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Drive to the Net: Brassard’s debut fraught with ‘nerves and emotion’


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Derick Brassard in action Tuesday in his Penguins debut. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

The crowd roared its approval, and that was 10 minutes before the puck even dropped on Tuesday night's game against the Devils at PPG Paints Arena.

Just the mere mention of Derick Brassard's name or a shot of him on the jumbotron was enough to elicit a hearty round of applause from the faithful. For a Tuesday night in late February, there was a discernible buzz in the crowd of 18,581 and, clearly, they weren't there to see how the chemistry between Matt Hunwick and Jamie Oleksiak was progressing.

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