersey-huntin':

-A few of you have asked. The game can be heard online here at the Blue Jackets' Web site and at WXDX-FM's site.

-A few sights around the Arena. A Rick Nash All-Star Game jersey from 2003-04:

-A Sergei Gonchar team Russia jersey:

-This was, to say the least, a rare find:

-This gentleman bought a Civil War reenactment uniform and dressed it up in Blue Jackets patches. Is that a military uniform foul? We don't know. That's not our jurisdiction.

-Matthew Barnaby:

-Kevin Stevens with a 1990 All-Star Game patch:

-We have this pretty sweet shirt. We're just waiting to lose the 30 or so pounds we've gained since we first acquired it:

-Tomas Surovy:

-Warm ups:

-Your starting goaltenders are Marc-Andre Fleury and Mathieu Garon. The former Penguins goaltender gets a brief applause from fans. He does afterall have the lowest goal against average for any Penguins goaltender in a Stanley Cup final. Based on that scoreless period he had in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final last season.

-Fleury is expected to play the first two periods and give way to Brad Thiessen.

-New public address announcer Ryan Mill takes the mic for the first time. No offense to him, he seems like a fine announcer, but he's no John Barbero.

-No Jimerson for the national anthem. Just Alyonka Larionov. The weird thing was, she was simply introduced as "Alyonka." Even visually on the scoreboard. Is she like Prince or something?

-Click here for the first period.

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