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Penguins Training Camp Weekend Roundup: Crosby Skates Through Traffic, Malkin-Kennedy-Sullivan Line Impresses

With the first weekend of camp in the books, here's where we're at:

  • Sidney Crosby was able to train all weekend with little trouble, even going as far as to skate through traffic during drills (while still trying to avoid contact). It may seem like a small thing, but according to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, it was a task he found difficult in the spring. Chalk it up as another positive, if minor, step in the right direction.
  • The line of Evgeni Malkin, Tyler Kennedy and Steve Sullivan seemed to click during the weekend's scrimmages, with the line scoring four goals in one game, two from Kennedy. Speaking of the burgeoning partnership, Sullivan told Seth of the Post-Gazette's Empty Netters blog, "I think they've got really good chemistry. They know where they're going. It's just a matter of me stepping in and staying out of the way. Two guys who are very easy to play with."
  • The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Josh Yohe wrote a piece on James Neal and his attempts to improve upon his less-than-stellar output after arriving in Pittsburgh near the end of last season. Said Neal, "I feel much more comfortable this year. I'm adjusted to everything. I just want to focus on playing well and making Pittsburgh my home."
  • The Penguins are in Wilkes-Barre today, engaging in an intra-squad scrimmage at the home of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, their minor league affiliate in the American Hockey League. Crosby and Dustin Jeffrey stayed behind in Pittsburgh, as both are yet to be cleared for contact.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.