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Sill Standing. PENS ROOKS WIN.

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Some Polack put Alex Grant in the hospital.
Thiessen made a statement in net.
Sill almost equaled his entire goal output from last year in one game.
Bottom line, the Pens outworked the Sens rookies today.
I wasn’t in attendance, but I watched the game online through HockeyStreams.com.
What a site. Using it tomorrow and Tuesday, too.
When the Rogers Ottawa broadcast started, you knew it was going to be a good day.
The first hockey game of the season was here, and they bust this out:
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Tangradi, Jeffrey, and Strait wore the assistant captain A’s.
Erik Condra wore the C for Ottawa. Didn’t notice him all game.
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Some moron named David Dziurzynski was kicked out of the game after his first shift.

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The puck was dumped in behind Grant, where he was hit with a check from behind. No reason for this.

“Beast Mode” Keven Veilleux steps in and tries to fight him, but he hides behind the zebras.

Grant remained motionless on the ice for a while, and eventually was carted off on a stretcher. Scary stuff.

Ottawa fans are whining and claiming that the contact was mutual.

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Grant is a good 3-4 feet away from the boards. Definitely a dirty play.
The Pens got a 5-minute powerplay out of it, but weren’t able to do anything with it.

Bobby Butler was able to get past Carl Sneep and score five-hole against Thiessen to give the Sens an early lead.

Nice move kid, real nice.

1-0.

A lot of jobbing back and forth continued until there was about 4 minutes left in the period.

Ryan Schnell and Sill somehow get a 2-on-1. Sill recieves the pass and snaps one over the blocker.

Schnell had 6 total points last year. In the ECHL.

1-1.

With three seconds left in the first, Tangradi runs a D-man into his own goalie, who does his best Osgood impression.

Cowen makes his way in to avenge his teammate but the refs won’t allow it.

Immediately, he gives an intermission interview on the TV side.
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The Pens took a penalty right off the bat, but Dustin Jeffrey doesn’t care.

He makes a pick at the red line, and power moves his way to the net on a breakaway.

His initial move was saved, but he kicks the puck to his own stick.

2-1.
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Minutes later, Tom Kuehnhackl gets a puck back to Reid McNeill at the point.

He fires it on net where it’s tipped in front by Beast Mode.

3-1.

As soon as the puck is dropped, Schnell and Tim Spencer go buckets off at center ice.

Nice fight to start the season off. Schnell doesn’t even have a contract at this point.

I’d give him an entry-level deal, but I’m just some guy from Baldwin.
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The Pens started to dominate play at this point.

Strait creates a nice break-out to Sill, which is one area he was focusing on improving this year.

Sill drops it to Tangradi, who pulls off the NHL 11 kick fake before throwing the puck on net.

Somehow Sill puts it in, for his second of the game. He had 5 AHL goals last season.

4-1.

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Simon Despres logged a ton of minutes and played a solid game today.

With this exception half-way through the third, when he got caught flat-footed at his own blue line.

Bob the Butler got past him and popped in his second of the game.

The Big Horse took a slashing minor even after the goal was counted.

4-2.

Thiessen was basically outstanding today. He is rarely caught out of position.

This kid will make some noise in Wilkes-Barre this year. Watch him in camp next week.

The hitting started to pick up and the game was pretty much over.

Until Eric Gryba sniped Thiessen on one-leg with a minute left in regulation. The Sens weren’t quitting.

Ottawa pulls their goalie and Kaspars Daugavins rings a shot off the post with 0:34 left.

Unrattled, the Pens play on until Tangradi finds the puck and clears it down the ice.

Jeffrey flies all the way down the length of the ice and buries the empty netter. Two goals for him as well.

5-2.

Big Dog had 3 assists.
Sill wants a two-way deal.
Game.
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Toronto tomorrow night. Let’s go.
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