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SteelCityMom
02-26-2011, 11:36 PM
Kovalev lifts Penguins in shootout
By Rob Rossi, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, February 27, 2011

TORONTO — The number on the back of the jersey is different.

However, on Saturday night the Penguins saw some of that same old special stuff from the new/old guy with their crest once again on his chest.

Alex Kovalev's 150th goal as a Penguin — and first in eight years — started their unexpected scoring binge, and his Round 2 shootout goal lifted his club past the Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-5, at Air Canada Centre.

"He gave a little speech after we won," Penguins forward Max Talbot said of Kovalev, who was acquired Thursday from the Ottawa Senators to help provide some offensive punch to an injury-depleted squad that had scored only 26 goals in February before this win.

"He said he was happy to be here, and it's important for him to see this team have success."

Kovalev, who often starred for the Penguins from 1998-2003, said this win, which featured the Penguins giving way a third-period lead before pulling even, didn't show him anything about this team.

"I've seen this team, playing against them, and I know what they're like, how they compete," he said. "I'm just trying to do the same thing."

The Penguins (37-21-6, 80 points) maintain a four-point lead on the Washington Capitals for the fourth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and home-ice advantage in at least Round 1 of the playoffs.

This victory, only their third in the past 11 games, bailed out goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who surrendered five goals on 31 shots after being pulled Friday night from a loss at Carolina following three goals allowed on 11 shots.

"We played their style a little bit, and we gave up some goals because we gave them great chances," forward Mike Rupp said.

Added Talbot, whose short-handed goal — and first against a goalie since Nov. 29 — preceded Rupp's tying marker near the midpoint of the third period: "We needed to win this one for 'Flower.' He's been winning us some games. I talked to him after the game and he said, 'Hey, thanks for scoring some goals.' We owed him."

Coach Dan Bylsma won't practice the Penguins today, and his top defenseman certainly is owed a measure of rest and relaxation.

Kris Letang, with a look-at-me showing for his first Norris Trophy nomination in this hockey-mad city, played 32 minutes and 47 seconds — including 24:25 at even strength. He attempted nine shots. (freaking unreal....considering he had about the same amount of ice time the night before)

Center Mark Letestu, playing for the first time in exactly a month, registered seven shots. He also scored his 11th goal in the second period to tie the score, 2-2, with four minutes remaining.

With 16 seconds before the intermission, forward Dustin Jeffrey — playing in a second straight game after missing five in a row — pushed the Penguins ahead.

The Maple Leafs (27-27-8, 62 points), needing every possible point to qualify for the playoffs, responded with a sense of desperation in the third period. Goals from wingers Clark MacArthur and Joffrey Lupul — his second of the game — in the opening 3:27 pulled them even and pushed them ahead, 4-3.

A bench penalty for too many men left the Penguins short-handed, and Talbot scored — but Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf capitalized on the same power play to give them control.

That lasted all of about 90 seconds, as Rupp's first goal in 13 games set up a frenzied finish and displayed the no-quit attitude his team has adopted despite playing most of this calendar year without superstar centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

With Kovalev, Letestu and Jeffrey back, and lineup staples such as defenseman Paul Martin and left wing Chris Kunitz perhaps soon to return, maybe the darkest days are behind the Penguins.

"Well, we got it (last night)," coach Dan Bylsma said, "and we got it from different people who've been inserted into our lineup.

"We'll take it."



Read more: Kovalev lifts Penguins in shootout - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_724930.html#ixzz1F8PaDtaq

SteelCityMom
02-27-2011, 04:51 PM
Some more good news today...

They made room on their roster today for the return of left wing Chris Kunitz and defenseman Paul Martin by re-assigning center Dustin Jeffrey and defenseman Brian Strait to the AHL.

Kunitz, who has scored 18 goals, has missed the last 10 games with an undisclosed lower-body injury.

Martin, second among team defensemen with 21 points, has missed four consecutive games because of a sore right shoulder and neck.

Read more: Pens not close on more trades as NHL deadline approaches - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_724962.html?_s_icmp=NetworkHeadlines#ixzz1FCcH86 2X


They reassigned Vitale as well today.

SteelCityMom
02-28-2011, 12:18 PM
Injury updates from today...


"Nick Johnson, Eric Tangradi, Arron Asham, still out with a concussion. (obviously Crosby too)

"Our goaltender Brent Johnson is day-to-day with a lower-body. Just a day of rest. Hopefully, we’ll see him on the ice (Tuesday), but he’s day-to-day.

"Alex Kovalev, we sent him home after the game in Toronto to get his stuff. He got some more stuff yesterday, and his flight today was cancelled due to the weather that we experienced last evening. That was why he wasn’t on the ice for practice.

"TK is lower-body and day-to-day at this point in time.

"Chris Kunitz still is not ready to progress back to full practice at this point in time. He’s been skating pretty heavily on his own. He’s not back to full contact practice."

Paul Martin

On how he’s feeling:
I’m still a little bit weak. I’m not too concerned about the injury. It’s just the strength thing that needs to come back.

On when he hopes to come back:
Hopefully Wednesday. Today was the first actual practice, with getting hit and everything. We’ll see how it responds (Tuesday) and hopefully I’ll be good for Wednesday.

Dan Bylsma

On if he is getting progressively less optimistic about getting Crosby back by the end of the regular season:
I don’t know the recovery time that you’re talking about. I don’t know what the steps are to get back. So to be honest, I haven’t given (a thought to) what ‘progressively’ means, we’re focused on right now. I get a report on how he’s doing, but we’re not talking about dates or timetables or projections into which month, which day, which time of the year (his return is) possible.

On if re-assigning players to WBS was procedural and if they could call someone back up soon:
Yes, some of it was procedural, and yes, someone possibly – depending on what the deadline is – could come back. If Alex was out there today, we only had 10 forwards. Eric Godard was the 10th forward out there today. So Alex would make 10. So we would possibly call up a player depending on what happens today.




http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=554430&navid=DL|PIT|home

SteelCityMom
03-01-2011, 12:49 AM
Shero commits to current roster
By Rob Rossi, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The likelihood is that the Penguins will chase the Cup without former NHL scoring champions Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Their respective absences had granted general manager Ray Shero the salary-cap space needed to make even more moves before the NHL trade deadline Monday. He had already added a couple of potential impact wingers, James Neal and Alex Kovalev, and defenseman Matt Niskanen last week.

Shero spoke with many fellow GMs in the hours before the 3 p.m. deadline yesterday. He opted against saying "done deal" because of an intangible fortified over these past two tumultuous months by the players who have kept the Penguins from falling apart.

"The thing we have with this team is the guys who have been here and won," he said. "This is a character group of guys. They work really hard for each other. They care for each other.

"A couple of things came our way over the last day or two to bring a guy into our locker room that we weren't sure of."

Certainly the high cost of upgrading played a big part in Shero's decision to hold off on making a deadline-day deal - say, for center Jason Arnott, who went from New Jersey to Washington.

The few playoff teams that made deals yesterday paid a significant price in the form of either high draft picks or top prospects. Arnott cost the Capitals David Steckel and a second-round pick in 2012.

Had Shero held simply to avoid bringing more uncertainty to the Penguins, well, that would have proven a sensible decision.

After all, the only sure thing about the Penguins is they will finish the season having not once fielded a lineup with the players Shero envisioned being regulars.

After a game Wednesday at Toronto, the Penguins (37-21-6, 80 points) will have lost nearly 250 man-games to injury.

In the lineup against the Maple Leafs will be seven players who helped the Penguins win Game 7 of the Cup Final at Detroit in 2009: Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury; forwards Jordan Staal, Pascal Dupuis, Matt Cooke, Max Talbot and Craig Adams; and defenseman Kris Letang.

Those seven players will eventually get help by the returns from injury of two other Cup winners, left wing Chris Kunitz and defenseman Brooks Orpik, and playoff-tested veteran defenseman Paul Martin.

The Penguins will add players responsible for 18 goals (Kunitz), 21 points (Martin) and 117 hits/88 blocked shots (Orpik) after the trade deadline. No other NHL team can claim such impact additions after today.

Still, by not making another pre-deadline move, Shero has entrusted two rookies - center Mark Letestu and left wing Dustin Jeffrey - with the responsibility of helping fill offensive voids created by the losses of Malkin and Crosby.

The combined 16 goals from Letestu and Jeffrey are one more than Malkin had scored before he went down for the season with a right-knee injury, and half of Crosby's total since he last played because of concussion symptoms.

Maybe Shero is showing too much faith in a couple of players who were prospects before this season.

His other option was to place blind faith in players from other teams who yesterday would have cost the Penguins either picks or prized prospects.

"We're going to stick with Jeffrey and Letestu," Shero said, "and we think we'll be better for it."



Read more: Shero commits to current roster - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_725152.html#ixzz1FKP13Mbs

SteelCityMom
03-01-2011, 11:37 AM
From the Pens' lines today it looks like Letestu will be centering between Neal and Kovalev, with the Cooke-Staal-Kennedy line reuniting.

Neal-Letestu-Kovalev
Cooke-Staal-Kennedy
Talbot-Jeffrey-Dupuis
Conner-Adams-Rupp
(Godard-Kunitz)

Martin-Michalek
Engelland-Letang
Lovejoy-Niskanen


11:11 AM:
The Pens have taken the ice for their 11 a.m. practice at Southpointe. Kennedy has joined his teammates in practice. A few other positives are that Chris Kunitz and Brent Johnson, both of whom missed practice Monday, are back with the team today. Plus, Paul Martin is on the ice for the second straight day of full practice.

The usual suspects are absent: Crosby, Comrie, Asham, Nick Johnson, Tangradi and Orpik are not on the ice.

MARCH MUSTACHE BOY: CHRIS KUNITZ

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=554685&navid=DL|PIT|home

SteelCityMom
03-01-2011, 11:12 PM
Alex Kovalev happy to be back in a Penguins uniform
By Josh Yohe, MCKEESPORT DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, March 2, 2011

• Two games into his second stint with the Penguins, Alex Kovalev is a happy man. Sitting in the locker room at Southpointe for the first time in eight years, Kovalev joked about how everything in Western Pennsylvania seems the same. And for him, this is a good thing. The best years of Kovalev's career were with the Penguins, and he is delighted to be back. "I drove around the city and went to some old places to eat," Kovalev said of his Monday afternoon routine. "It doesn't feel like it has been almost 10 years. It's amazing that a lot of things still look the same, and I am just happy to be here again."

• Kovalev found himself separated from C Jordan Staal in Tuesday's practice. He skated on a line with C Mark Letestu and LW James Neal, while Staal skated with longtime wingers Matt Cooke and Tyler Kennedy.

• Kennedy and D Paul Martin practiced yesterday and will play tonight against the Maple Leafs.

• LW Chris Kunitz practiced with the team yesterday but still has not been cleared to return to the lineup and likely won't play until next week.

• The team practiced the power play more than usual yesterday, with Kovalev seeing the bulk of the time on the right wing boards. D Kris Letang and Martin played the points, while Staal and Neal worked down low with the first unit.

• C Dustin Jeffrey was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and figures to be with the Penguins the remainder of the season.



Read more: Alex Kovalev happy to be back in a Penguins uniform - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_725281.html#ixzz1FPr9IBNc

SteelCityMom
03-01-2011, 11:14 PM
Sagging penalty-kill concerns Penguins
By Josh Yohe, MCKEESPORT DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Penguins still lead the league in penalty killing but have slipped in recent games, looking vulnerable in the area that has been their greatest strength.

Ordinary short-handed play for these Penguins simply won't do, which is precisely why a meeting was called Monday.

The league's top penalty-killing unit looks to get on track tonight in Toronto, knowing full well it must excel for the Penguins to maintain their grip on the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference.

"There are a lot of factors right now," left wing Matt Cooke said. "There are areas we've been so good at all year that have fallen off. We just need to refocus and get on the same page."

The Penguins' penalty-killing unit has dealt with adversity all season:

• Jordan Staal, one of the league's premier penalty killers, missed the season's first 39 games.

• The Penguins have been among the league's most penalized teams virtually all season.

• Brooks Orpik and Paul Martin, two of the team's best defensemen, have missed recent games because of injuries.

• Cooke, another of the league's best penalty killers, was recently suspended for four games.


Read more: Sagging penalty-kill concerns Penguins - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_725283.html#ixzz1FPrUowLO

SteelCityMom
03-02-2011, 02:09 PM
Pens play Toronto @ 7pm tonight (in Toronto, again).

Kennedy and Martin will both make returns tonight. Kunitz may play this weekend. Crosby still has concussion symptoms, as do Johnson, Asham and Tangradi.

With an OT win last night, the Caps (5th place) have pulled within 2 points of the Pens...so tonights game (and every game after this) is extremely important in ensuring home ice for at least the first round.

SteelCityMom
03-03-2011, 09:44 AM
Pens lose to the Leafs in OT...so at least they got a point out of that I guess. Definitely needed 2 against them. Philly plays them tonight...so go Leafs I guess lol.

On to the red hot Devils on Friday!

Fire Haley
03-03-2011, 01:41 PM
Sid's agent speaks (in French)

http://www.cyberpresse.ca/sports/hockey/201103/03/01-4375642-pat-brisson-au-sujet-de-crosby-les-symptomes-persistent.php?utm_categorieinterne=trafficdrivers&utm_contenuinterne=cyberpresse_B9_sports_257_accue il_POS3


Via telephone interview with La Presse, Patrice Brisson, agent of superstar Sidney Crosby, has confirmed that his celebrity client has yet to resume training, and is still suffering symptoms as a result of a concussion suffered on January 1st.

“Sidney is still suffering from symptoms, and we have to be careful with him” said the Quebec based agent. “He’s progressing slowly, but these things are always difficult to predict. He hasn’t played in 8 weeks, and everyone knows that the second concussion is worse than the first.”

It seems more and more that the Cole Harbour native will not play again this season. It’s said that Crosby may have to patiently wait until May to once again wear his equipment – provided that the Penguins are still in contention by that time.

Brisson admits that time is running out.

“Will he be able to play by the end of the season? It’s already March, there are six weeks left in the season, and he hasn’t even begun skating alone, much less with the team... It’s very difficult to say right now. Sidney is doing well, his morale is high and he’s been doing a lot of reading on concussions.

But he’s not the same. His symptoms are still there, he doesn’t feel the way he normally feels, and he knows it. He doesn’t feel like himself.

SteelCityMom
03-03-2011, 03:23 PM
What a douche.

After serving a 9-game ban from the NHL, Trevor Gillies of the NY Islanders returns to get ejected in a game against the Minnesota Wild.

Ly8wHWUVfYs

SteelCityMom
03-04-2011, 10:50 AM
Pens play in Jersey tonight at 7pm...other than that nothing really new and exciting to report on.

Except that Staal is sporting a new look (I kinda preferred the shag myself).


http://cdn.nhl.com/penguins/images/upload/2011/03/staalcut2.jpg

SteelCityMom
03-04-2011, 07:04 PM
Devil's score first...which is near certain doom for the Pens (NJ has an amazing record when scoring first).

Letang got tossed early in the first because he got into a fight (hugging match is a more accurate description though) and Zajac pulled his jersey up...meaning he (Letang) didn't have it tied down. Stupid shit pisses me off.

*Edit* Kennedy just tied it up 2 minutes later...Let's go Pens!!!

Fire Haley
03-04-2011, 07:33 PM
Way to go Pens....Kennedy is on fire

1-1 going into the 3rd

Hanging in there...Kovy looks good on the PP.

Justin TV works

Fire Haley
03-04-2011, 08:26 PM
OT

We'll take the pt

SteelCityMom
03-04-2011, 08:30 PM
Very lucky OT winner by the Devs.

Sick of losing in OT though. Happy for the point I guess, but it's looking more and more likely that the Caps are going to beat the Pens out for the 4th spot. Blech.

SteelCityMom
03-05-2011, 08:27 AM
Penguins' Kunitz could make return tonight against Boston
By Josh Yohe, MCKEESPORT DAILY NEWS
Saturday, March 5, 2011

• Left wing Chris Kunitz appears close to returning and could play tonight at Boston. After practicing all week, Kunitz took part in Friday's optional skate and the pregame skate at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Coach Dan Bylsma said he wanted to see how Kunitz's body responded to skating twice in one day. If he felt fine following the pregame skate, Kunitz is likely to play against the Bruins. If he had returned against the Devils, Kunitz would have played on consecutive nights after going almost a month without suiting up.

• Right wing Eric Godard is eligible to return to the lineup Tuesday against Buffalo. He was suspended 10 games for leaving the bench to fight during last month's brawl on Long Island.

• Center Jordan Staal was back with familiar linemates Matt Cooke and Tyler Kennedy last night, and he also sported a familiar look. Staal replaced his mullet, which he had worn all season, with a short haircut.

• Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is slated to start tonight after backup Brent Johnson faced the Devils last night.



Read more: Penguins' Kunitz could make return tonight against Boston - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_725943.html?source=rss&feed=8#ixzz1FjeYG5os

Fire Haley
03-06-2011, 02:15 AM
Who needs Sid when we have Dustin Jeffrey? Should never have given up the lead to Boston with 30sec in regulation, but hey, great game.

Pens are 2pts out of Eastern Conference lead - how bout that?

SteelCityMom
03-06-2011, 03:07 PM
Finally got to watch the game...and it was great! Would have preferred a win with an empty netter, but so happy they got the 2 points.

Philthy lost yesterday afternoon to the Sabres and got crushed 7-0 by the Rangers today. Pens are only 2 points behind them now for division lead! Flyers do have 2 games in hand though. Still can't believe they're that close though.

4xSBChamps
03-06-2011, 04:51 PM
Philthy lost yesterday afternoon to the Sabres and got crushed 7-0 by the Rangers today.

watched both games... still have swelling in my nether-regions

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

SteelCityMom
03-07-2011, 10:08 AM
Orpik was on the ice for practice today, though I know it'll still be a couple more weeks before he's back.

Comrie and Asham are both on the ice in full gear today. I don't think Comrie will do much even if he does come back, since he's missed so much time...but it would be great to see Asham back out there soon.

SteelCityMom
03-07-2011, 12:53 PM
Head coach Dan Bylsma had a few updates:

* Kunitz is day-to-day, and probable to play Tuesday vs. Buffalo.
* Asham hasn't had concussion symptoms for six days, and skated hard for the second straight day.
* Comrie is working in full gear, but still is "considerable timeframe away from even returning to practice."
* Tangradi and N.Johnson still have concussion symptoms.


"Nick Johnson and Eric Tangradi are still out with a concussion.

"Arron Asham has been symptom free for six days now, today being his sixth. It was a second hard skate today, so he is moving in the right direction.

"Mike Comrie was on the ice in full gear. He's been on the ice in full gear three times now. He's a considerable timeframe away from even returning to practice.

"Brooks Orpik, this Wednesday will be his second week out from his broken finger.

"Crosby and Malkin, I have no update.

"Chris Kunitz is day-to-day, probable for (Tuesday's) game."

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=555215&navid=DL|PIT|home

SteelCityMom
03-08-2011, 09:05 PM
Pens win 3-1 over the Sabres tonight...their first win in regulation since Feb. 4th (which was also over the Sabres). Goals came from Neal, Michalek and Letestu (both Michalek and Neals first goals as Pens and they both got assists tonight as well). Kunitz did play tonight as well. Had a pretty good game.

Good solid game...Fleury played out of his mind to keep it close.

Philly won over the Oilers tonight (no big surprise there)

The Habs have a 4-0 lead over Boston in the third, so I guess you can call it a loss for them

Standings now:

1. Philly 66 GP 88pts
2. Boston 66 GP 84pts
3. Wash. 67 GP 84pts
4 Pens 68 GP 86 pts
5. TB 66 GP 82 pts
6.Mon 66 GP 79 pts
7. NYR 68 GP 74 pts
8, Buff 66 GP 72 pts

We're coming for you Philly!

SteelCityMom
03-09-2011, 10:45 AM
Pens' Bylsma Gets Three-Year Contract Extension
Wednesday, 03.09.2011 / 11:00 AM
http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=555476&cmpid=pit-fb-pghpenguins

Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma has agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2013-14 season, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

Bylsma, 40, led the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in 2009 and has his team in the hunt for the top spot in the Eastern Conference this year despite an injury-depleted lineup.

“Dan has very quickly established himself as one of the best coaches in the National Hockey League,” Shero said. “He has been a perfect fit for our organization since day one, and we look forward to having him leading our team for the next three seasons.

“I think what we’ve been able to accomplish so far his season, even with players like Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675), Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) and Jordan Staal (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473533) out of the lineup for extended periods of time, is a testament to his coaching system, his adaptability, and his composure under pressure.”

Bylsma has an overall record of 104-52-19 with the Penguins and has the highest winning percentage (.649) of any coach in franchise history. He also is tied with the legendary Scotty Bowman for the team record in playoff victories (23) and playoff series wins (five).

This season, Bylsma has led the Pens to a 39-21-8 record for 86 points – tied for third place in the overall NHL standings – despite having seen his team already lose 265 man-games to injury. That includes Staal missing 39 games, Crosby missing 27, Malkin missing 25, Chris Kunitz (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470543) missing 15, Mark Letestu (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473914) missing 13 and Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498) missing 12.

The Penguins currently lead the NHL in penalty-killing efficiency (86.8 percent) while ranking fifth in team goals-against average (2.41) and tied for fifth in one-goal wins (19). They’re also tied for seventh in goals scored.

Bylsma was named interim head coach of the Penguins on February 15, 2009, with the team in 10th place in the conference and in danger of missing the playoffs altogether. They responded by going 18-3-4 in 25 regular season games to rise to fourth in the conference standings, then defeated Philadelphia, Washington, Carolina and Detroit en route to the Stanley Cup. Along the way, he also lost the “interim” tag.

Last year, in his first full season behind the bench, the Penguins were 47-28-7 for 101 points.

The native of Grand Haven, Michigan played nine NHL seasons as a right winger with Los Angeles and Anaheim from 1995-2004. He played 429 NHL regular season games, recording 19 goals and 62 points, and also played in the 2003 Stanley Cup Final with Anaheim.

He began his coaching career as an assistant with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks of the AHL in 2004-05 and made his NHL coaching debut as an assistant with the New York Islanders in 2005-06.

Bylsma was an assistant coach with the Penguins’ farm team in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for two seasons from 2006-08 and was named head coach at the start of the 2008-09 season. He went 35-16-2 in 54 games with WBS before being promoted to Pittsburgh in February of that season.

Bylsma played four years of college hockey at Bowling Green. He and his wife, Mary Beth, have one son, Bryan, and reside in the North Hills.

SteelCityMom
03-09-2011, 10:48 AM
Kovalev recieved a warm welcome back to Pittsburgh last night (his first game back in Pitt)...check out the video they played at the Consol last night here (http://video.penguins.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=831&id=101872).

Fire Haley
03-09-2011, 01:54 PM
Disco should get Coach of the Year just for getting the Pens to the playoffs.

SteelCityMom
03-11-2011, 12:05 AM
The French Connection
Thursday, 03.10.2011 / 7:40 PM / Features
By Michelle Crechiolo
http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=555683&navid=DL|PIT|home

La connexion française – the French connection.

That’s what four players in the Penguins locker room have. And while they’ve all adjusted to American culture at different times and speeds, in the end, they all speak the same language in the Penguins locker room – both literally and figuratively.

Maxime Talbot, Marc-Andre Fleury, Pascal Dupuis and Kris Letang are the Penguins’ four French-Canadian players, all of them hailing from the Canadian province of Quebec.

Fleury, 26, and Talbot, 27, are the two longest-tenured Penguins of that group. They have a history that goes way back, as they both played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League – albeit with different teams – from 2000-04.

The two were then teammates for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championships before they both broke into the league for good with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League for the 2004-05 campaign.

In retrospect, it couldn’t have worked out better for the two of them to learn on the fly together. They’re now road roommates when the Penguins travel.

“I think it was nice to have Max, a guy that I knew from before,” Fleury said, who hails from Sorel. “It’s a little different with all of the English around, so it was nice to have him there.”

“It was obviously easier to adapt when you have different guys with you that come from the same place,” Talbot said. “You learn things at the same time.”

Dupuis, however, didn’t have quite as smooth a transition when he first came to the U.S.

Dupuis, 31, broke into the league in 2000 after signing a free-agent contract with Minnesota. He spent his first professional season with Cleveland of the International Hockey League, and adjusting to English was a tough transition for the Laval native.

Ever heard of a dish called “Same Thing”? Dupuis sure has. It’s what he ordered at restaurants during his first year in the league, as he didn’t understand the dinner menus when the team went out and felt bad asking for translations.

He chose instead to simply tell the server that he would have the same thing that the person next to him had ordered.

“Guys ordered sushi and stuff like that. My first time eating sushi I thought it was called ‘Same Thing,’” Dupuis joked.

Letang, who is from Montreal, was fortunate enough to have Dupuis, Fleury and Talbot already in the organization before his arrival. They have taken the 23-year-old defenseman under their wing to help him get acclimated, with Fleury even housing Letang for a pair of training camps while he looked for a place of his own.

“I was not that comfortable at the beginning with the language,” Letang said. “I was just really quiet, scared to talk. But coming in, I think Pascal, ‘Flower,’ Max, helped me a lot to get into it. They talked to me, gave me some tips.”

“You try to get the youngest French guy,” Talbot said. “I remember during camp, you take guys like Simon Despres out for supper. He speaks English, but you try to show him around. It’s not so much being French-Canadian. You try to do that with all of the rookies and young guys. You show them around. But especially sometimes when you speak French, it might be even more helpful.”

But they all admit that while it’s nice to have a group of French-Canadians in the Penguins organization, in the end, it doesn’t matter much with the closeness of this Pittsburgh squad.

“I think it’s nice, but I think in Pittsburgh we’ve always had teams that are very close to each other,” Fleury said. “It didn’t matter if you were French, Russian, English. I think everybody just gets along good and we have such a great chemistry, so that it makes it easier. You just come to the rink and it just feels good. It’s all your buddies there. So it’s a big help as a team.”

SteelCityMom
03-12-2011, 09:12 AM
Pens play the Habs at home today @ 2pm. Nobody new coming back and no new injuries. Should be a good game...hopefully with a win at the end.


Max has a tiger named after him at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

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This is a www.PittsburghPenguins.com exclusive!!! The Pittsburgh Zoo named a tiger after Maxime Talbot (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470171). After Friday's practice Talbot went to the zoo to meet "Max," and while he was there he also met the penguin named "Fleury." (Story and video coming later). Read all about Max & Max's here (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=555802).

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Max and Max - look at the gleam in his eye

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Max feeding Max. Tigers hate pepper. They love cinnamon.

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Max meets "Fleury."

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"That's my boy," Talbot said.

Trying so hard to resist using any "tiger blood" jokes. Sigh...

But we can't resist "The Hangover" jokes. After Max met with his namesake, he went to make nice with the young cub's mother. After Max fed her, she got sleepy and laid down to rest.

Which is when Max suggested we sing the ballad made famous by Stu Price (played by Ed Helms) which begins with the line, "What do tigers dream of, when they take a little tiger snooze?"

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SteelCityMom
03-12-2011, 09:37 PM
Well, Pens got whooped by the Habs 3-0 this afternoon...and the Flyers lost, but in OT. Blech. On to the Oilers tomorrow night.

4xSBChamps
03-13-2011, 05:45 AM
Well, Pens got whooped by the Habs 3-0 this afternoon...and the Flyers lost, but in OT. Blech. On to the Oilers tomorrow night.

Lightning lost in OT to Florida, so the Guins are still in the 4th-seed (I believe?) at this time

SteelCityMom
03-13-2011, 08:36 AM
Lightning lost in OT to Florida, so the Guins are still in the 4th-seed (I believe?) at this time

Yeah, by one point...which will hopefully change today.

The Oilers have had to play Philly, Washington, Detroit and now Pittsburgh on their road trip...they took Detroit into OT. I hope the Pens don't decide to give them their one road victory tonight.

PhantomJB93
03-13-2011, 08:33 PM
Take from this what you will, but I am hearing A LOT of buzz about Sid returning. I know there's no official info from the Pens of course, but logically they would not say anything. The way concussions are, if he is making progress (which I strongly believe he is), there's no reason to publicly announce anything because he could revert back to square 1 at any moment during his recovery. They won't say anything until they KNOW he will be back, which probably won't be until a few days before it happens. If it means anything, they've also switched innto "dodge question" mode; Bylsma used to flat out say he still had symptoms whereas now he says stuff like "no new info" or "no comment"

I've heard from a few sources (none official so again take it with a grain of salt) that he has been symptom-free for about a week, if not more. To support this, he has been seen in public A LOT more as of late.

Also, Cassie Campbell of CBC reported today: "Crosby at rink this morning and back at game today...he has been shooting in Pens shooting gallery in dressing rm but has not skated "

Again, take what you will from all this cause I have no "official" info, but I'd put the odds at 75-25 he'll be back sometime in the playoffs whereas 2 weeks ago I would have said something more like 20-80.

SteelCityMom
03-13-2011, 10:09 PM
Take from this what you will, but I am hearing A LOT of buzz about Sid returning. I know there's no official info from the Pens of course, but logically they would not say anything. The way concussions are, if he is making progress (which I strongly believe he is), there's no reason to publicly announce anything because he could revert back to square 1 at any moment during his recovery. They won't say anything until they KNOW he will be back, which probably won't be until a few days before it happens. If it means anything, they've also switched innto "dodge question" mode; Bylsma used to flat out say he still had symptoms whereas now he says stuff like "no new info" or "no comment"

I've heard from a few sources (none official so again take it with a grain of salt) that he has been symptom-free for about a week, if not more. To support this, he has been seen in public A LOT more as of late.

Also, Cassie Campbell of CBC reported today: "Crosby at rink this morning and back at game today...he has been shooting in Pens shooting gallery in dressing rm but has not skated "

Again, take what you will from all this cause I have no "official" info, but I'd put the odds at 75-25 he'll be back sometime in the playoffs whereas 2 weeks ago I would have said something more like 20-80.

Yeah, I caught a couple tweets today (specifically one from Cassie Campbell...and a couple others retweeting hers), saying the same thing. Haven't heard that he's been symptom free yet, though I'd love nothing more.

The latest "buzz" (aka WTF rumor...from some rag in Toronto) is that his family has been pressuring him to retire. :doh: His father and agent quickly spoke out against that.

I'm hoping he's well enough for the playoffs...but not at the risk of ending up like Savard. If there's any doubt whatsoever (which it seems there will be), I'd rather they just shut him down for the year and have him 100% next season.

SteelCityMom
03-14-2011, 02:16 AM
Head knocks weigh on NHL general managers
By Rob Rossi, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, March 14, 2011

Sidney Crosby's concussion is causing a headache for the Penguins on the ice and the National Hockey League off it.

Nobody knows when Crosby might play hockey again, and continued speculation about his health is as frustrating to the team as it is confusing to fans.

"I'm sick of talking about it," Penguins General Manager Ray Shero said this week, reiterating that Crosby's status is "not something we talk about every day."

Crosby missed a 29th consecutive game Sunday when the Penguins played the Edmonton Oilers at Consol Energy Center.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Thursday there was "no change" to Crosby's status since he was hit in the head Jan. 1 during the Winter Classic by then-Washington forward David Steckel and struck from behind four days later by Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman.

A lack of significant progress from one of the NHL's marquee players almost 10 weeks into recovery is a concern to the Penguins and the league.

Head injuries will be a major topic during three days of meetings by the league's 30 general managers starting today in Boca Raton, Fla. -- and not just because Crosby, widely regarded as the face of the NHL, has cast a spotlight on the subject.

Clearing up rumors

Crosby told the Tribune-Review on Feb. 23 that he was "getting better" but said he still experienced headaches. He declined comment for this story but, through his agent and a Penguins spokesperson, addressed rumors from social media websites and out-of-town reports:

-- He did not cut short a haircut because of a sudden headache.

-- He was not made sick by lights and music at a recent Lady Gaga concert at Consol Energy Center.

-- There is neither a tumor nor a fractured bone along his spine.

"I don't know any of those things to be true," said Crosby's agent, Pat Brisson. "I can't say if he's going to play in two weeks, two months or seven months. All I can say is Sid's progressing, but he's still having symptoms. So right now, he's not ready."

Some of Crosby's closest friends are concerned.

"There's more to this life than hockey," said former Penguin and current Toronto forward Colby Armstrong. "I don't know what protocol is for something like this, but to have headaches every day like he's been having is a scary thing.

"I know personally it's eating at him (to be out this long). His hands are tied, though. He's just got to do what's best for him."

Taking a toll

According to The Concussion Blog, a website devoted to head injuries in professional sports, 72 NHL players reportedly have been diagnosed with a concussion this season. Here are some of the notable players and their status or recovery time:

Player, team Position Status/recovery
Sidney Crosby, Penguins Center Out since Jan. 5
Drew Doughty, Kings Defense Out from Oct. 20-Nov. 4
Marian Gaborik, Rangers Right wing Out from Feb. 20-March 6
Mike Green, Capitals Defense Out since Feb. 25
Dan Hamhuis, Canucks Defense Out from Feb. 9-22
Paul Kariya, Blues Left wing Out all season
Matthew Lombardi, Predators Right wing Out since Oct. 13
Brad Richards, Stars Center Out from Feb. 13-March 9
Marc Savard, Bruins Center Out for season

Sources: NHL.com; theconcussionblog.com

Crosby has not been cleared by the Penguins' medical staff for physical activity, other than light work on a stationary bicycle.

No timetable for return

Gone are the days when a trainer held up two fingers, asked a player his name and sent him back on the ice. Today, a player can return only after being free of symptoms and passing a test to gauge normal brain activity. The final decision-maker is the team doctor.

Crosby has not taken that test since his concussion diagnosis Jan. 6. He left the team in Montreal that day to be tested by team doctors in Pittsburgh because of symptoms that included headaches, neck soreness and nausea.

Few of Crosby's teammates feel comfortable talking publicly about his condition, though defenseman Paul Martin said players have no expectations for him to play again this season.

"Right now, we realize that he's not doing anything, and especially the guys in here have to expect it's just us," Martin said. "Obviously, if he comes back for the playoffs, I'll be as thrilled as anybody, but you can't sit back and wait and think when he comes back he'll make it better."

Team doctors initially labeled Crosby's concussion as "mild" and instructed Bylsma to tell reporters that Crosby would miss "about a week." The team since has insisted there is no timetable for his return.

The Penguins medical staff is led by Dr. Charles "Chip" Burke, but Shero said neurological experts from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center consult on treatment for concussed players.

Burke declined to comment, per team policy regarding injured players.

Dr. Julian Bailes, chairman of West Virginia University's Department of Neurosurgery, said every concussion is different. Speaking without specific knowledge of Crosby's situation, Bailes said that more than two months generally "is a long time to be out" with a concussion.

Florida forward David Booth missed four months because of a concussion last season. Three current concussed Penguins -- forwards Arron Asham, Eric Tangradi and Nick Johnson -- are into their second month of not playing.

Bailes, considered a leading expert on head injuries because of his work with the National Football League Players Association, added it might be best for Crosby to scrap this season altogether.

"We do that with patients who have other problems to their nervous system -- nerve problems, stingers to the neck or shoulder and spinal-cord injuries," he said. "The benefit to it is time and allowing the brain to completely heal. We think in some concussions there is a tearing of fibers, and the brain can heal that -- and in some people time is what it takes."

Concussions on rise

Head injuries are "the topic du jour again" in the NHL after the subject dominated discussion late last season, Brisson said.

Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy studied the brain of former NHL enforcer Bob Probert, who died last year at age 45. Reports surfaced recently that Probert, who lived a hard life that included substance abuse, had brain damage and disease at the time of his death.

Last week brought a major injury to Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after a gruesome hit by Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara. Pacioretty was injured when Chara drove him into a stanchion, leaving Pacioretty with a concussion and cracked vertebra.

As with Steckel and Hedman after their hits on Crosby, the NHL did not fine or suspend Chara. That prompted a letter from Air Canada, a major NHL sponsor, to commissioner Gary Bettman, in which the airline called the league's response to the incident unacceptable.

The NHL long touted itself as a leader among pro sports leagues regarding concussions. It began studying brain injuries in 1997 and created baseline neurological tests to prevent concussed players from returning before they achieve normal brain function.

Bettman said in January that concussions increased this season, despite a new regulation -- Rule 48 -- constituting blindside hits as illegal for the first time. He did not say how many concussions occurred this season.

The rise of concussions, combined with Crosby's stature and recent events, have added to the feeling that this week's general managers meetings are potentially a defining moment for the NHL.

"That combination warrants a serious discussion," Penguins CEO and President David Morehouse said before making clear the organization's stance. "We think head shots should be banned, period."



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SteelCityMom
03-14-2011, 12:44 PM
Well...looks like the rumors were more right than wrong Phantom!

Crosby Skates for First Time
Monday, 03.14.2011 / 9:58 AM / Features (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Ffeatures)
By Sam Kasan
Updated 11:37 AM...
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Penguins captain Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) was back on the ice for the first time since suffering a concussion in early January.

Crosby, who missed the last 29 games, skated on the ice for about 15 minutes in full gear early in the morning at CONSOL Energy Center. He stick-handled around some cones and shot a few pucks.

“I feel good. It’s really early. It’s just part of progress and trying to get better,” Crosby told www.PittsburghPenguins.com (http://www.PittsburghPenguins.com) in an exclusive interview. “I felt pretty good doing some light workouts. I was told I had the opportunity to skate. I went out there for 15 minutes to see how I felt. No real plan going forward. I felt good, so that’s a good sign.”

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Sidney Crosby Takes the Ice

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Crosby, who last played for the Penguins Jan. 5 vs. Tampa Bay, said that he hasn’t had any concussion-like symptoms for a few days. He’s been riding an exercise bike and Monday was his first opportunity to get back on the ice, although he cautioned that he may not even be able to skate Tuesday.

“I may not feel great this afternoon and not be able to skate tomorrow,” Crosby said. “The only reason I was able to skate today is because I’ve had some good days here, done a little bit of exercise and got through that. That doesn’t mean there are any guarantees. It’s just a progression.

“I’ve been symptom free the last few days. That doesn’t mean that when I exert myself that I won’t have symptoms. That could always happen. That’s pretty normal when you have that. It’s a process and we’ll see how things go.”

Crosby is still taking everything day by day, but has been feeling much healthier lately.

“Typical every day things have gotten a lot better,” he said. “I’ve been able to get through days better."

Even though a return to the lineup is still some time away, Crosby felt good about getting back on the ice after such a prolonged absence.

“Just being on the ice is nice after not doing anything really the last few months,” he said. “It’s still in the early stages of things. It doesn’t mean I’ll be able to skate tomorrow. We’ll see how everything goes. It’s one of those things that you go through each day, adjust and see how you feel depending on symptoms and things like that. We’ll see. It’s just nice to be able to get out there.”

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Other injury updates per Bylsma:


12:49 PM:
Bylsma also gave a plethora of injury updates.

"Arron Asham returned to practice today. It was his first time with the team and he will not be traveling with us tomorrow, given the fact that it’s one day. But he will return to practice with us next week.

"Comrie, Orpik and Tangradi all skated off the ice today. And Nick Johnson will be joining them tomorrow. It will be his first time on the ice, it is a progression for him.

"Kris Letang went to a scheduled appointment to be evaluated by a doctor just as a precautionary (action) from the hit he received last night.

"And I think you know Sidney Crosby skated today. He has been symptom free for some time now. He has been exercising off the ice, and this was the next step in his progression, getting on the ice. In no way, shape or form is there any time table at this point in time. This is just the next step for him, to get on the ice and to be able to exercise."


12:40 PM:
Per Bylsma, Matt Niskanen is still not well enough to travel with the flu bug that he has that saw him miss Sunday's game. He will be joining the team hopefully after the Ottawa game.

"We are going to have to call up a player (from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton), which we will do this afternoon," Bylsma said when asked how the team would play defensively with Niskanen out for Tuesday's game.

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SteelCityMom
03-15-2011, 09:31 AM
Crosby skates, return may be distant
By Josh Yohe, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sidney Crosby's return to the lineup is, best case scenario, weeks away.

Still, a significant step in his comeback from a concussion occurred yesterday at Consol Energy Center when Crosby skated for 15 minutes. Crosby was extremely cautious when meeting with the media, warning that his return to action is not imminent.

By all accounts, however, Crosby's return to the ice is relevant on two levels: First and foremost, his health is improving, and there is now at least reason to believe that he may play again this season.

"I have no clue," Crosby said when asked when he would return. "I'm not thinking too far ahead as far as a time frame. I just want to get better."

Crosby spoke with reporters for almost 10 minutes and was unusually candid, acknowledging that the concussion symptoms generally bother him later in the day, so judging how he felt minutes after skating might not be an accurate gauge of his health. He also said that he has been symptom-free for a number of days, though he did not pinpoint precisely how many days. His day-to-day life activities -- aside from how he may respond from rigorous exercise, anyway -- appear back to normal.

"Everyday things are pretty good now," Crosby said. "If they weren't, I wouldn't be jumping on a bike. Getting through days has been much better the last week or so."

He also expressed that a return to the lineup isn't even on his mind, at least not yet. Crosby was asked about how much his conditioning would need to improve before he could return, and his answer offered a chilling reality of how serious the injury is.

"I'm not even going to talk about that," Crosby said. "I just want to be able to get through that (skating for the first time) without getting a headache, let alone worrying about where my conditioning is."

While Crosby was pleased to return to the ice, his level of excitement was measured. His teammates were a bit more emotional.

"It was very nice to see," center Jordan Staal said. "It was uplifting for the group to see him step forward and back on the ice."

Although Crosby's recovery has been disturbingly methodical, the Penguins' continual insistence that he is improving was verified by his return to the ice.

"I knew he was feeling better just from seeing him the past couple of weeks, the look in his eye and him being back on the bike," GM Ray Shero said. "That, to me, is the most important thing. I knew he was shooting and stuff like that in the room we have in the back, but for him to get back on the ice is a good step."

Crosby dismissed the wild rumors from Toronto that his career could be in jeopardy. He isn't retiring, isn't thinking about retiring and may even play this season.

The rumors irritate his family, Crosby said, but he is able to ignore them.

"It's something that comes with the territory," Crosby said. "It's definitely interesting to see what can be said and rumors and things like that."

Crosby was all business when addressing his health, but his right wing painted a different picture from earlier in the day.

"He was all smiles when he had the skates on," Pascal Dupuis said.

The Penguins certainly felt good seeing their captain making strides and sound confident that he will conquer his concussion.

"He's got the mind to do it," Staal said. "He'll find a way."

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SteelCityMom
03-15-2011, 09:32 AM
Asham back on the ice
By Josh Yohe, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sidney Crosby's 15-minute skate wasn't the only good concussion-related news the Penguins received Monday. Arron Asham, out since Feb.1 with a concussion, practiced with the Penguins at Consol Energy Center. Asham will not travel with the team to Ottawa but could be ready for game action soon. He said he would like to play Sunday against the New York Rangers. "I feel great," Asham said. Coach Dan Bylsma said that Asham has been symptom-free for quite some time. Asham has produced five goals and five assists this season after signing as a free agent from Philadelphia.

- Defenseman Kris Letang did not practice yesterday. He received a nasty hit from Edmonton's Gilbert Brule late in the third period of the Penguins' 5-1 win on Sunday. Contact was made with Letang's head on the play. Bylsma said Letang's visit to a doctor yesterday was "precautionary."

- Defenseman Matt Niskanen remains ill with the flu and will not play tonight in Ottawa. Bylsma said that the Penguins will recall a defenseman from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, though he did not specify which player will be selected. The logical choice is Brian Strait.

- Right wing Alex Kovalev did not speak with reporters the day before he plays against his old team, the Ottawa Senators, and doesn't intend on speaking after today's morning skate.

- Three injured players -- D Brooks Orpik, LW Eric Tangradi and C Mike Comrie -- continued to skate away from the team. They will be joined by RW Nick Johnson today in Ottawa. Johnson is symptom-free after battling a concussion for a month.

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SteelCityMom
03-15-2011, 11:23 AM
- Defenseman Matt Niskanen remains ill with the flu and will not play tonight in Ottawa. Bylsma said that the Penguins will recall a defenseman from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, though he did not specify which player will be selected. The logical choice is Brian Strait.


Corey Wagner and Steve Potter got called up.

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SteelCityMom
03-16-2011, 03:41 PM
Pens beat the Sens 5-1 last night, and have a 4 day break until facing the Rangers on Saturday afternoon.

I know the Oilers and Sens are at the bottom of the league, and it would have been pathetic if they lost to them and all that, but they are great confidence boosters for this team and the points were very much needed...now that the Craps have passed the Pens in points (92) and the Cryers are still on top of the division and conference by 3 points (93).

Pens play 2 games against the Cryers at the end of the month...crucial, crucial wins if they want to get the division lead.

SteelCityMom
03-17-2011, 05:31 PM
In Pens news today, Letestu is day to day with an upper body injury (hopefully he's better by Sunday).

Sidney Crosby confirmed with the media that he skated today for the third time in the past four days with no setbacks. Crosby had the same workload today (15 minutes on the ice with some stick-handling and puck work).

Bylsma also gave a plethora of status updates on the rest of the injured Pens:

"(Arron) Asham again in practice today with the full team. (Mike) Comrie was out there with us, it was his first practice. They’re both working on their conditioning and timing and getting back with the group, but they're out there with us.

"Nick Johnson and Eric Tangradi continue to progress off the ice, skating with Brooks Orpik. But they’re probably a ways away in their progression to getting back with the team.

"(Evgeni) Malkin, obviously continuing his rehab.

"And Crosby, to follow up what Sid addressed today, just progressing slowly, following instructions from the doctors and he’s in contact with them about how he’s feeling and his progression. If he skates, or if he doesn’t skate, or what he does off the ice, is based on the doctors’ protocol and following that program. It doesn’t mean necessarily that he’s having a good day or a bad day. But he is progressing back, there is no timetable for his return. And as far as us, he’s really not on the radar whether we’re discussing whether he is going to return to play or not. It is really not on the radar yet. So there’s no timetable, and good to see him on the ice and good to see him progressing. But he’s following that protocol closely.

Bylsma was then asked if Dustin Jeffrey would be the logical guy to step into the center position between James Neal and Alex Kovalev. His response:

"Yes. That would be the original thought. As the game wound down there in Ottawa, (Jeffrey) did step into that spot and play between those two guys. One of the goals they got was with him at center. So yes."
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The team also had "team building" sessions after practice today by doing West Point drills. Hopefully they give a video for this...but here are some pics from the Pens site.

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SteelCityMom
03-21-2011, 02:44 PM
Well...yesterdays 5-2 loss to the Rangers sucked. Big time. Hopefully they can get 2 points from the Wings tonight.

Asham is back in the lineup this evening. Brent Johnson will be in goal. You can pretty much expect Cooke to be out. He threw a dirty hit yesterday, got a game misconduct and 5 min. major and had a meeting today. I expect 8-10 games, but nothing official has been announced yet.

No Franzen, Datsyuk or Hudler for the Wings.

Crosby has moved on to doing drills...which is great. He skated again (4th time) this morning. Here's the vid.

http://video.penguins.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=104076&catid=-6

4xSBChamps
03-21-2011, 04:52 PM
rest of regular-season, and 1st round of playoffs to Cooke ~ as-much-as losing his talents as a PK-specialist hurts, he deserved it (and more):
hopefully, the team can weather this storm, then find him a new home in 2011-2012

SteelCityMom
03-21-2011, 05:23 PM
Good...it was deserved. It sucks he's going to be out, but I'm pissed that he's such a dumbass.

Ray Shero Statement on Matt Cooke Suspension
Monday, 03.21.2011 / 5:40 PM / Features
Pittsburgh Penguins
Following is a statement from Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Ray Shero after the National Hockey League ruled today that Penguins forward Matt Cooke will be suspended for the rest of the regular season (10 games) and the first round of the playoffs:

“The suspension is warranted because that’s exactly the kind of hit we’re trying to get out of the game. Head shots have no place in hockey. We’ve told Matt in no uncertain terms that this kind of action on the ice is unacceptable and cannot happen. Head shots must be dealt with severely, and the Pittsburgh Penguins support the NHL in sending this very strong message.”

RELATED ARTICLE: Penguins' Cooke Suspended for Remainder of Regular Season and First Round of Stanley Cup Playoffs >

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=556779&navid=DL|PIT|home

SteelCityMom
03-23-2011, 01:42 PM
Defenseman Brooks Orpik has resumed practicing with Penguins teammates today at Southpointe Iceoplex.

Orpik has missed the past 11 games because of a broken right finger.

He was not expected to resume full practices until next week. There is no word if Orpik will be available Thursday for a game at Philadelphia.

Left wing Eric Tangradi is also on the ice for practice. He has not played since he was concussed by an elbow to the head from Islanders forward Trevor Gillies at New York on Feb. 11.
Read more: Orpik, Tangradi resume practice with Penguins - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_728775.html?source=rss&feed=8#ixzz1HRvvkqZ5) http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_728775.html?source=rss&feed=8#ixzz1HRvvkqZ5



1:34 PM:
Head coach Dan Bylsma gave updates on a few players:

"Matt Cooke (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465951) has been given a few days away from the rink. He will return to practice later on in the week.

"Sid skated today and worked out. Again, there’s no timetable for a progression from that standpoint. He’s always in contact with the doctors and his daily schedule is set in the morning.

"(Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215)) is nine weeks into his rehab at this point in time.

"Nick Johnson (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471280) is still experiencing symptoms.

"Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498) and Eric Tangradi (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8474025) were with us for a full practice with the team today. Both of them have some conditioning to do and timing to do. Eric could play, but is not in the greatest shape right now. But he’s working towards that. Brooks is seeing how he reacts to practice timing-wise and physicality-wise."


http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=556955&navid=DL|PIT|home

SteelCityMom
03-25-2011, 11:56 AM
Pens got a huge win last night against the Flyers (in Philly)....even though it was only a SO win, it was still great to get the 2 points. Only 4 points behind the Flyers now, and have NJ (at home) tonight.

Jeffery was injured last night...looked similar to the Malkin injury. No word on his status yet (except that he won't be playing tonight). Comrie will be back with the team in place of him and Fleury will be in net again.

Other updates:

Pens coach Dan Bylsma gave a few injury updates:

* Brent Johnson is still day-to-day with an upper-body injury
* Jeffrey had yet to see a doctor, so there was no update yet on his condition
* Comrie will play tonight in place of Jeffrey
* Marc-Andre Fleury will be in net.


"Brent Johnson, still out day-to-day with upper body.

"Dustin Jeffrey, I don’t have an update for you on Dustin Jeffrey as of yet. He hasn’t seen our doctors yet this morning. We will be inserting Mike Comrie in his stead into the lineup tonight for his first game back.

"(Fleury) will be playing in goal.

"Mark Letestu and Sidney Crosby skated this morning."

Orpik has been cleared to play, but is still a few games away from being back.

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=557188&navid=DL|PIT|home

Video of Crosby's practice (they are intensifying).

http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?&id=104870

SteelCityMom
03-26-2011, 09:27 AM
Bylsma provides possible clue about Crosby's status
By Rob Rossi, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, March 26, 2011

• While addressing the subject of injured defenseman Brooks Orpik's impending return, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma provided a potential clue on the status of center Sidney Crosby. "When Brooks is ready to play and when Sidney Crosby is ready to play, we're going to insert them both (into the lineup)," Bylsma said Friday after practice at Consol Energy Center. Orpik practiced with teammates yesterday morning; before the team session, Crosby, who is recovering from a concussion, participated in another on-ice workout. He has not experienced any setbacks since returning to the ice March 14 but has missed the past 34 games.

• The target for Orpik's return from a broken right finger is next week. He has participated in three days of practice with teammates and said his main objective is to regain his timing, especially with stickhandling. He has missed 13 consecutive games, and the Penguins had allowed 34 goals in the previous 12 entering last night's matchup with New Jersey — an average of 2.83 compared to 2.38 for the season.

• Forward Mike Comrie played for the first time since Nov. 24. He had missed 51 straight games while recovering from hip surgery. A spot in the lineup opened after center Dustin Jeffrey suffered a lower-body injury and did not return to Thursday's game in Philadelphia after Flyers center Jeff Carter fell into his right leg. The Penguins did not provide an update on Jeffrey, but Bylsma said he was being examined by team doctors. Comrie played wing against the Devils.

• Backup goalie Brent Johnson (upper-body injury) remains day-to-day and was not available for a second straight game. Marc-Andre Fleury started even though this game was the Penguins' second in as many nights and they play again Sunday afternoon. The other option was Brad Thiessen, who has never played in the NHL. Fleury has appeared in 37 of the past 42 games but only seven of the past 10.

Read more: Bylsma provides possible clue about Crosby's status - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_729316.html?source=rss&feed=8#ixzz1HiRcsfdQ

SteelCityMom
03-26-2011, 09:28 AM
Penguins win again in shootout
By Josh Yohe, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, March 26, 2011

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma trusted his gut Friday morning by opting to start goalie Marc-Andre Fleury on consecutive nights.

That call paid off — Fleury stopped 21 shots for his 19th career shutout — and gave Bylsma an opportunity to trust his gut again when he finalized his shootout lineup in a 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils at Consol Energy Center.

"I always go to see what (assistant coach Tony Granato) thinks," Bylsma said. "He had (winger Chris) Kunitz third. I don't know — (winger James) Neal hadn't seen Marty Brodeur very much before, and I thought that was good thing."

It was a gutsy call, considering Kunitz is having his finest offensive season (22 goals) with the Penguins and he had scored in the fourth round to win a shootout in Philadelphia the night before.

Of course, considering Brodeur already had recorded his NHL-record 116th career shutout, perhaps turning to Neal was the lone logical move for Bylsma.

No matter the reasoning, it paid off, and Neal's second shootout-clinching goal this week — he scored one Monday at Detroit, too — helped the Penguins extend their winning streak to three games.

"You just want to go in and do your own thing and not worry about who's in net," Neal said. "I tried to just go in and make my own move, wait him out as long as possible."

Said Brodeur: "I forced him as far as I could go, and he kind of just flipped it over my elbow there, and he was able to find the back of the net. It was a good shot."

The Penguins are starting to think they have a good shot at a deep playoff run. They have played 33 straight games without superstar center Sidney Crosby and are 12-1-5 in contests decided by a goal in that stretch. And they are 8-5 in that span in games that went beyond regulation.

Those 12 extra points likely have helped lock up no worse than the No. 4 seed and home-ice advantage in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Penguins are seven points clear of fifth-place Tampa Bay, which has played one fewer game.

At no point since Crosby last played Jan. 5 have the Penguins looked more impressive than these past two nights, with Fleury needing to make only 39 saves through six regulation periods and two overtimes.

His candidacy for league MVP — seemingly a legitimate conversation only inside the Penguins' dressing room — is buoyed by his shootout stats. He has stopped six of seven attempts in these past two wins and is 30 for 36 while going 7-2 this season.

This victory probably ended any realistic hope the Devils had of qualifying for the playoffs, but it surely showed the Penguins' growth. Defensive guru and Devils coach Jacques Lemaire paid the Penguins the ultimate compliment.

"This team is playing pretty much like we do in our end," he said. "There isn't a lot of room, not a lot of scoring chances."

The Penguins were swept by the Devils last season, often playing into New Jersey's neutral-zone trap by forcing passes and settling for low-quality shots. Not last night, although the Devils did limit the Penguins to three first-period shots.

The thing is, the Penguins held the Devils to one.

"It's obviously not really surprising," center Jordan Staal said. "(New Jersey is) a team that plays tight defense. We didn't want to give them any opportunities to get on the offense. It was the way we needed to play."

Read more: Penguins win again in shootout - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_729319.html?source=rss&feed=8#ixzz1HiRrPpXh

SteelCityMom
03-26-2011, 11:31 AM
Updates from todays practice...

Head coach Dan Bylsma said that defenseman Brooks Orpik will return to the lineup Sunday against Florida. Orpik, who has missed the past 13 games with a hand injury, will be paired with Letang. Bylsma wouldn't tip his hand on which D-man will be taken out of the lineup.

Here are a few other updates from the coach...
Maintenance day for Kovalev
Letestu practiced for first time
Crosby had a scheduled day off
Still waiting to hear on Jeffrey

Brooks Orpik looks like he'll be playing (Sunday) for us," coach Bylsma said.

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=557287&navid=DL|PIT|home

SteelCityMom
03-27-2011, 07:19 AM
Crosby return could come soon
By Rob Rossi, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, March 27, 2011

Those who know the old Sidney Crosby rediscovered him this week.

A teammate marveled at his timing during individual on-ice workouts. An assistant coach noted the confidence with which he carried himself in the dressing room. A member of management mentioned the return of familiar steely focus to his eyes.

All that remains is Crosby slipping on a Penguins game jersey.

That doesn't appear to be far off, barring an unexpected setback in his recovery from a concussion that has kept him sidelined since Jan. 5.

"There's a good feeling around here," Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis said.

Those associated with the Penguins are expecting to hear "Crosby is cleared" sometime soon from a team physician.

At that point, which Crosby confidants are cautiously optimistic could come within the week — he will resume full practices, with sights set on playing in, if not before, the Stanley Cup playoffs.

"All year we've battled hard, and sometimes you think, 'If this guy comes back, if this guy gets back ... ' " Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said, his smile widening as his thought finished. "Obviously, getting (Crosby) back will be the big bonus."

Crosby's return would boost the Penguins, who have played only two games with Crosby, fellow centers Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal, and Fleury in the lineup.

Malkin, the 2009 NHL scoring champion and playoff MVP, is lost for the season after right knee surgery.

Crosby's return should be enough to make the Penguins one of the favorites to raise the Cup in June. After his last game, they were third overall in goals scored, even though Malkin had scored only 15 goals and produced just 34 points.

They rated 10th as of Saturday and have scored two or fewer goals in 18 games missed by Crosby. Still, they have recorded 13 of 36 possible points from those contests.

Credit a stout team defense — sixth overall as of yesterday and to be emboldened today by the return of defenseman Brooks Orpik from a 13-game absence with a broken finger. The Penguins were fourth overall, second in the Eastern Conference, in team defense before Orpik's injury Feb. 23.

Consider the type of player potentially added in Crosby, at least based on his statistical standing after his last game: first in goals (32) and points (66); tied for second in assists (34) and power-play goals (10); tied for fourth in plus/minus (20); and fifth in shooting percentage (19.9 percent).

"One of those seasons," veteran Detroit center Mike Modano said of Crosby's pre-concussion dominance, which included a 25-game point streak.

The Penguins are prepared for, and somewhat expecting, a less-dominant Crosby for a couple of reasons:

• If he doesn't play before Game 1 of the playoffs, Crosby will have missed 41 straight games — half a season. Timing will be a factor, especially if, as anticipated, he is flanked by unfamiliar wingers in James Neal and Alex Kovalev, each of whom has joined the Penguins since Crosby last played.

• As noted by renowned neurologist Dr. Julian Bailes of West Virginia University, there is no way to predict how an athlete will respond to game situations after a concussion. Crosby's concussion kept him from engaging in strenuous activity for nine weeks, "a long time to be out," said Bailes, who has worked with the NFL Players Association on concussions.

Still, Crosby at 75 percent of his pre-concussion form would rate as a significant addition to a team that has gutted out an 18-11-5 record in his absence, including a 12-1-5 mark in one-goal games.

"Even if he's not coming back as hot as he was earlier, he would still help our team," Penguins defenseman Kris Letang said, citing Crosby's intangibles such as tireless work ethic, leadership by example and a lauded lust for winning.

Added Staal: "Every player in this room has that drive and determination to win games, and it starts with our leader. It comes from Sid, the way he carries himself, and it goes right down the line."

The company line for players had been not to speak of Crosby's status.

Their willingness to talk publicly about him this week for the first time in months was the latest signal of a shift toward optimism first sparked by Crosby's return to the ice March 14.

Wednesday morning, Orpik, who in days prior had skated with Crosby, described him as "flying out there."

Friday morning, strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar shook his head in bewilderment as Crosby turned on a dime near the corner boards, darted toward the cage and ripped a shot under the crossbar — knocking a Gatorade bottle off the top of the net.

This all happened about two weeks after coach Dan Bylsma said March 10 there was "no change" to Crosby's status since he was hit in the head Jan. 1 during the Winter Classic by then-Washington forward David Steckel and struck from behind four days later by Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman.

Two days ago, on his way into the Penguins' changing room at Consol Energy Center, Crosby spied a reporter and displayed his familiar deadpan playfulness.

"Didn't recognize you," he said.

He smiled politely, nodded his head — as he normally does — and disappeared behind a door.

It seems likely he'll be coming out to play again soon.

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SteelCityMom
03-27-2011, 07:20 AM
Penguins clinch fifth straight playoff berth
By Rob Rossi, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Penguins have clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

A 4-2 loss Saturday night by the Carolina Hurricanes at home to the Tampa Bay Lightning guaranteed the Penguins will finish no lower than eighth overall in the Eastern Conference.

This is the Penguins' fifth straight playoff berth. Their opponent and final seeding will be determined during the final two weeks of the regular season.

The Penguins (44-23-8, 96 points) carry a three-game winning streak into a game Sunday against the Florida Panthers at Consol Energy Center.

Read more: Penguins clinch fifth straight playoff berth - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_729444.html#ixzz1HnmBWvuv

stlrtruck
04-13-2011, 10:52 AM
And I've clinched tickets to next Wed night's game at the St Pete Times Forum. Taking The Princess to her first PENS game...nothing like breaking her in to PENS hockey by making it a playoff game!

LETS GO PENS!

4xSBChamps
04-13-2011, 11:07 AM
And I've clinched tickets to next Wed night's game at the St Pete Times Forum. Taking The Princess to her first PENS game...nothing like breaking her in to PENS hockey by making it a playoff game!

LETS GO PENS!

have lived in central Florida for almost 5 years (after 46 in da Burgh), and I always said that if & when the Penguins meet the Lightning in the playoffs, I'd be at the St. Pete Times Forum for every game:
unfortunately, my fiancee is battling breast-cancer, so I won't be able to make it this year, but I'll be watching on TV

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y272/Glensgages/hockey%202010-2011/Kunitz-14raccoon500x400.jpg

stlrtruck
04-13-2011, 12:48 PM
have lived in central Florida for almost 5 years (after 46 in da Burgh), and I always said that if & when the Penguins meet the Lightning in the playoffs, I'd be at the St. Pete Times Forum for every game:
unfortunately, my fiancee is battling breast-cancer, so I won't be able to make it this year, but I'll be watching on TV

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y272/Glensgages/hockey%202010-2011/Kunitz-14raccoon500x400.jpg

Dude, they've got some inexpensive seats for these games (28 + fees), might be just the break you and your fiancee need...a good outing by the Pens and to be there in person. I only pray you could make it one way or another!

But don't worry if you can't, I'll be sure that The Princess and I cheer extra loud on Wednesday night! :drink: :thumbsup:

I_Bleed_Black_And_Gold
04-27-2011, 06:43 PM
Anyone know where to stream the game for free? I may have a mile wide tornado destroying my city, but I am not missing this game!!!

stlrtruck
04-28-2011, 01:11 PM
Well the Penguins played flat footed and with the exception of the final 15 minutes of play, they looked outplayed by the Lightning. The Lightning wanted this game more and they took it right from underneath the Pens.

Since the 8-2 blowout, the Lightning have shown life while the Penguins couldn't muster enough gumption to put the Lightning away after leading the series 3-1.

SteelCityMom
04-30-2011, 04:27 PM
Well, I'm definitely disappointed with the early playoff exit...but I think the Pens had a great season all things considered. Already looking forward to next season and seeing how Neal plays with Crosby and how Malkin will do with Staal.

My biggest hope is that they can Kovy. He's lazier than ever and not worth a dime at this point in his career. Shero took a cheap gamble on him, and I don't blame him for doing it, but outside of a couple SO goals, the only thing Kovy really produced was penalties and turnovers. Time for him to hit the road.

I didn't see it mentioned yet, but Bylsma has been nominated for the Jack Adams award (Coach of the year)...along with Trotz (Nashville) and Vigneault (Vancouver). I'd be happy if either Dan or Trotz won...they both did a good job with little to work with at times. No way in my mind does Vig deserve it. It's great that Vancouver had such a great year, but he has such a great compliment of players and didn't really have to deal with injuries or anything.

Now that the Pens are out, I'm rooting for the Sharks above all. I wouldn't be upset if Nashville, Vancouver, Tampa or Boston (in that order) won either. Pretty much as long as the Wings, Caps or Flyers don't win or make it to the finals. So far, the tide of the rest of the series is going my way lol.

SteelCityMom
08-23-2011, 11:54 AM
Pens ready to cash in on Crosby, Malkin returns
Tuesday, 08.23.2011 / 3:00 AM / 30 in 30 (http://www.nhl.com/ice/newsindex.htm?location=/features/30in30&view=headline)
By Dan Rosen (http://www.nhl.com/ice/newsindex.htm?author=2275&view=headline) - NHL.com Senior Writer
http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=586019&navid=DL|NHL|home (http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=586019&navid=DL%7CNHL%7Chome)

Ray Shero (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8458010) knew he didn't have to open his checkbook to sign a big-money free agent this summer. Pittsburgh's general manager wasn't going to find anyone on the market better than the two players he already knew were working toward a return to the Penguins' lineup: Sidney Crosby (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471675) and Evgeni Malkin (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471215).

The Penguins played without both of their $8.7 million centers for the final 29 games last season and all of the playoffs. Crosby missed the final 41 games with a concussion and Malkin tore up his right knee on Feb. 4, putting him on the shelf for the remainder of the season as well.

Pittsburgh became more of a defense-oriented team and managed to finish second in the Atlantic Division and fourth in the Eastern Conference with 49 wins and 106 points. Dan Bylsma (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8455763) rightfully won the Jack Adams (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8444861) Award for skillfully guiding his depleted team to the finish line and now he believes his team is better for not having Crosby and Malkin at the season.

However, Malkin will be ready for training camp and Crosby is working toward a return either in training camp or soon after. Crosby reportedly began his normal summer workout routine in July, but he has not been cleared for contact yet and he has experienced some post-concussion symptoms when he pushes himself.

Malkin has spent the offseason in Russia, working out to strengthen his surgically repaired right knee.

Nevertheless, Shero did his due diligence in free agency by re-signing five of his own players and tempting Jaromir Jagr (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8448208) to return to Pittsburgh before moving on to sign veteran winger Steve Sullivan (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8460719). It was all window dressing compared to what should be two enormous additions this season.

http://cdn.nhl.com/images/upload/2010/07/departures.gif

The Penguins lost a couple of their more charismatic depth players to Atlantic Division rivals. Maxime Talbot (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8470171) signed a five-year contract to play in Philadelphia and Mike Rupp (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8467336) inked a three-year deal with the New York Rangers (http://rangers.nhl.com/).

Talbot will best be remembered for scoring both goals in the Penguins' Cup-winning Game 7 victory at Joe Louis Arena in 2009 while Rupp will best be remembered for being a tenacious yet fun-loving teammate. Both also had starring roles in HBO's Emmy Award-winning documentary series "24/7 Penguins-Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic."

Most importantly, though, Talbot was a depth center who could win key faceoffs and help kill penalties for the Penguins. Rupp was a pugilistic fourth-liner who chipped in wherever it was needed.

The Penguins also said good-bye to Chris Conner (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8472368), Alex Kovalev (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8458529), Mike Comrie (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8467964) and Eric Godard (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8468252) -- though none of those losses are seen as overly significant.

http://cdn.nhl.com/images/upload/2010/07/arrivals.gif

Jagr was the one that got away, but the Penguins didn't idle as they moved on from their former star who signed with their in-state rivals. Shero found another veteran scoring winger with potential to play in Pittsburgh's top six, provided he stays healthy.

Sullivan, who signed a one-year contract, could find his way onto a line with either Crosby or Malkin depending on how he performs in training camp and if he develops chemistry with either superstar early in the season. Crosby, though, may not be in the lineup to start the season.

Sullivan, 37, should be, but he has had some injury woes. He was limited to 44 games last season with Nashville, but he had 22 points on a team that didn't have a bona fide No. 1 center or anybody with more than 23 goals or 50 points.

Outside of the Sullivan signing and bringing back their own players, including Pascal Dupuis (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8466393), Tyler Kennedy (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471311), Dustin Jeffrey (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8474138), Craig Adams (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8465166) and Arron Asham (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8465025), the Penguins stayed relatively quiet on the free agent market. They inked forwards Steve MacIntyre (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8470896) and Jason Williams (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8468789) as well as defensemen Alexandre Picard and Boris Valabik (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471223) to one-year, two-way contracts.

Williams has dealt with injuries in recent seasons, but he told the Penguins' website that he's healthy and ready to show what he can do. He has 225 points in 447 games in the NHL. MacIntyre could fill the enforcer role that Godard had in previous seasons with the Penguins. He had seven fights in just 34 games with the Oilers last season.

Picard had eight points over 43 games with Montreal last season. He's also played for the Flyers, Lightning, Senators and Hurricanes and has 65 points over 236 games. Valabik spent all of last season in the AHL, but played 80 games over parts of three seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers (http://thrashers.nhl.com/) from 2007-10.

http://cdn.nhl.com/images/upload/2010/07/outlook.gif

Pittsburgh stayed in the hunt for the Atlantic Division title during the second half of last season without Crosby and Malkin. That was not only remarkable, but it was telling of what this team is potentially capable of with their star centers healthy and in the lineup.

The fact is that the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and the following game at home against Tampa Bay were the only two times last season that Pittsburgh had its top three centers -- Crosby, Malkin and Staal -- start and finish the same game.

Staal missed the first 40 games of the season after undergoing offseason surgery and then fracturing his hand, but made his season debut at Heinz Field on Jan. 1. Crosby didn't play in another game after going pointless against the Lightning on Jan. 5. Malkin tore up his knee on Feb. 4 and was out for the rest of the regular season and playoffs.

The Penguins are built around these three players, so if the Stanley Cup is the goal -- as it is every year in Pittsburgh -- it's critical that all three stay in the lineup.

However, provided defenseman Brooks Orpik (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8468498) recovers from his July 20 sports hernia surgery in time, the Penguins should be entering training camp with a healthy and deep blue line.

Orpik, Kris Letang (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471724), Paul Martin (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8468542), Zbynek Michalek (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8469760), Matt Niskanen (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471702), Ben Lovejoy (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8473933) and Deryk Engelland (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8468674) all return from last season, which should make it hard for Picard and Valabik to make the roster.

With Marc-Andre Fleury (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8470594) and Brent Johnson (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8462161) back to make up one of the top goaltending duos in the NHL, the Penguins should be contenders again provided Nos. 87 and 71 make it back and they hang on to the defensive swagger they developed last season.

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FACTS & FIGURES

Record: 49-25-8, 106 points, fourth in East

Coach: Dan Bylsma (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8455763) (4th season)
Interesting fact: The Penguins begin the 2011-12 season with a three-game road trip to Western Canada. This marks the first time the Penguins have opened the regular season with three straight road games since the lockout-shortened 1994-95 campaign when they visited Tampa Bay, Florida and the Rangers Jan. 20-25, 1995.

PENGUINS: 3 QUESTIONS FOR 2011-2012

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1. What will the return of Sidney Crosby (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471675) and Evgeni Malkin (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471215) mean to the Penguins?
It will mean that Pittsburgh will be a very, very good team in 2011-12. The Penguins won 49 games last season and came within one point of winning the Atlantic Division -- playing a majority of the year without their two superstars. Imagine how good they'll be in 2011-12 with virtually the same roster and the return of the dynamic duo.

2. Are the Penguins better off without Jaromir Jagr (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8448208)?
Fans will certainly have mixed answers on this one. Jagr is an elite goal scorer; but he hasn't played in the NHL since 2008, so it's tough to gauge how he'll perform in 2011-12. Either way, expect the atmosphere at Consol Energy Center on Dec. 29 to be pretty intense -- it's the Flyers' first trip to Pittsburgh.

3. Can Pittsburgh get over the playoff hump?
The Penguins haven't been past the second round of the playoffs since they won the Stanley Cup in 2008-09. After being upset by Montreal two years ago in the Conference Semifinals, then blowing a lead to Tampa Bay in the Conference Quarterfinals last season, can the Penguins cure their playoff woes?

-- Emily Kaplan

UP-AND-COMING: 3 PLAYERS TO WATCH

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Dustin Jeffrey (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8474138), F -- Injuries gave Jeffrey a chance to show Bylsma and Co. what he can do last season. He tested out fairly well. Jeffrey had 12 points in 25 games, proving to the Penguins that there is upside in their former sixth-round draft pick. Jeffrey is coming off major knee surgery, but he says he will be ready for training camp. He signed a two-year contract this summer, but it's a two-way deal for this season.

Eric Tangradi (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8474025), F -- A 22-year-old rookie, Tangradi is so focused on making the Penguins' opening night roster that on July 26 he told his nearly 13,000 Twitter followers that he was taking the year off from the social media site "to really focus on trying to make a hockey team." Tangradi, who is 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, had three points in 15 games with the Penguins last season before suffering a season-ending concussion.

Mark Letestu (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8473914), F -- The undrafted longshot from Elk Point, Alta., finally made it to the NHL on a full-time basis last season. Letestu was forced into a bigger role due to the injuries to Crosby and Malkin, and he finished with 27 points in 64 games. He could move to the wing this season or play in a fourth-line center role if Crosby, Malkin and Staal are all healthy.

Fire Haley
10-03-2011, 06:03 PM
Crosby on IR to start the season

Sidney Crosby will be placed on injured reserve to start the season. Because of NHL rules, Crosby will now be unavailable to the Pens for at least the first seven days of the season.

http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2011/10/03/penguins-crosby-placed-on-ir/

SteelCityMom
10-04-2011, 06:33 AM
Crosby on IR to start the season

Sidney Crosby will be placed on injured reserve to start the season. Because of NHL rules, Crosby will now be unavailable to the Pens for at least the first seven days of the season.

http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2011/10/03/penguins-crosby-placed-on-ir/

Yeah, I figured as much.

Though Crosby and Jefferey's aren't subject to the 7 day rule, since they were never taken off the list from last season.

Center Sidney Crosby and winger Dustin Jeffrey won't have to wait the usual seven days to come off the NHL's injured reserve list, the Penguins confirmed Monday.
Crosby (concussion) and Jeffrey (right knee) were never taken off the list dating to last season. They were designated for injured reserve yesterday as part of a series of roster moves by the Penguins. Also on the injured reserve list are forward Nick Petersen and defensemen Robert Bortuzzo and Boris Valabik.
A player on the injured reserve must wait seven days before he can play, but if a player's designation carried over from the previous season, that term does not apply. This is the case with Crosby and Jeffrey — neither of whom will play Thursday when the Penguins open the season at Vancouver.
Technically, both players could dress for weekend games at Edmonton and Calgary, but that is unlikely given their current status.

Read more: IR length doesn't apply to Penguins' Crosby - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_760058.html?source=rss&feed=8#ixzz1ZoOohRbG) http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_760058.html?source=rss&feed=8#ixzz1ZoOohRbG

SteelCityMom
10-04-2011, 06:36 AM
Penguins Reduce Active Roster to 23 Players
Monday, 10.03.2011 / 12:20 PM / Features (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Ffeatures)
http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=590905&navid=DL|PIT|home (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=590905&navid=DL%7CPIT%7Chome)

The Pittsburgh Penguins reduced their active roster to 23 players, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

Forward Jason Williams (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468789) and defensemen Alexandre Picard and Brian Strait (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473565) were re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League (AHL). Defenseman Joseph Morrow (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8476476) was returned to his junior team, the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

Williams and Picard will have to clear waivers by Tuesday at noon before joining WBS.

Pittsburgh also placed forwards Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675), Dustin Jeffrey (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8474138) and Nick Petersen (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8475269) and defensemen Robert Bortuzzo (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8474145) and Boris Valabik on injured reserve.

The Penguins’ active roster contains 14 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.

Download Roster (http://penguins.nhl.com/v2/ext/files/2011-12%20Training%20Camp%20Roster%20%28IV%29.pdf)

4xSBChamps
10-04-2011, 06:58 AM
here are the dates the Penguins are scheduled to wear their new alternate sweaters during the upcoming season

Oct. 15 -- Buffalo

Oct. 27 -- New York Islanders

Nov. 15 -- Colorado

Nov. 25 -- Ottawa

Dec. 27 -- Carolina

Jan. 6 -- New York Rangers

Jan. 7 -- New Jersey

Jan. 20 -- Montreal

Feb. 11 -- Winnipeg

Feb. 12 -- Tampa Bay

Mar. 7 -- Toronto

Mar. 22 -- Nashville

SteelCityMom
10-04-2011, 06:00 PM
Crosby unlikely to be cleared during road trip
Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 2:15 PM / NHL Insider
By Alan Robinson - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby doesn't expect to be cleared for contact during the Pittsburgh Penguins' season-opening road trip.

Crosby, out with a concussion since Jan. 6, accompanied the Penguins on Tuesday as they left to open the season Thursday night in Vancouver. The Penguins also stop in Calgary and Edmonton, and Crosby plans to take part in all three scheduled game-day skates and two practices during the trip.

Because Crosby won't be seeing any of his doctors until the Penguins return home, it isn't likely he'll switch his white practice helmet -- which signifies no contact -- to the team's regular black helmet.

"I'm happy to be out there, and when the time comes (for contact) I'll make sure I'm ready," Crosby said after practicing Tuesday. "To be honest, I'm just happy to be out there and working hard. It was a long time I wasn't able to do that. It's nice to be out there and go hard."

More Here: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=594341

SteelCityMom
10-04-2011, 06:06 PM
Oh, and apparently Malkin is twittering now...and mostly in English! http://twitter.com/#!/malkin71_

Not a huge twitter fan myself...but there's a few folks I like to follow, and he's just become one of them.

4xSBChamps
10-04-2011, 06:08 PM
Oh, and apparently Malkin is twittering now...and mostly in English! http://twitter.com/#!/malkin71_

Not a huge twitter fan myself...but there's a few folks I like to follow, and he's just become one of them.

the federales will jump him the first time he tweets 'shoot-everybody'

:wink02:

SteelCityMom
10-05-2011, 10:32 AM
Penguins vs. Canucks Scouting Report
Wednesday, 10.05.2011 / 8:00 AM / Features (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Ffeatures)
By Michelle Crechiolo
http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=594407



http://cdn.nhl.com/penguins/images/logos/small.png Pittsburgh Penguins at Vancouver Canucks http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/logos/small.png



http://1.cdn.nhle.com/penguins/images/upload/2011/10/PensCanucks10611-1.jpg


(so many possibilities for captioning this image of Staal and Sedin :chuckle: )
WHEN: Oct. 6, 2011 - 10:00 pm | WHERE: Rogers Arena
WATCH: ROOT SPORTS | LISTEN: Pens HD Radio, 105.9 FM

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The Penguins drew quite a formidable foe for their 2011-12 season opener: the Vancouver Canucks.

The Canucks are certain to be hungry and highly motivated after advancing all the way to the Stanley Cup Final last season – and suffering a heartbreaking Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins in their own arena.

Despite getting so close to the promised land and having nothing to show for it, the Canucks have returned most of their roster from a season that saw them finish at or near the top of most notable statistical categories, showing just how deep of a team Vancouver GM Mike Gillis has assembled.

The Canucks’ first line – composed of wonder twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin and winger Alexandre Burrows – is intact. Left wing Daniel won the NHL scoring title (Art Ross) last season with 102 points, while center Henrik won it in 2010 with 112 points. The gritty Burrows played big during the Canucks’ Cup Final run, netting nine goals and 17 points – including the Game 7 overtime winner in their opening-round series vs. Chicago.

But the Canucks will be entering Thursday’s contest potentially missing two-thirds of their second line, as there’s a chance they’ll be without Ryan Kesler – the 2011 Selke Trophy winner as the NHL’s best defensive forward – to start the season as he continues to recover from offseason hip surgery. The 26-year-old center had a career year in 2010-11, scoring 41 goals, 73 points and finishing with a plus-24 rating.

They’ll also be without winger Mason Raymond, a fixture on the Canucks’ second line beside Kesler, as he suffered a vertebrae compression fracture during the Cup Final and isn’t expected back until November.

But while the Canucks will miss (potentially) Kesler and Raymond, they’ll have both Mikael Samuelsson and Manny Malhotra back in the lineup for opening night.

Samuelsson underwent surgery to repair his adductor tendon and sports hernia in the middle of the Western Conference Finals, sidelining him for the remainder of the playoffs. The veteran Swedish sniper has scored a combined 48 goals the past two campaigns and should add to Vancouver’s already potent offense.

Malhotra, meanwhile, is back to full health after suffering a scary eye injury in March. He’s one of the game’s best defensive centers and is known for his faceoff proficiency – finishing last season with a 61.7-percent success rate in the dot, ranked second in the NHL.

They’ve also added Marco Sturm and Chris Higgins to the mix. Sturm, who entered the league in 1997, is a seven-time 20-plus goal scorer, while Higgins has shown flashes of offensive spark at the NHL level

Vancouver sustained their biggest offseason departure on the blue line in the form of defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, who inked a 10-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres.

Ehrhoff’s offensive production from the back end (a combined 28 goals and 94 points in his two seasons with Vancouver) will be hard to replace. He was also a workhorse – logging 23:59 minutes per game, second-most on the team – and quarterbacked Vancouver’s top-ranked power play.

But Gillis made sure the rest of his blue line remained intact, re-signing Kevin Bieksa, Sami Salo and Andrew Alberts after inking Dan Hamhuis to a six-year extension last summer. Bieksa, who finished last season with a staggering plus-32 rating, is the team’s heart and soul on the back end and will likely be joined by Hamhuis on the top pairing. Keith Ballard, Alexander Edler and Chris Tanev round out the back end.

Finally, Vezina Trophy finalist Roberto Luongo is back between the pipes for the Canucks. Vancouver is also returning highly capable backup Corey Schnieder, who went 16-4-2 with a .949 save percentage in his relief appearances.

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Last season Vancouver reached the Stanley Cup Final for the third time in franchise history (1982, 1994, 2011), losing to the Boston Bruins in seven games. The Canucks, who joined the league in 1970 as an expansion team, have yet to win the Cup.



The Canucks were the first team in the NHL to clinch a berth in the playoffs in 2010-11, and clinched their division just two weeks later, winning their fourth Northwest Division title in five years.



With a 54-19-9 record and 117 points, the Canucks also captured their first Presidents’ Trophy in franchise history, which guaranteed them home-ice advantage for the duration of the 2011 playoffs.



Vancouver proved to be one of the most well-rounded teams in the league in 2010-11, finishing first in both goals for (258, an average of 3.17 per game) and goals against (180, an average of 2.20 per game). They were the first team since the 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens to manage such a feat.



In addition, the Canucks had the NHL’s No. 1-ranked power play last season, capitalizing on 24.3 percent of their opportunities. To top it off, their penalty kill finished tied for second in the league with an 85.6-percent success rate.



For the first time in franchise history the Penguins finished the 2010-11 regular season with the NHL’s No. 1-ranked penalty killing unit with a success rate of 86.1 percent. Prior to last season, the Penguins’ best finish was fourth overall in 1992-93. The Penguins’ 86.1-percent success rate was the highest percentage in team history (86.4 percent; 1997-98).



Canucks winger Daniel Sedin captured the 2011 Art Ross Trophy after finishing the regular season with 104 points (41G-63A). He accomplished the feat just one year after his brother, Vancouver captain Henrik, did so in 2010. Henrik finished the season ranked fourth in the league with 94 points (19G-75A).



The Canucks had an impressive 11 players finish with a plus-minus rating in the (positive) double digits, led by Kevin Bieksa (plus-32) and Daniel Sedin (plus-30). Close behind them: Dan Hamhuis (plus-29), Henrik Sedin (plus-26), Alexandre Burrows (plus-26), Ryan Kesler (plus-24), Christian Ehrhoff (plus-19), Alexander Edler (plus-13), Jannik Hansen (plus-13), Jeff Tambellini (plus-10) and Keith Ballard (plus-10).



The Penguins concluded their 43rd National Hockey League campaign in 2010-11 by earning the second-most points (106) and wins (t-49) in franchise history. Pittsburgh’s 49-25-8 overall record placed it second in the Atlantic Division behind the Philadelphia Flyers (although the two teams were tied in points).



Pittsburgh’s 106 points were five more than it recorded the previous season and seven more than the 99 it had during its 2009 Stanley Cup championship season. All that was accomplished despite the team suffering 350 man-games lost due to injury, including 119 to the team’s top-three offensive threats in Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) (41 games missed), Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) (39) and Jordan Staal (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473533) (39).



As a result of the Penguins’ success, head coach Dan Bylsma became the first head coach in franchise history to win the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s most-outstanding coach. Canucks coach Alain Vigneault was one of the three finalists.



The Penguins finished with the third-most (tied) points in the NHL and earned the No.-4 seed in the Eastern Conference, earning home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Pittsburgh fell to the Lightning, 4-3, in a closely-contested matchup.

http://cdn.nhl.com/penguins/images/upload/2010/10/injuryreport.jpg

http://cdn.nhl.com/penguins/images/logos/small.png
D Robert Bortuzzo (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8474145), lower-body (indefinitely)
F Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675), concussion (indefinitely)
F Dustin Jeffrey (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8474138), knee (indefinitely)
F Nick Petersen (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8475269), concussion (indefinitely)
D Boris Valabik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471223), knee (indefinitely)

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(http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539743)

SteelCityMom
10-05-2011, 10:33 AM
the federales will jump him the first time he tweets 'shoot-everybody'

:wink02:

:toofunny:

4xSBChamps
10-05-2011, 10:41 AM
http://1.cdn.nhle.com/penguins/images/upload/2011/10/PensCanucks10611-1.jpg
(so many possibilities for captioning this image of Staal and Sedin :chuckle: )


don't worry about Staal... he haf little-bit bad-hands...

Fire Haley
10-05-2011, 01:26 PM
late game - on Versus

http://i569.photobucket.com/albums/ss137/odds_bucket/beb98334-1-1.jpg

SteelCityMom
10-06-2011, 08:10 AM
Pens' Orpik closer to returning to action
By Josh Yohe, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, October 6, 2011

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — There is a chance, albeit a small one, that defenseman Brooks Orpik will play Wednesday (Thursday) night when the Penguins open the season against the Canucks.

Orpik, who had hernia surgery this summer and did not play in any exhibition games, has practiced with the team three times in the past week and reported no lingering issues with the injury.

Although it would register as a surprise if Orpik plays against the Canucks, it would not be a shock.

"I wouldn't say there's zero chance I'll play," Orpik said Wednesday.

He has stressed all along that he won't force the issue with this injury. Given the Penguins' depth on the blue line and the reality that the postseason doesn't begin for another six months, there is hardly a need to force the veteran into the lineup until he's completely healthy.

Still, Orpik made it clear that his return is coming soon. Maybe even tonight.

"You never want to miss opening day," Orpik said.

Read more: Pens' Orpik closer to returning to action - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_760462.html?source=rss&feed=8#ixzz1a0U6XNtV

Fire Haley
10-06-2011, 12:41 PM
It's a Hockey Night in Vancouver!!

Will there be riots when they lose?

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kFyK-575-Ws/TfvKZF0jllI/AAAAAAAAAgA/HBxJq9rwUzE/s1600/vancouver_riots.jpg

Fire Haley
10-07-2011, 09:46 AM
Matt Cooke is my hero!

I watched the game real late on DVR - had to watch the Yankees lose first - ha!

Pens came out jumping, they were swarming all over the canucks in the 1st p. Malkin looked faster, he drew all their attention while the little guys battled in the corners for pucks.

Fleury > Luongo

The shootout was no contest...Luongo was flopping like a fish

SteelCityMom
10-07-2011, 09:51 AM
Pens won their season opener last night, 4-3 in a SO. Was an absolutely fantastic game to watch.

The good: - Fleury was spectacular. Some of the saves he made were just out of this world. He looked focused and confident. Definitely glad to see him in that shape (mentally and physically) to start the season.
- Cooke had a fantastic game as well. He had 2 goals, one a power play goal, the other a shorthanded goal. And he was all over the place...his name was called all evening. Glad to see him stepping up.
- Geno's shootout goal. It was just spectacular...and the fact that it was Geno doing it (he typically isn't very good in the SO) made it even more spectacular. He also had a nice assist on the first power play goal to Neal.

The bad: - Geno the rest of the game. It was painful to watch. Constantly getting beat, constantly losing the puck and constantly falling down. Lot's of things he still needs to work on. I'm happy he got some confidence and redemption out of the SO goal though...he's going to need it.

The ugly: - Nothing really, unless you want to just consolidate the bad and the ugly...cause sometimes it was just bad and others it was really ugly lol.

Here's the video recap for any who missed it.

OwGWJVWoLrM

Just realized that vid cuts off the end of the SO. Here's the entire SO.

wZSKEndxISs

SteelCityMom
10-07-2011, 09:54 AM
Matt Cooke is my hero!

I watched the game real late on DVR - had to watch the Yankees lose first - ha!

Pens came out jumping, they were swarming all over the canucks in the 1st p. Malkin looked faster, he drew all their attention while the little guys battled in the corners for pucks.

Fleury > Luongo

The shootout was no contest...Luongo was flopping like a fish

That's one way to look at it I suppose (in regards to Malkin). I thought he had a pretty poor game though. What was up with him losing his edge so often? Was Dana Heinze drunk when he did his skates or what?

Fire Haley
10-07-2011, 10:48 AM
That's one way to look at it I suppose (in regards to Malkin). I thought he had a pretty poor game though. What was up with him losing his edge so often? Was Dana Heinze drunk when he did his skates or what?

I wish we would have gotten Hamhuis when we had the chance - he was doing a good job shutting down Malkin for most of the game. The Canucks had one mission - to double and triple him when he handled the puck. But he still looked like a man amongst boys the open ice - he was flying!

SteelCityMom
10-09-2011, 08:29 AM
I couldn't stay up for the game (wish I had now!), but the Pens held on to beat the Flames 5-3 in Calgary last night.

CALGARY -- The Pittsburgh Penguins countered Calgary's opening-night pregame laser show with some second-period fireworks.

The Penguins used a four-goal middle period to beat the Flames 5-3 on Saturday night, spoiling the start of the new season for the sellout crowd at the Scotiabank Saddledome -- just as they did two nights earlier in Vancouver, when they beat the Canucks 4-3 at Rogers Arena. Pittsburgh, still playing without Sidney Crosby as he recuperates from a concussion, will try for a perfect swing through Western Canada on Sunday night in Edmonton.

Jordan Staal and Matt Niskanen had a goal and an assist as the Penguins received goals from five players. Marc-Andre Fleury made 17 saves as Pittsburgh outshot Calgary 38-20.

The Flames opened the scoring at 15:32 of the first period after defenseman Mark Giordano slid between Penguins forwards Craig Adams and Arron Asham and fed an open Curtis Glencross in the slot. Glencross one-timed the puck behind goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

But the Penguins awoke in an explosive second period that saw them outshoot Calgary 16-5 and beat Miikka Kiprusoff four times.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020019&navid=sb:recap

Way to stick up for Cookie, Geno! (even if it did suck lol)

RkpBaOXR_KM

4xSBChamps
10-09-2011, 08:36 AM
somebody in that locker-room GOTTA teach these guyz how to tie-down their sweaters
:mad:

Fire Haley
10-09-2011, 09:26 AM
Oh well, another game tonight in Edmonton...and Center Ice is still free

I hope Malkin comes back to play and they were really holding him out of the 3rd p for knee soreness and rest and not injury


...and am I the only one screaming for Fleury to get back in his net everytime he goes wandering around trying to handle the puck?

4xSBChamps
10-09-2011, 09:29 AM
... and Center Ice is still free...

for the cost of what an approved NHL sweater costs, I can purchase this package, and watch 40 games per-week, for 6 months?

:noidea:

I gotta seriously consider this

Fire Haley
10-09-2011, 09:51 AM
If you are watching 40 games per week of hockey you must have some other teams to watch.


Update- Bylsma says they were holding Malking out of the 3rd p for knee soreness and rest and not injury.


'Malkin barely played in the third period. In the second period, he had his legs taken out on a faceoff by Calgary's Curtis Glencross. He remained in the game but played only on a power play in the third period, sitting on the bench while the Penguins held off Calgary's furious charge.

Coach Dan Bylsma indicated that there is nothing seriously wrong with Malkin."

"Just played a lot of hockey and was a little sore," Bylsma said. "The score dictated that we were going to keep him off the ice. Given the score and situation - we have a game tomorrow - we weren't putting him on the ice."


http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt...rce=rss&feed=8

4xSBChamps
10-09-2011, 10:00 AM
'other teams' beat-Hell outta entertainment-stuff, stupid sit-coms, bad movies, or unrealistic reality-TV

:thumbsup:

Fire Haley
10-09-2011, 10:10 AM
...that, and you don't want to miss the Historic 82-0 season by the Pens!

4xSBChamps
10-09-2011, 10:12 AM
...that, and you don't want to miss the Historic 82-0 season by the Pens!

... as-long-as they don't grow waist-length beards, like the Ronald McHartnell & the Phailures in last year's Verizon commercial

Fire Haley
10-09-2011, 10:16 AM
actually, I had Center Ice for a couple seasons for a good reason

I could switch to the other teams broadcast & announcers and didn't have to listen to what Steigy and Errey were saying.

Fire Haley
10-13-2011, 01:08 PM
Crosby cleared for contact!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/breaking/s_761664.html#ixzz1afwzwCFS




cross your fingers you heathens!

4xSBChamps
10-13-2011, 01:11 PM
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y272/Glensgages/hockey%202011-2012/AlwaysSidneyinPhilthadelphia.jpg

Fire Haley
10-13-2011, 04:16 PM
I got Pens - Caps on NHL Network tonight

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=595577




oh yeah - Fleury is OUT

4xSBChamps
10-13-2011, 05:36 PM
I got Pens - Caps on NHL Network tonight

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=595577


I'm getting free NHL Center Ice this week, but not NHL-N, so it's the only game I can't watch this evening

Fire Haley
10-14-2011, 02:01 AM
KNOCKED THE **** OUT!!!"

Asham came on post-game and apologized for the hand gestures...but he clocked that dude through his visor - what a punch!

yeah - the game - got another point, Pens were all over the Caps all game, Neal is on fire. Staal with stupid, stupid, stupid penalty in OT


video clip of the K.O.

http://www.twitvid.com/PYZFR

Fire Haley
10-18-2011, 08:21 PM
Pens vs. Wild on Versus

Good little game. Pens don't miss a beat with all the guys out. Letang suspended, Malkin still out.

Up 2-1 going into the 3rd p.

AHL guy they just brought up got hurt. Vitale gets a stick in the mouth and Engelland gets a puck in the face.

They're going down like flies.

That shorthanded goal they gave up hurt.

4xSBChamps
10-18-2011, 08:26 PM
AHL guy they just brought up got hurt. Vitale gets a stick in the mouth and Engelland gets a puck in the face.

They're going down like flies.

... where are the new-boys???

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y272/Glensgages/hockey%202011-2012/HansonBrothers1.jpg

Fire Haley
10-19-2011, 11:24 AM
It's a 4-2 Pens win, I'll take it - and Neal is still on fire

Brent Johnson is a GOD!

kinda scary when his knee got bent around, but he survived

stb_steeler
10-21-2011, 04:32 PM
Neal was awesome lastnight.....leads the league in goals...

SteelCityMom
11-08-2011, 07:45 AM
Penguins' Crosby not set on Friday return
By Rob Rossi (rrossi@tribweb.com), PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, November 8, 2011

No concussion symptoms, but also no change in the status of Penguins center Sidney Crosby.

If only there was no more speculation from within the hockey world about him playing against Dallas at Consol Energy Center on Friday night.

"I'd love it to be (Friday)," Crosby said of his anticipated return to games from a concussion that has kept him out of the lineup since Jan. 5. "But I would have loved it to be on the West Coast trip (last week), too — but I didn't play there. There are a lot of different guesses, but everybody else's guess is as good as mine."

Crosby did not rule out playing Friday, but neither did he even slightly hint at that being a realistic possibility.

He was cleared by team physician Dr. Charles Burke, an orthopedic surgeon, for resumption of full-contact practices Oct. 13.

Crosby accompanied the Penguins on their trip to San Jose last week, but left Friday night so he could visit with either Burke or Michael Collins, a clinical psychologist with extensive neuropsychology training who heads the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, or both.

Crosby has said he visits with members of his concussion team about once weekly, and he confirmed those persons as Burke and/or Collins. Burke clears all Penguins players for return to play, but that will be more procedural in the case of Crosby because of Collins' experience in treating concussion.

"I just tell them how I feel," he said of his visits with Burke and/or Collins. "That's usually how it goes -- give them feedback, let them know how I'm feeling. They usually have tests or ways of evaluating, so they used that too. But it's kind of a combination of what I'm telling them and their expert opinion."

Coach Dan Bylsma said the Penguins are "not waiting on an epiphany to make a decision" on Crosby's return, stressing there remains "no timetable."

Contact remains elusive
During the session Monday, Crosby looked to just dodge a collision with fellow superstar center Evgeni Malkin, but Malkin suggested after practice the near-hit was an accident.

Malkin was just the latest teammates who seemed hesitant to practice physically with Crosby, the team captain and arguably the NHL's most recognized player.

Defenseman Deryk Engelland's shove of Crosby last week caused a stir among the media members who watched practice.

"There are certain players that are more apt to be in physical contact with Sid, and yes ... I have put people against him that will be inclined to bump him," Bylsma said, noting that injured defenseman Ben Lovejoy has filled that role in the past.

Around the boards
Center Jordan Staal and defensemen Zbynek Michalek (broken finger) and Lovejoy (broken wrist) did not practice. Staal, who has battled a lower-body injury, was given a day off for rest. ... Bylsma suggested he was leaning towards using Chris Kunitz and James Neal as Crosby's wingers when Crosby resumes playing games. Steve Sullivan and Tyler Kennedy would play with Malkin. ... The Penguins are off today.

Read more: Penguins' Crosby not set on Friday return - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_766135.html#ixzz1d7ZzpKhx) http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_766135.html#ixzz1d7ZzpKhx

SteelCityMom
11-09-2011, 04:47 PM
Pens move Letestu to Blue Jackets for pick
By Josh Yohe (jyohe@dailynewsemail.com), PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Last updated: 11:34 am

The Penguins possess a surplus of centers, and Mark Letestu was off to a poor start this season.

Something had to give, and it did.

Penguins general manager Ray Shero traded Letestu to the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets for a 2012 fourth-round draft pick Tuesday night.

"Joe (Vitale) was doing good things," Letestu said of his fellow center. "Richard (Park), too. I was the odd man out."

With Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Vitale and Park — to say nothing of Sidney Crosby, who hasn't played since Jan. 5 but might be close to returning from a concussion — the Penguins are loaded at center.

Given Letestu's struggles — his play had dropped significantly from his rookie season, as he hadn't scored a goal in 11 games — it seemed only natural to move him.

The Penguins have given no indication that this move signifies an opening of a roster spot for Crosby.

"This was more about Vitale emerging and Park fitting in so well with our team," Shero said. "Plus, we really like Dustin Jeffrey. It had nothing to do with Sid. We have no roster issues right now."

Letestu said leaving will be difficult.

"I'll miss playing with guys like (Crosby and Malkin)," Letestu said. "They're two of the best players in the world. It was like a bonus getting to watch them play every day. But now, I won't have to be behind those stars anymore, so I might get more of a chance to play."

Rumors had been circulating for days that Letestu could be traded.

"It wasn't rocket science," said Letestu's agent, Al Roy. "They were going to move someone."

Shero said he received calls from numerous teams about Letestu yesterday, and he wanted to act quickly on a deal.

"It wasn't like I was shopping him," Shero said. "But when we do finally get healthy, we would have had a roster issue."

It was no secret that coach Dan Bylsma appreciated Letestu, who was never drafted and worked his way through many seasons in the minors.

"I give Dan credit," Letestu said. "He gave me my start as much as I did. It's tough to leave. I'm very thankful to him."

Letestu had never been traded in a professional career that saw him play portions of five seasons with Penguins minor league affiliates Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) and Wheeling (ECHL).

"I remember the first time I saw him play at Wilkes-Barre," Shero said. "I didn't think he was ever going to play (in the NHL). But he worked his way into a good AHL player and then into a good NHL player. He's a good story. I think this is a great opportunity for him."

A surprise last season, Letestu filled in admirably for Crosby, Malkin and Staal. A sound defensive center, Letestu scored 14 goals in 64 games.

The Penguins (9-3-3, 21 points) have the NHL's best record, while Columbus (2-11-1) has the league's worst mark. But Letestu appreciates the opportunity he may received in Columbus.

"It's a nervous situation to go somewhere new," he said. "But one thing I've learned is that hockey players are an accepting bunch. I'm excited about this."
Placed on assignment

Jeffrey and Steve MacIntyre were assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton by the Penguins on Tuesday night.

Each player was placed with the AHL affiliate on a conditioning assignment and will remain on the active roster and collect an NHL salary through the duration.
Jeffrey has appeared in six games. He has yet to record a point and averaged less than 10 minutes of ice time. He spent the first eight games on injured reserve while recovering from surgery last season to repair torn knee ligaments.

MacIntyre has appeared in just four games. He was signed in the offseason to replace Eric Godard as the club's primary enforcer.

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SteelCityMom
11-12-2011, 07:31 AM
Neal scores two goals to lift Penguins to win
By Rob Rossi, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, November 12, 2011

Brilliance wasn't required Friday night from goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, and the Penguins didn't need the possible return of top center Sidney Crosby, either.

A 3-1 victory over Dallas at Consol Energy Center staked the Penguins to their seventh win in nine games — and perhaps confirmed the belief of veteran left wing Brenden Morrow that one of the NHL heavyweights was on the ice last night and the game was a "measuring stick" for his surprising Stars.

The Penguins improved to 33-16-8 in the regular season since Crosby (concussion) last played Jan. 5. This victory was as impressive as any, if only because the Penguins so expertly attacked a weakened opponent.

They turned around the contest in the final six minutes of the second period; the Stars had led, 1-0, but were down to four healthy defensemen after injuries to Alex Goligoski and Mark Fistric.

"We were aware of the situation," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "It would be our game plan to try and grind a team down (anyway, but) ... when they went down to four, we were in a situation where we had to invest with every puck that we played."

The Penguins also had to pull from their bank of resiliency. Twice — late in the second period and midway through the third — an act by left wing Chris Kunitz denied them a power-play goal. First was his illegal deflection of a shot by center Evgeni Malkin, then his early contact in the blue paint with Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen.

Less than 30 seconds after each incident, Penguins right wing James Neal scored to turn momentum back toward the teammates he joined Feb. 21 after a trade from Dallas that also brought defenseman Matt Niskanen in exchange for Goligoski.

"This is the first time he's (had) a chance to play against them, so his emotions were pretty ramped up," Penguins left wing Matt Cooke said of Neal, who snapped a three-game goal drought with his 10th and 11th. "There (are) few things sweeter than playing against your former team."

Cooke would not use the term "sweet" to describe his move on a penalty shot a couple of minutes after Neal pushed the Penguins ahead in the third period. His juke was not, say, Crosby-esque, but the end result was a shot that eluded Lehtonen and positioned the Penguins to suffocate the Stars with a game-closing combination of puck movement and forechecking.

Fleury needed only make 19 saves for his ninth victory. He has surrendered two or fewer goals in seven of eight starts dating to Oct. 20.

The Penguins play tonight at Carolina, and they again will be without Crosby, who Monday did not rule out the "possibility" of playing against Dallas. Bylsma said Thursday there remains no timetable for Crosby's return.

The Stars, who awoke Friday with the NHL's most points and were 2-0 on a four-game road trip that featured the only win this season by an opponent at Washington, could contend the Penguins are tough enough without arguably the planet's finest player.

As long as Neal and Fleury keep producing as they have early this season and the likes of Cooke and Kunitz keep setting a gritty tone, perhaps these Penguins, even without Crosby, are more than what Morrow described.

Maybe they are the measuring stick.

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SteelCityMom
11-13-2011, 06:50 AM
Penguins' frantic rally falls short against Hurricanes
By Josh Yohe, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, November 13, 2011

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Staal brothers had their fingerprints all over this one.

Penguins center Jordan Staal's two goals led to a frantic third-period rally, but his big brother had the last laugh by scoring the game-winner late in the third Saturday to give the struggling Hurricanes a 5-3 win.

"We kept finding ways, had a good third period," Jordan Staal said. "Just a bad finish."

Staal scored twice in the third period to pull the Penguins within a goal. Left wing Chris Kunitz then tied the game to finish off an impressive rally against Carolina goalie Cam Ward, who stopped 37 of 40 shots and was spectacular in the opening two periods.

However, Eric Staal scored the game-winner during a wild scramble in front of the net and set up right wing Chad LaRose's late goal to put the contest away.

"It was a pretty hectic third period," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "It was a little too hectic for us. He (Eric Staal) beats his man up the ice, the end of a tired shift for him. It's a dirty one at the cage, but that's where he's good. He picked up a big one for his team."

Younger brother Jordan almost willed the Penguins to a victory.

Promoted to the top line because of an injury to left wing Steve Sullivan -- Bylsma said Sullivan has a lower body injury and isn't sure of the injury's severity -- Staal immediately clicked with center Evgeni Malkin. The duo has had success before and looked perfectly comfortable when Malkin set up Staal's blast from the point just 1:40 into the third period.

"Geno's not a bad player," Staal said. "He's fun to play with. The way he sees the ice, you just try to get open and he usually takes care of the rest."

But it was Staal who also took care of the Penguins' next goal.

With right wing Arron Asham in the penalty box, Staal took a brilliant feed from left wing Matt Cooke and beat Ward on a clean breakaway, using a backhand shot that went between the goaltender's legs.

The Penguins appreciate Staal's dominant play early this season. He already has eight goals, trailing only right wing James Neal (11) for the team lead.

"He's playing unbelievable right now," right wing Pascal Dupuis said. "He's a force. Usually he is a force, and right now, the puck is going in the net for him. It's nice to see."

The puck hadn't been going in the net much for Eric Staal, who was moved from center to wing yesterday for the first time in his NHL career. Carolina's captain scored perhaps his team's biggest goal of the season to put the Hurricanes ahead. The Hurricanes entered the game having dropped four straight games, and rumors are swirling around Raleigh that coach Paul Maurice's job is in jeopardy.

The Penguins found themselves frustrated to have climbed such a tall mountain, only to fall in the game's final minutes.

"Not to take anything away from them," defenseman Brooks Orpik said, "but it was silly mistakes on our part. Spotting a team a three-goal lead on the road is tough."

Ward was exceptional during the game's first 30 minutes. He stopped Malkin on a breakaway, made a highlight-reel save on Sullivan, and played a role in shutting down the Penguins on a 5-on-3 power play that lasted 1:28.

"We had so many quality chances," defenseman Matt Niskanen said. "He was great."

So was Carolina left wing Jeff Skinner, who scored a goal and set up two others against goalie Brent Johnson, who stopped only 21 of 26 shots.

"Skinner's good," Niskanen said. "We have to play him better next time. We have to do everything better next time."

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4xSBChamps
11-20-2011, 04:37 PM
Sid to return Monday 21 November

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y272/Glensgages/hockey%202011-2012/FlyerSantaClaus.jpg

4 million scuzz-bucket, rat-bastard Philthadelphians begin drinking heavily

sluggermatt15
02-18-2013, 07:55 AM
It's a 4-2 Pens win, I'll take it - and Neal is still on fire

Brent Johnson is a GOD!

kinda scary when his knee got bent around, but he survived

I am a big fan of Brent Johnson. Loved when he was with us. I was sad to see him leave after last year, but it was the right move. His performance in net was not as solid as it was in 2010-2011.

I am impressed thus far with Vokoun between the pipes in 2013. He has done a nice job spelling MAF. Keep it rolling!

SteelCityMom
05-09-2013, 09:38 AM
Sidney Crosby Named Finalist for Ted Lindsay Award
Thursday, 05.09.2013 / 10:00 AM / News
Pittsburgh Penguins

The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced this morning that Penguins center Sidney Crosby is one of three finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award.

The Ted Lindsay Award is voted on by all NHL players and it goes to the player judged to be the ‘most outstanding player’ in the NHL.

The other finalists are Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis – making all three finalists former Ted Lindsay winners.

Crosby, 25, is vying to win the second Ted Lindsay Award of his career. He won his first during the 2006-07 campaign.

Crosby had arguably the most dominant year of his career, finishing the season ranked third (tied) in scoring with 56 points (15G-41A), despite missing the final 12-plus games of the regular season due to a broken jaw suffered on his first shift March 30 against the New York Islanders.

At the time of the injury, Crosby held a 10-point lead in the scoring race over Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos. It took 25 days before St. Louis finally passed him for good on April 24.

Crosby finished the regular season with a league-high 1.56 point-per-game average – the third-highest single-season total of the last 13 years behind only Mario Lemieux’s 1.77 average in 2000-01 and the 1.61 points Crosby averaged in 2010-11.

Crosby, who was already named the Penguins team MVP, finished the season ranked in the top-five in several NHL categories: assists (41; 2nd); plus-minus (plus-26; 4th); and even-strength points (39; t-4th). He was twice honored with monthly NHL awards – ‘First Star’ for March and ‘Second Star’ for February.

Crosby would be the second-straight Penguins player to win the Ted Lindsay Award, following Evgeni Malkin last season. In total, the Penguins have won eight Lindsay Awards – Mario Lemieux (4 times); Jaromir Jagr (2); Crosby (1); Malkin (1) – most of any NHL team.


http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=669910&cmpid=pit-fb-penguins

SteelCityMom
05-14-2013, 11:42 AM
Sidney Crosby Named a Finalist for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
Tuesday, 05.14.2013 / 10:02 AM / News

For the third time in less than a week, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was named a finalist for a major NHL award – this time the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

The Masterton Trophy is awarded each year to the player “who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.” Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) vote on the winner.

Last week Crosby was named one of three finalists for both the Hart Memorial Trophy (NHL MVP) and the Ted Lindsay Award (NHLPA ‘most outstanding player’).

NHL award winners will be announced in June during the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

Completely healthy for the first time since early in the 2010-11 season, Crosby had arguably the most-dominant campaign of his NHL career this season, jumping out to a 10-point lead in the NHL scoring race with 56 points (15G-41A) through his first 35 games played.

Although he suffered a broken jaw on the first shift of Pittsburgh’s March 30 game against the Islanders – forcing him to miss the final 12-plus games of the regular season – Crosby still finished third in the scoring race while posting a league-high 1.56 point-per-game average.

Crosby will be attempting to become just the third Penguins player to win the Masterton Trophy – joining Mario Lemieux (1993) and Lowell MacDonald (1973).

In addition to Crosby’s three award nominations, Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is a finalist for the Norris Trophy (NHL’s best defenseman) and Ray Shero is one of three finalists for the NHL’s General Manager of the Year Award.

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=670618&navid=DL|PIT|home

SteelCityMom
06-26-2013, 12:01 PM
Pens acquire tough guy Zolnierczyk
By Josh Yohe
Published: Monday, June 24, 2013, 2:45 p.m.

The Penguins became a little tougher Monday.
General manager Ray Shero dealt defenseman Alex Grant, an AHL prospect, to Anaheim for forward Harry Zolnierczyk. Best known for his aggressive antics with the Flyers during the past two seasons, Zolnierczyk has played 44 career games, mustering 71 penalty minutes. While playing on Philadelphia's fourth line, he produced three goals and seven points in those games.
“It was shocking news,” said Zolnierczyk, 25. “But to be honest, I'm really excited about this trade. I hope I'll be a great fit. I'm really looking forward to being in Pittsburgh.”
Zolnierczyk was suspended four games in March for a charging infraction against Ottawa's Mike Lundin. Philadelphia traded him to Anaheim a couple of weeks later.
“What attracts you to him is that speed and that he is physical,” Shero said. “He's never proven to be an elite finisher at any level, but he plays with a lot of speed and he's shown that he can be a bottom-six guy in the NHL.”
Zolnierczyk promised that he will offer protection for Penguins stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin when necessary.
“By no means do I consider myself an enforcer,” said Zolnierczyk. “But I am an agitator and I'm always going to stick up for my teammates.”
Zolnierczyk is a restricted free agent, but neither he nor the Penguins believes reaching a contract agreement will be a problem.
Grant was the Penguins' fourth- round selection in 2007 but hasn't played in the NHL.
“They've (the Penguins) done such a good job drafting defensemen that it's tough to earn a spot in the lineup,” Grant said.


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SteelCityMom
06-26-2013, 12:02 PM
Penguins Announce 2013 Preseason Schedule
Fourth Annual ‘Free Game for Kids’ to be held Sept. 21 vs. Columbus
Wednesday, 06.26.2013 / 10:30 AM / News

The Pittsburgh Penguins will begin the 2013 preseason on the road against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday, September 15 at 6 p.m. at Nationwide Arena.

The Penguins return home to host the Detroit Red Wings on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at CONSOL Energy Center.

The six-game preseason schedule includes home games against Columbus on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 23 against the Chicago Blackhawks at 7 p.m.

The Penguins will hold their fourth annual Free Game for Kids when the Penguins host the Blue Jackets on Sept. 21. Details for the event will be available at a later date.

The Penguins will also play road games at Chicago on Sept. 19 (time TBA) and Detroit on Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m.

The broadcast schedule for the pre-season games will be announced as it becomes available.

Penguins 2013 Pre-Season Schedule:

SUNDAY, SEPT. 15 AT COLUMBUS 6 P.M.
MONDAY, SEPT. 16 DETROIT 7 P.M.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 19 AT CHICAGO TBA
SATURDAY, SEPT. 21 COLUMBUS 4 P.M.
MONDAY, SEPT. 23 CHICAGO 7 P.M.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25 AT DETROIT 7:30 P.M.

(All times eastern)

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=675334&navid=DL|PIT|home

SteelCityMom
06-27-2013, 02:06 PM
Penguins sign Kunitz to three-year extension
Thursday, 06.27.2013 / 8:47 AM / News
NHL.com

The Pittsburgh Penguins continued a busy offseason Thursday, agreeing to terms with forward Chris Kunitz on a new three-year contract.

The deal, which kicks in at the start of the 2014-15 season, has an average annual value of $3.85 million, according to the club.

This signing comes two weeks after the Penguins signed franchise center Evgeni Malkin to a long-term deal. The club, however, still faces some major roster decisions, including what to do with defenseman Kris Letang, a Norris Trophy finalist who will be entering the final year of his deal in 2013-14.

Kunitz, 33, has had a successful run playing on a line with with Sidney Crosby since joining the Penguins in 2009. He had a team-high 22 goals in 2012-13, and was second with 52 points. His nine power-play goals also were second on the team, as was his plus-30 rating.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=675439&navid=nhl:topheads

Fire Haley
06-28-2013, 07:38 AM
this thread is from LAST SEASON!

JINX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SteelCityMom
06-28-2013, 09:14 AM
This thread is from 2010...

It's a Pens news thread and you're the one who demanded I make it lol,

Fire Haley
06-28-2013, 09:18 AM
This thread is from 2010...

It's a Pens news thread and you're the one who demanded I make it lol,

JINXED from 2010!!! ?????

no wonder we were doomed yet again

SteelCityMom
06-28-2013, 09:25 AM
This thread was supposed to fix your imaginary jinx, so if it didn't work then I doubt a new thread is going to work this time.

It's a news thread, not a gypsy curse. :chuckle:

Fire Haley
06-28-2013, 09:44 AM
It's a news thread, not a gypsy curse. :chuckle:

if we lose Letang - I'm blaming this thread

SteelCityMom
06-28-2013, 09:47 AM
Ok, you do that Killer.

SteelCityMom
07-03-2013, 12:10 AM
Guess this can be closed down now since we have a whole section for the Pens to post stuff in.