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Penguins Report: Game Day at Montreal

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

  • McDonald in for Kennedy (1:04 PM).
  • Pens take the option at morning skate (11:25 AM).
  • Mearsy with the Verizon Game Day Report (2:24 PM).
  • Asham on IR; Williams recalled (5:01 PM).
  • Monday's news on Staal, Despres & Crosby (9:50 AM).
  • Equipment boys gettin' some love (10:10 AM).
  • What to watch for against Habs tonight (9:40 AM).
  • ROOT SPORTS to air special “In the Room” (3:35 PM).
  • Mike Lange makes the switch to TV (10:20 AM).
  • Remember that time the Pens couldn’t win in Philly (11:15 AM).
  • If you had to pick the best plays of a given week, you’d get this (10:30 AM).
  • Coach Bylsma on Montreal & the lineup (1:04 PM).
  • Fleury & Letang spit French knowledge in English (1:01 PM).
  • Pens pics (12:58 PM).

  • “Drop the bass…” (9:30 AM).

  • 5:01 PM:
    The Pens announced two roster moves. Arron Asham has been placed on IR and the team has recalled forward Justin Williams from WBS.

    3:35 PM:
    Pens fans have overwhelmingly loved the series "In the Room," which has aired on our very own humble website. Now, the show is being adopted by ROOT SPORTS. The television home of the Pens, ROOT SPORTS is cutting the series into an hour-long show tracking the team from training camp to the All-Star break.

    Full details and air dates/times here.

    2:24 PM:
    The morning skate is over, so you know what that means...time for Steve Mears to wrap up the day's events into one nice little package. Take it away Mearsy...

    1:04 PM:
    Coachspeak with Dan Bylsma…

    On Tyler Kennedy:
    We don’t have an update yet. I’m hoping maybe by this afternoon or late (tonight), (Wednesday), possibly, to get a definitive word.

    On if McDonald will replace him:
    Yep. McDonald will go in. It might be a couple guys worked in that line during points in the game. But (for now), McDonald will go with (Steve) Sullivan and (Cal) O’Reilly on that line.

    On their success vs. Montreal:
    We’ve had some success, but I would say they had success the last game. We had to kind of rescue that game at the end, which we did on a big goal from ‘Geno’ (Evgeni Malkin). There are aspects of the Canadiens that have always given us problems. They have speedy forwards and make plays around the net. They’ve always given us problems there and we expect that from some of those types of players tonight. It’s a tough place to play in for us. It’s a tough building and it’s our last game here this year.

    Hollywood treasure: Michelle Crechiolo

    1:01 PM:
    Sounds heard around the visitors locker room…

    Marc-Andre Fleury

    On tonight’s contest:
    I think it’s always a tough game, especially when we play here. They’re a team that plays hard and is also very patient. I think it’s going to be a good challenge for us coming off a tough loss in Jersey. It would be nice to get a bounce-back win tonight.

    On why the Canadiens and teams lower in the standings always play them tough:
    I don’t know, but I think you’re right. I think there’s a couple teams out there that every time, even if they’re lower in the standings, we play them and they give us a hard time. It makes the game more fun, more intense and we’re looking forward to tonight.

    On bouncing back from the Devils game:
    It’s already forgotten about, but it will nice to get off to the right start tonight.

    On playing his hometown team:
    I’ve got some friends and family coming to the game, so it will be nice to try and get a win.

    Kris Letang

    On the Canadiens:
    They’re a tough team to play against. It’s a little bit of a rivalry since the ’10 playoffs. I think they have a good team even if they’re low in the standings. They’re good offensively. They have a great goaltender. It’s going to be a good game.

    On if he has to control his emotions being back home:
    No, I just get pumped and I’m really excited to be here in front of my family. I think it’s a good thing.

    You're my favorite movie: Michelle Crechiolo

    12:58 PM:
    Pens pics...

    Fleury, Staal & Crosby at practice. Only one of them prefers American Idol to The Voice. Can you guess which one? 

    Remember that movie called Face/Off with Nicolas Cage and John Travolta where they switch faces? Me neither (left); Cooke: D-d-d-d-d-d-drop the bass (right)

    Fleury and Adams race to see which can crush a bottle of water first. My money is on Adams. His head is more tilted #BetterTechnique (left); There was a boom mic at practice. No joke. I'll bet the audio sounds exactly like an ice hockey practice...only louder (right)

    Asst coach Tony G. gives the orders while the players listen intently (left); Johnson falls asleep mid-butterfly. Awkward (right)

    11:25 AM:
    The Pens started practice a little early. It's an optional skate so a few players didn't hit the ice. Malkin, Kunitz, Neal, Sullivan, Park & Martin are not on the ice.

    11:15 AM:
    It's Tuesday so we'll get in the DeLorean and head back to 1985, no wait, 1989 when the Pens snapped a 15-year losing streak (yes, that's 15 years) at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. Take it away Doc Brown/Bob Grove.

    10:30 AM:
    Since it's the start of a new week, we take a final look back at last week's plays of the week.

    10:20 AM:
    Mike Lange gives us a peek into his switch from radio broadcaster to TV in the 1970s. Here is the Hall of Famer in his own words...

    10:10 AM:
    PensTV and the Pens Report has previously documented the hard and endless work of the "Midnight Crew" equipment staff. Now Dan Potash & ROOT SPORTS are showing the boys some love. Here is a (brief) look at what the equipment guys all go through to get the locker room set for practice & games.

    9:50 AM:
    Staal and Despres joined their teammates for practice Monday in a big step for their returns from knee injury. Head coach Dan Bylsma placed their timeframes for returning to game action somewhere in the 5-10 day range.

    Full details here.

    Staal (left); Despres (right)

    Pens captain Sidney Crosby also practiced with his teammates on Monday, however, that was just an aberration. There has been no change in Crosby's status and no timetable. Crosby, who is still experiencing symptoms, only skated with his teammates so that he didn't have to work on his own.

    Full details here.


    9:40 AM:
    It's been a rough season for the Habs so far. They're sitting in last place in the Eastern Conference with Carolina and need a drastic turnaround to make the postseason. But Montreal has always been a tough team against Pittsburgh, especially north of the border (that means in Canada for those who are lacking geography skills). Michelle lets you know what to look out for in tonight's matchup

    9:30 AM:
    Good morning from Montreal! Bonjour! Tonight the Pens will take on the Canadiens at 7:30 p.m. at Bell Centre. The Pens will hit the ice at 11:30 a.m. for an optional skate.


    So my friend David has introduced me to dubstep (insert your cliche dubstep jokes about fax machines and dial-up Internet here). While I'm not entirely sold yet, there are a few songs that have grown on me. One tune I'm obsessed with is Skrillex's remix of Benny Benassi's "Cinema."

    (Side note: I'm told Brittany Spears brought dubstep to the mainstream. Where would popular culture be without celebrities and MTV telling us what is cool?)

    Anyways, here is "Cinema." Enjoy. Drop the bass.

    And here is the non-Skrillex original version. I should note that singer/songwriter Gary Go does the vocals on both tracks. Enjoy. 

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