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12-15-2010, 11:18 AM
Ok...well, the streaks over, and I still hate that it was Philthy that ended it...but time to take it to the Rags tonight and start a new streak!

12-15-2010, 11:37 AM
I wish to see Engelland supply sufficient force against Avery's blunt-skull, ceasing his life-functions


12-15-2010, 01:32 PM
Lemieux skating in today's staff scrimmage.

12:59 PM:
Everyone knows by now that Pens Hall of Fame player/co-owner/hockey god Mario Lemieux will be taking part in the Winter Classic alumni game (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=545949) on Dec. 31st. But Lemieux got in some pre-skate action Wednesday afternoon at CONSOL Energy Center.

No. 66 hit the ice for the Pens re-occuring staff game. The Pens coaches and staff participate in a scrimmage on home game days for some friendly competition.

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1:27 PM:
Here are some more pics of Lemieux's skate. He's being joined by fellow Hall of Famer Brian Trottier.

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Former teammates Phil Bourque and Bryan Trottier (left); Dan Bylsma (right)

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Pierre Larouche coaching Team Black


12-15-2010, 01:34 PM
Crosby to Guest on Dec. 20 Edition of 'The Price is Right'
Tuesday, 12.14.2010 / 1:51 PM / Features (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Ffeatures)

NEW YORK – Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675), Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and former NHLer Jeremy Roenick will be guests on the Monday, Dec. 20 edition of THE PRICE IS RIGHT from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the CBS Television Network. The trio will introduce an NHL-themed showcase that includes a trip to Pittsburgh for the highly anticipated 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, played outdoors at Heinz Field on New Year's Day.

Host Drew Carey, Crosby, Ovechkin and Roenick will unveil the showcase that features tickets to watch the Penguins play against the Capitals in the historic outdoor game; VIP passes to the NHL's New Year's Eve Bash; field and ice-level access during the Capitals and Penguins team practices at Heinz Field on Friday, Dec. 31; and a brand new 2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid car.

Roenick also will introduce an NHL® prize that includes a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the 2011 Stanley Cup® Final and NHL-licensed products. Other NHL-related prizes include items from NHL partners Bridgestone, Reebok, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, LG and Starwood Hotels.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT, the longest-running game show in television history, is hosted by Drew Carey. Produced by FremantleMedia North America, THE PRICE IS RIGHT is broadcast weekdays on the CBS Television Network.

12-15-2010, 01:37 PM
Lemieux skating in today's staff scrimmage.



FINALLY... a Right-handed shot, to play the Left-wing boards on the power-play... does this mean that Staal becomes the 4th line center???

12-15-2010, 08:37 PM
It's the end of the 2nd period now...Geno has the only score in the game with an assist by Crosby (to extend his 20 game streak).

I have to say though, and this can't ever be said enough, our home crowd is absolutely embarrassing.

12-15-2010, 09:28 PM
Well...after 2 quick goals by the Rangers in the 3rd, a goal by Malkin taken away (because of a bs incidental goalie contact call, no penalty) and another goal by the Rangers...it's 3-1 with like 4 minutes to go.

Piss me off.

*Edit* Nevermind...it's 4-1 now. I've been a big fan of Johnson this season, but I guess tonight was one of his "shit the bed" nights.

12-15-2010, 09:50 PM
fiancee had a friend come-over to style a few wigs for her, and I was entertaining the stylist's 2 y/o son, so I missed what happened:
last I knew, it was 1-0 in the 3rd???

12-15-2010, 09:56 PM
Just a complete meltdown...that's what happened.

You should check out the HBO series that is starting in a few minutes though...it'll take the suck out of losing tonight. (I've got a link if you don't have HBO).

It's starting....I'll just post the link here (since not many people check the Pens threads anyhow).

Qualities not the greatest, and I'm going to download it regardless...but if anyone wants to watch it tonight, here it is.


12-15-2010, 10:22 PM
Mom, that link is working for me. I so heart you!

Absolutely love the behind the scenes stuff.

12-15-2010, 10:31 PM
Boudreau's languange is ****ing horrendous.

12-15-2010, 10:38 PM
Boudreau's languange is ****ing horrendous.

"... my ~@#$?^&-*&^%ing dinner is cold!!!"

stream not working for me, but no problem


"... the Sandy's Out-Of-Town Scorbeoard has Tampa defeating Atlanta 2-1 in a shoot-out, with Victor Hedman scoring the lone shoot-out goal..."

12-15-2010, 10:44 PM
I'm glad you got here in time to get the link Shea.

Sorry it's not working for you 4x. I'm going to try and see if someone posts it on youtube...but if not I'd be happy to e-mail you the files when I download it.

And yes, Boudreau is a ****ing potty mouth. I'm loving this so far though!

12-15-2010, 10:49 PM
... will the porkchop-on-legs still be coaching them come 1 January 2011?

12-15-2010, 10:54 PM
Wow...Ovenchicken with the pissy. :sofunny:

12-15-2010, 10:55 PM
... will the porkchop-on-legs still be coaching them come 1 January 2011?

Probably...Leonisis (sp?) has a major hard on for him.

Man, does that team have a sucky attitude though.

12-15-2010, 10:58 PM
That...was awesome.

I can't wait till next weeks episode.

12-15-2010, 10:59 PM
I can't wait either. Thanks again for the link Mom. :hug:

12-15-2010, 11:00 PM
I can't wait either. Thanks again for the link Mom. :hug:

You're welcome! It looks like they're showing it again right away if you missed any of the beginning too.

12-15-2010, 11:13 PM
You're welcome! It looks like they're showing it again right away if you missed any of the beginning too.

That had me scrambling back and caught a little bit more, thanks again!

So far my favorite scene is Duper walking into the facitlity in the morning. "Morning guys. **** you Geno!" :sofunny:

12-15-2010, 11:20 PM
That had me scrambling back and caught a little bit more, thanks again!

So far my favorite scene is Duper walking into the facitlity in the morning. "Morning guys. **** you Geno!" :sofunny:

:toofunny: I know that was great! Seeing them all behind the scenes is great. They have such an awesome rapport with each other.

Talbot still takes the cake though. Fighting with Cooke's kids and asking Santa for his helpers for Christmas. Classic Max. :chuckle:

12-15-2010, 11:36 PM
Yep, Max is hilarious.

And I agree about the rapport that the team has. I was even thinking about that before watching this.

Especially between Geno and Sid.

The penalty he took against Philly sticking up for Sid cost us the game but I liked Geno's attitude on that play. I've also seen Sid jump in on Geno's behalf as well.

I think those two genuinely like each other when egos could have, and usually do, would create a nasty relationship between the superstars and therefore hurt the team in the long run.

12-16-2010, 11:13 PM
There's a new vid up on the Pens site about Sid's eye-hand coordination that you guys have to check out.

Speaking of Sid, I've seen a lot of criticism from fans because he hasn't shaved the 'stache after the winning streak ended. People saying he's more concerned about his points streak than the overall success of the team. :rolleyes:

And what is with four days between games? I'm already in hockey withdrawals.

12-17-2010, 01:19 AM
Yeah, It's going to be no fun not watching the Pens for a few days...but a nice long break couldn't have come at a better time.

I could care less about Sid's facial hair. Maybe he just likes it now. Who knows.

12-17-2010, 02:58 PM
Penguins struggling to beat East's top teams at home
Friday, December 17, 2010

Losing two straight hardly qualifies as a cold streak.

But if the Penguins don't turn up the heat at Consol Energy Center against the NHL's better teams, they might realize the cold reality not keeping pace with the first-place Philadelphia Flyers.

The Penguins, despite a 15-3-1 surge dating to Nov. 6, are just 2-6-1 at home against Eastern Conference teams that began Thursday in a top-8 slot.

Two of those teams are Atlantic Division rivals -- the Flyers and New York Rangers. The Penguins are 0-3-1 against those clubs at Consol Energy Center.

"I don't know if we've thought about it, but it better be a concern," forward Mike Rupp said Wednesday night after the Penguins lost to the Rangers, 4-1, at home. "These are the best teams, I feel, in our conference. We all know what happened last year with the team in front of us."

Last season, the Penguins went 0-6 against the New Jersey Devils, ceding the division and a No. 2 playoff seed by two points.

Off yesterday, the Penguins' 44 points were three fewer than those posted by the Flyers, who are first in the division and conference. The Penguins are 1-3-0 overall against the Flyers and 0-2-0 at home, losing both home games by one goal. They also have dropped one-goal decisions at home to the Rangers (in overtime) and Montreal.

If one-goal losses to playoff-caliber teams are problematic -- a 1-4-0 record in those games suggest it is an issue -- then blown third-period leads should be cause for considerable concern for coach Dan Bylsma.

His club has failed to come away with two points in four home games in which they led quality opponents in the third period. The latest example came Wednesday, when the Penguins surrendered four straight goals after holding a 1-0 lead.

"I think we've played a pretty good stretch of hockey here," Bylsma said, referring to a 9-1-1 run at home since a 1-5-0 start.

Still, the Penguins have defeated only two likely playoff teams at home -- Atlanta in the East and Vancouver from the Western Conference -- during that stretch. Over roughly the next month, they will play five games at Consol Energy Center against playoff contenders, starting Monday against Phoenix. That does not include the Winter Classic at Heinz Field against Washington on New Year's Day.

"Pretty good" might not be enough, even if center Sidney Crosby's point streak is at 33 games when Detroit visits Jan. 18.

Perhaps the Penguins should review footage of their road games against playoff contenders, against whom they are 6-4-1.

"We manage the puck way better on the road," defenseman Kris Letang said. "We know better the situations."

The situation is this: The Penguins, who have yet to ice a lineup that features star center Jordan Staal, are a contender to finish with the league's most points for the first time since 1993. But first they need to finish off good teams at home.

12-17-2010, 03:02 PM
Interesting winger option for Malkin lol...I think it's only for practice though.

11:30 AM:
Chris Kunitz is not on the ice for Pittsburgh. He missed the past two games with an undisclosed injury. Maxime Talbot is also not skating for the Penguins. Due to the missing players, there were some interesting line combos at practice.



Looks like the Pens finally found that winger for Malkin, Deryk Engelland!!!! http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=546648&navid=DL|PIT|home (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=546648&navid=DL%7CPIT%7Chome)

Photos of Fleury and Johnson's Winter Classic facemasks.

1:44 PM:
Check out the brand new helmets that Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594) and Brent Johnson (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8462161) will be sporting for the 2011 Bridgestone Winter Classic.

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Fleury's Winter Classic mask

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Johnson's Winter Classic mask

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12-17-2010, 03:04 PM
Public Skating Sessions Start Dec. 24 at "Winter Classic Community Rink at Stage AE"
Friday, 12.17.2010 / 11:15 AM / News
Pittsburgh Penguins

There will be public skating every day from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1 at the “Winter Classic Community Rink at Stage AE,” the Pittsburgh Penguins announced today.

The rink will be built in the Stage AE parking lot adjacent to Heinz Field and will open for public skating from 3 p.m.-9 p.m. on Christmas Eve – including a special “Skate With Santa” that day from 4p.m.-6 p.m. The cost for public skating is $7 per session, and skate rental is $3.

Construction of the rink will start Sunday, following the Steelers’ game.

Youth hockey games also will be played on Winter Classic Community Rink from Dec 26. – Jan. 2, featuring local amateur and high school teams. The Pittsburgh ICE inner-city hockey program, the Mighty Penguins sled hockey team and the Steel City Icebergs (special needs hockey) also will have outdoor ice time.

“Building this second rink will enable us to give so many people a chance to take part in the Winter Classic experience,” said David Morehouse, CEO and President of the Penguins. “The focus obviously is the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1 between the Penguins and Washington Capitals at Heinz Field, but the community rink at Stage AE helps us create a carnival of skating and hockey in the week leading up to the big game.”

The public skating schedule is:

Friday, Dec. 24
3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 25
12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 26
7:00 p.m. – 8:20 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 27
3:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 28
3:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
6:30 p.m. – 7:50 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 29
3:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
6:30 p.m. – 7:50 p.m.

Thursday, Dec 30
3:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
6:30 p.m. – 7:50 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 31
6:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 1
4:10 p.m. – 5:40 p.m.
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

A complete youth hockey schedule will be released next week, but the menu of games will include six high school hockey games, numerous amateur games and an international bantam tournament featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite, Washington Junior Capitals and teams from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia (Sidney Crosby’s hometown) and Magnitogorsk, Russia (Evgeni Malkin’s hometown).

PNC is the official sponsor of pubic skating at the Winter Classic Community Rink and is offering a 2-for-1 admission coupon at www.pittsburghpenguins.com/winterclassic (http://www.pittsburghpenguins.com/winterclassic).

12-17-2010, 09:19 PM
Penguins Spread Smiles, Holiday Cheer at Children's Hospital
Friday, 12.17.2010 / 5:25 PM / Features (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Ffeatures)
By Michelle Crechiolo
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‘Tis the season for the Penguins to trade their helmets for Santa hats, which they did on Friday when they delivered Christmas presents and a dose of holiday cheer at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

The Penguins players embodied the giving nature of the holidays by raising the funds to purchase all of the toys the children received on their annual visit, a tradition the team has upheld since the 1970s.

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“It’s really amazing that they can add a smile to kids’ faces while they’re going through this, especially during the holidays,” said Molly, the mother of 14-month-old Max.

“If we can, even just for a minute, take their minds off of what’s bothering these families, it’s gratifying for us,” Matt Cooke (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465951) said. “Especially for the guys that have families and have young children, it proves to you why you don’t take health for granted.”

The players split up into groups in order to visit as many children as possible, with Cooke traipsing the hallways with teammates Pascal Dupuis (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8466393), Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215), Kris Letang (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471724) and Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594).

Malkin delivered a Rubik’s cube to a 10-year-old boy named Josh, who was awed by the Penguins players’ visit.

“I never pictured myself meeting all of these guys,” he said. “It’s just awesome. I feel a lot better now.”

While Josh may have had a great time meeting the Penguins, you would be hard-pressed to find a player who had a better time playing the role of Santa Claus than Eric Godard (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468252).

Godard joked and laughed with all of the kids and their families, even leading one room in a rendition of the Chordettes’ “Lollipop” when he learned that was the name of a patient’s bear.

“It’s always been fun going up and goofing off with them,” Godard said. “All the kids have been good. They’re in a good place now getting help, so it’s good to see them smile.”

One of the afternoon’s highlights came when Godard and his group, which consisted of Ben Lovejoy (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473933), Chris Conner (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8472368) and Mark Letestu (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473914), stopped by the room of a 12-year-old girl named Donyelle.

Donyelle’s nurses said she had been having a tough time the past few days, so they were pleasantly surprised to watch her spirits get progressively brighter as the players hung out in her room.

The group of five delivered her a package of multi-colored nail polishes, which Donyelle opened right away. Her first question to Godard after opening her present was, “Can I paint your nails?”

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Godard happily obliged, and Lovejoy held the bottle steady for Donyelle while she brushed a yellow polish on the nails of the towering 6-foot-4 bruiser that coordinated perfectly with his black-and-gold jersey.

“I picked the big guy!” she said with a grin.

While the visit may have perked up Donyelle, putting a smile on the young girl’s face had the same effect on Godard.

“It sure made me feel better,” Godard said of his visit with Donyelle. “I need to get (my nails) done more often, I think.”

During their visit, the players made the effort to really try and engage the children, some of whom were starstruck in the presence of the team.

This was especially the case with the group of Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675), Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498), Deryk Engelland (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468674), Chris Kunitz (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470543) and Maxime Talbot (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470171), when they visited Josh, an 8-year-old boy who was shy when the group entered the room. But the players signed a picture for him and gave him a race car.

Their next stop was the room of a 7-year-old girl named Rayah. Although she complained that her dad steals the remote when the Penguins play so she can’t watch cartoons, she was excited to show the players her toy, a pink fur ball with two eyes.

“It has crazy eyes,” Rayah said.

Orpik’s deadpan response: “She was lookin’ at me when she said that.”

12-17-2010, 09:48 PM
Their next stop was the room of a 7-year-old girl named Rayah. Although she complained that her dad steals the remote when the Penguins play so she can’t watch cartoons, she was excited to show the players her toy, a pink fur ball with two eyes.

“It has crazy eyes,” Rayah said.

Orpik’s deadpan response: “She was lookin’ at me when she said that.”


12-17-2010, 10:45 PM


Yep, that's our Brooks. Can't help but love the guy!

Why is it that every year when they do this that seeing the sick kids smiling always turns me into a weeping mess?

12-18-2010, 10:31 AM
Staal return still unclear for Penguins
Saturday, December 18, 2010

Penguins center Jordan Staal's surgically repaired right hand "continues to show healing," but it is unclear when he will resume skating with his teammates, coach Dan Bylsma said Friday.

"The important part of his injury is we have to make sure he heals," Bylsma said. "We have to maybe see more healing than if it was a finger."

Staal had never missed a game because of injury before sitting out two playoff games in May with a severed tendon in his right foot. He has not played this season because of two post-surgical infections in the foot that also required surgery. Staal broke his hand in practice Nov. 1 on the eve of his anticipated return.

The Penguins issued a statement after his Nov. 2 hand surgery saying he could miss six weeks.

Bylsma last week denied an Internet report that Staal had another break in the hand, saying that "calcification of the bone" was found when a pin was removed.

Staal was expected to play on the Penguins' second line with Evgeni Malkin, but so far he has only been able to skate by himself, aside from about a week of practices with teammates in late October.

In other injury news, Bylsma gave center Max Talbot the day off from practice.

"Max has been dealing with bumps and bruises," Bylsma said. "(Today) will be an off day (for the team), but Max will be back on the ice."

Left wing Chris Kunitz, who has missed two consecutive games with an undisclosed injury, and center Mike Comrie, who was placed on injured reserve Nov. 26, also did not practice.

Bylsma said rest will keep Comrie's injury, which has not been disclosed by the team, from getting worse.

12-18-2010, 09:37 PM
Some news from a couple of todays games...

Philthy beat the Rags in the 1pm game today. At first I was hoping that the Rags would win, but then I realized that they are only 3 points behind the Pens. I'd much rather the Pens only be chasing one team. It's imperative that they don't go on any kind of long losing streak right now though...Flyers and Rangers are on a roll right now.

The Caps lost their 8th in a row tonight...3-2 to Boston. Atlanta has also beaten the Devils 7-1, which means Atlanta now has the lead in the SE division. Who can remember the last time that has happened?

I couldn't help but feel a little sorry for those guys during the HBO special. It reminds me a lot of how the Pens looked in '08 before Bylsma came. I still hate them as rivals though, and kind of hope their stupid enough to keep Burger Boy around till at least the end of the season. It wouldn't surprise me in the least though to see a new coach at the WC. That team is totally deflated.

12-19-2010, 02:20 AM
The Caps lost their 8th in a row tonight...3-2 to Boston. Atlanta has also beaten the Devils 7-1, which means Atlanta now has the lead in the SE division. Who can remember the last time that has happened?

not-only that, but with Tampa beating Buffalo 3-1, they have the same amount of points (40) as the Crapitals, with 2-less games played, while Atlanta has 41, so technically, TBL would be ahead of D.C., too:
if the playoffs began today, District of Corruption would be seeded 7th in the East, and 3rd in their-own Division


12-19-2010, 11:39 PM
Caps won tonight, 3-2 over Ottawa. Skid ends at 8.

Let's hope the Pens can get back on track against the Coyotes tomorrow night. I just looked at the Coyotes injury report and Bryzgalov is day to day, so we might get lucky and not see him in net tomorrow.

Here's some reports from Bylsma and Crosby from today.

Coachspeak with Dan Bylsma…

On Malkin saying Chris Kunitz will play Monday:
It’s nice to see Geno come out of his shell. Sometimes, you look for a guy to open up and then you want him to shut his mouth after. Chris took some time, obviously, with missing the two games and practices this week. He did skate yesterday and participated in a full practice today. I have not talked to the trainer yet, but apparently Geno has. We’ll see how he reacts tomorrow morning. We hope he’s in there tomorrow, so does Geno.

On Phoenix missing Zbynek Michalek:
They expressed that when we were in Phoenix as well, and we’re not surprised that they miss Z. There’s not and will not be a lot of firecrackers and booms with his game, but he’s a great defender. He’s great, PK-wise and with his intensity and battle level he brings to the defensive side. In addition, he skates well and can move the puck and shoots it a ton. We haven’t seen that a lot this year, but we saw that quite a bit last game.

On the different mentality for brothers choosing different position:
You have gone to an area of life that I don’t have an education in. But I was the fourth boy, and because of that position in the family, I tend to be the hard-working pest kind of player in pretty much every sport I’ve played. I don’t have an answer, but you can read some books on that.

On the fine line between winning and losing:
That’s a great question. Because if you watched our last game without volume, the second time through you see us do a lot of really good things. You see a lot of the things we’re trying to do as a team, and we end up not getting the second goal when there were a couple chances to do that. We take the penalty and give up the power-play goal, and it’s 1-1. The next shift it’s 2-1 and we end up losing that game. However, I think if you turn up the volume, and I mean listen and see what’s really happening in the game, we were playing a game in which we’d given up five or six chances through two periods. We started to turn the puck over a little bit in the second period and took our foot off the way we wanted to play. We stopped putting pressure on them and let them back into a 50-50 game. Now you bring in a penalty, and give up a power-play goal. The next shift they get a goal. And you can talk about those specific instances, but we want to play in a way that takes that out of the game. When you play that type of game I don’t know what the score is going to be, what the storyline is or what you’re going to write about on paper. But on the bench, with the volume turned up, you know you’re dictating the pace and the how the game is played. If you play 60 minutes or a seven-game series like that, you know what the result is going to be. With the volume turned down, we did some good things in that game up until they scored their second goal. But with the volume turned up, we stopped managing the puck and stopped putting pressure on them. We made it a 50-50 game. You could feel that was a possibility because that of the way we were playing. It is a fine line, but when you play a certain way and you’re on that page and apply pressure to your execution where it’s played and physicality, going to the net and pushing them back on their heels, that’s going to take all of those fine lines out of the situations, and you know what’s going to happen.

On the four-day break:
We haven’t had one of these this year. It’s been a time where we’ve judged where our team is at, health-wise and how many games we’ve played. It’s also the first time, Friday, that we had a work day – to get some work with pace and speed and et that tempo and work in the practice that we can use in the game. We did that Friday. The next day was more of an opportunity to have a meeting and still work on things for Phoenix. We had an option in between for guys to get some work in, if there were situations where guys needed it. Or got some rest for guys that needed that. We got some work and got some rest. Hopefully we’ll be focused for there (games) in four (nights).

On if Staal is skating and his timeline:
He continues to work on both on and off the ice at times. He’ll get further evaluation this upcoming week to see on a timeline and progression would be for him.

On if Staal’s injury isn’t progressing as originally thought:
Mid-December was six weeks post surgery. That’s the time for a bone to heal. He has healing in his hand, but the particular spot and the wrong pressure, we have to continue we don’t get in a situation where we hurt it once he’s skating full time. He continues to show progress. He’ll be evaluated this week. Hopefully, we’ll get a timeline to see him back in practice and a game coming up shortly.

On Staal missing a lot of work:
He’s missed a lot now. At least with practice and competition is something that he hasn’t seen. We’ll make that timeline once we know that he’s back in practice. He’s in pretty good shape right now. Certainly not playing shape, but he’s in pretty good shape right now.

Sidney Crosby

On if he plans to keep pounding away until the end of his streak comes:
It’s not a bad thing. I think even with our winning streak, you still have to evaluate your game. Even though you get points, sometimes you don’t always play the greatest. The last few games, I haven’t really been too happy. I don’t think I’ve gotten a shot in the last two games. I’ve got to be better. Certainly, when they’re going in and you’re capitalizing, you’ve got to make sure you’re at your best and make the most of it.

On how he personally re-evaluates his game:
I don’t really write things down, but if there’s things that you need to go over or shifts you need to look at, I think whether you’re playing good or bad there’s always mistakes you want to learn from in games. I’m always able to evaluate myself pretty critically after a game, and I think that’s how you need to be. That doesn’t change whether you’re getting on a streak like I am. If not, I’d still do the same thing.

On if he says at times, ‘I got away with that one’:
That happens a lot. You have to be pretty honest with yourself. There are times when the puck’s not going in and you’re playing well. You look back and say ‘I wouldn’t have done a lot of things differently.’ The last few games, guys have put some passes in, but there’s lots of chances where I didn’t get pucks through and didn’t create enough. I’ve got to be honest there, and expect more too.

On what he remembers from the last time the Penguins played the Coyotes:
I felt like we got through a lot of adversity that game, that’s for sure. It felt like every chance Phoenix would get against us would go in. In Phoenix, we got off to a decent start. They came back; we ended up winning in a shootout. That was a gutsy win and a tough game, and we expect another tough game (Monday).

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12-20-2010, 01:09 PM
Most likely see Kunitz back tonight...Geno and Sid have basically said he's going to go, but Bylsma's being more cautious in saying that he's likely to go, but not certain.

Orpik missed morning practice today...but it was nothing serious, just traffic backed up due to an accident.

12-21-2010, 12:03 AM
Aftermath: Penguins 6, Coyotes 1
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The Penguins had four days off before playing Phoenix Monday night. The Coyotes, meanwhile, were finishing up a four-game East Coast road trip in Pittsburgh. The situation seemed to play in Pittsburgh’s favor, but as head coach Dan Bylsma always says, it’s only an advantage if you make it an advantage.

The Penguins took full advantage of having fresh legs by attacking ferociously in the offensive zone. Pittsburgh’s offensive talent made the Coyotes pay for their mistakes and jumped out to a 5-0 lead just 28 minutes into the game en route to a 6-1 victory.

Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) and Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) provided the offensive fireworks. Malkin tied a career high with five points (2G-3A) and Crosby extended his career-long point streak to 21 games on one goal and two assists.

Pittsburgh’s special teams were key to the win as the power play netted three goals and the penalty kill went a perfect 8 for 8.

The Penguins got back on the winning track after dropping their last two games. The Penguins are 7-1 in their last eight games at CONSOL Energy Center, and now sit three points behind Philadelphia for the Atlantic Division lead.

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Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215)’s game was like the Greek mythical Phoenix (sorry, couldn’t resist), burning every goaltender in his wake.

Malkin tied his single-game career high with five points on two goals and three assists. He figured in on five of Pittsburgh’s six tallies in the contest.

Malkin scored his first goal of the contest by driving to the net following Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675)’s offensive zone faceoff win. Crosby pushed the puck ahead (a play known appropriately as the “Geno”) and slid it to Malkin in the slot. The Russian buried his shot with 35 seconds left in the first period.

Malkin tallied his second goal 51 seconds into the second period on the power play. Crosby picked up a turnover behind the Phoenix net and found Malkin streaking down the slot. Malkin went far side on goaltender Jason LaBarbera for the tally.

Malkin came inches shy of recording his seventh-career hat trick when he beat LaBarbera with a move, but just missed the open net.

Since returning to the lineup from a knee injury, Malkin has scored goals in three straight games, five overall. Malkin has eight points in that three game stretch. He has posted 21 points (10G-11A) in his past 16 games played.


The Penguins weathered the Coyotes’ early storm in the first period and held on for a 1-0 lead as the opening frame drew to a close. There was a faceoff in the Phoenix zone in the final minute.

Vernon Fiddler was tossed from the circle. Crosby pushed the puck forward on Lauri Korpikoski, retrieved it and then found Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) in the slot. Malkin ripped a one-timer far side past the outstretched glove of Jason LaBarbera with 35 seconds left.

The Penguins opened the second period with a power-play goal in just 51 seconds and never looked back.


(AP) - Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) tied a career high with five points, Sidney Crosby extended his scoring streak to 21 games with a goal and two assists and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Phoenix Coyotes 6-1 on Monday night. Kris Letang (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471724) had a goal and an assist and Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594) made 26 saves for Pittsburgh, which won for the first time in three games since having a 12-game winning streak snapped.
Malkin, who had three goals in two games since returning from missing four contests due to a knee injury, had two goals and three assists Monday - all within the first 27:21 of the game.
Crosby's point streak is the longest in the NHL this season and one short of the longest since the 2004-05 lockout.



• The Penguins penalty kill unit did a great job in the final minutes of the second period. Back-to-back-to-back penalties on the Penguins left the team in a vulnerable position – not to mention that two of the team’s best PKers (Matt Cooke (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465951), Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498)) were in the box. Pittsburgh was forced to kill off four minutes of disadvantage, including two minutes down two men. The Penguins held down the fort and limited the Coyotes to only one scoring chance to escape unscathed.

• The Penguins PK unit went 8 for 8 on the game. With that mark, Pittsburgh has allowed only 17 power-play goals in 144 chances (88.2 percent) - the best mark in the NHL.

• Lost in all the offensive fireworks for Pittsburgh was the outstanding work between the steel by goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594). He was clutch in the first period, turning aside all 16 Phoenix shots while the Penguins climbed to a 2-0 lead. Fleury made big saves on Shane Doan, Ray Whitney and Radim Vrbata. Even when the Penguins were leading 5-0, Fleury maintained his focus and was able to stop 26 shots. He was only one unlucky bounce away from recording the shutout.

• Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) notched a goal and two assists for three points against Phoenix. That stretched his career-long point streak to 21 games. Over his 21-game scoring spree, Crosby has 42 points (21G-21A).

12-21-2010, 02:49 AM
I'm starting to lose my patience with Geno.

He really needs to find a way to have a big night and put up some serious points in a game.

12-21-2010, 03:12 AM
I'm starting to lose my patience with Geno.

He really needs to find a way to have a big night and put up some serious points in a game.

He has big suck. :chuckle:

Seriously though, we have a cat named Juno...for a while he has been known as El Juno del Juno, he is now known as Evjuno Milkin.

12-21-2010, 03:15 AM
He has big suck. :chuckle:

Seriously though, we have a cat named Juno...for a while he has been known as El Juno del Juno, he is now known as Evjuno Milkin.


I know we lost the previous two, but the Pens have really been playing great lately and it's fun to watch as a fan.

Good to see Evijuno Milkin putting together some good games and get the naysayers off his ass.

12-21-2010, 03:31 AM

I know we lost the previous two, but the Pens have really been playing great lately and it's fun to watch as a fan.

Good to see Evijuno Milkin putting together some good games and get the naysayers off his ass.

Yeah, even the losses weren't horrific...just who they lost to. Speaking of which, Philthy got shut out (5-0) by the Panthers tonight. They've still got a 3 point lead on us, but it's better than 5!

Evjuno Milkin for the win.


12-21-2010, 05:24 AM
I'm starting to lose my patience with Geno.

He really needs to find a way to have a big night and put up some serious points in a game.

"... he haf leetle-beet bad-hands..."


12-21-2010, 05:14 PM
I just noticed the Pens are playing the Caps when the Steelers will be playing on thursday night.

Thank god for DVRs!

12-22-2010, 10:06 AM
I just noticed the Pens are playing the Caps when the Steelers will be playing on thursday night.

Thank god for DVRs!

Yeah, I saw that too. With they were playing the Caps tonight and the Panthers tomorrow, cause then I wouldn't care as much.

Caps game starts at 7pm (EST) at least though and kickoff for the Steelers won't happen till at least 8:30, so hopefully the Pens are blowing them out by that time so I only have to check the score from time to time. If not, I'll just download it lol.

Caps are on a wicked 2 game winning streak btw. :sofunny:

Did you happen to see the over the top celebration when they beat Ottawa the other night (3-2). They attacked the goaltender like they just won the Stanley Cup. It was pretty embarrassing.

Oh, and be careful what you ask for Craps fans...you might not like the results. (From last nights game against the Devs)


12-22-2010, 10:06 AM
Staal on ice, but not with his teammates
Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Skating for more than 30 minutes Tuesday at Consol Energy Center, injured Penguins center Jordan Staal looked strong while working cone drills.

His surgically repaired right hand was not covered by a hockey glove during the session with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar. Staal held a stick in the hand, which was covered by a protective apparatus.

He was not observed engaging in any stick-handling drills during the session.

Staal, who has not played this season, is 50 days removed from surgery on the hand that was broken during a practice Nov. 1. The Penguins believed he would miss between 4-6 weeks at the time of the procedure, but coach Dan Bylsma has declined recently to pinpoint a date for Staal to begin practicing with teammates.

Staal has not been made available for comment during this injury.

12-22-2010, 10:15 AM
BTW...I checked the link I posted last week and it's still running current HBO, so you can use that to watch the 24/7 special tonight. I know it starts at 10pm (EST) and I'm guessing they'll run it again directly after the first airing like last week, if you don't catch it in time.

*Edit* I found a couple people who are going to be streaming it tonight, and it'll most likely be better quality than the other link. Check here (in comment section) for links.


12-22-2010, 01:08 PM
Johnson is going to be in goal tonight...the rest of the lineup will be the same as usual.

Let's hope the Pens can get to Vokoun early and often...he's given them fits in the past. Panthers yearly MVP for sure.

12-22-2010, 11:43 PM
Penguins beat Panthers 5-2 in tuneup for Caps
Wednesday, 12.22.2010 / 11:23 PM

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are ready for the Washington Capitals.

The Penguins tuned up for their first meeting of the season with Alex Ovechkin and the Caps by disposing of the Florida Panthers 5-2 at the Consol Energy Center. After the game, they hopped on a plane for Thursday night's game at the Verizon Center, a warmup for the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field eight days later.

Sidney Crosby certainly looked ready. Crosby matched the second-longest NHL scoring streak in 18 years when he scored 7:44 into the game, giving him at least one point in 22 consecutive games. He scored for the 22nd time during the streak and the 28th time this season when he beat Tomas Vokoun to the far side with a slap shot from the left circle.

That was Crosby's lone point -- his 43rd during the streak -- but rookie defenseman Ben Lovejoy had his first career goal and Mark Letestu, Matt Cooke and Pascal Dupuis also scored for Pittsburgh. The Penguins have has won 14 of its past 16, including convincing wins against Phoenix and Florida after a two-game losing streak last week.

Stephen Weiss and Bryan McCabe scored for Florida, which had won five of its previous seven.

Crosby's streak matched Dany Heatley's in 2005 as the longest in the NHL in the last five years. Mats Sundin, then with the Quebec Nordiques, had points in 30 consecutive games during the 1992-93 season.

The Penguins came out strong early Wednesday, successfully resisting the urge to look ahead to a showdown at the rival Washington Capitals on Thursday in a preview of the Winter Classic to be played at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field on Jan 1.

"The last few games we have done a pretty good job of starting well and creating a lot of pressure and generating a lot of shots early," said Crosby, whose goal gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead that they never relinquished with his 28th goal and 58th point -- both tops in the League.

Despite the win, Crosby said the Penguins could have been better.

"The last couple periods of this one weren't our greatest," he said. "We had the lead but we probably could have done a better job- I think partly mainly because we're thinking about tomorrow."

Letestu scored 90 seconds into the game during a rush with linemates Tyler Kennedy and Chris Conner, taking a pass from Kennedy while skating in from the right slot and outwaiting Vokoun before tucking the puck in behind him for his seventh of the season. Weiss tied it 73 seconds later on a soft wrist shot from the left circle that got between backup goalie Brent Johnson's glove hand and body.

That was the Panthers' first shot of the game. Johnson would stop the last 20 he faced -- but left after two periods due to a lower-body injury. Marc-Andre Fleury was also tested in the third period; the Panthers outshot Pittsburgh 29-17 in the last 40 minutes.

"We made it a lot closer than we needed it to be," Crosby said. "Partly because, I think, knowing that we play tomorrow night. I'm sure guys might have been secretly trying to save a little bit."

Goals by Crosby and Cooke in a 3:13 span sent Vokoun to the bench. After Crosby put the Penguins ahead, Cooke made it 3-1 at 10:57 when he picked up a loose puck in the slot off a rebound of a Max Talbot shot and beat Vokoun for his seventh of the season. Evgeni Malkin got the second assist on the play, giving him at least a point in four consecutive games since missing four with a knee injury.

"To spot a team three goals - any team - before you kind of get your game going, it's tough, let alone against these guys," said Scott Clemmensen, who replaced Vokoun after Cooke's goal. "It just became too much for us to climb out of."

Lovejoy's first goal in 31 career games was an unassisted tally 6:19 into the second. He did not play the final 3:46 after a slap shot by McCabe struck him just below the left eye 10 seconds before McCabe's similar-looking shot from the left point produced a goal, his fifth, that made it 4-2 before Dupuis' empty-netter iced the win.

"It was a big night," Lovejoy said after taking several stitches. "Certainly a fun game. It would've been nicer to not get that puck in the face, but it's fun to score."

Panthers coach Peter DeBoer said the Penguins' fast start was more than his team could handle.

"The game was over in the first 10 minutes," DeBoer said.

"They're a great team and obviously Crosby is a great player. I'm just disappointed we didn't give them more of a game."

12-22-2010, 11:49 PM
Loved the win and enjoyed the latest HBO special. Thanks again Mom for the links, otherwise I'd miss out on seeing them.

Lots of great stuff, but for some reason seeing Mike Green on that scooter (I imagine that's what they are called) cracked me up big time for some reason. Even the color of it was hilarious.

I'm thinking tomorrow nights game will be more intense than usual between the two teams since HBO will be there to document it all. Should be fun!

12-22-2010, 11:57 PM
Yeah...I liked the first episode better for some reason, but this one was still really good. It was nice seeing more footage of the staff game too, and learning how they attempt to deal with the "hockey funk" in the locker rooms. :chuckle:

Cookies prank on Biz was funny also...too bad he ended up not playing that night!

12-23-2010, 08:06 AM
Loved the win and enjoyed the latest HBO special.

if anybody has a link for Pens - Caps 24/7, episode 2 on youtube, I'd appreciate having it posted.


12-23-2010, 01:21 PM
if anybody has a link for Pens - Caps 24/7, episode 2 on youtube, I'd appreciate having it posted.


Sure thing...NHL.com might have the second episode posted soon as well, but I'm not sure. So far, nobody on youtube has the whole thing up yet.

12-23-2010, 01:30 PM
So Jacques Lemaire is behind the bench (on an interim basis) for the Devils again. Lou fired Maclean today...good thing for the team I suppose, probably bad for the rest of the teams in the Atlantic division. Jacques is a great coach and could possibly turn that talented but struggling team into contenders again. We'll see.

And of course there's a Pens game tonight that I probably don't need to tell many people about. Crappy scheduling, but I'm just going to be doing a lot of flipping back and forth for the second half of the game (since the Steelers are on at 8:30). This is probably the one time I'll be thankful that the NFL is commercial happy. :chuckle:

Penguins have recalled Jefferey and Curry (no word yet on the severity of Johnson's injury). Should be a good game though. Caps have seemingly gotten out of their funk, and are always dangerous, but tonight will be a big test for them. Beating two extremely struggling teams in Ottawa and NJ doesn't necessarily mean their funk is over.

12-23-2010, 02:11 PM
Sure thing...NHL.com might have the second episode posted soon as well, but I'm not sure. So far, nobody on youtube has the whole thing up yet.

although I can watch game-highlights from the NHL.com, I have never been-able to get anything-else from that site to play (the little circle of bulbs just spins & spins, sometimes for hours, but the video never starts):
don't bother tryin' to explain it, I don't know cookies from (free) candy, when it comes to computers

I did catch parts 1 & 2 earlier, and am waiting for the final pair of segments to be youtube'd

the more I see of the Crapitals behind the scenes, I am convinced that team should be playing in Frisco, and that a circus-train left town without Boudreau getting on-board, so he got a job coaching hockey

12-23-2010, 05:36 PM
although I can watch game-highlights from the NHL.com, I have never been-able to get anything-else from that site to play (the little circle of bulbs just spins & spins, sometimes for hours, but the video never starts):
don't bother tryin' to explain it, I don't know cookies from (free) candy, when it comes to computers

I did catch parts 1 & 2 earlier, and am waiting for the final pair of segments to be youtube'd

the more I see of the Crapitals behind the scenes, I am convinced that team should be playing in Frisco, and that a circus-train left town without Boudreau getting on-board, so he got a job coaching hockey

Yeah...I think I saw the same youtube link as you...I just wasn't going to post it until I was sure he was uploading the whole thing. That's all I saw so far either. I'm sure someone will have the whole thing up soon.

12-23-2010, 10:11 PM
... ya think any of 'em gub'ment employees in the District of Corruption are chanting 'we want Pittsburgh' NOW???

12-24-2010, 12:21 AM
... ya think any of 'em gub'ment employees in the District of Corruption are chanting 'we want Pittsburgh' NOW???

No kidding...and I thought the Pens (other than Fleury) played a pretty poor game...especially in the second period. Imagine if they were all playing at best or near best. It wouldn't have even been close.

I do like a good shootout though, and that one certainly did not disappoint (other than I have no clue why Bylsma gave Malkin the 3rd spot in the lineup...that should ALWAYS go to Duper or Letestu).

12-24-2010, 07:43 AM

12-24-2010, 09:34 AM


"... now... what are you prepared to DO about-it???"

12-24-2010, 10:32 AM
Fleury shines as Penguins beat Capitals in shootout
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Center Sidney Crosby, without a college course to his credit but nearing a PhD in scoring with 23-game point streak, was ready with an answer.

"He was unbelievable," Crosby said of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who made 32 saves through overtime and five straight stops to close a seven-round shootout.
Winger Pascal Dupuis finished the shootout by besting Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth.

That goal pushed the Penguins to 24-10-2 (50 points). The Capitals, who are 20-12-5 (45 points), benefitted from a late shorthanded goal by Washington winger Mike Knuble. He forced overtime and provided his club with five points in six games after an 0-6-2 skid.

Were it not for Fleury, who made nearly a dozen Grade-A saves, the Capitals probably would have won this so-called preview of the upcoming Winter Classic at Heinz Field going away.

After all, they played 4 minutes and 51 seconds with only three Penguins on the ice because of two delay-of-game minors committed by defenseman Zbynek Michalek (first period) and left wing Matt Cooke (second period).

The Capitals managed only four shots during a 4-on-3 advantage and two 5-on-3 advantages.

They finished 1 for 6 on the power play, with defenseman Mike Green scoring early in the second period just one second after the expiration of a second 5-on-3 advantage.

"It seems like the better our (penalty kill) is going the more we want to test it," Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik said.

He wasn't a fan of the officiating crew.

"It's difficult to tell what is and isn't a penalty in this league anymore," he said. "I know they've got a tough job, but ... "

Moving away from the officiating and onto the unofficial MVP-in-waiting, Crosby had an eye-popping deflection off a shot from defenseman Kris Letang that staked the Penguins a 1-0 lead early in the opening period.

HBO might show that one a few times during the third episode of "24/7" Wednesday night.

The cable network's cameras are capturing a superstar reaching rarefied air.
Add his primary assist on left wing Chris Kunitz's early third-period marker, and Crosby is on pace for 64 goals and 132 points. Each total would be a career high.

The Penguins' other superstar center, Evgeni Malkin, has matched a season-high with points in five consecutive games, adding an assist go give him 10 points over that span and 32 overall.

There is a belief around the hockey world that the Penguins are difficult to tame when their "Big 3" is rolling.

Well, they're rolling - with Fleury perhaps matching Crosby's consistency.

Remember that 1-6-1 start, the sub-.900 save percentage and near 4.00 goals-against average?

Uh, his teammates suggest fans forget about it.

"He's been good for a month and a half," forward Max Talbot said. "Yes, that start was tough for him, but he's definitely back. The other stuff is done."

Fleury has surrendered two or fewer goals in 11 of 12 starts. He is on a 15-1-1 roll. Only 27 shots have bested him over that span, during which he has posted a 1.54 GAA.

"He was our backbone all night, especially on the (penalty kill)," Orpik said. "Ask any older guy. The toughest thing to achieve is consistency."

Fleury's got it, and some kind words from Green.

"He was just reacting," he said, "but he was also unbelievable."

12-24-2010, 10:41 AM
"It's difficult to tell what is and isn't a penalty in this league anymore," he (Orpik) said. "I know they've got a tough job, but ... "


a non-call

12-24-2010, 10:53 AM
Why should kissing Sidney's ass be a penalty though? I know there's lots of girls (and guys) who would pay to be in that position. :chuckle:

Seriously though, I think the true penalty for Carlson is having a picture of him being dragged by Crosby, with his mouth near Crosby's ass, all over the internet. Talk about embarrassing.

12-24-2010, 02:25 PM
Yes Max, I've forgotten about Fleury's abysmal start.

And I say this as someone who has been critical of him even after the Cup run.

Last night though, he won me over.

12-24-2010, 03:15 PM
Thank-God this fat tub of goo stands behind the Crapital bench, or we'd have to take that team seriously


... can't see through leather???

... he had a pair of 5-on-3 man-advantages, and he still complains about the officiating???

... doesn't know the meaning of the word 'foreshadowing'???

I'll use it in a phrase... it means 'if you can't drive-past a Tim Horton's Donut shop without stuffing your face, it's a foreshadowing of looking-like a keg on legs'

12-26-2010, 10:58 AM
That's hilarious 4x...what a douche.

Pens are in Ottawa tonight. Hope they all had a nice little Christmas break and are ready to kick some Sens ass. Dustin Jefferey got sent back down to WBS (again), so I'm pretty sure that means whatever was ailing Asham is better now. Should be a good game (as usual)!

12-26-2010, 12:03 PM
Sens' Gonchar a defensive bust
Among worst in NHL at minus-19
By KEN WARREN, Postmedia News; Ottawa Citizen December 22, 2010
Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Sens+Gonchar+defensive+bust/4011942/story.html#ixzz19EpKiUiF

Sergei Gonchar(notes) emerged from the Ottawa Senators dressing room almost an hour after Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals, the strain of a dreadful start to his career with the Senators written all over his face.

The Senators' prized summer free agent signing was expected to put a spark into the Senators power play and all-around offensive game. Instead, he ranks 26th among NHL defencemen in scoring, with four goals and 12 assists in 35 games.

More glaring, however, are his defensive mistakes, including an inexcusable gaffe early in the second period Sunday that helped the Capitals change the game's momentum and overcome an early 2-0 deficit.

Gonchar now owns a plus-minus rating of minus 19, which ranks him 753rd among 756 NHL players. At his current rate, he will end the season with a staggering minus 44.

"It's not easy, coming in to a new team," he said, his eyes a touch red. "You have high expectations and you hope with a new addition, the team is going to be better. Obviously, we're not playing as well as we expect to, so yeah, I'm probably putting pressure on myself that I normally wouldn't.

"I'm squeezing my stick probably a little harder than I should. It's one of those things you have to deal with, but there's no excuse for it. I have to be better."

Gonchar, 36, says he has never experienced a slump of this duration during his 16-year NHL career. The plays that once seemed so simple and led to success when he was with the Pittsburgh Penguins aren't working any longer.

He's a step slower than he used to be. He's out of sync with his teammates. The result is frustration piled on top of disappointment.

"I'm part of the group, so I cannot have an excuse and say, 'I've done those things (before) and they're not working for me.' I have to make adjustments and I have to get that sense, that feeling and chemistry, and be on the same page as the guys.

"It doesn't really matter now if things were different for me in Pittsburgh and they worked for me. I have to … change my game."

It was supposed to be very different.

Back on July 1, a confident Senators general manager Bryan Murray signed Gonchar to a three-year, $16.5-million contract, banking that by making the change to the offensive-minded Gonchar from the rugged defensive-minded Anton Volchenkov(notes) would make the club more successful.

Better to be taking shots than blocking shots was Murray's theory.

The theory was based on Gonchar's track record as a power play point-producing machine. Murray expected that by quarterbacking a power play with Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson(notes), Alex Kovalev(notes) and Erik Karlsson(notes), Gonchar would bring that kind of success to Ottawa.

But the power play fizzled, and at the same time Gonchar's play in his own end was inconsistent (even while coach Cory Clouston was insisting his defensive play was "underrated.")

Now, three months into the season, thoughts of a dream power play have turned into a nightmare of sorts.

And Gonchar has been a big reason why Senators are 14-17-4, with the hopes of a playoff spot fading with each defeat and the futures of Murray and Clouston hanging in the balance.

The Senators can't seem to find that "identity" organizations seek to create. They can't rebound when they're behind late in games. Increasingly, they can't put away teams when they hold leads.

On Friday, the Senators led the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 late in the third period, but ended up losing 6-5 in overtime. On Sunday, the Senators led 2-0 in the first minute of the second period and were pressing for more inside the Capitals zone.

Which brings us back to Gonchar's latest costly mistake. Filip Kuba's(notes) pass to Gonchar along the blue line was fine, but inexplicably, Gonchar failed to handle it. That allowed Washington an odd-man rush the other way. Following a scramble in front of the Senators net, Mathieu Perreault(notes) scored.

Just 46 seconds later, Chris Phillips(notes) lost the puck in puddle of water and Eric Fehr(notes) took advantage, tying the game 2-2. Perreault put the Capitals ahead for good on a power play five minutes later.

"We had the puck in the offensive zone," Clouston said of the game's turning point. "When you think you're going to generate an offensive opportunity and five seconds later, it's in the back of your net, it obviously plays an effect on your emotions. On the very next shift, we overskate the puck. It hits water in the corner."

It might be different if the Gonchar giveaway Monday was an isolated event. The fact is, he has made poor decisions all season, regularly putting himself in bad positions and yielding odd man rushes - much to the frustration of the coach.

"When he tries to do too many things, that's when the game starts to fall apart," Clouston says. "(Teams) force him too hard, too quick, they put pressure on him too much for him to think he can make those plays. Especially at the blueline, those are crucial plays.

"That's a game plan. You can tell teams put pressure on him to take his space and time away."

Gonchar can only hope he has hit rock bottom and that the future will be brighter for both him and the team. He still has two-and-a-half seasons left on his contract and says the key now is to try and block out all the negativity and "keep believing" in the system.

"You have to make sure you are doing things over and over," he says. "You might get frustrated and start doing things differently. When you're going through those things, you have to stick with that system. You have to believe in each other. You have to help each other and look ahead. You have to focus on the next game."

12-27-2010, 10:30 AM
Well, last night games sucked, but that seems to be common in Ottawa. Fleury had an "ok" night, but Elliot had a much better one. PK had probably it's worst game of the season by letting in 2 PP goals and a delayed penalty goal. Sid got the lone goal though, so his point streak is intact. Lot's of shots on net, but Elliot was a stone wall. On to Atlanta on Tuesday!

Some good news from the weekend...

Penguins' Staal skates at morning practice
Monday, December 27, 2010

Jordan Staal finally returned to the ice Sunday during the Penguins' morning skate. The center continues to recover from a broken hand sustained Nov. 1, and although he admitted that the rehabilitation has been slow, Staal denied prior reports that his hand was re-injured. Staal, who hasn't played all season because of a foot infection sustained over the summer and the broken hand, isn't sure when he'll play this season. "I feel really good," Staal said. "I can tell you that much. I'm not really sure what the deal is. I want to go slow with the way things are going." Given how well the Penguins are playing and how valuable Staal is, the team doesn't figure to rush him back into action until he is 100 percent. Staal hasn't ruled out returning for the Winter Classic at Heinz Field on Jan. 1. "If all goes well," Staal said, "you never know."

• Coach Dan Bylsma cautioned that Staal has some work to do before a return to the lineup will be considered. "There is no timetable," he said. "We're going to see how his hand reacts to an increased level of contact."

• Arron Asham missed his second straight game with a lower body injury. He participated in the morning skate and suggested that he will return to the lineup later this week.

• John Curry again served as goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury's backup. Brent Johnson remains out with an injury.

12-30-2010, 12:33 AM
Sid's streak is over.

Would have been fun to see him continue scoring in consecutive games, but tonight showed that the Pens had the streak too much within their heads and missed some chances that would probably have kept the game from going into OT, and perhaps a win because of it. It was obvious that the players were more interested in Sid touching the puck rather than just putting the puck in the net.

Thanks again to Mom that I got to watch the latest HBO special about the Pens and Caps road to the WC. I love the behind the scenes footage that they show. Makes me wish I lived in Pittsburgh and worked within the organization to see it all every day of the season.

I'm nuts about this team, Steelers too. For some reason Pittsburgh calls to me.

Maybe I should actually find a way to move there. :scratchchin:

12-30-2010, 08:45 AM
Totally agree Shea (about the streak). Would have been cool to see it go longer, or even beat Gretzky's, but it was a complete distraction on the ice. I mean, I guess it's a nice sentiment from your teammates (to want to see you continue a streak like that), but they missed a lot of chances.

2 impressive streaks this year...they were nice, but time to get back to some gritty hockey and put together another string of wins.

Got the Winter Classic next...they're still forecasting rain for Saturday and mid 40's temp. They've said they'll wait till 8pm (EST) to start the game if necessary. Sunday doesn't look like it's going to rain, so if worse comes to worse, they'll play Sunday morning.

12-30-2010, 03:51 PM
Found a link on youtube that has all the episodes of 24/7 if anyone is interested in watching.


12-31-2010, 02:44 AM
Just checked the link I posted and it's still up. I'm surprised, figured it would be squashed by now.

I'm way far from Pittsburgh and I'm not even gonna look up what the weather "experts" are predicting for the game, just really wish the weather cooperates and hope the game gets played on time.

OTL actually dedicated their program today about the WC (I was floored, ESPN hardly ever acknowledges the NHL :doh:), which shows that this event is definitely generating much needed attention to the game of hockey.

I personally don't care when it will be played, but I don't want any delays or problems for people that wouldn't normally watch. This is something that should generate a bigger audience and hopefully benefit in growing a fanbase that eventually leads to more people that love the game.

It absolutely boggles my mind why this sport isn't as popular as it should be.

Marketing didn't help in the past, but maybe they are starting to get their shit together.

12-31-2010, 11:42 PM
Looks like mother nature didn't want to play along. WC is now gonna be played at night, starting at 8 o'clock eastern.

I would have liked to see it played during the day, but maybe under the lights it will look even cooler.

01-01-2011, 08:24 AM
Looks like mother nature didn't want to play along. WC is now gonna be played at night, starting at 8 o'clock eastern.

I would have liked to see it played during the day, but maybe under the lights it will look even cooler.

Yeah, I think it'll be cool too. I'm not upset about it being delayed since I got stuck with going to a family function during the day. :chuckle:

I was trying to find a way out of it, but thought it would be really selfish of me to cancel plans for a hockey game lol. Works out perfectly now!

01-01-2011, 08:38 AM
I have read that some of the players mentioned glare from the afternoon sun during Friday's practice as a concern, so they think a prime-time game may cure that problem

Pascal Dupuis wears a Steeler helmet during that practice


01-01-2011, 09:15 AM
Loved seeing him in the Steelers helmet! Great pic!

That alumni game was broadcast pretty weakly on the NHL site yesterday. Had to listen to Steve Mears for almost 2 hours, a couple of times the cameraman would be scanning the benches while a goal was being scored and it ended in a tie. Fans were booing at the end because of it. :chuckle:

NHL.com was also nice enough to stream the Pens (and Caps) practices and family skates. It was airing on NHL Network as well, so it wasn't nearly as bad as watching the alumni game.

I found this searching around this morning. It's the Pens shootout drill...just keep an eye on Fleury. :chuckle:


01-01-2011, 09:45 AM
I found this searching around this morning. It's the Pens shootout drill...just keep an eye on Fleury.


I've seen Fleury do that in shoot-out practice before, including doing jumping-jacks while the shooter approaches, or even turning-around, bending-over, and looking at the shooter through his-own legs, then spinning-around to make the save

01-02-2011, 11:09 AM
Well...finally just got to watch the game this morning and I suppose, even though the Pens lost, it was worth the wait. They played hard, but just didn't get the lucky bounces. We'll get 'em next time we see them.

Oh, and I have to say, while the game itself was exciting...and pretty much what I expected, the job by NBC and the camera crew was absolutely horrendous. I don't know who thought it was a good idea to go to blimp cam during power plays, but they're f-ing morons. Lucky it wasn't a boring game or else the whole thing would have been completely ruined for me.

01-02-2011, 07:25 PM
Completely agree about the camera angles NBC chose throughout the game. I hate when networks think they need to get all spiffy with shit and technology when just keeping it simple is so much better.

Great to see Jordan back though, and it was fun, just wish we got the W but loved seeing Kunitz giving Ovi a serious facewash at the end.

01-02-2011, 08:21 PM
And of course Philthy beat Detroit today, so we're tied with them in points (and they have the edge in the division). Wish the Pens could have beaten either the Caps or Isles to keep a little bit of a cushion there.

01-03-2011, 12:52 PM
Penguins Sign Defenseman Engelland to 3-Year Contract Extension
Monday, 01.03.2011 / 10:20 AM / News

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Deryk Engelland to a three-year contract extension, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

The new contract goes into effect at the start of the 2011-12 season and will run through 2013-14. The average annual value of the deal is $566,700 over the term of the contract.

With the signing, the Penguins have locked up all seven defensemen on their current roster to contracts beyond this season: Alex Goligoski (2011-12); Ben Lovejoy (2012-13); Brooks Orpik (2013-14); Kris Letang (2013-14); Engelland (2013-14); Paul Martin (2014-15); and Zbynek Michalek (2014-15).

Engelland, 28, is in his first full season with Pittsburgh. He has posted five points (2G-3A) and a team-leading 76 penalty minutes in 32 games. The 6-foot-2, 202-pound blueliner made his NHL debut last year with Pittsburgh, playing in nine games and recording two assists and 17 penalty minutes.

Engelland, who originally signed with the Penguins organization as a free agent in the summer of 2007, played the previous three seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. In 231 career games with WBS, he posted 42 points (10G-32A), a plus-11 rating and 402 penalty minutes. Engelland appeared in 39 playoff games with WBS and helped the team earn a berth in the Calder Cup Final in 2008.

The Edmonton, Alberta native was originally drafted by New Jersey in the sixth round (194th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He has played with WBS, Lowell and Hershey of the AHL, and Las Vegas, South Carolina and Reading of the ECHL during his career.

01-03-2011, 12:54 PM
Oh, and the new moustache boy is Rupp. :applaudit:

01-04-2011, 03:11 PM
Penguins take four of six top spots in All-Star voting
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins placed four players among the six named to the All-Star Game. Balloting ended at midnight.

Center Sidney Crosby led everyone with 633,509 votes. Kris Letang, a write-in candidate, was first among defensemen with 477,960 votes. Marc-Andre Fleury was first among goaltenders with 426,305 votes. Evgeni Malkin finished third among forwards with 376,878 votes.

Chicago forward Jonathan Toews (407,676) and defenseman Duncan Keith (382,160) rounded out three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender.

Those six players are guaranteed a spot in the All-Star Game Jan. 30 at Carolina. Once the pool of players is completed by the NHL, the players will choose two captains, who will pick sides in the style of a fantasy draft. The league is not pitting players from opposing conferences this season.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11004/1115490-100.stm#ixzz1A6DXEhZ9

01-04-2011, 09:52 PM
I've been sick and without my own computer for several days (am using my fiancee's, which I am unfamiliar with), but tonight the Lightning beat the Crapitals 1-0 in OT (St. Louis from Lecavalier & Kubina), so I believe the game against Tampa on 5 January will be between the teams with the most points in the East

01-05-2011, 07:09 PM
Geno! That has got to be a record.

Puck drop and bam we got a goal.

01-05-2011, 07:12 PM
Sid with a scoring chance and doesn't capatilize.

Plus, he's gone two games without a point. What a bust.

01-05-2011, 07:13 PM
Damn, two early goals. I'm loving this game right now.

01-05-2011, 07:21 PM
Wow, I can't recall getting so many goals this early in a game.

And it's great to see Staal back on the ice, hopefully he will be health free for the rest of the season.

01-05-2011, 07:33 PM
I wanna be Errey just for one game and be able to watch a game between the two benches. That lucky SOB.

I just realized I'm pretty much talking to myself. Mom and 4x, where are you??

01-05-2011, 07:43 PM
Sid with a scoring chance and doesn't capatilize.

Plus, he's gone two games without a point. What a bust.

... trade him...


... Adams needs a scoring-winger

01-05-2011, 08:00 PM
What a great first period! 5-0 and I can't even remember how many shots they said they had.

And Sid did get a point tonight (assisted on Kunitz's first goal)...so his slump is over. :chuckle:

And I forgot to mention it earlier today, but apparently Max shaved his stache. :sadpace:

01-05-2011, 08:05 PM
am watching the game on SunSports tonight, the Lightning's TV partner, and am getting this info

* 10 Burgenheim, who was beaten on the opening goal by Malkin, is fighting intestinal flu (going thru the team, St. Louis had it last week), and his status for the remainder of this game is questionable

* both play-by-play man Rick Peckham (you'll hear him often on Versus) and color-commentator (and former Penguin goalie) Bobby 'the Chief' Taylor are very complimentary on Dan Bylsma's ability & style

* off-ice host Paul Kennedy interviewed Crosby during the first intermission, and they spoke about Crosby's coach from Rimouski & current Lightning bench-boss Guy Boucher ~ no-mention of Crosby being traded to Tampa, getting a scoring winger in-return for Adams

although those were 4 quick goals, the first game I ever attended, 22 Nov 72, had Pittsburgh scoring 5 goals in-just 2:07 ~ poor Wayne Stephenson never knew what hit him

01-06-2011, 03:34 AM
Sadly, we are losing today.

It's my ex's birthday. Pens are famously bad when anything involving her comes up.

Thank goodness the Steelers are off this week!

01-06-2011, 06:34 PM
No Crosby and no Cooke tonight against the Habs. Crosby is suffering from an upper body injury and Cooke returned to Pitt with him to attend to a personal issue.

Hope Crosby heals quickly and hope everything is ok with Cooke and his family. Best of luck to the boys tonight.

01-06-2011, 10:43 PM
Well...tough loss tonight, but a fun game to watch (for the most part). Pens lose 2-1 in a SO. Johnson was in net and played very, very well. I'll take a point from this game with Cooke and Crosby out and Fleury not starting.

Wish the Devils could have helped a little tonight though. They lost to the Flyers 4-2. Pens still lead the Flyers by one point, but it would have been nice to get a little separation on them. It's shaping up to look like it'll be a pretty close race for the division lead.

01-06-2011, 10:47 PM
excellent PK down the stretch in the 3rd period, and BJ played well in his return

01-06-2011, 10:48 PM
I'm actually amazed my ex can curse them this bad.

01-06-2011, 11:02 PM
excellent PK down the stretch in the 3rd period, and BJ played well in his return

That PK was just sick. I thought for sure the game was over when the puck jumped the glass a second time.

And Habs fans have an amazing ability to make me hate them more and more every time the Pens (or anyone really) plays there. Booing when players get hurt...continuing to boo a player later in the game because they got hurt. They're just assholes. And was it just me, or were they heckling Fleury after the Habs scored?

01-06-2011, 11:03 PM
I'm actually amazed my ex can curse them this bad.

Well...it could have been worse lol.

01-07-2011, 12:18 AM
That PK was completely sick, totally agree.

Wish they had won yet they managed in getting a point, so all wasn't a total loss.

Scared the crap out of me when Geno went down, looked like he instantly grabbed his knee, which was what had him down not to long ago, so thank god he got back on the ice.

Worried about Sid, hope it isn't anything too serious and hope Cooke's situation isn't something serious as well.

01-07-2011, 12:33 AM

Just looked on the Pen's site and Sid's gonna be out for atleast a week.

01-07-2011, 12:36 AM
Yeah, bad week to miss too (5 games in 8 days that they have I think?). I was pretty sure it was a concussion though from the hit last night. In the story they posted earlier today I guess he fell asleep on the plane ride there and woke up and said he didn't feel right. That's a no brainer.

They should be ok though, as long as no one else gets really hurt (knock on wood).

01-07-2011, 08:38 AM
early word is that Crosby will miss approx 1 week with a mild concussion?

01-07-2011, 09:13 AM
early word is that Crosby will miss approx 1 week with a mild concussion?

Yeah...at least a week, because he has to be symptom free for a week to be cleared to play.

01-07-2011, 09:32 AM
Mild concussion sidelines Crosby against Canadiens
By Rob Rossi (rrossi@tribweb.com), PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, January 7, 2011

MONTREAL — Center Sidney Crosby accompanied left wing Matt Cooke on a charter plane to Pittsburgh early Thursday afternoon.

Cooke was headed home for family matters.

Crosby was on that plane because Penguins doctors needed to re-evaluate him last night. They did and diagnosed the NHL's leader in goals and points with a mild concussion.

Coach Dan Bylsma said Crosby will miss "about a week," adding that he has to be "symptom free" before returning to the Penguins' lineup.

Neither he nor Cooke was available for comment before a 2-1 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre — a game in which Penguins center Evgeni Malkin also appeared to tweak his left knee during an incident with Canadiens center Scott Gomez late in regulation.

Malkin returned to the game, failing to score in the third round of a shootout. However, he favored the left knee that forced him to miss four games from Dec. 4-14. He has been wearing a light brace on the knee since late-October.

"I was a little concerned we were about to revisit the same injury," Bylsma said, "but that doesn't look like it's the case."

Malkin was not available for comment.

The case with Crosby, according to the Penguins, is that he was injured Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center in a blowout win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In that game, Crosby was hit hard into the boards by Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman late in the second period. He played six shifts in the third period.

Bylsma did not identify the play upon which Crosby was injured against Tampa Bay.

Late in the second period of the Winter Classic on Saturday night was when Crosby was blindsided by a hit from Washington's David Steckel — an act that was not punished by the NHL even though Steckel caught an unaware Crosby in the head.

Bylsma said Crosby "certainly saw doctors" after the Classic, adding that he wouldn't have played Wednesday night if the Penguins hadn't "thought he was OK to play."

Before this game at Montreal, Bylsma described Crosby as having an "upper-body injury."

Previous injuries that have forced Crosby to miss games have been mostly of the lower-body variety (groin, hip and ankle).

The Penguins dressed seven defensemen against the Canadiens.

Cooke's spot in the lineup was filled by winger Arron Asham, a healthy scratch in the Penguins' previous game. Asham scored the Penguins' lone goal in the shootout loss.

Rookie Mark Letestu centered left wing Chris Kunitz and right wing Pascal Dupuis in place of Crosby, who is the NHL's leader in goals (32) and points (66).

Coincidentally, news of Crosby's injury came on the same day word broke out of Washington that his rival and the league's other top star, left wing Alex Ovechkin, received a cortisone-shot to his left arm.

The Canadiens were hardly healthy for this game.

They played without heart-and-soul defenseman Josh Gorges. His injured right knee will require surgery, and he will miss the remainder of the season, Montreal general manager Pierre Gauthier said before the game.

The extended absence of Gorges leaves the Canadiens without two top defensemen. Andrei Markov is out indefinitely, also because of an injured knee. A third top Canadiens defenseman, Roman Hamrlik, also didn't play against the Penguins, though his return is soon expected.

The Penguins can only hope the same for Crosby, as they get set to play Minnesota (Saturday) and Boston (Sunday) at home — before playing at Montreal, Boston and home to Detroit by Jan. 18.

01-08-2011, 12:39 PM
Pens are playing the Wild tonight @ 7pm. Both Cooke and Geno are on the ice for practice today. Cooke said he had to miss last game due to an illness in the family...hopefully everyone in his family is ok. I can't imagine him flying home to deal with a simple flu or something, so best wishes to them.

Geno seems to be fine. No talk of game time decision or anything, so hopefully he continues to be ok.

Still no Crosby obviously...there's a whole discussion from him and Bylsma about the last two hits he took and the concussion on the Pens site. I know a lot of teams fans could care less about him getting hurt (especially after the whole Cooke/Savard thing), but I'm disappointed in the league for not doing anything about 2 consecutive head shots on him. Intentional or not, I was pretty sure that wasn't the point of the new rules. I guess they're not cracking down as much as they said they would be. :noidea:

01-08-2011, 09:43 PM
What a mess of a game tonight. I didn't get to see very much of it, so I don't know what exactly went wrong...but Pens lose to Minn. 4-0.

Get well soon Crosby!

On to Boston Monday night.

01-08-2011, 09:52 PM
compounding matters, Tampa Bay just finished-off the Senators 2-1, which (I believe) may give them more points than the Penguins, and I heard that Scuzzadelphia won earlier today, also:
the Lightning, who've already made 2 separate West Coast trips this season, and play something-like 15 of the next 18 at-home (including 12 in a row), so despite the blow-out against Pittsburgh this past week, they aren't going-away in the near future

01-09-2011, 05:27 AM
F my ex.

Thank goodness the Steelers are off this weekend.

01-09-2011, 09:16 AM
F my ex.

... mine wouldn't-even do that...

01-10-2011, 11:28 AM
At yesterdays practice, Orpik, Malkin and Conner all were absent with illnesses. They're all at practice today, so that's a good thing. No word yet on who all will play tonight. No Crosby yet for sure though.

Pens have been tooling around with the lines a little bit...and there's a good chance we'll see Cooke/Staal/Kennedy line tonight making up the second line and Malkin centering the first line.

Pens and B's tonight at 7:30...time to start winning some games again!

*edit* Dustin Jeffrey has been recalled for tonights game...Asham is out with an illness. Looks like a little bug has made it's way through the locker room. Hopefully everyone is feeling better soon!

01-10-2011, 10:00 PM
I can't believe this shit with this team against Boston. AGAIN the Pens have a good lead in the 3rd with a 2 goal lead and with 3 minutes left the Bruins score twice in 12 seconds, and now just score with less than a minute left to take the lead.

This team is just shit without Crosby in the lineup right now. Now they're still a point behind the Flyers with 3 games in hand. Way to dig a hole guys. So pissed right now.

And there's the empty netter to seal the deal.

These guys need to start playing like they want it again. This shit is getting old...again.

01-10-2011, 10:45 PM
Shea...you need to be here to talk me down off of ledges after shit like this. I shouldn't be so pissed (cause it's just a game, blah blah blah) but I'm about to go postal lol.

Someone is going to get the banhammer tonight. My wrath will be felt. :chuckle:

01-11-2011, 12:22 AM
This one hurt didn't it?

But don't you dare ever jump off a cliff and leave me here all alone with these perverted, diabolical assholes that post here.

It was a total meltdown and stinker, those are gonna happen a couple of times during the season, and hopefully we'll get the better end of a couple ourselves soon.

Just god please, let Sid get healthy and back on the ice ASAP.

01-12-2011, 08:25 PM
I'm so annoyed. For some reason my NHL package doesn't want to show this game until 1 in the morning. :banging:

I guess I shouldn't bitch since this is the first time it's happened where I couldn't watch live.

I'm itchin' to look and follow the score but I always hate knowing the outcome of game before I get to watch it.

01-12-2011, 08:29 PM
Thanks for the heads up...I'll keep my trap shut till tomorrow lol.

01-12-2011, 08:33 PM

Tell me one thing though, is Sid playing?

01-12-2011, 08:53 PM
I don't think I'm gonna last. I'm fighting myself from looking up what is going on.

I'm weak.

01-12-2011, 10:53 PM
Mom, I see you online.

So Sid did play yet he was seriously injured, Geno too.

This is what I'm concluding due to your silence.


01-12-2011, 10:56 PM
Mom, I see you online.

So Sid did play yet he was seriously injured, Geno too.

This is what I'm concluding due to your silence.


Sid is still out with concussion symptoms...Geno played, he's fine lol.

I must say no more.

01-12-2011, 11:06 PM
Sid is still out with concussion symptoms...Geno played, he's fine lol.

I must say no more.

That's all I need to know for now.

And bless you for understanding the not wanting to know, yet kinda know :chuckle:, before watching the game without knowing.

I just realized that might not make sense. :huh:

Hopefully Mom has me figured out by now.

01-12-2011, 11:08 PM
That's all I need to know for now.

And bless you for understanding the not wanting to know, yet kinda know :chuckle:, before watching the game without knowing.

I just realized that might not make sense. :huh:

Hopefully Mom has me figured out by now.

:rofl: Yes I know exactly what you mean.

01-12-2011, 11:16 PM

I figured if anyone would get it, then it would be you.

I :heart: you Mom!

01-13-2011, 01:20 PM

01-13-2011, 09:40 PM
Broons score with just 1:14 to play, giving them a 7-5 win against Philthadelphia, adding an empty-net goal in the final seconds


listening to Jack Edwards makes you despise Bahstahn even-more than usual

01-14-2011, 12:59 PM
Yeah, that B's/Flyers game was really good. I jumped out of my chair when the B's scored at the end there...hope Atlanta can pull the same off tonight! :thumbsup:

Flyers are one point above the Pens right now, and have two less games (it'll still be two less games after the Pens play on Saturday). Got a little ground to make up!

01-14-2011, 01:01 PM
Until he's all better, no more updates Shea!

Bylsma puts end to daily updates on Crosby's condition
Friday, January 14, 2011

• Coach Dan Bylsma, who had said Sidney Crosby (mild concussion) would undergo additional tests this week, said Thursday he will not answer any more questions about the condition of his star center. "We are not going to give daily updates on Sidney Crosby," Bylsma said. "He needs to be symptom-free to move forward." Asked whether Crosby has had the tests, Bylsma repeated, "There will not be any daily updates on Sidney Crosby." Crosby has missed four consecutive games since he was checked from behind into the boards Jan. 5 at Consol Energy Center by Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman.

• Right wing Eric Godard (eye) skated and shot pucks before the Penguins' optional practice at Southpointe, but he is not close to returning, Bylsma said. "He still has to do light workouts on his own for some time," he said. "He got out on the ice a little bit, but it is still very, very small doses." Godard hasn't played since Dec. 26.

• Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury attempted to downplay his dramatics of Wednesday night, when he stood triumphantly in the crease with his arms folded after the Penguins' 5-2 victory in Montreal. Fleury mimicked Canadiens goalie Carey Price, who did the same thing Jan. 6 after his team's 2-1 shootout victory against the Penguins. "The puck was at the other end," Fleury said. "I didn't think the camera would be on me, too. It was for (my teammates). I goof around a lot. Maybe not like that, I guess."

• Eight players skated at practice, but most of the time was spent on video work of future opponents. "We had a couple guys sick, a couple guys banged up," Bylsma said. "They needed some time off the ice."

01-14-2011, 03:29 PM
Malkin Ready to Take the Lead
Friday, 01.14.2011 / 2:25 PM / Features
By Tony Jovenitti

When Sidney Crosby missed 28 games in the 2007-08 season, Evgeni Malkin exploded and led the team to the top of the Atlantic Division.

With Crosby currently out of the lineup with a mild concussion, Malkin is showing signs that he is ready to take the lead again.

While he didn’t make it to the scoresheet in Wednesday’s 5-2 win at Montreal, he did send seven shots toward the net, created opportunities on the power play and drew an important penalty to help the team gain two points in the standings.

“I think his last game was an outstanding game for him,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. “Right after the game it was disappointing to see that he wasn’t on the scoresheet because he had played so well. He was a part of a lot of the success we had, both five on five and on the power play.”

Malkin understands that everyone needs to step up in Crosby’s absence. But he has to make sure he doesn’t try doing too many things.

“I don’t try to do too much,” Malkin said. “I just play my game and try to create chances. The last game, we played well. And I’m not changing too much – maybe just my timing and playing harder.”

While Malkin doesn’t have as many points as Crosby, he is creating just as many scoring chances, according to Bylsma.

“We keep talking about scenarios and getting to that area of the ice and getting shots on net,” Bylsma said. “He consistently leads our team in that category. He’s right up there with Sidney’s numbers in those categories, but he has not gotten the finished result.”

Crosby went through a similar phase in the beginning of the year, when many of his great scoring chances didn’t find the back of the net. He then exploded for a 25-game scoring streak.

Malkin is itching to break into that role once again, just like he did when Crosby was out in 07-08. But he is trying to keep things simple.

“I just try to play the game, shoot the puck and help my teammates win,” he said.

01-15-2011, 11:45 AM
Pens @ Boston today 1pm. Need to get some revenge on these guys for the past two games. Philly winning last night didn't help any either, though the Thrashers did put up a good fight.

Not holding my breath though, Pens are typically awful in early afternoon games. I'm just thankful there's something to keep my mind off the Steelers game for a couple hours lol.

01-17-2011, 08:35 PM

You can watch the other teams "superheroes" (as they're revealed) at this link. http://www.youtube.com/user/theguardianproject30

01-18-2011, 03:43 PM
Oh yeah...and in the midst of all this Steelers vs. Jets frenzy, there's kind of a big hockey game tonight lol.

Pens vs. Wings @ 7

Still no Sid. At this point, there's a chance that Sid won't be back until after the All Star break. I don't think he's progressing as fast as everyone had hoped.

I just looked at the Wings injury report. They've got a clinic going on up there (but are still managing to win games). It'll be interesting.

C Mike Modano, severed tendon in right wrist (March)
D Brad Stuart, broken jaw (early March)
G Chris Osgood, sports hernia surgery (late February/early March)
RW Tomas Holmstrom, broken hand (late February)
C Pavel Datysuk, broken right hand (early February)
RW Dan Cleary, fractured left ankle (early February)
G Jimmy Howard, bruised knee (day-to-day)

Starting goaltender Jimmy Howard suffered a bruised knee on Jan. 14 versus Columbus when a puck snuck underneath his pad and will not play Tuesday. With Chris Osgood sidelined for the next 6-8 weeks after sports hernia surgery, Detroit has called up Joey MacDonald and Thomas McCollum from the American Hockey League. MacDonald, 30, went 14-26-6 with the New York Islanders in 2008-09, but has played in just 10 NHL games since. McCollum has yet to see action in an NHL game.


And as much as I hate ever rooting for the Craps...they play Philthy tonight (who are a game behind us and 3 points ahead). Go Craps. :puke:

01-18-2011, 09:47 PM
Well, the shitty Craps let Philthy beat them in OT. Thanks for nothing douchebags.

Pens won tonight though (4-1) over the Wings...though with as many key players as they had out, it just wasn't as satisfying. Fleury was on fire again though, stopping 36 out of 37 shots...and (most likely) talking some trash to Draper towards the end. :chuckle:

01-19-2011, 03:09 PM
And the good news just keeps on rolling in...

Malkin out Thursday against Devils
Wednesday, 01.19.2011 / 2:23 PM / News NHL.com

The Pittsburgh Penguins have already been playing without captain Sidney Crosby, but they will also be without their other All-Star center against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Evgeni Malkin will not play against the Devils because of an undisclosed injury. Pittsburgh is expected to recall a center to take his place.

"[Malkin] will not be going on the trip with us for [Thursday's] game," Bylsma told reporters. "He's getting evaluated today. He's not feeling well and getting evaluated."

Malkin is third on the Penguins in goals with 15 and points with 37. He hasn't scored a goal in the past six games, or since Crosby went out with a concussion. The Penguins lost their first three games without the League's leading scorer, but have won three straight and trail the Philadelphia Flyers by three points for the top spot in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference.

One of the reasons for Pittsburgh's surge is the return to form by the team's other top center, Jordan Staal. After making his season debut at the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic against the Washington Capitals, Staal went pointless in his first five contests but has 3 goals and 6 points during the winning streak.

"We've had games with just Sid, and we've had games with just [Malkin]. And now we're going to go with just Jordan," Bylsma said. "Well we're going to be recalling a player to fill the void. It's going to be power-play minutes and a center position. It's going to be a bit of a challenge. Mark Letestu is going to have to play a bigger role. Chris Conner and lots of guys are going to have to play more minutes to fill the void of the 20 minutes and the position that [Malkin] plays for us on the ice."

Conner scored on a penalty shot for the Penguins in a 4-1 victory Tuesday against Detroit. He has 6 goals and 10 points in 30 games for Pittsburgh. Letestu has 9 goals and 19 points in 47 games, and signed a two-year, $1.25 million contract extension before the game against the Red Wings.

Bylsma said he "didn't have a feeling either way" about the potential for Malkin's injury to linger. After leading the NHL with 113 points in 2008-09, Malkin played in only 67 games last season and dealt with various injuries en route to a career-low 77 points.

01-20-2011, 02:23 PM
Dustin Jeffrey got the call up to replace Malkin in the game against the Devils tonight. He'll be centering the 1st line with Kunitz and Dupuis.

It looks like Dustin Jeffrey will get a shot with the big boys. Jeffrey assumed Malkin's spot (and previously Crosby's) centering a line between Kunitz and Dupuis. No changes for the rest of the lineup.



Johnson will be in net for tonights game as well.

01-20-2011, 08:15 PM
Apparently Jeffrey is going to be playing quite a bit tonight, he's going to really need to step up.

01-20-2011, 10:15 PM
Apparently Jeffrey is going to be playing quite a bit tonight, he's going to really need to step up.

Yeah...too bad nobody really stepped up tonight lol. I didn't expect much out of this game though. As soon as the Dev's hired Lemaire back, I knew they'd go straight back to their trap game, and that's what they did tonight as soon as they scored the first goal. It used to be hard enough to beat them when they did that with Geno and Sid in the lineup.

This was the first time ever that both of those guys have ever been out (along with Fleury not being in the line up...though apparently that wouldn't have mattered either). So this is basically the first time ever that Staal's line has seen the kind of (sustained) defensive pressure it saw tonight.

Talbot did his best to step up in a big way tonight, but it just wasn't happening.

Hopefully Geno is back for Saturday's game against Carolina. I'm 99.9% sure Sid won't be back by then. We'll be lucky to see him back before the All Star break I think.

01-22-2011, 11:55 AM
Still no Malkin on the ice today as he's recovering from a sinus infection and knee injury. No Sid either for tonights game against the Canes either (obviously).

Time for Staal's line to really step up!

01-22-2011, 10:46 PM
Pens won tonight (3-2) over the Canes. Good game all around, even though Fleury let in a couple at the end (I'll forgive him b/c of the pic posted below). Scoring came from Jeffrey (4 on 4), Letestu (powerplay) and Dupuis (shorthanded), so it was a big night for the special teams...and very much needed.

Gotta love Flower. :grin:


01-22-2011, 10:51 PM
Fleury let in a couple at the end (I'll forgive him b/c of the pic posted below).
Gotta love Flower. :grin:


2 years ago, before a Steeler playoff game


01-22-2011, 10:54 PM
It's a sign. :yep:

01-22-2011, 10:59 PM
It's a sign. :yep:

"... as I have foreseen-it...



01-24-2011, 12:36 PM
Crosby to miss NHL All-Star Weekend

The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced Sidney Crosby will not play in the 2011 All-Star Game presented by Discover due to the concussion that has sidelined him for nearly three weeks.

"Sidney is making progress in his recovery but still is not completely symptom-free," Penguins General Manager Ray Shero said. "The Penguins organization has decided that he will not attend the NHL All-Star Weekend and instead will continue to relax and recuperate in the hopes of returning to our lineup soon.

"I know Sidney is very honored to have been selected by the fans to appear in the All-Star Game, and he was happy to attend the festivities two years ago when he couldn't play because of a knee injury. However, in this situation -- when he has not even skated for 2 1/2 weeks and still has not been cleared to resume physical activity -- we think it's best for him to focus totally on his recovery.

"I spoke with Brendan Shanahan of the NHL office and informed him of our decision. Brendan was very understanding and offered Sidney his best wishes for a quick return to the lineup."

Crosby, who was the leading vote-getter in fan balloting for the All-Star Game, will miss his ninth straight game Tuesday when the Penguins host the New York Islanders. He has not been cleared to resume physical activity and there's no timeline set for his return to action.

He suffered the injury when he was hit into the boards by the Tampa Bay Lightning's Victor Hedman during a game on Jan. 5.

01-24-2011, 09:41 PM
It's a shame that this happened to Sid. He was on pace for a MVP season.

Who knows when he will be back but worse yet I worry for when he gets the next concussion. I just hope that this isn't something that cuts his career short. Look at Savard. Everytime he goes down now he has to be helped off the ice.

01-24-2011, 10:00 PM
It's a shame that this happened to Sid. He was on pace for a MVP season.

Who knows when he will be back but worse yet I worry for when he gets the next concussion. I just hope that this isn't something that cuts his career short. Look at Savard. Everytime he goes down now he has to be helped off the ice.

Yeah...I had a feeling it was more serious than they were letting on. Hopefully he'll be back after the All Star break and back to scoring!

Not going to say anything conclusive yet, but Geno has very little chance of playing in the All Star game as well. So doubt he'll be back before then.

01-26-2011, 01:25 PM
Bylsma says Malkin won't play in NHL All-Star Game
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

• The Penguins revealed a poorly kept secret Tuesday when coach Dan Bylsma announced that Evgeni Malkin will not play in Sunday's NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, N.C. Malkin missed his third consecutive game when he was unable to play against the Islanders. The center has been dealing with a knee injury and a sinus infection. Bylsma said that the sinus infection is the biggest reason Malkin is out of the lineup, perhaps a sign that the knee injury isn't serious. "The symptoms from the sinus infection and pressure in his head are preventing him from going on the ice right now," Bylsma said.

• Given that Malkin and Sidney Crosby (lingering concussion symptoms) are both dealing with nontraditional injuries, judging when they will return is difficult. The Penguins will have a week off during the all-star break and return to action next Tuesday against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Whether Malkin or Crosby will be back on the ice by then is a mystery. "Evgeni is not healthy enough to return to the ice right now," Bylsma said. "He needs to get healthy before we can move forward with that. Is that during the break, or is that after the break? We don't know that. We hope it's soon, maybe within the next week or so he can think about getting back on the ice again when he's healthy and the pressure in his head subsides."

• Left wing Matt Cooke missed the morning skate for personal reasons but played against the Islanders.

• Right wing Eric Godard continued to practice with a protective mask covering his face.

• Defenseman Deryk Engelland was a healthy scratch last night.

Read more: Bylsma says Malkin won't play in NHL All-Star Game - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_719822.html?source=rss&feed=8#ixzz1CAQOTjro

01-26-2011, 01:26 PM
Fleury shines again as Penguins shut out Islanders
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Penguins have adopted a conservative, low-scoring style with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin out of the lineup.

If Marc-Andre Fleury keeps playing like this, any style will do.

The Flower continued to bloom Tuesday against the Islanders, his early-season struggles a thing of the past. Fleury stopped 29 shots while earning his 18th career shutout, and Craig Adams scored the game's only goal in a 1-0 victory over the Islanders.

The Penguins don't play again until next Tuesday because of the all-star break. Fleury's recent surge figures to stop Crosby and Malkin from rushing back into the lineup, given that the Penguins appear capable of beating anyone because of their goaltender's current play.

"He's been good all year," said defenseman Brooks Orpik, who suggested that Fleury's early slump received more attention than it deserved.

"Those first 10 games, we had a lot of new guys in the lineup. We made mistakes in front of him. He was kind of hung out to dry."

Although the Penguins played a sound defensive game, Fleury was forced to make a couple of spectacular saves. Late in the first period, he brought the crowd to its feet with a kick save against Islanders' forward Frans Nielsen.

Fleury had stopped a shot from a bad angle, but the rebound squirted to a wide open Nielsen. But Fleury was there to make an athletic save.

"We did make some mistakes," coach Dan Bylsma said. "And he was there every time. He deserved the shutout going into the All-Star Game."

Although the easy storyline is that Fleury is enhancing his game out of necessity because Crosby and Malkin are absent, the goaltender suggests otherwise. And the fact is, since early November, his play has been stellar.

"I don't try to play better because we're lacking some scoring (right now)," Fleury said. "I just try to do my job like I usually do."

At the moment, it could be argued that there isn't a better goalie in the NHL. Fleury has held the opposition to two or fewer goals in 22 of the team's past 30 games and has allowed more than three goals only once since October.

"He's as consistent right now as he's been in his whole career," Orpik said.

Given that the Penguins are adopting a more conservative style, goals have been hard to muster. Max Talbot and Arron Asham were both particularly effective offensively but were unable to break the ice, as Islanders' goalie Kevin Poulin matched Fleury through two periods.

Finally, at the 8:35 mark of the third, Adams gave the Penguins the only goal they needed. Ben Lovejoy fired a shot from the point, Asham registered a shot on the rebound, and ultimately, the puck found Adams' stick. He made no mistake, even if he had no game plan.

"It was on my stick, and I just whacked at it," Adams said.

The Penguins are 31-15-4 (66 points) and in the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference, trailing Philadelphia by five points for the Atlantic Division lead.

With Crosby and Malkin out for an undetermined time, Fleury's impressive play must continue. The Penguins are confident in their goalie.

"He's been our backbone," Bylsma said.

Read more: Fleury shines again as Penguins shut out Islanders - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_719843.html?source=rss&feed=8#ixzz1CAQcYY1a

01-28-2011, 09:10 PM
Crosby cleared for light workouts
Friday, January 28, 2011
By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The normally quiet NHL All-Star break has produced some good news for Penguins fans. Center and captain Sidney Crosby, who has been out since Jan. 5 because of a concussion, has been cleared for light workouts.

Crosby was held out of any physical activity while he had concussion symptoms, which included headaches. He will have to remain symptom-free for his workouts to accelerate or for him to join his teammates at practice.

The Penguins don't resume practice until Monday and don't play again until Tuesday against the Rangers in New York. It's not known how long it might take Crosby to get back into game shape even if there are no setbacks.

The progress Crosby has made came too late for him to participate in the All-Star Game being held here Sunday. On Monday, he withdrew from the weekend events.

Crosby has missed nine games. He was leading the NHL in scoring with 67 points in 41 games when he got hurt but has been overtaken by Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos, who has 67 point in 51 games.

First published on January 28, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11028/1121298-100.stm#ixzz1CO0Tq4nU

02-01-2011, 10:02 AM
Couple of little tidbits to report....

-Malkin is traveling to NY with the team. He's practicing, but won't play tonight against the Rangers

Read more here...http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_720674.html?source=rss&feed=8

-Crosby's rehab includes no workouts, and there is no timetable for his return.

Read more here...http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_720678.html?source=rss&feed=8

-New moustache boy is Michalek

More updates and reports from yesterdays practice here...http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=551145&navid=DL|PIT|home

02-01-2011, 09:00 PM
Philthadelphia trails 3-0 mid-way thru the 2nd in Tampa, who are bringing-out new uniforms for the 2011-2012 season, and were shown to the public yesterday


02-01-2011, 09:21 PM
Games pretty good so far, all things considered.

Started out 2-0 Rangers. Pens eventually went up 3-2, and the Staal (who I don't think I've ever been really pissed at before tonight) took a really stupid match penalty (which carries 5 minutes of major penalty time) by punching Prust in the face with a gloved hand.

Rangers scored to tie it up on the major with about :20 left in the 2nd.

Still no Sid and Geno (obviously), Letestu got hurt in practice today and is out indefinitely, Asham got hurt early in the game and won't be back, and the Stall pulls a stupid. Shit just keeps getting worse lol.

02-01-2011, 10:40 PM
Pens win in the shootout tonight, with the winning goal coming from Jefferey. :applaudit:

Great showing by all the guys tonight...a lot of people stepped up.

Hopefully Geno can play tomorrow, and Staal should be back in the game too...unless he gets some kind of BS suspension. Hurry back Sid, Asham and Letestu!

02-02-2011, 12:46 PM
Malkin's return to lineup could come tonight against Islanders
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

NEW YORK — Lacking their two superstar centers for almost two weeks, the Penguins are close to having one return to the lineup for the stretch run.

Following the early skate at Madison Square Garden, Dan Bylsma hinted that Evgeni Malkin may dress against the Islanders tonight.

"It's not out of the question," Bylsma said when asked if Malkin could play against the Islanders. Bylsma added that he "had no timetable" for the center's return but it was "hopefully sooner rather than later."

Malkin, who has not played since a 4-1 win over Detroit on Jan. 18 because of a knee injury and sinus infection, skated with the team yesterday. He's looking forward to playing but does not feel burdened to come back.

"No pressure to play tomorrow, but (if) I feel all right tonight, then tomorrow morning skate and we'll see. Maybe," Malkin said. "We have a great team. I'm not pressured. Sid, too, we just wait (until he) feels 100 percent. When we come back to the lineup, we'll play the rest of the season and playoffs."

Malkin was adamant that it was his sinus infection keeping him from playing.

"It's my head. (It's been) sore a couple days," Malkin said. "It's new for me because I've never had (the) symptom before. My knee is 100 percent ready. It's not sore."

Malkin has 15 goals and 37 points in 42 games this season.

Letestu injured

As the Penguins prepare to get one center back, another one went down.

Mark Letestu injured his knee while taking laps around the Madison Square Garden ice surface during the early skate. He was helped off the ice and was on crutches in the training room.

None of the Penguins saw what happened. Bylsma suggested that Letestu "hit a rut" on the ice and announced he was going to return "to Pittsburgh for further evaluation."

Dustin Jeffrey was promoted to the top line, between Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz, and centered the first power-play unit.

"He's a guy who has had a good seven games for us," Bylsma said of Jeffrey. "He's going to get a real opportunity, both with the players he's playing with and the ice time.

"I know he's very excited about playing and showing what he can do at this level. Hopefully it turns into a bigger opportunity for him."

Bylsma noted that the organization would not have to rush someone up from AHL Wilkes-Barre, because Eric Godard was inserted into the lineup.

Read more: Malkin's return to lineup could come tonight against Islanders - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_720898.html?source=rss&feed=8#ixzz1CpBP636w

Only four players were at the optional skate this morning, with Malkin and Lovejoy doing some heavy conditioning work. Tangradi was also another one of the players. Love that they have guys like him waiting in Wilkes-Barre, ready to step up.

And seriously, I thought the Pens had it bad on the injury front...the Isles already struggling defense is about as depleted (for pretty much the rest of the season) as you can get.

D Mark Eaton, hip surgery (will miss remainder of season)
RW Trent Hunter, torn left MCL (indefinitely)
G Nathan Lawson, strained MCL (early February)
D Milan Jurcina, upper-body (up to four weeks)
D Mike Mottau, hip surgery (will miss remainder of the season)
D Mark Streit, torn left labrum and rotator cuff (up to six months)
C Doug Weight, back spasms (indefinitely)

02-02-2011, 09:37 PM
Great game against the Isles tonight...Johnson posted another shutout, though I don't think it will count as an official shutout b/c him and DiPietro got tossed with like :15 left for fighting. Johnson knocked his block off. :sofunny: I've never actually seen a goalie fight live, so that was awesome. :applaudit:

The whole team on the bench was cracking up...Fleury (who has to finish) absolutely loved it.

Pens are back within a point of the Flyers again.

No Geno tonight...but he should be back real soon. Nothing official on Letestu yet.

*Edit* They just said this was the first goalie fight in four years. The last one was Emery vs. Biron in the classic Ottawa/Buffalo line brawl. Will post video soon.

02-02-2011, 10:06 PM
that was classic... BJ worked-up more of a sweat skating the ice than he did knocking DiPietro out with a single Left-hand

my non hockey-fan fiancee was laughing herself silly

02-02-2011, 10:10 PM

:applaudit: :applaudit: :applaudit:

02-02-2011, 10:29 PM

:applaudit: :applaudit: :applaudit:


02-03-2011, 05:02 PM
"The players that were not on the ice today (Orpik, Letang and Rupp), we expect them to be back on the ice with us and available to play (Friday).

"Evgeni Malkin will be playing (Friday).

"Sidney Crosby is going out of town for a few days to visit his parents. He continues his functional rehab and light exercises.

"Mark Letestu is scheduled for surgery and will be (out) approx. 4-6 weeks. More information will be provided when we have it as far as when the surgery is. ... I'm still not quite sure how he got the injury. It is involving his meniscus."

"Arron Asham is still day-to-day."


02-04-2011, 08:57 PM
We were joking at home that DP would be put on IR with a bruised ego after the fight with Johnny.

We were close I guess lol. Guy just can't stay healthy AT ALL.

Isles' goalie DiPietro to miss 4-6 weeks
Friday, 02.04.2011 / 1:10 PM / News

Rick DiPietro is expected to miss 4-6 weeks due to facial fractures suffered in a fight Wednesday and knee swelling, the latest misfortune to befall the oft-injured New York Islanders goaltender.

DiPietro, who played just 13 games over the previous two seasons due to persistent knee injuries, is 7-10-4 in 21 games this season with a 3.36 goals-against average and .890 save percentage for the Isles, who have fallen into last place in the Eastern Conference.

"At this point it's like whatever bad could happen just seems to happen," DiPietro said. "Not just myself, but the entire team. Not just like small groin pulls and muscle strains where you're out a couple days -- it's blown-up hips and knees and faces."

DiPietro joins a long list of injuries for the Islanders that includes fellow goalie Nathan Lawson (knee), defensemen Mark Streit (shoulder) Mike Mottau (hip), Mark Eaton (hip) and Milan Jurcina (upper body) and forwards Doug Weight (back) and Trent Hunter (MCL). Forward Kyle Okposo also missed the first half of the season due to a preseason shoulder injury.

In the closing seconds of a 3-0 loss in Pittsburgh, DiPietro got into a fight with Penguins goalie Brent Johnson, who quickly connected with a punch to DiPietro's face, dropping him to the ice.

"I'm sick of losing, our team's sick of losing," DiPietro said. "You never go into a fight expecting that you're going to get smashed in the face that hard or with these kinds of consequences, but it happens. He landed a good punch and you move on."

DiPietro showed a wry sense of humor in describing the brief, yet damaging altercation.

"I didn't realize, obviously at the time, that his arms were so long or that he could throw such a hard left punch, but I found both of those out pretty quickly," he said.

02-04-2011, 08:58 PM
Pens are playing a great game right now against the Sabres. 1st half sucked, Buff. went up 2-0 early...but the second half Pens went up 3-2. It was pretty chippy in the 2nd as well. I expect a fight or two here in the 3rd!

02-04-2011, 09:01 PM
am watching the Lightning host the Crapitals, and heard a report that RENEGADE was played at Consol during a TV time-out, bringing the fans to their feet waving Terrible Towels:
the poor Sabres probably didn't know W-d-F was going-on...

02-05-2011, 10:36 AM
Malkin injured in return to lineup
Friday, 02.04.2011 / 9:12 PM / News NHL.com

Evgeni Malkin's return to the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup didn't last long.

Malkin left Friday's game against the Buffalo Sabres with what appeared to be a right leg injury after a second-period collision with Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers.

Malkin got tied up racing for a loose puck in the corner with Myers in the first few seconds of the period. Myers, a 6-foot-8 defenseman, appeared to fall on Malkin's right leg, which crumpled underneath him. Malkin remained on the ice for some time, then skated off to the dressing room with some assistance.

According to the Penguins' official Twitter feed, Malkin suffered what the team is calling a lower-body injury and will not return.

Malkin returned to the lineup Friday after missing five games with a left knee injury and a sinus infection. The 24-year old has 15 goals and 27 assists in 43 games this season.

The Penguins were playing their 12th game without captain Sidney Crosby, who's out with a concussion. They are also without rookie centre Mark Letestu, who was hurt in the morning skate on Tuesday and is expected to miss up to six weeks with a knee injury.

02-07-2011, 02:10 AM
Well, Pens lost today too...but I wasn't too surprised. Caps are a decent team, and being without Crosby, Malkin and Letestu really hurts. Not to mention the fact it was an early afternoon game on NBC. Those never bode well.

I don't care what anyone says though. I love Matt Cooke. He's a douchebag, but he's our douchebag. And him taking a run at Ovechkin, well, let's just say...it couldn't have happened to a better guy. Boudreau is a dipshit though who acts like he's got no clue how things really work in the NHL. Yes, Bruce...Steckel took a headshot on Crosby, that means he and Ovi are targets now. Deal with it.

Cooke's collision causes chaos in Penguins' loss
Monday, February 7, 2011

WASHINGTON — Leave it to a reasonably dull 3-0 Penguins loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday to fuel hockey's hottest rivalry.

Despite his team soundly defeating the shorthanded Penguins, who are without star centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau unleashed a postgame tirade aimed at Penguins forward Matt Cooke.

Boudreau took issue with a collision between Cooke and Capitals' star Alex Ovechkin with 3:42 left in a game that was preceded by talk of possible retaliation for a Capitals hit against Crosby during the Winter Classic on Jan. 1.

"It's Matt Cooke," Boudreau said. "Need we say more?"

Boudreau said much more.

"It's not like it's his first rodeo," he said. "He's done it to everybody and then he goes to the ref and says, 'What did I do?' He knows (darn) well what he did. There's no doubt in my mind."

Boudreau made it clear he believes Cooke, who was penalized, tried to injure Ovechkin.

"He's good at it," Boudreau said. "He knows how to pick this stuff. We, as a league, we still buy into this, 'Oh, it was accidental thing.' "

Boudreau coached Cooke for a part of the 2007-08 season. Cooke, who met with reporters about 20 minutes before Boudreau's comments, seemed puzzled by the commotion his collision caused. Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom both landed punches on Cooke's face following the hit, though neither was penalized.

"I just tracked the puck," Cooke said. "He cut back on me. We clicked skates."

Boudreau wasn't irritated only by Cooke's hit but with the Penguins in general. In the third period, forward Tim Wallace, who was recalled Saturday from Wilkes-Barre, challenged Capitals left wing David Steckel to a fight and defeated him cleanly.

Steckel threw a blindside hit on Sidney Crosby during the Winter Classic, a blow some believe has caused Crosby's current concussion issues. Boudreau was incensed that the Penguins challenged the 6-foot-5, 217-pound Steckel to a fight.

"If anybody wants to build up this whole Crosby thing," Boudreau said, "I mean, he didn't hit him intentionally. I've coached him for eight years now, and he's never done it once. If they want to use that as a motivating tool, go ahead."

Regarding Wallace picking a fight with Steckel, Boudreau continued, "They send out a guy they call up and Mike Rupp, who's a fighter (and) knows Dave never fought, challenging him. It was crap."

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma didn't seem bothered by anything Cooke did.

Ovechkin drew the Penguins' ire two years ago in the playoffs when his knee-on-knee hit injured Sergei Gonchar.

"I didn't think much contact was made (by Cooke)," Bylsma said.

The Penguins didn't make much contact with the back of Washington's net. Crosby and Malkin, who is likely out for the season with a knee injury, were missed badly, as the Penguins rarely generated any offense.

"Make no mistake about it," defenseman Zbynek Michalek said. "They're our two best players. We miss them. But we've shown we can play well without them. (Sunday) wasn't our best game."

Brooks Laich scored on a rebound late in the first period to put the Capitals ahead, Marcus Johansson scored a shorthanded goal early in the second, and Mike Knuble put the game away with an empty-netter. Michal Neuvirth stopped all 22 shots he faced.

The teams meet again Feb. 21 in Pittsburgh.

"They don't like us," Boudreau said. "We don't like them."

Read more: Cooke's collision causes chaos in Penguins' loss - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_721682.html?source=rss&feed=8#ixzz1DFqolqj0

02-07-2011, 02:28 PM
1:03 PM:
Coach Bylsma also talked about Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Bylsma was asked about Crosby's return to Pittsburgh.

"The schedule with Sidney, we thought he would return sometime this week. There wasn't a definite date or definite day. Right now, I haven't had a lot of contact. He's in contact with our trainer just to let him know how he's feeling and so forth. There really isn't a time frame as far as we're concerned at this point, of getting him back into town and any kind of timetable."

Bylsma was also asked if the coaching staff has planned for not having Crosby for the rest of the season.

"That really has not been a topic of conversation or a thought. Certainly, when the doctor told us he had a mild concussion, we were expecting this not to last this long and it was certainly our concern about making sure his health is full when he comes back to play. But really, we haven’t gone down a label of time. We certainly want to make sure we go through the necessary steps, and he gets returned to health and he’s symptom-free and then progressing toward what the doctor recommends with exercise and so forth. But (we haven’t) gone down that road."

Bylsma was then asked about Malkin's situation.

"Given the severity of the injury right now we're taking some time to let his knee calm down a little bit, get doctors' opinions and options for what he has going forward. It's not a lot of urgency at this point in time to rush into a certain decision."

12:39 PM:
Coach Bylsma said that Kunitz and Dupuis were maintenance days and are expected to be on the ice Tuesday and in the lineup against Columbus that evening.

Bylsma added that Mark Letestu had surgery on his left knee over the weekend and is still expected to be out for 6 weeks.

"Players not on the ice today that played last game, Kunitz and Dupuis, were having maintenance days," Bylsma said. "(I) expect them tomorrow to be on the ice in the morning.

"Arron Asham is still out and day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

"Mark Letestu was able to have his surgery this past weekend, successful surgery. He has started his rehab. It's still on the same timetable, 4 to 6 weeks."


Fire Haley
02-07-2011, 03:24 PM
Sidney Crosby OUT till March? wtf?


Sidney Crosby: Report Says Out Until March - 2/6/2011 9:46:11 PM

Crosby (concussion) is at least seven to 10 days away from resuming normal exercise activities and Pittsburgh doesn't expect him to play until March, sources told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

02-07-2011, 03:36 PM
Yeah, I heard that too.

I'd rather him take his time though, instead of rushing back like Savard did.

Teams doing relatively ok without him. As long as they don't go on a horrible losing streak or anything, they'll be fine.

Fire Haley
02-07-2011, 04:13 PM
There's no guarantee Sid will be back at all. He left the team and is back home.

Pens got 14 pts on 8th place....for however long that will last.

Will it be enough? I don't know - we still got Malkin's $8.7M to find another player or two before the deadline.

This year already sucks, the sports gods have abandoned us.. In the first month both Sid and Geno have been severely injured, Letestu is out for quite a while and the Steelers lost the SB. It can't get much worse than that.

02-07-2011, 04:16 PM
There's no guarantee Sid will be back at all. He left the team and is back home.

Pens got 14 pts on 8th place....for however long that will last.

Will it be enough? I don't know - we still got Malkin's $8.7M to find another player or two before the deadline.

This year already sucks, the sports gods have abandoned us.. In the first month both Sid and Geno have been severely injured, Letestu is out for quite a while and the Steelers lost the SB. It can't get much worse than that.

It can always get worse lol.

From my understanding, Crosby went home to do a little bit of light training and exercises there. I don't think it's supposed to be any kind of extended thing.

And yes, there is always the trade deadline. No need to panic yet.

02-07-2011, 11:16 PM
Malkin fallout: Where do the Pens go from here?
Saturday, 02.05.2011 / 2:37 PM
By David Kalan - NHL.com Staff Writer

While it would be silly to assume Pittsburgh will benefit from Evgeni Malkin's ACL tear, which could very well sideline him for the remainder of the season, his injury could add a significant wrinkle to the upcoming trade deadline for the Penguins -- both in terms of flexibility and terms of need.

With Malkin out, Sidney Crosby's slow return from a concussion and Mark Letestu's current absence with an upper-body injury, the Penguins are currently missing three of their top four centers and become more likely to look at adding depth down the middle before the Feb. 28 trade deadline. One player expected to be on the block who could be appealing to Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero is New Jersey center Jason Arnott, who has postseason experience and a championship pedigree that could make him an attractive short-term fix for the Pens' injury woes.

If Pittsburgh decides it is comfortable at center once Crosby and Letestu are back, they could feasibly search for help on the wing at the deadline. When Crosby is healthy, he and Jordan Staal still provide very formidable pivots to anchor the Penguins' top two lines, meaning the considerable cap space opened by Malkin's injury -- roughly $8.1 million -- gives Pittsburgh an enormous amount of flexibility if it chooses to address other needs. The only catch for the Penguins is that the added cap flexibility only will help them this spring as Malkin and his cap hit will be back next season. As a result, any major acquisition would have to be moved after the season or be in the final year of its contract.

With Marc-Andre Fleury in net and a solid defensive corps, the wing would seem the most likely area for Shero to attend to if he chooses to do so. Where Pittsburgh would go is anyone's guess, though if Edmonton chooses to move Ales Hemsky or Dustin Penner, the Penguins could certainly make the numbers work. And if Shero truly wants to dream big, could a run at Calgary's Jarome Iginla be in the mix?

There are several options of where the Penguins can go from here, but if they follow the organization philosophy they've maintained since acquiring Marian Hossa for a Cup run in 2008, the only certainty is that Pittsburgh, with its newfound cap space and ailing lineup, is unlikely to stand pat.

02-08-2011, 09:57 AM
Pens' GM Shero dismisses Crosby reports
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Monday played out like a game of "Fact or Fiction" regarding concussed Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby.

The facts, provided by coach Dan Bylsma, were a lot less attention-grabbing than the fiction provided by speculation on the Internet that Crosby would not play again this season.

"That really has not been a topic of conversation or a thought," Bylsma said. "When the doctor told us he had a mild concussion, we were not expecting it to last this long."

Crosby has not played, practiced or engaged in any strenuous activity since Jan. 5, when he was driven from behind into the boards at Consol Energy Center by Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman. He had also been clipped from the blind side by Washington Capitals left wing David Steckel during the NHL Winter Classic on New Year's Day.

Multiple sources said over the weekend that Crosby would not resume normal exercise activity for seven to 10 days, and that the Penguins do not expect him to play against until at least March.

Nobody within Crosby's camp has ruled out the possibility he could miss the remainder of this season, including the playoffs - but only because recovery from concussions is impossible to predict.

Penguins general manager Ray Shero said "nothing has changed" regarding the status of Crosby, who is not symptom free and remains cleared for only light exercise.

Bylsma said Crosby, the NHL leader in goals and points at the time of his injury, will return to Pittsburgh "sometime this week" after spending the last several days resting at home in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.

"There wasn't a definite date or day," Bylsma said. "Right now there's not a lot of contact; he's in contact with (Penguins head trainer Chris Stewart) every other day just to let him know how he's feeling.

"There's really not a time frame at this point for getting him back into town, and any kind of timetable (for a return to playing)."

The Penguins must keep playing without Crosby and fellow former scoring-champion center Evgeni Malkin, who is out for the season because of torn right knee ligaments. They are also down third-line center Mark Letestu, a promising rookie who had posted 10 goals.

Combined, their three injured centers have produced 57 goals, or 34.8 percent of their offense.

Even for a squad that rated second overall at 2.22 goals against, playing without players who have contributed that much offense seemingly should be a concern.

"You know, there's not a lot of worry offensively," left wing Matt Cooke said. "We're in a situation right now where we have to try to approach it like we have to win games 1-0 - not because we can't score, but because we're giving ourselves the best chance to win by playing that way."

Arguably, the Penguins' best chance to create scoring chances rests on the shoulders of Kris Letang, Alex Goligoski and Paul Martin. This trio of offensively gifted defensemen has combined for 19 goals and, more notably, 69 assists.

Letang rates first, Goligoski second and Martin fourth among currently healthy Penguins in terms of assists.

Letang said they can "do a better job of reading the play and joining the rush."

"But that's a tough game to play," he said. "If you start taking chances, and you end up trailing, that's when you need to score goals — and we don't have Geno and Sid, so (comebacks) will be tougher."

Read more: Pens' GM Shero dismisses Crosby reports - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_721841.html?source=rss&feed=8#ixzz1DNaskJLV

02-08-2011, 09:58 AM
Call-ups Keep Playoff Mentality
Monday, 02.07.2011 / 1:40 PM / Features
By Tony Jovenitti

Penguins fans might not be aware of it, but Tuesday’s tilt with Columbus is Game 7. So is Thursday’s game against Los Angeles.

OK, they might not be actual playoff Game 7s, but don’t tell players like Dustin Jeffrey, Eric Tangradi and Tim Wallace.

“I have to approach every game like this is my Game 7,” Jeffrey said.

The Penguins recently called up Jeffrey, Tangradi and Wallace from their top minor-league affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the wake of a string of injuries to forwards Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Mark Letestu and Arron Asham.

With Malkin being sidelined for a while and Letestu out four to six weeks, the WBS call-ups are looking to take advantage of their extended opportunity.

“When you’re young, you need to take these opportunities and run with it,” Tangradi said. “When guys are hurt, you step up a little bit, take the role and run with it.”

Both Jeffrey and Tangradi spent time in Pittsburgh earlier in the season, prior to their most recent call-up. But this is Wallace’s first soiree in the NHL this season.

“Obviously the system’s the same, so maybe it’s a little easier transition than other teams,” Wallace said.

Head coach Dan Bylsma frequently stresses that the WBS Penguins play the exact same style of hockey as their parent club, so any player making the upward move will know exactly what is expected of him.

“I think it makes it really easy that you don’t have to worry about the forecheck or the defensive zone coverage, you just have to worry about playing the game,” Jeffrey said.

Jeffrey has been called up six times this season, but being shuttled back-and-forth doesn’t affect his play.

“You know the system, it’s been pounded into your head since training camp Day 1,” Jeffrey said. “It’s easy to transition that way.”

But even with key players out for extended periods of time, nobody is getting complacent with their spot in the lineup.

“None of the guys from Wilkes-Barre, myself included, are guaranteed to be here very long,” Jeffrey said.

“You just try to take every day as it goes,” Wallace said. “You don’t want to focus on next month or next week. You just go every day and do your job. Hopefully, you can stay as long as possible.”

Fire Haley
02-08-2011, 04:30 PM
Trade deadline is Feb 28th

I think Shero will make a move soon.....let the rumors begin

PA Parenteau of the New York Islanders. He has 13 goals and 19 assists in 51 games and a salary of just $600,000.

Ottawa right winger Alex Kovalev ($5 million). 11 goals, 12 assists in 47 games.

Florida left winger Cory Stillman ($3,533,333). Seven goals and 14 assists in 38 games.

Florida right winger Radek Dvorak ($1.7 million). Six goals and 13 assists in 43 games.

Florida left winger Chris Higgins ($1.6 million). Nine goals and 10 assists in 39 games.

02-09-2011, 06:26 AM
Kunitz added to Penguins' list of injured players
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Another day brought another injury to an important Penguins forward. Chris Kunitz did not play Tuesday against Columbus because of a lower body injury. He is listed as day-to-day. Kunitz missed Monday's practice, but coach Dan Bylsma said at the time that Kunitz would play against the Blue Jackets. His injury was obviously more serious than originally believed. The Penguins played without their top three goal scorers in Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kunitz.

• Pittsburgh native R.J. Umberger wasn't the only person in the Columbus organization disappointed with Super Bowl XLV. Columbus coach Scott Arniel, a native of Kingston, Ontario, always has been a big Steelers fan and was hoping to catch the Steelers' victory parade. The parade would have been yesterday morning, right when the Blue Jackets were in town. Arniel said most people in Kingston were Dallas Cowboys fans when he was growing up, but he always preferred the Steelers. "I thought Ben (Roethlisberger) was going to pull it off at the end," he said. "It was disappointing."

• Comcast is providing an NHL Center Ice "freeview" from Feb. 14-20 for all digital customers (channels 771-784 or 531-544, depending on your system).

• The Penguins and American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Consol Energy Center on Feb. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donors will receive a jersey-style T-shirt (while supplies last), will be eligible for prizes and will have an opportunity to meet Penguins broadcasters and alumni.

• Right wing Arron Asham remained out of the lineup with an upper body injury.

Read more: Kunitz added to Penguins' list of injured players - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_722012.html?source=rss&feed=8#ixzz1DSaGTFpo

02-09-2011, 12:58 PM
Trade deadline is Feb 28th

I think Shero will make a move soon.....let the rumors begin

PA Parenteau of the New York Islanders. He has 13 goals and 19 assists in 51 games and a salary of just $600,000.

Ottawa right winger Alex Kovalev ($5 million). 11 goals, 12 assists in 47 games.

Florida left winger Cory Stillman ($3,533,333). Seven goals and 14 assists in 38 games.

Florida right winger Radek Dvorak ($1.7 million). Six goals and 13 assists in 43 games.

Florida left winger Chris Higgins ($1.6 million). Nine goals and 10 assists in 39 games.

Devin Setoguchi's name keeps coming up as well. I'd love to have him here. Same with Jason Arnott. I don't know what they're cap numbers are, but both (Arnott especially) are high on my list right now.

Kovalev is a bit pricey for the season he's having, if he were cheaper I'd go for it, but it could be a huge bust as well.

PA Parenteau would be good as well. I'd like him here.

Gonna be an interesting deadline for sure this year.

02-09-2011, 02:28 PM
Awesome. Just what the Pens need right now.

Report: Penguins' Cooke gets 4-game ban
Wednesday, 02.09.2011 / 1:02 PM / News

Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins was suspended four games by the NHL on Wednesday for hitting Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin from behind Tuesday night, according to Nick Kypreos of Rogers Sportsnet.

With 5:22 remaining in the first period and the Jackets leading the Penguins 1-0 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Tyutin skated deep into his own zone to retrieve a dump-in. With his back turned near the boards, Tyutin absorbed a blind-side hit by Cooke.

Cooke received a five-minute major penalty for charging and an additional five minutes for his fight with Jackets forward Derrick Brassard that followed the hit. Tyutin was uninjured.

That means he'll be out for the Kings, Islanders, Rangers and Avalanche.

Fire Haley
02-09-2011, 02:31 PM
The plot thickens

Rossi said Sid is with his family at an undisclosed warm climate location.

He is with family at an undisclosed warm-weather location, where he is continuing what the Penguins have described as “functional rehab” that includes light exercises. He has not been cleared for workouts


02-10-2011, 10:09 AM
Damn, I was hoping this...

Penguins Re-Assign Forwards Tangradi, Wallace
Wednesday, 02.09.2011 / 5:00 PM / News

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forwards Eric Tangradi and Tim Wallace to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

Tangradi has appeared in 13 games for Pittsburgh this season, posting two points (1G-1A). Wallace played the past two games with the Penguins.

meant a player or two (like Kunitz and Asham) were healthy and coming back for the game tonight. Then I read this now...

Penguins Recall Four Players
Thursday, 02.10.2011 / 9:00 AM / News

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled four players from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

The four players recalled are forwards Ryan Craig, Nick Johnson, Brett Sterling and Joe Vitale.

Johnson, 25, leads WBS with 20 goals while placing second (tied) with 39 points in 48 games. He also has a team-high 10 power-play goals.

Sterling, 26, is also tied for second in scoring on WBS with 39 points through 46 contests. He’s posted 18 goals, 21 assists, six power-play goals and a plus-12 rating.

Craig, 29, ranks fourth on WBS with 33 points on 13 goals and 20 assists in 49 games.

Vitale, 25, has appeared in 50 games this season for WBS, recording eight goals, 27 points, a plus-12 rating and two shorthanded tallies.


Right now, I'm not sure if I care if they win or lose these next 4-5 games. Just as long as no one else gets injured/suspended. It's like they're running a forwards M.A.S.H clinic.

F Matt Cooke - 4 game suspension
F Arron Asham, upper body (day-to-day)
F Mike Comrie, injured reserve/hip (indefinitely)
C Sidney Crosby, injured reserve/mild concussion (indefinitely)
F Chris Kunitz, lower body (day-to-day)
F Mark Letestu, lower body (4-6 weeks)
C Evgeni Malkin, torn ACL & MCL (indefinitely)

02-10-2011, 04:38 PM
Sid is back in Pittsburgh now...here's some updates from his interview today:

Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) spoke with the media in the locker room moments ago. Here is the takeaway from what the captain had to say:

He left town to get away from hockey and the everyday questions about his health. and see his parents.
He's getting better, but it's just slow. Everything is improving, but at a slow rate.
There is no timetable on a return. "It's impossible to gage or put a number."
He's expecting to play this year, but realizes there's no way to be sure

For full details on Crosby's condition, click here (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=552259).

On Kunitz and Geno:

Crosby wasn't the only injury update of the day. Head coach Dan Bylsma had some news on Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) and Chris Kunitz (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470543).

"I would say say (Kunitz) is not quite day-to-day in where he's at," Bylsma said. "He has a lower-body injury and he's in, I would say, a 4-to-6 day time period, hopefully.

"(Malkin) this morning, he had successful surgery."

Expected line combos for the game tonight:



02-10-2011, 11:00 PM
Penguins top Kings 2-1 in OT
Thursday, 02.10.2011 / 9:55 PM
Alan Robinson (http://www.nhl.com/ice/newsindex.htm?author=3042&view=headline) - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Jordan Staal (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8473533) is being counted upon to pick up the Pittsburgh Penguins (http://penguins.nhl.com/)' offense with Sidney Crosby (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471675) and Evgeni Malkin (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471215) out. This was a good start.

Staal, denied in the closing seconds of regulation, scored with 18.4 seconds left in overtime and the Penguins also got a goal from one of their minor-league callups to beat the Los Angeles Kings (http://kings.nhl.com/) 2-1 on Thursday night.

Shortly after Penguins coach Dan Bylsma called a timeout with a weary crew on the ice, Kings defenseman Jack Johnson (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471677) turned the puck over the blue line to start a 2-on-1 rush the other way. Staal's wrist shot clipped goalie Jonathan Quick (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471734)'s right jersey sleeve and flew into the net.

Staal's fourth goal and first in 10 games ended a goaltending duel between Quick and Marc-Andre Fleury (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8470594), each of whom made a series of excellent saves in the interconference matchup. Fleury made 32 saves and Quick 24. Los Angeles has five wins and two overtime losses in its last seven games.

On the day Malkin underwent surgery to repair two torn knee ligaments and Crosby said there's no timetable for his return from a concussion – he hopes only it's this season – Pittsburgh was understandably desperate for goals after scoring one in two games. Forwards Chris Kunitz (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8470543) and Mark Letestu (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8473914) also are out, and Matt Cooke (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8465951) served the first game of his four-game suspension for his hit from behind against Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin on Tuesday.

Pittsburgh, long known for offense, had two active players with as many as 10 goals. Pascal Dupuis (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8466393) and Tyler Kennedy (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471311) have 10 each.

The Penguins are so depleted by injuries -- they're without the players who've scored 85 of their 163 goals – they dressed all four forwards who were recalled earlier in the day from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) -- and got their first goal from one of them.

Brett Sterling (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8470737), who shared a crowded van with those three teammates during the four-hour drive, wasted little time scoring Pittsburgh's first goal. Sterling jumped on Dustin Jeffrey (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8474138)'s strong pass from the corner and snapped a wrist shot while skating down the slot, beating Quick to the glove side just 6:53 into the game. It was his third NHL goal and first for Pittsburgh.

Jeffrey, also called up after the injuries began and playing his 13th game of the season, left in the second period with a lower body injury.

Shortly before Sterling scored, Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8469760) protected the side of the net to stop Justin Williams (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8468508)' stuff-in attempt with Fleury at the opposite side of the crease.

The Kings, playing the fourth game of a 10-game road trip, tied it at 17:17 on Jarret Stoll (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8468526)'s 15th goal. Stoll settled down a deflected pass, steered it by Michalek in the left circle and beat Fleury between the pads.

Pittsburgh held Los Angeles to two shots during a scoreless second period.

Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8467452) played in Pittsburgh for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2009. Scuderi was given a loud ovation following a video tribute early in the game.

Scuderi was best known in Pittsburgh for stretching across the crease to block two shots by Detroit's Johan Franzen in Game 6 of the 2009 finals. He made a similar save against Staal in the final seconds of regulation, sending the game to overtime. Los Angeles is 7-3 in overtime, Pittsburgh is 7-4.

Bylsma joined Eddie Johnston and Michel Therrien as the only Penguins coaches with 100 victories.


It was a great game, and a huge win for the Pens...who play tomorrow night in Long Island. Really sucks that Jefferey got knocked out of the game though. Forwards are just dropping like flies right now. Hope it's nothing serious and he's back soon...as he was centering the 2nd line.

02-11-2011, 10:00 PM
Man, this Islanders game went to shit early and just kept getting uglier. Pens have 5 players on the bench right now I think? Scores 8-3 Islanders.

Vitale fighting as I'm typing this out lol.

Only thing I'm hoping for now is no injuries and no suspensions at the end of the game.

Johnson fought again tonight...will definitely be posting videos as they become available. There will be a bunch of them lol.

*Edit* 9-3 Islanders. Johnson's having the worst game of the season.

4 players on the bench for the Isles and 3 for the Pens.

Craig (Pens call up) is looking for a fight right now and is getting taken off the ice. 4 on the ice and 2 on the bench. Geez.

*Another Edit* Isles "fans" are chanting Crosby sucks. :doh: Glad they're enjoying a great regular season game, since they never get to enjoy one in May or June. :chuckle:

Refs finally let the game end...Pens had 6 players + 2 goalies left in the game at the end. Islanders had 9 + 2 goalies. :chuckle: The game itself sucked because of the loss, but the updates tomorrow should be interesting. Ugly, ugly game.

02-11-2011, 10:05 PM
despite the score, I'm glad I caught a stream of this game, just to remember the way the NHL used to-be 30+ years ago ~ note-pretty, but memorable

are those dumb sewer-dwellers chanting 'CROSBY SUCKS', when he hasn't played in 4+ weeks?


02-11-2011, 10:09 PM
despite the score, I'm glad I caught a stream of this game, just to remember the way the NHL used to-be 30+ years ago ~ note-pretty, but memorable

are those dumb sewer-dwellers chanting 'CROSBY SUCKS', when he hasn't played in 4+ weeks?


Lol, yes they were. I turned the game off early in the second...didn't expect all that crap to be going down. I'm downloading and watching what I missed though for sure. I think Fleury was the only Pens player not to get into any kind of scrap. :chuckle:

02-11-2011, 10:22 PM
I think Fleury was the only Pens player not to get into any kind of scrap.

"... not-impress... it a patetic-performance...


... he soff... like I never see ..."

02-11-2011, 10:57 PM
Over 300 penalty minutes in that game lol.

(Love the Therrian pic and reference as well 4x :sofunny: )

Here's what hockeyfightsdotcom has up...so far.

Maxime Talbot vs Matt Martin, Pascal Dupuis vs Josh Bailey and Michael Rupp vs Travis Hamonic


Maxime Talbot vs Micheal Haley and Brent Johnson vs Micheal Haley


I'm sure there will be at least one more. The second vid is from early in the 3rd. The end of the game was nuts.

Godard is getting a suspension for sure. Maybe as much as 10 games for coming off the bench. Tangradi got hurt pretty bad. Shoulder injury? Possible concussion? Not sure yet...but Gillies deserves 4-10 for his shit. Matt Martin will be getting a letter in the mail as well, possibly Haley as well.

I've never seen a team so butt hurt over a goalie fight and a clean hit (from their previous meeting). April 8th can't get here soon enough. :grin:

02-11-2011, 11:03 PM
I've never seen a team so butt hurt over a goalie fight, started by the goalie who was eventually knocked-out

I think a 10-game suspension for Goddard is mandatory, but something he almost had to do, given the Officials total incompetence, allowing Haley to leave the scene of one fight, only to skate the length of the ice, looking to pick another fight:
had the Officials escorted Haley to the doorway into the dressing-room... LIKE THEY ARE INSTRUCTED TO-DO... Goddard wouldn't have had-to leave the bench

I also think Haley will be picking-splinters for several games, too, for that very act

02-11-2011, 11:07 PM
... you have-to wonder who will be arriving on the bus from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for Sunday's game against the other team from New Rat City...


02-11-2011, 11:08 PM
I think a 10-game suspension for Goddard is mandatory, but something he almost had to do, given the Officials total incompetence, allowing Haley to leave the scene of one fight, only to skate the length of the ice, looking to pick another fight:
had the Officials escorted Haley to the doorway into the dressing-room... LIKE THEY ARE INSTRUCTED TO-DO... Goddard wouldn't have had-to leave the bench

I also think Haley will be picking-splinters for several games, too, for that very act

Yeah, the officials handled that game horribly. I think they were just incredibly overwhelmed at that point. Haley should have been tossed from the game before that even happened though...you're right on that point.

Isles "fans" are taking this as some sort of huge victory for their team and that it's karma on the Pens. :rolleyes:

Kris Letang, Kyle Okposo and Zenon Konopka pick up roughing penalties


Best fight of the night...love this kid!


02-11-2011, 11:11 PM
Isles "fans" are taking this as some sort of huge victory for their team and that it's karma on the Pens.

... I hope both of them enjoy watching the Penguins on TV once the playoffs begin...

02-11-2011, 11:13 PM
... you have-to wonder who will be arriving on the bus from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for Sunday's game against the other team from New Rat City...



02-11-2011, 11:18 PM
Apparently Bylsma said in the postgame that Tangradi has a concussion...so they'll need another call up for sure now.

Bylsma was pissed in his postgame too. The rematch is going to be brutal.

Martin tries sucker punching Talbot. Engelland steps in and doesn't even get a chance to do anything. Rupp becomes involved in some garbage scrum. So in one fell swoop, Engelland and Rupp are gone for the game, with almost a full 2 periods to go. Then to add to things, the Pens lose Godard for almost the entire 3rd period. The Islanders took full advantage of all of this. WTG refs.

When the Penguins play them again on April 8th, they're f*cking dead.

02-11-2011, 11:20 PM
Apparently Bylsma said in the postgame that Tangradi has a concussion...so they'll need another call up for sure now.

and, I believe that once the word 'concussion' is used & confirmed, there is a definite period before he can play ~ am I correct?

02-11-2011, 11:27 PM
and, I believe that once the word 'concussion' is used & confirmed, there is a definite period before he can play ~ am I correct?

They have to be symptom free for a week before they can come back. That was my understanding from the whole Crosby thing.

02-11-2011, 11:31 PM
They have to be symptom free for a week before they can come back. That was my understanding from the whole Crosby thing.

I think you are correct... I knew there was a specific time-table once 'concussion' had been confirmed, forgot it was 'symptom-free'

02-12-2011, 12:27 AM
I think a 10-game suspension for Goddard is mandatory, but something he almost had to do, given the Officials total incompetence, allowing Haley to leave the scene of one fight, only to skate the length of the ice, looking to pick another fight:
had the Officials escorted Haley to the doorway into the dressing-room... LIKE THEY ARE INSTRUCTED TO-DO... Goddard wouldn't have had-to leave the bench

I also think Haley will be picking-splinters for several games, too, for that very act

the refs had their hands full, but they definitely could have done a better job

this was just an all around ugly game and all this over what(dipietro losing a fight)?
the islanders moved near the top of my most hated teams list very quickly

02-12-2011, 12:58 AM

02-12-2011, 12:19 PM
Bylsma fined, suspended pending review - 02-11-11
Friday, February 11, 2011 11:46 PM
Written by Seth Rorabaugh

As if things couldn't have gone worse for the Penguins tonight, it now turns out Dan Bylsma will be automatically suspended and fined $10,000 by the NHL for Eric Godard leaving the bench in the second period of tonight's game.

Godard was assessed two game misconducts when he left the bench to fight Islanders forward Michael Haley in the second period when Haley attacked Penguins goaltender Brent Johnson.

Per Rule 70.10 of the NHL's rule book:

"The Coach(es) of the team(s) whose player(s) (including goalkeepers) left the players’ bench(es) or penalty bench(es)during an altercation shall be suspended, pending a review by the Commissioner. The Coach(es) also will be fined a maximum of ten thousand dollars ($10,000)."

Godard is expected to be suspended 10 games for his actions.

Fire Haley
02-12-2011, 01:41 PM
What a cluster

Bench any skill players that are left and bring up every last AHL goon.

02-12-2011, 02:45 PM
Kings score 3 in the 3rd against the Crapitals in the District of Corruption to take a 4-1 lead late, sending all 'em federal employees scurrying for the door


02-12-2011, 05:37 PM
2/12/2011 3:29:19 PM

Any supplementary discipline resulting from Friday's fight-filled game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders will likely not be levied until tonight.

The NHL is taking time today to break down the tape of Friday night's 9-3 win by the Islanders, which featured several fights and over 300 minutes in penalties.

Islanders forwards Matt Martin (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/players/?name=matt+martin), Trevor Gillies (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/players/?name=trevor+gillies) and Zenon Konopka (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/players/?name=zenon+konopka) are scheduled for in-person meetings with the NHL to discuss their roles in the contest.

The meetings are expected to take place at 5pm et at the Islanders team hotel in Buffalo. The Islanders take the ice against the Sabres Sunday afternoon.

In-person hearings allow for suspensions of six or more games, but no suspension also remains a possibility.

Konopka could be facing a potential violation of rule 70.2, which involves coming onto ice on a legal change for purposes of starting an altercation.

Penguins' Eric Godard (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/players/?name=eric+godard) will receive an automatic 10-game suspension for coming off bench to fight, when he rushed to the defence of goaltender Brent Johnson (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/players/?name=brent+johnson).

Godard's actions carry a team fine, but not an automatic suspension for Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma.

The fight-filled game took place nine days after Johnson knocked out Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/players/?name=rick+dipietro), causing broken bones in his face during a 3-0 Penguins victory.

02-12-2011, 09:24 PM
Head coach Dan Bylsma

On Tangradi:
"Tangradi will not be able to go tomorrow."

On the cab rides:
"It was quite a sight. I think the gentleman involved in the accident backed off a little bit when he saw a whole hockey team get out with sticks and gloves in their hands. If he had known anything about last night, maybe that's why he backed off.

On Godard leaving the bench:
"We have a situation where I did say, 'Don't go.' I don't have my hands on every player on the bench. Everyone kind of stood up and your natural reaction, I actually said don't go."

On if he weren't able to coach a game:
"I have not spoken with the league in this point in time. ... Todd Reirden runs the defense during the game. Tony (Granato) is at my side running the forwards. He would take over that responsibility if the coach (wasn't available)."

Eric Godard (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468252)

On anything was said before he left the bench:
No one said anything. There was all that stuff going down in the corner. Max got in a fight with Haley. I rememer seeing him skating towards the penalty box. I looked down at the pile again. I heard commotion and saw him skating towards Johnny. I just jumped and went after him. ... I saw him skating towards Johnny and I just kind of went.

On the automatic 10-game suspension:
I'm aware of the rule, but at the time I'm not thinking about it.

On regrets:
We're in a tough spot right now with a lot of guys out. Yes I regret it. But no, I'm going to try to defend my teammates. I'm kind of torn with that.

Maxime Talbot (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470171)

On his scrum with Martin:
I was surprised.

On what started the sequence:
There was no talk. It was probably my hit on Comeau, which I did not get a penalty on.

On ever experiencing anything like what Martin did:
No, my first time. ... You never expect to get grabbed from behind and punched like that. I'm not a guy that would stand down if someone comes to my face and asks me.

6:08 PM:
Coach Bylsma announced that Eric Tangradi, who left the game against the Islanders, will not play Sunday afternoon against the Rangers. Thus, the Pens recalled Tim Wallace (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=552542) from WBS.

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02-13-2011, 04:10 AM
NHL levies suspensions to Penguins and Isles
Saturday, 02.12.2011 / 11:44 PM / News NHL.com

The National Hockey League has suspended Pittsburgh's Eric Godard for 10 games, while Trevor Gillies of the New York Islanders received a nine-game suspension and Isles forward Matt Martin drew a four-game suspension for their actions during Friday's game on Long Island.

The disciplinary actions were announced by NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell following in-person hearings with the Islanders on Saturday evening in Buffalo, where the Isles play Sunday afternoon.

Godard drew an automatic 10-game suspension under Rule 70.11 for coming off the bench to become involved in a third-period fight after New York's Michael Haley squared off with Penguins goaltender Brent Johnson. Godard received a double minor for roughing and a double game misconduct.

Gillies was suspended for leveling Pittsburgh's Eric Tangradi with an elbow and throwing several punches to his head in an incident that led to the Haley-Johnson fight, earning a major penalty and a game misconduct. Tangradi left the game with concussion symptoms.

Martin was suspended as a result of delivering several punches from behind to an unsuspecting opponent, the Penguins' Max Talbot, during the second period. He received a major for fighting and a game misconduct.

Gillies will lose $24,193.53 in salary; Martin will forfeit $41,585.36 as a repeat offender; and Godard will lose $40,322.25.

"The actions by the Islanders' Gillies and Martin were deliberate attempts to injure by delivering blows to the head of players who were unsuspecting and unable to defend themselves," Campbell said in a statement issued by the NHL. "The message should be clear to all players: targeting the head of an opponent by whatever means will be dealt with by suspension.

"With respect to the Godard suspension, there can be no circumstance that allows for a player to leave his bench for the purpose of coming to the aid of a teammate."

The Islanders were also fined $100,000.

"The Islanders also must bear some responsibility for their failure to control their players," Campbell added.

The Islanders won 9-3 in a game that saw 346 penalty minutes, 15 fighting majors and 21 misconducts.

02-13-2011, 10:50 AM
Pens on their way to an outdoor practice yesterday in NYC. The bus got into an accident and they had to go by taxi (in their gear and all).


02-13-2011, 10:58 AM
they are trying to recall a replacement bus from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, but don't know if it'll arrive in-time for today's game

02-13-2011, 04:00 PM

"If the events relating to Friday night reflect the state of the league...

... I need to re-think whether I want to be a part of it."

02-14-2011, 10:47 AM
Pens not in mood to make excuses
Sunday, 02.13.2011 / 8:10 PM / NHL Insider
By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- With a stiff upper lip the Pittsburgh Penguins are acting as if the elephant in the room is not the reason for their current slump.

Sure, any team that's missing Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin would have trouble winning, but the Penguins, who are missing so much more than just their two superstars right now, say the lineup and lack of star power are not the reasons for why they've lost four out of five and gave up 14 goals during a forgettable weekend trip to New York.

They followed Friday's fight-filled 9-3 loss on Long Island with a 5-3 loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

"It shouldn't be," Max Talbot said when he was asked if opponents are finding it easy to play against the Penguins nowadays. "They're (Crosby and Malkin) obviously two of the best in the League and there are a lot of other guys that are hurt, but it's no excuse for us. Everybody in this dressing room has a role, everybody takes pride in playing the right way and we should be able to win some hockey games."

You have to love Talbot's optimism and he, like the rest of the Penguins, deserves credit for not using the obvious built-in excuse for their 1-4 slide. But, facts are facts and the Penguins are obviously easier to play against when Crosby and Malkin are not in the lineup. They become an even easier target when guys like Chris Kunitz, Mark Letestu, Arron Asham and the suspended Matt Cooke join the superstars on the sideline, giving way instead to five AHL call-ups who were all in the lineup Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

All told the Penguins played Sunday in front of a soldout Garden crowd without nine forwards when you add Dustin Jeffrey, Eric Tangradi and Eric Godard to the aforementioned Crosby, Malkin, Kunitz, Letestu, Asham and Cooke.

Seriously, name another team that would be able to overcome all of that?

"We have to find ways to win games and guys that are filling those roles like myself and other players, we all need to step up our game," Jordan Staal said. "Everyone on the team needs to elevate their game if we want to win games."

The problem is that hasn't been happening, and it's creating a double whammy against the Penguins.

Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma admitted he'd much rather have told the media the reason for Friday's loss to the Islanders and Sunday's loss to the Rangers had nothing to do with execution and everything to do with personnel, but he couldn't do it.

The Penguins, with almost no room for error, gave the Rangers six power play opportunities and surrendered goals on three of them. They scored on just one of their six power play chances.

"Special teams have been a big factor for our success and the lack thereof," Bylsma said. "If you lose the special teams battle, with the margin for error now, we're starting down a goal and that's not a recipe for success."

It didn't help that the Penguins this weekend were not good on the forecheck and couldn't execute in the offensive zone. After going up 2-0 just 5:06 into Sunday's game they couldn't sustain any pressure and looked frazzled after the Rangers got back in the game with back-to-back goals from Brian Boyle and Ryan Callahan.

"We made mistakes and had details in our game that we let go, and it gave them good opportunities to get goals," Bylsma said. "As a result we found ourselves down after getting up 2-0. We have to have those details regardless of who is in the game, and that was not there."

He feels he can get away with saying "regardless of who is in the game" because the minor leaguers he had to use Sunday -- Tim Wallace, Ryan Craig, Joe Vitale, Brett Sterling and Nick Johnson -- all play the same system as the Penguins in the AHL with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

"You know what? With or without any guy in the lineup, we're the Pittsburgh Penguins right here and if we play the system and win the special teams battles we have a good chance to win the hockey game," Talbot said. "(Sunday) we lost it, so we lost the game."

All true, but it's hard to play the system when Bylsma clearly has to scale back and adjust due to the monumental changes in the lineup. The Penguins have no other choice now but to elevate their healthy and available NHLers into unfamiliar roles while filling out the lineup card with a bunch of minor leaguers.

It's commendable that they won't use the lineup as an excuse for their slump, but it is, indeed, a major, major reason.

"We can't go offense for offense against the other team because we won't get back in those games," All-Star defenseman Kris Letang told NHL.com. "We have to manage the puck properly and make sure we don't turn the puck over. If you don't turn it over you don't give them any chances. Right now they're all feeding off the turnovers we give or the poor decisions we make."

02-14-2011, 12:35 PM
Well...I guess we won't be seeing Forsberg when we play the Avalanche on Wednesday lol.

Forsberg retiring from NHL
Monday, 02.14.2011 / 11:54 AM / News NHL.com

Just two games into his latest comeback with the Colorado Avalanche, Peter Forsberg will announce his retirement from the NHL at a press conference Monday afternoon.

Forsberg was scoreless with a minus-4 rating in two games. He had three shots and played more than 17:30 in each game.

The two games he played were his first in the NHL since the end of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Fire Haley
02-14-2011, 01:40 PM
So Mario is getting ready to sell the team?

02-15-2011, 01:00 AM
Bylsma: Two Years on the Job
Monday, 02.14.2011 / 11:58 PM / Features (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Ffeatures)
By Sam Kasan
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Today, Feb. 15, marks the two-year anniversary of the hiring of Dan Bylsma as head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins. In just two seasons, he is one of the most successful coaches in team history.

Bylsma began the 2008-09 campaign with his first-ever head coaching job, with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, and ended it by hoisting the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh.

Bylsma led WBS to a 35-16-1-2 record before Penguins GM Ray Shero brought him to Pittsburgh on Feb. 15, 2009. "I got a call from Ray and he wanted to talk on my office phone," Bylsma said. "That five minutes was a whirlwind."

Bylsma was introduced to the team at their hotel and he was behind the bench for his first-ever NHL game as head coach the following afternoon. The rest, as they say, is history. But that history is still being written.

Here is a look back at some of Bylsma's monumental achievements so far:

Feb. 15, 2009 – Penguins hire Dan Bylsma as interim head coach.

Feb. 16, 2009 – Bylsma coaches first game with Penguins, 3-2 shootout loss, at Nassau Coliseum against New York Islanders.

Feb. 19, 2009 – Bylsma records first victory as NHL head coach, 5-4, over Montreal Canadiens at Mellon Arena.

Feb. 27 to March 8, 2009– Penguins record the best road trip in franchise history with a five-game sweep at Chicago, Dallas, Tampa Bay, Florida and Washington.

April 7, 2009– Penguins and Bylsma clinch playoff berth with 6-4 victory at Tampa Bay.

April 11, 2009 – Penguins end season with a 3-1 win at Montreal to finish the season with an 18-3-4 run under Bylsma, and locking up the fourth seed and home-ice advantage in the opening round of the NHL postseason.

April 15, 2009 – Penguins open playoffs with a 4-1 win over cross-state rival Philadelphia, Bylsma’s first postseason win as head coach.

April 25, 2009– Penguins eliminate Flyers and advance to second round with a 5-3 come-from-behind win at Philadelphia in Game 6 – Bylsma’s first playoff series victory.

April 28, 2009– Penguins GM Ray Shero removes the “interim” title from Bylsma, making him the official head coach for the foreseeable future.

May 26, 2009 – Pittsburgh records 4-1 win and a four-game sweep of Carolina Hurricanes in Eastern Conference finals to advance to the franchise’s fourth Stanley Cup, and second in two seasons.

June 12, 2009– The Penguins defeated the Red Wings, 2-1, in Game 7 at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena to claim the organization’s third Stanley Cup title. Bylsma becomes only the third head coach to lead Pittsburgh to a Cup championship.

Bylsma also becomes the 14th rookie head coach, and just the fourth in the past 50 years, to capture the Stanley Cup. Of those 14, only Montreal’s Al MacNeil (1970-71) took over mid-season.

Sept. 12, 2009 – The Penguins open 2009 training camp, the first camp run by Bylsma as an NHL head coach.

Oct. 2, 2009– Penguins open the season with a 3-2 victory against the New York Rangers as the team raises its 2009 Stanley Cup banner.

Nov. 3, 2009– The Penguins beat the Ducks in Anaheim to open the season with a 7-0 road record, tying the franchise record for consecutive road wins.

Jan. 24, 2010– Penguins defeat Philadelphia 2-1 at Mellon Arena for Bylsma’s 50th career victory behind the bench. He becomes the eighth-fastest coach in NHL history to 50 wins (78 games).

April 11, 2010– The Penguins defeat the New York Islanders, 6-5 in overtime, to finish their first full season under Bylsma with a 47-28-7 record and 101 points – topping the 100-point barrier for the sixth time in team history.

April 24, 2010– Pittsburgh eliminates the Ottawa Senators in Game 6 of the quarterfinals with a 4-3 overtime triumph. The series win is the fifth straight for Bylsma, and his five series victories ties him with legendary coach Scott Bowman for most in team history.

May 8, 2010 – Bylsma’s Penguins beat the Montreal Canadiens, 2-1, to record his 23rd career postseason victory – trying him with Bowman as the franchise’s winningest coach in playoff history.

Nov. 17, 2010 – Pittsburgh defeats Vancouver, 3-1, igniting a historic run in team history.

Dec. 11, 2010– The Penguins defeat the Sabres in Buffalo, 5-2, for their 12th straight victory and stretches their unbeaten streak to 15 games (14-0-1). The 12 consecutive wins ties for the second-best streak in team history, and ties for eighth longest in NHL history.

The Penguins also win their seventh-straight road game, trying the franchise record previously done twice. Of the three times Pittsburgh has won seven consecutive road games, twice have come with Bylsma as head coach.

Jan. 25, 2011 – The Penguins blank the New York Islanders, 1-0, to record Bylsma’s 96th career win. That victory moves him into third place on the franchise’s all-time wins list, surpassing Bowman (95).

Feb. 10, 2011 – The Penguins knock off the Los Angeles Kings, 2-1 in overtime, for Bylsma’s 100th career victory. He becomes only the third Penguins coach to hit the 100-win mark. Bylsma is the fastest Penguins coach to 100 (163 games), while he ranks as the fifth-fastest in NHL history.

To be continued...

02-15-2011, 01:32 PM
Still no good news on any injury situations (except that Letestu is skating)...

12:49 PM: Head coach Dan Bylsma started his media scrum with a plethora of updates on the Pens' injured players.

"(Arron) Asham, still with an upper-body, is day-to-day.

Chris Kunitz (is rehabbing) and getting better. (It's) still a lower-body injury and he's day-to-day.

Dustin Jeffrey was fitted for a brace and will likely be back on the ice skating later this week or the weekend.

Mark Letestu skated lightly today on his own without any gear, so he's returned to the ice.

(Eric) Tangradi still has concussion-like symptoms and is resting today."


Shero (in my opinion) is dragging his feet in regards to the trade deadline. Teams are already making big moves and he seems fine just sitting back and waiting. Maybe I'm just impatient...I don't know. I would have liked to have seen one or two of these guys here though.

Here's forwards who are already gone:

Frolik to the Hawks
Swift to the Sharks
Fisher to the Preds
Versteeg to the Flyers
Voros to the Leafs
Lupul to the Leafs

Fire Haley
02-15-2011, 07:23 PM
Throw this season on the scrapheap and start again next year?

02-15-2011, 09:21 PM
... and now, your Sandy's Out-of-Town Scoreboard...


trailing Philthadelphia 3-1 midway thru the 2nd, Tampa Bay scores a pair of quick-goals, and after 40 minutes of play, it's Lightning 3, Phailures 3

02-15-2011, 09:40 PM
Throw this season on the scrapheap and start again next year?

Naaa...Luckily, thanks to a great win streak earlier, as long as we get at least MOST of the injured forwards back in a decent amount of time (like, within 4-6 weeks), they should be ok for the playoffs. I'm not expecting Stanley Cup this year (though it would be nice)...but I don't expect them to lay down and die in the first round either.

I just wish Shero would hurry up and grab up someone good (to at least replace Geno with). I'm sure he's working on making deals, but I'm just antsy.

02-15-2011, 10:32 PM
... and now, your Sandy's Out-of-Town Scoreboard...

trailing Philthadelphia 3-1 midway thru the 2nd, Tampa Bay scores a pair of quick-goals, and after 40 minutes of play, it's Lightning 3, Phailures 3

Ehhh..it went into OT with the Cryers winning. Blech.

After browsing and reading around a bit, I've somewhat calmed down about the trade issue. I'd of course like to see something happen sooner than later, but here are my top choices. Make it so Shero!

Sharks want a D-man and they have Setoguchi available. My absolute top choice.

C Jason Arnott - Devils (Zubrus is available from the Devs as well) Very close second. I'd love Arnott here.

C Jarome Iginla - Flames (highly unlikely, which is the only reason he's not my top choice...but if Shero can make it happen, I'd probably do unspeakable things to myself)

Sabres are basically only looking for draft picks and have C Tim Connolly, RW Mike Grier, C Jochen Hecht and C Rob Niedermayer available.

Oilers are only looking for draft picks as well and RW Dustin Penner is available (as is their captain C Shawn Horcroff)

RW Radek Dvorak and LW Cory Stillman from Florida for picks and prospects.

C John Madden is available in Minnesota, but I don't know what they'd want for him.

Kovalev and Ruutu are available in Ottawa and could probably be bought for a bag of chips. :chuckle:

02-16-2011, 10:33 AM
Porous defense concerns Penguins
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lost in the madness that took place Friday on Long Island was the dirty little secret that the Penguins allowed a stunning nine goals.

The Rangers followed with five more goals against the Penguins on Sunday.

What happened to the defense?

The Penguins realize they must win by playing a low-scoring style while Sidney Crosby is out of the lineup, and they didn't exactly execute their plan cleanly over the weekend. They will try tonight against a Colorado team that has lost eight straight.

"We aren't being disciplined right now," defenseman Zbynek Michalek said. "That's the problem, and it needs to stop."

For all the Penguins' injured and suspended players, none of them play on the team's blue line. The seven regular defensemen — along with goalies Marc-Andre Fleury and Brent Johnson — are healthy, which begs the question: Why are the Penguins suddenly giving up so many goals?

The logical answer is that, with so many new players in the lineup, communication errors are inevitable.

"But that's not what the problem has been," left wing Mike Rupp said. "We just aren't paying attention to details. That's the problem."

And these days, every little detail counts.

Brooks Orpik went even further, saying that the veteran players — not the contingency from Wilkes-Barre — were responsible for the majority of the mistakes against the Islanders and Rangers.

His opinion was shared by many others.

"That's a concern," coach Dan Bylsma said. "It's an accurate statement."

The problem for the Penguins appears to be that many players are attempting to alter their style in an attempt to replace the offense missing without Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Bylsma admitted as much following Tuesday's practice.

"Max Talbot, Pascal Dupuis, Jordan Staal ..." Bylsma said. "Very good players. They all add something to our team. (But) they don't replace Sidney Crosby. They need to be Max Talbot, Pascal Dupuis and Jordan Staal."

The Penguins can't possibly be expected to dominate like they were in December, when Crosby led the way to a 12-game winning streak. With half of their forwards having started the season in Wilkes-Barre, goals might be hard to come by.

Preventing goals, though, shouldn't be so difficult, not with one of the league's elite goaltenders and a strong defensive group still intact.

"We need to get the puck deep and play a simple game right now," Michalek said. "We aren't doing that right now, and it's why we're giving up so many goals."

The Penguins spoke privately about playing within themselves and believe it could be a key to success without so many top-notch players.

"We talked about it before practice," Michalek said. "Nothing should change. You can't go out there and be someone that you're not."

The Penguins have permitted an unusually high number of odd-man rushes in their past two games and have left countless forwards open in front of Fleury and Johnson. A team that has been so good defensively suddenly looks flawed in that area, but the Penguins believe this is simply an aberration.

"We'll be fine," Rupp said. "On my best day, I can't do things Sid and Geno can do. If we stay within ourselves, we'll be fine."

Bylsma said before the season that the Penguins needed to improve at winning 2-1 games.

Here's their chance.

"We take pride in what we do," Talbot said. "I believe in everybody in this dressing room."

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02-17-2011, 10:54 AM
Aftermath: Penguins 3, Avalanche 2 (OT)
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Pittsburgh and Colorado played a fast-paced game that had a physical edge, trading opportune scoring chances throughout the course of the game. But in the end, it was the Penguins who came out on top 3-2 in overtime – getting their first victory in Colorado since Feb. 25, 1999.

The Penguins performed solidly all game, but the third period is where they really shined. The final 20 minutes was a textbook display of Dan Bylsma hockey, which is activating the defense, establishing offensive zone time and keeping their opponents on their heels. All four lines looked sharp, especially the trio of Brett Sterling (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470737), Jordan Staal (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473533) and Nick Johnson (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471280).

The Penguins controlled play for most of that period and their battle level was sky high, forcing the Avalanche to take two penalties in the final frame and one in overtime – which opened the door for Tyler Kennedy (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471311) to slam home a power-play goal with 50 seconds left to win the game for his team.

Both goalies had to be sharp early, and Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594) was alert as ever. He ended the night with 29 stops and his save of the game came five minutes into the third period when he stoned Colorado’s Brandon Yip on a shorthanded breakaway. That save preserved the 2-2 deadlock and gave Pittsburgh momentum to eventually win the game in overtime.


Forward Tyler Kennedy (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471311) has been stepping up and providing an offense spark for the Penguins, who entered Thursday's tilt missing 52.9 percent (95 of 169) of their goal-scoring output from this season with injuries to key forwards.

He tallied his fifth goal in seven games on Thursday when he scored the game-winning goal for the Penguins with just 50 seconds remaining in overtime. Kevin Porter had gone off for tripping with 1:26 left in the extra period and the Penguins were pressuring hard on their 4-on-3 opportunity.

After Kris Letang (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471724) made a leaping play to keep the puck in the zone, Pittsburgh attacked the net with a vengeance, but none of their blasts were solving Budaj – until a rebound on Alex Goligoski (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471274)’s shot landed on the stick of a hovering Kennedy.

He wasted no time slamming the puck home to get the power-play goal. Kennedy finished the night with five shots through 17:54 of ice time.

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The Penguins got an opportune chance to take the lead when Ryan O'Byrne went to the box for tripping just over three minutes into the third period.

But the best chance of Pittsburgh’s power-play opportunity went to the Avalanche, when Brandon Yip embarked on a shorthanded breakaway.

Fleury came up with a huge save on the play, keeping the Avalanche from gaining a huge lift by scoring a shorthanded tally to go up a goal. It kept the score tied 2-2 and turned the tides the Penguins' way. Pittsburgh turned it on after that chance, going on to win the game 3-2 in overtime.


DENVER (AP) - Tyler Kennedy (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471311) scored a power-play goal 4:10 into overtime and Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594) stopped 29 shots in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 3-2 victory Wednesday night that sent the Colorado Avalanche to their ninth straight loss.

Joe Vitale (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471856) and Jordan Staal (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473533) added goals for the injury-plagued Penguins, who snapped a two-game skid.
Kennedy knocked in a rebound after a shot from Alex Goligoski (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471274) bounced to him off the pads of Peter Budaj. Kevin Porter was called for tripping moments before Kennedy's 12th goal of the season.

Chris Stewart and Cameron Gaunce scored for the Avalanche, who are in the midst of their longest skid since moving to Denver for the 1995-96 season.


- The Penguins earned their first win in Colorado since Feb. 25, 1999. With the win Wednesday, the Penguins snapped their five-game losing streak at Pepsi Center.

- Joe Vitale (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471856) scored his first-career NHL goal with just 2:33 remaining in the first – a goal that would prove to be crucial in a game that went into overtime. He streaked into the slot, received a pass from fellow call-up Brett Sterling (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470737) and promptly blasted the puck top shelf past Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Vitale earned his first NHL point, an assist, on Feb. 11 versus the New York Islanders.

- Sterling notched his fourth point in as many games when he earned the primary helper on Vitale’s goal with a beauty of a feed. Since being recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Feb. 10, Sterling has notched two goals and two assists in his four games with Pittsburgh.

- He’s no stranger to the thin air in the mountainous state of Colorado, as Sterling played four seasons for Colorado College from 2002-06. The forward totaled 108 goals and 184 points in 149 contests in his collegiate career, finishing as a top-three finalist for the Hobey Baker Award (top collegiate player) in his junior campaign.

- Jordan Staal (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473533) played yet another outstanding game for the Penguins. He scored the game-tying goal – his third in four games – to help power the Penguins to victory. He's now riding a four-game point streak and has logged 21-plus minutes in each of the last seven games, as he led the team with 24:26 minutes against Colorado.

- The Penguins fired 36 shots at Budaj, with Staal and Kennedy leading the way with five apiece. Zbynek Michalek (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469760) and Mike Rupp (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8467336) each had four.



02-17-2011, 05:34 PM
Pens' Wallace sent down to make room for Matt Cooke
By Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Last updated: 1:43 pm

The Penguins have re-assigned winger Tim Wallace to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, presumably to make room for left wing Matt Cooke, who is eligible to return to action Sunday in Chicago after serving a four-game suspension.

It is unknown if any other injured Penguins will return in Chicago, though the closest to coming back appear to be left wing Chris Kunitz and right wing Arron Asham.

Wallace did not record a point in four games with the Penguins and was a minus-3.

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02-18-2011, 01:46 PM
Penguins Report: 2/18/11
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By Sam Kasan

1:05 PM:
Lots of injury updates from head coach Dan Bylsma:

Kunitz, Letestu and Jeffrey are progressing, but won't play this weekend.
Arron Asham (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465025) is experiencing concussion-like symptoms.
Nick Johnson (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471280) left the ice with an upper-body injury. Not available this weekend at the moment.
Malkin is one week into his six-month rehab.
No new updates on Crosby.
Team is considering a callup from WBS.

"You saw Kunitz and Letestu on the ice," Bylsma said. "Jeffrey is in a similar situation. They're progressing. None of them will be available this weekend.

"Arron Asham (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465025), we listed him as upper-body, he has been experiencing concussion-like symptoms. Day-to-day is not accurate at this point in time. He has been progressing. He hasn't gone to exercise. That's where Arron's at.
"Nick Johnson (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471280) left the ice today with an upper-body injury. He is under evaluation. He will not be available this weekend at this point in time.

"Geno, you saw him walking around here today. He's one week into his six-month rehab.

"There is no new update on Sidney."

02-19-2011, 12:14 PM
Come on Shero...time to do something...9 days left in the trade deadline!

Asham joins Crosby, Tangradi as Penguins with concussions
Saturday, February 19, 2011
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It turns out that three Penguins players have suffered concussions over the past six weeks.

Right wing Arron Asham joined Sidney Crosby and Eric Tangradi on the sidelines with concussion symptoms. Asham hasn't played since Feb. 1 against the Rangers. The Penguins have maintained over the past couple of weeks that Asham had sustained an "upper-body injury," and indeed he had. It does not appear likely that Asham will return to the lineup anytime soon.

"Day-to-day is not accurate at this point in time," Bylsma said. "He has been progressing. He hasn't gone to exercise. That's where Arron's at."

Asham attended practice Friday, along with a number of injured Penguins.

Dustin Jeffrey, out with a knee injury, was in attendance at Southpointe. So, too, was Evgeni Malkin. The star center underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee a week ago and was all smiles while hobbling around on crutches in the locker room.

Bylsma said that Malkin's recovery period is expected to be six months, which would put him in line to be ready for next season's training camp in September.

Crosby remains out with a concussion, and Bylsma said there is no further update on his condition. Tangradi has not practiced since being ambushed — and concussed — last Friday on Long Island.

• Left wing Chris Kunitz and center Mark Letestu appear to be making progress with their respective injuries. They took the ice at the conclusion of yesterday's practice, each hearing applause from teammates. Bylsma acknowledged that it was nice to see them on the ice but said neither Kunitz, Letestu nor Jeffrey would be available in Chicago.

• Add another Penguin to the injury list. Right wing Nick Johnson, who made a terrific play on Jordan Staal's game-tying goal Wednesday in Colorado, left practice early with an upper-body injury. Bylsma was unsure of the injury's severity but said that Johnson will not play in Chicago. The Penguins are likely to recall a player from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to replace Johnson, though Bylsma is unsure which player that will be.

• Left wing Matt Cooke has been permitted to practice with the Penguins during his four-game suspension and is eligible to play Sunday in Chicago.

02-20-2011, 06:32 PM
Well, Pens played a really good game today (all things considered) and at least walked away from it with a point. What may be worse though is Staal blocked a shot with the side of his face/ear towards the end of the game. It would just be fitting I guess if he broke something, considering this teams luck with injuries right now. :banging:

**Early Update**

Staal could be OK
Sunday, 20 February 2011 18:40
Written by Shelly Anderson

The Penguins, already without eight forwards because of injury, lost Jordan Staal during overtime of their 3-2 loss at Chicago today after he was hit in the left cheek area by a Kris Letang shot.

While there was no firm update on his status, coach Dan Bylsma seemed to believe it wasn't anything serious.

Bylsma said after the game that Staal "gave me the thumb's up when I came into the [locker] room, and I'm assuming that means he's good."


02-21-2011, 11:42 AM
Game tonight at 7:30 against the Caps....

Staal will be playing, Martin is a gametime decision and Fleury will be in net again tonight.

Kunitz participated in practice today...which is a great sign that he'll be back fairly soon. (will not be in lineup tonight)

Letestu and Jefferey did some drills before practice, and Comrie did some skating in warm-up gear.

02-21-2011, 10:39 PM
Capitals 1, Penguins 0
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Alex Ovechkin scored the only goal and Michal Neuvirth was perfect for the second straight time against the Penguins, leading the Washington Capitals to a 1-0 win at Pittsburgh on Monday night.

Neuvirth made 39 saves, including 18 in the first period, for his third shutout of the season, and second against the Penguins after a 3-0 victory on Feb. 6. Ovechkin secured the Capitals third win in four games by blasting a 35-footer over Marc-Andre Fleury's right shoulder late in the second period.

Ovechkin's goal - his first in four games this season against Pittsburgh - made up for Fleury stoning him on a breakaway in the first period in an entertaining back-and-forth game between two Eastern Conference rivals. The Capitals continue to have the edge on the Penguins, winning their season series 3-0-1 and improving to 10-0-2 since March 2008.

Fleury was solid in stopping 23 shots as the offensively depleted Penguins dropped to 2-4-1 in their past seven. Help is on the way for Pittsburgh, which hours prior to the game traded defenseman Alex Goligoski to Dallas in exchange for forward James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen.

Pittsburgh out-shot the Capitals 39-24, including 14-3 in the third period, but couldn't solve Neuvirth.

The Penguins had plenty of jump but no finish for a team that's down 10 regulars, including Sidney Crosby. Pittsburgh hasn't scored against Washington in 157:47 since Evgeni Malkin's second-period goal in a 3-1 loss during the Winter Classic on Jan. 1.

The Capitals (32-19-10), coming off a 2-1 win at Buffalo a day earlier, went 3-2 in completing a five-game road trip and inched to within a point of Southeast Division-leading Tampa Bay and three points of the fourth-place Penguins in the East.

Ovechkin scored on the power-play with 3:22 left in the second period, and about 50 seconds after Neuvirth kicked out his right pad to stop Jordan Staal on a short-handed breakaway.

Mike Knuble had a hand in setting up the goal by gaining the Penguins zone and getting a shot off that Fleury stopped. The rebound popped into the air and to Marcus Johansson, who gloved the puck down and fed a pass to Ovechkin, who wound up and blasted a shot beating Fleury over the right shoulder with 3:22 left in the second period.

Ovechkin then punctuated the goal by punching the air and giving out a big yell.

The Penguins got off to a fast start, outshooting the Capitals 10-2 through 13 minutes and finished the first period with an 18-7 edge.

Neuvirth was very sharp. He kicked out his right pad to block Pascal Dupuis' backhander from the left circle with 6:12 left in the first period. Less than 3 minutes later, Neuvirth punched out his blocker to turn away Ryan Craig's shot from the left circle, set up following a turnover by the Capitals in their own zone.

The Capitals did have their chances, the best coming 9 minutes in when Ovechkin got in on a partial breakaway after he blocked Deryk Engelland's point shot. With a step on two defenders, Ovechkin went forehand and then got of a sharp backhander, which Fleury stopped by getting his stick and arm out.

The Pens-Caps rivalry has escalated this season, particularly after the Capitals' 3-1 win in the Winter Classic at Pittsburgh on Jan. 1, a game in which Washington's David Steckel collided with Crosby. It was the first of two hits to the head Crosby sustained in consecutive games, which has led to the Penguins' captain missing the past 20 games with a concussion.

Penguins agitator Matt Cooke then targeted Ovechkin, tripping him with a knee-to-knee hit in the rematch on Feb. 6, which Washington won 3-0.

On Monday, Penguins fans did let up a cheer in the first period Pittsburgh defenseman Ben Lovejoy shoved Ovechkin, causing the Capitals captain to fall backward, after the whistle during a scrum in front of the Penguins' net.

Cooke was targeted, as Washington's Matt Bradley was penalized for charging for a heavy hit on the Penguins player in the Capitals zone midway through the second period.

NOTES: The Penguins are in the midst of a two-game homestand sandwiched between nine road games. After hosting San Jose on Wednesday, Pittsburgh leaves on a five-game road swing. ... Penguins D Paul Martin is day to day after being shaken up by a hit at Chicago on Sunday. To fill his spot, Pittsburgh recalled D Brian Strait from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. ... Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau entered the game with a 10-1-3 career record against the Penguins. ... Penguins LW Chris Kunitz resumed practicing Monday after missing six games with a lower body injury, and could be ready to return this week.

02-22-2011, 12:51 PM
Update on the arrivals of Neal and Niskanen: The two were supposed to fly last night to Pittsburgh and practice with the team today. However, their flight was diverted to Newark last night due to the weather. Then their flight today to Pittsburgh was delayed. Thus they are not practicing, but are still expected to make it to CONSOL Energy Center at some point.


PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins have to wait another day before their reinforcements arrive.

Forward James Neal and defenceman Matt Niskanen missed practice Tuesday, a day after being acquired in a trade with Dallas. The two were initially set to arrive late Monday, but their flight was diverted to New Jersey because of a snowstorm that hit Pittsburgh.

Coach Dan Bylsma said the two are to arrive later in the day when they'll take their physicals and meet with the coaching staff. Both will practice Wednesday morning before making their debuts later in the day against San Jose.

Bylsma joked that he hoped Neal and Niskanen didn't think they had been traded to the Devils after arriving in Newark. The two were acquired in exchange for defenceman Alex Goligoski.

They join a Penguins team that's down 10 regulars, including Sidney Crosby, who has missed 20 games and is out indefinitely with a concussion.

With 21 goals, Neal will immediately become the Penguins second-leading scorer, behind Crosby, who has 32.

Bylsma said Neal will play on the left side on the team's top line with centre Jordan Staal and Tyler Kennedy.

The Penguins are 2-5-1 in their past eight and coming off a 1-0 loss to the Washington Capitals. Pittsburgh remains in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings, but only a point ahead of the Capitals.

Offence has become a problem for Pittsburgh, which has gone 14 games without scoring four or more goals in regulation while being shut out three times over that span.

The Penguins lacked finish against the Capitals in a game they managed 39 shots.

"I think he's going to make us a better team going into tomorrow night's game and give us a chance to get what we need to get wins," Bylsma said, referring to Neal. "With Jordan, I can see them being a real formidable pair."

Updating his long list of injuries, Bylsma said defenceman Paul Martin will miss his second game with an upper body injury. Martin was hurt when he was hit from behind into the boards in a 3-2 shootout loss at Chicago on Sunday.

Forward Chris Kunitz, who has missed seven games with a lower body injury, has still not been cleared for practice.

Bylsma said forwards Mark Letestu and Dustin Jeffrey -- both listed as having lower body injuries -- have been cleared for practice, and could resume playing in a few days.

The Penguins complete their two-game homestand against San Jose, before opening a five-game road trip at Carolina on Friday.


02-22-2011, 01:34 PM
Head coach Dan Bylsma had a couple injury updates after practice:

* Paul Martin will not play Wednesday vs. San Jose with an upper-body injury
* Letestu and Jeffrey will return to full practice Wednesday
* Kunitz is not yet cleared for full practice
* N.Johnson, Tangradi and Asham continue to have concussion symptoms


02-22-2011, 10:16 PM
8:38 PM:
Welcome to Pittsburgh! After a re-route to Newark, NJ and a couple of flight delays, James Neal (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471707) and Matt Niskanen (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471702) arrived at CONSOL Energy Center. After the players met with Pens coaches, management and staff, they hit the ice ice for some late day work around 6 p.m.

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Neal with Bylsma (left); Niskanen and Neal waiting for instruction (right)

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Neal getting some puckhandling in (left); turning back up the ice while doing a drill with Bylsma (right)

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Niskanen worked on D drills in the other end with assistant coach Todd Reirden

For even more photos from their twilight skate, check out the photo album (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=365996&l=3469749bff&id=13732078764) on the Pens' official Facebook page.


02-23-2011, 03:35 PM
Pens' Letestu says weekend return is possible
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Last updated: 11:49 am

Rookie center Mark Letestu said his surgically repaired left knee has healed to the point that playing this weekend for the Penguins is not "out of the question."

Letestu, who hasn't played since Jan. 25, has been cleared by team doctors to "once I feel I'm ready." He will not play tonight against the San Jose Sharks at Consol Energy Center.

Letestu, who has scored 10 goals, was injured during a morning practice on Feb. 1 at Madison Square Garden, where his left skate blade caught a rut in the ice.

He had surgery about a week later and the team prognosis for recover was between four and six weeks.

"It's been 18 days today," he said, "and I don't feel (discomfort in the left knee) anymore."

Letestu said he will skate Thursday even if the Penguins cancel practice, and that his objective is to start taking contact then or Friday during a morning practice before a game at Carolina.

He did not rule out playing at Carolina or Saturday night at Toronto.

"Next week," he said of the latest possible time frame for his return. "I don't doubt it. That's a modest goal."

Read more: Pens' Letestu says weekend return is possible - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_724256.html?source=rss&feed=8#ixzz1EofpWG4a

02-23-2011, 10:32 PM

That is all.

Fire Haley
02-23-2011, 10:44 PM
Sharks over Pens in OT...4 sec to go.

That was an informative game. Fleury looks OK.

There can be no doubt, Niskanen sucks and Neal looks pretty good.

12 pts over 8th place

02-23-2011, 10:46 PM
Hey, great news though...Pens got a point and Orpik is injured.


02-24-2011, 12:11 AM
Starkey: Bring on Kovalev
By Joe Starkey (jraystarkey@gmail.com), PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Read more: Starkey: Bring on Kovalev - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_724365.html#ixzz1Eqlg4ZJE) http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_724365.html#ixzz1Eqlg4ZJE

Same old Kovy.

That was the three-word scouting report from a couple of colleagues in Ottawa on Wednesday, but it wasn’t necessarily meant as an insult to aging Senators winger Alex Kovalev. I actually considered it good news for those who want the goal-starved Penguins to rent Kovalev for the rest of the season.

I'm one of them.

We’re talking about a low-risk, potentially high-reward acquisition — and even at his enigmatic worst, Kovalev, who turns 38 on Feb. 24, couldn’t screw up a team in 20 games.

Not that he’d be a guaranteed upgrade if acquired before Monday’s 3 p.m. deadline. Far from it. Kovalev is eminently capable of making another Alex — Ponikarovsky — look like the deadline deal of the decade.

But have you seen this team try to score lately? It's was a horror show last night, even though the Penguins turned in another commendable effort while losing another game and another player. This time it was defenseman Brooks Orpik, who suffered an apparent hand injury early in a 3-2 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks.

That makes 25 goals in 12 games for the Penguins this month.

We all know the negative connotations of same old Kovy. He is as maddening as he was when he skated into the league 17 years ago. He can look like Mario Lemieux one night, Nils Ekman the next. He makes coaches miserable (just ask Senators coach Cory Clouston, with whom Kovalev has clashed).

He can break your heart.

He can also bust your system. It’s fair to wonder if Kovalev's style would mesh with that of Penguins coach Dan Bylsma. To put the contrast in swimming parlance, the Penguins prefer the freestyle relay — go straight and get there as quickly as possible — while Kovalev is liable to break into a water follies routine at any moment.

As good as Kovalev was during his Penguins years, he was prone to fits of ineptitude and apathy. The first sign of a relapse would see him mindlessly spinning in the neutral zone. One Penguins observer even dedicated a song to Kovalev, using the lyrics and music from David Bowie's “Space Oddity.”

This is ground control to Kov-a-lev.

The good news is that Kovalev can still play. He can still score. He has half as many goals (six) in his past 10 games as any Penguins player on the ice against San Jose — besides newcomer James Neal — had for the entire season.

Kovalev has nine points in 10 games since the All-Star break. He is taking advantage of increased ice time created by an injury to Daniel Alfredsson, trades, and, perhaps, the Senators’ desire to showcase him and clear his salary (about $1 million the rest of the season).

Same old Kovy means Kovalev still has those same soft hands and that same cannon shot. It means he can still get around the ice, too, despite surgery to repair a torn ACL last spring. Those who watch him nightly will tell you he has looked progressively more fluid as the season has progressed.

What do the Penguins have to lose? A conditional draft pick? A Bill Guerin-type return sounds right, a pick based on how far the Penguins advance.

No doubt, Kovalev could help on a power play that was especially brutal last night. He could even play the right point, where he flourished during his Pittsburgh incarnation.

I always believed Kovalev’s heart was in the right place, too. He wanted to win. He was just a bit quirky.

Obviously, this team's post-season fate will depend largely on Sidney Crosby's availability, and each day he stays out is a day closer to the Penguins shutting him down. But even if Crosby is shelved with post-concussion issues, these Penguins have a chance to do some playoff damage. They deserve more help.

The worst that can happen is Kovalev crumbles. The best is that he becomes energized by a return to Pittsburgh, a place he adores, and injects some life into a dying offense.

Same old Kovy?

Could be a good thing.

02-24-2011, 12:13 AM
Orpik injures hand as Pens grind out a point in 3-2 OT loss (http://insidepittsburghsports.com/story/orpik-injures-hand-as-pens-grind-out-a-point-in-3-2-ot-loss/35437/)

02-24-2011, 10:19 AM
The loss of Orpik — Bylsma provided no update after the loss — for any sustained period of time would be another obstacle to overcome.

He did not return after his right arm absorbed a shot from Sharks center Patrick Marleau late in the first period. Bylsma said more would be known about Orpik's status today, but several teammates privately feared the worst — a broken hand or forearm.

Read more: Orpik injured in Penguins' overtime loss - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_724401.html?source=rss&feed=8#ixzz1EtEjrDlk

02-24-2011, 12:21 PM
The Pens are on the ice for practice. Brooks Orpik, who was injured in Wednesday's game against San Jose, is not skating. However, Paul Martin is with his teammates. Martin has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury.

Paul Martin said that he is hoping to play this Saturday in Toronto, but if not he anticipates playing next Wednesday in Toronto.


Head coach Dan Bylsma was able to come back and give an update on Orpik's status. Orpik will be out approximately four weeks with a broken finger.

On Brooks Orpik:
The update on Brooks Orpik is that he has a broken finger and will be approximately four weeks (for a) time frame.

On if he knows if Orpik will need surgery:
I do not. It’s not displaced. So I think we’re talking 4-6 weeks, but you’re looking at a layman right now. That’s what I have in front of me, broken finger, four weeks.


Fire Haley
02-24-2011, 01:54 PM
Orpik will be out approximately four weeks with a broken finger.


02-24-2011, 02:04 PM
It's bad news, and pisses me off...but Martin will be returning Wednesday at the latest, Letestu is hoping to return Friday or Saturday (he says it's his call, doctors have cleared him to play, and that he did contact in practice today...just depends on how he feels), and Kunitz and Jefferey look close to returning.

02-24-2011, 05:25 PM
If we can get Crosby and some of the other guys back this team will be a force to be reckoned with. Shero made some great additions, and to be honest I would rather have James Neal than Evgeni Malkin right now. Malkin has had a very tough season. He hasn't looked like himself and he's making some uncharacteristic turnovers. If Crosby is back, we will make a deep run.

02-25-2011, 06:14 AM
Rob Rossi is such a douche. Thanks for stirring up locker room controversy before Kovalev even takes the ice...asshole.

The Penguins employees who offered public praise Thursday about right wing Alex Kovalev were, well, an exclusive group. There was general manager Ray Shero and ...

That's it. That's the list.

A group of players assembled by Shero, all of whom met Kovalev last night upon his arrival at a Raleigh, N.C.-area hotel, privately confided skepticism upon learning of their newest teammate.

Kovalev, whose 38th birthday present was a return to the organization for which he scored 149 regular-season goals from 1998 to 2003, will have to prove his worth to these Penguins. To borrow from one of his new teammates: Which "Kovy" are the Penguins getting?

Read more: Analysis: Kovalev must score to win over Pens - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_724556.html?source=rss&feed=8#ixzz1Ey5bIwfU

02-25-2011, 06:17 AM
• Left wing Chris Kunitz will not play tonight at Carolina, missing his ninth straight game with an undisclosed lower-body injury. Dressed in full gear, he engaged in an hourlong on-ice workout before practice Thursday at Consol Energy Center.

• Forward Mike Comrie (hip) also skated before practice, but only briefly. Dressed in a track suit, he engaged in light drills. Right wing Arron Asham (concussion) did not take the ice. He had engaged in light activity Wednesday before a morning practice. Asham has missed 10 straight games.

• Center Mark Letestu (left knee), forward Dustin Jeffrey (undisclosed) and defenseman Paul Martin (right shoulder and neck) practiced, but all are expected to miss tonight's game. Martin, who will miss his third straight, said he hopes to play Saturday at Toronto.

• The Penguins will host Edmonton at 3 p.m. March 13. The original start time was 1 p.m., and the change moves the Penguins out of the block reserved for NBC's "Game of the Week." The game will be broadcast by FSN.

• Right wing Tim Wallace was reassigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL. The transaction made room for Alex Kovalev.

• Center Jordan Staal, who played 29 minutes Wednesday in an overtime loss to San Jose, said he is not sure how much weight he lost during the game. Were it up to him, though, he would have lost more. General manager Ray Shero said Staal kept pleading to coach Dan Bylsma for more shifts. "He missed a lot of games early," Shero said, jokingly referring to the 39 he sat out to open this season. "He can handle it."

Read more: Kunitz works out, won't play tonight against Carolina - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_724524.html#ixzz1Ey6OEyu0

Fire Haley
02-25-2011, 02:56 PM
Kovalev working right point on PP alongside Letang. Staal, Neal and Kennedy up front #Pens twitter

02-25-2011, 06:49 PM
Dustin Jeffrey confirmed that he will be back in the lineup tonight for the Pens against Carolina.

"Yeah, I feel really good out there and the last two, three days of practice," Jeffrey said. "I'm ready to play."

Here's what the lines will look like.



Kovy will also be sporting #72, not #27.

Fire Haley
02-25-2011, 07:01 PM
Pens still 13 pts up on 8th place with 20 games to go....looks like a lock for the playoffs.

02-25-2011, 07:06 PM
Pens still 13 pts up on 8th place with 20 games to go....looks like a lock for the playoffs.

Yeah, unless they totally collapse and lose like every game they're pretty much in. Whether Crosby is coming back or not is still a mystery, but a lot of key guys are coming back soon...so I don't see that happening.

I hope the Caps beat out TB for the lead in the division though (yes I just puked a little), but I think the Pens will hold onto the 4th spot (maybe 5th) and I'd rather them play the Lighting in the first round honestly.

02-25-2011, 07:13 PM
This game looks like shit already...maybe that means they'll win? Since they can't when they've played out of their mind?

02-25-2011, 08:25 PM
... I hope the Caps beat out TB for the lead in the division...

TBL and NJD are scoreless after 20 minutes in the finale of a 12-game home-stand for the Lightning

02-25-2011, 09:07 PM
TBL and NJD are scoreless after 20 minutes in the finale of a 12-game home-stand for the Lightning

Tampa struck for two goals early in the 2nd, and lead 2-zip after 2 periods

02-25-2011, 09:23 PM
Hopefully the Pens play better tomorrow in Toronto. This game sucked.

02-26-2011, 06:35 AM
Hopefully the Pens play better tomorrow in Toronto. This game sucked.

adrenaline will only carry an injury-decimated team so-far... and I think we've reached that point

02-26-2011, 09:45 AM
adrenaline will only carry an injury-decimated team so-far... and I think we've reached that point

That might be part of it...I think general confusion is playing a part in it right now too. Neal, Niskanen and Kovalev are getting a good amount of ice time, but haven't really gelled with any of the guys yet. Might take a few more games and practices before we really start to see a difference there.

02-26-2011, 08:50 PM
Could it be? Are the Pens actually taking a lead into the third...a 3-2 lead nonetheless! (Goals by Kovalev, Letestu on the PP and Jefferey with :16 left on the clock).

There was good news/bad news going into the game tonight though. Letestu is back (obviously), but Kennedy got injured somehow at practice. They just can't catch a break in that respect.

02-26-2011, 08:53 PM
... Could it be? Are the Pens actually taking a lead into the third...a 3-2 lead...

I hope they win, but beating the Leafs is like the Pirates beating a community-college team in Florida 21-1

02-26-2011, 09:25 PM
I hope they win, but beating the Leafs is like the Pirates beating a community-college team in Florida 21-1

Well...tied up at 5 now, and I haven't been this geared up for a game in a while. They better win this or I'll just be pissed. I'm sick of excuses. If a shit team like the Islanders can still eek out wins right now with all the injuries they have, the Pens damn well better be able to do the same every now and then.

PK has sucked tonight.

And I think those R-tard Leaf fans were chanting Crosby sucks. Dumbasses.

02-26-2011, 09:28 PM
Oh, and I'm happy Kovalev finally scored...but so far, in two games, he's been better at getting points for the other team (between penalties and turnovers).

Not impressed yet. (yeah, yeah, yeah...I know he's got sweet hands, just not for the Pens much yet)

02-26-2011, 09:58 PM
Pens win 6-5 in a SO...and the breakables in my house thank them. :chuckle:

02-27-2011, 12:35 AM
New leaders step forward for Penguins because of injuries
Sunday, February 27, 2011

Leadership is a term with many definitions, and in the NHL it is often presumed that players wearing letters "C" or "A" on their chest are a club's leaders.

That is not always the case, though certainly Penguins centers Sidney Crosby ("C") and Evgeni Malkin ("A") and defenseman Brooks Orpik ("A") each have shown their own ways of leading. Crosby has been a leader by example on and off the ice. Malkin has led by taking over games at crucial moments. Orpik has provided an honest voice, often the one of reason.

The Penguins are without Crosby (concussion), Malkin (right knee) and Orpik (right finger) - Crosby indefinitely, Malkin for the season and Orpik for at least a month.

These Penguins are not without leaders, however.

By surveying the dressing room and speaking with coaches and management, Tribune-Review beat reporter Rob Rossi has identified the leaders who have kept the Penguins together as injuries and adversity have conspired against them in 2011.

Craig Adams

• On-ice role: Role-playing forward

• Leadership style: By example, notably with his daily commitment to professional responsibilities such as staying in shape.

• Reasons players look to him: He willingly does the dirty work - playing a checking-line role, killing penalties, fighting when called upon. He is among the sport's hardest workers and most intellectual voices. Also, he excels at advising younger players without coming off as preachy. His experience as a two-time winner of the Stanley Cup carries clout with rookies and veterans. Teammates love that he is a committed father.

Matt Cooke

• On-ice role: Versatile winger

• Leadership style: Vocal, notably by owning up to his controversial actions and always staying on-point with messages from the coaching staff.

• Reasons players look to him: He plays, sometimes controversially, but always for the Penguins. His appreciation for the franchise's bedrock foundations of hard work and family are unmistakable. He is honest and funny, and he treats every teammate as an equal. He expertly picks and chooses when to deliver a message. He won respect last season for how he handled the Marc Savard incident's aftermath.

Pascal Dupuis

• On-ice role: Scoring-line winger

• Leadership style: Vocal, notably on the bench during games and in the dressing room.

• Reasons players look to him: After being challenged by coach Dan Bylsma to improve his conditioning, he returned for last season in the best shape of his career. He is a deeply committed family man who keeps the job of playing hockey in perspective. He always looks for the positive in any situation, but he is willing to flip the switch to a more serious tone when times call for one.

Eric Godard

• On-ice role: Enforcer

• Leadership style: By example, notably by forcing opponents to need stitches after on-ice fights and keeping teammates in stitches with off-ice antics.

• Reasons players look to him: He proudly embraces hockey's hardest job as a designated fighter. He is the same loose, funny guy even if he's not dressing for a stretch of games. No teammate is safe from his jabs, but he is just as quick to poke fun at himself. His off-ice charitable work with kids has enhanced his reputation as one of the sport's true gentle giants.

Zbynek Michalek

• On-ice role: Shutdown defenseman

• Leadership style: By example, notably maintaining a level of composure on the ice during critical moments such as late-game and penalty-killing situations.

• Reasons players look to him: They watched him act like a pro while he dealt with early-season struggles to learn a new system and adjust to a different city as his young family temporarily remained in Phoenix. His willingness to block shots provides an instant level of respect. He exudes appreciation for the stability provided by the Penguins after spending years with a tumultuous situation with Phoenix.

Jordan Staal

• On-ice role: Foundation-piece center

• Leadership style: Vocal, notably with his increased willingness to demand more from everybody, starting with himself.

• Reasons players look to him: His seemingly superhuman fast return from foot surgery in the last postseason shocked and awed teammates. He genuinely cares little about how he is perceived outside the organization, and thus is the rare high-profile player unafraid to show his true colors. He plays his best at critical moments, especially in the playoffs. His commitment to two-way play helps win games, which gives him credibility with teammates and coaches.

Read more: New leaders step forward for Penguins because of injuries - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_724919.html#ixzz1F8PMiqIG