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Penguins Report: Game Day at Columbus (Preseason)

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

Head coach Mike Johnston had the following notes following practice...
  • There isn't any concern that Malkin will be long-term; it is lingering longer than expected.
  • Greiss will start and play the entire game; goalie likes to have a full game.

--Sam Kasan


Kasperi Kapanen

Kris Letang

Brian Dumoulin

--Sam Kasan

Sidney Crosby spoke to the media following today's practice session. Crosby skated for the first time since last Friday and stayed on the ice for over two hours.

"Really good," Crosby said. "I'll see (Wednesday) how I feel, but I felt really good today."

Crosby wasn't expected to practice at the beginning of camp, but surprised everyone - including his head coach - when he participated in the team's first on-ice practice last Friday. However, after that he did not get back on the ice until Monday, skating with injured players before practice. Crosby returned to full practice Tuesday, skating in every drill without limitations.

"It wasn't planned (sitting out), but setback is kind of strong; It's just day-to-day seeing how I feel" Crosby said. "I wanted to try it. It's trial and error. You got out there and see how you respond. I didn't feel like I was completely out of the woods so I took a couple of more days."

Kunitz practiced last Friday and Saturday. However, he did not come back out for the scrimmage portion of Saturday's practice.

"It had been tight from the day before and didn't loosen up," he said. "Just being cautious."

Kunitz skated with the injured players on Monday and Tuesday. He followed that up with a two-hour practice session in the afternoon.

"I felt good this morning and tried to talk (the trainers) into letting me go out, see if I could try a little more and just stay as long as everything was comfortable," Kunitz said. "I feel good, just see how it responds today. Later in the day get some treatment."

Both players don't expect their injuries to be long-term.

Sidney Crosby

Chris Kunitz

--Sam Kasan


--Sam Kasan, Michelle Crechiolo & Joey Sykes



Group huddle

Marcantuoni in the corner



--Sam Kasan & Joey Sykes

Sidney Crosby practiced for the first time with the team since the opening day of on-ice sessions last Friday. Crosby skated Sunday with the injured players before practice. Crosby joined the non-game group on the ice following the roster group's morning skate. He was NOT wearing a red limited contact jersey.

Chris Kunitz, who skated earlier in the day with the injured group, came back out for the practice session with the non-game group.

--Sam Kasan


Zatkoff will see some action in goal tonight

Mike Johnston pointed out Dumoulin as one of the players that has impressed him in camp

Goc scores on his fellow countryman Greiss

Kapanen looks lost without his buddy Maatta

Greiss making a save early in practice

Shots fired

Ebbett tries a knuckle puck

Ruopp eyes up the black rubber

--Sam Kasan & Joey Sykes

All the Pens playing in tonight's game against Columbus are present at the morning skate. Chris Kunitz, Daniel Carcillo, Nick Drazenovic and Derrick Pouliot skated before practice with strength coach Mike Kadar.

Again, the coaching staff treating the morning skate like a practice session. Running drills instead of lines.

--Sam Kasan


Sept. 23, 2014 - Preseason Game 2 at Nationwide Arena



1 Thomas Greiss- G
37 Jeff Zatkoff - G


6Scott Harrington- D
8Brian Dumoulin - D
10Christian Ehrhoff - D
23Steve Downie - F
25Andrew Ebbett - F
27Craig Adams - F
32Pierre-Luc Leblond - F
36 Bryan Rust- F
38Zach Sill - F
42Kasperi Kapanen - F
45Adam Payerl - F
46Dominik Uher - F
52Harrison Ruopp - D
53Tom Kostopoulos - F
54Tom Kuhnhackl - F
55Philip Samuelsson - D
57Marcel Goc- F
58Kris Letang - D
63Conor Sheary - F
65Alex Boak - D

--Sam Kasan

Tonight the Pens will be on the road in Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets in their second preseason game of the season.

The last time the Pens were in Columbus, this happened...

--Sam Kasan
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