Gonchar gets standing ovation from Penguins fans

| Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010

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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