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Monday Pens Points: Pens Start Rookie Tourney 2-0

Pens rookies beat Ottawa in regulation, Chicago in SO. Zlobin and Dea with strongest impressions so far.

The Pens are currently taking part in the annual rookie tournament in London, Ontario. After two games, they are 2-0-0. No games today, and the tournament concludes Tuesday with a matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In the first game on Saturday the Pens came from behind to beat the Senators. Jean-Sebastien Dea, Anton Zlobin and Brian Dumoulin were impressive in that game. Michael Murray got the start in net and turned away 22 of 25 shots.

The second game against the Blackhawks was tied at 4 after regulation and OT, and the Pens won 5-4 in the shootout. Tristan Jarry stopped 36 of 40 shots. Teuvo Teravainen was a healthy scratch for the Blackhawks.

Anton Zlobin in particular was turning heads in Ontario. It’s too bad he’s not a left winger.

Oskar Sundqvist is adapting quickly to North American rinks and he will be one of the key guys to watch in training camp.

Shavertown, PA, native Patrick McGrath has received invitations to both rookie tourney and training camp. He fought Ottawa’s Darren Kramer in the first game.

Mark Recchi is excited to be in his new role of player development coach.

The Bruins will have to make a trade, and soon, to fit Torey Krug and Reilly Smith under the cap, and expect it to be one of the current 9 defensemen.

Ruslan Fedotenko has been invited to Devils camp, besides Scott Gomez, Tomas Kaberle and Jordin Tootoo.