GAME DAY REPORT
CROSBY OCTOBER 2ND STAR
Crosby led all NHL players in scoring during the month with 21 points (8G-13A) in 13 games. He tallied at least one point in 11 of 13 contests, including a team-high six multiple-point efforts.
Full story here.
SUPER TOOTHER PART II
This morning, forward Pascal Dupuis may have smiled bigger than he ever has before.
On Friday, Dupuis showed off his tooth that was cemented back in by a dentist Wednesday night after Dupuis did a little dental work himself on the bench.
Dupuis said he was advised by head athletic trainer Chris Stewart to pull the tooth out on the bench after taking a stick in the mouth from teammate Kris Letang.
"I did have a mouthguard in," Dupuis laughed. "I did it then I bit down. The three on the top were bent in so I pushed them back. The only one loose enough to pull out was the one on the right. Our trainer 'Stewie' (Stewart) said to pull it out so I didn't swallow it."
The video of Dupuis pulling out his own tooth has garnered quite a bit of fanfare in the days following the game, including a cameo on SportsCenter's Not Top 10 Plays on Friday, but Dupuis said maybe the reaction has been a bit overboard.
"Maybe overboard a little bit," Dupuis said. "It was a root canal already and had a crown on it. The stick itself actually did hurt but the pulling of the tooth no, not at all actually. I just made sure I pulled it out so I didn't swallow it on the ice.
"Got quite a bit of text messages after the game from family and friends saying I was a tough guy and all that."
Plum's own RJ Umberger
The always dangerous Marian Gaborik
His linemate Anisimov
The Blue Jackets have their dads on the trip
--Sam Kasan & Dave Uhrmacher
FLEURY GETS THE START
Head coach Dan Bylsma confirmed that goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will start tonight in goal. With the back-to-back series against Columbus, Jeff Zatkoff could be in net Saturday night in Columbus.
Jeffrey and Engelland share a Coke and a smile
D'Agostini chats with athletic trainer Pat Steidle. So many smiles.
Malkin hovers by American Eagle
Fleury warming up
Bortuzzo with coach Bylsma
The goalies (and coach) sporting their October mustaches. Will they shave or keep them for Movember? #Journalism
Maatta has learned a lot under Todd Reirden's teaching
Goose. But no Maverick.
--Dave Uhrmacher & Sam Kasan
MORNING SKATE INFO
For the second straight morning skate the Pens elected not to work in line rushes. The only missing players from the skate were injured players: Bennett; Neal; Kobasew; Scuderi; and Vokoun.
PP 1: Letang, Martin, Crosby, Malkin & Kunitz
PP 2: Maatta, Niskanen, Jokinen, Megna & Sutter
TWITTER Q&A: CHUCK KOBASEW
TRICK OR TREAT
Michelle Crechiolo had some Halloween fun with the guys yesterday with Halloween. Click here for here piece. And you can watch the video below.
MATTHEW MEETS SID
Laughter is also the best medicine. Matthew was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor 18 months ago and his family doesn’t know how much time they will have left to spend with him. Matthew is confined to a wheel chair and speaks sporadically.
But his condition hasn’t lessened his love of life or love of people.
Since Matthew spends his days making everyone around him smile, the Penguins wanted to make him smile for a day. The Penguins invited Matthew to attend Wednesday night’s game against the Boston Bruins and Thursday afternoon’s practice at CONSOL Energy Center.
Full story here.
Pascal Dupuis had a tooth casualty in Wednesday's game against the Bruins. Luckily, our In the Room cameras were rolling. Take a look.
Here is a preview of tonight's action between the Pens and Jackets. If you're attending the game, here is a fan guide. And if you want a scouting report on Columbus, watch the video below.
START ME UP
Good morning hockey fans! Tonight the Pens will face the Columbus Blue Jackets in their first meeting as Metro Division foes. Here some quick game notes to get you ready for the game...
- The Penguins host the Columbus Blue Jackets (TV: ROOT SPORTS; Radio: 105.9 the X) at CONSOL Energy Center.
- This is the first meeting between the Penguins and Blue Jackets since a 4-2 Pittsburgh win on Feb. 26, 2012. In that game, Pascal Dupuis, Evgeni Malkin, Joe Vitale and Kris Letang (GWG) scored for the Penguins. Pittsburgh netminder Brad Thiessen stopped 22 of 24 shots to earn his first NHL win.
- The Penguins have gone 5-1-1 in their last seven games against the Blue Jackets dating back to a 5-3 victory on Oct. 21, 2006.
- Tonight begins the Penguins third set of back-to-back games. Thus far they are 0-2 the first night and 1-1 the second night.
Since Halloween was last night, we'll stick with the theme and start the day with a classic: Michael Jackson's "Thriller."