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Gonchar gets standing ovation from Penguins fans

Sergei Gonchar didn't lose the affection of Penguins fans when he signed with Ottawa on July 1. In his first game against his old team, Gonchar received a standing ovation from the Consol Energy Center crowd following a first-period video showcasing highlights from his five years with the Penguins. Gonchar and another former Penguins star, Alex Kovalev, assisted on Daniel Alfredsson goal.

» All fans at Monday's game received "Hockey Fights Cancer" T-shirts in conjunction with a league-wide effort to promote cancer awareness. The Penguins hosted a number of cancer survivors.

» The Penguins players out with injuries -- center Jordan Staal, right wing Arron Asham, and defensemen Brooks Orpik and Zbynek Michalek -- skated yesterday morning. Coach Dan Bylsma had no further update on their status, though it appears likely Orpik will be the first of the four to return.

» Bylsma gave no update regarding how he intends to use goaltenders Marc-Andre Fleury and Brent Johnson on the team's upcoming road trip to Nashville, St. Louis and Tampa Bay.

» Penguins venter Mark Letestu leads all NHL rookies in goals (4) and points (7). Although Letestu played in 10 regular-season games last season, he still qualifies as a rookie.

» Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored 16 points in six playoff games last year against Ottawa but generally struggles against the Senators in the regular season. His first-period goal yesterday was only his third in 17 regular-season games against Ottawa.

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