Eric Majeski's (aka Netwolf) Camp Reports for LetsGoPens.com
Gameday Skate Notes
September 20, 2008
Not a ton to talk about in the first group. Lots of skating and shooting drills to get everyone warmed up. Some transition passing stuff and a little forechecking too.
Danny Richmond was stopping everyone in 1 on 1s and 2 on 1s this morning. He just keeps good control of the gap, lets the guy come to him and was very good at poke checking.
Max Talbot picked the corner over John Curry's glove and razzed him pretty good about it.
After all the drills were done, Kris Letang (who was the first guy out and the last guy off) and Matt Cooke were playing some kind of game where you had to flip pass the puck across the rink and get it to hit the boards without the other guy being able to stop it. Cooke was having better luck and at one point went to the sliding-on-one-knee fist pump celebration.
Ruslan Fedotenko, along with Talbot and Cooke, worked on deflections. Fedotenko did pretty well. That line might be good for 40-50 goals this year if things go well. Fedotenko might be a bit of a character as well, or maybe playing with Talbot and Cooke is rubbing off on him.
Cooke also had a hand-on discussion with Paul Bissonette about fighting technique. Letang was watching, as well as another forward I didn't catch. I'd guess Bill Thomas, Ryan Stone or Eric Godard. I got photos of it, maybe you'll be able to pick him out.
Darryl Sydor was the first guy on the ice for the second group. Jeff Taffe joined him about 2 minutes later.
Pascal Dupuis was doing his best Mike Bossy impression this morning. Everything he shot was going in, all up high too.
The Pens did some basic special teams work in this session in preparation for tonight's game. At first the top power play unit just worked half ice with no defenders aside from assistant coach Mike Yeo, who served as a phantom forechecker.
The first power play unit had Jordan Staal in front, Miroslav Satan below the goal line, Sidney Crosby on the right wing boards, Sergei Gonchar on the right point and Evgeni Malkin on the left. Petr Sykora subbed into Staal's spot at one point and into Satan's at another. I saw them work the old Ryan Whitney play with Malkin in that role. Another play they used saw a pass/shot come to Staal in front. While it came in, he pivoted to the right wing boards as Satan closed in. Staal one one-touch pass to Satan for a shot.
A bit later they did some work full ice against penalty killers. The second unit saw Janne Pesonen and Kris Beech join Sykora, with Sydor and Alex Goligoski at the point.
On the penalty killing side, Pascal Dupuis was out with Staal (who scored shorthanded at one point), Mark Eaton and Brooks Orpik. Godard, Stone, Sydor Malkin, and Ben Lovejoy also got a shift or two on the kill.
We'll see what happens tonight at 7:30. Look for a write up late tonight or tomorrow morning.
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