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GAMEDAY 55 – SENATORS

7:00 PM

Mellon Arena
Listen to the game at [WXDX]
Know The Enemy:
Goligoski, Kennedy and Godard will miss tonight’s game.
Godard is out 4-6 weeks with a groin injury.
Nick Johnson and Chris Conner are back in Pittsburgh.
The Sens have been hot recently.
They’ve won seven in a row and goaltender Brian Elliott has been playing lights out.
Interestingly, before the seven game winning streak the Senators lost five straight.
There are at least 450 Student Rush tickets available tonight.
The last time the Penguins played the Senators, Evgeni Malkin scored a hat trick.
Carrot’s hat ended up on the ice.

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The Pens Lines:
Pascal Dupuis – Sidney Crosby – Bill Guerin
Nick Johnson – Evgeni Malkin – Ruslan Fedotenko
Matt Cooke – Jordan Staal – Craig Adams
Mike Rupp – Max Talbot – Chris Conner

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

Marc-Andre Fleury

Following the morning skate on Thursday, Crosby and Bylsma, were able to honor an American hero – Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Justin Lubash. 

Lubash, 23, was injured on Dec. 29 when multiple rounds of fire first struck his living quarters in Afghanistan, and minutes later hit him as he and his fellow comrades ran to safety.

The attack, which left Lubash with eight-and-a-half metal plates replacing three inches of bone and nerve damage in his elbow, also destroyed two of his most prized possessions – his black Sidney Crosby jersey and a Penguins Stanley Cup champions banner.

Penguins owner Mario Lemieux has always served as an inspiration to others. During the 1992-93 season he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease in early January, underwent six weeks of chemotherapy and returned to the lineup on March 2, when he picked up a goal and an assist against the Philadelphia Flyers. 

Seventeen years later, Lemieux’s courageous comeback continues to inspire fans throughout the world. On Thursday morning, Lemieux invited fellow Hodgkin’s survivor Michael Saikali, 11, to skate with him at Mellon Arena.

Do it.

Go Pens.

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