It took a week for Ben Lovejoy to get a spot in the Penguins' lineup.

Probably seemed like a lot longer to him, though. Mostly because Lovejoy is convinced he could have been there sooner.

"I felt like I played really well in the weeklong training camp and in the Black and Gold [intra-squad scrimmage]," he said, before adding, "We're a good team, and it's competitive to get into the lineup."

Lovejoy, who bumped rookie defenseman Simon Despres into street clothes for the Jets game, never said anything, at least publicly, about sitting out the first three games.

"I try to be a good teammate, no matter what," he said. "The past week and a half, my job has been to be the best player in practice and to try to earn my spot in the lineup."