Friday, March 28, 2008

Pens win

It's not every game you see Big Georges pot the insurance goal on a breakaway.

The three stars tonight were actually a pretty good indication of the sort of game it was, with Laraque named No. 2 and the suddenly hot Jarkko Ruutu the first star.

The Islanders were close on the shot count, but really didn't come to play. And I believe the win puts the Pens in top spot in the conference.

It's been a rainy night in Pittsburgh, but Seth Rorabaugh from the Post-Gazette did his best to play host and show us around the 'new' stadium district. The Pirates and Steelers have had their new homes for a while now, and you really get the sense hockey fans here are excited for the new building in 2010.

The city actually just demolished an old hospital where the new building will go, and we had a good look at the rubble across the street from Mellon Arena. (Where they also happened to be shooting scenes for a movie tonight.)

This is definitely a Penguins town at the moment, at least in the NFL's off-season, and it's been great to see. Thanks to the fans that stopped by to see us way up in the top of Section D.

Tomorrow: Ohio.


At 2:01 a.m., March 28, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what'd you think of the Igloo as compared to other NHL buildings, James? Or are you reserving extended comments for the end of your trip?

(And isn't the view heading into Pittsburgh great? And you didn't even get the best one!)

At 8:09 a.m., March 28, 2008, Blogger FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Regardless of any feelings of attachment some may have for the place's history, having visited the Igloo can say that they couldn't have started building a new arena soon enough!
2) It wouldn't be a stretch to say that most AHL/ECHL barns are in better shape!

At 9:43 a.m., March 28, 2008, Anonymous Pat said...

I'd say it would, in fact, be a stretch to suggest most AHL/ECHL barns are in better shape.

At 9:58 a.m., March 28, 2008, Blogger FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Pat you might want to visit a few more minor league arenas.

At 12:35 p.m., March 28, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Civic/Mellon Arena may have been a marvel at one time but they've bastardized it so many times adding luxury boxes and upper decks and upper upper decks it's just a mess.We had four tickets once and seat one was halfway under a railing. Luckily we only had three people go that night because no grown human could have sat in that seat.

At 1:17 p.m., March 28, 2008, Blogger Lion said...

No doubt it's past its prime. There's no way the narrow concourses on the D level meet fire regulations. It is historical and distinctive, though. And I'm frankly nervous that the new arena is going to be bland -- this recent wave of new arenas strike me as similar to the wave of "multi-use" stadiums that came through in the '60s and '70s. I'd hate for the Pens to tear down hockey's Fenway Park in order to build hockey's Three Rivers Stadium.

At 7:55 p.m., March 28, 2008, Anonymous chris said...

Pat, Mellon Arena is in fact far worse than some ECHL barns. The place is a dump.


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