Sens' Gonchar, Pens' Malkin together again
Ottawa Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar was always as much a big brother to center Evgeni Malkin as a teammate during their four seasons with the Penguins. Gonchar is in his second season with Ottawa, but the bond remains.
The Russians spent Thanksgiving together — Malkin's girlfriend did the cooking — and Gonchar sounded proud of Malkin's progress since injuring his knee in February. They worked out together in Russia during the summer.
"To me," Gonchar said, "it seems like he is making that next step and maturing. He is more serious about his job. Last year, he didn't have a successful season like everyone expected him to have, so obviously, he was hoping to play better."
Malkin's workout regimen, which was detailed on the Penguins' website, wasn't necessarily for Gonchar.
"I was on a different program," he said.
But Malkin's hard work did not go unnoticed by his countryman.
"He was mentally ready for it," Gonchar said. "He was willing to do whatever it took to make sure he was ready for the season."
> > In keeping with the theme of fraternization between the Penguins and Senators, Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek hosted his brother, Senators left wing Milan Michalek, for a Thanksgiving feast.
> > Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury got the start Friday in something of a surprise. The Penguins play again Saturday night in Montreal, and backup goalie Brent Johnson's career numbers against Ottawa (8-1, 1.99 GAA) are impressive. Fleury entered the game with a 6-8-1 record against Ottawa and a 3.64 GAA, which is his second worst total against any NHL team.
> > Defenseman Kris Letang and left wing Chris Kunitz, both of whom missed practice Thursday, were able to play against the Senators.
> > Penguins equipment manager Dana Heinze was honored during the game for overseeing his 1,500th professional hockey game.
> > G Marc-Andre Fleury was awarded an assist in the first period on RW Tyler Kennedy's goal.
Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators November 25, 2011
The Penguins defeat Ottawa, 6-3, at Consol Energy Center.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Penguins confident Pouliot will be healthy, ready for camp
- Penguins GM insists new coach Johnston was no afterthought
- Penguins goalie Fleury likely to enter season without new contract
- Pens’ Johnston hopes to `lessen the load’ for Crosby
- Rossi: Time with Penguins taught Bylsma importance of stability
- Penguins alumni rally to help Mitch Wilson, who is fighting ALS
- Now healthy, Penguins’ Bennett eyes bigger role
- Penguins captain Sidney Crosby says aching wrist doing better
- Penguins coach says team needs to ‘lessen the load’ on Crosby