Wednesday, February 1

Skills Competition, etc.

Portland Pirates forward Ryan Shannon takes a backhanded shot at goaltender Dany Sabourin at last night's AHL All Star Skills Competition.

  • Goaltender Dany Sabourin had a nice showing at the AHL All Star Skills Competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba last night. He had one save on three shots in the Pass and Score contest, stopped six of ten in the Rapid Fire contest, and stopped four of six in the breakaway relay.
  • Noah Welch, the rookie defenseman out of Harvard University had 2 goals on 5 shots against teammate Dany Sabourin in the Rapid Fire contest. He also finished second in the Hardest Shot competition, with a slapshot of 95 mph. Noah also scored a goal in the breakaway relay against Sabourin.
  • Kurtis MacLean spent the last two days in Wheeling working out with the Nailers during the All-Star break. He'll return to the team for practice on Thursday night.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins play the New York Rangers tonight at 7pm where coach Michel Therrien is expected to dress seven defensemen, including Eric Cairns, in order to add some toughness to the lineup. Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to get the start in net.
  • Finally, a quote from Therrien about losing Rico Fata to Atlanta on waivers: β€œI went to Wilkes-Barre on Friday night and Saturday [after the Rangers game] to watch the team. I really liked the way he played and that was the reason why we called him up,” Therrien said. β€œHe got better since he had been sent down the first time. His confidence was back and I like the way that he played. I was anticipating putting him in the lineup. He got picked up to Atlanta and I wish him the best.”

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