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Penguins Report: Game Day vs. Boston

Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 9:58 AM / Penguins Report
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BRUINS LINEUP UPDATES
Bruins coach Claude Julien spoke about an hour before game time. He said that Anton Khudobin will get the start as expected since Tuukka Rask played last night. Julien also said Chris Kelly, injured in last night's contest, will not play tonight. Rich Peverley will slot into the center position on that line, Jay Pandolfo will play left wing and Jordan Caron will play the right side.

--Michelle Crechiolo



BOURQUE DID IT FIRST!
Those of you that watched Kaspars Daugavins' shootout attempt from last night that I discussed in the previous post may think he was the first to try it in an actual game. But he's not! Our own radio color analyst Phil Bourque actually pulled out that same move 23 years ago on a breakaway against the Detroit Red Wings. Our video guys had to do a lot of digging to find the tape (and it literally was on VHS; luckily we still have the equipment to play it), but they found it and we put together a video package about it. Enjoy!



--Michelle Crechiolo



SICK SKILLS


The Bruins and the Senators went to a shootout last night, with Boston eventually coming away with the two points. Ottawa's Kaspars Daugavins tried a crafty move where he turned his blade so he was dragging the puck with the toe and took it in on Tuukka Rask, who had to come up with a brilliant save. Daugavins' attempt had everybody buzzing, and some of the Pens shared their thoughts on the crazy stickhandling.


What do you guys think of the move? 

--Michelle Crechiolo



VERIZON GAME DAY REPORT


--Sam Kasan



PENSTV INTERVIEWS

Sidney Crosby



Kris Letang



Paul Martin



Coach Bylsma



--Michelle Crechiolo



THEY SAID IT
Quotes heard around the locker room as the Pens prepare to battle the B's...




--Michelle Crechiolo and Sam Kasan



PENS PICS


Letang with assistant coach Reirden, who works with the defense


Coach Bylsma jumps in a drill


Great photo of Neal in mid-stride


Bennett has a quiet moment by the Gatorade bottles


Glass drops off his sticks before hitting the ice


Despres skated on a pairing with Niskanen during practice. Good sign he's in


Kunitz enters tonight coming off a 5-point performance against the Islanders (3G-2A)


Bylsma has his game face on

--Michelle Crechiolo



LINEUP UPDATES
The update straight from coach Dan Bylsma following morning skate...

"Evgeni Malkin did skate today on his own. Our lineup for the game will be game-time and Marc-Andre Fleury will start in net for our team."

--Michelle Crechiolo



MORNING SKATE INFO
Evgeni Malkin, who's out 1-2 weeks with an upper-body injury, is the only player missing from morning skate. Everyone else is on the ice.

Forward lines...
Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis
Bennett-Jeffrey-Neal
Cooke-Sutter-Kennedy
Glass-Vitale-Adam

D-pairings...
Orpik-Martin
Letang-Eaton
Despres-Niskanen
Bortuzzo-Engelland

Note: Looks like there may be a couple adjustments to the power-play units. Bennett practiced on the top unit with Letang, Crosby, Neal and Kunitz. The second unit is made up of Martin, Niskanen, Kennedy, Dupuis and Jeffrey.

--Michelle Crechiolo



GAME PREVIEW


The Bruins are an interesting team when it comes to special teams. They have the NHL’s No. 1-ranked penalty kill that's allowed just seven power-play goals against on 91 chances for an obscene 92.3 percent success rate, with Chara and defense partner Dennis Seidenberg anchoring their top unit. However, their power play has been an anomaly this season, as it’s one of the NHL’s least successful. But it says a lot about their team that they’re winning games despite their struggles there.

Full preview here (with video, players to watch and game notes)...

--Michelle Crechiolo



START THE DAY
Good morning everyone! Tonight the Penguins are playing the only team they have not faced yet this season – the Boston Bruins. It will be a big challenge for Pittsburgh, as Boston comes to Pittsburgh today with the best road record in the East (9-1-2) and a 17-3-3 overall record for 37 points – one more than the Penguins with three games in hand.

The Penguins are scheduled to hit the ice at 10:30 a.m. for morning skate. The Bruins will not practice after playing last night in Ottawa.

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Let's start the blog with Swedish House Mafia's "Don't You Worry Child." This is one of a few songs the guys play after wins; let's hope they get to blast it tonight. (Or they could play Will.I.Am and Britney Spears' "Scream and Shout." That's another one of their victory songs).

--Michelle Crechiolo
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