Michelle, who's been killing it all road trip, has some more great pics as the guys arrive at Scotiabank Place for Game 4.
View from the bus
Michelle wasn't the only one getting the guys entrance
Neal all smiles. Murray all man.
The long and winding road to the locker room
Cooke now hooked on the game of getting the ball to stick atop the sign
The captain taping his stick before battle
VERIZON GAME DAY REPORT
SOUNDS HEARD AROUND THE ROOM
THEY SAID IT
Penguins who participated in optional practice (and coach Bylsma) spoke to the media before Game 4...
Sutter eyes up his target
Adams always make those around him out of focus
Orpik looking as imposing as ever
Kris Letang and his hair
Tanner Glass laughs at morning skate
So does Mark Eaton, talking with Tony Granato
The puck must have said something funny
Deryk Engelland heads up the ice
Tanger toe drags a puck
Tomas Vokoun waits for practice to start
The guys stretching
Tonight's rally towel features Chris Neil
--Michelle Crechiolo & Sam Kasan
The Pens held an optional skate this morning. Those that participated were forwards Matt Cooke, Craig Adams, Joe Vitale, Beau Bennett, Dustin Jeffrey, Jussi Jokinen, Brandon Sutter, Tyler Kennedy and Tanner Glass, defensemen Simon Despres, Robert Bortuzzo, Deryk Engelland, Mark Eaton, Kris Letang, Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik and goalies Marc-Andre Fleury, Tomas Vokoun and Eric Hartzell.
SENS ROUND UP
A couple updates from the Sens morning skate. It looks like Milan Michalek is good to go and expected to play. Coach Paul MacLean said the team is "considering" playing Stone in place of Conacher. Although, from talking to Stone, it sounds like that change is definitely going to happen.
Erik Karlsson was very loose at practice, lots of laughing and smiles coming from this guy
Longtime Senators Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza having a conversation
Craig Anderson was excellent last game. Can he repeat that performance tonight?
Alfie sprays snow. He was one of the heroes of Game 3
Sergei Gonchar looks focused
Mika Zibanejad and Spezza work on faceoffs -- the Sens did very well in this area last game
Chris Neil will play in Game 4 despite leaving Game 3 after falling awkwardly into the boards (he skated yesterday also)
Anderson has a quiet moment as the skate wraps up
I started this section with a photo of Karlsson so I'll end this section with a photo of Karlsson
The Ottawa Senators took the ice for their morning skate. Milan Michalek was absent. Here are how the lines shook down without him thanks to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.
Also, according to Ian Mendes, Gryba is back at practice for the first time since Game 1.
START ME UP
Good morning Pens fans! Today Pittsburgh will hit the ice at 11:30 a.m. for their morning skate at Scotiabank Place. The Senators have the ice prior to that. Both teams will meet in Game 4 of the conference semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Stick here for all the latest updates to get you ready for the game!
We'll start the day by going back to my high school days. I've been hearing a lot of Rancid played in NHL arenas lately (much to my pleasure). So I feel that it's a sign that I need to play them to start the day. Here is "Lock, Step and Gone." Not only does Rancid remind me of high school, but also playing Rancid covers in my cousin's garage - "Radio," "Salvation," "Side Kick." The good old days. Memories.