Getting the band back together

The team convened again today. Chris Madden made it back from Ontario, but he might not make it back for Wednesday’s game; there’s talk about scoping out the knee and getting it fixed, since it hasn’t responded very well. We’ll know more tomorrow.

Evgeny Tunik took a puck off the schnozz during the informal post-practice workouts. It was a bleeder, but he said he’s OK. Dave Karpa sat out, but he’s hoped to play Wednesday. Allan Rourke is supposed to play, too.

Jeff Hamilton was here, with the yo-yo in the down position.

As our friend the Goal Judge pointed out, WBS annihilated Hershey last night. The Pens were 4-for-6 on the power play in the first period. Fun ‘n’ games with Jamie Koharski.

And late last night in Vancouver, the U.S. started the World Junior Championship off right with an 11-2 thrashing of Norway. Hershey Bears forward Chris Bourque scored five goals, this year’s hot draft pick Phil Kessel had five assists, and Phoenix pick Kevin Porter had a goal and three assists. You can follow the tournament here, on the IIHF’s Web site. Canada and the U.S. meet Saturday night.

Michael Fornabaio