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In the hallway beneath the Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, Pittsburgh Penguins assistant general manager Jason Botterill intently stared at a video replay on a laptop.
The images were of Alex Grant's goal - the one he blasted from the point with less than two minutes to tie Saturday's game against the Senators, but only to have it waved off after Eric Tangradi apparently made contact with Robin Lehner in the crease.
The Penguins lost 2-1 and the mood in the locker room was one of disappointment, but not frustration.
It would be understandable if the Penguins felt the latter. From my spot in the press box it wasn't really clear if Tangradi bumped Lehner. There was a logjam of player in front and they were all banging away when Grant's shot made it through. Even Grant said after the game that it looked like Binghamton players bumped Tangradi into Lehner.
But whatever the case, the Penguins have a week to reflect on the positives that came out of the season opener.
Trevor Smith had a beautiful, single-effort goal when he forced a turnover at the blueline and ripped a wrister past Lehner to make it 1-0 in the second.
The penalty kill - which was on the ice a little too often, did a remarkable job blanking the Senators on six chances.
Jeff Zatkoff also made some huge saves throughout and appeared to have the same form that earned him an all-star designation last season.
The rookies also looked good, especially Beau Bennett, who displayed some beautiful stickwork and came close to scoring on several occasions.
And a pair of fights - from Tangradi and Adam Payerl, showed that this team is ready to play tough.
Yes, this week the Penguins may dwell on the "what-ifs," mainly what would've happened if Grant's goal stood.
But despite the loss, the Penguins have plenty of positives to dwell on as well for next week.
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