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ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

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PEN PALS

Sidney Crosby said he has "too many stories to tell" about his former teammate and roommate, Colby Armstrong.

Not that he was going to share any about the feisty forward, who was making his first visit to Pittsburgh as a Maple Leaf on Wednesday.

"We had a strong friendship -- we were roommates and spent a lot of time together," Crosby said of being a teammate with Armstrong from 2005 to 2008 before the latter was traded to Atlanta. "He's a competitive guy -- always a tough guy to play against -- but away from the rink he's always been great."

If Armstrong has any regrets about his time in Pittsburgh, it was that he got traded just before the team made visits to the Stanley Cup final in successive seasons, including a win in 2008-09.

"I knew the hype that was building," Armstrong said. "The team was getting better year after year and the city was getting more and more excited. I knew it was going to be pretty special. It was a great ex-roomie group of young guys, kind of like what we've got here right now."

ALWAYS IN THE PLAN

Though not revealed publicly, Leafs coach Ron Wilson said the decision to start goaltender Jonas Gustavsson on Wednesday was part of the game plan entering the season.

While the blueprint is to have Jean-Sebastien Giguere get the majority of starts, the intent also is to have Gustavsson get a game a week as the team works to establish a one-two punch in net.

"We planned two weeks ago that (Giguere) would get the first two games and Monster would get the start here," Wilson said. "You don't want him to sit around too long."

FRESH ICE

As with any new arena, there is a breaking-in period. While to a man Penguins players love their new digs, it has taken some getting used to.

"The ice is a work in progress but we're enduring that," forward Matt Cooke said. "It just hasn't had the glide maybe some other rinks have and that makes it tough on your hips and groins at times.

"There are new boards and glass, which creates bounces that we maybe haven't mastered yet."

To honour the old building, the ceiling in the Pens' room is shaped like an igloo.

SNAP SHOTS

Pens forward Mike Comrie, who started the season on a line with Crosby, found himself a healthy scratch Wednesday. The free-agent acquisition has struggled, however, failing to get a point in three games ... Pittsburgh was without two of its key starting defencemen, Zbynek Michalek (shoulder) and Brooks Orpik (groin).


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