Went to the Penguins vs Sabers pre-season game in Hamilton last night. At some point you would think that Hamilton was hosting an important game, at other points it was clearly amateur hour at Copps. They had guys taking money to park in my normally free hidden parking spot, but then there were only 2 girls working the beer window, with no change. The line-up for beer was way too long, then when you got to the front you learned the big 'Molson Canadian on tap here' sign was just a lie. They only had Steelback. I thought that was ok, I'd never had Steelback before and I was willing to give it a try. Steelback is the gross.
On to the game... it was a pretty decent game. Crosby lost his temper and took a penalty for it, had 2 nice assists though. There was a good fight, some kid named Stone got his right arm free and gave the Sabers kid 3 good shots to the face and knocked him clean off his feet. And finally the game ended in a shootout, and a long shootout at that. 11 rounds before Clarke MacArthur ended it. Crosby also had a goal in the shootout. It was a pretty good game, but to the people in Hamilton I have one suggestion.... clearly people will not pay 60-80 dollars for lower bowl tickets to a preseason game. Copps was at about 50% capacity last night.
Check out John's pictures from the game.