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Pens' Goligoski ups intensity against Crosby

| Monday, Sept. 14, 2009

Alex Goligoski let it be known Sunday that he will not approach Penguins' training camp as though a regular-season roster spot is locked up.

A second-year defenseman known more for his offense than a nasty edge, Goligoski engaged in a heated battle with Penguins captain Sidney Crosby during a drill in the final group practice session at Mellon Arena. Battling around the cage, Goligoski and Crosby took turns jabbing one another and battling for position in the offensive zone as Goligoski attempted to take away free space from Crosby.

"You skate all summer and don't do much contact, so it's nice to get out there and feel your pads a little bit, get your balance down," said Goligoski, who appeared in 45 games last season but is a near-lock for a top-six spot this year.

Crosby lauded Goligoski's approach to the first day of camp.

"He's a guy who wants to make sure he's showing everything he's got, and for me, it's my fifth year, but I need to make sure I'm ready for the season, too," he said. "I don't think anybody out here is going through the motions. We want to make sure we're preparing ourselves. Battling and being intense is all part of that."

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