Thursday, September 15, 2005

Sidney Crosby making a mark at camp....where will he play? -- The Sidney Crosby circus continues to draw the media masses to Pittsburgh's training camp as the teenage phenom prepares to make his Penguins debut.  While the team has yet to decide whether Crosby will make his NHL pre-season debut Monday in Columbus, the coaching staff has a good handle on where he'll start in the Pens lineup.  Crosby has practiced and scrimmaged on a line with John LeClair and Mark Recchi and sources tell Sportsnet that's where he will stay for the time being.  The team doesn't want to overwhelm the 18-year old by posting him alongside Mario Lemieux, one of the game's greatest players. They also feel starting Lemieux with Ziggy Palffy and either Ryan Malone or Lasse Pirjeta gives Pittsburh two very explosive lines.
Sidney Crosby had three assists, two of them beauties, to make his mark in the first intrasquad game of the Pittsburgh Penguins' training camp.  Crosby had a hand in three of the four goals scored by Team Herb Brooks in a 4-1 win over Team Badger Bob Johnson.  The 18-year-old centre did what Penguins management hoped he'd do, which is feed off veteran linemates Mark Recchi and John LeClair.  Crosby set up Recchi twice and Jonathan Filewich once with impeccable timing, but he also showed his willingness to dig hard along the boards for the puck during the two-period game.


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