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Fire Haley
10-30-2009, 09:29 PM
Holy crap what a comeback!

Wash my mouth.


3-3

Fire Haley
10-30-2009, 09:51 PM
Sid wins another OT - on a soft shoot-out goal?

wow - I'll take it

OneForTheToe
10-30-2009, 09:55 PM
Every win the next three weeks or until Geno comes back is like a bonus to me. Put another way, anything better than 8 points in the next 8 games is icing.

X-Terminator
10-30-2009, 10:06 PM
I'll tell you what, this team does not have one ounce of quit in them. They are confident, and they just keep coming and coming and coming. And obviously that doesn't change no matter who is in the lineup. Awesome comeback, boys!

GoGo is the shiznit, BTW. I was one of the first people to buy his jersey last year when he was still wearing 13 - looks like I made a wise choice! :thumbsup:

EDIT: He was also +2 tonight and now leads the league in +/- with a +13. Not too shabby.

4xSBChamps
10-30-2009, 10:58 PM
Sid wins another OT

I went to a drag-race in Orlando today, then stopped at a sports-bar on the way home, where they had the Penguin game on TV:
we left the restaurant with the score 3-1, Columbus, but open our return, I heard my computer (which I left turned-on at 6:00 AM this morning, tuned to the Pens HD/radio Network) exclaim "Crosby scores in the shootout!"
:noidea:

I couldn't believe they came-back, and had won in OT/shootout again

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y272/Glensgages/hockey%202009-2010/blondesdrinkingtoPenguinsvictory.jpg

HometownGal
10-31-2009, 07:38 AM
I totally forgot there was a game last night - LOL! Great to see that our Pens came back from behind to win another game! :banana: :drink: I was delighted to see that Chris Kunitz scored again on a SH goal. :applaudit:

There's nuthin' these Pens can't do! :hatsoff:

4xSBChamps
10-31-2009, 08:33 AM
I totally forgot there was a game last night

"..... you must go sit by-yourself for two minutes.....

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y272/Glensgages/hockey%20pictures/DenisLemieauxinterview.jpg

..... and feel shame....."

pittsburghp8baller
10-31-2009, 08:59 AM
i said this last year and ill say it again now, im really mad we only get to play the Blue Jackets twice a year. That was a hell of a game, the Pens showed absolutely no quit last night and got the W.

Minnesota tonight, wonder if they play Backstrom on back to back nights or go with Harding?

Fire Haley
10-31-2009, 05:00 PM
Wild vs. Pens tonight


Happy Pagan Holiday!

http://www.hot-comments.net/comments/1/cat/halloween/trick_or_treat_scary_clown.gif

X-Terminator
10-31-2009, 05:28 PM
i said this last year and ill say it again now, im really mad we only get to play the Blue Jackets twice a year. That was a hell of a game, the Pens showed absolutely no quit last night and got the W.

Minnesota tonight, wonder if they play Backstrom on back to back nights or go with Harding?

I hope they play Harding, but I think Backstrom gets the nod.

OneForTheToe
10-31-2009, 07:44 PM
Pens didn't get in until 5:00? I read that n a sotta website. Shoukd be an interesting game.

HometownGal
10-31-2009, 09:01 PM
Wild up on the Pens 2-1 in the 2nd. Dupuis has the only goal thus far for the Pens - I'm glad he finally got one! :applaudit:

Can the Pens come from behind again? :hope:

Only the shadow knows! :muhaha:

On a side note, Sid just beat the living shit out of Zidlicky after he basically attempted to slew foot him. :boxing:

OneForTheToe
10-31-2009, 09:09 PM
At least Sid knows who to pick a fight with.:toofunny:

Or, maybe he just wanted an some extra time to rest between periods.

pittsburghp8baller
10-31-2009, 09:09 PM
Wild up on the Pens 2-1 in the 2nd. Dupuis has the only goal thus far for the Pens - I'm glad he finally got one! :applaudit:

Can the Pens come from behind again? :hope:

Only the shadow knows! :muhaha:

On a side note, Sid just beat the living shit out of Zidlicky after he basically attempted to slew foot him. :boxing:

Im happy to see Dupuis score too, im mad i switched to see the score of the Notre Dame game real quick and by the time i got back i had missed the Crosby fight.

X-Terminator
10-31-2009, 09:24 PM
Yeah, and Sid is supposed to be the puss according to most other NHL fans :lol: He's now dropped the gloves 4 times in his career, or 3 more than the Geico Caveman in DC.

This is looking like one of those games where the Pens dominate the shots and territory but could end up losing. Minnesota really hasn't had much sustained offense, but they have been opportunistic. Meanwhile, Backstrom is showing why I'd rather them have started Josh Harding instead.

pittsburghp8baller
10-31-2009, 09:35 PM
Yeah, and Sid is supposed to be the puss according to most other NHL fans :lol: He's now dropped the gloves 4 times in his career, or 3 more than the Geico Caveman in DC.

This is looking like one of those games where the Pens dominate the shots and territory but could end up losing. Minnesota really hasn't had much sustained offense, but they have been opportunistic. Meanwhile, Backstrom is showing why I'd rather them have started Josh Harding instead.

And that 'fight' wasnt even a fight, if i remember right OV hit someone from behind into the boards and someone jumped him and either the refs broke it up to quick or they both went to the ice right after. Either way it wasnt much of a fight

X-Terminator
10-31-2009, 09:47 PM
And that 'fight' wasnt even a fight, if i remember right OV hit someone from behind into the boards and someone jumped him and either the refs broke it up to quick or they both went to the ice right after. Either way it wasnt much of a fight

That was after he boarded someone from the Flyers and Richards went after him. Eventually though someone much tougher than Richards is going to pound the crap out of him for his dirty hits and cheap shots.

X-Terminator
10-31-2009, 09:51 PM
Now the Pens are looking tired - not much hop in their step right now.

X-Terminator
10-31-2009, 10:04 PM
Pens lose 2-1. A really tough pill to swallow, because they really dominated the Wild tonight. You gotta tip your hat to Backstrom - he really played well and stole this game for Minnesota. But the Pens maintain their overall points and division lead despite the loss. 3rd loss on home ice though, and only 2 goals scored in those losses. That has to be a little disappointing, but I know that'll turn around.

Shea
11-01-2009, 01:52 AM
At least Sid knows who to pick a fight with.:toofunny:

Do you expect him to take on the biggest guy on the opposing team? Sid isn't stupid, but he's got more balls than I've seen from other superstars. I wouldn't mess with him, and he's consistanly shown he's not going to let others mess with him.


http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q71/Tinkas82/fight.jpg

Me likey the fight and tenacity. Go Sid!

4xSBChamps
11-01-2009, 07:44 PM
YLDG is back, first episode of '09/'10!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIziDEs-1kQ

Shea
11-01-2009, 10:39 PM
4xSB, do you ever watch the episodes of Evgeni Malkin's diary on youtube? I'll search from time to time to see if there are any new uploads. There's been a couple in the past that were pretty damn funny. One where they ripped pretty hard on Ovechkin, had me laughing until I had tears in my eyes.

4xSBChamps
11-01-2009, 10:46 PM
4xSB, do you ever watch the episodes of Evgeni Malkin's diary on youtube? I'll search from time to time to see if there are any new uploads. There's been a couple in the past that were pretty damn funny. One where they ripped pretty hard on Ovechkin, had me laughing until I had tears in my eyes.

..... never seen that, although I've heard the DVE morning show spoof on 'Evgeni Malkin's Diary' (is that the same-thing?) on the computer, about his Uncle Giorgi, and the 'Ovechkin Sucks' song.....

:noidea:

..... time-to-rest.....

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y272/Glensgages/hockey%20pictures/GenoMalkinowningPhilthadelphiasteak.jpg

Shea
11-01-2009, 11:03 PM
Yep, not sure which, but it's a radio station in the Pittsburgh area.

And Uncle Yorgi would be right, funny stuff. I love people that have humor tinged heavily in the smartass department.

steelpride12
11-03-2009, 01:50 PM
Well its time for the west coast attack by the Pens and that means late starts. Tonight's game is at 10:00 EST and im sure San Jose and LA will be at 1030 for sure. Looks like Kennedy's injury is worse than we thought because he is still out or at least to the Pens site he is. The Ducks are pretty inconsistent and their only good line is the first line and a game against our ex defense men Whitney should be fun.
LETS GO PENS!

4xSBChamps
11-03-2009, 02:01 PM
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y272/Glensgages/hockey%202009-2010/RandyPorkyCarlyle.jpg

I found a place here in-town that'll let me watch every Penguin game on their TV, and had every intention of going tonight, but I am feeling craptastic, and fear it's the flu goin'-around.....

:doh:

I'll stay-home, bundle-up (in Floriduh?), and watch the Broons & Detwah in VS instead

Fire Haley
11-03-2009, 04:16 PM
Pens vs. Ducks.



Projected lines

Forwards
Kunitz-Crosby-Guerin
Bourque-Staal-Fedotenko
Cooke-Adams-Dupuis
Conner-Rupp-Godard

Defense
Orpik-Letang
Eaton-Skoula
McKee-Goligoski

Netminder
Fleury

X-Terminator
11-03-2009, 05:50 PM
Bad omen of the night - the Pens have one just one game in California since 1999, and that was 2 years ago in LA. They have no wins in either Anaheim or San Jose since 1997. Ouch. And we're going in there with 4 of our top guys out of the lineup. Doesn't look good, but then again, this team has shown that they aren't going to roll over.

Hey Jordan - you might want to start stepping up. No points in 5 games - can't happen, man.

steelpride12
11-03-2009, 09:25 PM
Good news on the pre game show it's reported that Kennedy will return in the lineup on his third line, but will still be split up from Staal as he will center the second line.

Shea
11-03-2009, 09:48 PM
Seems like it's taking forever to get this game going. I'm not use to these late starts. I feel for you guys on the east coast, ten is a crazy time to start a hockey game.

SteelCityMan786
11-03-2009, 09:55 PM
Seems like it's taking forever to get this game going. I'm not use to these late starts. I feel for you guys on the east coast, ten is a crazy time to start a hockey game.

Thankful for a RADIO!!!

Fire Haley
11-03-2009, 10:06 PM
Tyler Kennedy is back in the lineup.

Ducks are wearing some crazy digital camoflage jerseys.

4xSBChamps
11-03-2009, 10:09 PM
I found the game, FREE, on-line!!!!!

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/hockeynight/2009110325;_ylt=Asmd1WUH0Y7ISomF07FzIL0svLYF

OneForTheToe
11-03-2009, 10:12 PM
Time for some duck hunting.

http://www.world-wide-art.com/art/va/printjpgs/f/ffreleng/duckhunting.jpg

steelpride12
11-03-2009, 10:15 PM
Terrible puck handling by the Pens in their own zone an early 1 to 0 lead by the Ducks.

Fire Haley
11-03-2009, 10:23 PM
I dunno what the jersey thing was - maybe it was a pre-game promotion - Ducks lead 1-0.
sloppy sloppy

steelpride12
11-03-2009, 10:27 PM
The PP just looks awful without Gonch or Malkin. Ducks have the 29th ranked PK and the Pens made them look like they had the first ranked. Come on Pens!

steelpride12
11-03-2009, 10:33 PM
Pens coming up with their 3rd PP in a row. 3rd times a charm come on Pens cash in!

steelpride12
11-03-2009, 10:38 PM
WOW! 0 and 3 on the PP looking terrible and a 4th chance just in the first period coming up! WE MUST FINISH!

steelpride12
11-03-2009, 10:41 PM
0 for 4 on the PP in the first period and we look terrible on it! Just plain bad.

steelpride12
11-03-2009, 10:43 PM
End of the first with 9 shots, and 4 PP's! And we went 0 for 4 and the Ducks just dominated the whole periods even our PP's and they are ranked 29th on the PP. Just a bad first period time to regroup and fix something. Ouch Ducks lead 1 to 0.

4xSBChamps
11-03-2009, 10:45 PM
in an attempt to shake-up the PP, would TK do well, playing along the Left-wing half-boards (his off-wing), instead of Guerin?
:noidea:

younger-legs, he drives to the net, and ain't afraid to shoot that puck!!!!!

Shea
11-03-2009, 10:46 PM
Yep, first period was pretty much a huge pile of suckage. But they're gonna come out in the second and play much better, can just feel it! :tt03:

Fire Haley
11-03-2009, 10:52 PM
Pens get 4 straight PP's and look like complete crap.

SHOOT THE PUCK!

Fancy pants passes - Get your damn head into the game Sid.

Shea
11-03-2009, 11:03 PM
There we go, we're tied up!

steelpride12
11-03-2009, 11:04 PM
GOOOOOALLLLLLL! After chances from Kennedy and GoGo Mike Rupp wrists it in the net after hitting the goalie and bouncing in. TIe game 1 to 1 now lets take over, LETS GO PENS!

4xSBChamps
11-03-2009, 11:05 PM
RUPP!!!!!

and I ain't talkin'-'bout Duane!!!!!

steelpride12
11-03-2009, 11:19 PM
GOOOOOALLLLLLLL! A delayed Penalty with the great play from Kennedy and Letang with a sweet wrister from the point with an extra attacker in a delayed penalty situation bangs his first of the season in to give the Pens a 2 to 1 lead!

Nadroj 20
11-03-2009, 11:20 PM
GOOOOOALLLLLLLL! A delayed Penalty with the great play from Kennedy and Letang with a sweet wrister from the point with an extra attacker in a delayed penalty situation bangs his first of the season in to give the Pens a 2 to 1 lead!

Good to hear, keep it up PENS!!

4xSBChamps
11-03-2009, 11:21 PM
..... yeah..... but Daffy is goin' on the PP now.....

Shea
11-03-2009, 11:21 PM
Important PK coming up since we just scored. Don't want to see the Ducks come right back and answer for Letang's goal.

steelpride12
11-03-2009, 11:28 PM
Ducks just dominated that shift and Perry with another goal ties the game at 2. LETS GO PENS!

Fire Haley
11-03-2009, 11:38 PM
Letang walks it right to the middle with the extra attacker. Now we're movin'.

Shea
11-03-2009, 11:45 PM
Well, we were down by one after the first period. Tied up after the second, which means in the third we should take it up another notch and grab the lead! :thumbsup:

4xSBChamps
11-03-2009, 11:55 PM
I just like that 3rd line of Staal, Cookie, & Kennedy so-much.....

steelpride12
11-04-2009, 12:04 AM
GOOOALLLLLL! Another great shift by the unanimous 3rd line of the Pens and with a great save from Kennedy to keep the puck with the Pens a HUGE slapper by GoGo goes in to give the Pens a 3 to 2 lead, but 20 seconds later the Sucks tie the game 3 to 3.

steelpride12
11-04-2009, 12:06 AM
Wow What a game, GOOOALLLLLLL! With the Ducks with a broken stick and the Pens passing beautifully Dupuis slams a slapshot from point in the goal to give the Pens a 4 to 3 lead with 10 minutes remaining!
LETS GO PENS!

Shea
11-04-2009, 12:08 AM
This is getting crazy, I wonder what the time frame was for those three goals. Seems like they came one right after the other. Since we're ahead I'm not gonna complain though.

And it's nice to have TK back, he's been flyin out there!

steelpride12
11-04-2009, 12:17 AM
Fluery with a huge glove save on Koivu from tying the game wow!

4xSBChamps
11-04-2009, 12:17 AM
GOOOALLLLLL! Another great shift by the unanimous 3rd line of the Pens and with a great save from Kennedy to keep the puck with the Pens a HUGE slapper by GoGo goes in to give the Pens a 3 to 2 lead, but 20 seconds later the Sucks tie the game 3 to 3.

I just noticed a replay, that after diving to keep the play alive, Mr. Kennedy skated directly towards the net, for a possible rebound on Gogo's shot

:chuckle:

4xSBChamps
11-04-2009, 12:27 AM
this last 3:00 reminds me of Game 7 from Detwah

steelpride12
11-04-2009, 12:32 AM
PENS WIN!!! 4 to 3 to increase their road record to 7 and 0 and overall to 12 and 3. The Pens got some goals from unlikely players tonight and great to see Letang get his first of the season and Dupuis and Rupp getting goals is great to see, Rupp has 4 already.
Fluery played pretty good tonight made an excellent glove save late on Koivu, but Sid gets the save of the game as he stacked his legs at the goal when the puck went past Fluery, but he made the save and that shows true leadership and skill. The Pens score 4 from some non scorers and GoGo just keeps on impressing this city! LA next! LETS GO PENS!

4xSBChamps
11-04-2009, 12:36 AM
..... Sid gets the save of the game as he stacked his legs at the goal when the puck went past Fluery, but he made the save and that shows true leadership.....

Leader-of-ALL-Leaders Mike Richards would've kick-saved the puck, and scored in the opposite net, 200' away, in a single motion

Fire Haley
11-04-2009, 12:38 AM
What a game!

So much going on in the last 3 minutes, godlike save by Fleury - Sid makes a sprawling huge save himself - broken sticks everywhere - they hang on to win.

OneForTheToe
11-04-2009, 12:38 AM
Great game. We sure do make every game interesting. The cardiac kids for sure.

I wanted a minimum of ten points while Sarge and Geno were out (roughly figuring 9 games for Geno). As of now we have four points. I think we will do better than 10. I just didn't want to have my expectations too high given what we are missing..

4xSBChamps
11-04-2009, 12:42 AM
LA next! LETS GO PENS!

I believe this is the link to watch Thursday night's game fromLa-la land

http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/nhl/hockeynight/2009110508

if you are out-of-town, or have a computer, but not a TV, while it appears that Saturday evening's game against San Jose won't be shown via this method

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y272/Glensgages/hockey%20pictures/PensfanswatchingGm7Rd209atIgloo.jpg

X-Terminator
11-04-2009, 12:44 AM
First win in Anaheim since 1997. Great job, boys! I had to work so I missed the game, but I will watch the recording tomorrow.

In other news, Vancouver is spanking the Rangers 4-1 with less than a minute left, so the Pens will increase their division lead to 5 points.

Fire Haley
11-04-2009, 06:15 PM
I just didn't want to have my expectations too high given what we are missing..

Shoot for the moon, Alice, shoot for the moon.

Dodt
11-04-2009, 07:59 PM
does anybody else miss the old road unis from 93. http://pittsburghhockey.net/PensPages/PensJerseyHistory/PensERA/92-93RJersey.html

Shea
11-05-2009, 12:41 AM
Captain Canada

November 4, 2009, 2:43 PM

Is there any question anymore that Sidney Crosby should be the captain of the Canadian Olympic team in Vancouver?

Push aside the immense talent, the Stanley Cup ring, and the media savvy. Look at the work ethic and the leadership this guy exudes on a day-to-day basis.

Honestly, after their loss to Ottawa in the 2007 playoffs, I wondered if Sid was ready to take on the 'C' and the role that came with it. Could I have been any more wrong?

Questioned about his lack of ability on draws early in his career, he's become arguably the best faceoff man in the NHL. Questioned about the lack of juice on his shot, he went out and practiced with a weighted stick this off-season. Questioned about being soft and a diver by ignorant fans, he continues to fight for the puck in the corners like a crazed dog, drop the gloves when necessary to both spark his team and right wrongs, and even stacked the pads a la Pete Peeters to save Tuesday's win in Anaheim.

He's Stevie Y with a temper, The Great One with a shot, Le Magnifique with grit, Gordie Howe with a Gatorade. He's somehow still getting better. Despite winning a Stanley Cup, he has no hangover. He's Sidney Crosby, the Penguins captain, and he should have the 'C' on his Team Canada sweater as well when the Olympics begin in February.


Read this earlier today. Love the bolded part about how it describes Sid. Especially the fact that he is still getting better. With the two-headed monster of him and Geno not yet having peaked, how could it get more exciting for us Pens fans for what the future holds?

We got some very special players, even beyond Sid and Geno, and I feel so lucky to be able to watch and follow this team. We've only just scratched the surface of what this team can accomplish. I'm so excited for what's on the horizon. Situations like this don't come along for most teams ..... we are so lucky that this is happening here in Pittsburgh.

X-Terminator
11-05-2009, 12:49 AM
Sorry, but I disagree - Sid should not be Team Canada's captain. Plenty of other guys who have been there before deserve that honor - Niedermayer, Pronger, Iginla, Doan just to name a few. Sid's time will come in 2014 (which ironically will be in Capt. Caveman's backyard - Russia) provided that NHL players are still participating. My guess is Iginla gets the nod, with Niedermayer and Doan as alternates.

Shea
11-05-2009, 12:56 AM
No, that's fine, and actually I agree. What I liked about the article I highlighted. Thought it was a great way to describe Sid in comparision to the greats of the past. The captancy for the Olympics was just the premise of the article .... my thoughts went beyond that and I should have pointed that out.

I'm just really excited about the feature of our team. The superstars on the team haven't yet shown what they can really accomplish. That's what I'm looking forward to. We ain't seen nothing yet!

X-Terminator
11-05-2009, 01:12 AM
Well on that, I definitely agree. :thumbsup: Considering how young The Core is and the success they have already had, the sky really is the limit with this team. I know there is a lot of parity in the NHL nowadays and the salary cap hinders a team's ability to keep a great team together, but I believe this team has a chance to dominate the league for the next several years and win a couple more Cups. Think about that the Pens have played almost 1/3 of this season without Gonchar, Geno has missed the last 3 games and played hurt the previous 3, Talbot has missed the entire season so far and TK missed 2 games...and they still have the best record in the NHL. It will be scary to think about how good they will be when they get everyone healthy.

4xSBChamps
11-05-2009, 08:39 AM
PHILTHADELPHIANS must be goin' nuts!!!!!

..... as-if losing the World Series isn't enough.....

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=297234

I would say Sidney Crosby and the reason I would say that is that when we chose Eric Lindros (in 1998), we had Gretzky on the team, and Gretzky should have been captain. There is too much pressure when you have a player like Gretzky on the team and don't make him the captain for a younger person to take over that role. But there are no 'Gretzkys' left.

I think Crosby has been super since he came into the league and I think he's going to be the captain.

~ Bobby Clarke ~

..... anything that promotes encouraging suicide in the City of Muggerly-Thugs is fine-by-me!!!!!

steelpride12
11-05-2009, 08:10 PM
Another late start pheww tough to do Pens at the surprising LA Kings who are looking good and no surprise their super star Anze Kopitar has I think 24 points right now. Won't be like last meeting at Mellon arena that's for sure, this will be a good game. As Always LETS GO PENS!

steelpride12
11-05-2009, 10:42 PM
GOOOOALLLLLLLL!!! After a 30 second goal from Kopitar Staal gets a huge drop pass at the blue line and fires it past Quick to give the answer goal and tie it at 1 to 1 early.
LETS GO PENS!

steelpride12
11-05-2009, 10:48 PM
Dupuis, hats off to him so far this early season. 3 goals two the last two games a few good chances early tonight stole the puck and draws a penalty!

steelpride12
11-05-2009, 11:19 PM
End of the first and a pretty even game so far. After a quick Kopitar goal, the Pens as they have done all season reply quickly with a huge slapshot from the point to tie it and thats where we sit after the first period. Pens with 6 shots to the Kings 7, I think we had some good chances, but missed the cage on a few good chances. The first line of the Kings is pretty great chances each shift so we need to shut them down and keep hammering away.
LETS GO PENS!

4xSBChamps
11-05-2009, 11:34 PM
I'm sorry I'm not contributing, but this monkey-flu has me down-n-out.....

I'm hoping that I'm well-enough to go to a locale sports-bar Saturday evening, and watch the Guins on their big-screen

:mad:

steelpride12
11-05-2009, 11:54 PM
GOOOALLLLLLLL!!!! A shot from Orpik deflects off Kunitz's stick and into the net to give the Pens a 2 to 1 lead!
LETS GO PENS!

steelpride12
11-06-2009, 12:12 AM
End of the second period as the Pens lead 2 to 1. A goal from a Kunitz deflection from an Orpik shot and the Pens are getting good chances, but Quick has lived up to his name tonight and made at least three stellar saves and as well the Kings are keeping the puck in the Pens zone and Fluery's rebound control is on tonight. A great game and good match up im excited for the third period.
LETS GO PENS!

X-Terminator
11-06-2009, 12:52 AM
Kings with 3 goals in the 3rd to take a 4-2 lead. Looks like the Pens will suffer their first road loss and their first regulation loss under Bylsma when leading after 2. The Pens are just too short-handed right now, and the Kings took full advantage.

steelpride12
11-06-2009, 12:57 AM
Well the Kings just took over the third period and their size just dominated down low on Fluery as the Kings get three straight goals and lead 4 to 2 with 5 minutes remaining. Looks like the 7 and 0 streak is over, but I can't complain due to us missing Kennedy again Malkin, Gonch, and Talbot and we still find ways to win.

Our PP looked terrible tonight, but I can't judge just yet because Malkin and def. Gonch are key players to attribute to the PP. So moving on to a tougher opponent the Sharks Sat.

X-Terminator
11-06-2009, 01:02 AM
Well the Kings just took over the third period and their size just dominated down low on Fluery as the Kings get three straight goals and lead 4 to 2 with 5 minutes remaining. Looks like the 7 and 0 streak is over, but I can't complain due to us missing Kennedy again Malkin, Gonch, and Talbot and we still find ways to win.

Our PP looked terrible tonight, but I can't judge just yet because Malkin and def. Gonch are key players to attribute to the PP. So moving on to a tougher opponent the Sharks Sat.

Seriously, I hope they all get back ASAP, because based on what I've seen the last 4 games, they are going to have a lot of problems this month with the schedule that they have. Anyway, they weren't going to go undefeated on the road and it's only their 4th loss of the season, but still...those key players being out of the lineup hurts them big time.

Fire Haley
11-06-2009, 01:27 AM
Horrible game by Fleury - he fell asleep and so did his defense. Sid was invisble, PP was ugly.

Kings dominated the game, especially in the 3rd period. I lost track of the number of wide open nets Guerin missed.

steelpride12
11-06-2009, 01:32 AM
Kings are good this season I give them that and Quick played well of course as we saw, but we also missed several opportunities. Guerin had to have missed at least two wide open nets, and Sid just is not stepping up right now with these injuries.
The PP is scary bad right now the Kings PK was ranked 30th and we just got dominated so It won't get much better than that until we get Gonch our PP QB back in the line up as well as Malkin.
Kennedy also with this stupid Undisclosed injury junk is annoying and who knows when he will be back since he was out again tonight.
Well looks like until we get healthy the Pens have to do their best because this up coming schedule is anything but nice and thank god we are 12 and 4 so we have room.

X-Terminator
11-06-2009, 01:39 AM
Horrible game by Fleury - he fell asleep and so did his defense. Sid was invisble, PP was ugly.

Kings dominated the game, especially in the 3rd period. I lost track of the number of wide open nets Guerin missed.

It was just a bad game all around. They were lucky to have the lead going into the 3rd period, because they were badly outplayed from start to finish.

And I agree that Sid has not stepped up nearly enough - no points in his last 4 games. By no means am I blaming him - I want to make that clear - but still, with Malkin out, he needs to take charge of the game and score.

Anyway, I'm going to stop here. As I said, it's only their 4th loss of the season and they still have the best record in the East. No reason to get upset or panic, and this post is getting pretty close to that.

Fire Haley
11-06-2009, 11:29 AM
This is the first game they were out-skilled on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th lines. Kings have a nice team.

4xSBChamps
11-06-2009, 01:13 PM
Kings with 3 goals in the 3rd to take a 4-2 lead. Looks like the Pens will suffer their first road loss and their first regulation loss under Bylsma when leading after 2. The Pens are just too short-handed right now, and the Kings took full advantage.

+ tax..... I think they've been using adrenaline, to mask the absence of Talbot, Gonchar, Malkin, and now Kennedy, and it is catching-up with them:
fortunately, they've been able to keep registering points, and if they weather this storm, I think they'll be OK in the long-run (although Sarge's importance is being magnified)

X-Terminator
11-07-2009, 03:36 PM
Just heard that Goligoski is now injured, and the Pens recalled Deryk Engelland to take his spot. Great. Just friggin' great. Things are just going from bad to worse for the team. :doh:

No Sarge, no Geno, no TK, no Talbot, and now no Go-Go = no chance against the Sharks tonight. I say a 7-1 loss, with the 1 coming late in the game to spoil Nabokov's shutout bid.

4xSBChamps
11-07-2009, 03:41 PM
Just heard that Goligoski is now injured, and the Pens recalled Deryk Engelland to take his spot.

I'd heard talk of bringing Engelland up, but was under impression that Gogo is simply tired, and needs multiple days-off, with the next game being Tuesday against the Broons:
it seems that the flu is gonna decimate some teams this season

SteelCityMom
11-07-2009, 04:30 PM
Just heard that Goligoski is now injured, and the Pens recalled Deryk Engelland to take his spot. Great. Just friggin' great. Things are just going from bad to worse for the team. :doh:

No Sarge, no Geno, no TK, no Talbot, and now no Go-Go = no chance against the Sharks tonight. I say a 7-1 loss, with the 1 coming late in the game to spoil Nabokov's shutout bid.

Yeah, I read that he was just exhausted too, not injured. In the paper this am they said he hadn't practiced yesterday because of fatigue, but that he was expected to play. I guess this must have changed. He's been banking the some of the highest minutes on the team (if not the highest). I don't expect he'll be out that long though.

Edit: According to the Post Gazette, no mention of injury and no word on whether he'll be in the line-up tonight or not.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09311/1011709-100.stm

X-Terminator
11-07-2009, 11:52 PM
Pens down 4-0, Fleury pulled, Letang is now injured (Goligoski is playing) so they're now playing 4 1/4 defensemen (Skoula sucks so much that he's only worth 1/4). What an absolute disaster the past 2 games have been. But really, what can you do? Letang could be the 5th key player out of the lineup. They're just going to have to get through this until the team gets healthy again.

OneForTheToe
11-08-2009, 12:20 AM
Being without your best players will catch up with you eventually. Sometimes (as the Pens did) a team plays well the first couple of games without their stars. Maybe it is because at first the knowledge of the task of playing short-handed makes the remaining players concentrate more on the task? Who knows?

In the end though, it is about talent. At the moment the Pens simply don't have enough talent to match the best teams in the league. We just need to hold on until we are healthier. I said I would be happy with nine points over a potential nine game Geno absence. We have gotten four points over that time with four games left. At this point, against Boston twice, Jersey and Anaheim four more points would make me happy.

4xSBChamps
11-08-2009, 12:47 AM
They weren't as-good-as some in the media thought when they were 10-2, nor are they as-bad-as they've looked the last few games:
they are short-handed due to injury & illness, which can't be avoided but which will be cured in-time.

They are still a gifted team, they still have no-sign of laziness, slugishness, or 'hang-over' after last year, and they have the swagger of a Champion that they have earned:
they'll be OK

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y272/Glensgages/hockey%20pictures/videoofTalbot.gif

X-Terminator
11-08-2009, 01:19 AM
They weren't as-good-as some in the media thought when they were 10-2, nor are they as-bad-as they've looked the last few games:
they are short-handed due to injury & illness, which can't be avoided but which will be cured in-time.

They are still a gifted team, they still have no-sign of laziness, slugishness, or 'hang-over' after last year, and they have the swagger of a Champion that they have earned:
they'll be OK

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y272/Glensgages/hockey%20pictures/videoofTalbot.gif

When everyone is healthy, they are one of the top 3 teams in the league hands down. Without everyone healthy, they are average, and it's showing.

HometownGal
11-08-2009, 08:06 AM
When everyone is healthy, they are one of the top 3 teams in the league hands down. Without everyone healthy, they are average, and it's showing.

Absolutely. :drink: I have no doubt that once our guys are healthy again, they're going to pick up right where they left off and start stacking up those W's again.

Fire Haley
11-08-2009, 12:25 PM
The Pens are a one line team again. Take away Sid (and they have been) and the talent level now is no match for the more balanced teams.
Fleury is no help - he's asleep half the time.

WPAathletics.com
11-08-2009, 03:10 PM
http://www.wpaathletics.com/home/?p=455

Heather Wampler – WPAathletics.com STAFF

Pens Lose 0-5 to Sharks at Last Game of West Coast Tour

The Penguins wrapped up their West Coast tour Saturday night with a devastating 0-5 loss to the San Jose Sharks. Not only did they give up 3 goals during the first period but they also lost Kristopher Letang to a hit which caused him to leave the game favoring his right shoulder. They are also feeling the effect of not having four key players in the lineup. Evgeni Malkin, who is out due to a strained right shoulder but did hit the ice for the first time dawning a red no contact jersey; Sergei Gonchar, out with a broken wrist; Tyler Kennedy, still out with an undisclosed injury and Maxime Talbot, who is recovering from left shoulder surgery .

The game started off with Penguins captain Sidney Crosby receiving a hooking penalty 52 seconds into the start of the game. Left wing Jamie McGinn, assisted by Scott Nichol and Jed Ortmeyer managed to score the first goal when forward Chris Kunitz turned the puck over to the Sharks 3:27 into the game. One of my favorite parts of hockey is the fights. I love the rush of watching the guys go at it on the ice. Fists flying, blood flowing and yelling from the fans. The first occurred between Mike Rupp and Brad Staubitz at 16:45 resulting in a 5 minute major penalty to both players which in turn led to center Joe Pavelski, assisted by Dan Boyle and Manny Malhorta, scoring the second and final goal of the first period.

I had high hopes, knowing how the Penguins love to come back from deficits after the first period, that they would blast out 2 or 3 goals; that however did not happen.

During the second period Coach Dan Bylsma pulled goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury after he was scored on for the third time by defenseman Dan Boyle, who was assisted by Ortmeyer and Kent Huskins at 1:41. Brent Johnson took over and a mere 50 seconds later defenseman Dany Heatley, assisted by Pavelski and Joe Thornton, beat him out to score the fourth goal. The rest of the period was followed by various penalties from both sides unfortunately no goals resulted for the Penguins.



The third period brought about more upset when defensemen Jay McKee was escorted from the game at 8:05 with a variety of penalties ranging from roughing to misconduct resulting from a fight with Sharks forward Jody Shelley. This left the Penguins with a mere 4 defensemen to finish the game. Center Manny Malhorta sealed the Pens fate with a slap shot, assisted by Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Ryane Clowe, that made its way into the net behind Brent Johnson. The Pens were outshot 35-27.

Captain Sidney Crosby has been held pointless for the 4th straight game which is a career low for the young center. Prior to their loss against the LA Kings on Thursday night, the Penguins had tied a franchise record with 7 straight road wins. The loss Saturday night was the first in 42 games while having Dan Bylsma as coach that the Penguins went consecutive games without a point.

There was one quote I heard while watching the game recap that I could not agree with more,

“We were lackluster at points,” forward Matt Cooke said. “Everybody goes out on the ice with the intention of winning a hockey game. Sure, we have injuries and it’s there as an excuse if you want to take it. But if we want to win hockey games we have to face adversity and find a way to win 1-0 if we have to. You have to adjust, work harder and work smarter.”

If they can overcome the extensive injury list and manage to play well with and without these players, they can very well win Lord Stanley’s cup again. However, if they do continue on this road, I don’t foresee the playoffs this spring.

Their next game is Tuesday, November, 10 against the Boston Bruins at 7:00 pm.

Pittsburghfan
11-08-2009, 05:42 PM
http://www.wpaathletics.com/home/?p=455
Brent Johnson took over and a mere 50 seconds later defenseman Dany Heatley, assisted by Pavelski and Joe Thornton, beat him out to score the fourth goal. T


Defenseman Dany Heatley?

HometownGal
11-08-2009, 09:36 PM
4 games with no goals on PP??

With their QB out with a broken wrist, I'm really not surprised. Serg is what makes that PP click.

steelpride12
11-08-2009, 10:00 PM
With their QB out with a broken wrist, I'm really not surprised. Serg is what makes that PP click.

Exactly we are sloppy all around on the PP because we don't have our QB Sarge. Were sloppy and struggling entering the zone and getting it deep and other than GoGo have no point presence.
Also I feel it is missing Malkin as well. His mean slap shot from the sides and sometimes in the middle always helped our PP click and without our two top players of course Crosby is going to struggle, I don't blame him for his struggles or the teams.
Just straight up getting outplayed because four of our best top players are out and we are a one line team. We will recover hopefully come the end of the month and finish where we left off!
LETS GO PENS!

Shea
11-08-2009, 10:03 PM
I have a feeling we won't be seeing Tanger playing on Tuesday. Injuries are killing us. :banging:


Letang to be Evaluated Monday

Sunday, 11.08.2009 / 6:19 PM / Features By Sam Kasan

BOSTON -- Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, who left the team's contest against San Jose Saturday night in the first period with an undisclosed injury and did not return, will be evaluated by team doctors in Pittsburgh on Monday.

Letang's status for Pittsburgh's showdown with the Boston Bruins at TDBanknorth Arena on Tuesday at 7 p.m. is unknown.

On Sunday, Letang joined his teammates as they flew from San Jose to Boston. After arriving in Boston, he boarded his own flight headed to Pittsburgh so that he could meet with team doctors the following day.

Letang has seven points (1G-6A) through 17 games this season and averages 21:21 minutes of ice time per game, the fourth highest total on the team.

Letang's injury is the latest setback for a Penguins team that has been decimated by injuries. Pittsburgh is missing over a fourth of its lineup due to injuries to Sergei Gonchar (broken left wrist), Evgeni Malkin (shoulder strain), Max Talbot (shoulder) and Tyler Kennedy (undisclosed).

X-Terminator
11-08-2009, 11:24 PM
I was just about to post that, Shea. I've read that he may also go to see Dr. James Andrews, which would NOT be a good thing. He's had problems with his right elbow in the past, and he could have re-injured it. We won't know until tomorrow or maybe Tuesday what his injury is and how long he'll be out. If it's a major elbow problem, he could end up missing the rest of the season.

And for more bad news...it looks like TK is going to be out a while longer - he has a groin problem which he re-aggravated against the Ducks. Why they won't disclose that type of injury is beyond me, but that's the NHL for you.

Now for some good news...both Geno and Sarge are ahead of schedule. Geno should be back in a week and Sarge in 1-2 weeks. Talbot is about 3 weeks away from returning. Hopefully that holds true - the Pens need all the help they can get.

Shea
11-08-2009, 11:48 PM
I agree, seeing Dr. Andrews isn't a good sign, or even the mention of a player associated with his name usually means you're dealing with a significant injury. That's the same doctor's name you see popping up to treat injured stars of the NFL. Not good.

I was wondering what was ailing TK, now I know. I don't get why they couldn't disclose that injury either, but I've learned that's it not beyond some of the dirty players in the league to target even that area of a player to futher injure or aggravate the injury. Philadelphia comes to mind first. :shake01:

I'm thinking with all these injuries that we've suffered so far in the early stages of the season means that we will be off the hook the rest of the season. I say we've paid our dues in the injury department, and once we get everyone back we will be set for the rest of the year!

Atleast that's what I'm saying to myself to make myself feel better about our Pens.

SteelCityMom
11-08-2009, 11:58 PM
I was just about to post that, Shea. I've read that he may also go to see Dr. James Andrews, which would NOT be a good thing. He's had problems with his right elbow in the past, and he could have re-injured it. We won't know until tomorrow or maybe Tuesday what his injury is and how long he'll be out. If it's a major elbow problem, he could end up missing the rest of the season.

And for more bad news...it looks like TK is going to be out a while longer - he has a groin problem which he re-aggravated against the Ducks. Why they won't disclose that type of injury is beyond me, but that's the NHL for you.

Now for some good news...both Geno and Sarge are ahead of schedule. Geno should be back in a week and Sarge in 1-2 weeks. Talbot is about 3 weeks away from returning. Hopefully that holds true - the Pens need all the help they can get.

Yes, I'll feel much better once Sarge, Geno and Talbot are all back. A groin injury with TK hopefully won't keep him out too long, maybe another game or two at the most (I'm hoping). It would absolutely suck to lose Letang for the season, but if he's the only one gone for a while it wouldn't be as bad I guess.

Here's hoping for the best for all of them. :drink:

Shea
11-09-2009, 06:39 PM
Saw this article on the Burgh blog and thought it was really cool.........

Random Acts of Kindness: Crosby jersey was ruined until savior materialized
Thursday, November 05, 2009

I'm a college student, and I've been a die-hard Penguins fan since I attended my first game in the early 1990s with my uncle, and have followed the team every year. I don my Crosby jersey on game day and was one of the many in attendance at the parade this summer.

I was lucky enough to score tickets to a Friday night Florida Panthers game from a work colleague. I couldn't wait to surprise my boyfriend (another huge Pens fan) with this great "date."

We took our seats in Section E and waited anxiously for the game to begin. I decided to ease the wait with a trip to the concession stand for some snacks, as we hadn't eaten dinner yet.

Coming back with two beers, a pretzel and nachos, I realized it was almost game time. Walking down the steps to our seats, I slipped and fell, spilling my tray and covering myself in beer, mustard and nacho cheese.

Immediately, two men stepped out of their seats to help me. One made sure that I wasn't hurt (I was just embarrassed) and the other gentleman went to alert an usher of the spill.

As I sat up, using my few napkins to wipe myself off, I saw the layer of mustard and cheese covering my precious jersey and was on the verge of tears. My jersey was a prized possession, and cost almost a whole paycheck.

I returned to my seat to watch the game. Just moments later, we were interrupted by an older gentleman holding a tray of nachos, a pretzel and two beers. He handed them to us, telling us that he just wanted us to enjoy the game.

He also handed me a white shopping bag. Inside was a Sidney Crosby jersey, just like the one I was wearing. He told me that since my jersey had most likely been ruined by the stains, and was soaked with beer, that I should have a new one.

He refused to let me give him any money and wouldn't even give me his name. He told me that I reminded him of his daughter and that it was his pleasure to help a fellow Pens fan.

I was touched beyond words by his generosity. My boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed the game, which ended with the Penguins winning in a shootout, but the real takeaway of the evening was the kind and generous spirit of our fellow fans. Although memories of the Stanley Cup finals make me smile, nothing meant more than the kindness I was shown by my fellow Pittsburghers.

BETH MELANE

Oakland

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09309/1010951-294.stm

X-Terminator
11-09-2009, 07:07 PM
Awesome story, Shea! It is always refreshing to know that there are good people out there in what seems like a sea of bad guys and evil mofos.

Shea
11-09-2009, 07:30 PM
I agree, X-T. It's nice to come across a story that puts a smile on your face as opposed to most of the stories that make you want to weep.

I just wish I knew that man so I could give him a hug!

X-Terminator
11-10-2009, 01:40 AM
At least it isn't as bad as was rumored, but still...:banging: :banging:

Pens' Letang to miss two weeks

The Pittsburgh Penguins suffered a blow to their blue line on Monday night when it was announced that defenseman Kris Letang will be sidelined for two weeks after suffering a shoulder contusion against the San Jose Sharks last Saturday.

Letang left the game midway through the first period and did not return in the 5-0 loss. He met with team doctors in Pittsburgh on Monday.

The 22-year-old defenseman has seven points (1 goal, 6 assists) in 17 games this season and averages more than 21 minutes per game.

The defending Stanley Cup champs have been hit hard by the injury bug this season. Pittsburgh is also missing Sergei Gonchar (broken left wrist), Evgeni Malkin (shoulder strain), Maxime Talbot (shoulder) and Tyler Kennedy (undisclosed).

Pittsburgh will visit the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=505519

steelpride12
11-10-2009, 10:46 AM
Jesus this injury bug has hit it's peak and that really hurts for our Pens. We won a crap load of games in October, but sorry to say this team won't be fully recovered until December so this will be a rough month, but lets just hold on and play our best.
Boston tonight I think on Versus so that's game #2 im screwed from watching, Lets hope they continue struggling and the Pens can pull this one out.
LETS GO PENS!

X-Terminator
11-10-2009, 11:49 AM
Yeah it's going to be a tough month, so I hope we just tread water enough to stay near the top of the standings. The good news is that we'll at least be getting Geno back by the end of next week for sure, and maybe TK.

There will be a shakeup on the lines tonight - Guerin and Kunitz have been taken off Sid's line and replaced with Tank and Cooke. Deryk Engelland will make his NHL debut tonight in place of Letang.

Cooke-Crosby-Fedotenko
Kunitz-Staal-Guerin
Dupuis-Adams-Conner
Bourque-Rupp-Godard

Goligoski-Orpik
Eaton-Skoula
McKee-Engelland

Fleury in goal, though I'd probably start Johnson

pittsburghp8baller
11-10-2009, 11:57 AM
Thats a great story, it is truly great to know that somebody would do that for a complete stranger. We need more stories like this in the papers, instead of the ones constantly talking about the bad in the world.

Tonight is game number two i miss due to versus, this sucks

SteelCityMom
11-10-2009, 08:07 PM
I didn't see what happened with this, but apparently Orpik is injured and not returning to the game tonight. Anybody else see what happened?

This would be absolutely devastating for them if he is out for a while. I can't believe how hard the injury bug has hit us so far.

HometownGal
11-10-2009, 08:12 PM
Just got home a little while ago and heard that Orpik was injured and not returning to the game tonight - God help us if he's going to be out longer than tonight's game. Hope it's nothing serious - we need ya Brooksie! :hope:

Bruins up 1-0 early in the 2nd.

X-Terminator
11-10-2009, 08:26 PM
I didn't see what happened with this, but apparently Orpik is injured and not returning to the game tonight. Anybody else see what happened?

This would be absolutely devastating for them if he is out for a while. I can't believe how hard the injury bug has hit us so far.

He got hit by Bruins D Mark Stuart and jammed his left shoulder against the glass. Lovely. I don't think I've ever seen a Penguins team this hard-hit by injuries.

steelpride12
11-10-2009, 09:11 PM
Yes Orpik out now for the rest of the game and this is just unbelievable, I seriously don't get how that many Pens can get injured in such a short time. We are in trouble now big time this monthh!

SteelCityMom
11-10-2009, 09:22 PM
This is just awful, they've had some great chances tonight, but they can't buy a goal it would seem. Fleury has done what he can to keep them in the game, but it looks like they're going to get shutout again. Hopefully they can get out of this funk soon and get something going. It's depressing to watch them crash so hard.

I also hate Soto (can't think of her first name). She was interviewing Savard and boo hooing with him about how him and Lucic have been out and how it's hurt their team waa waa waa. Meanwhile Pitt is sitting on 6 injured players right now, with 5 going into this game. Cry me a river Broons lol.

Shea
11-10-2009, 10:31 PM
Hopefully, Orpik will be fine and it will turn out to be nothing serious. We can't lose another player.

I've gone from thinking we've suffered more than our fair share of injuries already this season, and that we'd be off the hook in that department for a good long while, to wondering who will be next. It seems like it never ends.

SteelMember
11-11-2009, 08:00 AM
Hopefully, Orpik will be fine and it will turn out to be nothing serious. We can't lose another player.

Lord, I hope so.

Penguins All-Star center Evgeni Malkin described his status as "day to day" yesterday after he participated with the team in its morning skate at TD Garden.

The team found out Monday that Letang, hurt Saturday in the first period of the Penguins' 5-0 loss at San Jose when he fell hard on his right side, will miss two weeks because of a shoulder contusion.

HometownGal
11-11-2009, 08:55 AM
Thank God these injuries have occured early in the season and we should have everyone back in 2-3 weeks. :hope: I feel bad for Fleury - he made some dynamic saves last night but he can't do it all back there with 3 of his starting Dmen out of the lineup. We're on a 3 game skid but still in first place in the division with the Devs breathing down our necks. There's a LOT of hockey yet to be played and I firmly believe that as soon as we are healthy again - LOOK OUT LORETTA! :banana:

SteelCityMan786
11-11-2009, 11:24 AM
Thank God these injuries have occured early in the season and we should have everyone back in 2-3 weeks. :hope: I feel bad for Fleury - he made some dynamic saves last night but he can't do it all back there with 3 of his starting Dmen out of the lineup. We're on a 3 game skid but still in first place in the division with the Devs breathing down our necks. There's a LOT of hockey yet to be played and I firmly believe that as soon as we are healthy again - LOOK OUT LORETTA! :banana:

65 Games remain. No need to panic indeed. :thumbsup:

Fire Haley
11-11-2009, 12:11 PM
Sid - you need to have more than 2 shots a game - your weak wrister wingers are missing the net, your passes are being wasted.

So, this is what a one line team feels like again.

SteelCityMom
11-11-2009, 12:53 PM
Sid - you need to have more than 2 shots a game - your weak wrister wingers are missing the net, your passes are being wasted.

So, this is what a one line team feels like again.

It's pretty hard for him to have many shots when everytime he goes down the ice he's got 3 or 4 guys draped on him lol.

Billy Guerin's been robbed so many times at the net the past 3 games that he should call the police.

The teams going to suffer for a little while until we get some guys healthy again. Not to mention how they're having to play more games in a shorter amount of time due to the Olympics. Mix all that in with having two very short offseasons in a row for a lot of these guys and I'm not surprised that they weren't able to keep the intense energy in all their games. I trust in Dan and the rest of the guys to get back on track shortly though...I have a feeling this will just be a grueling month for them all around though.

X-Terminator
11-12-2009, 10:17 AM
Looks like Orpik is a no-go tonight, at least...


Penguins Recall Defenseman Ben Lovejoy

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Ben Lovejoy from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

Lovejoy, 25, led the entire AHL with a 42-plus rating last season to go with his 31 points (7G-24A), the most among the team’s defenseman, in 76 games with WBS. For his efforts, Lovejoy was not only named to the AHL PlanetUSA All-Star Team, but made his NHL debut by appearing in two games with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In his first season with WBS in 2007-08, Lovejoy posted 20 points (2G-18A) and a plus-16 rating in 72 contests, and added 10 points (2G-8A) in 23 post-season games to help Wilkes-Barre/Scranton earn a berth in the Calder Cup Final.

On the current campaign, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound blueliner has three points (2G-1A) and a plus-2 rating in seven games. In his first game of the season, Lovejoy scored the game-winning goal and was a plus-2 in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 6-4 victory over rival Hershey.

The Concord, NH native turned pro after playing three collegiate seasons with Dartmouth. Lovejoy finished his Big Green career with 54 points (11G-43A) in 96 games. In his senior campaign, he tallied a career high seven goals and 23 points, and was named second team All-Ivy and third team All-ECACHL (Eastern College Athletic Conference Hockey League).

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=505812&navid=DL|PIT|home

Hey Hockey Gods, could you give us a break, please? This cruel joke has gone on long enough.

X-Terminator
11-12-2009, 12:51 PM
Found this posted on another board - don't know where the poster found it. Orpik will be out 2 weeks, which sucks, but there IS some good news as well:

PENGUINS MEDICAL WATCH

Player, Injury (Date), Time Frame, Current Progress

Maxime Talbot, torn labrum (July 7), 4 to 6 months, practicing (cleared for contact)
Sergei Gonchar, broken left wrist (Oct. 20), 4 to 6 weeks, practicing (no contact)
Evgeni Malkin, shoulder strain (Oct. 29), 2 weeks, practicing (cleared for contact)
Tyler Kennedy, undisclosed (Nov. 5), day-to-day, no ice participation
Kris Letang, shoulder contusion (Nov. 7), 2 weeks, no ice participation
Brooks Orpik, lower-body (Nov. 10), 2 weeks, no ice participation

HometownGal
11-12-2009, 06:48 PM
Ughhhhh. :banging: We are pretty depleted on D. It will be really interesting to see what they do tonight against Marty and the Devs. I'm looking forward to see how Lovejoy plays - the kid has a lot of talent.

steelpride12
11-12-2009, 08:01 PM
GOOOALLLLL! Sid and the Pens look determined right now early and get that important first goal from Fedotenko a dirty goal but their first in over two games. Pens lead 1 to 0!

Fire Haley
11-12-2009, 09:31 PM
Clear the zone - clear the zone


oops too late = horrible

KeiselPower99
11-12-2009, 09:34 PM
WTF? I leave to give the wife a back rub and they surrender 3 goals? Damn!

Fire Haley
11-12-2009, 09:47 PM
More than a slump = this is a nosedive.

3-1

Shea
11-12-2009, 11:54 PM
Malkin, Talbot Progressing Towards Recovery
Thursday, 11.12.2009 / 11:58 AM / Features By Sam Kasan

On a day when the Penguins added defenseman Brooks Orpik to their injury scroll (two weeks, lower body), the team did receive some positive news on the injury front.

Both forwards Evgeni Malkin and Maxime Talbot participated in the team's morning skate in black jerseys. Their wardrobe change was significant because it means that both players have been cleared for contact in practice. Previously both men wore red "no contact" jerseys.

Malkin has missed the past two weeks with a shoulder strain while Max Talbot has been recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

Head coach Dan Bylsma gave an update on both players and the significance of their recent progress towards health.

"We have the same timeline we had before. Max (Talbot) is out of a red jersey (Thursday). That just means he is progressing. I think he is a little over four months in a four-to-six month injury. He has been cleared to have contact so he is progressing as we have talked about before. Geno is the same way. We are past the two-week mark in his progress. He is progressing well. Hopefully that means they keep with positive signs going forward."

"It was my second time practicing hard and it feels great. I hope to come back soon," Malkin said. "My shoulder and body are better. It was a good rest. I feel stronger now. I feel awesome. I won't play tonight (against New Jersey) but maybe next game."

The next game would be Saturday when the Penguins host the Boston Bruins at Mellon Arena. If Malkin were able to rejoin the lineup, it would be a huge boost for Pittsburgh.

Talbot's return is not quite as eminent. Though he is cleared for contact, he is still at least 10 days away from returning to game action.

"There is not a chance I will come back before another 10 days," Talbot said. "After that we will say “maybe tonight” but we will take the next 10 days to see how it feels and then after that I will concentrate on maybe playing."

Nonetheless, being able to participate in full contact in practice shows that his shoulder is healing and getting stronger.

"Yeah, it’s a big step," Talbot said. "I got cleared for contact (Wednesday). I feel like we are still a long way. It doesn’t mean I will play tonight at all. It just means I can go and do every drill. If I get a hit my shoulder is strong enough to absorb it. There is still some movement (issues).

"Everything feels good. There are still some movements that are weaker than others that I am (working on)."

For now, Talbot is concentrating more on getting healthier and not on when he could possibly return for the Penguins.

"I still don’t want to aim for a game," Talbot said. "I am still going to take it day-by-day. I am still trying to get it stronger and stronger. There are no dates or games, it is just trying to really get ready for every situation in games where I can help the team and be strong. If I have to take a draw, be able to take a draw without a problem. If I have to absorb or give a big hit, I’ll be able to do so. I want to be close to 100 percent when I get back so I can help the team."

Along with Talbot, the Penguins will proceed with caution and the coaching staff will monitor each player's progress, making sure they return to the lineup only when they are healthy and ready to contribute.

"Some players will try to convince you they are not sore," Bylsma said. "It is something you have to keep in the back of your mind with each player. We want to try to make sure we do what is best for the player with a given injury or situation. That is what you do whether it’s Geno or Max or Tyler (Kennedy)."

Shea
11-12-2009, 11:59 PM
While watching the game tonight, the announcers mentioned a couple of times that they felt that Geno would return and play Saturday against the Bruins. That would be a huge boost to a team struggling offensively. I hope they're right, we need Geno.

Thankfully, we had such a strong start to the season since the recent losing streak could have done alot more damage standings wise.

I'm praying the article above, and the announcing team at FSN are right about Saturday's game. Get Geno back and I see us getting back in the win column.

X-Terminator
11-13-2009, 12:36 AM
The last game I went to happened to be Geno's last game before going on IR - October 28 - and they pole-axed the Canadiens 6-1. It would be great to go to the game Saturday night and see him back in the lineup. They absolutely need him back to keep teams from focusing everything on stopping Crosby.

Shea
11-13-2009, 01:02 AM
Yep, Geno will help to open things up for Sid. He had some great scoring chances tonight, but the puck just isn't rolling his way right now, although he did get an assist to put an end to his four (or was it five?) game points drought.

I'm really looking forward to Saturday's night game if it means Geno will be in the line-up. With my luck it will be on Versus, and since I have DirecTV means I won't be able to watch. I'd look it up now to find out for sure, but I'm afraid of what I might find and that I might endlessly start screaming if I'm right. :chuckle:

HometownGal
11-13-2009, 08:04 AM
I think having Geno back in the lineup will be a huge boost and take some of the pressure off Sid, but we need one or two of our injured defensemen back and I know we're still a few weeks away from that, at least as far as Orpik and Letang are concerned. Hopefully, Serg will be back in the lineup in 2-3 weeks, as his presence has been sorely missed all the way around. :hope:

SteelMember
11-13-2009, 10:28 AM
We got a goal...yea..

Hopefully Geno and Max will be back for Saturday. The frustration is really starting to show.

SteelCityMom
11-13-2009, 10:51 AM
We got a goal...yea..

Hopefully Geno and Max will be back for Saturday. The frustration is really starting to show.

Geno is a possibility for Saturday. Talbot will be back in 10 days at the earliest.

These injuries are horrible, but the only upside to it is that they are all short term (except for Max's), and they will all be back around the same time.

We play Boston again on Saturday and have a chance to win against them this time since they've had trouble being consistent with only two injuries to their team. Then we have to play Anaheim again on Monday and I'm not holding my breath for that one. After that though the schedule is at least a bit easier for a couple of weeks and will hopefully help them get back into a good groove.

They'll be @ the Sens, Thrashers and Panthers, then at home against the Canadians, and then @ the Islanders before we play the Rangers twice in a row to close out November. By then, hopefully everyone will be back and healthy.

X-Terminator
11-13-2009, 02:35 PM
Chris Conner was sent down today, likely paving the way for Geno's return to the lineup tomorrow night. :thumbsup:

Talbot, BTW, is still 2 weeks away from returning, at least - he says he still has some strengthening of his shoulder/arm to do, but that otherwise he feels fine. Gonchar should return shortly after he has his cast removed, which will be in about 2 weeks. So it's looking like we should have our entire lineup back (sans Kennedy - still no word on what his injury is, from the team anyway, or when he will return) by the first week of December with Orpik and Letang also returning by then.

SteelMember
11-13-2009, 03:42 PM
Connor did ok, I thought. He brought energy, but you could tell his endurance just wasn't quite there yet. A minute, to a minute and a half max. He bacame a liability any longer than that.

XT, I've noted your dislike for Skoula and kept an eye on him. He seems to be ok for the most part. It seems to me Bourque has been as bad, if not worse. Granted he's a forward, and much younger, but still... And Orpik at a -6. I like his play, but he has to help out more.

Missing so many D men is bad, but Geno will bring his offense and hopefully get the guys going to at least match point for point. We've just not been putting the puck in, and that's hurting just as much.

I'll give my whiskey to the injury gods tonight. NO MORE! please.

X-Terminator
11-13-2009, 07:24 PM
Connor did ok, I thought. He brought energy, but you could tell his endurance just wasn't quite there yet. A minute, to a minute and a half max. He bacame a liability any longer than that.

XT, I've noted your dislike for Skoula and kept an eye on him. He seems to be ok for the most part. It seems to me Bourque has been as bad, if not worse. Granted he's a forward, and much younger, but still... And Orpik at a -6. I like his play, but he has to help out more.

Missing so many D men is bad, but Geno will bring his offense and hopefully get the guys going to at least match point for point. We've just not been putting the puck in, and that's hurting just as much.

I'll give my whiskey to the injury gods tonight. NO MORE! please.

I agree about Conner, but he also turned the puck over a lot in the neutral zone. Bourque, on the other hand, has been totally useless - he just skates around and does nothing. I'd have much rather them have kept Paul Bissonnette around - at least he'd have brought some additional grit and toughness. As for Skoula, he's slow, he doesn't hit anyone, he is a turnover machine and was absolutely abused by Dan Boyle of the Sharks - a defenseman, mind you - on his goal last week. Deryk Engelland in two games has played better than Skoula at any point since he's been in the lineup, IMO. Why they didn't just keep him, Lovejoy or Nate Guenin up here from the beginning is beyond me.

SteelMember
11-13-2009, 07:58 PM
I agree about Conner, but he also turned the puck over a lot in the neutral zone. Bourque, on the other hand, has been totally useless - he just skates around and does nothing. I'd have much rather them have kept Paul Bissonnette around - at least he'd have brought some additional grit and toughness. As for Skoula, he's slow, he doesn't hit anyone, he is a turnover machine and was absolutely abused by Dan Boyle of the Sharks - a defenseman, mind you - on his goal last week. Deryk Engelland in two games has played better than Skoula at any point since he's been in the lineup, IMO. Why they didn't just keep him, Lovejoy or Nate Guenin up here from the beginning is beyond me.

Lovejoy looked good last game. Plenty of upside there.

I guess if we weren't going though this injury spell, we wouldn't have noticed Skoula as much seeing he was only supposed to be a the 4th pair. Now, it's just more magnified. My guess is they kept him for more of a veteran presence, as opposed to keeping Lovejoy up at the beginning of the year. I didn't get to watch any of the west coast games (only highlights), but I know we had a tough road trip. So, I guess me saying he looked "ok" was a few weeks back when the injuries weren't putting him in the forefront. He seemed to be making some decent plays then.

Here's to a better Saturday. :drink:

X-Terminator
11-14-2009, 11:35 AM
The Penguins have recalled forward Mark Letestu from its American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre.

Letestu presumably was brought up in case Evgeni Malkin, who missed the past seven games because of a strained shoulder, or left winger Chris Kunitz, who was excused from Friday's practice because of what coach Dan Bylsma called "a nagging injury," cannot play when the Penguins face Boston tonight at 7:38 at Mellon Arena.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09318/1013589-100.stm?cmpid=latest.xml

Well, that's just wonderful. Another week, another key player potentially out of the lineup due to injury.

Is it EVER going to end???????

EDIT: Kunitz is out 2 weeks: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_653256.html?source=rss&feed=8

Dammit!!! Can't ANYONE on this team stay healthy????

4xSBChamps
11-14-2009, 08:19 PM
I'm watching the Kings @ Lightning game this evening (peepin' the ND @ Pitt game during breaks), and in what might become a very fiesty game, 'The Piece' was involved in 2 collisions in the 1st Period, the first with a teammate, the 2nd with Lecavalier:
Scuds went to the LA dressing room midway thru that period, and the Lightning broadcast team says they believe it is an injury to his Right leg

pittsburghp8baller
11-14-2009, 10:18 PM
WOW, just WOW. What a ending to the game, one of the best ive seen. Billy Guerin with 0.4 seconds left ties it and then Dupuis finishes it in OT!!!

Fire Haley
11-14-2009, 11:05 PM
I watched it all = what a wild crazy game - I almost missed that last two minutes with the broken stick and Guerin getting the goal with .04 sec left.

6-5 in OT!!! Now that's entertainment!

The OT was just bad play by their goalie, Staal steals the puck and Dupuis gets the easy winner.

Crazy I tell ya!

Malkin is our lucky charm - he had 3 assists.

psusteelers4life
11-14-2009, 11:11 PM
Great finish and it was great to see Gino back on the ice. Congrats to him on his 200th assist of his career!! I almost choked on my beer when Billy G scored I tried to yell and swallow at the same time and yea that doesnt work to well. Anyhow, good win

OneForTheToe
11-15-2009, 03:12 AM
That was awesome. I was trying to watch the Pens and Pitt on two separate TVs, which usually means missing the best part of both games. I did see the tying and winning goals, however.

Fire Haley
11-15-2009, 09:50 AM
I watched the Bruins broadcast and their post-game interviews in the locker room - talk about stunned and depressed.....it was great!

SteelCityMan786
11-15-2009, 10:39 AM
Damnit it!! I missed it all.. Had to watch the updates on my crackberry!!! First game I missed all season so far..

Cheap Jim Balsillie Productions

steelpride12
11-15-2009, 12:48 PM
Wow what an entertaining game last night and got to see it all! 0.4 seconds left and Guerin with the great pass from Malkin phewww! And just had that feeling we would take it in OT and the steal from Staal was amazing and Dupuis finished! What a game and a win thank goodness!

SteelMember
11-16-2009, 08:16 AM
End of injuries anywhere in site???

Goligoski could be headed to Penguins' shelf (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_653385.html?source=rss&feed=8)
Buzz up!By Josh Yohe, Daily News Staff Writer
Monday, November 16, 2009

The Penguins' remarkable bad fortune with injuries may have struck again. Alex Goligoski, the team's leading scorer among defenseman, did not practice Sunday and sounds iffy for tonight's game against Anaheim at Mellon Arena.

"He's been banged up," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "It was a maintenance day. Monday, we'll take a look at him again. Hopefully, he's in the same condition but we'll see. We're trying to treat him and get him better. We'll see Monday."

Goligoski missed a practice on the team's recent West Coast trip because of illness but did not miss any game time. He is seventh among NHL defensemen with 14 points and is fifth in the league with a plus-11 rating.


• The Penguins' power play hasn't converted in 28 consecutive chances. :doh:

"There is a certain process you have to go through in a power play," Bylsma said. "It starts with the breakout, the entry and the retrieval. And that's something we can do much better. If you only have 30 seconds of zone time in the power play, the frustration can build."


• Defenseman Sergei Gonchar has been cleared to practice without wearing the "no-contact jersey." The cast on his broken wrist was removed Wednesday. He could return to the lineup in fewer than two weeks.


• Center Mark Letestu looked comfortable in his Pittsburgh debut against Boston. He was a plus-1 in 7 minutes, 56 seconds of ice time and centered the third line with Matt Cooke and Pascal Dupuis.

X-Terminator
11-16-2009, 10:58 AM
The Pens have recalled Nate Guenin from WBS due to Goligoski's injury:

The Penguins have recalled defenseman Nate Guenin, a Hopewell High School graduate, from their farm team in Wilkes-Barre.

Guenin's promotion suggests the Penguins are, at the very least, concerned that injured defenseman Alex Goligoski won't be available to play when they face Anaheim at 7:38 tonight in Mellon Arena.

If he gets into a game, Guenin would join Ryan Malone and Bill Thomas as the only local natives to make a regular-season appearance with the Penguins

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09320/1013929-100.stm

I guess the Hockey Gods are still pissed...

Seriously though, this really isn't funny anymore. I've never seen one team suffer so many injuries in such a short period of time. If Goligoski can't go, we will be down 4 of our top 6 defensemen. Either they're going to have to outscore teams to win like they did Boston on Saturday or Fleury/Johnson are going to have to stand on their heads every night with all of the rubber they're going to face.

EDIT: If anyone goes over to the PG today to read that article, you've got to read Dave Molinari's Q&A where some idiot Pens "fan" actually suggested the Pens trade Crosby because "he's a bust." I kid you not. I mean, let's not forget that he's won a scoring title, MVP, Pearson, was 2nd in the league the past 2 postseasons in scoring and was the youngest captain in NHL history to lead his team to the Stanley Cup Championship. Yeah, Ray Shero should get on that right away. :coffee:

Any more questions about how completely freaking fickle and fair-weathered Pittsburgh fans are?

steelpride12
11-16-2009, 12:41 PM
Wow just wow. Truly am stunned this is truly un real with injuries I don't even believe this.

SteelMember
11-16-2009, 12:54 PM
Penguins defenseman Goligoski out 2-3 weeks with injury (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/breaking/s_653452.html)

Penguins defenseman Alex Goligoski is out 2-3 weeks with a lower body injury. He is having an MRI today.

The Penguins will play against Anaheim tonight without defensemen Sergei Gonchar, Kris Letang, Brooks Orpik and Goligoski.

Nate Guenin, a Pittsburgh area native, will replace Goligoski tonight. Jay McKee and Mark Eaton are the only defensemen playing tonight who were in the lineup on opening night.

The Penguins are also playing without forwards Tyler Kennedy, Max Talbot and Chris Kunitz.

"It never seems to end," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "Hopefully we'll get some relief soon."

Fire Haley
11-16-2009, 03:06 PM
We'll dress 4 AHL defensemen AND play a midget, just to make it interesting.



McKee - Guenin
Skoula - Lovejoy
Eaton - Engelland

X-Terminator
11-16-2009, 04:28 PM
Welcome my friends to the show that never ends...:doh: :doh::banging: :banging:

At this point, I just throw my hands in the air, and hope the call-ups play well. What else can you do?

Fire Haley
11-16-2009, 06:46 PM
Score score score!

Sid and Geno - go get em!

And...Thanks to my whining to Directv I get all the hocky games free for the next 3 months.
(Except Versus - but we won't go there)

steelpride12
11-16-2009, 07:19 PM
Well let's just hope Sid and Geno are enough and lets hope for the best. Ducks have their back up goalie in knowing they could roll all over us tonight, but anyway GO PENS!

steelpride12
11-16-2009, 07:40 PM
Well thats what we needed GOALLLLLL! Sweet backhander by Cooke in the net early 1 to 0 by our Pens!

steelpride12
11-16-2009, 07:47 PM
GOOOOALLLLL!!! Ending our 29 PP no goal streak a one timer from Sid to Guerin to give the Pens an early 2 to 0 lead just playing on fire!
LETS GO PENS!

steelpride12
11-16-2009, 07:55 PM
Ahh sleeping on the change on the PP and we give up a short hander to Marchant wide open in fron of Fluery. Lovejoy needed to be out there. Darn I miss our starting defense!

Fire Haley
11-16-2009, 08:30 PM
Guerin wide open - bout time.

HometownGal
11-16-2009, 08:36 PM
Jordan finally gets his goal - a shorthanded beauty! :banana: :thumbsup:

Pens up 3-1. :applaudit:

steelpride12
11-16-2009, 08:37 PM
GOOOALLLL! Our turn for a shorthanded goal Staal with the power move and an easy goal to give the Pens a 3 to 1 lead!

4xSBChamps
11-16-2009, 08:56 PM
Well thats what we needed GOALLLLLL! Sweet backhander by Cooke in the net early 1 to 0 by our Pens!

I saw the replay on Versus while watching the Debs play in Philthadelphia earlier tonight:
I noticed the Guins are wearing their Columbia Blue sweaters tonight

HometownGal
11-16-2009, 09:23 PM
Guerin and Getzlaf going at it at center ice. :banana: Not much of a fight but Guerin got him down to the ice. GO BILLY G!

steelpride12
11-16-2009, 09:23 PM
What an unexpected fight between Guerin and Getzlaf. Guerin actually took it too him at the age of 39 getting a few jabs and taking Getzlaf down!

HometownGal
11-16-2009, 09:27 PM
Get out your pitchforks coz hell just froze over! Skoula just scored to make it 4-1 Pens. :banana:

steelpride12
11-16-2009, 09:27 PM
GOOALLLLLLLL!!!! A great wrister from Skoula from the point threw traffic giving him his first as a Pen, as our Pens take a comanding 4 to 1 lead!

HometownGal
11-16-2009, 09:30 PM
Is there an echo in here or what?

SteelMember
11-16-2009, 09:31 PM
Guerin and Getzlaf going at it at center ice. :banana: Not much of a fight but Guerin got him down to the ice. GO BILLY G!

Hey you. No tix tonight?

Guerin was trying to hug him out. :chuckle:

steelpride12
11-16-2009, 09:33 PM
Is there an echo in here or what?

Im posting as soon as the action happens, sorry im not glued to the comp like you miss! :flap:

HometownGal
11-16-2009, 09:38 PM
Im posting as soon as the action happens, sorry im not glued to the comp like you miss! :flap:

I'm hardly glued to the computer smart ass. You do this all the time and not just to me, so piss off.

steelpride12
11-16-2009, 09:40 PM
I'm hardly glued to the computer smart ass. You do this all the time and not just to me, so piss off.

I thought we were just joking around here all HAHA stuff, but ummm alright?

HometownGal
11-16-2009, 09:40 PM
Hey you. No tix tonight?

Guerin was trying to hug him out. :chuckle:

Hey buddy. Nope - this game wasn't in the plan XT and I have. Our next game is Thanksgiving Eve against the Habs.

Hey - just heard that Serg is back in contact drills and his cast is off! :banana:

SteelMember
11-16-2009, 09:41 PM
Mellon Arena M*A*S*H unit..:chuckle:

What can you do but laugh at this point???

steelpride12
11-16-2009, 09:45 PM
Fluery looking on fire tonight as he is winless in 4 games before tonight, I love the effort overall.

steelpride12
11-16-2009, 09:50 PM
Am I seriously getting blamed for being an "echo" to people on this site HTG? Because as the goals happen i type and post it on the thread not reading the others first? Im surprised im getting blamed for such nonsense, Ive been here for almost 3 years you know how i am.

SteelMember
11-16-2009, 10:02 PM
Pleasantly surprised tonight.

The patchwork D played pretty well, and Fleury was strong for the most part.

SteelCityMom
11-16-2009, 10:10 PM
Loved this game tonight. Great team win. Hopefully they can keep a little streak going through the rest of the month. They're going to be scary good once they get everyone back though.

KeiselPower99
11-16-2009, 10:16 PM
Nice win by the Pens.

Shea
11-16-2009, 10:24 PM
Mellon Arena M*A*S*H unit..:chuckle:

What can you do but laugh at this point???

I caught that sign tonight as well and had to smile too, it's either that or cry.

And it was great to hear that Gonch's cast is off and I loved seeing the video of him shooting pucks during practice.

I agree SCM, when we get everybody back we are going to be scarey good, and I can't wait until that day comes. God willing nobody else gets hurt in the meantime.

Shea
11-17-2009, 12:29 AM
Here's an adorable picture I came across on another site, thought I'd add here in case it might make someone else smile besides me. It's Duper with little Duper....

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q71/Tinkas82/4106691200_da44124a94.jpg

Look at that little hockey uniform, and those little skates. Too cute!

X-Terminator
11-17-2009, 12:46 AM
Hey buddy. Nope - this game wasn't in the plan XT and I have. Our next game is Thanksgiving Eve against the Habs.

Hey - just heard that Serg is back in contact drills and his cast is off! :banana:

Yeah, that was mentioned in a story I read on their website earlier - great news! They say he's still about 2 weeks away from returning, though - probably to strengthen his wrist.

Some better news, though - according to Phil Bourque on the radio, Max Talbot may be back either Thursday in Ottawa or Saturday in Atlanta! Getting him back would be a huge shot in the arm for the team.

Anyway, I only got to catch the 2nd and most of the 3rd periods, but it was a good, team win. I really liked how well the WBS callups on D played, particularly Guenin and Engelland. Both were very solid, I thought. Staal probably played his best game since TK went out of the lineup. That SHG was clutch - came at exactly the right time. As for Skoula, well he scored tonight, so I'll turn down the flame under his ass for one night, anyway. :flap:

Shea - that is an awesome picture! Little Dups does look so cute in that uniform!

X-Terminator
11-17-2009, 05:47 PM
The Pens sent Mark Letestu back to WBS today, so it looks like Talbot is indeed returning to the lineup! :thumbsup:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09321/1014196-100.stm#ixzz0X9cfvvTD

The Penguins today reassigned rookie forward Mark Letestu to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, meaning it's likely one of the team's injured forwards will return when the club plays Thursday at Ottawa.

The strongest bet for a return is Max Talbot, the two-goal Game 7 hero from the Stanley Cup final in June. He had surgery on his left shoulder in July and has not played this season. He has been practicing with the team and skating on his own regularly before practice.

Letestu played two games, with no points, during his promotion.

Shea
11-17-2009, 11:02 PM
The only good thing about an injury is the excitement you get when hearing they are coming back.

Great news about Max. :thumbsup:

HometownGal
11-18-2009, 10:59 AM
The Pens sent Mark Letestu back to WBS today, so it looks like Talbot is indeed returning to the lineup! :thumbsup:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09321/1014196-100.stm#ixzz0X9cfvvTD

Awesome! :applaudit: Max has been sorely missed and if the Superstar returns either tomorrow or Saturday night, it will be a huge boost for the Pens. They have really missed his infectious energy! :banana:

steelpride12
11-18-2009, 12:46 PM
http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=506559

Well we had to figure if we were going to get someone back might as well lose one for sure maybe two more players... :banging:

Defenseman Jay McKee will be sidelined two-to-four weeks with an infected finger. See 12:25 PM entry for details.


12:31 PM:
Defenseman Mark Eaton left Wedesday's practice early, although no update was given on his status.

Defenseman Jay McKee will be sidelined two-to-four weeks with an infected finger. See 12:25 PM entry for details

4xSBChamps
11-18-2009, 01:24 PM
Awesome! :applaudit: Max has been sorely missed and if the Superstar returns either tomorrow or Saturday night, it will be a huge boost for the Pens. They have really missed his infectious energy! :banana:

We'll be attending the game on 23 November in Sunrise, Fl., my first time to wear my new #25 Talbot sweater to a game:
hope to get a few pictures while we are there!

X-Terminator
11-18-2009, 04:40 PM
Well, I figured McKee would be the next to go down - he's been injury-prone most of his career. We are now down 5 of our 6 defenseman, and let's just hope Eaton isn't going to join him on that list.

*sighs* It just never ends. :doh: :banging: :doh: :banging:

Shea
11-18-2009, 11:57 PM
I give up on trying to wrap my mind around the injury situation, and I'm beginning to just expect the worse.

In fact, I've gotten a crappy attitude about it all. I expect when we finally do get everyone back then the flu will find it's way into the locker room and wipe everyone out for another week or two.

Like I said, my attitude and outlook has reached the pissy point. :doh:

Shea
11-19-2009, 12:28 AM
Sid made his way back home today to take part in the olympic torch ceremonies....

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q71/Tinkas82/olympics.jpg

With the games being in Vancouver, and with Canada's first love being hockey, I hope Sid and team Canada take gold in hockey.

From day one Sid was expected to not only resurrect a team, but after a lock-out, expected to resurrect the sport itself. He's excelled in spite of it all, and I'd love to see him smiling with gold around his neck on the podium. He deserves it for the way he's handled himself, and for the man he's shown to be throughout it all.

Being an American I realize that I shouldn't root against my country, but I'm so impressed with Sidney and the way he conducts himself, that I can't help myself.

Does this mean I'm gonna rot in hell? :nervous:

Does this put me in the same category as flag burners? :nervous:

Someone tell me that it's understandable and that I'm gonna be ok!

X-Terminator
11-19-2009, 07:25 AM
I give up on trying to wrap my mind around the injury situation, and I'm beginning to just expect the worse.

In fact, I've gotten a crappy attitude about it all. I expect when we finally do get everyone back then the flu will find it's way into the locker room and wipe everyone out for another week or two.

Like I said, my attitude and outlook has reached the pissy point. :doh:

Well, there is some good news to be had on the injury front - not only is Max expected to play tonight, but one of Gonchar or Orpik will also be returning to the lineup, and from what I've read, it's likely going to be Gonchar. I thought he was still about 10 days away, but I guess he's ready now. Talk about getting a boost - they've only scored 4 PPG since he got hurt on October 20, so that should give them a boost. Plus, he will have missed one day less than a month, so he healed pretty quickly.

Sid made his way back home today to take part in the olympic torch ceremonies....

With the games being in Vancouver, and with Canada's first love being hockey, I hope Sid and team Canada take gold in hockey.

From day one Sid was expected to not only resurrect a team, but after a lock-out, expected to resurrect the sport itself. He's excelled in spite of it all, and I'd love to see him smiling with gold around his neck on the podium. He deserves it for the way he's handled himself, and for the man he's shown to be throughout it all.

Being an American I realize that I shouldn't root against my country, but I'm so impressed with Sidney and the way he conducts himself, that I can't help myself.

Does this mean I'm gonna rot in hell? :nervous:

Does this put me in the same category as flag burners? :nervous:

Someone tell me that it's understandable and that I'm gonna be ok!

Nah, sorry. It's USA all the way in the Olympics! :usa: Can't root for Sid when he's playing for his country - same for Geno. I'd love nothing more than to return the favor to Canada for the Salt Lake City games and win Gold on their turf!

HometownGal
11-19-2009, 11:55 AM
Well, there is some good news to be had on the injury front - not only is Max expected to play tonight, but one of Gonchar or Orpik will also be returning to the lineup, and from what I've read, it's likely going to be Gonchar. I thought he was still about 10 days away, but I guess he's ready now. Talk about getting a boost - they've only scored 4 PPG since he got hurt on October 20, so that should give them a boost. Plus, he will have missed one day less than a month, so he healed pretty quickly.

:banana: :banana: :banana: :applaudit: No one will be happier than me to have Serg back! :thumbsup:


Nah, sorry. It's USA all the way in the Olympics! :usa: Can't root for Sid when he's playing for his country - same for Geno. I'd love nothing more than to return the favor to Canada for the Salt Lake City games and win Gold on their turf!

I'm with you there. Though I'm an Ameri-nuck, having been born in Canada, I'm rooting for the good ole U.S. of A. in the Olympics. :usa: :applaudit:

4xSBChamps
11-19-2009, 02:55 PM
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y272/Glensgages/hockey%20pictures/SuperstarMaxTalbotReturns.jpg http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y272/Glensgages/hockey%20pictures/SergeiSARGEGonchar.jpg

tPB

HometownGal
11-19-2009, 03:13 PM
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y272/Glensgages/hockey%20pictures/SuperstarMaxTalbotReturns.jpg http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y272/Glensgages/hockey%20pictures/SergeiSARGEGonchar.jpg

tPB


Excellent!!!! :applaudit: :thumbsup: :hatsoff:

4xSBChamps
11-19-2009, 03:38 PM
I don't know if this has been posted here, but a good story about the Penguins, and one of their fans

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1161862/index.htm

The guy who does the 'YinzLuvDaGuins' & 'YinzLuvDaStillers' videos, Jim Shearer, well..... this is his 'Aunt Pat', whom he mentioned a few times last season in his videos:

recent, she was paid a visit at her home

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1886260998?bctid=50667853001

X-Terminator
11-19-2009, 05:18 PM
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y272/Glensgages/hockey%20pictures/SuperstarMaxTalbotReturns.jpg http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y272/Glensgages/hockey%20pictures/SergeiSARGEGonchar.jpg

tPB

Great pictures!

Anyway, it is official - Gonchar and Talbot will be in the lineup tonight. Of course, we can't get some good injury news without some bad - Mark Eaton has back spasms and his status is unknown for tonight. So the Pens recalled Chris Lee from WBS in case he can't go.

All info here: http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=506711&navid=DL|PIT|home

Fire Haley
11-19-2009, 06:57 PM
I was wrong = you win, I thought Talbot would be back long before Gonchar.

steelpride12
11-19-2009, 07:25 PM
Ahh Gonchar and Talbot tonight I cannot see the energy and passion they will bring tonight! GO PENS!

X-Terminator
11-19-2009, 07:37 PM
I was wrong = you win, I thought Talbot would be back long before Gonchar.

No biggie. I'm just glad they're back.

BTW, Eaton is playing tonight, so Chris Lee is scratched. Good.

steelpride12
11-19-2009, 07:42 PM
GOOALLLLL!!! What a sick set play, puck off the boards to Dupuis for a 2 on 1 and a perfect pass to Staal for the goal, great energy in the start of this one! Pens early 1 to 0 lead!

steelpride12
11-19-2009, 07:43 PM
Talbot's first shift this season and he takes a penatly haha poor guy will get his chance!

steelpride12
11-19-2009, 07:58 PM
Well the Sens just owned that shift kept the puck in our zone for about 2 minutes and cashed in from the point. TIed 1 to 1.

steelpride12
11-19-2009, 08:31 PM
Ottowa continues there dominance in this game and grab a PP goal from possibly Spezza. So time for the Pens to step up its the Sens 2 to 1.

steelpride12
11-19-2009, 08:34 PM
Crosby is one of the best if not the best in the NHL, but tonight he is just not playing well. He always tries to find the perfect pass and its always a turnover. I wish he would take more shots and just needs to get it together tonight. Not complaining because he is the best and is always good, but just noticed it tonight.

steelpride12
11-19-2009, 08:49 PM
PP 0 for 3 looking horrid

SteelCityMom
11-19-2009, 10:39 PM
I don't know if this has been posted here, but a good story about the Penguins, and one of their fans

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1161862/index.htm

The guy who does the 'YinzLuvDaGuins' & 'YinzLuvDaStillers' videos, Jim Shearer, well..... this is his 'Aunt Pat', whom he mentioned a few times last season in his videos:

recent, she was paid a visit at her home

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1886260998?bctid=50667853001

Ahhh...I'm a huge fan of Jim and his shows, I do remember him talking about his Aunt Pat now. Didn't make the connection when I saw the vid of her and Talbot though. Thanks for the info!

SteelCityMom
11-19-2009, 10:40 PM
As for the game tonight...well I shut it off after it was 5-1. Not much I can say about except that the whole team just wasn't clicking.

On to the Flames, hopefully they step it up more for them.

X-Terminator
11-19-2009, 11:14 PM
The Pens' callups were really exposed tonight - they could not handle the Sens' forecheck. Engelland was -4, Guenin and Lovejoy -2 each. Skoula went to sleep - as usual - in front of the net on the PPG by Alfredsson. Fleury looked shaky again, but really, he didn't get a whole lot of help tonight...though the 4th goal was clearly on him. Gonchar and Talbot definitely looked rusty, but that's to be expected - it was their first game back. All in all, just not a good night for the Pens.

Onward to the Thrashers, who lost in a SO tonight to Boston. They are a very good offensive team, so the Pens' D will be tested, though apparently Brooks Orpik should be ready to go for that game.

4xSBChamps
11-20-2009, 06:21 AM
Ahhh...I'm a huge fan of Jim and his shows, I do remember him talking about his Aunt Pat now. Didn't make the connection when I saw the vid of her and Talbot though. Thanks for the info!

I think at the end of the SCF Game 7 episode, he spoke about 'Aunt Pat, drinking from a sippy cup', being as impressive as the Penguins drinking champagne from the Stanley Cup

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y272/Glensgages/hockey%20pictures/JimShearerYLDG.jpg

Fire Haley
11-20-2009, 06:44 AM
It was a miserable game. Defense was horrible. Fleury got yanked again.

4xSBChamps
11-20-2009, 06:47 AM
team is struggling due to the injuries, which aren't allowing any continuity amongst linemates or defensive pairings:
when a majority of the team gets healthy & stays healthy, it's likely they'll play much better

X-Terminator
11-21-2009, 09:15 AM
The Pens sent Chris Lee and Nate Guenin back to WBS yesterday, so Brooks Orpik should be back in the lineup tonight. Finally, our top D pairing is back together. Also, according to the Ol' 2-9er, Phil Bourque, Kris Letang is about 3 weeks away from returning, so with McKee and Goligoski out 2-4 weeks each, it's entirely possible the Pens could have their entire starting D back by the time they take on the Flyers on December 15.

DULUTH, GA. -- Fewer than 48 hours after they faced the legitimate prospect of playing four AHL regulars on defense, the Penguins will play at Atlanta tonight with the closest resemblance of their regular blueline since Nov. 10.

That was the date defenseman Brooks Orpik was injured after crashing awkwardly into the boards midway through the first period of a game at Boston. He has missed four games since with an undisclosed lower-body injury, but all signs point to his return against the Thrashers at Philips Arena.

The Penguins re-assigned two defensemen to the AHL on Friday: Chris Lee, who was recalled Thursday in case Mark Eaton's back spasms prevented him from playing at Ottawa; and Nate Guenin, who played in two games after his promotion earlier this week.

It is unlikely the Penguins would have reassigned Guenin, a Hopewell High School graduate who became only the third Pittsburgh area-born player to dress for his hometown NHL club, unless Orpik was ready to play.

Placing Lee and Guenin back with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton would leave the Penguins with just six defensemen against the Thrashers.

Of course, with Orpik back, half of those six would be regulars. And in Orpik and Sergei Gonchar, coach Dan Bylsma will have the option of reuniting his top pairing.

Gonchar played Thursday for the first time since his left wrist was broken on Oct. 10. He paced all players with 25 minutes and 30 seconds of ice time.

"There is some pain, but nothing tremendous," Gonchar said.

Gonchar shook his head at mention of the Penguins' injuries. Kris Letang, whose right shoulder was badly bruised Nov. 7 at San Jose, is practicing, though under no-contact stipulations, and declined to say yesterday when he expects to return.

Orpik was lost the very next game. If he plays tonight, it will be slightly before his diagnosed two-week timetable for recovery.

The Penguins are also without Alex Goligoski, whose 14 points are third on the team, and Jay McKee, their top shot-blocker. Goligoski is out between two and four weeks with a lower-body injury; he has missed two games. McKee is out between two and four weeks with an infected finger; he has missed one contest.

The Penguins have lost 24 man-games because of injury among their six regular defensemen, with only Eaton appearing in all 22 contests.

"It's the first time ever I've experienced something like this," Gonchar said of all the injuries.

One of the Penguins' top defense prospects, Ben Lovejoy, will play tonight along with Deryk Engelland, who has appeared in five consecutive games.

Lovejoy actually started the organizational injury train for defenseman with a shoulder ailment that cut short his training camp.

He has played in four straight games.

"The more we've been out there, the more confidence we're getting," he said. "It's all about playing in those situations. I mean, you're not as terrified when (Senators winger Alexei) Kovalev is coming down at you...

"Well, you're still terrified, but it's a normal kind of terrified because you've seen good players like that before."

Fortunately for the Penguins, they're starting to see their own good defensive players again.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_654344.html?source=rss&feed=8

HometownGal
11-21-2009, 07:44 PM
Pens up on Thrashers 1-0 on a PP goal by . . .


Are you ready?



Sure you're ready?






Martin Skoula. :chuckle: :applaudit:

X-Terminator
11-21-2009, 07:49 PM
Dammit, that's 2 in the last 3 games. He needs to keep sucking so I don't have to cheer for him LOL :wink02: :chuckle: Seriously though, if there is one thing he IS good at, it's shooting from the point. He doesn't have a really hard shot, but he has an accurate one and gets it on net pretty often.

HometownGal
11-21-2009, 08:14 PM
Skoula just scored the Pens (AND HIS) 2nd goal of the night and the Pens now lead 2-0! :hatsoff: :applaudit: :banana:

HometownGal
11-21-2009, 08:18 PM
Geno makes it 3-0 Pens! :banana:

SteelCityMom
11-21-2009, 08:37 PM
Nice takedown by Engellend!

Pens are on fire tonight for sure...very good to see.

HometownGal
11-21-2009, 08:40 PM
I just love Deryk Engelland. He just got whacked in the back of the knees by Evander and took issue with it by shedding the gloves and punching Evander several times in the face before taking him down to the ice. :thumbsup: This kid definitely is a force who doesn't take any shit. :applaudit:

X-Terminator
11-21-2009, 08:46 PM
I just love Deryk Engelland. He just got whacked in the back of the knees by Evander and took issue with it by shedding the gloves and punching Evander several times in the face before taking him down to the ice. :thumbsup: This kid definitely is a force who doesn't take any shit. :applaudit:

Slew-foot by Kane pissed Engelland off...and he's one guy you don't want to piss off. He has a reputation for being a very good fighter in the A. Kane's lucky they fell down because he was going to get a serious beating. I really hope Engelland stays up here - he's exactly the kind of physical presence the Pens can use on the blue line.

As for Skoula...will you stop scoring goals, please? I need someone to yell at on Wednesday! :flap:

4xSBChamps
11-21-2009, 08:51 PM
..... Skoula just scored his 2nd goal of the night.....

"..... CATS & DOGS.....
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y272/Glensgages/movies/Venkman-GhostBusters.png

..... LIVING-TOGETHER!!!!!"

4xSBChamps
11-21-2009, 08:53 PM
Geno makes it 3-0 Pens! :banana:

I just received my Geno #71 Columbia Blue sweater today, but am still gonna wear my White #25 Talbot jersey Monday evening at Florida

SteelCityMom
11-21-2009, 09:12 PM
LMAO @ Kovalchuk taking on Cooke...:screwy:

HometownGal
11-21-2009, 09:12 PM
I just received my Geno #71 Columbia Blue sweater today, but am still gonna wear my White #25 Talbot jersey Monday evening at Florida

Awesome!!! :thumbsup: :drink:

Punkin'face actually took on Kovalchuk, even though had the refs not stopped it, he would have probably gotten his hiney kicked. Can't help but luv Cookie! Kovalchuk got a pair of instigator penalties on top of the 10 and 5 and the Pens are now on a 4 minute PP. :thumbsup:

SteelCityMom
11-21-2009, 09:34 PM
Haha, I miss ya Army, but Orpik just gave ya some...

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_fw7iF68JR8k/SE4hGoHIlzI/AAAAAAAASUU/WDv5NvWOWoQ/s400/-4.jpeg

SteelCityMom
11-21-2009, 09:37 PM
Hey, Afinogenov finally got one! 3-2 Pens with 17.5 left...

X-Terminator
11-21-2009, 10:33 PM
Pens get the duke, 3-2, and end their 4-game road losing streak. Geno with the game-winner. I thought it was a good game by the Pens, but they got a little sloppy toward the end and allowed a couple of goals on odd-man breaks. There should have been a penalty on Thorburn for slashing before he scored the shortie, though. But they looked more like the team we should see most nights when everyone is finally healthy.

Matt Cooke actually dropped the gloves? Will wonders never cease! That's the only way you can get him to loosen the cement in his gloves - basically force him into it. If it was someone like Thorburn or Boulton rather than Kovalchuk, though, I guarantee he would have turtled. He may hit a lot and bring energy, but when it comes to backing up his play...well, let's just say he doesn't do it nearly as often as he should.

With the Devils' loss in Big D, the Pens are now in sole possession of first place in the division, and 2nd overall in the conference behind the Caps, who lost 2-1 in a SO in Montreal. The Flyers, Isles and Rangers all lost as well, so the Pens pick up some ground on them.

Fire Haley
11-22-2009, 12:14 PM
I watched the game last night - Fleury was godlike - he was standing on his head, literally, to save the game.



Orpik back meant a lot to the D - still pretty shaky at the end.

Fire Haley
11-23-2009, 06:36 PM
Pens vs.Panthers tonight - in case you want something to watch besides football.

Doesn't look like Kennedy will play - game time decision.

Fire Haley
11-23-2009, 08:27 PM
Pens came out playing fast, but sid took 2 penalties and then missed the net on a breakaway. That's about it. Killing penalties

Then they leave a guy wide open at the net. boink 0-1 Nice fight by Rupp after a dude threw malkin down

X-Terminator
11-23-2009, 08:51 PM
2-0 Florida. Engelland can't handle the puck at the blue line, then takes himself completely out of the play on a fake pass by Frolik, leaving Ballard wide open for the goal.

The Pens just never seem to play well in Florida.

SteelCityMan786
11-23-2009, 09:32 PM
MAX WITH THE GOAL!!!

2-1

HometownGal
11-23-2009, 09:55 PM
Rupp just scored to even it all up at 2-2 with 2-1/2 left in the 3rd! :applaudit: :banana:

KeiselPower99
11-23-2009, 10:07 PM
WOOHOO SID!!!!!!!!

HometownGal
11-23-2009, 10:08 PM
Sid the Kid wins it in OT for the Pens 3-2 ! :banana: :thumbsup: :hatsoff:

Fire Haley
11-23-2009, 10:17 PM
Great win! A comebacker!

Pens dominated late in the 3rd after they got that first gift. That 4 on 3 PP for almost the whole OT was sweet, Sid on the doorstep.

X-Terminator
11-24-2009, 12:55 AM
I was leaving my apartment and had just turned on the radio on my MP3 player right after Rupp scored to tie the game. :doh: I did get to listen to the rest of the game and OT, and Sid's game-winner! And here I was thinking they were going to get completely ripped off by Vokoun, who should have been one of the 3 stars for as well he played tonight. Vokoun is a very good goalie, but the Panthers had better find a way to shore up their D, because they are giving up way, way too many shots. And it was deja-vu all over again for the Panthers, as it was a month to the day when they blew a 2-0 lead to the Pens and lost in a SO.

Wednesday night, the Habs are in town, and HTG and I will be in the house. Hopefully we don't get another jackass "fan" in front of us telling us to be quiet because we dared to cheer on our team. And I'm sure there will be a lot of Habs fans in town this time, unlike the last game, since it's the night before Thanksgiving.

Shea
11-24-2009, 01:29 AM
I gotta admit, I'm a bit jealous that you and HTG get to go to so many games, X-T. I would love to be in Pittsburgh and to be able to go to Pens games on a regular basis. Heck, I'd be in heaven just to be able to see one game live, since I've never seen them play in person.

Hopefully, Sid has a huge game since the Habs were his idols during childhood. Maybe it will add some umph to his game and he will find a way to light it up big time. Make sure to wear a Pens cap, maybe Sid will have a hat trick, never know.

Again I'm jealous, would love to be at Mellon to toss a cap after a hatty. Especially one last time at the arena that holds so many memories. I bet if I was there I could fling a cap like nobody's business.

Enjoy the game, I'll be watching from home and hoping it's a thriller knowing you both will be there.

X-Terminator
11-24-2009, 02:00 AM
I gotta admit, I'm a bit jealous that you and HTG get to go to so many games, X-T. I would love to be in Pittsburgh and to be able to go to Pens games on a regular basis. Heck, I'd be in heaven just to be able to see one game live, since I've never seen them play in person.

Hopefully, Sid has a huge game since the Habs were his idols during childhood. Maybe it will add some umph to his game and he will find a way to light it up big time. Make sure to wear a Pens cap, maybe Sid will have a hat trick, never know.

Again I'm jealous, would love to be at Mellon to toss a cap after a hatty. Especially one last time at the arena that holds so many memories. I bet if I was there I could fling a cap like nobody's business.

Enjoy the game, I'll be watching from home and hoping it's a thriller knowing you both will be there.

We'd love to throw a hat on the ice after a HT, but we're too far away, unfortunately. I'd probably get to B level, but that's about it :wink02: Sid had a hat trick in the first Habs game, which we attended - maybe he can do it again tomorrow night!

We've shared a half-season ticket plan since the lockout (hard to believe that this is our 5th season together as STH's - where has the time gone?), and I'm glad we did - it is so much better and so much more fun going to games with your best friend rather than by yourself, which I did the first 5 seasons I was a STH.

Anyway, that sucks that you've never seen them play live - the experience is awesome when the fans really get revved up (probably won't be Wednesday though - crowds for games around the holidays tend to be quiet for whatever reason). Don't know where you live, but I hope you're able to get to a game before Mellon closes its doors for good. We're going to miss the old barn - lots of memories in there - but at the same time, we're looking forward to moving into the new digs across the street next season.

Shea
11-24-2009, 02:24 AM
I live in California, and unfortunately I've never made it to Pittsburgh, yet, in my lifetime.

Makes me sad to say that I also won't be making it to Pittsburgh in time to experience a game at Mellon arena before the doors close on an arena that holds so many memories. To me it's a concrete and steel memory keeper, even though I've only experienced it through television. I fell in love with hockey in that arena years ago and it makes me sick that I'll never know the feeling of being there in person. I know I'll always regret that even though I know I won't make the same mistake with the new arena. I will be there one day, Heinz field too.

And god I can't wait til that day comes. I'll be so giddy I won't know what to do with myself. I can't wait until I make it home to be among my teams and my people!

4xSBChamps
11-24-2009, 04:36 PM
..... we just got back from Sunrise (Miami) after last evening's game, after staying at a Hawthorne Suites hotel (very-nice, king-size bed, non-smoking room, w/pooche, for $119, out-the-door)

Pens were out-played badly thru 2 periods of play, looking very tired, although Flower looked good

Bank Atlantic is a nice place, on the edge of the Everglades, and easy to get into (free parking) and out-of following games:
no 'character', but fan-friendly

Talbot's timing looked-off, as it should be, missing so-much time..... did he, or Dupuis, get the initial goal?

Penguin jerseys out-numbered Panther sweaters outside the rink, but once inside, I think there were more Florida gear worn

Guins' D-men allowed Florida to penetrate the zone easily, and rarely stepped-up while defending the blue-line:
Gonch made an exception to this in the 3rd period with a poke-check, causing an off-sides whistle, and my fiancee said "that was a nice play..... is that what you mean by 'stepping-up' "
:wink02:

When the Guins tied the score, the Pittsburgh faithful in the crowd came to life, and made as-much noise as the Panther fans had earlier:
the Panthers have the LAMEST set of cheer-leaders in the League, barely showing enthusiasm or moving during their routines

Vokoun stood on his head, robbing Malkin twice

comfy seats at Bank Atlantic, and ours were 5' behind the goal-line to Fleury's Left in the 1st & 3rd periods:
never had a fan sit behind me, talking feverishly about the game in Spanish before.....

Pens were lucky to be in the game, but their domination in the 3rd was enough to force OT, then fortunate to win in extra-time

Shea
11-24-2009, 11:43 PM
http://22minutes.com/index.php?page=video#header

Gotta scroll down to see Sid's video. Poor guy, looked like he didn't know what to make of this guy or the situation. :sofunny:

Shea
11-25-2009, 10:22 PM
3-1 Pens win! :tt03:
HTG and XT - hope you both enjoyed the game tonight at Mellon.

Was glad to see Gonch get a goal since he seems to be HTG's favorite. And Sid's assist on that goal was a beauty.

Was a bit bummed that XT's favorite, Skoula :wink02:, didn't find the net though. I do believe he had an assist in the game, so that's something. Ah well, there's always next time.......:chuckle:

X-Terminator
11-26-2009, 12:14 AM
3-1 Pens win! :tt03:
HTG and XT - hope you both enjoyed the game tonight at Mellon.

Was glad to see Gonch get a goal since he seems to be HTG's favorite. And Sid's assist on that goal was a beauty.

Was a bit bummed that XT's favorite, Skoula :wink02:, didn't find the net though. I do believe he had an assist in the game, so that's something. Ah well, there's always next time.......:chuckle:

We did enjoy it, as always! Very businesslike effort from the team tonight - nothing fancy, just played Penguins hockey for 60 minutes and wore the Habs down. The Habs didn't really have much despite their goal, but they were really dominated in the 2nd period. After Guerin scored, the Pens took the game over.

Yes, Gonchar is HTG's favorite, and yes, she went nuts when he scored. She even called his shot, so to speak, before the game :wink02:

Skoula got an assist on Gonchar's goal...dammit! :chuckle: Seriously though, he's played pretty well over the past several games and maybe his struggles were due to not playing at all at the beginning of the season and getting acclimated to Bylsma's system since he was signed at the end of training camp. Hopefully he keeps it up - we need him playing well since it's still about 2-3 weeks until all of our regular D-men are healthy.

Fire Haley
11-26-2009, 03:26 AM
Habs had nothing - I thought they were better than this. Fleury was just showing off his glove hand.

4xSBChamps
11-26-2009, 08:42 AM
Very businesslike effort from the team tonight - nothing fancy, just played Penguins hockey for 60 minutes and wore the Habs down.

I was listening to the Guins when the Toronto @ Tampa Bay game went to break on TV, and heard the Ol' 2-Niner say that a few times, late in the game

:drink:

X-Terminator
11-26-2009, 04:30 PM
Habs had nothing - I thought they were better than this. Fleury was just showing off his glove hand.

To be fair, the Habs were missing Andrei Markov, Brian Gionta, Scott Gomez, Andrei Kostitsyn and Hal Gill, so they were playing with a lot of minor leaguers, though they were unbeaten in their last 4 before last night.

X-Terminator
11-27-2009, 12:44 PM
Matinee game today @ 2:00 in NY against the Isles. Last year the Pens were not very good in afternoon games, and this one could be the perfect storm for a less-than-optimal performance coming off the holiday and a big game against the Rags tomorrow night. Hopefully I'm wrong, and they will take care of business the way they did Wednesday night.