Here is the funniest story so far from the postseason. Several Pittsburgh media (I won't name names, but it wasn't myself) conducted an interview with Boone Jenner before Game 1 thinking he was R.J. Umberger. From what I was told the media started their questions, "RJ," and then asked a question. The reporters even asked Jenner about the booming growth of youth hockey in Pittsburgh. It wasn't until a few questions deep that Jenner figured it out and said, "You guys know I'm not RJ, right?"
So today in the locker room the media approached Umberger (the real one this time) to ask him about returning to the lineup. But before they started Umberger switched his nameplate with Boone's so that behind Umberger read the nameplate of "Boone Jenner."
At least everyone was having some fun with it.
Would you confuse these two? --Sam Kasan
QUOTE 'EM--Sam Kasan
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Pittsburgh native RJ Umberger looks like he'll make his playoff debut tonight vs. his hometown team
Jack Johnson, brilliant musician
Brandon Dubinsky--Sam Kasan & Addison Smith
No surprise again as head coach Dan Bylsma gives no hint of his lineup for tonight other than the starting goaltender. "Lineup is game-time and Marc-Andre Fleury will start in net."
Marcel Goc (foot) skated for the third time this morning as he continues to progress. --Sam Kasan
PENS SKATE PICS
Kris Letang said he understood and respected the coaches' decision to bench him in Game 1. Said he'll be better tonight
Brooksy all business at morning skate
Lee stares boldly into the camera as a shy Beau looks away
Scuds cracking Suttsy up
Joey V's speed is a huge asset on the fourth line
Pauly's already got the beard going--Michelle Crechiolo and Addison Smith
No surprises at the Pens morning skate. Everyone is present and accounted for.
Here's the workflow they used (same as yesterday...)
PENS-JACKETS PREVIEW--Sam Kasan
START THE DAY
Good morning hockey fans! Tonight the Pens host the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 2 of the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Here are some game notes to get you ready for the action...
- Tonight the Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets play Game 2 (TV: ROOT SPORTS; Radio: 105.9 the X) at CONSOL Energy Center.
- Pittsburgh holds a 32-23 all-time record in Game 2, including a 23-10 mark at home.
- The Penguins have gone ahead 2-0 in a series 15 times previously, going 13-2 in those series.
- During the Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin era, the Penguins are 5-0 in series when they jump ahead 2-0.
Stick tap: Pens PR
The Pens have an awesome new open for the playoffs featuring a remix of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" that was made for the movie 300. The open will be available soon. Until then, here at least is the song to get you fired up! --Sam Kasan