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GAMEDAY 29 – AVALANCHE

7:30 PM

Mellon Arena

Listen to the game at [WXDX]

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Marc-Andre Fleury had better watch out.
Keith Ballard has struck again.
He’s leaving a trail of ridiculous mishaps and injured goaltenders in his wake.
Ballard may be waiting outside Mellon Arena tonight – armed with a hockey stick, a lost edge and a bad sense of judgment – ready to take out yet another netminder.
Thanks to Ballard, Craig Anderson is out with a neck injury and Peter Budaj will be in net for Colorado.
The Avs arrived in Pittsburgh at 3AM, fresh off of a loss to Florida last night.
They did not hold a team practice today.
The Penguins haven’t played since Monday.

“Yes, they’re in the middle of a road trip. But if it’s going to be an advantage, you have to exploit it and show it. … They’re going to be playing against Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in our building for the first time, so they’re going to have some jump and excitement. I’m not expecting a tired team. I’m expecting a team that’s going to play a team they view as a team that won last year and has some great players.”

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— Dan Bylsma [Post-Gazette]

This is the only regular season meeting between the two teams this year.

Tonight’s lines:

Maxime Talbot – Sidney Crosby – Bill Guerin
Pascal Dupuis – Evgeni Malkin – Ruslan Fedotenko
Mike Rupp – Jordan Staal – Tyler Kennedy
Chris Bourque – Craig Adams – Eric Godard

Sergei Gonchar – Brooks Orpik
Jay McKee – Kris Letang
Mark Eaton – Martin Skoula

Marc-Andre Fleury

“I don’t know if he goes over the line,” Orpik said. “But I think the way he does it, he’s setting himself up to go over the line. When you take a straight line at people like that, that’s when you get in trouble.”

“With the way the game is now, it’s impossible to play that way for 82 games.”

“You’ve got to pick your spots, especially in an Olympic year. My personal feeling is, if you play that way every night, it’s going to take a toll on you.”

— Brooks Orpik on Ovechkin [Trib]

Apparently quotes like that are enough for some people to say “Orpik calls out Ovechkin.”
We wouldn’t really say that anyone “called out” anyone there.
Also, Brian Duff of the NHL Network is comparing Ovechkin to Chris Pronger and saying “Ovechkin should be wary of changing his style.”

“If you’re accusing Alex Ovechkin of not respecting the game, have you accused Pronger of it as well?”

Yes.
Pensburgh noticed that Marc-Andre Fleury has a French blog on the Radio Canada website.

“If, as Vladislav Tretiak says, Alexander Ovechkin plays like he’s half-Canadian and half-Russian, what blood other than Canadian could be said to flow through Sidney Crosby’s veins? Half-Finnish? Half-Russian? Half-Swedish?”

Found this on YouTube:
The best part comes from the comments which, like all YouTube comments, are deep, meaningful and intelligent:

Do it.

Go Pens.

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