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11-23-2009, 07:06 PM

Jessica Bopp-WPAathletics.com STAFF

The Penguins started and ended this week on a good note.

The second longest power play goal drought in Penguins history—30 consecutive—was finally put to an end on Monday night.

Bill Guerin scored his fifth goal of the season, giving the Penguins a 2-0 lead early in the first period over the Anaheim Ducks. Guerin’s goal was followed by Matt Cooke’s backhander only 91 seconds into the game.

Guerin also pumped up the team when he and Ryan Getzlaf threw off their gloves and battled it out on the ice. Guerin’s final punch had Getzlaf down on the ice and the crowd at Mellon arena roaring with excitement.

The fans at Mellon arena had more to cheer about as the Ducks took the first three penalties of the night, all of which occurred in the first period.

A little further into the first period, the Ducks’ Todd Marchant scored a shorthanded goal on Marc-Andre Fleury in the first period. But Jordan Staal wasn’t going to let Marchant be the only shorthanded goal scorer of the night as he put one past Jean-Sebastien Giguere, bringing the score to 3-1 in favor of the Pens.

It wasn’t until the third period that we saw more goal scoring from either of the two teams. First, there was a Pittsburgh goal from Martin Skoula, followed by an Anaheim goal by Teemu Selanne....

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11-30-2009, 12:26 PM

Jessica Bopp-WPAathletics.com STAFF

The Pittsburgh Penguins played their hearts out on Monday night against the Florida Panthers, who had a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes of game play, giving fans the excitement they love to see.

Of the five penalties handed out in the first period, four of those were served by Pittsburgh. Three minutes into the game the Penguins’ Captain Sidney Crosby received a penalty for goalkeeper interference. A few minutes later, Mike Rupp and Bryan Allen dropped their gloves and were penalized accordingly. Then, Crosby was given out yet another penalty for hi-sticking. And forward Chris Bourque served two minutes in the box for tripping.

If that wasn’t enough to set the mood in the first period, the Panthers’ Nathan Horton did so by scoring the first goal in the game at 17:33.

The second period wasn’t any better. Keith Ballard scored another goal for the Panthers, bringing the score to 2-0.

But the Penguins, who are known for being a comeback team, didn’t give up just then. During the third period, the tables turned in favor of the Pens. Pascal Dupuis crashed the net and put the puck past Tomas Vokoun making the score 2-1 early in the third period.

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12-07-2009, 11:34 AM

Jessica Bopp-WPAathletics.com STAFF

This week, the Penguins played some pretty impressive hockey—in the beginning of the week, that is.

Monday’s Penguins game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden started off slowly, but picked up speed as time ticked by.

There was no scoring at all during the first period, although three penalties were handed out—two to the Rangers and one to the Penguins.

New York’s Marian Gaborik scored the first goal of the night at 3:12 in the second period. The goal was assisted by Vinny Prospal and Marc Staal, the older brother of Penguin Jordan Staal.

Eleven seconds after that, the Penguins tied the score at one. Captain Sidney Crosby, who has been on fire these last couple of games, received a pass from Bill Guerin and placed one up high in the net past goal-tender Henrik Lundqvist. Defensemen Sergei Gonchar also assisted.....

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12-14-2009, 09:37 AM

Jessica Bopp-WPAathletics.com STAFF

The Pittsburgh Penguins gave viewers a variety show this week—a loss, a win and an OT win.

The Penguins suffered an embarrassing loss on Monday night, losing to the Carolina Hurricanes, the NHL team with the worst record (7-17-5). Plus, the Pens gave the Hurricanes their first road win this season.

In the first period, the Hurricanes scored two goals. Andrew Alberts scored his first of the season at 4:45 in the first after taking a pass from Ray Whitney and backhanding a shot past Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. Eric Staal, brother of Penguins center Jordan Staal, also assisted....

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12-21-2009, 08:02 PM

Jessica Bopp-WPAathletics.com STAFF

Tuesday night’s game in Pittsburgh kicked off the home-and-home series against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Penguins’ in-state bitter rival. The last time the teams met—on October 8th—Flyer Scott Hartnell allegedly bit the finger of Penguin Kris Letang, as the Pens defeated the Flyers 5-4.

The first period saw a lot of action. At 3:30, Sidney Crosby scored a power play goal—finally improving on the Pens unsuccessful streak—as Matt Carle served two minutes for hooking. Ruslan Fedotenko and Sergei Gonchar assisted on the goal. Crosby has now scored 21 goals, as well as 21 careers goals against the Flyers in 27 regular-season games.

Then the mayhem broke out. Mike Rupp dropped his gloves against Aaron Asham. Six seconds after that, Godard did the same against Riley Cote. And then 10 seconds later, Craig Adams and Dan Carcillo fought it out on the ice.

Only a few minutes later, Crosby set up Bill Guerin with a rebound to make the score 2-0 in favor of the Pens. But Dan Carcillo scored a power play goal for the Flyers at 11:46, as Malkin served his first of two penalties in the first period.

But as the first period was winding down, Jordan Staal racked up another point for the Penguins with a shorthanded goal—his second of the season and 10th of his career. This was Jordan Staal’s first multi-goal game since November 15, 2008.

The second period was a quiet one until Staal scored again with 15 seconds left bringing the score up to 4-1. Kris Letang and Sidney Crosby were credited with assists.

The Penguins didn’t stop there. Ruslan Fedotenko put one past Flyers goalie Brian Boucher. Evgeni Malkin and Eric Godard assisted. Then, Jay McKee assisted Malkin on a shorthanded goal.

The Pens not only defeated the Flyers 6-1, but they were 1 for 4 on the power play.

Thusday’s game in Philly was a more tone down game compared to Tuesday’s.

It was the Flyers’ Jeff Carter who registered the first goal only 75 seconds into the game. His initial shot was stopped by Marc-Andre Fleury but the rebound hit off of Penguin Sergei Gonchar and went into the net. Matt Carle and Danny Briere assisted.

But Bill Guerin tied the game at one just over a minute and a half later. His ninth goal of the season was a shorthanded goal that came from Chris Kunitz.

In the second period, it was the Flyers who took the lead again as Claude Giroux gave the rebounded Dan Carcillo’s shot for a power play goal....

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01-04-2010, 11:05 AM

Jessica Bopp-WPAathletics.com STAFF

It was a sad week for Pittsburgh this week as they lost all four games they played this week—and have now lost five in a row.

The loss against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday was surprising given the fact that the Penguins gave up a 3-0 lead.

Jordan Staal was the first to score for Pittsburgh. His 11th of the season came from Tyler Kennedy. Bill Guerin scored his 12th with minutes left in the first. The Penguins goal was assisted by Brooks Orpik and Kris Letang.

And then less than a minute and a half into the second period, Chris Kunitz extended Pittsburgh’s lead by three. It was Captain Sidney Crosby who set up Kunitz, who put one over the shoulder of Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller. Pascal Dupuis also assisted.

After that Pittsburgh goal, Ryan Miller after allowing three goals on 11 shots. Patrick Lalime replaced him and did a good job—he stopped all 27 shots he faced.

But the tables were turned when Buffalo was awarded a penalty shot in the second period after officials ruled that Jay McKee illegally stopped a puck from going in the net with his body. Drew Stafford took on goalie Marc-Andre Fleury—and beat him with a wrist shot, making the score 3-1.

The Sabres got the boost they needed with that goal. But Stafford wasn’t done yet. He scored a second goal by picking up his own rebound. So at the end of the second period Pittsburgh was still in the lead 3-2.

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01-25-2010, 12:27 PM

Jessica Bopp-WPAathletics.com STAFF

The Penguins took on the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. It was considerably the best game of the season—especially for Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, who each scored multiple goals in the same game for the first time in their careers.

The first period saw four penalties—two for each of the teams. The only goal of the period was scored by Crosby. His 31st goal of the season went in the net when Crosby took a shot on Roloson after Mark Eaton’s shot from the point hit traffic on its way to the net. Bill Guerin also assisted on the goal.

It was the second period that saw the most goals of the game. It started just over three minutes in when Evgeni Malkin put the puck in the net for his 15th of the season while the Pens were on a 5-on-3 power play. Sergei Gonchar and Sidney Crosby assisted on the goal that gave the Penguins a 2-0 lead.

Then, surprisingly, the Pens—who were the second worst team on the power play—scored another goal with a man advantage a little while later. Crosby fed Bill Guerin a nice backhand pass and Guerin stuffed it in the net. Gonchar also recorded an assist on the goal.

The Islanders finally scored their first goal of the night. A powerful slap shot from Andy Sutton soared past Penguin goalie Brent Johnson. Jack Hillen and Doug Weight assisted.

But the Penguins answered shortly thereafter when Crosby took advantage of a loose puck in front of the net, recording his 32nd goal of the night. Dupuis and Letang assisted as the Penguins took a 4-1 lead.

Only 25 seconds later, though, Islander Freddy Meyer—assisted by Blake Comeau and Rob Schremp—put a slap shot past Johnson. The score was 4-2 at the end of two.

Less than a minute into the third period, Trent Hunter scored for the Islanders when Tyler Kennedy and Gonchar experienced some miscommunication on the ice that led to a turnover and the eventual goal.

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