Penguins Notebook: Malkin addresses fans ... in English
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Sure, general manager Ray Shero got a standing ovation, and center Sidney Crosby had the girls screaming.
But the real treat during the Penguins' Town Hall Meeting last night at Mellon Arena was Russian center Evgeni Malkin addressing the crowd of several thousand in English.
"Hi, people," he said, then answered a question posed to the six players on the stage about their favorite moment from the team's playoff run last spring.
"I think it's Petr Sykora scoring in the third overtime," Malkin said of the game-winning goal in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final in Detroit.
Also during the hour-long program, CEO Ken Sawyer showed slides of artist renderings of the new arena being built across the street, president David Morehouse said the season-ticket waiting list was up to more than 2,000 accounts representing more than 5,000 seats, and center Max Talbot showed off his best runway strut.
The other players appearing were goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and defensemen Brooks Orpik and Ryan Whitney, who said he hopes to be back from foot surgery in December.
It was the third year the Penguins held the pep rally for season-ticket holders.
Therrien takes his lumps
Penguins coach Michel Therrien was in the wrong place at the wrong time yesterday when 6-foot-5 forward Keven Veilleux lost an edge during the final practice of the day at training camp.
When Veilleux fell, he knocked down Therrien, who left the ice. The coach returned later, looking stiff and sore, and apparently has painful bruised ribs.
Forwards Jonathan Filewich, Ryan Stone, Dustin Jeffrey, Nick Johnson, Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Joe Haddad and Veilleux, and defensemen Jonathan D'Aversa practiced but were held out of the daily scrimmage so the staff could take a look at other prospects. ... Rob Scuderi sat out yesterday's activities because of bruised ribs. ... Camp again is open to the public today. The first practice is at 9 a.m.
First Published September 19, 2008 12:00 am