The Pittsburgh Penguins turned a fun night at Consol Energy Center into something a lot more memorable for one young fan Thursday.
Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma, in his first game against the Penguins, the team he coached for parts of six seasons, caught a puck that flew into the Sabres bench during the first period. Bylsma noticed a young boy standing in the aisle a few rows behind the bench and tried to toss him the puck, but another fan intercepted it.
Penguins TV broadcaster Bob Errey mentioned it during the telecast, and fans let the Penguins know what happened via social media.
"For everyone tweeting us about the little kid who just got the puck snatched away, we're on it -- don't you worry," the Penguins posted on their Twitter account.
Not long after, Iceburgh, the Penguins mascot, arrived to present the young fan with a Sidney Crosby jersey and a puck.
Later in the game Bylsma handed another puck to an usher to give to the boy.
"I was aware because of the response of the crowd," Bylsma said after the Penguins' 4-3 victory, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "They were cheering for him to get it and kind of the response of the crowd is what made me know that he didn't get it. I got him a puck and I think he got a jersey after that. So maybe it was a good thing the guy stole the puck from him."