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Shots flying during first period

| Thursday, March 23, 2006

The second period of Tuesday's 5-2 Penguins loss to the Ottawa Senators marked the first period in four games that the team reached double-digit shots on goal. Their 10 shots on Senators goalie Ray Emery ended a string of 14 consecutive periods of nine shots on goal or fewer.

  • Penguins forward Andre Roy had strong words for Senators defenseman Andrej Meszaros after an open-ice hit on Sidney Crosby that Roy thought was delivered with intent to injure. But that wasn't all he had to say about members of his former team.

    "(Chris Neil) said, 'Your guys are running our guys,' " said Roy, who played for the Senators from 1999-2002. "Well, you know what• In the playoffs, that's how it's going to be, so they'd better stop whining. In the playoffs, people hit. Our hits were legal."

    Roy was referring in particular to a hit Eric Boguniecki put on defenseman Anton Volchenkov in the first period. Volchenkov left the ice and didn't return after suffering a possible concussion.

    "(Boguniecki) went in with his shoulder. Look at the replay. You can't just start whining like that because your guy gets hit, because something's waiting for them in the playoffs, and the farther you go, the rougher it gets."

  • Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi injured his foot blocking a shot Tuesday, but as of yesterday, there was no update on the extent of the injury. ... There was also no update on possible suspensions stemming from the game. ... Penguins defenseman Josef Melichar set a new career high in points this season with two goals and eight assists, besting his previous record of eight points. Prior to the start of this season, he had 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 169 NHL games.

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