Penguins Report: West Point (Day 2)

Saturday, 09.28.2013 / 10:10 AM Pittsburgh Penguins


Army strong

Pens getting a tour of West Point

Some cannons

The chain that once ran through the Hudson River

Old British cannon taken by the U.S. after the Revolutionary War

View of the Hudson

General Douglas MaCarthur

These cadets did something to get in trouble...

So they are forced to walk this square for hours. Sometimes for over 100 hours.

Gearing up for military simuation

Gaming simulation

Weapons training

Coach Bylsma is ready for battle

Call of Duty

Sid vs. Geno

Look at the smile on Beau.

Get low and shoot straight

Crosby takin' care of business

Another group gets after it

Team 2 lines up

More weapons training

--Sam Kasan

Following their on-ice practice, the Pens participated in a little touch football with some Army players.

Game on

Crosby sets up for the opening kickoff. And...


Coach Dan and strength coach Mike Kadar running routes

Martin channeling his high school days as a quarterback

Dupuis with the snap

Martin airing it out

Neal looking to make the catch

Battle in the end zone for the ball.

Fleury carries down the sideline

Bennett lines up

Game-winning field goal try...


Another ball up for grabs

Play of the Game: Martin leaps over everyone to pull in this ball. Two feet down. Six points.

--Sam Kasan

Pens head coach Dan Bylsma had a few notes on the Pens practice group and injury updates...

  • Kris Letang is out with a lower-body injury. He will not skate the rest of the West Point trip and will be re-evaluated once he returns to Pittsburgh. The team is not sure if it will be a short-term or extended injury.
  • Matt D'Agostini skated by himself following practice on Saturday and will skate again alone Sunday after team practice.
  • The Pens dressed eight defensemen. Derrick Pouliot skated in place of Olli Maatta.

--Sam Kasan

Defenseman Brooks Orpik (lower-body, day-to-day) was back on the ice for the Pens practice. Missing from the skate were Kris Letang, Olli Maatta and Matt D'Agostini (and Vokoun of course). Paul Martin took Letang's spot on the power play.

--Sam Kasan


Jokinen moves in on Zatkoff on a shootout and......


The power-play unit celebrates after scoring a goal

The Army hockey players watch the Pens practice

Bylsma goes over the next drill

Some Pens jerseys in the stands at Tate Rink

Malkin and Engelland do one-on-one battles

They chat following their session

Fans filling the stands to see the Pens practice

Neal is ready for his drill

--Sam Kasan

The Penguins arrived at West Point after taking an early flight Friday morning. They toured the West Point athletic facilities, at lunch with the cadets in the mess hall and then hit the ice at Tate Rink for practice. There are a number of other activities planned for them during their stay.

“The trip so far is great,” winger Pascal Dupuis said. “I was really impressed by the facilities, by how people talk, how people just conduct themselves and it was great that we had lunch with the cadets. Just talking to them, what they’re going through, the freshmen, the seniors, the juniors – what kind of life, what kind of ranking they have. It’s been an interesting day.”

Full story here.

Pens and Army ice hockey captains pose together.

--Sam Kasan

The Penguins had another early wake-up call on Saturday to start their second day at West Point. On the itinerary is an on-ice practice, some lunch, a tour of the campus and some military simulation. It should be another full day. So stick right here for pics, videos and more.

For a full rundown on Day 1 click here. And here is PensTV's recap of Friday's activities...

--Sam Kasan

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