Maxime Talbot, Jordan Staal
and Eric Godard passed out turkeys today to families at Bedford Dwellings in the Hill District. Check back later for an article on today's event from Tom Mast.
Defenseman Ben Lovejoy
, recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Thursday, made his season debut against the Devils. He went scoreless and posted an even rating in 16:13. Following practice on Friday, Lovejoy talked about being pleased with his first game.
"I felt like I was able to keep it simple and play good, hard defense," Lovejoy said. "Obviously we didn’t get the result we wanted. I was happy with what I was able to do."
Lovejoy was paired defensively with veteran Martin Skoula.
"He was great. He knows his game and he plays simple. It worked out really well. I played a majority of my shifts with him. He has played over 700 games in the NHL so he knows what it takes to win games here. He was incredibly supportive in terms of talking to me on and off the ice and making me feel comfortable."
Because he knows that a return to WBS is most likely once the Penguins return to health, Lovejoy is taking everything in during his second big-league stint.
"I am here to do a job and to work. At the same time, I do need to take it all in. This is a fun atmosphere, a great group of guys. I am playing for the defending Stanley Cup champions – it’s an awesome feeling. I was able to be here in the spring and watch them go through that run. To be a part of it now is a lot fun."
The Penguins played a much better game Thursday night against the New Jersey Devils than they had in some of their previous games. Through the first 40 minutes of the hockey game the Penguins held a 15-14 advantage in shots and trailed by a score of 2-1 only because a fluke power-play goal by the Devis Andy Greene late in the middle frame glanced off the skate of Ben Lovejoy
in the slot and got behind Marc-Andre Fleury
While it might have appeared New Jersey had the better of the chances in the third period, the Penguins had to open the game up and take chances offensively in an effort to offset the Greene tally which put the Devils ahead to stay.
Captain Sidney Crosby
talked about this on Friday, while at he same time acknowledging the Penguins have to find a way to get more goals during this exhausting stretch of losing players to injury left and right.
"We did some better things last night," Crosby said. "We didn’t put the puck in the net, and we kind of pressed the issue late in the game there in the third, giving up a lot of odd-man rushes.
"I think it’s just a matter of finding ways to win. We’ve all got to step up our game with the players we have not in the lineup. That’s the way it is. We’ve got to either find a way to be better or else we’re not going to win games."
Left wing Chris Kunitz
sat out Friday's practice with what head coach Dan Bylsma described as a maintenance day due to an unspecified nagging injury.
"He is in the same condition he has been in for the last little bit," Bylsma said. "We are going forward with where he is at."
Kunitz is expected to be in the lineup when the Penguins host the Boston Bruins at Mellon Arena on Saturday night.
Who is that Penguin driving down the road in a convertible? It is none other than Iceburgh, Penguins team mascot. He was escorted to a turkey distribution event at Bedford Dwellings by manager of arts and graphics, Dori Minnis.
Here are some pics from Pittsburgh's Friday afternoon practice at Mellon Arena. The team opened its practice with a "half court" scrimmage by placing both nets just outside the blue lines.