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Eric Majeski's (aka Netwolf) Camp Reports for LetsGoPens.com

Camp 2007, Southpointe Session 2

September 15, 2007

Scrimmage Lineups:

Black Team:
Recchi-Crosby-Sykora
Malone-Staal-Armstrong
Stone-Smith-Filewich
Minard-Rank-James

Orpik-Whitney
Scuderi-D'Aversa
Nasreddine-Weaver

Conklin played the 1st half; Sabourin the 2nd.

White Team:
Roberts-Malkin-Christensen
Ruutu-Brent-Laraque
Esposito-Talbot-Hall
Taffe-Jeffrey-Kennedy

Sydor-Gonchar
Eaton-Letang
Lannon-Lovejoy

Fleury was in net for the 1st half; Curry got the 2nd.

Bissonette, Goligoski, Jensen, Letestu, Wallace, McLean, Brown, Rullier and Boogard did not play.

Scoring and Penalties

1st Half:

Black Penalty Shot: Christensen held Staal. Staal just skated in and missed a wrist shot wide left.

Black Penalty Shot: White team shot the puck over the glass in their end. Malone took the shot and made a nice move, but Curry was able to stay with him and got his pad over to make the save.

The first half ended in a 0-0 tie.

2nd Half:

Black Goal (Black led 1-0) Stone (D'Aversa) - I didn't have a good look at what happened. I think Stone threw a puck towards the net and it went in. From Fleury's reaction, it might have deflected off of one of his guys.

White Goal (Tied 1-1) Taffe (Kennedy, Letang) - Defenders were right with Kennedy and kept knocking the puck away from him, but he always found a way to regain control of it. He controlled the action for 20-30 seconds that way. The puck just followed Kennedy for this entire shift and he eventually was able to find Taffe in front of the net.

White Goal (White led 2-1) Christensen (Roberts, Malkin) - The White team capitalized on a bad bounce on this goal. The puck had been dumped down the near wall and Orpik went back to retrieve it. Unfortunately for him, the puck never got there because it got caught up in the skates of an official. Malkin was forechecking and picked it up, dropping it back to Roberts, who had a 2 on 1 with Christensen against Whitney. He passed to Christensen, who fired one on Sabourin. He got a piece of it, but not enough to keep it out of the net. The goal was scored with 29.2 seconds left in the game, and that was the final score.

Scrimmage Notes:
Today's game did not measure up to yesterday's in terms of tempo and intensity, particularly the first half. Everyone picked it up in the second but there was still a noticeable difference. The number of scoring chances were also down and the quality of them for the most part was too.

Mike Weaver was very poised with the puck. Every time he had it and a defender was closing in, he never rushed the play. He would calmly look for the open guy and make the pass, or just dumped it to open space.

Tyler Kennedy was everywhere, always moving. He might have been one of the few that played better today than yesterday. He was more noticeable.

Adam Hall had a drop off, but was still doing a lot of little things well. Taking good angles on the forecheck, making sure he was back when needed, covering for the defense when they pinched.

Tim Brent got a good chance from the bottom of the left circle when the game was tied at 1, but Sabourin was on his angle, challenging him, and made an easy save.

Colby Armstrong had a chance to put his team ahead a few moments later. He managed to get the puck around a defender and got a little separation. The defenseman (not sure who) had his stick tied up, but Armstrong managed to free it up and get a decent shot away. Fleury saw he was tied up, came out to challenge and made the save look easy.

Other Notes:
The first drill involved 3 forwards a 2 defensemen. The forwards would skate back towards their own end and pass to the defenseman. He passed to his partner, then made a breakout pass up that side, and the forwards had a 3 on 0. The two defensemen go back to the end end and each take point shots.

The next drill was the same, except the 2nd defenseman would pass back to his partner, and the breakout would go up the other side.

They also did a few breakaways and 2 on 1s, then finished up with some 5 on 5 drills, working on their forecheck and breakouts.

After the game, Brent was seemingly scoring goals every trip up the ice during drills.

Evgeni Malkin got a small scare when a Max Talbot shot went off the crossbar and hit him up high. I think his visor took most of the impact, but it did drop him to the ice. He got up shortly and seemed fine afterwards.

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