The Perfect Storm will come to a climax tonight.
The Pens are playing Columbus.
"Monster Nash" references will be handed out
like, well, free candy.
After the jump is the worst goaltending performance of the decade.
And we also found where Malkin strained his shoulder.
A lot of other sites are doing stories about the Mellon Arena. And we can't resist.
So if you have a favorite memory of Mellon Arena, send it to us, and we'll post it.
Even if it isn't from a Penguin game, send it through.
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This one is from BOB P. (zarley):
"March 19, 2006.
It was my senior year in high school. I probably could (and would) have student rushed every home game that season if my high school gave us student IDs. Some said I could use a report card, but whatev. I know someone with season tickets, so I still made it to every game he couldn't (close to 20 in 05/06).
On this particular night, however, I got tickets in C11 from my high school calculus teacher (awesome). Pens vs. Maple Leafs. Always a good time when a horde of belligerent Leafs fans come to town.
It was figuring to be another shitty game, with the Pens tied 0-0 with the Leafs midway into the 2nd period. All of a sudden with 7 minutes to go in the 2nd, the arena goes dark. Lights out. The whistle blows. The crowd gasps. Some kid probably pisses his pants. The guy that just bought nachos is livid. No idea what the players did, I couldn't see my hand in front of my face. Can't imagine it'd be easy skating in the dark. Some backup generator lights came on shortly, but it was still too dim to play hockey.
Then it happened. No idea where it came from. It started faint then grew stronger. "New arena! clap clap clapclapclap." Over, and over, and over. Even the Leafs fans were saying it. Those words would resonate through me the rest of the game. When the lights went out, I no longer cared if the Pens won or lost that game. They sure as shit weren't making the playoffs that season. As a Pens fan, this event transcended the game by sending a message to everyone: the NHL, the city of Pittsburgh, our ownership group, the cotton candy guy.
Keep in mind that at this time, there was still no set plans for a new arena. Isle of Capri was promising to pay for a new one if they got the Pittsburgh casino license. The other two in the running weren't. There was no guarantee that we'd have a hockey team in a few seasons. Scary times as a Pens fan. Never want to go through that again.
After going dark for a second time (said to be an electrical fire later), the game finally resumed. Scuderi (in pre-legend form) trips Chad Kilger on a semi-breakaway and Kilger gets a penalty shot. Goal. 1-0 finish.
In the grand scheme, the chant I participated in that night really didn't do anything. In a time of uncertainty, it felt like we could make a difference. Thousands of people chanting for a new home for the team they love. It was probably the most chilling moment I've ever witnessed inside the Mellon."
Evgeni Malkin will miss two-to-three weeks with a shoulder injury.
Dan Bylsma announced it today after practice.
According to Rob Rossi's Twitter feed, Malkin has been injured for weeks.
He wants to keep playing, but Dan Bylsma has decided to sit him.
Malkin joins Sergei Gonchar and Max Talbot on the injured list.
Tyler Kennedy did not practice today either after missing last night's game.
The Penguins website reports that Kunitz was not in practice either.
It's not known what kept Kunitz and Kennedy out of practice, though Kennedy didn't play last night due to an "undisclosed injury."
The Penguins next game is tomorrow night against Columbus. It's unknown who - if anyone - will be called up to take Geno's spot in the lineup. The WBS Pens are in Winnipeg right now for a game tonight against the Manitoba Moose.
The team says they are "being cautious" by keeping Malkin out of the line-up and that his injury is not the same John LeClair-inflicted one that caused him to miss action in 2006.
The team is currently 10-2 and sitting at the top of the Eastern Conference standings, but will the injuries eventually catch up to them?
Sidney Crosby is playing some unreal hockey right now, Alex Goligoski is doing a great Sergei Gonchar impression on the blue line and Marc-Andre Fleury has been solid. The team has a three point lead and a game in hand over the Rangers at the top of the Atlantic Division. It's still October.
Again, no one said this season would be easy. The Pens have clearly looked like members of the NHL elite so far this year and this injury may bring them back down to earth for a little while. The bridge may be getting a little busier today, but there's no reason to jump.
The team still has Sidney Crosby, Jordan Staal, Alex Goligoski, Kris Letang, Marc-Andre Fleury and some very solid depth.
They still have Jay McKee and Brooks Orpik.
They still have a 10-2 and record and it's still October.
At the most Malkin will miss about 10 games. It's going to be tough, but it's not going to be impossible and it's not going to be forever.
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[courtesy of NHL.com]
If we had lives, the screenshot above
would have been an adequate recap of the game.
Anytime your top line gets all three stars and a combined 10 points in a game,
safe to say it was a pretty good night.
Kunitz gets off his schnide.
Montreal was either flat, tired, or their balls hurt.
Whatever the case, the Pens carried out Disco's business with military precision.
The best part about Sidney Crosby getting a hat trick
is hearing people say, "Where was Malkin?" And vice versa.
Malkin says lick it.
The Pens finished their recent homestand
with 8 out of a possible 10 points.
And the end of the homestand overlaps with another section of the schedule:
5 games in 9 days, including the best part of the year, the West Coast trip.
From Montreal's perspective, what's worse right now?
-The Habs fan that probably overpaid to watch this game in person?
-Poor Hal Gill having to watch his boys pick his team apart?
-Or the lifeless, impotent Carey Price?
Unless you have some disease, life is great right now.
Pens are sick, and an all-Pens weekend is on the horizon.
Listen to the game at [WXDX]
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You can submit questions via the discussion tab for the Crash the Net segments or Penguins Hotline after the game.
The USS Hal Gill returns to the Igloo tonight.
Gill was one of the reasons the Pittsburgh Penguins held the Stanley Cup over their heads last season.
He was also the inspiration for a lot of great Photoshops and signage.
Tonight, when he steps onto the ice, stand up and show him the respect he deserves.
The man should hear applause from the Igloo faithful one more time.
But, once the puck drops, he's an enemy.
To Habs fans, signing Gill was a huge deal.
Four riots break out every time he touches the puck.
Seriously, look up "Montreal Riot" on YouTube.
There's about 17 weeks worth of footage from numerous different occasions over the years.
The other big news tonight is that Tyler Kennedy will sit out with an undisclosed injury.
Chris Bourque will dress in his place.
Pascal Dupuis, who had the flu, will play.
The Pens lines and more after the jump.
PensBurgh did all Pens fan a great honor
by making an all-decade Pens team.
No clue how Morozov makes the cut.
Although you pretty much have to put him there.
Unless you have a hard-on for Brian Holzinger.
There's some crap after the jump.
Just start watching it at the 2:00 mark.
These highlights don't do the emotions justice.
If you're going to Columbus for the game,
you will kill yourself if you don't click "Read More."