Alexei Ponikarovsky Inspiring Penguins: The Pony Has Left The Stable

March 10th, 2010 by Corry Fatigante Leave a reply »

The magic man Ray Shero amazed us all once again by scouting and acquiring a player the Penguins were in desperate need of: a scoring, top-six forward. This deal came in the form of Luca Caputi and Martin Skoula for Alexei Ponikarovsky.

Pony made his Pens debut on Saturday in an energetic win over the Dallas Stars. The raw stats don't speak to the impact of the power forward. It was truly inspiring watching a new player being welcomed at the Igloo as Pony was.

The fans did not have to wait long for his first goal as it came on a power play in the third period. After his name was announced on the intercom, the people began to chant "Pony" as loud as they typically cheer for Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. He also received a standing ovation at the end of the game as he was named the third star of the game.

The acquisition of a big, scoring forward will not be measured in goals and points, but also in intangibles. Pony has all ready had an effect on his teammates.

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