DETROIT – Rob Scuderi just wanted to be back on the ice.
The Penguins defenseman was hit in the face inadvertently by teammate Hal Gill’s stick while chasing the puck with 10:43 left in the first period. It was a scary few moments. Scuderi immediately went to the ice and stayed facedown for a short period of time before he was helped to the Penguins’ lockerroom.
After receiving a few stitches to the inside and outside of his left cheek, Scuderi returned to the ice for action in the second period. The Penguins dropped the game, 3-0, to Detroit on Monday night.
The Penguins received an early wakeup call Monday. The fire alarm at the team’s hotel went off around 1:30 a.m.
“That’s one that we’ve gone through before. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence,” Sidney Crosby said with a smile.
However, many of the players just ignored the alarm and went back to sleep.
“It’s happed a couple times to me. It’s nothing new,” Penguins winger Jarkko Ruutu said. “It didn’t make a difference to us. I didn’t move. I just put a pillow on top of my head and went back to sleep.”
KID ROCK IN THE HOUSE
Detroit native Kid Rock was in Joe Louis Arena to watch Game 2. He was shown on the Jumbotron late in the game and drew a large ovation from the crowd.
HIGH SCHOOL REUNION
Minnesota Twins baseball players Kevin Slowey and Justin Morneau, who wrapped up a series against Detroit on Sunday, visited Penguins practice on Monday at Joe Louis Arena.
Slowey is a Pittsburgh native and a graduate of Upper St. Clair High School, the same school Penguins winger Ryan Malone attended.
STILL ONLY A TEEN
Penguins center Jordan Staal is the first teenager (19) to play in the Stanley Cup Final since Dainius Zubrus in 1997 vs. Detroit when he was a member of the Philadelphia Flyers.
NHL TO HONOR AWARD WINNERS IN PITTSBURGH WEDNESDAY
The NHL will honor the winners of three major regular-season trophies and will present two special awards at a luncheon Wednesday in the Grand Ballroom of the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh. The event will begin at 2 p.m.
Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals will receive the Art Ross Trophy and the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy for leading the NHL in points and goals with 112 points and 65 goals, respectively. The William M. Jennings Trophy, awarded the goaltenders who play a minimum of 25 games for the team that allows the fewest goals during the regular season, will be presented to Chris Osgood and Dominik Hasek of the Detroit Red Wings, who combined to allow just 184 goals in the 82 games.
Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin will receive the Mark Messier Leadership Award, presented to the player who exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice, and the 10th annual NHL Foundation Award, recognizing the NHL player who applies the core values of hockey (commitment, perseverance and teamwork) will be presented to Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Trevor Linden of the Vancouver Canucks.
The other major regular-season awards will be presented at the NHL Awards Show on Thursday, June 12, at the Elgin Theater in Toronto.