Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy
had a little adventure following the team's Sunday afternoon practice at BankAtlantic Center, courtesy of some creativity in the squad's customary shootout drill. See 5:32 PM Entry for details
Another bright spot from the Penguins' 3-2 victory over a red-hot Atlanta Thrashers team on Thursday was the spectacular play of goal keeper Marc-Andre Fleury
Fleury stopped 31 of 33 shots and made several highlight reel saves, including a beautiful glove save on a Maxim Afinogenov shot. It was a great bounce-back performance from Fleury, who was less than satisfied with his previous outing in Ottawa.
"It was good that we had a game right away and coach let me in," Fleury said. "I was happy to go back and play better and get a win."
"It's not a surprise to me, he's come back from bad outings for the team or games he wasn't happy with and played really well," Bylsma said. "I'm not surprised to see him do that but it was one of his best of the year. So it was good to see him come back and play a game like that."
Fleury has proven to be a resilient netminder in his career. He doesn't have too many "off" games but when he does - he is only human after all - Fleury always seems to follow up with a great performance.
"Every game is different," he said. "I try to work with my goalie coach (Gilles Meloche). I just try to go for the puck, try to catch it and make a save."
Fleury frustrated the Thrashers, which came into the game with the third ranked offense in the NHL, and held their attack in check. His quick reflexes quieted the Atlanta crowd on many occassions.
"That's why I love to play goalie," Fleury said. "When you make a big save it feels good inside. I like that."
Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy
had a little adventure following the team's Sunday afternoon practice at BankAtlantic Center, courtesy of some creativity in the squad's customary shootout drill.
At the conclusion of practice the Penguins conduct a shootout. The only player to not score must perform some menial task. The typical punishment is what the club calls "juice boy." The juice boy fetches Gatorade and water for his teammates. Another consequence is for the loser to grow a moustache for an entire month.
But following Sunday's practice, the shootout loser had to take off his skates, throw on shoes, hike up the arena steps to the upper concourse and touch the "Y" in the giant "BankAtlantic Welcomes You to the BankAtlantic Center."
The shootout came down to Eric Godard and Lovejoy. However, when goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury
stacked the pads on Lovejoy, he was forced to perform his duty.
"We were just adding some 'juice boy' fun," head coach Dan Bylsma said. "Today we somehow came up with touching the 'Y' in 'You' in the building. He went on a walkabout."
"I had to touch the 'Y' and I was successful," Lovejoy said. "It was pretty easy getting up there. I found a freight elevator. I got lucky. That was the only way. All the doors were locked so I had to go to the top level.
"Getting down was a bit trickier. I almost ended up outside the building but I was able to get through. There were a bunch of doors. I was banging on some doors but no one let me in. I found an open door and feel like I did a whole lap around the concourse, but I made it."
Left: Lovejoy swaps out his skates for sneakers; Right: with no access, Lovejoy climbs the glass.
Left: Lovejoy makes his way over the glass; Right: Lovejoy emerges in the press box above his target.
Lovejoy makes his way down down to the seat level.
Unfortunately the picture of Lovejoy tapping the "Y" came out blurry but I will confirm that he did it.