The Pens lost their final preseason game to the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 at Joe Louis Arena, but let's be honest here - did Detroit really beat the Pens? And more importantly, does any of this matter?
Long story short, a lineup void of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar resulted in only one Pittsburgh goal from a relatively unlikely source; Pascal Dupuis. Marc-Andre Fleury didn't look horrible in net, per se, but there were a few shots he should've had a jump on. In the first period Johan Franzen beat him gloveside more or less at point-blank range. Had it been a regular season game, or even playoffs for that matter, chances are Kris Letang would've sacrificed the body a bit more to block the shot. For what it's worth, I don't mind him slacking off a bit if it means preventing an injury.
But come Friday, no excuses.
Bill Guerin and Eric Godard picked up misconducts each, keeping the Pens' game misconduct streak alive at three games (even if Cooke only received 2 minutes against the Leafs).
Regular season kicks off Friday for both teams. One of them has a banner going up before taking to the ice against the Rangers.