GAME DAY REPORT
Celina Pompeani and Sam Kasan discuss Ben Lovejoy and Simon Despres facing off against their former teams as the Pens take on the Ducks tonight in Anaheim.
LOCKER ROOM SOUNDBen Lovejoy Beau Bennett Simon Despres
QUOTE 'EM--Sam Kasan
Ben Lovejoy will face his former team just four short days after they traded him to Pittsburgh at the deadline. "I desperately want to beat them," he said after Wednesday's game in Colorado.
Sidney Crosby...what a guy.
The guys gathered around coach Mike Johnston, with PensTV video producer Mark Cottington getting footage of it all.
Cool action shot of David Perron spraying some snow... the only place it exists in southern California is on these ice surfaces.
Patric Hornqvist and Rick Tocchet having a conversation before practice gets underway
Lineys Max Lapierre and SoCal native Beau Bennett (he's from Gardena, which is right outside of LA).
Paul Martin with the flow. He told me he just hasn't had time to get it cut (hard hitting reporting, I know).
Rob Scuderi skated with newcomer Ian Cole in his Pens debut on Wednesday--Michelle Crechiolo (captions) and Sam Kasan (photos)
MORNING SKATE DEETS
The Pens used the following workflow at their morning skate...
DIGITAL PREVIEW--Sam Kasan
SCOUTING THE DUCKS --Sam Kasan
START ME UP
Good morning hockey fans. The Pens are in southern California to begin their Pacific coast swing (and get a respite from the freezing cold weather in Pittsburgh) with a battle against the Anaheim Ducks, the top team in the West. It will be Ben Lovejoy and Simon Despres' first games against their former teams since they were traded on Monday. Here are some game notes to get you started...
- The Penguins continue along their four-game road trip against the Anaheim Ducks (TV: ROOT SPORTS; Radio 105.9 The X) at the Honda Center.
- Pittsburgh has earned at least one point in 13 of its last 19 games dating back to Jan. 20. During that span the Penguins have a 10-6-3 record (.605 pct.).
- The Penguins are 6-2-1 in their last nine road games.
- The Penguins defeated the Ducks, 6-4, on opening night at CONSOL Energy Center. Blake Comeau scored the first of his teamleading (tied) five game-winning goals.
- Whitehall, Pa. native John Gibson earned the start that night in his first game against his hometown team. While Gibson stopped just 23 of 29 shots that night, he has been really good lately winning six of his last seven starts while allowing a total of just 13 goals (1.84 GAA; .942 SVP).
- Pittsburgh has won three straight games against the Ducks.
- The Penguins are 8-2-1 in their last 11 meetings with the Ducks.
- Tonight the Penguins begin their 13th set of back-to-back games. Thus far they have a cumulative record of 12-6-6; including 7-2-3 the first night and 5-4-3 in the second game.
Stick tap: Pens PR--Sam Kasan