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The Confluence Half-Assed Live Blog, Live from the Consol Energy Center

[ In my best Brent Musberger voice….. ]

I’m looking liiiiiiiiiiive at the Consol Energy Center.  About ten minutes before pregame skate.

I won’t do a play-by-play blog, just overall observations, sights, sounds and all that crap.

Apologize in advance for all the name dropping, but it’s that kind of night.

After the jump….

- Name drop #1 - Get on the elevator with From the Point’s Brian Metzer, and who joins us but Former Head Coach Michel Therrien.  Gave him the “how you doin” nod.

- Set up shop, got the laptop hooked up.  Fairly quiet right now, but directly above me I hear “It’s a Hockey Night in Pittsburgh”.  Holy schnikees, Mike Lange is right above me.

- Grabbed kielbasa grinder from the Smokehouse on the upper concourse - Highly recommended.  Totally packed down there, but well worth it.  By the way, you have no idea how much I wanted a beer with that sandwich.

- Pregame skate over.  No problem at all watching it while in line at the Smokehouse.

- Introduced myself to the Trib’s Rob Rossi.  I kissed his ring.  [  Kidding, just kidding !!...]  Also met The ‘Ol Two Niner (Phil Bourque) in the hallway.

- Definitely a different vibe up here.  It’s definitely business-like.  Like, you know, these people up here are actually “working”.  I’m

>really trying not to stick out like a sore thumb, not sure it’s successful to be honest.

- Godard and Engelland are scratches tonight.

- Don’t know if anyone ever mentioned this, but the scoreboard is kinda big.

- Pens take the ice.  You notice it immediately, this place is much louder than the Igloo.

- Stan Savran in the house.  All is well.

FIRST PERIOD

- FLASH;  Hilary Duff in the house, for those who care

- Pens already playing much more physical.  Couple of scrums early on.

- Mike Comrie and Max Lapierre fight, or something resembling a fight.  Hilary’s not going to be happy about that.  Penguins go on the PP after that.

- Pens dictating the play, no doubt about that.  But they’re also passing up opportunities to put the puck on net in favor of the perfect play.

- Habs go on the PP and have some really good scoring opportunities, but Fleury looks sharp tonight.  Still no score.

- Nemesis Mike Cammalleri scores off a nice centering feed from Tomas Plekanec coming from back of the net, 1-0 Habs.

- Pens Ice Crew still slow as molasses.

- Malkin gets the puck on the right boards, brings it to the center, but decides to make an extra juke and thus doesn’t get a good shot on net.

- Pens go on the PP, but P.K. Subban does an Academy award winning acting job on the 4-minute high sticking penalty to Comrie to put and end to that.

- Another mention on the sound.  Pens had a flurry at the end of the period, and didn’t score, but this place was rocking.  Can’t wait (hopefully) to hear what happens when the score a goal.

- Pens outshoot the Habs 13-9, and controlled play most of the time, but still down 1-0.

- Just met Mike Lange.  My night is complete my friends.  Well, maybe if Mario came by, but that’s about it.  I just told him “keep up the great work”.

SECOND PERIOD

- Pens on the PP, nice passwork, Sid to Geno for the one-time past Price, and this place frickin’ erupts, game tied 1-1.

- Gotta keep reminding myself “You’re not a fan tonight Tony, you’re not a fan tonight”

- Habs applying a little more pressure as the game goes on, but Fleury, as I said before, looks really sharp tonight.

- Goligoski is starting to remind me of Letang a year or so ago, simply gunshy.

- Talbot drops the gloves, Lapierre wimps out, Talbot gets the roughing penalty.  Lame.

- Sid took a pass off the foot/ankle.  Doesn’t look like it tickled.

- I’m liking Comrie more and more.  In Shero We Trust, indeed.

- Attendance: 18,106.  Consecutive sellout #168.

- After two periods, tied at one apiece.  The Pens have had plenty of chances to take the lead on the powerplay, but continue to sputter.  If you know anything about hockey, you know the Habs are going to get some calls in the third period.  That’s the way it goes.

- Penguins 0-for-6 so far on the powerplay.  Yuk.

THIRD PERIOD

- Pens continue to control the play.  Stupid statement, but they’re doing everything but scoring, if that makes sense.  Smells like the playoff series, to be honest.

- Mark Letestu with the nice wrister from the slot past Price to give the Pens the 2-1 lead about halfway through the third period.  Let’s see how many calls the Habs are going to get now to tie the game (just being honest).

- Was just mentioning to Brian that I was wondering just how loud this place is going to be for the playoffs.  Sick.

- Great forechecking by the third and fourth lines.  Habs couldn’t even get the puck to center ice for a couple of minutes.

- As soon as I say that, nice deflection by the Habs, and we’re tied at two apiece.  Shucks.

- And there’s the softie, folks.  Fleury will be Fleury.

FINAL - Habs 3, Pens 2:  Another disappointing loss.  Looked like the Pens had this one wrapped up, and it’s not like they let up their guard, at least on the second Habs goal.

Really a different perspective up here.  Completely different than the fan point of view.  I want to thank Sam Kasan and the Penguins for their invitation, it is much appreciated.  Also, to Brian Metzer for showing me around so I didn’t like a complete fool.

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Fleury looks awesome and I like the grit they’ve brought to the game so far.

That super late elbow to Letangs face definitely took this game up to the next level. Expect to see a LOT more scrums…

Posted by Kstewy16 on 10/09/10 at 08:38 PM ET

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Great job tonight, Tony.

Sorry the end of the game was so shitty, though.

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 10/09/10 at 10:57 PM ET

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well it is another game where you want to say MAF is looking good, but you have been kicked in the nuts way too many times to say such a thing before the game is over, and ..... wouldn’t you know it, same old shit.

It is not going to be any easier with NJ on monday.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 10/09/10 at 11:17 PM ET

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I blame Steigy and Errey tonight for bringing up that Gomez was quiet all game.  Cammalleri needs to be put down.  That third goal was awful. 

Other than that, I liked the way they played.  However, it may be time to split up Orpik and Michalek, that pairing is just not working right now.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 10/09/10 at 11:28 PM ET

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