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Catching Up With Steve Pinizzotto

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Well, Pinner, not a bad start to your 2009-10 season. Two goals, two assists, and a +6 plus/minus rating. Are you satisfied with your performance thus far?
Yeah, I’m pleased so far. I still think I can do a little more, but I’m pretty happy with what I’ve accomplished.

You suffered an injury in last night’s 6-0 win in Hartford. What happened, and how long are you expected to be out of the lineup?
I caught a puck on the wall…as soon as I put my head down I get an elbow right to the head. I ended up hitting my head off the ice. I think it’s just a mild concussion, so I’m day-to-day right now.

Both of your goals this season have come on short-handed situations. Did you pick up any tricks or tips from your former Stingrays teammate, Travis Morin?
(Laughing) No. You know, it’s funny. Last year, when we won, we’d just dump it down. But now we’re trying to get things going on the PK, because it’s there. Teams, they get pretty vulnerable on the power play because they don’t think as much happens on the PK as it does. We just like to take the puck and go with it.

Not a bad 2008-09 season, either, playing for South Carolina and Hershey clubs that went on to win their respective cups.
For sure. There’s definitely something good about teams that have a lot of championship history. It’s worked out so far. I’m definitely happy the Rays went as far as they did, winning the cup. But it was also a lot of fun here, too.

What are some of your favorite memories from last year’s Calder Cup run?
Just being able to play all the time and help the team out with everything I can, especially the after effects of the cup. That’s pretty good. Definitely Game 6 in Manitoba was really good.

Did you get a chance to have the Calder Cup for a day this summer?
I didn’t get it, actually. A lot of the older guys got it first, but I tried to get it. Hopefully we’ll win it again this year and maybe I’ll get to take it home.

You were recalled by the Capitals once last season, but didn’t get a chance to play. What was it like spending a day as an NHL’er, though?
It was awesome. It’s a different life, just something you want to strive for, that’s for sure. To get a taste of it and see what it’s actually like, especially during the season, it was definitely an accomplishment and hopefully I can get up there again sometime.

Lastly, is there anything you’d like to say to your former Rays teammates still in South Carolina, or to the fans?
Great fans down there. I still have a lot of buddies I keep in touch with down there…I’m always checking the scores to see how my buddies are doing down there. I just wish them the best of luck, that’s for sure.




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