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What have the Pens done with their first NHL pucks? Geno is primed to break out. Sid's little sister blazes her own trail. Seguin returns to Boston. And in a tiny Swiss village, the spirit of Astérix eggs on the local hockey club to the top of the league.
I really enjoyed the latest Empty Netters. What have the Penguins players done with their first-goal pucks? I never knew that Sutter scored his first goal against the Pens (as a Hurricane): Scored at the Mellon Arena. It’s got a Penguins logo on it. I put it over Flower’s shoulder. Got an 'assist' from Brooks Orpik who gave the puck to me and I went in and scored. Chuck Kobasew gave his to a dying friend.
Deryk Engelland has found a comfortable niche for himself as a fourth-line forward. From THW, injury-riddled Pens are finding depth at unexpected places, and Geno is primed to break out.
Sid's little sister Taylor opens up about Sid and her own Olympic dreams. Great article and video, and some really fantastic childhood pictures of Sid and Taylor. Their parents did one heck of a job raising these kids.
Nathan MacKinnon is growing as a player in leaps and bounds. He scored his second career goal, a game winner against the Habs, on Saturday, and Patrick Roy's confidence in him is apparent.
Nine games on tap tonight, and I'll be watching Stars at Bruins. Tyler Seguin returns to Boston with 6 goals and 15 points in 14 games.
Blues winger Brenden Morrow was placed on IR with an upper body injury. He scored two goals in nine games this year, and seems like we won't get to face him on Saturday.
Ryan McDonagh tossed Correy Pery onto the Rangers bench twice in one shift, and held him there for good measure. Hint: the goal of the game is to put the puck in the net. Ducks win.
And because we only had two games last night, I went looking for other stories and here's a great one. Ambrì is a tiny, tiny Swiss village (pop. 500) that I only knew existed because I'd see the sign exiting the Gotthard Tunnel (I lived in Switzerland for better part of the 90s). Hockey Club Ambrì-Piotta doubles as the largest employer and the only thing to do aside from heading to the mountains. And they currently sit atop the Swiss League, egged on by the spirit of Astérix. Fun read.
Have a great day everyone!