PENS TV SOUNDSidney Crosby Chris Kunitz
(By the way, in the Kunitz video watch the not-so-smooth emergence of Trib Total Media columnist Dejan Kovacevic at the 34-ish second mark. Phenomenal stuff.)--Sam Kasan
QUOTE 'EM--Michelle Crechiolo & Sam Kasan
The Pens and Boston Bruins were the victims of Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon last night. He commented on several head shots of both teams' players in a segment he does called "Superlatives," where he gives out yearbook mock election-type awards like "Most Likely to Succeed" and "Class Clown." Check out the video below...
Of course, the players had some fun with it in the locker room today. And both Bennett and Niskanen commented on the show.
"It’s a cool thing to be on that and I don’t mind that I got made fun of," said Bennett, who was made aware of the video through people tweeting it at him. "It was cool to wake up to. I did enjoy that. (Niskanen) is not on Twitter, but I asked him if he saw it this morning and we had a good laugh about it."
"I like (Fallon). He's funny," Niskanen added. "That's all in good fun. Nobody ever said I was the best-looking, so that's fine."
Niskanen was voted "Worst At Darts," due likely to his eye configuration in the picture.
"I don't know what I could have done different (for the picture)," Niskanen said. "I don't know if it was an angle or a shadow or what, but I do look cross-eyed."
Bennett was also a target of Fallon's. He was named "Most Likely To Get A Penalty For Frosting Tips," which he adamantly denied ever doing. Though Bennett did say "maybe I'll put some lemon juice in my hair this summer and see if I can get it a little lighter."
"Beau was defending his California sunshine on his hair," smiled Dan Bylsma, who said the staff had a chuckle about it in the coaches' room.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said his teammates were good sports about it.
"We had a good laugh over it," Crosby grinned. "I think that's the great thing about this group, guys are able to laugh at themselves and have fun with that stuff. We had a good laugh this morning."
For what it's worth, I don't know how poor Niskanen's dart game is, but I can say that he is phenomenal at cornhole. He has this odd spin technique that just works, lands on the board almost every time. He was my partner for a few games in West Point and we won every game (with me contributing basically nothing to the team). So regardless of his dart skills, his cornhole game is strong. And really, that's more important in life. --Sam Kasan
Ich bin Goc
Goc (foot) skated with his teammates
Captain skates as the (other) captain looks on
Kunitz and Malkin
All smiles from Crosby and Letang
Neal keeps his eye on the puck
Scuderi uses super glue to get the puck to stick onto his tape
Niskanen--Sam Kasan & Michelle Crechiolo
MORNING SKATE INFO
The Penguins are on the ice at Nationwide Arena for their morning skate. Forwards Marcel Goc (foot) and Chris Conner are on the ice, but Brian Gibbons is not. Gibbons (undisclosed injury) skated the past two days with the team.
The Pens used the following workflow...
(Pyatt, Goc, Conner)
PP1: Niskanen, Martin up top. Malkin, Crosby, Kunitz down low.
PP2: Maatta, Letang, Jokinen, Stempniak, Neal down low. --Sam Kasan
BEHIND ENEMY LINES --Sam Kasan & Michelle Crechiolo
PENS-JACKETS INFOGRAPH--Sam Kasan
START THE DAY
Good morning hockey fans! Tonight the Pens and Blue Jackets battle it out in a pivotal Game 4 of their opening round playoff series. Pittsburgh has a 2-1 series lead and can really take a stranglehold on the series with a win. The Jackets are hoping to split and return to Pittsburgh with the series all even. Here are some game notes to get you started...
- Tonight the Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets play Game 4 (TV: ROOT SPORTS; Radio: 105.9 the X) at Nationwide Arena.
- The Penguins are 25-26 all-time in Game 4, including 17-14 on the road.
- Pittsburgh is 5-1 during the Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin era when it holds a 3-1 series lead following Game 4.
- Pittsburgh is 8-2-1 all-time at Nationwide Arena, including the regular season.
- The Penguins have now won six straight games at Nationwide Arena and they have a seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1), including the regular season.
Stick tap: Pens PR
Today I'm going to start the day with a song that came on my shuffle this morning and is now stuck in my head. Here is an awesome acoustic version of the Broken Bells "October." Brilliant song.
Enjoy. --Sam Kasan