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10-10-2010, 11:17 PM
May the curse be officially lifted.

I christen this thread the New Official Pens Tidbits Thread.


Let the winning begin.

LET'S GO PENS!!! :tt02: :tt02: :tt02:


Should the Pens continue to lose, please direct all hate mail towards Killer @ SteelersFever.com.

10-10-2010, 11:22 PM
Should the Pens continue to lose, please direct all hate mail towards Killer @ SteelersFever.com.

As it should be! :chuckle:

Great picture of my hockey god and love the new thread. Out with the old in with the new.

Let's go Pens! :tt03:

10-10-2010, 11:32 PM
Penguins Report: Practice 10/10/10

Sunday, 10.10.2010 / 11:08 AM / Penguins Report (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Fpenguinsreport)
By Sam Kasan

1:20 PM:
Coachspeak with Dan Bylsma....

On what he wants to see from Pascal Dupuis (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8466393):
Better puck management, a little more speed and getting on pucks and creating things. Some of the details of what made him successful last year have not been there and he’s gotten away from that in his game.
On changing up the lines:
I think some players have played well and done some good things and, given that, they deserve the opportunity and vice versa. Some players haven’t done as well and were counted on in those situations. It’s not so much a shakeup in lines. Mark Letestu (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473914) has done some good things and he’s done a good job in the middle there and he’s going to get a chance to do it with Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215).
On Letestu playing with Malkin:
The best asset (Letestu) brings is his smarts in playing the game. His goal is an example of detail and smarts, knowing the opposition and knowing what’s going to happen on the ice and getting an opportunity because of it. Then he has some pretty good skill to make plays and get a shot on. In the first game, he got a loose puck and hit the post, and he went backhand forehand and hit the post on a nice move. And last game, he wasn’t the only guy to get in the slot in the game, and he goes backhand forehand and scores five-hole. So he’s got some skills to go along with the real, smart, intuitive hockey knowledge and it’s putting him in good spots.On the details of the game:
A big part of our game is the details of the game. And that can be anything from our stick and angling to positional details. Those details are extremely important and we count on every individual to do that. Over the course of a hockey game, there are thousands of details. If someone misses one, it doesn’t always end up in the net, but those details are big factors. Coming out of D-zone coverage (in Saturday’s game), we had an opportunity to do that, but we didn’t take it and they get the game-tying goal because of that. That’s something we pride ourselves on and it’s a big part of our game, but we weren’t able to do it (Saturday night).
On studying how New Jersey found success against the Penguins last year:
We did look at it from a couple different angles, and I think one thing was we felt like our emotional control and our ability to stay the course, in all the games, was a big factor leading to the outcome. Early on they got leads or a power-play goal and we did not react well. The last few games, the games were close and tight, but we weren’t able to keep our emotions in focus and it took us off our game for periods of times in those games. Special teams are a big factor in those games. I think they were 3 for 14 and we were 0 for 17 or something. That will be a factor for sure. Talking to Paul Martin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468542), they didn’t do anything special against us, other than the fact that they know they are going to try to limit our chances and limit our opportunities and play a smothering game and frustrate us.

Assist: Tony Jovenitti
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12:54 PM:
Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma was non-committal on Sunday morning when he was asked by reporters if there was a chance Brent Johnson (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8462161) could make the starti in goal against the Devils on Monday.

"That’s a game-decision on that one," Bylsma said.


- by Jason Seidling__________________________________________ _________________________________

11:27 AM:

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Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) (left)

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Eric Tangradi (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8474025) and coach Dan Bylsma (left); Mike Rupp (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8467336) (right)

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Mark Letestu (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473914) (left); Crosby (right)

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Pascal Dupuis (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8466393) (left)
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11:10 AM:
The Penguins' Sunday practice at CONSOL Energy Center had a different look than usual. The team, which will fly today to New Jersey and take on the Devils Monday at the odd start time of 4 p.m., switched up their line combinations.

Pittsburgh's makeover looked like this:

(The line changes are somewhat what I was hoping for...I've been wanting Comrie and Crosby together...Dupuis has no business on the first line. Things will be much better when Asham and Staal are back too of course)


10-10-2010, 11:33 PM
Martin Looks Forward to Homecoming

Also Hopes to Help Penguins Pick Up First Win

Sunday, 10.10.2010 / 2:00 PM / Features (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Ffeatures)
By Jason Seidling
When the Penguins travel to Newark, N.J. on Monday afternoon for a 4 p.m. matinee tilt with the division rival New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center, it will be a homecoming game for defenseman Paul Martin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468542).

Monday’s contest marks Martin’s first visit back to New Jersey since leaving the Garden State over the summer to sign a five-year contract with the Penguins. Martin is looking forward to returning to the place where he called home his first six National Hockey League seasons.

“It will be good to just get in there and just play a game,” Martin said. “There will definitely be some emotion and weird feelings after being there for so long. I really had a good experience there. They gave me my first real opportunity.”

Martin made the most of that opportunity, emerging from the shadows of Scott Niedermayer and Brian Rafalski to develop into one of the top two-way blueliners in the game. In 400 career games with the Devils, Martin produced 164 points (26G-138A) and a plus-55 rating.

“They really helped mold me into the player that I am now, but I am excited to be here in Pittsburgh now,” Martin said. “I am looking forward to getting our first win. This is just a part of the business.”

Penguins-Devils games are always high-energy affairs thanks to the two teams’ longstanding intra-divisional rivalry, but Monday’s game should have a little extra spice added to it with both squads looking to pick up their first win of the season.

Martin, who leads the Penguins with two assists through two games, expects that fact to bring out the best in both teams.

“It should make for a good game,” Martin said. “Last year, the Devils did well against the Penguins. We are trying to turn that around this season into our favor. Neither team having a win under their belts to this point is definitely going to make both teams play the game with a little more desperation. It should make for a good one.”

Pittsburgh will be looking to end a six-game losing streak to the Devils after New Jersey swept the season series for the first time last season.

RELATED ARTICLE: Pens Switch Line Combos (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=540174) >>

“It’s just one of those things I think,” said Martin of New Jersey’s success against the Penguins. “Last year when I was with the Devils, Philadelphia had our number. It’s just one of those things where, after a couple of games, it does get into your head and you get away from what makes you successful.”

Speaking of successful, Martin feels as if the Penguins have done very well at times through the first two games executing the way head coach Dan Bylsma wants them to, but he feels as if it has been the little details that have prevented the Penguins from getting the desired results.

“Through our first two games, we have done a really good job, we have just come up short,” Martin said. “There are a couple of things that we have to sharpen up on, but we have to play a simpler game and capitalize on some of those chances.”

New Jersey has also struggled a bit coming out of the gate, allowing a combined 11 goals while dropping a 4-3 overtime decision to Dallas and a 7-2 setback at Washington.

Against the Capitals, Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur was pulled after 40 minutes in favor of former Penguin Johan Hedberg after surrendering five goals on 20 shots. For the season, Brodeur is 0-1-1 with a 5.29 goals-against average and an .813 save percentage.

Martin expects a sharper Brodeur on Monday afternoon.

“He is a competitor,” Martin said. “That happens to him every once in a while because he plays a lot of games for them. They were playing a good team (in Washington). He usually bounces back pretty well. I’m sure he’ll be on his game and hopefully we’ll be on ours.”


10-10-2010, 11:34 PM
Penguins, Devils each seek first win of season
Sunday, 10.10.2010 / 2:00 PM
Mike G. Morreale (http://www.nhl.com/ice/newsindex.htm?author=2316&view=headline) - NHL.com Staff Writer
PENGUINS (0-2-0) at DEVILS (0-1-1)


Season series -- The Devils handled the Penguins with relative ease last season, winning all six games while outscoring their Atlantic Division foe, 22-5. It marked the first time either team swept a season series against the other. Incredibly, the Devils haven't lost a series to the Pens in eight seasons. The Penguins last won a season series against New Jersey during the 2000-01 campaign, going 3-1-1.

Big story -- It'll be a pretty emotional afternoon for Penguins defenseman Paul Martin (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8468542), who returns to face the team he played for the previous six seasons before signing a five-year contract with the Pens in July. Martin played in 400 career games for New Jersey, which drafted him in the second round in 2000. While he finished first among Devils' defenders with a plus-10 rating in 2009-10, he was limited to just 22 games due to a non-displaced fracture in his left forearm. Martin had 26 goals, 137 points and a plus-55 rating with the Devils. On Saturday, Martin had one assist, five shots and over 22 minutes of ice time in a loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

"I'd be lying if I said it won't be a little weird," Martin told NHL.com. "I've been there so long with the same guys there and that organization, so I'm sure there will be some emotions there. But it'll be different."

Team Scope:

Penguins -- The Penguins went 0-2 to open the season -- dropping back-to-back 3-2 decision to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday and Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. After winning all three preseason games at the new state-of-the-art Consol Energy Center, the Pens have now lost both regular-season games there. The Pens have opened the season 1-for-11 on the power-play and Sidney Crosby (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471675) has one assist and a minus-2 rating and Evgeni Malkin (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471215) one goal and a minus-1 rating in two games.

Devils -- The Devils have opened the 2010-11 season with losses to the Dallas Stars and Washington Capitals. The line of Zach Parise (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8470610), Travis Zajac (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471233) and Ilya Kovalchuk (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8469454) has combined for 2 goals, 6 points and a plus-1 rating in two games. In a 7-2 loss to Washington on Saturday, goalie Martin Brodeur (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8455710) yielded five goals on 19 shots and did not return for the third period. He's allowed nine goals in 102 minutes of work. Brodeur, who holds the NHL record for career victories, allowed five goals only four times last season.

Who's hot -- Zajac, the first-line center, is certainly reaping the benefits playing between Parise and Kovalchuk -- he's got a goal, 3 points and plus-2 rating in two games while average just over 21 minutes of ice time.

Injury report -- The Penguins are without forward Jordan Staal (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8473533) (foot) and Arron Asham (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8465025) (shoulder). … The Devils could be without defenseman Anton Volchenkov (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8468501) (broken nose) and forward Brian Rolston (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8458525) (lower body), who were both injured against the Capitals on Saturday. Winger Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471428) could be suspended for the Pittsburgh game for instigating a fight with Washington's Marcus Johansson in the final five minutes of Saturday's game.

Stat pack -- Parise finished with 3 goals and 6 assists in the series with Pittsburgh last season to lead all scorers with 9 points. … Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471675) had a goal and 2 assists and Evgeni Malkin (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471215), contributed one point in just four appearances.

Puck drop -- Both the Devils and the Penguins are seeking their first victory of the season, so it should certainly be an emotional afternoon encounter at Prudential Center. The Devils entered the season with 11 forwards on the active roster and the pending loss of Rolston and Leblond for the game shortens the bench even more. It remains to be seen what General Manager Lou Lamoriello will do in attempt to bolster his roster while remaining within the limitations of the salary cap. Either way, coach John MacLean will be forced to double-shift a few players.

"We have the forwards that if we need to double-shift somebody, there's lots of guys that want that opportunity," MacLean said. "A lot of that is going to be by the feel of a game to see how it goes. Sometimes with penalties, power plays, you're going to have to see how that shakes out. You're not just going to say automatically, you're going to go three or automatically you're going to go four. I'll get the feel of the game as we go along."


10-10-2010, 11:44 PM
I'm still peeved about the 4pm start time. WTF. Who does that? If it were a normal start I'd at least get to listen to most of it in the car on the way home, but as it is now, I'd get to listen to maybe the first period on our way to a birthday party.

Who has their birthday on a gameday anyways? What's up with that? I'd change my birthday for a hockey or football game...that's for damn sure. :chuckle:

I bet they win too. It would figure.

10-10-2010, 11:58 PM
Who has their birthday on a gameday anyways? What's up with that? I'd change my birthday for a hockey or football game...that's for damn sure. :chuckle:

Ironically, my birthday IS on gameday this year. :D

The other ironic thing? The Steelers played on my birthday last year as well.

Guess what's the only thing I want for my birthday this year? Has something to do with a win.

10-11-2010, 09:38 AM
Ironically, my birthday IS on gameday this year. :D

The other ironic thing? The Steelers played on my birthday last year as well.

Guess what's the only thing I want for my birthday this year? Has something to do with a win.

Well see, that's just full of awesome. I hope they get a win for your birthday as well! :tt03:

10-11-2010, 11:32 AM
Well see, that's just full of awesome. I hope they get a win for your birthday as well! :tt03:

:tt04::tt03::tt: THANK YOU MUCH!!! It's all I asked for, really.

Fire Haley
10-11-2010, 11:43 AM
I approve of this thread.

Fire Haley
10-11-2010, 01:26 PM
Pens n' Debbils tonight

Be the puck.

Be the puck.

Fire Haley
10-11-2010, 05:36 PM
Yeah baby, jus like I perdicted, the jinx is broken

Martin sticks it to his old team.

No way was he giving up that puck.

Fire Haley
10-11-2010, 05:47 PM
Passes were better, they had the grind going.

Brent Johnson is a God.

Michalek is hurt, could be bad.

10-11-2010, 06:15 PM
They did it!! On my birthday!!!

Steelers last year, Pens this year!

10-11-2010, 09:18 PM
I knew if I didn't get to watch this game they would win! Glad they did it, but ticked that I missed it, especially since we haven't beaten the Devils since '08.

And yes, the curse is broken!

Penguins earn first win, extend Devils' woes
Monday, 10.11.2010 / 8:12 PM
Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Paul Martin admitted it was a tad bizarre walking into the visitors' dressing room at Prudential Center to prepare for a game against a team he competed with for six seasons.

But really, his new teammates couldn't be happier.

Martin would ultimately put the exclamation point on his return to the Garden State against the undermanned New Jersey Devils with an empty-net goal with 10.9 seconds left in a 3-1 triumph on Monday before 12,880. It backed up a superb effort between the pipes by Pittsburgh goalie Brent Johnson, who made 30 saves.

The victory was the first by Pittsburgh in New Jersey since a 1-0 triumph on Dec. 26, 2008. It was also the Penguins' first win over the Devils in two seasons, as New Jersey took all six meetings against its Atlantic Division foe in 2009-10. They are 2-4-1 in their last seven visits to New Jersey.

Martin's goal, his first of the season, was just what Johnson had dialed up in support of his stellar performance.

"Yeah, that was really cool when Paul scored," Johnson said. "I was very excited. First off, I was just happy when we got the puck out of the zone, but when I saw the two-on-none the other way, I was even happier."

Devils coach John MacLean had pulled goalie Martin Brodeur (28 saves) with 1:21 remaining in the third period and his team owning a left circle draw, but New Jersey couldn't generate any sustained pressure. Surrounded by reporters following the victory, Martin admitted regret over not dishing the puck to Craig Adams on the empty-netter.

"It's one of those things where I knew I had time and the puck was kind of rolling on end and I saw Adams a little late and was undecided on what to do (pass or shoot)," Martin said. "I was never in that situation so when I got back to the bench I started thinking about what I should have done. Really, though, it was just good to win."

Particularly for Martin, who was booed every time he touched the puck.

"It was a weird feeling even coming up to today because I didn't know what to expect," Martin said. "I didn't know how the crowd would react. I had a lot of good memories here and it's always tough, but you put that behind you. I'm a Penguin now, the guys have been great, we're having fun and it's good to get that first win."

The loss gave the Devils their longest season-opening winless streak (three games) since 2001-02. The team was playing with just nine healthy forwards in the lineup, but you would never know it in the furiously-played third period when they outshot the Penguins, 15-8.

The Penguins also had to shorten their shifts along the blue line after losing two defensemen. Brooks Orpik didn't start the game for reasons unknown and Zbynek Michalek (upper-body injury) was lost in the middle of the second period after taking a hit from Devils' forward Rod Pelley.

"We definitely buckled down there in the third when they scored their first one to put the pressure on us," Martin said. "With five defenders, we did a good job of keeping shifts short and making smart plays with the puck. We got the puck up ice and that definitely helped."

The Devils, meanwhile, were forced to play with just 15 total skaters due to injuries to defenseman Anton Volchenkov (broken nose) and forward Brian Rolston (lower back) and a one-game suspension to winger Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, who was placed on waivers Monday. Still, the home team's best period was the last, as they pulled within 2-1 at 8:20 of the third when Patrik Elias ripped a shot from the left circle past a screened Johnson.

The goal ignited the Devils, who kept the pressure on Johnson and seemed to outnumber the Penguins in the offensive end. The 10th-season goalie, who is in his second season with the Pens, was called upon numerous times to bail out his team with stops on Ilya Kovalchuk, David Clarkson and Jason Arnott in a span of 1:10 midway through the third.

"I was telling Flower (Marc-Andre Fleury) that everything was feeling right before I went out there and it was just a complete team effort," Johnson said. "I give the Devils credit, they poured it on in the third, shooting from everywhere and going to the net, but our guys did a great job of not giving them the second chances."

Johnson also praised his team's effort after Michalek went down with his apparent shoulder injury.

"We shortened the bench and the guys pulled together," he said. "They were going on all cylinders and you knew they were going to shoot and go to the net hard. I just wanted to make that first stop. I didn't really need to make a second, since the guys were great in front of the net."

Travis Zajac also had a golden opportunity with 3:15 remaining in the third when he drew a Penguins defenseman to the ice and forced Johnson out of his crease before making a failed attempt at the right post.

"We were playing the game the way we wanted to play (in the third) and that was getting the puck deep and not turning it over in the neutral zone," MacLean said. "We started to chip the puck in and support and then worked to get it back. That's how you're successful."

Mark Letestu gave the Penguins a 2-0 lead with a power-play goal at 2:32 of the second. Letestu stationed himself in the high slot and jumped on a rebound for his second goal in two games -- marking the second power-play goal by the Pens on 16 chances this season. Martin, who signed a free-agent contract with the Penguins in July, assisted on the goal.

The Penguins opened the scoring with 1:04 remaining in the first. Rookie Eric Tangradi made the play happen after alertly bumping Kovalchuk off the puck just outside the New Jersey blue line along the left-wing boards. Defenseman Alex Goligoski picked up the loose puck and stormed into the Devils end uncontested before releasing a slap shot from the top of the left circle that soared over the outstretched glove of Brodeur on the long side.


10-11-2010, 09:39 PM
Loved the win, the new thread worked. Maybe Mom should start all the Steelers gameday threads. :chuckle:

I'm starting to worry about injuries though.

10-11-2010, 10:00 PM
Loved the win, the new thread worked. Maybe Mom should start all the Steelers gameday threads. :chuckle:

I'm starting to worry about injuries though.

I am a little too, but hopefully the new ones aren't too serious.

Orpik out with undisclosed injury and Michalek hurt in the game (upper body). No word on when Asham is coming back either.

Fire Haley
10-12-2010, 10:50 AM
NEWARK - Already playing without Brooks Orpik, the Penguins lost another defenseman to injury Monday in New Jersey. Zbynek Michalek appeared to injure his right arm or shoulder at the 7 minute mark of the second period. He skated to the bench and, after sitting in clear pain for about a minute, departed for the locker room.

Orpik is out with a groin injury


10-12-2010, 11:12 AM
****ing Fleury. Close your legs dammit.

Something any good Mom would say. :chuckle:

10-12-2010, 12:15 PM
I didn't think about it much yesterday, but someone wrote an article on it this morning about whether or not the Devils should be in violation of the CBA because they only had 15 skaters on the ice yesterday. (*Note* Lou is a moron for putting his team in this much jeopardy for one player...that's why you always consider injuries and the cap when signing players to long-term, high cap hitting contracts....now he's left with a 20 player roster and no way to account for short term injuries).

Here's the article though. http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Should-the-NHL-punish-Devils-for-15-skater-team-?urn=nhl-276343


A few games of leniency from the NHL is understandable, because injuries happen; but if the Devils are allowed to compete with 16 or 15 skaters on multiple occasions this season in an effort to avoid making more difficult decisions with regard to the cap, then they should suffer consequences, either financially through fines or in the loss of (even more) draft picks.

Because it's no different than demanding a team have a payroll that reaches a salary "floor" in order to ice a competitive product.

Because the Devils will never reduce their ticket prices even if the fans are paying to see 3/4 of the lines they should be seeing.

Because it's not the salary cap's fault Lou Lamoriello doesn't know how to correctly manage it.

From Damien Cox of The Spin:

But this year's New Jersey Devils, down to 15 skaters just three games into the season? That's just blatant mismanagement. The fact it is Lou Lamoriello behind it all, a member of the Hall of Fame and one of the best managers of the past quarter-century, has even his admirers - and there are legions of them - scratching their heads.

Good thing it's not the early 1980s again. Someone might suggest this is a Mickey Mouse way to operate.
Some are wondering if there should be a punishment from the league for dressing fewer than 20 skaters. Well, dressing fewer than 20 skaters is the punishment for botching the cap, and anyway you cut it, that's what has happened in Newark with the Devils.

:rofl: Glad someone is publicly calling Lou out for basically being an imbecile this off season. This is going to haunt them all year (and maybe into next year).

10-12-2010, 02:57 PM
Off-day post with thoughts on Michalek, Crosby; cap logic (not mine); and other treats.
October 12th, 2010


=I'm trying to track down information on D ZBYNEK MICHALEK, who appeared to injure his shoulder during the win. Josh has more on that later in this post. Already without C JORDAN STAAL(right foot) for at least the next several weeks, the Penguins must be hoping Michalek's injury isn't too serious. Surgery for a separation could sideline him months. Remember, D SERGEI GONCHARdidn't play until Feb. 14, 2009, when he was injured with a separated shoulder that required surgery in the preseason opener in 2008. No injury is the same, but losing Michalek for an extending period of time, with Staal already out, would severly limit the team's PK proficiency.

= Something to keep an eye with Staal out is C SIDNEY CROSBY's PK time. He's at 56 seconds per game right now, only 3 seconds more than last season. He shouldn't go much higher, at least if what I've always been told -- that PK minutes are the most exhausting in hockey, and toughest to recover from -- is true. Crosby is without a goal in three games and one with one point. He has missed eight shots already. His avg. TOI is up 46 seconds from last season. I don't know if any of these numbers are related, but I'm starting to wonder.

By the way, I'd be very surprised if Crosby doesn't show strong Wednesday night against Toronto. Same with RW EVGENI MALKIN and G MARC-ANDRE FLEURY. For Crosby and Malkin a day off will do them good. The Penguins hadn't had one since before the final weekend of camp. For Fleury, well, he was a lot better in those two losses then that bad goal in final minutes against Montreal suggested. He's fine, folks.


= OK, so just brilliant work by Mike Colligan of thehockeywriters.com in breaking down the CBA and how it applies to last week's baffling roster moves involving LW ERIC TANGRADI and G PATRICK KILLEEN. I'm equally envious of Colligan's insight and stunned by how few people involved in this sport, including yours truly, really understand the CBA. Clearly from reading this, Penguins AstGM JASON BOTTERILL is at the top of his profession in understanding the cap. Anyway, the article can be found here: http://thehockeywriters.com/eric-tangradi-what-happened/

Side note on the cap: Why isn't the NHLPA raging against the machine with what went on with The Devil dressing only nine forwards because New Jesrey is so close to the cap? I understand there was an emergency designation for that situation, but with two years before the CBA is to expire, I can't imagine how the NHLPA is pleased with what happened with The Devil. Sure, they weren't the first franchise to dress fewer than 20 players, but this situation seemed like one over which a players association should take issue.


= Word from some Philadelphia colleagues is that the Flyers will ask the Penguins to play at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Pens play the night before at home, so I'm not sure it is in their best interest to oblige. The Flyers want to avoid playing at the same time the Phillies are set to host the Giants in an NLCS game. All the Philadelphia stadiums are in the same complex, so traffic flow is a concern. Also, though, it's a nice gesture for the fans not to potentially avoid choosing between games.

That's all from me, now for some notes from Josh from Newark...


= Michalek clearly sustained a shoulder injury in the second period against the Devils and did not return. Members of the Devils TV broadcast team spotted Michalek with ice on his shoulder following the second intermission. He appeared in a great deal of pain when departing the ice. Penguins coach DAN BYLSMA said Michalek and BROOKS ORPIK, who missed the game with a groin injury, would be evaluated in Pittsburgh Wednesday.

= Don't believe the attendance figure of 12,880 released by New Jersey officials for Monday's game against the Penguins. The building might have been half full. Incidentally, there were thousands of empty seats about an hour to the east in Long Island, where the Islanders defeated the Rangers, 6-4, in another holiday matinee.


= D PAUL MARTIN is a serious, quiet guy, but he let out a smile when discussing his empty net goal late in the third period. C/RW CRAIG ADAMS, you see, was about as wide open as a player can be in front of the open cage. Adams, of course, didn't score a goal during the regular season and probably wouldn't have minded receiving a pass. Both players had a good laugh about the situation after the game.
Adams said he didn't really expect Martin to pass in that situation. Martin, of course, played the first seven seasons of his career in New Jersey and was booed throughout the contest. He attempted to produce a couple of excuses as to why he didn't pass, but then admitted, "It did feel pretty good."


= LW PASCAL DUPUIS wore what resembled a bullet proof vest while working out after the game. It presumably wasn't anything like that, but he did give an amusing reply. "We are in Jersey, you know," he said with a grin.
And this, friends, is why Rob Rossi avoids covering games in Newark, which is only a few miles from the cultural center of the universe, and yet so far away.
(Still working on a witty sign-off...until next time.)


10-13-2010, 10:04 AM
Penguins Recall Defenseman Hutchinson
Tuesday, 10.12.2010 / 5:23 PM / News
Pittsburgh Penguins

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

Hutchinson recorded a goal and an assist in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s season opening defeat of rival and two-time defending Calder Cup champion Hershey, 3-2, on Saturday, Oct. 9.

Hutchinson, 30, has played 135 career NHL games with Dallas, Tampa Bay, Carolina and Nashville. He has 38 career points (12G-26A).

Hutchinson (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) helped the Texas Stars earn a berth in the Calder Cup Final last season, chipping in five goals and 16 assists in 21 playoff games. He won the Calder Cup with Milwaukee in 2004.

The Evanston, Illinois native won the AHL’s Eddie Shore Award as defenseman of the year after posting 18 goals and 64 points with Hartford in 2007-08. Hutchinson’s 46 assists and 64 points were the most in the league by a blueliner, while his 18 goals ranked third.

Hutchinson, who was originally drafted by Nashville in the second round (54th overall) of the 1999 Entry Draft, played four seasons of collegiate hockey with Michigan State. He also represented the United States at the 2007 World Championships in Russia.

10-13-2010, 10:05 AM
Jordan Staal Skates
Wednesday, 10.13.2010 / 9:21 AM / Features
By Sam Kasan

Penguins center Jordan Staal skated on the CONSOL Energy Center ice Wednesday morning with strength coach Mike Kadar.

Staal has been out of the lineup and on the injured-non roster list after having a procedure to cure an infection in his foot.

Staal has been working out and hitting the ice was the next major step towards his recovery.

Staal originally suffered a lacerated tendon injury on his foot during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals when he was accidently stepped on by Montreal’s P.K. Subban during a battle for a loose puck. The next day, Staal underwent a procedure to repair the tendon, forcing him to miss Games 2 and 3, before he made a dramatic return in Game 4.

The infection did not develop until after a follow-up procedure in June.

Fire Haley
10-13-2010, 01:11 PM
Leafs vs. Pen tonight

I'll take a stab at beating the jinx in the new barn by starting some gameday talk

Sid and Malkin need to wake up and SHOOT the puck.

Comrie a healthy scratch? That's what I heard.

10-13-2010, 04:09 PM
Comrie is a game time decision tonight, not sure why though.

Penguins Report: Game Day vs. Toronto

Wednesday, 10.13.2010 / 9:39 AM / Penguins Report (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Fpenguinsreport)
By Sam Kasan

Defensemen Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498) and Zbynek Michalek (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469760) are out of the lineup Wednesday night versus Toronto. Forward Mike Comrie (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8467964) will be a game-time desicion. Details at 11:18 AM entry

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12:53 PM:
We stopped by the Toronto Maple Leafs locker room after their morning skate at CONSOL Energy Center and had a chance to chat with former Penguins forward Colby Armstrong and Leafs head coach Ron Wilson. Here is what each had to say:

Colby Armstrong

On CONSOL Energy Center:
It doesn’t even feel like we are in Pittsburgh right now. They did a great job. It looks huge out there on the ice surface, which is a little different than Mellon (Arena). Coming into the visiting locker, this is almost nicer than the old Penguins locker room at Mellon. It’s really comfy to come in here as a road player.

On answering questions about the Penguins leaving when he played in Pittsburgh:
It was weird sitting in the room sometimes fielding questions about where we were going to be until one day when they said we were staying for good. It was really up in the air for a long time.

On being part of the nucleus of a Penguins team that everyone could tell was rapidly improving:
It was very similar to this Toronto team last year. We finished the end of the season very strong with a young group of guys who all got called up together and the next year we made the playoffs. We had a young group that came up together in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. We just grew together as a team. It reminds me of our situation (in Toronto).

On missing out on the Penguins’ Stanley Cup victory:
I don’t know. It was a few years after I was traded, which was nice. I knew the hype that was building. The team was getting better year after year and the city was getting more and more excited. I knew it was going to be pretty special. It was a great group of young guys.

On choosing Toronto:
It was my first time heading into free agency, so I didn’t know what to expect. Toronto came calling right away and started it off. I was obviously super excited about it. I thought it was a great opportunity for me and a great place to play. It was pretty easy to make that decision.On building something special in Toronto:
We have a lot of great players in here. Phil Kessel is 23 (years old); Dion (Phaneuf) is 25. We have a lot of good, young talent. Our D-corps is very young and has big, strong guys. Hopefully we are building towards something in a positive way. I think everyone can see that.

On playing in Toronto versus Atlanta:
It’s completely different. It’s pretty exciting for sure. The fans are incredible in Toronto. The attention is crazy and the rink is packed every night. It’s a pretty great place to play. It’s something totally different than Atlanta.

Ron Wilson

On Jonas Gustavsson playing:
We planned two weeks ago how we would start – with Giggy (Jean-Sebastien Giguere) getting the first two games and ‘Monster’ starting here. You don’t want him sitting around too long to where he goes in rusty in the first five minutes of the game once he plays. He looked good in practice and is ready to play.

On Gustavsson being more consistent this year:
We won’t know until he plays. I am assuming he is going to play as well as he did in the last month last year. He played well during training camp and in the exhibition games, and he has looked good at practice.

On days off at the beginning of the season:
I think early in the season you like to be able to work on things. We are still trying to get down all the little details in our game. The way we played against Ottawa, you would like to continue playing the next night, but I don’t see this as being detrimental to what we are trying to do at the start.

On Colby Armstrong:
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12:18 PM:
Coachspeak with Dan Bylsma...

On the defense playing well:
I certainly will be dealing with Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498) and Zbynek Michalek (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469760) not being in tonight so that will change our dynamic. But we have some depth there. Last game, shorthanded, they played a strong game and they’ve played well in that aspect this year. You can look at the stat sheet and see that Sid and Geno haven’t been where you maybe expect them to be on a point-per-game basis, but look at the amount of posts and good chances that we’ve had. They both know and we know that if they keep working to get those opportunities and if they keep playing that way, they will find the back of the net.

On the penalty kill with Orpik and Michalek being out:
Jordan Staal (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473533) is out and he’s one of our best penalty-killing forwards, so we’ve had that issue with our forwards units, but Orpik and Michalek being out was certainly taken into consideration on how we decide our lineup for (Wednesday), the fact that our penalty kill needs to have some good solid players out there on the ice.

On Orpik’s and Michalek’s injuries:
We have a better diagnosis for Brooks, he’s got a groin strain. Michalek is being seen by a physician later this afternoon and we’ll know more about where he’s at tomorrow.

On if Michalek’s injury will be long term:
He’s not in there tonight and we’ll see what the doctor says when he’s evaluated.

On Jordan Staal (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473533) being on the ice:
He’s on the ice right now getting comfortable. It’s not really a test for his foot. He’s just getting on the ice and getting into the skates in addition to his off-ice workouts. It’s nice for him to get out there and twirl around a bit. We’re not to a point yet where he’s decided he wants to get into gear and go out for a more serious workout. But it’s a sign that he’s progressing and he’s able to get out there and get some work in. He hasn’t been able to do that for a while. But I need to reiterate that there’s no rushing Jordan back. This is a sign that he’s ahead of schedule. He’s healing, he’s getting better, and he’s working hard off the ice.

On how important it is for Staal emotionally just to get back out on the ice:
If you’ve spent a little bit of time with him throughout this thing at all, there have been some ups and downs and setbacks. So it definitely gives him a lift in his mindset here to get back on the ice and feel like he’s on the road to recovery. There’s been a jump in his step now that he’s back on the ice.

On the defense:
It’s been a focus for our team going into this season, being better in the defensive end. We want to be a team that can win a tight game, and win a one-goal game, a 2-1 game or a 3-1 game. We’ve played well and we’ve had that focus. We clearly had that hiccup there against Montreal with goals 24 seconds apart late in the game, but we came back with a strong effort, not only from our defense but with our whole team. That will be something that we continue to talk about and focus on knowing that when we get in those situations being in tight games.

On Toronto:
They’ve played well and they’ve been aggressive. They have some dangerous components to their team. Also, special teams have been a factor them last year and is again for them this year. When you’ve had two goals from Tim Brent in you’re first two games, it’s going to help you get a good result. They’ve got a pretty good all-around team with some dangerous players and some pretty good guys back there on defense. J.S. Giguere, I think, is poised to have a good season and he had a great Game 1. So I think we should be ready for a team that’s going to compete pretty hard and come at us.

On Comrie being in the lineup:
It’s a game-time decision.

On having Paul Martin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468542) on the top power-play unit:
He’s been on the top unit and he’s had two goals there. As we said early on in training camp, we can expect to see all those guys – Kris Letang (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471724), Paul Martin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468542) and Alex Goligoski (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471274) – on the top unit at any given time. Tonight, it’s going to be Paul Martin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468542) and Alex Goligoski (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471274). Paul will be the guy working the middle of the ice coming across the blue line, so it’s a different look, but that’s what he’s been doing on the second unit. He’s obviously gifted with the puck and poised.

On if points early in the season are important:
I think there’s an urgency on the team right now, based on last year, this summer and going into camp. I don’t think there’s a real focus to break down the season and say ‘we have to get points right now because they’re going to be tough to get later.’ But I think there’s an urgency that should be there right now, getting to our game and coming back home for our third home game. We haven’t got a win here yet, so I think there’s going to be some urgency to get back to winning games here and making this a tough place to play.

10-13-2010, 04:14 PM

12:15 PM:
It looks like the Leafs will be starting Jonas Gustavsson in net tonight.

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12:07 PM:
The Maple Leafs are finishing their morning skate at CONSOL Energy Center. Here are some pics courtesy of T-Bone:

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Former Pens Colby Armstrong (left) and Mike Zigomanis (right)

But we must stand back in awe and admire the unbelievable fu-manchu below. Mike Brown gets an A+


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12:01 PM:
Defenseman Andrew Hutchinson was recalled (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=540364) to Pittsburgh Tuesday and will make his Penguins debut against the Leafs. Hutchinson had a big opening game for WBS, posting two points (1G-1A) in a 3-2 win over two-time defending Calder Cup champion Hersehy.

Here is what the offensively gifted blueliner had to say after the morning skate...

On getting recalled early in the season:
I just want to come back and fit in like I did during training camp. I had a good training camp and learned the systems. That’s all they wanted from me. I just have to get the puck out of our end, make one pass and add some offense.

On coming back up so soon:
I think I have been gone for a week and a half. I basically went for a vacation to eastern Pennsylvania, played a game and now I am back because of the injuries. I just want to come up, show myself at the NHL level and have fun.

On playing the left side:
I played the left side during training camp, so I am comfortable with it. It hasn’t been too bad.

On his one game with WBS:
It was very positive. I created a lot of chances. It’s a really good team down there. They play the exact same system down there so it should all be about getting comfortable with a new partner as soon as possible.

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11:58 AM:
Sounds heard around the locker room....

Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675)

On gripping the stick tight:
I think (it’s too early). We’ve had some good chances and have been creating a lot. That’s hockey.

On the team’s defense:
We’ve got a lot of guys who can move the puck and create things. I am not surprised to see that.

On the chemistry between his line:
I think we are used to playing with different guys. We are all three comfortable playing with one another. We’ve gotten used to that. I think it has been OK.

On looking for the first win:
We want to make sure we win. We played a good game last game. Even the two losses we had here we did a lot of good things. We want to get a win (at CONSOL Energy Center). We know that Toronto is playing well.

Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594)

On the new arena:
The fans have been great following us even in the old rink. It would be great to get a win for them tonight.

On the defense:
We have great personnel. We have a great bunch of guys. Throughout the preseason and the regular season they have been playing very well.

On his mindset:
I am just trying to make some saves and keep the team in the game.

On the Maple Leafs:
They are a little bit different, but we are going to have our meetings on them (after practice), so we will see what kind of systems they use.

Deryk Engelland (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468674)

On getting the first win:
That first win in always the hardest one. Hopefully we can keep it going from here.

On his mindset changing with the injuries on D:
I just have to take advantage of the opportunity. Hopefully my minutes go up a little bit. I still have to play my game – simple and physical – and go from there.

On getting extra minutes following the injuries on Monday:
Going to five D, you don’t have much time to think about it. The more time you play, the more comfortable you get.

On the organization’s depth on defense:
No matter who is in the lineup we have a good mix of guys up here and at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. We both use the same system so I think anybody can step in and go from there.

Assist: Jason Seidling
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11:45 AM:
Jordan Staal (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473533) chatted with the media after the Penguins morning skate. Here is what he had to say...

On skating:
It was really nice. It feels good mentally and for the body to get out there, get on the skates and get moving again.

On his timetable:
I never really had a timetable. We never decided on a date. It’s very hard to tell right now. I’m just trying to get comfortable out there and get the feel back of skating.

On if he’ll keep skating:
I didn’t run into any problems. Hopefully, I can get on the ice everyday and getting back into the swing of things.

On the objective of the skates:
Getting in shape, I haven’t done a whole lot throughout the summer. My right leg is not as strong as my left. I’m trying to get my balance back and getting the right leg a lot stronger and quicker.

On being behind:
A lot of guys skated in the summer and a month before training camp. I can’t tell how I’m going to be out there. I’m feeling really good and happy to be out there. It was a long summer and I’m feeling good about where things are heading right now.

On if he’s skated prior to Wednesday:
I skated two days ago and again today.

On the disappointment of the setback:
Again, it’s been a long summer, a lot of ups and downs. I had a lot of good people around me, family and friends to help me through that. It was very difficult, but I made it through.

On watching games:
It’s never easy watching your team play. You want to be out there and a part of the team, and try to help get some wins. Hopefully, they can do it tonight.

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11:18 AM:
A few quick notes from Dan Bylsma's post-morning skate media conference:
- Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498) and Zbynek Michalek (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469760) will not play Wednesday night against the Leafs. Orpik has a groin strain and is day-to-day. Michalek will be evaluated by doctors later today.
- Mike Comrie (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8467964), who didn't skate with a line at the morning skate, will be "a game-time decision."
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11:15 AM:
The Pens had a special visitor to CONSOL Energy Centet for their Wednesday morning skate. Former Cup-winning 'guin Bill Guerin was in the new house to take in practice. Guerin was not here to rejoin the club. He only came to visit the new rink and say hi to some old friends.

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10:55 AM:
Here are some photos from today's morning skate:
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10:37 AM:
The Penguins had some new pairings at their Wednesday morning skate. Pascal Dupuis (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8466393) was elevated back to the top line with Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) and Chris Kunitz (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470543). Mike Comrie (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8467964) did not take part in any line shifts. I'm not sure if that is a sign or not.


The six defensemen rotated in sets of three.
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10:29 AM:
Defensemen Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498) and Zbynek Michalek (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469760) were not on the ice for Pittsburgh's Wednesday morning skate.
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9:40 AM:
There was some big news early Wednesday as Jordan Staal (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473533) skated at CONSOL Energy Center. Staal has been out of the lineup while recovering from a procedure to cure a foot infection. For more details click here (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=540412).

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10-13-2010, 04:27 PM
Penguins vs Maple Leafs Game Preview
Tuesday, 10.12.2010 / 5:00 PM / Features (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Ffeatures)
By Jason Seidling
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Pittsburgh Penguins
Overall: 1-2-0-2
Home: 0-2-0-0
Road: 1-0-0-2

WHEN: Oct 13, 2010 - 7:30 pm | WHERE: CONSOL Energy Center
WATCH: FSN | LISTEN: Pens HD Radio, 105.9 FM

Toronto Maple Leafs
Overall: 2-0-0-4
Home: 2-0-0-4
Road: 0-0-0-0

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Led by general manager Brian Burke and head coach Ron Wilson – two of the best in the business – Toronto has quietly built one of the more impressive and balanced defensive corps in the league. Dion Phaneuf and Tomas Kaberle rank among the top two-way blueliners in the game, while Luke Schenn, Mike Komisarek and Francois Beauchemin provide a physical element.

Up front, the Leafs added complementary goal scorers Clarke MacArthur, Colby Armstrong and Kris Versteeg to join incumbents Phil Kessel, Nikolai Kulemin, Mikhail Grabovski and Tyler Bozak. The re-built offensive attack has struck eight times through the first two games, helping to spark the Maple Leafs’ impressive 2-0 start.

In goal, the Maple Leafs are led by veteran and former Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jean-Sebastien Giguere. The 33-year-old netminder has starred for the Leafs in each of their first two wins. For the season Gigure has a 2-0 record, 1.51 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage.


The Penguins’ improved defensive unit has starred through the first three games. Thanks to his two-point (1G-1A) effort on Monday, Paul Martin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468542) enters Tuesday’s games tied for the NHL lead among defensemen with four points (1G-3A). Fellow blueliner Alex Goligoski (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471274) is tied for goal-scoring lead among defensemen with two.

Outside of the Penguins’ divisional opponents, there is nobody Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) likes to see come to town more than the Maple Leafs. In 15 career games against the Leafs, Malkin has posted 34 points (7G-27A) for an average of 2.27 points per game. He had six assists in three games versus the Leafs last season.

Another reason the Maple Leafs have jumped out of the gate 2-0 has been the play between the pipes of Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Since his midseason trade to Toronto last season, Giguere has provided stability in goal, posting an 8-7-2 record, 2.38 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and two shutouts.

Toronto’s roster features three players with Pittsburgh ties. Colby Armstrong, signed during the offseason, needs no introduction. Superb faceoff man Michael Zigomanis, who won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins in ’09, leads Toronto with a 72.7-percent success rate on draws. Tim Brent, who appeared in one game with Pittsburgh in ’07-08, is tied for the team lead with two goals.

The Penguins’ power play is probably looking forward to facing the Maple Leafs. Over the course of the past two regular seasons, Pittsburgh has converted on 30.8 percent (8 for 26) of its PP chances against the Leafs.


Unleash the Stars: Pittsburgh is still looking for its first-ever win at CONSOL Energy Center. A breakout performance on Wednesday from Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) and Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) would go a long way towards picking up win No. 1. Through the first three games of the season, Malkin has one goal while Crosby has one helper, although both players have generated a ton of quality scoring chances.

D-Fence: The Penguins’ re-built defensive corps was the talk of the summer, and through the first three games they have met their lofty expectations. In addition to holding opponents to 2.33 goals per game, Pittsburgh’s blueliners have posted 10 points (3G-7A). They figure to get a tough test from Toronto’s talented offensive attack.



C Jordan Staal (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473533), foot (indefinitely)
F Arron Asham (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465025), upper body (indefinitely)
D Zbynek Michalek (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469760), undisclosed (day-to-day)
D Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498), undisclosed (day-to-day)


D Brett Lebda, shoulder (day-to-day)
D Jeff Finger, knee (day-to-day)


Phil Kessel
F - #81
2 Goals
1 Assist
3 Points • Talented goal scorer has produced back-to-back 30-goal campaigns.

• Has notched five goals and four assists in 15 career games against Pittsburgh.

• Ranked sixth in the NHL with 297 shots last season despite missing 12 games due to a shoulder injury. Dion Phaneuf
D - #3
0 Goals
1 Assist
1 Point • Named the 22nd captain in franchise history over the summer and the first since Mats Sundin in 2008.

• Has posted double-digit goal totals each of his first five seasons, including a career-high 20 as a rookie in ’05-06.

• Durable blueliner has missed just six games in five seasons despite playing a punishing brand of defense. Tomas Kaberle
D - #15
0 Goals
1 Assist
1 Point • Offensive-minded blueliner recorded his seventh 40-point season in ’09-10, ranking eighth in the NHL among defensemen with 49 points (7G-42A).

• Longest-tenured Leaf has played in Toronto since ’98-99, appearing in 822 career games.

• Ranks second all-time in Leafs history among defensemen with 483 career points (80G-403A).

Fire Haley
10-13-2010, 04:34 PM
Somebody wake Sid and Malkin up

Fire Haley
10-13-2010, 04:39 PM
Comrie is a game time decision tonight, not sure why though. .

Maybe so they can put the fighting line out. Godard is a go, fine by me.

I demand entertainment

Fire Haley
10-13-2010, 05:41 PM
so I'm watching Penguins face-off on MSN Pittsburgh.

Billy Guerin was in the stands watching the practice skate?


looking for a job?

10-13-2010, 06:10 PM
so I'm watching Penguins face-off on MSN Pittsburgh.

Billy Guerin was in the stands watching the practice skate?


looking for a job?

Maybe it's just a bad shot, but he looks older than 39 there...like late 40's. His off time has not been treating him well.

I hope he finds a job somewhere soon. Not sure if he's still actively looking though, he might just be hanging up his skates.

10-13-2010, 06:49 PM
Ughhhh...Leafs score first (again). Don't know why we can't play a strong game at home...kills me. I know there's some injuries, but they just play lifeless in the first period at home. Someone needs to wake this whole team up right now.

10-13-2010, 06:58 PM
Malkin scores!

PP goal on a 4 min double minor.

All tied up now.

Fire Haley
10-13-2010, 07:03 PM
Off Kunitz

Holy crap - - it took half the period and 4 min into a PP to get their 1st shot - and it trickles in.


10-13-2010, 07:18 PM
2-1 now with a late goal by Talbot.

Looks like the team got a bit of mojo going after a few minutes (finally).

Just lucky that Schenn drew blood, cause that PP looked like ass for the first 2 minutes.

Hope they keep it up! I love them beating the Leafs!

Fire Haley
10-13-2010, 07:18 PM
2 goals on 3 shots

Talbot and Kennedy are carrying this team

10-13-2010, 07:30 PM
2 goals on 3 shots

Talbot and Kennedy are carrying this team

5 shots, but Leafs outshot them 7-5.

Gustavssan is horrible. Another goal or two and I expect they'll put Gugierre in. (sp's??)

I expect Crosby to hit the net soon too. He's been shooting, but nothing has been getting by. Seems he's gone back to his pass first tendencies a little bit too though. He needs to knock that off and just blast it at the goalie. Don't know why he isn't doing that as much anymore.

10-13-2010, 07:36 PM
F-ing Fleury.

2-2 on a Leafs PP goal.

10-13-2010, 07:36 PM
Let them fight dammit!!!

10-13-2010, 07:40 PM

3-2 Leafs on another PP goal.

F ing Leafs.

10-13-2010, 07:50 PM
Fleury is playing like shit (big surprise).

Time to put Johnny in before this game is too far gone.

4-2 Leafs right now.

Fire Haley
10-13-2010, 07:51 PM
****ing Letang

4-2 Leafs

Pens are stumps on the pond

10-13-2010, 08:00 PM
I can't wrap my head around why they haven't pulled Fleury yet.

Piss me off.

10-13-2010, 08:08 PM
And there it is...I knew Crosby would get one tonight.

4-3 now, and Pens are right back in the game.

Geno sucks at Penalty shots too.

10-13-2010, 09:10 PM
What a shitty game...Pens lose AGAIN at home 4-3.

Talbot got injured...yippie. Add another one to the list.

Bout the only good thing that happened for me during the game (besides Crosby and Talbot finally scoring) was chatting it up with Leafs fans on Justin TV and making fun of Errey.

Did anyone else hear him say "he tried to pickle stick it in"? F-ing Errey. If I was drinking that would have been worth 2 shots.

10-13-2010, 10:24 PM
4 goals on 14 shots! :banging: One win in four games this season, guess who wasn't in net? :doh:

10-13-2010, 10:49 PM
Maybe they should ditch the new digs and go back to the Igloo?

Something is wrong with the new arena .....

10-14-2010, 05:26 AM

No more excuses left for Fleury


It is absolutely hilarious listening to Rob Rossi break down every goal allowed and try to blame the defense as if no other goalie in the league has the same defensive breakdowns in front of him. Furthermore, he can’t seem to comprehend that Fleury’s weak save percentage involves a season long sample size.

Rob Rossi is the same guy last January that said Fleury would play great once March arrived. When Fleury didn’t play well in March, Rossi said Fleury will play great in the playoffs. When Fleury’s struggles continued in the playoffs, Rossi told us not to worry because he plays his best in the biggest games. At which point Fleury gave up about 7 goals in 2 periods of play against Ottawa (game 6) and Montreal (game 7). Throughout this entire run, the most bizarre comment made by Rossi was that Fleury is a CLUTCH goalie as he related it to his game 6 performance against Ottawa.

Clutch? Excuse me?

The only thing that makes Fleury clutch is that his offense over the past few years has given him many more opportunities to be clutch! If Vokoun would give up 3 goals in the 1st period to Ottawa, he would be COOKED! His team isn’t coming back from that. The Penguins on the other hand have shown to be capable of storming back to the lead after being down in games, thus giving Fleury yet another chance at being CLUTCH.

10-14-2010, 05:28 AM
Read the whole link posted above from Post game heroes. Has some good supporting charts that prove this poor start by Fleury isn't an early season abbberation. He is the Pens weak link.

10-14-2010, 09:32 AM
Bylsma is pissed too. Really pissed. http://video.penguins.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=1

I know some people (not here, just in general) will keep screaming that it's early in the season and that there's no reason to panic...but that's bullshit. Fleury is having the same problems now that he had last year, all that's happened is it's carried over. Same with the PP. A lot of people want to say it's not looking good because Gonchar is gone. That's bullshit. It wasn't that great when he was here. He'd get a shot in sometimes, or set up a nice pass...but in general, it sucked. PP is at 15% right now (could be a little higher b/c they took one PP goal away), so it's about the same as last season.

We seriously need to get these guys healthy quick. I haven't heard much on Talbot yet, but I'm just going to assume he's injured since he left the game.

Piss me off.

Deryk Engelland makes me hot though.


10-14-2010, 10:30 AM
News & Notes

-- With the injuries, the Penguins dressed veteran minor-leaguer Andrew Hutchinson, who wore No. 8. Hutchinson played 13:55 including 1:45 on the power play.

-- Former Penguins F Bill Guerin, who helped the team to the Stanley Cup in 2009, received a standing ovation as he was shown watching the game from Mario Lemieux's private box.

-- In addition to his two assists, Matt Cooke threw a game-high seven hits.

-- C Sidney Crosby won six of 10 faceoffs (63 percent).

-- The Penguins were without the services of F Mike Comrie, who was scratched with what is believed to be an illness. Comrie, who shined in the preseason on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Eric Tangradi, has zero points and is minus-1 with a team-high nine penalty minutes in three games.

-- Even though he went without a point, D Paul Martin still leads the Penguins with four, good enough for the league lead among all blueliners.

-- Saturday night's game against the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center was moved up an hour earlier to 6 p.m. to alleviate parking and traffic concerns in the Philadelphia Sports Complex. The Phillies will host San Francisco in Game 1 of the NLCS at 8 p.m. In addition, Temple is playing football against Bowling Green at 1 p.m. across the parking lot at Lincoln Financial Field.

-- The Maple Leafs, who haven't won the Stanley Cup in 43 years, are off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 1999.

The good: Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of the season, giving him half as many as rookie teammate Mark Letestu … or half as many as Toronto’s Clarke McArthur scored Wednesday alone.

The bad: Evgeni Malkin didn’t just fail to convert a second-period penalty shot, he missed the net entirely.

And the ugly: Marc-Andre Fleury stopped just 10 of the 14 shots he faced.


10-14-2010, 10:33 AM
Orpik is day-to-day with a groin injury that has bothered him since the final week of training camp. It forced him to miss the final two exhibition games and a regular-season game Monday at New Jersey.

Michalek was scheduled to be re-evaluated yesterday afternoon by team doctors. He was injured in the Penguins' win at New Jersey and seen favoring his right shoulder after a clean hit by Devils forward Rod Pelley.

Neither Orpik nor Michalek were available for comment. Bylsma did not suggest a timetable for Michalek's diagnosis.


10-14-2010, 10:35 AM
Fleury needs some (goal)tender loving care
By: Chris Bradford Beaver County Times
Thursday October 14, 2010 12:04 AM

There is a growing sentiment around the NHL that it’s not necessary to receive great goaltending to win the Stanley Cup.

To be sure it’s a radical idea, heretofore thought to be blasphemy, but its proponents quickly point out the names of the masked men to reach the Cup finals since the 2005 lockout. Antti Niemi, Michael Leighton, Chris Osgood, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Ray Emery, Cam Ward, Dwayne Roloson and yes, one Marc-Andre Fleury, they argue aren’t exactly Terry Sawchuk or Ken Dryden.

The Penguins, at least publicly, aren’t big proponents of said theory. To a man, they still believe they have a good — and at times elite — goaltender in Fleury.

However, nights like Wednesday make you wonder if Fleury will ever get back to the level that he displayed in the magical springs of 2008 and ’09.

Six months after their second-round ouster at the hands of Montreal, a vocal minority of Penguins fans still pin it all on Fleury. Conveniently, they forget about the dysfunctional power play or the lack of muscle on defense on which Montreal capitalized. That diving stop on Detroit’s Nick Lidstrom in the waning seconds of Game 7? Ancient history as far as they are concerned.

Unfortunately for Fleury, he gave his critics plenty more to moan about Wednesday night during the Penguins’ 4-3 loss to the Maple Leafs, when Fleury surrendered three goals on five shots in the second period, four on 14 for the game.

Of those 14 shots, Fleury faced only “eight” quality scoring chances, according to his coach. “There’s a couple there has to come up with the save,” Dan Bylsma said.

Not that Fleury, who fell to 0-3 on the season needed reminded.

“Too may goals against for sure,” said Fleury, who’s goals-against average was already a bloated 3.08 entering the game. “We didn’t give up that many shots, just disappointing for me to lose that one.”

In fact, Fleury wasn’t all to blame for the loss. It certainly didn’t help Fleury that he didn’t have his top defensive pair in Brooks Oprik and Zbynek Michalek, or that he had to endure the mock cheers when he made even the most remedial of saves.

The goalie position is regarded as one of the toughest in sports — they don’t make pitcher’s retrieve the ball after they’ve given up a home run — and it’s made even more demanding when you’re confidence is shattered.

A little tender loving care might be in order here.

10-14-2010, 01:43 PM
Penguins Report: Practice 10/14/10

Thursday, 10.14.2010 / 11:37 AM / Penguins Report (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Fpenguinsreport)
By Sam Kasan
http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=540528&navid=DL|PIT|home (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=540528&navid=DL%7CPIT%7Chome)

Michalek, Orpik and Asham injury updates at 1:09 PM entry...

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1:28 PM:
Coach Bylsma also said that goaltender Brent Johnson (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8462161) will get the start in net for Pittsburgh Friday night against the Islanders.
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1:27 PM:
Coachspeak with Dan Bylsma...

On Michalek’s injury:
I was hoping for him to play last game, but that’s a situation where you have to wait to even have your muscles calm down to get evaluated. It could be anywhere, so it’s relatively good news, in terms of the length of time of what he’s dealing with.

On Deryk Engelland (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468674):
You have to bring your game to the table. Everyone has to do that, and Deryk has proved what he can be. He’s been physical in the games he played against other teams’ skill guys. He was hitting Kovalchuk and Parise in New Jersey. And he added that aspect to our game last night, in a game where, as a first year guy, he took it upon himself to give our team a spark. He did it with a guy who’s a pretty tough customer. You have to wonder why he fighting him a little bit. I’ve seen Deryk and he’s really tough, and that definitely added a spark to our bench and it got the crowd back into it.

On what he wants to see different from his team:
You have to go with the process and figure out how you’re going to be a good team, and you have to have different aspects of a good team. Those aren’t secrets, having good special teams, good goaltending, good defense. A team that makes plays has to play a certain way and have players on the same page. You have to have players playing certain roles and doing certain things. We were very good in the preseason and we saw those things, but the regular season is a different story and we know that. But we can’t add those things up. We’re a good team. We could have won some of those games, for sure. We’re trying to win hockey games, but we’re trying to put elements of being a good team together. Some of that may be special teams and some of that may be goaltending. We have to get better in those areas and have desperation to get those things.

On why Mike Comrie (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8467964) was scratched:
Mike is a guy who adds offensive ability and can play in different spots. And he did do that to some degree, he could have three points right now if we hit an open net or it doesn’t clang off the post to a guy he passed to. Just puck battles on both ends of the rink and being hard on the puck and being able to make those plays, everyone looks differently. Mike Comrie (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8467964) is not going to be Matt Cooke (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465951), but he has to be able to do that and be those things for the power play and for his line and do all those things on the rink both offensively and defensively. He got scratched in last night’s game, but he will get another opportunity.

On if he dressed Eric Godard (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468252) in Wednesday’ game because the Maple Leafs have an enforcer-type:
That certainly was a part of it.

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1:23 PM:
The Penguins announced the rest of their blue third jersey schedule (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=540532).
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1:20 PM:
Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) was given the day off by the coaching staff. We caught up with the Penguins captain in the locker room following practice.

On taking the day off to rest:
It’s just a maintenance day.

On how he feels about wearing the blue uniforms:
Well, the record is usually the reason for how we feel about (the blue uniforms). Hopefully we start off right. But it’s always the case that if you win, then you don’t mind wearing them.

On being frustrated:
Nobody likes to lose, but I think through the first four games, we’ve done some pretty good things and had some pretty good chances to score. We still have things to improve on, but there have been a lot of good things, too. We can always look at other situations and scenarios. I look back to last year, we were 9-1, but we didn’t really play that well. You still want to win obviously, but that’s hockey sometimes. It doesn’t always seem fair, but that’s the way it works.

On his scoring chances:
I feel good. There’s frustration that comes with not creating chances, and there’s frustration that comes when they seem not to go in. When you’re creating them, that’s a big part of it. As long as you keep doing that, they’re going to go in, and you’re going to get your bounces. But I feel good and I feel like I’m creating things out there. We’ve all done a pretty good job of creating chances, it’s just a matter of having it go in.

On streaks like this, where chances just don’t seem to go in the net:
That’s the way it works: There’s not a lot that I would change on certain plays. You just hit posts, or the puck bounces the other way. Other times you get one shot and it ends up in the net. That’s the game of hockey and that’s why you work to create as many as you can every game and give yourself the best chance.

Assist T-Bone
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1:09 PM:
Dan Bylsma had a couple of updates on some injured Penguins:

Zbynek Michalek (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469760) is out 2 to 4 weeks with an upper-body injury
Forward Arron Asham (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465025) (upper body) skated for the first time Thursday; as did Jordan Staal (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473533)
Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498) is still day-to-day with a groin strain

"(Michalek) has an upper-body injury," Bylsma said. "It's tough to estimate, but 2 to 4 weeks on Z. Brooks is day-to-day. Arron Asham (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465025) skated today. He was out indefinitely, now it's around two weeks." Bylsma also noted that he gave forwards Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) and Maxime Talbot (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470171) the practice off for maintenance days. __________________________________________________ _________________________

11:46 AM:

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Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594) with the new pads with light blue lines (left); Brent Johnson (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8462161) (right)

http://cdn.nhl.com/penguins/images/upload/2010/10/DSCN0617.jpg http://cdn.nhl.com/penguins/images/upload/2010/10/DSCN0611.jpg
Mark Letestu (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473914) (left); Kris Letang (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471724) and coach Bylsma (right)

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Eric Tangradi (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8474025) (right)
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11: 36 AM:
The Penguins are on the ice for their Thursday afternoon practice at Southpointe. The team is rockin' their blue uniforms, as they will wear the alternate blue jersey against the Islanders Friday night.

Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) and Maxime Talbot (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470171) are not on the ice right now. We'll get an update from coach Bylsma for you.

10-14-2010, 01:54 PM
And just a little heads up to everyone who thinks Gonchar was the savior of the PP...guess how well Ottawa is doing right now on their PP. 14 PP opportunities and ZERO PP goals. Good for 29th in the league.

Pens have had 20 PP opportunities and have scored 3 times (good for 15% and 16th in the league), but keep in mind that one PP goal was taken back since the PP had just expired. Had that goal come one second earlier, the PP would be operating at 20% right now (something that was extremely rare even with Gonchar QBing the PP).

Loved Gonch on this team, but he was certainly NOT the answer for our PP woes.

Just my :twocents:

10-14-2010, 02:46 PM
Will be posting game day updates here and trying to keep in-game conversations here as well.

Other articles will still go in the Tidbits section.

10-14-2010, 02:48 PM
Islanders-Penguins Preview
Associated Press

The Pittsburgh Penguins are getting anxious about when they'll pick up their first win in their new arena. Facing a team they beat eight consecutive times in their old one should provide an excellent opportunity.

The Penguins have dropped their first three games at Consol Energy Center, but they haven't lost to the New York Islanders in Pittsburgh in nearly three years heading into Friday night's meeting.

There hasn't been any sort of home-ice advantage thus far for the Penguins (1-3-0) in their new building, which is across the street from the now-defunct Mellon Arena.

Pittsburgh has lost all three games in the NHL's newest venue by one goal. It led 2-1 after one period Wednesday against Toronto, but allowing three straight goals in the second proved to be too much to overcome in a 4-3 loss.

"Each game that goes by, especially when you expect to win each one, it starts to get discouraging," defenseman Paul Martin said. "That's something we can't concentrate on."

The Penguins went 26-1-1 last season when they scored four goals, something they've yet to do. They're also getting minimal contributions from their two biggest stars - Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have each been held to a goal and an assist apiece, hardly numbers befitting a duo that combined for 186 points last season.

"There's frustration that comes with not creating chances, and there's frustration that comes when they seem not to go in," Crosby said. "... We've all done a pretty good job of creating chances, it's just a matter of having it go in."

Also of concern is goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, whose .853 save percentage is the league's worst. He's been in net for all three losses, while backup Brent Johnson notched the lone victory.

Though Fleury is 6-0-1 with a 1.68 goals-against average in his last seven games against the Islanders (1-1-1), coach Dan Bylsma said Thursday he'll start Johnson, who's 4-7-0 with a 4.04 GAA versus New York.

Pittsburgh is 15-3-1 in the series' last 19 games and especially dominant at home. The Penguins outscored New York 39-15 in winning the last eight meetings at Mellon Arena. Malkin had seven goals and eight assists in those victories, while Crosby has recorded four goals and 11 assists in his last five home games against the Islanders.

New York looked like it would be in for some high-scoring games after its first two contests, a 5-4 shootout loss against Dallas on Saturday and a 6-4 win over the Rangers on Monday.

Things settled down Wednesday against one of the league's premier offensive teams. Though the Islanders were even with Washington through 56 minutes, Nicklas Backstrom's late power-play goal was enough to lift the Capitals to a 2-1 win.

"The end result wasn't too good, but I think as a team we did a great job," rookie Nino Niederreiter, who scored his first NHL goal, told the Islanders' official website. "We had a good effort."

Both teams have injury issues heading into this game. New York center John Tavares has missed the past two games with a concussion and could be held out again Friday, while defenseman James Wisniewski will serve the back end of a two-game suspension.

Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik (groin) is day to day, but fellow defenseman Zbynek Michalek will miss two to four weeks with a right shoulder injury.

10-14-2010, 04:01 PM
Mom, Max was backed on the ice for the third period of yesterdays game.

I'm taking that as a sign that he's fine.

10-14-2010, 04:03 PM
They'll be wearing the baby blues.

Maybe that will give them some mojo.

10-14-2010, 04:09 PM
Mom, Max was backed on the ice for the third period of yesterdays game.

I'm taking that as a sign that he's fine.

Yeah, I must have missed him being back out...he did take the day off of practice today though for "maintenance day". So, it must not have been too serious.

I was just like, FML, when he went into the dressing room though lol.

10-14-2010, 04:13 PM
Educate me Mom.

What is FML?

10-14-2010, 04:17 PM
Damn, no fleury apoligists here? :noidea: I guess I'm going to have to go over to the other site to get an argument. :chuckle:

Oh and boy do we miss Staal. I think he's no worse than our 3rd best player, and on some days his weight carries farther than Sid or Geno's.

Not knocking them though, just saying Staal is one of those intangibles guys that contributions don't always show up on the score sheet.

10-14-2010, 04:18 PM
BTW, I always kept it to myself because I didn't want to ruff any feathers, but I've never seen why MAF was considered one of the elite goalies in the NHL.

Love his personality and the person he is, but I've yet to see the play to justify the acclaim he gets within the league.

10-14-2010, 04:20 PM
Zu, Staal not being in the line up is huge .... I completely agree.

Great to see that he is atleast in skates and testing the foot on the ice.

We need him back as soon as possible.

10-14-2010, 04:32 PM
Educate me Mom.

What is FML?

Fvck My Life lol.

Damn, no fleury apoligists here? :noidea: I guess I'm going to have to go over to the other site to get an argument. :chuckle:

Oh and boy do we miss Staal. I think he's no worse than our 3rd best player, and on some days his weight carries farther than Sid or Geno's.

Not knocking them though, just saying Staal is one of those intangibles guys that contributions don't always show up on the score sheet.

I was a Fleury apologist last year. Not anymore. I know all good goalies are going to have shit games, but this is just carry over from last year...and you can only blame the defense so often. I think the superb defense we had through '07 to winning the cup just hid the fact that he is nowhere near elite.

Maybe it's just me bitching, and I certainly hope he proves me wrong, but damn does he make it hard to stand up for him sometimes.

BTW, I always kept it to myself because I didn't want to ruff any feathers, but I've never seen why MAF was considered one of the elite goalies in the NHL.

Love his personality and the person he is, but I've yet to see the play to justify the acclaim he gets within the league.

He's definitely not. Not in my opinion.

When I was watching the game with other Pens and Leafs fans I heard all kinds of excuses about MAF (from both sides...the Canadian fans still love his ass too)....'he's young, give him time', 'the D isn't doing enough', 'the Pens should score more points than that' yadda yadda yadda. You know what? You can only use those excuses for so long. The 'he's still young' excuse is getting really old. He's been in the league long enough now.

Again, I hope he proves me wrong, but he just pisses me off right now.

And ruffle away hon...you don't have to worry about 'stepping on toes' in regards to...well...anything anymore. We're all adults here (I don't know about Tony though :chuckle: ).

10-14-2010, 04:35 PM
Zu, Staal not being in the line up is huge .... I completely agree.

Great to see that he is atleast in skates and testing the foot on the ice.

We need him back as soon as possible.

I've heard sometime in December at the latest...but I'm hoping 4 weeks and he's good to go. Him just being able to put on a skate now and get out on the ice is huge. His Dr.s wouldn't allow him to do that if he wasn't progressing nicely and somewhat close to being back.

Asham - 2 more weeks
Michalek - 2-4 weeks
Orpik - Still day to day.

The top two lines are going to be beast though once Comrie gets his shit together and Asham and Staal are back. I can't wait!

*P.S* I'm gonna merge this with the Tidbits thread since we seem to be going into different discussions!

Fire Haley
10-15-2010, 11:33 AM
Figures, I get all these free games to watch and the Pens look like crap.

Baby blue uni's tonight against the Isles

Penguins Report: Game Day vs. Islanders

Sidney Crosby

On the power play:
I think we have done some pretty good things. There has been a few where we didn’t execute quite as well, but I think for the most part we have generated a lot of chances. Obviously you want to score on your power play. Sometimes the timing of the goals is huge too. You have to make sure you don’t lose momentum from (the power play).

On each player’s spot on the reconfigured power-play setup:
I think we are still sorting that out. There are still going to be adjustments. We are going to have to learn from our mistakes. I think for the most part the mindset and the way we have executed has been OK.

On keeping the Penguins eight-game winning streak in Pittsburgh over the Islanders going:
It would be nice to get that first one (at CONSOL Energy Center). It doesn’t really matter what has happened in the past. We need to continue it.

On what Rick DiPietro means to the Islanders:
He is a big part of their team. He has missed some time over the past few years. He has always been a difference maker for them. I don’t think our mindset changes. Every team has pretty good goaltenders. There are things you have to do to beat them and that doesn’t change. We have to generate more shots, but that doesn’t change our approach.

Paul Martin

On being able to feel when the pregame skate doesn’t go well:
You can tell as a player when the puck is bouncing on you and the team is not crisp at the morning skate. It’s tough when you are trying to get yourself ready to play and you are worried about your own skate. You can tell our good ones from our not so great ones. He was right. We didn’t have the best one before that game. That’s still no excuse to not turn it around before tonight’s game.

On today’s skate:
It went better. I think guys are paying a lot more attention to it obviously. Hopefully it’s not in our heads to where we are thinking about it too much. We have played well at times the first couple of games. We just have to make sure we are more consistent with our effort.

10:47 AM:
The Penguins worked on their power play. They used Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin at the points, Alex Goligoski in the high slot, Sidney Crosby on the halfwall and Chris Kunitz in front of the net.
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10:35 AM:
The Penguins switched up thier combinations for the morning skate. Mike Comrie was back centering the second unit with Eric Tangradi and Evgeni Malkin. The rest of the lines unfolded like this:



Brent Johnson in net.


10-15-2010, 12:44 PM
Not being an apologist for Fleury, but he is the type of goalie that feels, and sometimes needs to be involved more than just between the pipes. He's done this since he came up. He likes to get out of the crease and play pucks. Sometimes to the fans frustration... including myself. Playing like that keeps him involved and his mind occupied. If he sits too long without getting any action, or in the case of the new arena, the ice appears much faster, so he is unable to stop pucks behind the net. I think that frustrates him. His mind becomes preoccupied, unfocused, and his play suffers.

I believe he is one of the best goalies in the league. He has all the physical tools. Although, as with many things in life, his mental focus is what's causing some of his issues. Missing some key defensive pieces is also another.

That last game with Toronto was sloppy... for all parties. We did not control the puck on the breakout, in the neutral zone, entering the offensive zone, or holding the blue line when finally getting it in. Too many damn turnovers.

I love the reference Steggy made if Prince were calling the game....
They got it. We got it. They got it. etc. That's exactly what it was like watching. Frustrating.

10-15-2010, 01:32 PM
Not being an apologist for Fleury, but he is the type of goalie that feels, and sometimes needs to be involved more than just between the pipes. He's done this since he came up. He likes to get out of the crease and play pucks. Sometimes to the fans frustration... including myself. Playing like that keeps him involved and his mind occupied. If he sits too long without getting any action, or in the case of the new arena, the ice appears much faster, so he is unable to stop pucks behind the net. I think that frustrates him. His mind becomes preoccupied, unfocused, and his play suffers.

I believe he is one of the best goalies in the league. He has all the physical tools. Although, as with many things in life, his mental focus is what's causing some of his issues. Missing some key defensive pieces is also another.

That last game with Toronto was sloppy... for all parties. We did not control the puck on the breakout, in the neutral zone, entering the offensive zone, or holding the blue line when finally getting it in. Too many damn turnovers.

I love the reference Steggy made if Prince were calling the game....
They got it. We got it. They got it. etc. That's exactly what it was like watching. Frustrating.

I get that he (and other goalies as well) are sometimes worse when they face very few shots during a game, and that very well may have been his problem in the Toronto game....BUT, he hasn't looked good yet this season, and frankly, looked less than stellar last season as well for the most part.

Can't put it all on the defense not stepping up either. Outside of the Toronto game, Fleury has played with a completely healthy D...and a good defense at that. Better than last years at least. Yet his performance has pretty much been the same so far.

I love him. And I think he can be a great goalie...IF he just gets his head out of his ass (which is where it seems to have been stuck for a while). I don't know if he's just lost confidence in himself or what it is, but as of right now, Johnson (and this is carry over from last season too), has looked more like an elite goalie that Fleury has. He has not been earning his elite salary IMO.

10-15-2010, 01:46 PM
Penguins vs Islanders Game Preview
Thursday, 10.14.2010 / 9:00 PM / Features (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Ffeatures)
By Jason Seidling
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Pittsburgh Penguins
Overall: 1-3-0-2
Home: 0-3-0-0
Road: 1-0-0-2

WHEN: Oct 15, 2010 - 7:00 pm | WHERE: CONSOL Energy Center
WATCH: FSN | LISTEN: Pens HD Radio, 105.9 FM

New York Islanders
Overall: 1-1-1-3
Home: 1-0-1-3
Road: 0-1-0-0

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Lady luck has not been on the side of the New York Islanders at the beginning of the 2010-11 season. Training camp injuries to defenseman Mark Streit (torn labrum and rotator cuff; out six months) and forward Kyle Okposo (right shoulder; out until mid-December or early January) deprived the Islanders of two of their top three scorers from last season before the calendar ever hit October. If those two blows weren’t enough for head coach Scott Gordon’s squad to handle, second-year star John Tavares was knocked from the lineup during the season opener with a mild concussion.

Despite all of the misfortunate injuries New York has suffered, the team is playing pretty inspired hockey while starting the season 1-1-1. The Islanders have been able to give teams fits every night in spite of their depleted lineup thanks to a balanced scoring attack led by captain Doug Weight (1G-3A), emerging forward Blake Comeau (3G-1A), last season’s breakout star Matt Moulson (2G-1A) and two-way center Josh Bailey (1G-3A).

In goal the Islanders return one of the better netminding tandems in the National Hockey League in Rick DiPietro and Dwayne Roloson. DiPietro has been in goal both games the Islanders have picked up points while Roloson was spectacular against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night, stopping 26 of 28 shots in his first action of the season.


The Penguins have dominated the Islanders since the NHL returned from the lockout. Since that time Pittsburgh has posted an overall record of 23-8-5 against the Islanders, including a 14-2-2 mark in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh enters Friday’s game riding an eight-game winning streak over the Islanders in Pittsburgh. New York’s last victory against the Penguins in Pittsburgh came on Dec. 21, 2007 (4-2). Overall, the Penguins have won four straight games over the Islanders.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) has torched the Islanders during his career. In 31 career contests against New York, Crosby has posted 18 goals, 43 assists and 61 points. His assist and point totals against the Islanders are more than any other team.

Center Nino Niederreiter, the No. 5-overall selection by the Islanders in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, parlayed a strong training camp into a three-year contract. Niederreiter scored his first NHL goal on Wednesday against Washington. At 18 years, 35 days, Niederreiter is the youngest player to ever score for the Islanders.

Under head coach Dan Bylsma the Penguins have always been regarded as one of the league’s most physical teams. That has continued through the first four games of this season as Chris Kunitz (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470543) (19; t-1), Matt Cooke (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465951) (15, 3rd), and Mike Rupp (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8467336) (12, t-5) each rank among the top 10 in the NHL in hits. As a team, the Penguins lead the NHL with 131 hits heading into Thursday’s games, 35 more than second-place Toronto (96).


Puck Management: One of the reasons the Penguins dropped Wednesday night’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs was their puck management in all three zones, particularly the D-zone. Making good decisions with the puck is one of the staple principles of head coach Dan Bylsma’s system. The Penguins have to improve in this area in order to get into the attacking zone and execute their forecheck.

Get the Wingers Going: Even without Jordan Staal (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473533), the Penguins have great depth down the middle with Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675), Mark Letestu (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473914) and Maxime Talbot (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470171) anchoring the top three lines. Those three have accounted for four of the seven goals the Penguins have received from their forwards. For the Penguins to get back to being the powerhouse offense we are accustomed to seeing, they are going to need more production from the wingers.


C Jordan Staal (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473533), foot (indefinitely)
F Arron Asham (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465025), upper body (2 weeks)
D Zbynek Michalek (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469760), upper body (2 to 4 weeks)
D Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498), groin strain (day-to-day)

F Kyle Okposo, right shoulder (indefinitely)
D Mark Streit, torn labrum and rotator cuff (indefinitely)
C John Tavares, mild concussion (day-to-day)
C Rob Schremp, strained lower back (3 to 4 weeks)


http://cdn.nhl.com/penguins/v2/photos/mugs/thumb/8470543.jpg Chris Kunitz (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470543) - Healthy for the first time since early last season, Chris Kunitz (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470543) has been one of the Penguins’ top forwards through the first week of the regular season. Often times serving as an alternate captain due to injuries, Kunitz is tied with Matt Cooke (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465951) for the team scoring lead among forwards with three points (1G-2A). Not only is he producing offensively, Kunitz has been a physical presence with an NHL-leading 19 hits.

http://cdn.nhl.com/photos/mugs/thumb/8471260.jpg Blake Comeau - Twenty-four-year-old forward Blake Comeau has watched his personal statistics improve during each of his first three NHL seasons, and he looks to make it four consecutive years of improvement based upon his hot start. Comeau leads the Islanders with three goals and is tied for the team scoring lead with four points. Last season he established career highs with 17 goals and 35 points.

10-15-2010, 01:49 PM
This has been a really long couple of weeks for the Pens so far. A lot of games stuffed into a short time span, and a lot of injuries early on. They really need to dig down and get a win tonight and get some confidence going for the tough game at Philly tomorrow....if they fall flat, it's going to take even longer to get the season jumpstarted.

10-15-2010, 01:51 PM
Goligoski Shines In Expanded role
Thursday, 10.14.2010 / 5:28 PM/ Features (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Ffeatures)
By Jason Seidling

The Takeaway:

Alex Goligoski (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471274) had parlayed his strong preseason play into the regular season.
Goligoski is tied for the team lead with four points (2G-2A).
As a result of his improved all-around play, Goligoski is seeing more ice time in all situations.
Goligoski is excelling at the point on the top power-play unit.

While the Penguins might not be getting the desired results in the win column during the opening week of the 2010 National Hockey League regular season, there have been several bright spots head coach Dan Bylsma can build upon as he prepares his team for back-to-back divisional contests this weekend against the New York Islanders on Friday at CONSOL Energy Center and a Saturday visit across the commonwealth to battle the Philadelphia Flyers.

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But perhaps the biggest positive that the Penguins should be most excited about to this point in the season is the rapid maturation and improvement in 25-year-old defenseman Alex Goligoski (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471274).

Goligoski has parlayed an outstanding training camp, where he tied Letestu and Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) for the team scoring lead with six points (2G-4A), into an opening week which has him playing at perhaps the highest level of his three-year NHL career.

As of Thursday’s games, Goligoski ranks tied with Paul Martin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468542) for the team scoring lead with four points (2G-2A), a figure which ties him for third among all blueliners in the NHL. Goligoski’s two goals place him tied for the top spot among defensemen with former Penguin Jordan Leopold.

“I feel good,” Goligoski said of his start. “Personally, I feel very good out there. It seems like I am moving my feet and skating. When I do that, the rest of my game seems to kind of come with that. So that’s something I like to concentrate on.”

Fellow defenseman Ben Lovejoy (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473933), who has played with Goligoski the past four seasons in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Pittsburgh, has taken note of the high level Goligoski is playing.

“He really has become an all-around player,” Lovejoy said. “He is a guy who logs a ton of minutes and excels at every part of the game. He is fun to play with and fun to watch. He’s been great for us here at the start of the season.”

A couple of early-season injuries to veteran shutdown defensemen Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498) and Zbynek Michalek (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469760) has created more ice time both at even strength and on special teams. Goligoski has shouldered much of the load in their absences, ranking second on the team in average ice time at 23:53 minutes per game.

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It’s helped Goligoski’s game that he is seeing regular minutes serving as the quarterback of the Penguins’ top power-play unit, where he has already picked up a goal and an assist. More importantly than the offensive production, Goligoski looks more comfortable on the man-advantage than any previous point in his career.

Goligoski has looked so comfortable on the power play that Bylsma even changed his role a bit before the Toronto game, moving Goligoski from the center point position he had been occupying to the high-slot spot where Mike Comrie (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8467964) had been deployed.

Goligoski said he has no preference on where he is used. He is more concerned with the Penguins becoming more cohesive with the new constant motion power play setup implemented for this season.

“We have been tinkering around with things a little bit,” Goligoski said. “It will probably be that way for the start of the season. It’s all a part of everybody learning the new way that we are going to run the power play. Hopefully, as the season goes on we will continue to improve as a unit.”

10-15-2010, 02:50 PM
Can't put it all on the defense not stepping up either. Outside of the Toronto game, Fleury has played with a completely healthy D...and a good defense at that. Better than last years at least. Yet his performance has pretty much been the same so far.

Well, I can probably go back and check the D stats, but there were plenty of turnovers in the 1st 3 games as well. They may be all individually more talented than last year, but we have moved some guys, changed the pairings, brought new guys in that are still learning the system, etc.

The bad pass by Letang to Martin that gave up the shortie comes to mind.

There's plenty of bad play going on out there for everyone to step up and play better.

It's still early. We have a long road to travel. Hopefully, things improve.

10-15-2010, 04:26 PM
Well, I can probably go back and check the D stats, but there were plenty of turnovers in the 1st 3 games as well. They may be all individually more talented than last year, but we have moved some guys, changed the pairings, brought new guys in that are still learning the system, etc.

The bad pass by Letang to Martin that gave up the shortie comes to mind.

There's plenty of bad play going on out there for everyone to step up and play better.

It's still early. We have a long road to travel. Hopefully, things improve.

I know the D hasn't been perfect, and they never will be...no D is. I'm with Byslma on this though (paraphrasing from what he said after the Toronto game), Fleury HAS to step up and make those big saves at some point. I mean, yeah, some of it is defensive breakdowns, but like I said, that's always going to happen, no matter how good of a team you have. When you have a goalie that is being paid like Fleury is though, you should be able to rely on him for the most part. You could tell by Bylsma's wording and demeanor that he just doesn't feel that way right now. And you could tell by Fleury's demeanor after the game that he doesn't have a lot of confidence in himself either.

I agree...the season is still young, and there's plenty of time to correct these things. They better happen soon though, or Fleury's going to find himself on the bench for the better part of the season. I can tell already that Bylsma isn't going to put his team in a position to lose if he doesn't step it up soon.

Fire Haley
10-15-2010, 05:03 PM
Let Johnson's mighty rod spank the Isles

yea verily

10-15-2010, 06:52 PM
6 straight minutes of PP and only 4 shots and no goals.

Piss me off.

At least Johnson has stopped the 3 shots he's seen.

10-15-2010, 07:32 PM
Letang gets a game misconduct for a legal hit...results in 3min PP for the Islanders and a goal.

Refs miss a blatant tripping penalty on the Islanders and results in a goal for the Islanders.

2-2 now.


Fire Haley
10-15-2010, 07:47 PM
Bench GoGo and Sid and run out the 4th line more, no more blind passes

Malkin is pining for the Russian fjords

Fire Haley
10-15-2010, 08:48 PM
make up call

Pens win in OT

I give GoGo the open net, he deserved it

10-15-2010, 08:49 PM
Bench GoGo and Sid and run out the 4th line more, no more blind passes

Malkin is pining for the Russian fjords

Glad they didn't bench Gogo. :chuckle:

Johnson is full of ownage.

Hope the evil curse has been officially broken now.

And F you refs and F you ***** ass DiPetro.

Fire Haley
10-15-2010, 08:57 PM
He got lucky

Brent Johnson in my #1 netminder

10-15-2010, 09:03 PM
Gogo hasn't been playing as bad as last year though. Gotta give him some credit for being one of the teams leading scorers right now lol.

That shit call against Letang pissed me off more than anything though. Those refs are lucky that Pittsburgh fans aren't as shitty as Philly fans. There'd be shit all over the ice.

10-15-2010, 09:06 PM
Penguins 3, Islanders 2, OT
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Alex Goligoski's power-play goal at 1:51 of overtime gave the Pittsburgh Penguins their first win at Consol Energy Center, 3-2 over the New York Islanders on Friday night.

Goligoski's shot just under the crossbar from the left circle off a rebound of Evgeni Malkin's shot beat goalie Rick DiPietro, giving Pittsburgh its first power-play goal of the game after six unsuccessful tries.

Eric Tangradi scored his first career goal and Mike Rupp also scored for the Penguins, who were 0-3 at their new $321 million home. Josh Bailey and Radek Martinek scored and Blake Comeau had two assists for New York, which has lost nine consecutive games in Pittsburgh.


Tangradi makes me freakin hot. He can fight, play good D and score and make decent plays. Glad he's up here with us now.

10-15-2010, 10:42 PM
Aftermath: Penguins 3, Islanders 2 OT
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Fourth time’s a charm. After a 0-3 start at home, the Penguins finally skated off the CONSOL Energy Center ice with a ‘W’ after defeating the New York Islanders, 3-2, in overtime.

The Penguins power play went 1-for-8 in the game, but that one goal decided the game. The man-advantage unit was silly clutch in overtime as Alex Goligoski (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471274)’s shot sailed over the outstretched glove of Rick DiPietro for the win.

The Penguins carried the play early and jumped out to a 2-0 lead seven minutes into the second period on Mike Rupp (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8467336)’s first of the season and Eric Tangradi (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8474025)’s first career goal.

The momentum shifted after Kris Letang (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471724) was called for a five-minute major, and game misconduct, for a blow to the head of Blake Comeau – even though replays showed Letang hitting Comeau shoulder-to-shoulder. Shortly after, the Islanders tallied two goals (one on the power play, one 18 seconds after the man-advantage expired).

The Penguins PK also was huge in the final two minutes of the game, killing of a penalty as the game hung in the balance. The kill helped force overtime, setting the stage for Goligoski’s heroics.


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Alex Goligoski (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471274) continued his hot streak with another fantastic game. Goligoski scored the game-winning overtime goal to give the Penguins a 3-2 victory over the Islanders, the first win in CONSOL Energy Center.

Goligoski, who now has a point in each of the first five games of this season, leads the team in goals (3) and is tied for the lead in points (5).

The Penguins had only five defensemen for half the game, and Goligoski stepped up with a game-high 28:41 minutes of ice time.


The game was on the line in the final two minutes of regulation. Deryk Engelland (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468674) was called for an interference penalty, and the Islanders were one tally away from stealing this game. The Penguins PK units stepped up big time, holding down the fort and keeping the puck out of the goal to force the extra session.


(AP) - Alex Goligoski (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471274)'s power-play goal at 1:51 of overtime gave the Pittsburgh Penguins their first win at Consol Energy Center, 3-2 over the New York Islanders on Friday night.

Goligoski's shot just under the crossbar from the left circle off a rebound of Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215)'s shot beat goalie Rick DiPietro, giving Pittsburgh its first power-play goal of the game after six unsuccessful tries.


• Kris Letang (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471724) was given a five-minute major penalty and automatic game misconduct for a “blow to the head” penalty on Blake Comeau. Letang swung around and appeared to hit Comeau shoulder-to-shoulder, but the penalty was called nonetheless. With Letang gone, the Penguins were forced to play over half the game with only five defensemen for the second time in the last three games.

• Rookie Eric Tangradi (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8474025) hit a milestone by scoring his first career NHL goal. Tangradi had the puck to the right of the net. His shot deflected off an Islander’s skate and trickled into the goal.

• The Penguins have won nine straight games against the Islanders in Pittsburgh. The last time New York won in Pittsburgh was Dec. 21, 2007. Since the lockout, the Penguins have only lost two games in regulation to the Islanders in Pittsburgh. The Penguins are 15-2-2 in that span.

• The Penguins wore their blue third jerseys for the first time this season. Pittsburgh, which first introduced the alternate sweater at the 2008 Winter Classic, has a 13-7-3 mark in the blue.


#1. Alex Goligoski (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471274)
Defenseman - 3

game-winning OT goal
game-high 28:41 TOI

#2. Eric Tangradi (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8474025)
Left Wing - 26

first career NHL goal
3 hits; plus-1 rating

#3. Blake Comeau
Forward - 57

2 assists
plus-2 rating; 4 shots

10-16-2010, 11:31 AM
Penguins vs. Flyers Game Preview
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Pittsburgh Penguins
Overall: 2-3-0-4
Home: 1-3-0-2
Road: 1-0-0-2

WHEN: Oct 16, 2010 - 6:00 pm | WHERE: Wells Fargo Center
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Philadelphia Flyers
Overall: 2-1-1-5
Home: 1-1-0-2
Road: 1-0-1-3


Through the first week of the 2010-11 regular season it’s the defending Eastern Conference champion Flyers holding the pole position in the Atlantic Division. Philadelphia’s fast start has been led by Danny Briere, who has a team-best three goals – including the first official goal at CONSOL Energy Center – and rookie goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who brings a 2-0 record, 2.00 goals-against average and .931 save percentage into Saturday’s contest. Bobrovsky stopped 29 of 31 shots against Pittsburgh on opening night.

Unlike the season opener, the Flyers will have all-world defenseman Chris Pronger in the lineup for this matchup. Pronger, who had led his teams to the Stanley Cup Final in three of the past five seasons, missed the first two games of this season with a right knee injury.


The Flyers’ home changed names this offseason from the Wachovia Center to the Wells Fargo Center, but the Penguins hope the recent success they have enjoyed their doesn’t change. Over the past two seasons Pittsburgh is 5-1 at Philadelphia, including a perfect 3-0 mark last year.

Pittsburgh has won five-straight contests in Philadelphia, with the Flyers last victory over the Penguins occurring on Dec. 13, 2008 (6-3). Including the postseason, the Penguins are 7-1 at the Wells Fargo Center since their last regular-season loss.

Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma earned his first NHL road victory at the Well Fargo Center on Feb. 21, 2009 when Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675)’s late tally gave the Penguins a 5-4 victory. Under Bylsma, the Penguins are 4-0 all-time in the regular season in Philadelphia.

The Flyers enter Saturday’s game with the NHL’s fifth-rated penalty killing unit. Philadelphia has killed off 21 of 23 opponent power plays. The Penguins went 1-for-5 against the Flyers on the man-advantage on opening night.

On the flip side, Philadelphia’s power play has began the season ice cold, scoring just once on 17 chances for a 5.9 success rate that ranks 27th in the NHL.


Fleury Continuing His Philly Success: Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594) loves playing the Flyers. In 29 career games against Philadelphia, Fleury has posted a 19-7 record. In fact, some of the best games of Fleury’s career have come at the Wells Fargo Center, including his 45-save coming out party on Nov. 16, 2005 and his 45-stop masterpiece in Game 4 of the 2009 Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
Take the Body on the D: Philadelphia is always regarded as one of the most physical teams in the NHL, yet through Friday’s games it is the Penguins who pace the league in hits with 131. Over the past couple of seasons, the Penguins have done a great job of working over the Flyers defense, particularly Kimmo Timonen.


C Jordan Staal (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473533), foot (indefinitely)
F Arron Asham (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465025), upper body (2 weeks)
D Zbynek Michalek (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469760), upper body (2 to 4 weeks)
D Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498), groin strain (day-to-day)

G Michael Leighton, bulging disk in back (indefinitely)
F Ian Lapiererre, post-concussion syndrome (indefinitely)
D Matt Walker, groin (day-to-day)

James van Riemsdyk
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0 Goals
3 Assists
3 Points • Emerging 21-year-old power forward sparked the Flyers’ dramatic Game 7 victory over the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals with the opening goal, and was a physical factor all night in the victory.

• Posted his first career two-goal night against the Penguins on Jan. 7 at Mellon Arena, including the game-winning tally.

• Middletown, N.J. native was the No. 2-overall selection by the Flyers in the 2007 Entry Draft. Claude Giroux
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2 Goals
1 Assist
3 Points • Twenty-two-year-old center is developing into one of the top two-way centers in the game, improving his point total by 20 (27 to 47) last season in his first full NHL campaign.

• Has proven to be a postseason star for the Flyers, recording 26 points (12G-14A) in 29 games the past two seasons.

• Excellent penalty killer leads the NHL with two shorthanded goals, including a huge marker against the Penguins on opening night. Sergei Bobrovsky
http://cdn.nhl.com/flyers/v2/photos/mugs/8475683.jpg G - #35
2 Wins
2.00 GAA
.931 SVP • Rookie netminder validated his strong opening-net performance versus the Penguins by stopping 25 of 27 shots to defeat the Avalanche on Oct. 11.

• Earned a roster spot in Michael Leighton’s absence by turning in a stellar preseason that included a 3-0-1 record, 1.76 goals-against average and .939 save percentage.

• Spent the past two seasons playing professionally for Metallurg Novokuznetsk in the Kontinental Hockey League. The Penguins travel across the commonwealth to the City of Brotherly Love hoping to exact some revenge on the archrival Philadelphia Flyers after the orange-and-black spoiled the home opener at CONSOL Energy Center by defeating the Penguins, 3-2.


http://cdn.nhl.com/penguins/v2/photos/mugs/thumb/8474025.jpg Eric Tangradi (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8474025) - Eric Tangradi (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8474025) heads across the state to play his hometown team riding a high note after notching his first career NHL goal in Friday night’s 3-2 overtime defeat of the New York Islanders. Tangradi, 21, has posted points in two of his past three contests (1G-1A) and has been winning his share of puck battles along the boards and behind the net as he gets more and more acclimated to the NHL.
http://cdn.nhl.com/photos/mugs/thumb/8464975.jpg Danny Briere - Last spring, Briere helped carry the Flyers to a Stanley Cup Final appearance, leading all scorers in the postseason with 30 points (12G-18A). He has continued his scoring streak through the first week of the regular season, leading the Flyers with three goals through their first four games, including the first official goal at CONSOL Energy Center on opening night.

10-16-2010, 08:18 PM
Penguins 5, Flyers 1
Saturday, 10.16.2010 / 9:02 PM
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Sidney Crosby (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471675) scored two power-play goals 90 seconds apart in the third period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins (http://penguins.nhl.com/) beat the Philadelphia Flyers (http://flyers.nhl.com/) 5-1 on Saturday night.

In 17 regular-season games in Philadelphia, Crosby has 13 goals and 28 points. Overall against the Flyers, the Penguins captain has posted 26 goals and 59 points in 33 games.

Mark Letestu (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8473914), Chris Kunitz (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8470543) and Matt Cooke (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8465951) also had goals for Pittsburgh, which won its second straight to improve to 3-3 this season. The Penguins beat the New York Islanders in overtime on Friday night for their first victory in their new home arena.

The Penguins, who avenged an opening-night loss to the Flyers last Thursday at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center, fired 30 shots at Philadelphia rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8475683).

Brent Johnson (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8462161) stopped 29 shots for Pittsburgh.

Danny Briere (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8464975) gave Philadelphia a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 6:43 of the first period. Jeff Carter (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8470604) bounced a pass off the boards behind the net to Briere, who flicked a shot over Johnson's right shoulder. The Flyers have struggled this season on the power play, going 2 for 22 with the advantage after finishing third in the NHL last season.

Briere has scored both of those goals and has four overall this season.
Philadelphia's lead lasted less than five minutes as Kunitz took a feed from Crosby and fired a shot between Bobrovsky's legs.

Letestu put Pittsburgh ahead 2-1 with an opportunistic goal in the closing minute of the second period. Kris Letang (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471724)'s shot bounced in front of the net, and a clearing attempt by Philadelphia's James van Riemsdyk (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8474037) went off Pittsburgh defenseman Matt Carle (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8470640). Letestu then found room between Bobrovsky's legs for the goal.
After Crosby's two goals in the third, Cooke scored a short-handed, empty-netter in the closing minutes to seal the win.

NOTES: Letestu has five points in his first five games, including three goals. ... Flyers D Matt Walker (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8467408) has yet to play due to a hip-groin injury that has bothered him since the preseason. Philadelphia general manager Paul Holmgren said Walker may need surgery. ... Penguins center Jordan Staal (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8473533) (foot) is skating, but isn't game ready. ... while he recovers from a foot injury. D Zbynek Michalek (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8469760) (shoulder) also sat out. Flyers forward Arron Asham (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8465025) (shoulder) also missed the game.

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1st Sidney Crosby (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471675)
Center - PIT
GOALS: 2 | PTS: 3
ASST: 1 | SOG: 8
+/-: 1

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2nd Kris Letang (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471724)
Defenseman - PIT
GOALS: 0 | PTS: 2
ASST: 2 | SOG: 2
+/-: 2

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3rd Brent Johnson (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8462161)
Goalie - PIT
SAVE PCTG: 0.967

10-16-2010, 08:19 PM
Johnson was FANTASTIC in goal tonight! I'm going to assume that Fleury is going to be in net Monday, but if he plays poorly, he better start being real worried. Johnny's on fire right now.

10-16-2010, 08:21 PM
Coach Le'Magnifique
Penguins Owner Mario Lemieux is Head Coach of the Penguins Elite Tier 16 Team
Saturday, 10.16.2010 / 4:51 PM / Features (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Ffeatures)
By Sam Kasan

Hockey Hall of Famer and Penguins chairman Mario Lemieux was at CONSOL Energy Center Saturday morning. But he wasn’t sitting in usual seat in the owner’s box. Instead, Lemieux was behind the bench.

Lemieux is the head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Tier 16 Team, a local traveling squad comprised of top amateur players, including Lemieux’s son, Austin, from Pittsburgh born in 1996.

http://cdn.nhl.com/penguins/images/upload/2010/10/lemieuxcoach4.jpg Penguins Elite head coach Mario Lemieux behind the bench at CONSOL Energy Center

“When it comes to hockey, it’s been in my blood since I was 3 or 4 years old. I love coaching the kids, especially at that level,” Lemieux said. “I’ve been doing it for four or five years. It’s a lot of fun for me trying to teach these kids and see them develop from the beginning of the season to the end. It’s very satisfying at the end of the day.”

The Penguins Elite are competing in the Tier 1 ’96 Super Series amateur hockey tournament, which is taking place at various rinks around Pittsburgh over the weekend, and was hosted by CONSOL Energy Center Saturday.

“This arena is a special place. Everybody loves it. To be able to stand behind the bench and be a part of a great tournament for the ’96 Elite is fun,” Lemieux said. “The kids, having a chance to play in the building where the Penguins play, it’s a special feeling for them.”

Lemieux’s interest in coaching was aroused when Austin began playing the sport. To play such a big role in his son’s development as a player is an opportunity Lemieux truly cherishes.

“My son, he is the reason I got involved,” Lemieux said. “It’s been a joy to be around him and teach him the stuff that I know, and to the other kids as well. When he started playing I wanted to be involved in his hockey career. It’s a lot of fun for both of us.

“It’s been very special to be close to him. Not a lot of parents get to experience that, to be able to coach their son at this level. I’m taking advantage of it. The years are going by too quickly. I’m trying to savor every moment.”

http://cdn.nhl.com/penguins/images/upload/2010/10/lemieuxcoach3.jpg Penguins Elite forward Austin Lemieux

Lemieux’s Penguins Elite captured the title in the first ’96 Super Series Sept. 26 in Tampa Bay.

They improved to 3-0 in the current tournament with a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Thunderbirds at CONSOL Energy Center thanks to goals by Joseph Zottola, Bryan Sienerth, Luke Lynch and Keenan Murray.

Their head coach has been pleased with the results.

“The kids are playing well. We haven’t lost a game so far in this tournament,” Lemieux said. “They’re starting to turn the corner from a month ago. We’re playing a lot better. It’s very encouraging.”

Lemieux is the greatest player in hockey history. He has accomplished more as a player and owner than anyone in modern sports. Thus, he brings a unique perspective and style behind the bench.

Lemieux wants the kids to only learn, but enjoy the game and have fun. The only thing he asks of his players is that they give all of their effort.

“I’m not a tough coach on the kids,” Lemieux said. “I don’t yell or scream. I’m pretty calm behind the bench. At this level the main thing is to work hard and learn the fundamentals of the game. As long as they work hard, win or lose, I’m pretty happy if the effort is there.”

The Tier 1 ’96 Super Series tournament concludes Sunday. The fact that the series chose Pittsburgh to host the tournament is another testament to how much the sport of hockey is growing in the region, and that Pittsburgh is being recognized on a national level.

http://cdn.nhl.com/penguins/images/upload/2010/10/lemieuxcoach2.jpg Lemieux huddles up with his players

The Penguins and CONSOL Energy Center reached out to be a part of the tournament in their continued effort to support amateur hockey, an initiative that comes from not only the owner of the franchise, but an active participant in amateur hockey himself – Mario Lemieux.

“I think it’s important for the Penguins to reach out to the kids and grow the game as much as we can here in Pittsburgh,” Lemieux said. “We’ve come a long way over the last 20 years. I remember coming here my first year (in 1984), we only had a couple rinks to skate. Now a lot of rinks are around the city. A lot more kids are playing. A lot better players, it’s very encouraging.

“I think we need to do as much as we can to give back to these young kids growing up. I think we’ve done a pretty decent job so far.”

Notes: Lemieux wasn’t the only former NHL player at the Tier 1 ’96 Super Series. Pierre Turgeon is an assistant coach with Colorado and Brian Bradley is head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning. “A lot of the tournaments that we go to I’ve seen a lot of players that I’ve played against,” Lemieux said. “They all have kids about the same age. Everywhere we go I see old faces that I used to battle on the ice. Now we’re buddy-buddy.”

Lemieux has been blown away by how much hockey has taken root in Pittsburgh since he entered the NHL in 1984, especially now that the region is producing professional hockey talent. “It took a few years to flourish but we’ve come a long way. There are a few kids in the NHL that grew up in Pittsburgh, which is nice to see. I think you’ll see a lot more in the future.”

10-16-2010, 11:49 PM
I agree Mom.

MAF was given a message tonight when Johnson was given the second consecutive starting job for the first time with a healthy Flower.

Hopefully message received.

If not, and I don't care the disparity in salaries, BJ should be in goal.

10-17-2010, 08:46 PM
Sens hope to bounce back in Pittsburgh Sunday
10.17.2010 / 7:55 PM Brian Compton - NHL.com Staff Writer

SENATORS (1-3-1) at PENGUINS (3-3-0)

TV: SportsNet-Ottawa; Fox Sports-Pittsburgh.

Season Series: This is the first of four meetings between the teams. They split the four meetings in 2009-10.

Big Story: Monday's matchup features two teams still trying to find their way. Granted, the Penguins are tied for first place with the New York Islanders in the Atlantic Division, but they're just 1-3-0 at the Consol Energy Center. Meanwhile, Ottawa has just one victory in five tries and has been outscored 16-10.

Team Scope:

Senators: Ottawa enters this match trying to avoid a three-game losing streak. The Sens have lost a pair of one-goal games, most recently dropping a 4-3 decision at Montreal on Saturday night.

"It's just the small things right now," defenseman Erik Karlsson said after the loss. "I think we battled hard and we played good, it's just that we've got to close the game off a little more there when we have a two-goal lead and play a little bit smarter. Overall, I think we're on the right track here."

Penguins: Pittsburgh built off its first home win Friday night against the Islanders, as the Pens went to Philadelphia and pummeled the Flyers in a 5-1 win at the Wells Fargo Center. Sidney Crosby had a pair of power-play goals and also added an assist.

"Coming into Philly -- with this rivalry and in this building -- and getting a win is always a good thing," coach Dan Bylsma said. "To have to come in here and get a big win after playing (Friday) night … I thought our guys battled hard and it was good to get the two points."

Who's Hot: Sens forward Milan Michalek scored twice on Saturday and has three goals in five games, while Jason Spezza is 1-3-4 in four contests. … Crosby is tied for the team lead in goals (3) and points (6).

Injury Report: For the Senators, goalie Pascal Leclaire (groin) is out indefinitely. Filip Kuba is expected to return next month from a broken leg. … Pens center Jordan Staal (foot) is out indefinitely, as is right wing Arron Asham (shoulder) and defenseman Zbynek Michalek (shoulder). Brooks Orpik (groin) is day-to-day.

Stat Pack: Sens forward Alex Kovalev is still in search of his first point. In his last 22 games dating back to last season, the Russian has just one goal and one assist and is minus-17. … Crosby's two power-play goals on Saturday marked the fourth consecutive contest the Penguins have tallied on the man advantage.

Puck Drop: "For whatever reason, we just stopped pressuring their defense. We started cheating on our breakouts. We refused to just get pucks in deep and forecheck. We just gave them too much momentum. Basically, the ice became slanted in one direction." -- Ottawa coach Cory Clouston after Saturday's loss at Montreal

10-18-2010, 11:08 AM
So from the report today, all injured players skated today and goalie is a game-time decision.

Penguins Report: Game Day vs. Ottawa
Monday, 10.18.2010 / 9:01 AM/ Penguins Report (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Fpenguinsreport)
By Sam Kasan
http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=540854&navid=DL|PIT|home (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=540854&navid=DL%7CPIT%7Chome)

Staal, Asham, Orpik and Michalek skate. Details at 9:04 AM entry
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12:03 PM:
Coachspeak with Dan Bylsma…

On who will start in goal Monday night:
We’ll go game-time (decision).

On his plan for the goaltenders:
You make a plan at the beginning of the year. And every month, you make a plan for the month. And probably every month it gets adjusted. Sometimes it’s for different reasons, so we’re not far off the plan that we set up.

On seeing Sergei Gonchar running the Ottawa power play:
Just watching the video of the Senators, it’s weird seeing him and seeing the numbers and seeing him back in his spot. Gonchar played a lot for the Capitals, too. But it’s going to be tough to not think he’s wearing a Pittsburgh Penguins jersey when we see him out there on the power play. He was a great player for us and he did a lot of great things for us.

On Alex Goligoski (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471274)’s great start:
I’m not entirely surprised. I was maybe more surprised with last year’s start than this year’s start. But he’s got unique skating ability and offensive ability. I think the thing he’s done the best this year is playing in a new spot on the power play, because of his smarts and ability to read the power play. I think his shot now is a threat, more than where it was three years ago. He really worked on that hard. You might not have said at the beginning of the year that this guy’s got a threat with his shot, but I think now you would. That’s something he’s added to his offense as well.

On the team missing shots:
We didn’t think about it last year when you pointed out that Kris Letang (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471724) missed a lot of shots. It’s probably more attention to detail and our execution. One thing I’m still getting used to, and it’s a little scary out on the ice, is some of the caroms off the boards. They’re lively, even on some of the indirects in the neutral zone. There are some lively bounces. It can give you a break or vice versa. That’s been the one spot during the games that I’ve talked about is those indirects and those hard bounces off the boards. It’s not just behind the goal line.

On Orpik’s injury:
I don’t have an update on that one. But he’s working out and that’s where he’s at. And I actually mean day-to-day on this one. So I’m hoping he gets back soon.

On how the team is playing:
I don’t think we’ve played our best hockey, we’re not taking advantages of some opportunities with the puck. We can get better in that area, with our scoring opportunities. But that’s pretty much been standard through our first six games. I don’t think there’s a difference in how we’ve played.

On if the team plays more relaxed when Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594) is in goal:

Maybe I watch the games too closely, but I don’t see that. I just look for the details of our game. But our scoring chances against are close to the same. We’ve given up some quality ones where Brent has had to come up with some big saves. Like in Philly, he comes up with a breakaway save. So I don’t sense that.

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12:00 PM:
The big story of the day is Sergei Gonchar's return to Pittsburgh.

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Some other pics...

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Former Pen Jarkko Ruutu (left) with a nice shiner

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Long-time Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson (left)
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11:57 AM:
The Senators forward combos at their skate were:
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11:05 AM:
Head coach Dan Bylsma said that the starting goalie against the Senators will be a game-time decision.
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10:57 AM:

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10:50 AM:
The Penguins are holding their annual "Hockey Fights Cancer" game Monday night against Ottawa. Last week, Maxime Talbot (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470171), whose mother has battled cancer, visited the Hillman Cancer Center. (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=540857)

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10:38 AM:
The Penguins lines at the morning skate Monday (no surprises) were:



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10:09 AM:
The Penguins welcome back former teammate Sergei Gonchar for his first return trip to Pittsburgh as a member of the Ottawa Senators. Gonchar's return will be the focal point of the game, but there are a lot of other interesting elements involved. Check out Jason Seidling's game preview for all you need to know about tonight's matchup.

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9:04 AM:
The Penguins four injured players are all on the ice. Forwards Jordan Staal (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473533) and Arron Asham (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465025) and defensemen Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498) and Zbynek Michalek (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469760) all skated at CONSOL Energy Center early Monday morning before the Penguins morning skate.

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Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498) (left); Zbynek Michalek (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469760), Arron Asham (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465025) and Jordan Staal (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473533) (right)

10-18-2010, 11:10 AM
Mike Richards is a freaking crybaby toolbag.


What a fantastic leader lol.


10-18-2010, 06:54 PM
Been a great game against Ottawa so far! Pens are in the lead 3-0 with goals coming from Letestu (PP), Crosby (PP) and Malkin. And a fight between Engelland and O'Neil.

Johnson is in goal again tonight (and doing a fantastic job again)...I'm a bit worried about this though and wonder if this well eventually set Fleury up to fail. They were discussing it on the radio earlier today, and made a good point by saying that backups are used to having to play well on short notice (meaning they're used to having a lot of down time and then have to play well), but starting goalies aren't used to going so long w/o playing. I just hope this doesn't backfire. I mean, if we're going to have Johnson in the starting role, we might as well just move Fleury to the minors and defer his cap hit and bring in a couple guys to fill in for injured players.

I just don't know where Bylsma plans on going with this at all right now.

10-18-2010, 08:00 PM
Great second period as well...it is 5-1 Pens right now, with the last two goals coming from Dupuis and Letang. Elliot was pulled from goal in favor of some 19 year old Swedish kid who's only seen a couple minutes of league time.

Late in the period though, Johnson took a 4 minute minor for high sticking (kind of a bs call, but they've gotta be consistent I guess), so there's gonna be a little bit over 3 minutes to kill on that at the start of the third.

10-18-2010, 08:52 PM
Not a whole lot happened in the third except for Johnson standing on his head for most of the game (one did get by him from Campoli though).

5-2 Final score...PP (for the most part) looked a lot better and Johnson continues his hot streak in net.

10-18-2010, 09:59 PM
Wonder when Fleury gets his next start, and how he responds?

10-19-2010, 12:23 AM
It is interesting to see how Bylsma will handle the goalie situation.

Personally, I think he should stick with Johnson.

10-19-2010, 10:30 AM
Good news on the injury front today...Staal, Orpik and Asham all practiced with the team today. There's still no talk of a timetable for Staal to come back, but I think it will be sooner than later if he's already skating with the team.

Only thing I'm worried about with him is how long will it take (once he's back) to really get back into the groove of the game. Talbot was never really the same at all last season after coming off his surgery, missing training camp and the start of the season. I hope it doesn't take Staal as long.

10-19-2010, 10:36 AM
Aftermath: Penguins 5, Senators 2
Monday, 10.18.2010 / 10:33 PM / Features (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Ffeatures)
By Sam Kasan

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The Penguins welcomed back former defenseman Sergei Gonchar to Pittsburgh by putting together their most dominating performance of the young season. The Penguins’ offense exploded for five goals, chasing Senators goaltender Brian Elliott from the net, and cruising to a 5-2 victory.

The Penguins got the show rolling with a couple power-play goals in the first period to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Mark Letestu (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473914) continued his hot scoring pace with his fourth of the season, and Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) notched his fourth tally with assistance from the backboards.

Gonchar did record an assist on Daniel Alfredsson’s man-advantage goal early in the second period to cut the Penguins’ lead to 3-1. However, Pittsburgh responded with two goals within 25 seconds to put the game out of reach.

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Rookie Mark Letestu (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473914) had another silly good performance for the Penguins. The first-year center jumpstarted the Penguins’ 5-2 victory with the game’s opening goal at 8:39 on the power play with a wicked wrist shot.

Letestu got some ice time with Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) and Mike Comrie (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8467964), and played a huge role in the Penguins’ third goal of the night. He started by winning a faceoff in the offensive zone, won a puck battle for possession and then drove to the net. Letestu’s traffic helped free Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) to score the goal.

Letestu finished the game with one goal, two points, a plus-1 rating, two shots and 15:43 minutes of ice time. He has a three-game point streak (2G-3A), and has points in five of the Penguins’ seven games this season.


The Penguins’ victory over Ottawa was never in doubt. Pittsburgh started hot out the gate, and it was a power-play goal 8:39 into the first period that launched the Penguins to their route.

Mike Comrie (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8467964) had the puck by the goal line and made a beautiful pass through a couple skates right onto the tape of Mark Letestu (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473914) in the high slot. Letestu ripped a shot high over the glove of Senators goalie Brian Elliott.

Pittsburgh used that first goal’s momentum as a springboard to victory.


(AP) - Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) and Mark Letestu (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473914) scored power-play goals in the first period and the Penguins won their third in a row, ruining defenseman Sergei Gonchar's return to Pittsburgh by beating the slow-starting Ottawa Senators 5-2 on Monday night.

Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) also scored as the Penguins won their fourth in five games since losing three of their first four games. All three of those losses were in the new Consol Energy Center, where the Penguins have since won their past two.


• The Penguins have won three straight games, and four of their last five contests; Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) has a four-game scoring streak (4G-3A); Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) has a four-game scoring streak (1G-4A); and Paul Martin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468542) has a three-game assist streak (3A).

• Brent Johnson (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8462161) put together another ridiculous performance with 32 saves to improve to a perfect 4-0 on the season. Johnson, who has started in net for Pittsburgh the last three games and four of the last five games, has an eye-popping 1.49 goals-against average and .950 save percentage. Johnson’s 4-0 record is his best start to a season since 2000-01 when he opened the year with seven wins.

• Alex Goligoski (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471274) picked up an assist against Ottawa, extending his scoring streak to seven games. Goligoski’s current streak ties his career high (Oct. 14-30, 2009). He has a point in each of the first seven games of the season for a total of seven points (3G-4A). Goligoski also logged a team-high 24:00 minutes and three blocked shots.

• Deryk Engelland (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468674) continued to make a name for himself in the NHL as a tough, fearless brawler. Engelland, who previously KO’d heavyweight Colton Orr, went toe-to-toe against Ottawa’s Chris Neil. Neither man landed a clear victory, but Engelland showed again his willingness to take on any adversary.

• According to the Post-Gazette’s Seth Rorabaugh, with an assist Monday night Sergei Gonchar has a seven-game scoring streak against the Penguins (dating to his days in Washington before he signed with Pittsburgh). The Penguins obviously have no way of stopping this guy (other than signing him to a long-term contract). Joke credit to Seth.


#1. Mark Letestu (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473914)
Center - 10

2 power-play goals
1 assist
8 shots on goal

#2. Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215)
Right Wing - 71

1 goal (GW)
1 assist
4 shots

#3. Brent Johnson (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8462161)
Goaltender - 1

4th straight win
32 saves on 34 shots

10-19-2010, 04:14 PM
Improved Timing and Conditioning Next Step For Staal, Orpik and Asham
Tuesday, 10.19.2010 / 4:07 PM / Features
By Jason Seidling

The Takeaway:
Jordan Staal (foot), Arron Asham (upper-body) and Brooks Orpik (upper-body) returned to practice on Tuesday.
Zbynek Michalek (upper-body) skated on his own again in the morning with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar.
All three players gave favorable reports on their injuries following practice.
Head coach Dan Bylsma did not offer up a timetable on each player’s return, but did say Orpik is the closest to returning.
Conditioning and timing are going to be the key factors as to when each player is ready to play.

If the grind of playing – and winning – three games in four nights had the Penguins feeling a bit fatigued as they took the ice for practice on Tuesday morning at the Iceoplex at Southpointe, the players had to feel at least a bit energized when they saw what greeted them.

Three-fourths of the squad’s walking wounded – forwards Jordan Staal (foot) and Arron Asham (upper-body), along with defenseman Brooks Orpik (groin) – joined the team at practice for the first time since each exited the lineup with injuries.

“It was a great feeling no question about it,” Staal said. “Not only was it nice to get back, but it was nice to be back with the guys. It was a lot of fun.”

“It’s been a long week,” Orpik said. “It’s never fun watching. You never want to be watching, but it makes it a little more enjoyable when the team is winning.”

“It's good to be around the guys, especially being new to the team,” Asham added. “It's tough not being around. We have this road trip coming up and I'm close to being back, so it's nice.”

The fourth injured Penguin – defenseman Zbynek Michalek (upper-body), continued to skate on his own with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar prior to practice.

While Staal, Asham and Orpik were able to get through the entire workout, and looked good doing so, it is still probably going to be a little longer before we see any of three return to game action.

“I don’t have a real timetable right now,” said head coach Dan Bylsma when asked about Staal’s status. “But you can see with the way he is skating out there that we aren’t talking about the first of January either.

“(Orpik and Asham) skated hard (Monday). Today was their first bit of hard contact. We’ll see how they are. I think Brooks Orpik is a lot farther along than Arron Asham right now.”

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was encouraged by progress he saw made by the injured trio on Tuesday.

“It didn’t even look like they have missed too much time,” Crosby said. “Everybody is skating well and seems to be in good shape. That’s a good sign for us and them. The sooner we get them back the better.”

After talking with each of the three following practice, it sounds as if getting their timing and conditioning up to game speed is the final hurdle each player has to clear before they will be ready to resume live action.

“It’s going to be a day-by-day thing how I feel out there,” said Staal, whose recovery from a foot injury only recently allowed him to begin off-ice training, let alone skating. “I have to be in shape to be able to play at this kind of level. We’ll see how it goes.

“I always think I can play tomorrow, but that’s always the way I am going to think. I have to be smart about it. When the time is right and when everybody agrees, I’ll be ready to play.”

“Games and practices are a lot different,” Orpik said. “I need a few practices in timing wise and conditioning wise. With the way this group is playing right now, there is no rush to get me back in there.

“When you take a week off, it takes you a couple of days to get your conditioning back. Besides that, the actual injury feels pretty good.”

“It’s all about getting my timing and my legs back, and waiting for the body to get close to 100 percent,” Asham said. “Then I'll get out there and start playing.”

10-21-2010, 12:04 PM
Surging Penguins visit struggling Predators
Wednesday, 10.20.2010 / 10:21 PM Matthew Mankiewich - NHL.com

PENGUINS (4-3-0) at PREDATORS (3-0-2)

TV -- FS-Pittsburgh (HD), FS-Tennessee (HD)

Season series -- The usual inter-conference one-shot deal, the last time these two teams met was back in February at the Igloo, a 4-3 win by Nashville. Historically, the Preds have had the Pens' number, holding a 9-4-0 advantage, including five consecutive wins at Bridgestone Arena.

Big story -- One team is getting hot, one is cooling off. After jumping out to a 3-0 start, the Predators have dropped a pair of games in overtime, 3-2 to the Capitals and 1-0 to the Flames, while the Penguins have won four of five after losing their first two. They're coming off a 5-1 victory at Philadelphia on Saturday.

Team Scope

Penguins -- Ask coach Dan Bylsma who his No. 1 goalie is, and he'll tell you it's Marc-Andre Fleury. However, Bylsma hasn't been afraid to run backup Brent Johnson out there for three straight games, and it's paid off with wins. So will he do it a fourth straight time?

"Flower's (Fleury's) going to play 60-plus games and win a lot of hockey games for us," Bylsma said after practice Wednesday. "The way Johnny has played is that he stepped in and won some games for us, so we know that when he goes in there he's going to give us a great game."

"It's Flower's team, everyone knows that," Johnson said. "It's important right now that if I am looked upon to get in there, I try to get the job done."

Predators -- The good news out of that Calgary game was Pekka Rinne's 34-save performance after being injured in the third period of the season opener Oct. 9.

"I've been practicing pretty well the last few days, and I only missed three games, so it was not a huge break," Rinne said. "I was a little more nervous than usual, but it was still a good game for me."

A home win will especially come in handy as the Predators play their next 11 of 13 on the road.

Who's hot -- No small part of the Penguins' resurgence is due to the recent play of their two stars, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Crosby has seven of his eight points in his last four games, including a goal and an assist Monday. Malkin equaled his teammate's output Monday night and has five of his six points in the same four-game stretch.

Injury report -- Brooks Orpik (groin) has been out five games, but he, Jordan Staal (foot), Arron Asham (shoulder) and Zbynek Michalek (shoulder) skated Wednesday before the rest of the team. Only Orpik is expected back during this current three-game road trip. "I actually mean 'day to day' on this one," Bylsma said in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. … Preds defenseman Ryan Suter left the Calgary game in the first period with a lower-body injury, which put him on IR for three games, expecting to be back for the St. Louis game Oct. 28.

Stat pack -- After going 4-for-13 on the power play their first three games, the Predators have gone 0-for-11 in the last two. Steve Sullivan recorded 4 goals and an assist his first three games, but has been off the board his last two.

Puck drop -- "He's still got a lot of progress to make off the ice, training-wise, and on the ice, conditioning-wise. We still have to make sure that happens for him. There's not a real time frame right now, but you can tell by the way he's out there that we're not talking the first of January." -- Penguins coach Dan Bylsma on when Jordan Staal may return

10-21-2010, 12:46 PM
Fleury will be starting again tonight...better make it good Flower!

Penguins Notebook: Fleury expected to face Predators
Thursday, October 21, 2010
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to be in goal when the Penguins visit Nashville at 8:08 tonight for the start of a three-game road trip.

And even though backup Brent Johnson started -- and won -- the past three games, coach Dan Bylsma reiterated that Fleury is the Penguins' go-to goaltender.

"There's a ton of games left, and Marc-Andre Fleury is going to be the guy who plays 60-plus games for us," he said.

Fleury hasn't played since a 4-3 loss to Toronto Oct. 13, and said, "I've tried to have some good practices" to keep an edge on his game while he has backed up Johnson.

He also said he was pleased that Johnson played as well as he did.

"It's good, definitely," Fleury said. "It's great. He gave us a chance to win every night. And we did win and got some big points."

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10294/1096912-61.stm#ixzz1315RmyMf

10-21-2010, 10:53 PM
Another fun game tonight.

No wonder I get depressed when it isn't hockey season. The game is perfect and I'll never understand why it isn't more popular than it is.

Fire Haley
10-22-2010, 08:27 AM
I watched the Preds broadcast - - they were stunned to see a possible 2 man advantage turn into a Pens PP over the Malkin hit along the boards.

Fleury is still shaky as hell - - I would have pulled him after the 2nd goal - - he looked that bad.

Sid and Geno are warming up though.

10-22-2010, 09:44 AM
Yeah, Fleury was a little shaky to start, but ended up making some huge saves too. It shouldn't have gone into OT (he only stopped 21/24 shots in regulation), but hopefully this is the confidence boost he needs to keep playing well. Nashville's a tough team to beat too, especially on the road. Pens haven't won there in like 6 years now. So, I give him credit for that.

That game was excellent though, glad to see everyone playing well against a real good team...and my boy Engelland got in another fight. :grin:


Fire Haley
10-22-2010, 10:27 AM
Yeah that was a good game - Pens kept the speed up the whole game and Sid was SHOOTING!!! OMG!!!
I never had any doubt they would win- it was just a matter of time, they had tons of shots on the open ice and were relentless. Loved to see Malkin and Sid working the PP, they were scary good.

10-22-2010, 03:30 PM
Orpik expected back on Saturday...

Head coach Dan Bylsma said that he expects defenseman Brooks Orpik to return to the lineup Saturday night in St. Louis. Orpik has been out since Oct. 10 with a groin strain.

"I haven’t talked to Brooks, but hopefully (Saturday) will be the day for him to get back in there."

More updates from today...

Coachspeak with Dan Bylsma...

On Crosby, Goligoski and Letang missing practice:
It’s just maintenance days for the guys that weren’t on the ice. I haven’t talked to Brooks, but hopefully (Saturday) will be the day for him to get back in there.

On finding a roster spot for Orpik:
With Brooks coming back, obviously one defenseman will have to come out.

On the benefit of attending Friday’s St. Louis-Chicago game:
We normally get what we call the “A” game on tape and look at it on tape. To have a chance to go in person, you get a feel of the game and you’ll see the tendencies of the team. Like Nashville is a team that likes to start hard. They’ve been doing that well. When you go to the game, those are tendencies that you get a better feel for. We’ll be looking for some of those.

On pairing Crosby and Malkin together:
A couple times early they were favorable defensive pair matchups. Shea and Boullion were off the ice. I thought it was a good time to get a favorable matchup, one they didn’t want to have. They were going pretty well together and feeding off each other we just kept it. Early in the game it was matchup-based.

On Malkin being a beast:
I played them together and got the tying goal. I did go that last few minutes away, then back in the last minute of the game. In overtime they wanted to be out there together. It was pretty amazing stuff to watch them work and feed off each other. One of them draws so much attention. When the two are playing like that it opens up so much space for the other guy.


10-22-2010, 03:36 PM
Aftermath: Penguins 4, Predators 3 OT
Thursday, 10.21.2010 / 11:30 PM/ Features (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Ffeatures)
By Jason Seidling
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Pittsburgh’s 4-3 overtime victory on Thursday night was about the Penguins establishing the type of identity head coach Dan Bylsma expects from his hockey team.

The Penguins fell behind, 1-0, just 53 seconds into the contest, but they didn’t let that steer them from ‘getting to their game.’

To a man, the Penguins invested themselves for 60-plus minutes, with each of the 18 skaters and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594) perfectly executing his own individual role. The result was Pittsburgh totally outplaying Nashville over the final two-plus periods.

Fleury made every key save the Penguins needed in goal, stopping 21 shots, while Pittsburgh’s offensive superstars did their job at the other end. Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) (2G-1A) and Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) (1G-1A) were threats to score every time they stepped onto the ice, while the red-hot Kris Letang (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471724) scored the game-winning goal in overtime and added two helpers.

On this night it was more than just the stars. The fourth line of Eric Tangradi (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8474025)-Craig Adams-Mike Rupp established a forechecking presence early and allowed the Penguins to re-take the momentum after Nashville started strong. Pascal Dupuis (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8466393) knocked a potential goal out of the crease in overtime less than a minute before Letang’s winner. Defensemen Deryk Engelland (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468674), Andrew Hutchinson (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8467927) and Ben Lovejoy (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473933) all played solid if unspectacular defense to keep the Penguins in the game long enough for the big guns to strike.

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The Penguins’ defensive corps has been at the forefront of the team’s current four-game winning streak. Perhaps no blueliner is playing better right now than Kris Letang (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471724). The 23-year-old Montreal, Quebec native was the star of the night for Pittsburgh on Thursday, scoring his second goal of the season in overtime and adding two assists during regulation to post his first three-point effort of the year.

Letang, who is now tied with Colorado’s Jean-Michael Liles for the scoring lead among defensemen with eight points (2G-6A), finished the night with four shots, one blocked shot and a plus-2 rating in 26:35 minutes of ice time. Letang’s plus-9 rating on the season ranks second (tied) in the NHL.

Letang is now riding a three-game scoring streak which has seen him pick up six points (2G-4A).


When Nashville’s Patric Hornqvist scored 5:08 into the third period, it could have been deflating for the Penguins, who since the middle of the first period had dominated the game. Instead, the Penguins continued to fire pucks at will towards Pekka Rinne, finally getting rewarded when Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) scored on an Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) rebound at 12:56 of the third period. After that goal, you just knew this was a game the Penguins weren’t losing.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Kris Letang (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471724) scored on a slap shot with 1:11 left in overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 on Thursday night.

Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) added two goals and an assist for Pittsburgh. Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) had a goal and an assist and Letang helped set up two scores, in addition to his winning goal.



Pittsburgh’s 4-3 overtime victory over the Predators on Thursday night improved the team’s road record to 3-0. That marks the second-consecutive season the Penguins have opened 3-0 on the road. Last year, the Penguins went on to win their first seven games away from Mellon Arena.
Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594) was clutch between the pipes for the Penguins, as he stopped 21 of 24 shots to pick up his first win of the season. Fleury was especially sharp for the Penguins on breakaways, where he denied Nashville’s J.P. Dumont and Steve Sullivan.
The Penguins, who are already playing without injured defensemen Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498) (groin) and Zbynek Michalek (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469760) (upper-body), dodged a bullet midway through the first period. Kris Letang (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471724) blocked a Jerred Smithson shot with his foot and skated gingerly to the bench. Letang missed only a few shifts before returning later in the period.
The scoring summary reads that Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) picked up the Penguins’ first goal, but it was a couple of nice plays that didn’t make the scoresheet which set up the tally. Mark Letestu (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473914) won the initial faceoff, working the puck to Kris Letang (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471724) at the left point. Letang did a nice job of faking his shot and getting a Predator out of position before sending a shot towards the net which resulted in Malkin’s goal.
Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) and Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) continued their hot streaks against the Predators. Both players scored in the second period to improve their scoring streaks to five games each. Crosby has picked up 10 points (6G-4A), while Malkin has notched seven points (2G-5A).

10-23-2010, 08:22 AM
Blues @ 8pm tonight. They are 3-0 on home ice, with none other than Halak...and I expect Fleury to be starting in goal again tonight. No definite word yet on whether Orpik will be playing or not.

10-24-2010, 09:43 AM
Pens fall to the Blues 1-0 in OT.

Boring game if you only like games with high scoring action...but it was a good one nonetheless. Johnson was in goal (much to my surprise...but Fleury would have lost the game in regulation), and stood on his head all night. He was jacked up when he let one in shortly after OT had started. I thought he was going to kill the net lol. His first loss of the season...but at least he still got the Pens a point.

Halak was his usual stonewall. I'm so glad he's not in our conference anymore.

And Orpik was back last night, and looked solid. Lovejoy and Engelland looked good on defense as well.

Pens have a nice 3 day break coming up (hopefully another injured player will come back then too) and will play the Lightning on Wednesday.

10-24-2010, 06:49 PM
Michalek Continues to Recover
Sunday, 10.24.2010 / 4:03 PM / Features
By Sam Kasan

TAMPA BAY, FLORIDA – Defenseman Zbynek Michalek made another step towards recovery Sunday afternoon after participating in his first full practice with the Penguins since suffering an upper-body injury at New Jersey Oct. 11.

“It feels good to get back out there and skate with the guys,” said Michalek, who has been skating on his own for a week. “I was skating by myself for a few days and that’s not too much fun. I’m happy that it’s progressing and feeling much better.”

“He’s coming along well,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. “His conditioning and his work off the ice has been really good. It’s a matter of getting comfortable and getting some contact. We’ll see how that works for the next week or so.”

Michalek, who has been working on his conditioning the last two weeks before getting back on the ice, went through every drill with his teammates and said he wasn’t limited due to the injury.

“I feel really good,” Michalek said. “I was really happy with the practice. It’s not quite 100 percent, but it’s getting better every day. I feel pretty confident that I should be back in the lineup soon.”

Michalek’s quick progress hasn’t surprised the coaching staff, which saw firsthand how resilient the Czech native can be.

“Initially we felt he was a pretty tough customer with a pretty high tolerance of pain,” Bylsma said. “He ended his shift in New Jersey. A lot of other people would have crumbled to the ice and would not have done what he did, finish the shift and play defense.”

The upper-body injury was a rough start to the season for Michalek, who was joining a new team after signing with Pittsburgh in the offseason.

“It’s not a good start, coming to a new team and getting hurt right away, but it’s a part of the game,” Michalek said. “I have to make sure that I’m ready to go. It will take some time to get back with timing and everything. I’ve been watching a lot of hockey lately, learning the system a little bit better and that will probably help me. I have to build on that.

“It’s definitely tough. It’s not the start I wanted but we’ll go through it and hopefully I’ll be fine.”

10-25-2010, 12:34 PM
Roster moves include Tangradi going to AHL
Monday, October 25, 2010
Last updated: 12:56 pm

TAMPA — The Penguins started getting healthy last week, and that development was bad news for a couple of players who helped them survive an injury-riddled stretch.

Left wing Eric Tangradi and defenseman Andrew Hutchinson were re-assigned to the AHL today.

Tangradi, the organization's top forward prospect, had played in each of the Penguins' nine games. He scored a goal and recorded one assist to go with a minus-1 rating. His ice time had dipped dramatically the last five games. He played fewer than 10 minutes in his last three contests.

Tangradi, 21, did not need to clear waivers.

Hutchinson, 30, had appeared in five games for the Penguins, recording an assist and a minus-3 rating.

The Penguins (5-3-1, 11 points) are off today. They play at Tampa Bay on Wednesday night, the final game of a three-game trip.

Right wing Aaron Ashram is expected to play in that game. He has yet to play this season because of a left-shoulder injury. He was injured in the penultimate preseason game at Chicago on Oct. 1.

At practice on Sunday 25 players were on the ice, including three extra forwards and two additional defensemen. Defenseman Brooks Orpik played Saturday night at St. Louis for the first time since Oct. 9, and the Penguins are carrying seven defensemen on their active roster with the re-assignment of Hutchinson.

Zbynek Michalek, out at least another two weeks with a right-shoulder injury, is not known to have been placed on the injured reserve or long-term injury list.

Center Jordan Steal (right foot) remains on the injured reserve list, though he has resumed practicing.

10-25-2010, 12:36 PM
Penguins' Asham ready for debut; Big question is, where will he play?
Monday, October 25, 2010
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

TAMPA, Fla -- Arron Asham doesn't have any formal medical training.

Hadn't seen an X-ray, either, or received an MRI.

But he didn't need any of those things to realize that something bad had happened to his shoulder when he absorbed a hit early in a preseason game in Chicago Oct. 1.

"I definitely knew something was wrong," Asham said Sunday.

The damage was extensive enough to knock him out of the lineup for three-plus weeks, but Asham reiterated after the Penguins' practice at the St. Pete Times Forum Sunday that he is ready to resume playing.

And that he hopes it happens no later than the Penguins' game against Tampa Bay Wednesday.

The decision on that will fall to coach Dan Bylsma, who suddenly has a surplus of healthy forwards, and he was noncommittal Sunday about whether Asham will make his Penguins debut against the Lightning, saying only that "that's a possibility."

Bylsma also declined to say precisely where Asham will be used when he dresses, perhaps because he anticipates using him in a variety of roles.

"[Asham] is a guy who can play up and down the lineup, and probably will do that," Bylsma said. "He's a guy I've seen play with [Miroslav]) Satan and [Alexei] Yashin on Long Island for 12 games and do well.

"He's also a guy who could be on the third or fourth line. I don't think he's going to get a full dose of where he normally might play, if he plays. We're certainly going to use him in different spots."

Asham was signed as a free agent Aug. 20 after spending the previous two seasons with Philadelphia. His injury has forced him to miss the first two games of the season series against the Flyers, but Asham is keenly aware that Philadelphia is scheduled to visit Consol Energy Center Friday.

And he certainly isn't interested in spending another game against his former employer in street clothes.

"I'm definitely looking forward to it," Asham said. "It's a team we have a great rivalry with, and I can't wait to get out there and battle with them."

Because battling is a major component of Asham's game, it is imperative that he be able to inflict -- and endure -- punishment if he is going to make a meaningful contribution.

"That's a big part of my game," he said. "I can't play the way I can without throwing the body. The first shift, I'm going to have to go out there and test it out. I've been working on it in practice a bit, so I'm not too worried about it."

Asham pointed out that, aside from a separated shoulder he got while playing junior hockey, he does not have a history of shoulder problems, so he has no real reason to fear a recurrence.

While it seems likely that Bylsma will get Asham back in uniform at the earliest opportunity, precisely where he deploys him will be interesting. Shortly before Asham was injured, Bylsma had used him on a line with Max Talbot and Matt Cooke that surely would rank among the most irritating in the league to play against.

Reuniting those three is an option that Bylsma will have to consider. Or, at the very least, one Asham hopes he will.

"I thought we played well in the three games we played together," Asham said.

He acknowledged, though, that "the team has been playing well and the lines seem to be clicking," which means Bylsma might be reluctant to make major alterations in his forward combinations.

"Wherever he decides to put me, I'm fine with it," Asham said. "I just want to get back in the lineup and start playing."

If there is a good time for a player to be injured, it remains one of hockey's best-kept secrets, and Asham understands that.

But exasperating as it was to be knocked out of the lineup when he was trying to settle in with a new team, he pointed out that the impact of his injury would have been much greater if it had come six or seven months later.

"Especially coming to a new team, you want to be out there, you want to be around the guys," Asham said. "To have a setback like that ... you have to try to look at it in a good way -- it didn't happen in the playoffs. It happened in the preseason.

"I'm feeling good and hope to be in Wednesday."

10-26-2010, 06:37 PM
Penguins Report: Practice 10/26/10
Tuesday, 10.26.2010 / 12:42 PM / Penguins Report
By Sam Kasan

2:54 PM:
A couple quick points from head coach Dan Bylsma's post-practice media scrum (details below):
Arron Asham will make his Pens' debut Wednesday at Tampa Bay
The team is being cautious with Jordan Staal's return
Eric Godard missed practice with an illness

Coach Bylsma said that Arron Asham will play Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"Arron Asham will be in the lineup," he said.

Bylsma added that the team is being cautious with Jordan Staal. Even though Staal has looked tremendous on the ice, the team still wants him to improve his strength and conditioning with off-ice training.

"We've said this every time we talk about Jordan's return, it's important to understand that he missed a significant amount of time working out," Bylsma said. "It's important for him to spend time getting some of that workout time in on the ice and off the ice. He looks good. There is still a ways to go before he gets close to that 100 percent range. He's got to be allowed to continue working off the ice and on. if he got into games too soon, he might lose some of that workout and strength. The work off the ice is important for him to get. I would like for Jordan to be in there tomorrow. He could probably go out there and look pretty good tomorrow. But we want to give him the appropriate amount of time off the ice for his conditioning and to get up to 100 percent.

"Day 1 he went on the ice, it was one of the best practices of the year by any player we had. ... We want to do what's best for his overall conditioning, his overall performance once he's ready to go."

Bylsma also said that Eric Godard missed Tuesday's practice with an illness and is expected to be out Wednesday as well.

10-26-2010, 06:39 PM
Penguins-Lightning Preview
Associated Press

Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos took the NHL goal race to the final day of last season, and the two settled for sharing the Rocket Richard Trophy by finishing with 51 apiece.

Three weeks into this season, the former No. 1 overall picks look capable of engaging in another race to the finish.

Stamkos is tied for the league lead with eight goals as he's gotten the Tampa Bay Lightning off to a fast start, and Crosby is close behind after scoring five times in four games with the Pittsburgh Penguins set to visit the St. Pete Times Forum on Wednesday night.

Crosby had a Stanley Cup, Art Ross Trophy and Hart Trophy as league MVP to his credit heading into last season, when he enjoyed his best goal-scoring season since entering the league in 2005-06.

Stamkos, on the other hand, had only experienced an up-and-down rookie season in which he scored 23 goals.

After matching each other with 51 goals - one more than Washington's Alex Ovechkin - the two seem intent on topping those totals in 2010-11.

More significant than appearing at the top of the scoring charts - Stamkos leads the league with 15 points, while Crosby has 11 - is that both players' teams look formidable early. That's particularly impressive in the case of the Lightning (5-2-1), who are atop the Southeast Division after finishing 41 points behind Washington last season.

They've been perhaps a bit too reliant on Stamkos, however. Tampa Bay is 5-0-0 when he scores, but fell to 0-2-1 when he doesn't with a 4-3 loss to visiting Nashville on Sunday.

The Lightning were down 4-1 in the third period before scoring a pair of late goals.

"I don't think (our effort) was that great until the third, and then it was a little too late," said Stamkos, who was shaken up on a third-period hit but said he was OK. "We've got to start games quicker."

Pittsburgh (5-3-1) had won four straight entering Saturday's game at St. Louis, and Crosby was the key. He registered five goals and four assists in those victories, but was held off the scoresheet against the Blues.

He wasn't the only one. Erik Johnson's overtime goal spoiled another fine effort from backup Brent Johnson, who made 23 saves in the Penguins' 1-0 loss.

"Both teams had their fair share of chances," Crosby said. "Unfortunately for us, they got the winner in overtime."

Johnson has a 1.39 goals-against average that's among the best in the league, while Marc-Andre Fleury has a 3.25 GAA in four starts.

Fleury, however, has been better lately versus Tampa Bay. He's 7-3-0 with a 1.90 GAA in his last 10 starts in the series, and was in net each time as the teams split four meetings last season.

Each team totaled only seven goals in those games, with Stamkos recording two goals and three assists.

None of Crosby's 51 goals last season came against the Lightning. He has two goals in his last 11 games and 16 points in 18 games overall in the series, making the Lightning one of two Eastern Conference teams that Crosby has failed to average a point against in his career.

10-26-2010, 06:39 PM
Penguins-Lightning Preview
Associated Press

Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos took the NHL goal race to the final day of last season, and the two settled for sharing the Rocket Richard Trophy by finishing with 51 apiece.

Three weeks into this season, the former No. 1 overall picks look capable of engaging in another race to the finish.

Stamkos is tied for the league lead with eight goals as he's gotten the Tampa Bay Lightning off to a fast start, and Crosby is close behind after scoring five times in four games with the Pittsburgh Penguins set to visit the St. Pete Times Forum on Wednesday night.

Crosby had a Stanley Cup, Art Ross Trophy and Hart Trophy as league MVP to his credit heading into last season, when he enjoyed his best goal-scoring season since entering the league in 2005-06.

Stamkos, on the other hand, had only experienced an up-and-down rookie season in which he scored 23 goals.

After matching each other with 51 goals - one more than Washington's Alex Ovechkin - the two seem intent on topping those totals in 2010-11.

More significant than appearing at the top of the scoring charts - Stamkos leads the league with 15 points, while Crosby has 11 - is that both players' teams look formidable early. That's particularly impressive in the case of the Lightning (5-2-1), who are atop the Southeast Division after finishing 41 points behind Washington last season.

They've been perhaps a bit too reliant on Stamkos, however. Tampa Bay is 5-0-0 when he scores, but fell to 0-2-1 when he doesn't with a 4-3 loss to visiting Nashville on Sunday.

The Lightning were down 4-1 in the third period before scoring a pair of late goals.

"I don't think (our effort) was that great until the third, and then it was a little too late," said Stamkos, who was shaken up on a third-period hit but said he was OK. "We've got to start games quicker."

Pittsburgh (5-3-1) had won four straight entering Saturday's game at St. Louis, and Crosby was the key. He registered five goals and four assists in those victories, but was held off the scoresheet against the Blues.

He wasn't the only one. Erik Johnson's overtime goal spoiled another fine effort from backup Brent Johnson, who made 23 saves in the Penguins' 1-0 loss.

"Both teams had their fair share of chances," Crosby said. "Unfortunately for us, they got the winner in overtime."

Johnson has a 1.39 goals-against average that's among the best in the league, while Marc-Andre Fleury has a 3.25 GAA in four starts.

Fleury, however, has been better lately versus Tampa Bay. He's 7-3-0 with a 1.90 GAA in his last 10 starts in the series, and was in net each time as the teams split four meetings last season.

Each team totaled only seven goals in those games, with Stamkos recording two goals and three assists.

None of Crosby's 51 goals last season came against the Lightning. He has two goals in his last 11 games and 16 points in 18 games overall in the series, making the Lightning one of two Eastern Conference teams that Crosby has failed to average a point against in his career.

10-26-2010, 06:44 PM
Five Pittsburgh Players Projected As Top Prospects For 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Gibsonia's Saad Ranked No. 5

Tuesday, 10.26.2010 / 3:15 PM / Features (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Ffeatures)
By Jason Seidling
The Takeaway:

Red Line Report, an independent scouting service, ranks five Pittsburgh natives among the top prospects for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Gibsonia’s Brandon Saad, currently ranked No. 5 overall by Red Line, is projected to be the highest-drafted Pittsburgh-born player ever.
Of the five Pittsburgh prospects, Saad and Vince Trochek (Pittsburgh, Pa.) are teammates with Saginaw of the Ontario Hockey League, while J.T. Miller (Moon, Pa.), John Gibson (Whitehall, Pa.) and Barrett Kaib (Upper St. Clair, Pa.) play together on the United States National Team Development Program Under-18 squad.

Amateur hockey continues to stay on the rise in Pittsburgh, a point that’s certainly illustrated by the October edition of Red Line Report, an independent scouting service run by former NHL scout Kyle Woodlief.

http://cdn.nhl.com/penguins/images/upload/2009/12/Brandon%20Saad%20Story%20.jpg Gibsonia's Brandon Saad is Red Line Report's No. 5 ranked prospect for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft next June. According to Red Line’s October rankings, Pittsburgh is currently the home of two of the top 14 prospects for next June’s NHL Entry Draft – forward Brandon Saad (Gibsonia, Pa.), who is ranked No. 5 overall, and center J.T. Miller (Moon, Pa.), ranked No. 14 overall.

In addition to Saad and Miller, Pittsburgh has three additional players – goaltender John Gibson (No. 31 overall), center Vince Trocheck (No. 78) and defenseman Barrett Kaib (No. 107) – ranked among the top 107 draft-eligible prospects.

“The junior hockey program in Pittsburgh 10-15 years ago existed, but it wasn’t that strong,” Woodlief said. “Now, you are a full generation into it. There was never any question about there being a lack of talent in the area, it’s just that talent wasn’t playing hockey and didn’t have top-flight programs that they could stay home and develop in as they grew older throughout their teen years.

“Those players were either gravitating towards other sports or they weren’t really aware about going to play major junior hockey in Ontario. Now, those players can stay at home, get top-notch instruction and play.”

Saad, who turns 18 on Oct. 27, is currently playing for the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). The 6-foot-2, 200-pound forward ranks third on the team with seven goals and 13 points through 12 games.

Based upon Saad’s size, strength and gifted scoring touch, Woodlief expects him to stay ranked among the top-five or 10 players in the draft all the way until June – which should allow Saad to become the highest-drafted Pittsburgh-born player ever (R.J. Umberger, 16th overall; 2001; Vancouver).

“He drives to the net hard all the time – both with and without the puck,” Woodlief said. “He is a big guy who has really soft hands in front of the net. He has that finisher’s ability around the net. When you get that combination of size and finishing ability around the net, that’s what everybody is looking for.”

This season, Saad took his talents to the OHL after spending last season playing up a year on the United States National Team Development (NTDP) Under-18 squad. Woodlief believes jumping to the OHL was the perfect decision to enhance Saad’s development.

“Saginaw is going to be a pretty good team this year,” Woodlief said. “They have some other talented players around him there, so he doesn’t have to go in and light it up right away and be a savior. He can just be a complementary piece of the puzzle. He is going to get first-class coaching in addition to playing 70 games plus the playoffs. It was definitely the next step in his evolution.”

Miller, 17, spent last season with the U.S. NTDP Under-17 team. This season he is playing for the Under-18 squad, where he has registered four assists in three contests. Woodlief loves the creativity to score or create scoring chances for teammates that Miller provides.

“I think he is underrated in some circles,” Woodlief said. “He has pretty good size and he has very good puck skills. When he has the puck on his stick he is dangerous. He can finish himself or he can create chances for his linemates. I still say he is a very solid first-round pick.”

Gibson (Whitehall, Pa.), 17, is also in his second season with the national program. According to Woodlief, Gibson, who led the U.S. to gold medals at the 2010 World Under-18 Championships and the World Under-17 Challenge, is one of the fastest risers on his board.

http://cdn.nhl.com/penguins/images/upload/2010/08/thumb_1281645048194_390235.jpg Goaltender John Gibson (Whitehall, Pa.) is ranked No. 31 overall by Red Line Report. “His improvement has been dramatic over the course of the past 18 months,” said Woodlief of Gibson, who stands 6-foot-3, 185 pounds. “He was always a taller kid who didn’t have great lateral agility or quickness because he had grown length wise, but his body hadn’t really grown into that. As he has grown into his frame and gotten stronger in the lower half of the body, he is much quicker and more nimble on his feet.”

Trocheck (Pittsburgh, Pa.), 17, is teammates with Saad in Saginaw. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound center ranks second on the Spirit in scoring with 14 points (6G-8A) through 13 games. Last season, Trocheck tallied 15 goals and 43 points in 68 games with Saginaw.

Although Trocheck is smaller in stature, his ability to make plays when paired up with elite talent makes him an intriguing prospect as he evolves into a point per game player during his second season in the OHL.

Kaib (Upper St. Clair, Pa.), 17, joins Miller and Gibson on the U.S. NTDP Under-18 team, where he has posted one assist through four contests. Last season, the 5-foot-10, 188-pound blueliner registered one assist and 34 penalty minutes in 20 games with the Under-17 squad.

“I really like him, even though he isn’t a tall guy,” Woodlief said. “He is very compactly built. He really likes to pack a wallop in his hits. His best skill is his passing ability. When he gets the puck in his own end, he makes a very quick read and then it’s out of the zone. He will go to the right place with the puck. He will make very firm, crisp passes.”

Kyle Woodlief is a former NHL scout with the Nashville Predators. To get more 2011 NHL Entry Draft news from Woodlief, read his monthly column at USAToday.com or write to P.O. Box 522, Lake Placid, NY 12946 to subscribe to Red Line Report.


10-27-2010, 10:09 AM
Should be a good game tonight...and it seems that Fleury will be in net tonight. If the Pens win, he will become the seventh-youngest netminder in NHL history to pick up his 150th career win at 25 years, 333 days. So get that win Fleury!!!

And since we will be seeing Malone...I feel I need to post the song dedicated to him. It's still funny after all these years.


He's still freaking hot though. :chuckle:

10-27-2010, 03:36 PM
Penguins Report: Game Day at Tampa Bay
Wednesday, 10.27.2010 / 11:00 AM / Penguins Report (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Fpenguinsreport)
By Sam Kasan

1:10 PM:
If you have no big plans for the game, head to TGI Friday's for the Penguins Watch Party (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=56281). The Bethel Park location is hosting the event. The party starts at 6:30 p.m. It's a great chance to cheer on the Pens with a group of rowdy fans. Plus the Ice Crew will be there (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=64091)! Everybody wins!

Laura (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=64244) is my personal favorite. I mean, she plays the guitar and loves pierogies. Checkmate.

(Although Annie (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=64233) is a close second with her love of Mike and Tony's Gyros and tennis).
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12:59 PM:
Sounds heard around the locker room:

Arron Asham (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465025)

On playing his first game as a Penguin:
I’ve been out for a while. It’s good to be back and I’m looking forward to tonight.

On where he’ll play in the lineup:
I just want to get out there and play. It doesn’t matter where coach puts me. I just want to start competing. Whatever happens, happens.

On if he needs a hit to get into a game:
It’s been a while since I’ve been checked and tested things out. I’ve done a few battle drills in practice and things have been fine. I can’t go out and play a skilled game, that’s not my game. I have to go out there and bang, create space for whoever I’m with. I want to throw as many hits as I can to get my body and mind into it.

Pascal Dupuis (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8466393)

On Tampa Bay:
They’re a team that is well coached right now. We’ll have to play a sound game to have success tonight.

On what the Lightning are doing to be successful:
They have a lot of skill. They have a lot of guys that can put the puck in the net. We just have to play our game. It’s not going to be any different against anybody else.

On stopping Steven Stamkos:
He’s a great shooter. He shoots the puck really well. He’s a real dangerous player out there. At the same time, we have a couple guys that are dangerous on our team too. We can make them pay if they make mistakes as well. The team that plays the best defensively will win.

Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594)

On the offensive weapons on Tampa Bay:
I know when they’re on the ice and who has the puck. I won’t change my style. Like anybody else, I’ll try to stop the puck.

On being rusty with only one start in two weeks:
It’s a little different. I’m used to playing a little more often. I felt good in Nashville. I’m looking forward to getting between the pipes and having some fun on the ice.

On memorable wins in his career:
The first one. The Stanley Cup win. That was fun to get.

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12:55 PM:
Coachspeak with Dan Bylsma...

On if Tampa plays a 1-3-1:
We’ll see tonight. That’s what it looks like. Their coaching staff has been known to change things as well. They did last game in the neutral zone.

On the Lightning:
Some real distinct areas is the defensive zone, real aggressive. Attacking the puck carrier on that side of the ice with four guys. In the offensive zone they do a good job of getting pucks into the blue paint and getting a lot of guys there. They did that well. There is a clear effort from their team. The neutral zone is a different look than we’ve seen this year. Those are some things we need to be aware of going into tonight’s game.

On Asham:
Ash is a guy that pushes all in on physical contact regardless of how he feels. He’s going to go in there tonight wanting to be that way regardless of how he feels or if he’s 100 percent. He’s going to want to be that way. He’s going to be a physical guy in the game tonight. He’s got a smirk on his face to go out there and play. He’ll bring that into the game tonight.

On the D-pairings:
They change in the game depending on playing time. We like what we see from (Martin-Letang). We’d like to keep that going. Where Brooks fits in, that will change in the game depending on ice time minutes. He’ll probably see Lovejoy and Goligoski on his side.

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11:53 AM:
Tampa Bay, which dropped a 4-3 contest to the Nashville Predators on Sunday at St. Pete Times Forum, did not have a morning skate today. __________________________________________________ ______________________

11:51 AM:
Here are the forward units used during the morning skate by head coach Dan Bylsma:


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11:16 AM:
Before we get to serious business, I have to update everyone on the annual Tampa Bay hockey staff bowling tournament. It was a spirited affair as the four teams bowled for the right to the coveted trophy.

The Final featured a showdown between head coach Dan Bylsma (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=56543)'s team (Paul DeFazio (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=56533), Danny Kroll (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=56246) and Jen Bullano (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=56263)) and assistant coach Todd Reirden (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=56362)'s team (Jim Britt (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=56897), Scott Adams (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=56551) and Myself (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=56896)).

Jim Britt, video coordinator/fill-in goalie at practice, bowled a 209 in the championship game to lift our team to victory. He was also named the Conn Smythe winner for his efforts.
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11:02 AM:
After a three-day hiatus that feels like four months, the Pens will be back in action Wednesday night in Tampa Bay to take on the Lightning. Tampa Bay is currently tied with the Pens in the standings with both teams having 11 points. The game will be a battle between two of the Eastern Confrences top squads (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=541665).

The Pens lineup will get a boost with the addition of free agent signee Arron Asham (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=541648). The gritty forward has been out with an upper-body injury since the preseason and is ready to make his Pens' debut.

10-27-2010, 03:39 PM
Penguins Crosby Ranked No. 37 On AskMen.com's '49 Most Influential Men of 2010'
Earns Recognition For Fourth Straight Season
Wednesday, 10.27.2010 / 1:00 PM / Features (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Ffeatures)
By Jason Seidling
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Penguins captain Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675)’s list of awards and accomplishments is incredible for a guy who is still just 23-years-old.

http://cdn.nhl.com/penguins/images/upload/2010/10/102355693.jpg Penguins center Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) (right, with 2010 'Rocket' Richard Trophy) was ranked No. 37 on AskMen.com's '49 Most Influental Men of 2010' list.

Art Ross Trophy (NHL scoring leader), Hart Memorial Trophy (NHL MVP), youngest captain to lead his team to a Stanley Cup – and those are but a very small sampling of what Crosby has been able to achieve.

You can add another one to the list because Crosby was ranked No. 37 on AskMen.com’s '49 Most Influential Men of 2010' on Wednesday. It’s the fourth straight year Crosby has earned recognition on AskMen’s list.

“I am honored once again to be a part of this list and thank all the readers at AskMen that voted for me,” Crosby told AskMen.com.

Crosby, who was one of eight athletes – and the lone hockey player – to make the list, was selected in large part because of the way he rose to the moment for Team Canada in the gold medal game at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver in February.

With his Canadian team locked in an overtime battle with bitter rival Team USA, Crosby secured the gold medal and a 3-2 victory for his country when he beat Ryan Miller with a snap shot from the bottom of the far circle 7:40 minutes into the extra session.

Crosby also had one of his best NHL seasons, earning his first ‘Rocket’ Richard Trophy after tying the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos with a league-best and career-high 51 goals. Crosby’s 109 points (51G-58A) placed him second in the overall scoring race behind Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin (112 points).

Among the familiar names Crosby finished ahead of include reigning two-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant (No. 45), acclaimed actor Leonardo DiCaprio (No. 43) and late-night mogul David Letterman (No. 39).

Based upon AskMen’s bio of Crosby, they expect him to continue gracing this list in the coming seasons: “Frankly, we can’t wait to see what he does next.”

Neither can Penguins fans.

Click here (http://www.askmen.com/specials/2010_top_49/37-sidney-crosby.html) to view AskMen.com’s Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) profile.

Fire Haley
10-27-2010, 05:55 PM
Hey.I've been watching the games...just not on these threads.

I like the speed they are bringing on O, keep it up

Brent is still a God, amen

10-27-2010, 06:42 PM
Damn...Fleury pisses me off A LOT right now.

1st shot of the game and Tampa is up 1-0.

WTF. Put Johnson in already.

*Edit* And shortly after I type that, Craig motherf**king Adams scores!

Now pull Fleury and give this team a winning chance.

10-27-2010, 06:46 PM

And Letang scores another SH goal (Adams goal was a SH goal too).

2-1 Pens! :tt03:

Fire Haley
10-27-2010, 07:01 PM
Holy shit!!!!

2 shorthanded goals on 1 PP

I don't think I've ever seen that before

go Pens!

10-27-2010, 07:21 PM
Moustache boy (Dupuis) gets the third goal for the Pens to put them up 3-1...but then Fleury let another one by. It's 3-2 after one, and again, Fleury needs to step up his game. If he could ever start playing like he's getting paid, this team will be unstoppable.

10-27-2010, 07:48 PM
Uggghh...Lightning get a 5 on 3 and of course score almost immediately.

3-3 now and they still have a backside penalty.

This sucks.

10-27-2010, 07:54 PM
And I don't know what happened, but I guess Letang is injured??

10-27-2010, 08:42 PM
Well...games not technically over yet, but it might as well be. St. Louis scores on Fleury to make it 4-3. He's made some great saves tonight...but he never makes enough. It's not like they're getting a ton of shots either.

I just have absolutely no confidence in him this year. He doesn't give this team the best chance to win.

Best that can be hoped for now is OT.

Fire Haley
10-27-2010, 09:10 PM
cough....go brent

10-27-2010, 09:12 PM
F-ing Fleury is a jinx on this team right now.

Piss me off.

I know we're not going to win them all, but when you can't even win one game in regulation with your 5million dollar goalie, there's something seriously wrong there.

10-27-2010, 10:23 PM
Lightning 5, Penguins 3
Wednesday, 10.27.2010 / 10:22 PM
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Martin St. Louis scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third and added a late empty-netter to help the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on Wednesday night.

St. Louis blew past Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy and lifted a shot over goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to put Tampa Bay up 4-3 with 13:20 to play, then made it a two-goal game with Fleury on the bench for an extra skater with 30.8 seconds remaining.

Dana Tyrell, Teddy Purcell and Vincent Lecavalier also scored for the Lightning.

Pittsburgh got goals from Craig Adams, Matt Cooke and Pascal Dupuis. The Penguins have lost two in a row, including a 1-0 overtime loss at St. Louis on Saturday night, after a four-game winning streak.

Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos, who shared the NHL goal-scoring title (51) last season with Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, had three assists. Crosby, held to two goals in his last 12 games against the Lightning, had an assist.

After Tyrell scored his first NHL goal at 2:51 of the first, Pittsburgh scored the next three goals, including two while short-handed by Adams (3:28) and Cooke (4:29). Adams, who assisted on the Pittsburgh's other two first-period goals, stopped a personal 118-game goal drought, dating to Dec. 16, 2008, against Edmonton.

Dupuis made it 3-1 at 12:15 of the first, with the goal coming 11 seconds after Pittsburgh killed off a short-handed situation. Purcell got Tampa Bay to 3-2 with 3:20 left in the first.

Tampa Bay goalie Mike Smith was pulled 12:15 into the first after allowing three goals on seven shots. Dan Ellis replaced Smith.

The Lightning tied it 3 on Lecavalier's goal during a 5-on-3 power play at 8:43 of the second. Tampa Bay had several short-handed chances later in the period, including Nate Thompson hitting the crossbar on a breakaway and Fleury stopping Sean Bergenheim on a penalty shot.

The two teams combined for just 14 goals - seven by both - in four games last season.

NOTES: Chicago Blackhawks senior advisor Scotty Bowman, wearing his new 2010 Stanley Cup championship ring, scouted the game. Bowman won one of his nine Stanley Cups as a coach with the Penguins in 1992. ... Pittsburgh RW Arron Asham (left shoulder) and Tampa Bay D Mattias Ohlund (right knee) both played in their first game of the season. ... The Lightning were without LW Simon Gagne (stiff neck), C Dominic Moore (groin) and D Matt Smaby (illness). ... Peguins RW Eric Godard was ill and didn't play.

10-28-2010, 02:44 PM
Malkin, Staal Help Unveil Winter Classic Jersey
Thursday, 10.28.2010 / 3:11 PM / Features (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Ffeatures)
By Jason Seidling

At 1:47 p.m., Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) ended the suspense as to what the Penguins’ jersey will look like when the puck is dropped at Heinz Field on New Year’s Day when Pittsburgh and Washington meet in the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

Following a brief introductory video highlighting past Winter Classics and offering a preview of this year’s contest, Malkin stepped onto the ice through the visitor’s bench and skated to center ice, where he stood in front of the scoreboard with full equipment modeling the new jersey.

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Predominantly navy blue with light blue accents, the uniform is a new design that features elements from many different eras of Penguins uniforms. It was designed by Reebok with input from both the Penguins and the NHL.

This freshly-designed jersey is considered a “fusion” because it is patterned after a number of different uniform elements.

The socks are also dark blue with light blue piping that matches the sleeves and crest of the jersey. The Penguins will wear the same navy blue shell with light blue and white striping along the side and navy blue helmets that they have worn the past four years with their current powder blue sweaters.

“I like it,” said Malkin of the fusion jersey following his brief modeling session. “It is a good color and I really like the old-school Penguins logo.”

Although the Penguins went with the highly-popular powder-blue throwbacks for the 2008 Winter Classic in Buffalo, President and CEO David Morehouse said the Penguins wanted to do something different for this year’s game because the team has so many throwback jerseys it could have chosen.

Also, the team wanted to stay with the blue theme because it has become so popular with Penguins fans.

The Penguins wore various versions of blue uniforms from 1967-80, so the colors were selected as a tribute to team history – in keeping with the theme of the Winter Classic event, which is to take the game back to its roots.

“We wanted to create a uniform that celebrates the rich history of Penguins hockey, but with a new look – giving fans something they would really like,” said Keith Leach, Director of Merchandising for Reebok.

The logo, which was previously released in May, is the Penguins’ original logo from the inaugural 1967-68 season – although it was never worn on a uniform. It features a huskier skating penguin, wearing a scarf.

As mentioned, Malkin is a huge fan of the logo.

“I was told this is the 1967 logo, so it is very old,” Malkin said. “I really like it a lot, especially the penguin. He is a friendly penguin, but not on the ice.”

Malkin liked the penguin in the logo so much so that he said he might mirror his look on Jan. 1.

“Maybe I’ll wear a scarf too.”

Malkin didn’t have to model the Winter Classic jersey alone, as fellow forward Jordan Staal (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473533) also came onto the ice at CONSOL Energy Center to showcase the new sweater.

Like Malkin, Staal came away impressed with what the Penguins, Reebok and the NHL designed.

“It’s a very nice jersey,” Staal said. “It’s a new look. All of the guys seem to like it.”

While Malkin and Staal both enjoyed having the chance to debut the Winter Classic jerseys, both were quick to dispel any notions that professional modeling might be in their post-hockey careers.

“No, no, no. Modeling is not my thing,” Malkin laughed.

“Not a chance,” Staal smiled. “I’ve had too many broken noses for that.”

Staal might not be ready to consider a modeling career, but now that he knows what he will be wearing for the Winter Classic, it’s a lot easier for him to imagine how the game might unfold.

“Obviously I would imagine me scoring a whole bunch of goals and us winning the game,” Staal said. “It’s going to be a great hockey game against the Washington Capitals.”

NOTES: Penguins Winter Classic jerseys will be available for sale to the public the week of Nov. 15. They will be available at numerous retail outlets, including Dick’s Sporting Goods and the PensGear stores at CONSOL Energy Center.

While the new uniform will make its debut in the Jan. 1 Winter Classic against the Washington Capitals, it also will be worn two other times in the second half of the season – Feb. 10 vs. Los Angeles (http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/16004522E47C5C6E?artistid=806005&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=9&brand=penguins) and March 12 vs. Montreal (http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/16004522E4875C83?artistid=806005&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=9&brand=penguins), both at CONSOL Energy Center.

10-28-2010, 02:54 PM
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Malkin liked the penguin in the logo so much so that he said he might mirror his look on Jan. 1.

“Maybe I’ll wear a scarf too.”

"... has big-scarf!!!"

10-28-2010, 09:43 PM
Penguins vs. Flyers Game Preview
Thursday, 10.28.2010 / 9:00 PM / Features (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Ffeatures)
By Jason Seidling
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Pittsburgh Penguins
Overall: 5-4-1-11
Home: 2-3-0-4
Road: 3-1-1-7

WHEN: Oct 29, 2010 - 7:00 pm | WHERE: CONSOL Energy Center
WATCH: FSN | LISTEN: Pens HD Radio, 105.9 FM

Philadelphia Flyers
Overall: 4-4-1-9
Home: 3-3-0-6
Road: 1-1-1-3


For the third time in 23 days, the bitter interstate rivals will do battle in a game that pits two teams which have gone in opposite directions as this first month has unfolded.

Philadelphia, which ruined the debut of CONSOL Energy Center by defeating the Penguins, 3-2, on opening night, jumped out to a 2-0-1 start to the season, but now finds itself attempting to reverse a 2-4 stretch which has dropped them into fourth place in the Atlantic Division.

On the flip side, Pittsburgh has erased a 1-3 start by going 4-1-1 over its last six games, including a 1-1-1 road swing over the past eight days against three of the National Hockey League’s hottest teams (Nashville, St. Louis, Tampa Bay) during the opening month.

One of the reasons for the Flyers’ struggles has been a lack of goal scoring throughout the lineup – although they are hoping the 13 tallies they have registered over the past three games are a sign that trend is reversing itself.

Danny Briere leads the way offensively with six goals and eight points, followed closely by Claude Giroux with four goals and seven points. Jeff Carter, who scored 108 goals the previous three seasons, but was held scoreless in six of the first eight games, hopes his three-point night (1G-2A) on Tuesday against Buffalo will help get his ball rolling.

One area where the Flyers are looking for increased production is along their star-studded blue line, where the team’s top-four of Chris Pronger, Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn and Matt Carle – who combined for 27 goals and 148 points last season – have just seven assists and a minus-1 rating between themselves this season. Those are both numbers that must improve for the Flyers to get back to the level they achieved throughout the second half of last season and during the postseason.


A Penguins’ victory on Friday night would allow the team to improve to .500 (3-3) at home for the first time in their beautiful, brand-new building. Back in 1967-68, it took the Penguins five games to reach the .500 mark (2-2-1) at the Civic Arena during the team’s inaugural campaign.

Goal scoring has always been the Penguins’ forte since the mid-1980s, so it should come as no surprise that Pittsburgh’s 30 goals through 10 games ranks third in the NHL. Individually, Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) ranks sixth (tied) among NHL goal scorers with six and is tied for third in power-play tallies with three. Alex Goligoski (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471274)’s three goals are tied for most among blueliners; Mark Letestu (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473914) leads all rookies with four goals; Matt Cooke (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465951) is locked in a four-way tie for first place with two shorthanded markers.

Despite dropping the season opener to the Flyers at CONSOL Energy Center on Oct. 7, the Penguins have experienced great success against Philadelphia at home in recent seasons. Since the beginning of the 2006-07 campaign, the Penguins own an 11-4 home record against the Flyers, and a 21-9 overall mark. If you factor in the postseason, Pittsburgh is 16-5 at home and 29-12 overall against Philadelphia during the same stretch.

At this point it really isn’t much of a secret the success Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) has had during his career versus the Flyers. But, hey, with statistics like he has posted, you can’t help but always throw them out there. In 33 career regular-season games against the Flyers, Crosby has 26 goals and 59 points for an average of 1.79 points per game. Crosby scored twice and added an assist in the Penguins’ 5-1 victory at the Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 16.

Crosby isn’t the only Penguins superstar who enjoys facing the Flyers. Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) also owns sparkling career numbers against the Broad Street Bullies. In 28 games against Philadelphia, Malkin has 15 goals and 40 points. That ties with his numbers against the New York Islanders for most against any one opponent.


Power Play Explosion: While the numbers don’t say it all, the fact is the Penguins are 4-2 this season when they score at least one power-play goal in a game, and just 1-2-1 when they are held scoreless on the man-advantage. Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675)’s two power-play markers early in the third period on Oct. 16 at Philadelphia was the difference in the Penguins breaking open what had been a close game.

More Shots from the Point: The Buffalo Sabres nearly came back from a 5-1 third-period deficit against the Flyers on Tuesday night. Why were they able to mount a spirited comeback before falling short? A pair of 45-foot rocket shots from defensemen Tyler Myers and Steve Montador. Sometimes Sergei Bobrovsky can be exposed by long shots because he stays deep in his crease and leaves plenty of net exposed to shooters.


C Jordan Staal (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473533), foot (indefinitely)
D Zbynek Michalek (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469760), upper body (1 to 3 weeks)

F Ian Laperriere, post-concussion syndrome (indefinitely)
G Michael Leighton, back surgery (out until late November)
D Matt Walker, right hip surgery (indefinitely)


http://cdn.nhl.com/penguins/v2/photos/mugs/thumb/8465166.jpg Craig Adams (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465166) - Since missing two games (Oct. 15-16), Adams, who is more noted for his defensive prowess, has gone on a scoring spree for the Penguins. Over the last four games, Adams has posted four points (1G-3A), including his fourth career three-point night (1G-2A) on Wednesday at Tampa Bay. Adams’ goal ended a 118-game regular-season goalless drought.

http://cdn.nhl.com/photos/mugs/thumb/8464975.jpg Danny Briere - We also highlighted Briere the last time these two teams met on Oct. 16, but what can we say, not only is he carrying the Flyers’ offense through the first month, he is also red hot. Briere, who lugs a team-best six goals and eight points into Friday’s matchup, is currently on a three-game scoring streak which has seen him post four points (2G-2A). He has points in seven of nine games this season.

10-29-2010, 11:31 AM
Penguins Report: Game Day vs. Philadelphia
Friday, 10.29.2010 / 10:24 AM / Penguins Report (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Fpenguinsreport)
By Sam Kasan
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11:46 AM:
Sounds heard around the locker room...

Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675)

On faceoffs:
Generally everybody has a stronger side and a weaker side. Usually your backhand is stronger and your forehand is weaker. I think most guys are that way. Obviously, when you are taking them on the power play you have that one extra guy. Sometimes that guy is able to help you out. I think in situations like power plays you can get some help so that is nice. Different teams have different plays involving faceoffs. The more help you can get from your wingers, the better.

On being the team’s top faceoff guy:
You get used to it. It does take some time. It’s strength and getting used to it. It takes a little bit out of you too. You just get into the habit of doing it. I don’t know what to compare it to. It’s like coming back for training camp and taking more shots – your body adapts. It’s the same thing with faceoffs. After a while you just get used to it.

On taking important draws:
I think they are always looking at the stats throughout the game and who you are strong against. All that said, it takes one to lose. You can have the greatest game in the faceoff circle and then lose one in your own zone and it’s in your net sometimes. I think the main thing is that all of our centers are aware of how important they are for our team. Every time we are out there we are competing and wanting to win them. That’s the way we have to be.

On this being the third meeting already with the Flyers:
It’s relatively quick to play them a third time here. We play well usually. Both teams bring out the best in one another. It’s a big game for us. We want to bounce back.

On playing with Kunitz:
We have played together for a while now. We got him the year we won the Cup. It was a great experience winning it together. I think there is certainly chemistry there. We have gotten used to playing with one another. I enjoy playing with him. He plays hard, goes to the net and does a lot of those little things. There is a comfort level there.

Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594)

On changing his routine:
I don’t do anything different. I have the same routine as I did previously. Maybe sometimes when it starts to get bad I start thinking a little more than I should. That’s when I have to stay positive and focused on the plays I have to make and stopping the puck.

On being upset by hearing criticism:
It’s part of being a goalie and part of being in sports. I am not happy right now. I am not happy I am not winning more than I am. That’s just part of it.

On playing well against the Flyers:
It just seems like Philly is always a pretty fun game. It’s always a good rivalry. They don’t like us and we don’t like them.

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11:42 AM:
Coachspeak with Dan Bylsma…

On Mike Comrie (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8467964):
He has not brought what he brought in training camp, as you noted, and that’s something we’re looking for him to add. He’ll be used on the power play and other spots to be able to do that for us.

On the new blindside hits rule:
I haven’t necessarily seen the effect of the rule yet on the play on the ice. But it does, however, immediately come in to play when you see a hit like the Kris Letang (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471724) hit in our building. We disagree with the call on Letang, but we agree with the call, because the ref immediately has to make a decision about the protection of the player. That’s the role he has to do. And he made a split-second call. We could slow it down 15 times and say it was a good, clean hit, but on the ice and with the way the player reacted to the hit, I think it was a good call. So that has happened in the game. You watch a game on any given night, and you may think immediately on a hit, and the rule comes to your mind. So it has had an effect on watching the game.

On the team’s first 10 games:
There are certain aspects of our team, through 10 games have been affected by injuries that we’ve dealt with and some of the players out of our. But generally, I don’t think our team has carved an identity yet on how we’re going to play games and win games. We’ve certainly played some real tough games. The Nashville game was a great game. We worked really hard and we’ve battled really hard and we worked hard to get that win in overtime. But we haven’t played a game where we’ve dictated the pace of the play for 60 minutes. That’s something we’re looking to do and we want as a part of our identity. So through 10 games, there is some good and some bad and some issues to deal with, but that’s really the calling card of the first 10 games. We have not dictated the course of a game for 60 minutes, where it’s played, how it’s played and the speed at which it’s played. That’s something we addressed yesterday after the first 10.

On the quality of all the teams this season and the toughness of the games:
I think, specifically on our last road trip, judging from some of the other coaches’ comments and some of the other media going in, we’re still playing games where the other team is using it as a measuring stick. You see Nashville, a good team playing very well, and the Pittsburgh Penguins come to town and they use it as a measuring stick. St. Louis used those words before the game and in the media. That’s the type of games that we played. Tampa Bay, their coach said it before that game. That’s why the pace and intensity of those games were really high and really good hockey games. I largely think that’s what we’ve seen in the last few.

On who will play in goal for Friday’s game:
If you go with what the radio said this morning, Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594). But I will make that decision at game time tonight. This one was per-plan. So we stuck with our plan for goaltender tonight and we will as well tomorrow.

10:38 AM:
The Pens had some new line configurations at the Friday morning skate. Arron Asham (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465025) has been elevated to the second line, while Mike Comrie (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8467964) slides down to the fourth. Here are the lines:

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10:29 AM:
The Pens battle cross-state rival Philadelphia (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=541833) at CONSOL Energy Center. Pittsburgh is looking for a little revenge, as the Flyers spoiled the team's new arena opener with a 3-2 decision.

10-29-2010, 11:35 AM
Penguins' power outage returns
Friday, October 29, 2010

There was a lengthy stint during the first period at Tampa Bay on Wednesday night when the Penguins' power play orchestrated a fair impersonation of the Harlem Globetrotters — their puck movement nothing short of brilliant.

The only problem was that the puck didn't end up in the net.

For all of the Penguins' elite talent, their power play entered Thursday ranked 18th in the NHL. More alarmingly, the unit has failed in big situations countless times in the young season.

"We've definitely done some really good things at times," captain Sidney Crosby said. "But it's all about results."

Lately, the results haven't been good when the Penguins have the man advantage. The Penguins last scored a power-play goal Oct. 18 against Ottawa, a three-game drought.

Still, there is a feeling of confidence among the Penguins that the power play will soon erupt. One of the players who battles against the power play in practice every day is filled with optimism.

"I feel like our power play is better than (the numbers indicate)," forward Craig Adams said. "I think our power play is going to be great. It's just a matter of sticking with it."

Coach Dan Bylsma has taken a more active role in overseeing the power play this season, and player movement has been his primary objective. Gone are the days when Sergei Gonchar, Evgeni Malkin and Crosby would all be on the right side of the ice — often in stationary positions.

Any given power play is now likely to include Crosby and Malkin on the left side, with defensemen Alex Goligoski and Kris Letang often abandoning the point to attack the net. With two talented, young defensemen on board with Crosby and Malkin, the Penguins figure it's only a matter of time until they climb the league rankings.

"It was so good at times against Tampa," Adams said. "But you're not going to score on every good power play."

The power play not only failed to score, it also allowed the Lightning to enjoy a number of quality short-handed opportunities. The Penguins' new philosophy, while a welcome change from occasional stagnation that plagued the unit in previous seasons, is risky. With forwards sometimes positioned at the blue line, an aggressive penalty-killing unit can produce scoring opportunities.

Bylsma, who knocked on wood when the subject was broached, acknowledged permitting the occasional short-handed opportunity could be a necessary evil.

"It's something that we're aware of," he said. "We're aware of situations where when you're a forward and you're back at the blue line, understanding that when there's a shot at the net or a rebound that goes to the weak side, you're responsible for being back."

Adams said he believes all of the team's hard work on the power play will pay off.

"It's a lot harder to defend," he said. "They just move the puck so quickly. It will come."

10-29-2010, 09:04 PM
Well...from what I saw of the game I can't say I'm happy.

I'm not going to lay this one on Fleury though for once. Two of those goals he had no chance on whatsoever. Offensively they just looked flat and out of their element tonight. PP continues to struggle. Hope they get out of this funk soon.

10-29-2010, 09:05 PM
Flyers 3, Penguins 2
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Claude Giroux scored short-handed and on a power play and rookie Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves to win in Pittsburgh for the second time in three weeks, leading the Flyers to a 3-2 victory over the Penguins on Friday night.

Kris Letang gave the Penguins an early 1-0 lead, but they repeatedly squandered chances to take control by going 0 for 6 on the power play. They are 0 for 20 in four games, three of them losses.

With the teams tied at 1, Daniel Carcillo redirected Matt Carle's soft wrist shot between Marc-Andre Fleury's pads 13:34 into the second period and the Flyers never trailed again.

Giroux sealed it midway through the third with his sixth goal, punching the puck past Fleury after a scramble in front of the Pittsburgh net in which three Flyers players had scoring chances. The power play was created by a penalty for too many men on the ice.

Tyler Kennedy scored off a one-timer of Sidney Crosby's cross-ice pass with 45 seconds remaining, but it was too late for the Penguins as they dropped their third in a row.

The Flyers, outmuscled and outplayed for most of the first period, found their game while killing off Danny Briere's high-sticking penalty early in the second. Mike Richards stole the puck from Letang and fed it to Giroux for a backhander that eluded Fleury. Fleury is 1-5, while Penguins backup Brent Johnson is 4-0-1.

Giroux began this season without a short-handed goal, but has three this season - two in Pittsburgh. The Flyers ruined the Penguins' Consol Energy Center debut Oct. 7 by winning 3-2 on Giroux's short-handed goal, with Bobrovsky making 27 saves in his NHL debut.

The Flyers and Penguins have a history of dislike that dates to their inaugural seasons in 1967, and the first period illustrated that. There were two fights within the first 23 seconds, a shoving match shortly after that and nine penalties in the opening 2:35.

Penguins forward Matt Cooke, accused by Richards of ducking a fight when the Penguins won 5-1 in Philadelphia on Oct. 16, fought Richards 6 seconds after the opening faceoff. The Penguins' Deryk Engelland opened a cut above Flyers forward Jody Shelley's left eye with a right hand punch 17 seconds after that, leaving traces of blood on the ice and Engelland's jersey sleeve. Shelley returned in the period.

Maybe it was too much of the NHL to ask two rivals to play three times in 23 days, and with so many penalties the teams skated 3 on 3 for 1:34. The Flyers wound up with three power plays in the period, yet they lasted only 36 seconds combined.

Once the game finally settled down, Letang carried the puck into the Flyers' zone and passed to Evgeni Malkin, whose giveback pass found Letang open along the right side of the net 8:12 into the first.

Letang has three goals, as many as he scored last season.

NOTES: Philadelphia was 1 for 5 on the power play. ... The Flyers already have made two of their three appearances in Pittsburgh. The teams don't play there again until March 29. ... Pittsburgh is 2-4 in its new arena ... The Penguins are 5-5-1 with three consecutive losses, one in overtime. They started 9-2 last season. ... Philadelphia held out F Nik Zherdev, who was dropped to the fourth line complaining about his ice time.

10-29-2010, 09:16 PM
Best highlight of the game tonight by far...


10-29-2010, 10:25 PM
Well, the first period was fun.

Besides the loss, looks like something might be wrong with Geno.

I'll cry if he's seriously injured.

10-30-2010, 10:54 AM
Well, the first period was fun.

Besides the loss, looks like something might be wrong with Geno.

I'll cry if he's seriously injured.

I searched around today, and couldn't find any stories on Geno. So no news is good news as far as I'm concerned. All that has been mentioned is that he left the game in the third period with an injury. No post game updates on that, and no updates yet today on that either. Will keep you posted if I hear anything. Z and Staal are still out.

Pens play at Carolina tonight, and this starts a 4 game road trip (longest of the season I believe). No word yet on who is starting in goal, but I'm going to assume it's going to be Johnson until I hear otherwise.

Going to be a tough game for sure though, Pens and Canes regular season series always are. Just hope the Pens keep up their good play on the road and get a win tonight!

10-30-2010, 02:51 PM
Ok, so I finally found something on Geno. He is questionable with a knee injury and will test it out during pre-game skate to see if he can play.

Malkin questionable for tonight due to injury
Saturday, October 30, 2010
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Center Evgeni Malkin, who was injured during the Penguins' 3-2 loss to Philadelphia at Consol Energy Center Friday night, is questionable for their game at Carolina this evening because of an apparent knee problem.

Malkin is expected to test his injury during the pregame skate before deciding if he can play against the Hurricanes.

His problem apparently is limited to a bad bruise; there is believed to be no ligament damage that could keep him out of the lineup for an extended period.

Malkin was hurt when his leg was pinned against the boards while he was being checked during the Flyers game.

Dave Molinari: dmolinari@post-gazette.com

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10303/1099483-100.stm#ixzz13sDcBAlV

Thankfully, it doesn't sound serious at all.

I also read on ppg's site that Johnson will most likely be in net. That means I'll probably miss seeing him win another game lol. :wink02:

Go Pens!! :tt02:

10-30-2010, 11:04 PM
Thanks for the Geno updates Mom. They showed him dressed for the game and skating pregame, but decided last minute that he couldn't go, so I'm thinking his injury isn't that bad. Unfortunately, it now looks like something is wrong with Letang. :doh:

Johnson got a SO tonight so it will be interesting to see how Bylsma handles the goalie situation. I hope he sticks with the hot player and that Johnson will be in net again on Wednesday.

Also looks like Staal will be back on Wednesday. God please let this be true! :hope:

10-31-2010, 09:44 AM
I miss the best games lol...glad they got a good win though! And Johnny's first SO as a Pen. :applaudit:

Johnson Stands Tall In 33-Save Shutout
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RALEIGH, N.C. – In his last game between the pipes, Brent Johnson (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8462161) came up one shot shy of posting his first shutout since 2006. In his next start, he didn’t make that same mistake.

Johnson was perfect in goal Saturday night, stopping all 33 shots he faced to record his first shutout as a Penguin in Pittsburgh’s 3-0 victory against Carolina at RBC Center.

“I feel good. The confidence is good,” Johnson said. “We’ve done a fantastic job at the net. … We had a lot of first-touch clears, which is fantastic for a goalie to see. As soon as the puck was on our sticks it was out of our zone, which was great. We got the two points and that is the most important thing.”

Johnson improved to an unbeaten 5-0-1 on the season, and his goals-against average and save percentage – both of which ranked second in the NHL entering the game – will only get a boost.

Johnson, whose last shutout was April 1, 2006 against Ottawa (46 saves), has allowed only one goal in his last 136:31 minutes of play.

“It feels great, it really does,” Johnson said of his early season success. “I’m just happy to help the team win. I am just simplifying my game, trying to be big in front of the net and stop the puck with my body.”

In honor of Johnson’s strong effort, the team blasted Led Zepplin following the game in the locker room. Johnson is a huge Zepplin fan and even has the band’s graphics on his goalie mask. But the players don’t mind the song choices, as long as Johnson keeps playing the way he’s been playing.

“Whatever he wants to hear,” Crosby said. “Whatever he says goes.”

The Penguins were not happy after suffering a 3-2 loss to rival Philadelphia Friday night at CONSOL Energy Center. Such losses are inevitable in an 82-game seasons, but how a team responds is a test of the group’s mental toughness and character.

Pittsburgh held a meeting following the game and responded with a dominant 3-0 victory at Carolina.

“We did what we wanted to accomplish tonight,” Johnson said. “We wanted to respond and we did. Right from the start the game we were jumping, getting pucks deep and forechecking.”

“Everyone has a lot of pride and high expectations of each other,” Crosby said. “That was a great way to respond tonight. It was big for us. We didn’t play well (Friday). We had an opportunity tonight and everyone played well, did the things they were supposed to do, and we got the result we wanted.”

The Penguins were clinging to a 2-0 lead midway through the third period. The Carolina Hurricanes had the momentum on their side, as well as a 47-second two-man advantage.

Pittsburgh killed the penalty – thanks to the efforts of Matt Cooke (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465951), Craig Adams (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465166), Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498) and goaltender Johnson – and then broke the Hurricanes’ backs with a tally at the 8:10 mark of the final frame.

The sequence that led to the Penguins’ third goal – scored by Pascal Dupuis (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8466393), his second of the game – was a microcosm of the team’s entire performance. It all started with a great pad save by Johnson, who continues his brilliant play between the pipes.

Then Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) sacrificed his body, lying in front of a slap shot, to block the Hurricanes attempt. Pittsburgh transitioned quickly with a two-on-two led by Dupuis. The Penguins mustached winger carried the puck into the near circle and ripped a shot far side to give Pittsburgh a commanding 3-0 lead.

“Everybody did the right things,” Dupuis said. “We executed really well, all the little details that makes us a successful team. We did those tonight and responded to the meeting we had (Friday) night in the locker room.”

10-31-2010, 10:57 AM
Just a stupid FYI...I watched a bunch of the post game videos on the Pens channel last night, and in each one you can hear a different Led Zeppelin song playing (Johnny's favorite band). I thought that was awesome that they let him control the music after his SO.

It's to the point in his interview you can barely hear him talk over Over the Hills and Far Away. :chuckle:

10-31-2010, 05:16 PM

In games started by Johnson this season, the Penguins are 5-0-1 and have accumulated 11 of 12 available points. Not bad!

In games started by Fleury, they are 1-5 and have accumulated two of 12 available points. Not good!

Johnson was predictably modest and team-oriented in his post-game comments last night.

``It feels great, it really does,” he said of his success. ``I’m just happy to help the team win. I am just simplifying my game, trying to be big in front of the net and stop the puck with my body.

``I feel good. The confidence is good. We’ve done a fantastic job at the net. … We had a lot of first-touch clears, which is fantastic for a goalie to see. As soon as the puck was on our sticks it was out of our zone, which was great. We got the two points and that is the most important thing.”

Johnson is second in the NHL with a goals-against average of 1.16 and second in save percentage at .960.

Bu comparison, Fleury is 33rd (of 39) in goals against average at 3.35 and 38th in save percentage at .863.

Johnson has yet to give up more than two goals; Fleury has yet to limit the opposition to two goals.

11-01-2010, 09:54 AM
Staal is eligible to play on Wednesday!! Can't wait to have him back out there.

*Edit* And no mention of it in this story, but Michalek is likely to return on Wednesday too. Haven't heard anything on Kris Letang, so hoping whatever is wrong with his hand isn't too serious. We could have a complete roster for this western roadtrip...so I'm happy about that!

Staal's return gives Pens a chance to follow their leader
By Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Monday, November 1, 2010

RALEIGH -- These Penguins survived 12 games without their secret weapon; a player described last May by one former teammate as "maybe the guy we could least afford to lose considering everything he does"; the cornerstone piece with whom general manager Ray Shero believes "you win Stanley Cups."

Center Jordan Staal is eligible to play Wednesday night at Dallas. If he does, for the first time in months, the Penguins can follow the man-child who is also perhaps their true leader.

That suggestion is no knock on center Sidney Crosby and his stature as face of the franchise. He has instinctively and successfully molded this captaincy after hockey idol Steve Yzerman: choosing words carefully; leading with his tireless work ethic; and setting daily a new standard for teammates to pursue.

That suggestion is no knock on right wing Evgeni Malkin, an alternate captain whose willingness to switch positions was a largely underappreciated display of leadership. His growing acceptance of off-ice responsibilities, from speaking almost daily with the media to last week modeling the 2010 Winter Classic uniforms, offers encouraging signs of his commitment to the organization.

That suggestion is no knock on defenseman Brooks Orpik, who is sharing a second alternate captaincy with Staal. He is the longest tenured Penguin, and his honest, authoritative voice - he calls all situations like he sees them - has garnered him a reputation as the club's conscience.

Staal shares many of the best qualities displayed by Crosby (work ethic), Malkin (unselfishness) and Orpik (honesty). However, because those teammates have afforded him the time and under-the-radar cover to mature over the past four seasons, he has grown into a leadership role that is uniquely his.

If Crosby is the heart, Malkin the soul and Orpik the conscience, Staal is the spark for all three.

Witness two years ago, a couple of weeks before the Penguins fell deep into a funk that would cost former coach Michel Therrien his job; Staal was the first player to speak out against that squad's lack of discipline after a discouraging loss to then-lowly Phoenix. A few days after Therrien was fired, Staal said players needed to realize "that (move) was on us."

"He has a real clear feeling and idea of what's right and wrong," said coach Dan Bylsma, who replaced Therrien.

They Penguins are 6-5-1 this season (13 points) despite having yet to play with close to a full-strength lineup. With Staal, they should become the East's dominant club because he is the paten-pending part that makes their machine unique.

He was a finalist for the Selke Trophy last season, an award that is presented annually to the NHL's best defensive forward. His defense is so often mentioned by admirers that it's become easy to forget he has scored 20 goals in three of four seasons, without substantial power-play time, and that he's only 22.

He is the club's third-leading returning scorer from last season, when the Penguins were fifth in overall offense.

"He's got that really weird combination of offensive and defensive ability, and he's one of those rare guys who are so strong, even he doesn't know it," Orpik said. "He'll bump into you in practice, and you're, like, 'Holy, Staalsy, take it down a notch.'"

It's possible Staal could struggle out of the gate. He missed an entire offseason of training because of two infections in a right foot that first required surgery last May because of a severed tendon. Orpik said none of Staal's teammates were surprised he missed only two playoff games because of that tendon procedure.

Staal acknowledged last June that he felt an obligation to return fast as the Penguins tried to defend their Stanley Cup title, that he was raised to play through pain if he could skate. He admitted that agonized expression he flashed while shaking hands with the Montreal Canadiens after that Game 7 loss had little to do with physical discomfort.

"Jordan cares so much, maybe he thinks we win if he wasn't hurt," said Malkin, whose transition from center to wing was made in part because the Penguins believe Staal's offensive game has developed quickly. "Everybody can't wait for Jordan (to) come back."

The wait for Staal is nearing an end. When Staal steps onto the ice for the first time this season, all the Penguins need to do is follow where his surgically-repaired right foot leads them.

11-01-2010, 12:24 PM
Well scrap that previous story I guess. This is just WTF.

1:17 PM:
Dan Bylsma addressed Staal's condition after pracitce, as he left the ice 45 minutes prior to the end of practice.

On why Staal left the ice early:
Jordan left the ice with an upper-body injury and is getting evaluated right now.

On how discouraging it could be for Staal:
I can tell you my own feelings. And it’s disappointing on a couple levels. But mostly it's personal for Jordan, because he’s had a difficult offseason and training camp. And then to get to the point where you’re looking to coming back to play and possibly having to deal with another injury is disappointing.

Bylsma added that Malkin and Letang are day-to-day.


11-01-2010, 06:07 PM
:banging: :banging: :banging: This freaking SUCKS.

Staal to Undergo Surgery for Fractured Hand
Monday, 11.01.2010 / 5:48 PM / News
Pittsburgh Penguins
Penguins center Jordan Staal will undergo surgery tomorrow to repair a fractured right hand and could miss up to six weeks, it was announced by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

Staal suffered the injury when he was hit with a puck in practice.

The 22-year-old native of Thunder Bay, Ontario was a finalist for the Selke Trophy last season as the NHL's top defensive forward. He has yet to play this season because of a foot infection stemming from off-season surgery. Staal suffered a severed tendon in his foot during the 2010 playoffs against Montreal. He was close to returning to the lineup after skating with the team at practice for the past two weeks.

Dr. Glenn Buterbaugh will perform the surgery.


Also, Goligoski might be injured as well.

On Malkin and Letang:
There’s not a clear understanding. They are still day-to-day. When I spoke to you all before the game at Carolina, I hoped to see ‘Geno’ on the ice, so he is still day-to-day. Same thing with Tanger.

On one of Malkin or Letang being closer to playing than the other:
I can’t really say. I hope to see both playing in Dallas on Wednesday, but we’ll have to wait and see.

On making call-ups for the road trip:
Depending on what we see tomorrow, yes it’s a possibility.

On Goligoski:
There is nothing new on him today. We are hoping to see all the (injured) guys play. You never want to have three guys who are day-to-day like that. We’ll make an adjustment tomorrow whether we bring somebody up or not.


Fire Haley
11-01-2010, 06:30 PM
I'll start watching hockey again in January.

11-02-2010, 10:28 AM
A bit of good news today and Malkin and Letang are both present at practice.

10:55 AM:
The Penguins had some bad injury news Monday with the announcement that center Jordan Staal suffered a fractured hand at practice and couple possibly miss six weeks.

But Tuesday started with some good news as forward Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Kris Letang are currently both on the ice at Southpointe. The team's practice starts at 11 a.m. We'll wait to see if Malkin and Letang, both of whom are day-to-day with injuries, join their teammates for practice.


11-02-2010, 03:57 PM
Penguins Report: Malkin and Letang Skate
Tuesday, 11.02.2010 / 10:49 AM / Penguins Report (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Fpenguinsreport)
By Sam Kasan

Here are some quick injury notes:

Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) practiced and said he's "ready" to play against Dallas (12:28 PM entry).
Zbynek Michalek (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469760) practiced and said he's "ready to go" against Dallas (1:08 PM entry).
Kris Letang (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471724) practice and said how he feels in the morning will determine if he plays (1:02 PM entry).
Alex Goligoski (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471274) did not practice, but coach Bylsma was "optimistic" he'll play (12:45 PM entry).

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1:13 PM:
Coachspeak with Dan Bylsma....

On possibly calling up a player from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton:
I haven’t had to make that decision yet. We have the possibility of being able to do that. We’re waiting to see how these guys are doing, and it should be OK. But at the same time, we are traveling out West, so we have to make that decision whether to bring a guy or not. They wouldn’t be coming with us today, but knowing the situation, they could be joining us in Dallas.

On who will start in net Wednesday:
I haven’t talked to the goalies yet, but they’re going to be the first to know.

On Zbynek Michalek (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469760) and the defensive pairings:
I wish I could tell you for certain, given the fact that we have two guys on the mend and hopefully playing tomorrow and we don’t know which one, if either, is going to be back in there. But we like our (Paul Martin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468542) and Kris Letang (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471724)) pair, and (Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498) and Michelek) were together, and we could possibly see (Goligoski and Michalek) together. Orpik was working well with Engelland last game. And Engelland has been playing really well, being able to play against some of the more skilled players in the league. So we’ll see who we get, but that would give you an early indication of what it would look like.

On Deryk Engelland (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468674):
I think the game that’s clearest in my mind—it’s been a while now, but he’s done it since then as well—was when we were in New Jersey and he was knocking Kovalchuk and Parise around in the corner. Then Kovalchuk was in the offensive zone and was worried about hitting Engelland and not worried about scoring a goal. That was evidence that this guy can go out and play, and play physical and be a presence against good skill players. He’s done that in virtually every game he’s played. He’s knocking down Cole last game in the corner twice on a shift, and when you put out a guy who can be that presence and play good defense against good players, he’s going to get an opportunity to do that, because that affects those skill players and makes them uncomfortable.

Goal: Tony Jovenitti
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1:08 PM:
Sounds heard around the locker room...

Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675)

On Jordan Staal (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473533)’s injury:
It’s pretty unfortunate. I think if anything, we just feel bad. He’s been through a lot and worked hard to be this close. So it’s too bad. But we’re going to have to keep playing well. We played well last game, so we just have to keep building and make sure that when he gets back we’re playing good hockey.

On why the team played well on Saturday:
I think our desperation level was a lot higher, and we did a lot of little things. We were strong on one-on-one battles and we executed well. Every little detail you can look at we were strong in. When you pay attention to those things you get good results.

On everyone playing well:
Not everyone is going to have their best game on the same night. It happens. But collectively if you focus on those details—you’re going to make mistakes and it’s going to happen—but if you’re doing the right thing most of the time then you’re giving yourself a good chance to win. It isn’t easy or else teams would be good every night. It’s always a challenge.

On how tough it is mentally to think a player is coming back from injury only to get hurt again:
It’s tough for him. Yeah, it’s tough for us, but I think our first thought is for him and what he’s gone through. You can’t ever change those things, so you have to make sure you do the best with the guys you have. I think you can always just be there for the guy and be supportive.

Zbynek Michalek (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469760)

On playing in Phoenix this weekend:
It should be a fun game. I’m happy to be a part of it and hopefully I’ll enjoy it.

On Jordan Staal (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473533)’s injury:
I feel really bad for him. I know he worked really hard to get back. But it’s part of the game, and I’m sure he’s going to recover fast. But everybody is here for him if he needs anything, and I’m sure he’ll be back soon.

On his health:
I feel good and I’m ready to go. My skating has been good. I’m really excited for tomorrow. I still feel it a little bit, and I’m going to feel it for a few weeks here, but I feel confident. It’s strong enough now and I’ve been practicing for a week and I didn’t have any problems. So I’m really confident.

Assist: Tony Jovenitti
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1:02 PM:
Defenseman Kris Letang (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471724) not only skated before practice and participated in the entire practice, he was the last person off the ice. Letang is usually the last person off the ice for the Pens, so that should be no surprise. But with him recovering from an upper-body injury, it was good to see Letang in his normal routine of firing pucks at the net long after his teammates vacated the ice.

"It's progress, I feel better," Letang said. "We didn't make a decision yet. We'll see tomorrow morning."

Letang did note that there was some discomfort with handling his stick on shots and passes.

"It's not that I can't hold my stick or anything like that," Letang said. "I can shoot. It's not the hardest shot I can take. ... It needs to heal. There is a pain when I get a pass, it vibrates in my fingers and my hands.

"It won't get worse. It's just a question of time to feel comfortable."

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12:45 PM:
Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma said that he was "optimistic" that injured forward Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) and defensemen Kris Letang (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471724) and Alex Goligoski (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471274) will return to the lineup Wednesday night in Dallas.

"(Goligoski) feels like he's better (Tuesday) and will be able to go tomorrow," Bylsma said. "Same thing with Kris and Geno. They finished the skate and did the whole practice. We'll wait to see in the morning."

Bylsma said there is a chance that the team will recall a player from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
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12:28 PM:
Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) told reporters "I'm ready" when asked if he would be in the lineup at Dallas on Wednesday night. Malkin, suffered an injury in the final period against Philadelphia Oct. 29.

"I skated before practice to see how my knee feels," Malkin said. "It's not sore. It feels pretty strong. It's alright.

"I'm ready now for the next game."

11-02-2010, 10:46 PM
I'm so bummed about Jordan.

Is this the start of a season of what bad will happen next?

They are talented enough to win another cup, but if bad luck, like this, continues to plague them throughout the season, then they won't have a chance.

11-03-2010, 07:22 AM
Analysis: Therrien should top list of in-season coach replacements
Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Michel Therrien wasn't a perfect NHL coach, but he should rank atop the list of any in-season replacement candidates.

There is no indication he does, though. It's puzzling, considering even his harshest critics among former Penguins players privately confided this week that Therrien knows hockey. To paraphrase one of his former players: Therrien knows pucks, but he doesn't always know how to deal with people.

That criticism is fair, and even acknowledged by Therrien. A few days after his firing on Feb. 15, 2009, Therrien said his objective with the Penguins was never to be beloved by players.

He wanted their respect. He had it, at least in terms of his strategy.

He would command respect again if given a chance to step behind a bench.

Reports of potential openings with New Jersey — despite general manager Lou Lamoriello's claims to the contrary — and Buffalo should excite Therrien. He is still being paid by the Penguins and can often be found at Consol Energy Center serving as a first-year pro scout for Minnesota.

Lamoriello has long been a presumed fan of Therrien, of whom he spoke in complimentary terms to the Tribune-Review in May 2008 by praising the former Pens coach for his commitment and patience in helping change the franchise's "culture."

Therrien's record with the Penguins speaks for itself. Throw out the mess he inherited when he replaced former coach Eddie Olczyk; Afterward, he went 121-76-24, with a 15-9 playoff mark and a trip to the 2008 Stanley Cup Final.

His last season with the Penguins followed a tumultuous offseason that featured heavy roster turnover, a training camp-disrupting trip to Sweden and the loss of top defenseman Sergei Gonchar for all but one game he coached.

Therrien never has offered any of those reasons as an excuse for the Penguins' underachievement in the months before his dismissal. However, general managers with future coach openings would be wise to consider those circumstances.

They should consider this, too: All evidence suggests Therrien is better with people now than at any point in his career. At Consol, he has appeared relaxed, often jovial, and appreciative of his opportunity with Minnesota.

Therrien said he was thought he "was close" to landing a coaching job last summer.

His cigarettes-and-Diet Coke breath should be the whiff of fresh air for any team making a change before this summer.

11-03-2010, 07:23 AM
Pens hope return of Malkin, Letang sparks PP unit
Tuesday, 11.02.2010 / 3:09 PM Eric Goodman - NHL.com

PITTSBURGH (6-5-1) at DALLAS (6-4-0)

TV -- RIS, FS-P (HD), FS-SW (HD)

Last 10 -- Pittsburgh 6-3-1

Season series -- This is the clubs' first and only meeting this season. The Pens took last season's lone matchup, 6-3, on Mar. 6 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby scored 2 goals, including the game-winner, and had an assist, to help Pittsburgh to a 6-3 win.

Big Story -- The Penguins got a dose of bad news Monday, followed by some better news Tuesday. While center Jordan Staal could miss up to six weeks recovering from surgery Wednesday to repair a fractured right hand, forward Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Kris Letang both skated at practice Tuesday and are expected to be in the lineup at Dallas after both suffered minor injuries against the Hurricanes on Saturday.

Team Scope:

Penguins -- Wednesday's game marks the start of a three-game road trip. After playing in Dallas, Anaheim and Phoenix, they return to Pittsburgh on Nov. 10, where they will play five of their next six.

Saturday's 3-0 win at Carolina ended a three-game winless streak for Pittsburgh, but the team still is struggling mightily on the power play. The Pens are scoreless over their last 23 opportunities with the man-advantage, but the return of Malkin gives them enough reason to start thinking positive. Malkin was second on the team in power-play points last season with 28 and shared the lead with Sidney Crosby for power-play goals with 13.

Stars -- While Dallas is winding down its six-game homestand, it probably can't wait to hit the road again after beginning the recent stretch at American Airlines Center at 1-3-0. But a win Wednesday, coupled by another victory Friday against Phoenix, could salvage a split for the Stars.

Things definitely appeared to turn around Saturday as backup goalie Andrew Raycroft started his first home game for Dallas and made 34 saves in a 4-0 shutout of the Buffalo Sabres to earn his first win as a member of the Stars.

Who's Hot -- Pittsburgh should be grateful Letang is expected to play Wednesday as the defenseman had points in five of six games before being injured Saturday. ... As of Tuesday, Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas leads the NHL with a plus-10 rating, while holding his own on the physical side with 21 penalty minutes.

Injury Report -- Staal (fractured right hand) could miss up to six weeks following Wednesday surgery, while Malkin (knee) and Letang (upper body) are expected in the lineup Wednesday. Right wing Eric Godard returned from an illness Saturday and will be available Wednesday. ... The Stars should be rolling out a fully-healthy lineup.

Stat Pack -- If the Pens hope to turn their power-play struggles around, then Dallas is the team to do it against. The Stars are last in the NHL with just a 68.4-percent success rate on the penalty kill.

Puck Drop -- When a team hears that one of its top-line players might have suffered an injury, it usually sends a wave of panic through the locker room. But Malkin calmed those fears quickly Tuesday at practice.

"I skated before practice to see how my knee feels," Malkin told Penguins.com reporter Sam Kasan. "It's not sore. It feels pretty strong. I am ready for the game now."

11-03-2010, 07:59 AM
In other news...Talbots Fu Manchu will be making a comeback. :chuckle:

Penguins' Talbot rediscovers game, Fu Manchu
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Max Talbot isn't the first athlete to look in the mirror when he wasn't happy with his job performance.People in just about every line of work do it all the time.Talbot, though, is one of the few to do it literally.And to act on what he saw looking back at him.

"I was just shaving, and I was like, 'I have to be Max again,' " he said. " 'A crazy guy. Just go and do my stuff again. That [Fu Manchu] might be part of it.' "

Getting back the on-ice persona he wanted to be, Talbot concluded, was directly linked to his facial hair, and so he has regrown the moustache that he has worn sporadically throughout his career.

more here...
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10307/1100157-61.stm#ixzz14DtZ5N56

Welcome back the 'stache.


11-03-2010, 11:04 AM
Dupuis will be out of the lineup tonight...but for very good reason. His wife is in labor with their 4th child right now. Best of luck to his family and the new little Duper on the way!

As we sit in our hotel here in Dallas in preparation for this morning's game-day skate at American Airlines Center, we have very good news to report. Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis is on his way back to Pittsburgh (probably shaving off his moustache as he travels) to be with his wife, Carol-Lyne, who is heading into labor. This is a scenario we actually wrote about in yesterday's feature story.

This will be the Dupuis' fourth child. We want to wish Pascal and Carol-Lyne all the best as they welcome another member to the Dupuis gang.


*Edit* Dupuis made it to the hospital 8 minutes before his daughter was born. Her name is Lola Dupuis and she was born at 12:57 pm and is 5lbs 8oz. Congrats to the whole Dupuis family!

11-03-2010, 03:44 PM
A few key things to report on for the game tonight.

-Malkin, Letang, Michalek and Gogo will all be in the lineup tonight.

-Goalie is game time decision (which most likely means Johnson).

-Line change-ups tonight are as follows:

More here on the decision to move Malkin from wing to center (likely a change that will stick most of the time while Staal is out again)...http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=542450&navid=DL|PIT|home

11-03-2010, 10:43 PM
Just watched the game.


11-03-2010, 10:51 PM
That game was full of suck. Again, I had fun chattin with the Pens fan on the JTV channel I watch the games on....that's usually the only upside to watching these shitty games.

This was the only real highlight of the game.


11-03-2010, 11:11 PM
Sid doen't often fight but that was totally cool to see him step up again.

I wonder if Ovechkin has ever been in a fight??

I don't ever recall that happening? Has he Mom?

11-04-2010, 09:19 AM
Sid doen't often fight but that was totally cool to see him step up again.

I wonder if Ovechkin has ever been in a fight??

I don't ever recall that happening? Has he Mom?

No, not really. He got his ass kicked by Richards in a preseason game in '06 once and he dropped the gloves with Downie (not sure what year), but Matt Bradley charged in and "saved the day" lol.

He's been involved in scrums and he tries to take out peoples knees...that's about it.

11-06-2010, 11:42 AM
These last two games have sucked big time. Can't blame either goalie right now...the whole team has just dropped off the face of the earth.

Hope they get their shit together tonight against Phoenix. Would be nice to get a win against a western conference team in regulation too. Right now, they are owning the Pens.

The only part of the game that is looking really good is the penalty kill. 3 games w/o allowing one and they've only allowed 2 out of the past 30 chances.

Fire Haley
11-07-2010, 09:38 AM
Letestu wins the shoot-out - his first ever bonus shot.

Fleury 1-6
Brent "The God" Johnson 6-1

You know who you gotta start coach....the team just plays better with Brent in there.

11-07-2010, 10:17 AM
Yeah, that was a decent game last night. I'm pissed about how the team plays in front of Fleury as opposed to in front of Johnson (who is 9 for 9 in SO wins for the Pens now).

That second goal was BS too. The ref behind the net called a penalty, but the ref on the blue line called goal?? I was really confused when they said the call on the ice was good and that the goal would stand, because nobody seemed aware that anyone had called a goal. Normally, if someone called goal, they'd put it up on the board, review it and either let it stay or overturn it...not what they did which was never put a goal on the board and then say the call on the ice was good and put a goal on the board. I don't know...the whole sequence of events pissed me off.

At any rate, I'm glad the Pens at least went 2-2 on the road trip and am glad Johnson is doing well.

With all the Pens problems, at least we can be happy we're not the 4-10-1 Devils right now. :chuckle:

11-08-2010, 09:12 AM
Consistent scoring touch eluding Penguins' Malkin
Monday, November 8, 2010

The Penguins have plenty of issues only five weeks into the season, some of which would easily be overcome if only Evgeni Malkin could rediscover his goal-scoring touch.

Malkin only has four goals this season and, since the Penguins won the Stanley Cup 17 months ago in Detroit, has statistically regressed as a goal scorer. If and when Malkin becomes the dynamic player who dominated the league in his first three seasons, the Penguins will clearly be a better team.

"I know it's coming," Malkin said.

He made that prediction following Friday's 3-2 loss in Anaheim and, true to his word, Malkin lit the lamp 24 hours later in Phoenix in a vintage way, snapping a bad angle shot over goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. It was a goal scorer's goal, the kind of shot only the most skilled players can execute.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma would love to see more of that style from Malkin. On his goal Saturday in Phoenix, he busted to the net, outworked the Coyotes' defense and let his talent take over.

"Attacking, going to the cage and maybe getting that dirty rebound goal," Bylsma said of what he'd like to see more of from Malkin. "And being that kind of player."

Malkin's entire game has not regressed. He still possesses the undeniable ability to skate circles around the opposition and remains an elite playmaker.

His lack of goal scoring is directly attributable to the team's disappointing power-play work.

In Malkin's first four NHL seasons, he scored 60 power-play goals. He was quite consistent in those seasons, scoring between 13 and 17 power-play goals in each of those seasons. This year, Malkin has zero power-play goals.

Bylsma wants Malkin to be more assertive when the Penguins are on the man advantage and wants his to showcase a "shooter's mentality."

"He passed that up many times (against Anaheim)," Bylsma said. "He had five shots in that game and I feel like he could have had 10."

Bylsma made it clear that Malkin's work ethic hasn't been an issue. In fact, Malkin worked hard in the defensive zone during the recent road trip and doggedly drew penalties.

Working hard and still getting off a fair number of shots is a combination Bylsma wants to see Malkin produce.

"He's working real hard right now," Bylsma said. "He's working hard to beat individuals (but) not taking the opportunity in space to shoot the puck."

In every aspect of the game, the old "shoot the puck" cry of Penguins' fans is something Bylsma would like Malkin to consider.

At 24, it's not like Malkin is past his goal-scoring prime. The more he looks to score, the Penguins figure, the more he will score.

"I would like to see him take that puck to the net," Bylsma said. "Even in situations down low, having the mindset where you're going to shoot it."

There is often a perception that Malkin easily gets down on himself during slumps, and whether or not that is true, the star made it clear that he is attempting to remain optimistic.

Perhaps for the first time this season, Malkin looked more himself against Phoenix. He was dominant at times while carrying the puck, which is an asset that never has left Malkin's game.

The goal he scored is what the Penguins hope is a sign of things to come. Malkin feels much the same.

"I'm staying focused and positive," Malkin said. "I'm just staying positive and hopeful."

11-09-2010, 09:25 AM
» Center Evgeni Malkin did not finish practice with Penguins teammates Monday. He left the ice at Southpointe Iceoplex before the session wrapped. Coach Dan Bylsma said Malkin, who has played in all but one game, experienced discomfort on a previously undisclosed injury. "It's always better to take the opportunity to rest it," he said. Malkin scored his fourth goal in a win Saturday at Phoenix. That marker snapped a five-game drought.

» Goalie Brent Johnson didn't practice because of illness, leaving the Penguins shorthanded at that position. To the rescue came Jim Britt, the club's video coordinator. Britt also filled in during several practices last season. Keeping with his tradition, he jokingly declined comment after the session.

» Forward Max Talbot's new charitable foundation received an assist from his teammates after practice. Players painted pairs of white shoes that will be auctioned Nov. 18, with proceeds going toward the construction of an orphanage in Haiti. Talbot and forward Mike Rupp visited Haiti during the offseason along with team chaplain Brad Henderson and former Pirates first baseman Sean Casey. The foursome is trying to help raise funds to complete a second facility that would provide shelter to 100 orphans. The facility currently lacks a roof.

» Players will participate in the Salvation Army's "Project Bundle-Up" program today. They will be matched with a local middle school student to shop for new winter clothing -- including coats, hats, gloves and boots. The shopping will take place at Dick's Sporting Goods at The Mall at Robinson.

» Co-owner Mario Lemieux watched a portion of practice. Earlier in the day his charitable foundation announced plans for an Austin's Playroom at the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. An online auction at www.mariolemieux.org will provide funding. The featured items are the Mellon Arena dressing room stalls that belonged to Lemieux and center Sidney Crosby.


11-09-2010, 11:39 AM
Both Malkin and Johnson are on the ice for practice today...only player absent today is Comrie. No update on why yet.

11:11 AM:
Evgeni Malkin and Brent Johnson, both of whom missed Monday's practice, are back on the ice right now for Pittsburgh's practice at Southpointe. Johnson was ill and Malkin has been dealing with an undisclosed injury for the past few weeks.


Fire Haley
11-10-2010, 06:09 PM
Bruins / Pens

Game is on the NHL channel - yay

go Brent!

11-10-2010, 09:14 PM
That game = full on suck (3rd period anyway). Coaches have no control over the team, sadly.

Can't put the blame on Fleury all the time I guess.

Fire Haley
11-10-2010, 09:35 PM
A 2 goal lead and they blow it so easily

I'm glad I'm not paying to watch this crap, Gogo is ****ing horrible, everyone making them little pissy passes that get picked off and everyone is standing around the whole 3rd period like the game was over.


11-10-2010, 10:45 PM
I think Gogo has been playing pretty well actually and isn't at all horrible, just had a bad moment tonight that led to a goal.

Flower will be in net next game due to tonight though.

I know he's in a rut and don't hold that against him, but read the other day that Bylsma is dissapointed with his work ethic during practice.

I'm not necessarily going to get pissed if he isn't getting it done in goal, but if he isn't putting in the work to correct the situation then that is a whole different situation. That ain't good and that will piss me off big time if true.

I know they've won some games, but it's starting to feel like they have lost every game this year.

It's beginning to become very frustrating.

11-11-2010, 09:35 AM
I think Gogo has been playing pretty well actually and isn't at all horrible, just had a bad moment tonight that led to a goal.

Flower will be in net next game due to tonight though.

I know he's in a rut and don't hold that against him, but read the other day that Bylsma is dissapointed with his work ethic during practice.

I'm not necessarily going to get pissed if he isn't getting it done in goal, but if he isn't putting in the work to correct the situation then that is a whole different situation. That ain't good and that will piss me off big time if true.

I know they've won some games, but it's starting to feel like they have lost every game this year.

It's beginning to become very frustrating.

Yeah, it's frustrating as hell for sure.

Gogo had a shit game last night (in the 3rd). Once again he had a great October and is starting to play like crap again. I hope it's just a minor funk for him. He NEEDS to get better.

Now is the time to play Fleury for a long stretch. If Byslma doesn't and keeps switching back and forth trying to find the "hot goalie" in front of a defense that has lost its system and is lacking, then I'll have lost some confidence in him (Byslma) and his effect on this team.

Right now it doesn't matter who's in goal...the defense (and some of the forwards) are just not playing right. It doesn't make any sense that a team can score 4 on Tim Thomas in 2 periods and still lose. It's really sad.

And I read an article about this the other day...but in true Penguin fashion, I think things are going to get a lot worse before they start getting better. Not throwing in the towel for the whole season yet, but I think we're in for a long winter.

11-11-2010, 09:44 AM
Orpiks take on it...

Remember this Wednesday night, even if the Penguins defensemen probably couldn't wait to forget, because it generated this assessment from trusted voice Brooks Orpik.

"Which one do you want to talk about?" he said of four third-period goals that were scored within about 13 minutes. "Take your pick, and I'll tell you.

"It's not that (other teams) are doing anything. I mean, everything they get, we give them. It's just (our) guys got to be accountable. Part of the problem is we're not playing to the situation. I mean, why are defensemen playing like forwards when we've got a 4-2 lead — this is the problem to me.

"We've got enough good forwards here. We don't need our defensemen playing like forwards when we're up 4-2."


I love him for never mincing words. though I wish he was staring directly at Bylsma saying those words. That's just poor coaching right there.

Fire Haley
11-11-2010, 11:55 AM
It's a long way to go - but they better get their heads outta their asses. Coach too.

Blysma might not make it till Jan. He's got a team of soft goons who would rather fight than play? Where did this all come from?

11-12-2010, 10:56 AM
Pens and Lightning tonight @ 7. Gonna be another tough game (I think they all will be for a while), but I'll be watching as usual.

Fleury will be in goal tonight. Hope he does well, but even if he doesn't play perfect or if the defense leaves him out to hang, again, I still think now is the time to ride him. He's not going to get any better sitting on the bench IMO, and he's not going to get his confidence from practice.

It looks like Conner will be playing tonight as well, he was at practice today. These were the lines at practice today...he may get the nod in favor of Comrie.

The "fifth line" featured Comrie and Godard skating with various partners.

11-14-2010, 10:05 AM
It's been a great two games for the Pens. The whole team has played extremely well, including Fleury. He made 15 saves against Tampa (not a lot I know...but they were pretty much all HUGE saves) and the Pens won 5-1. He made 31 saves against Atlanta last night and his smart goaltending and Geno's hat trick led the Pens to a 4-2 win. Hope they keep up the good work!

Penguins Solid in All Facets Against Thrashers
Sunday, 11.14.2010 / 12:30 AM / Features
By Sam Kasan

ATLANTA – If you want to win hockey games in the National Hockey League, there’s a fairly simple method to follow: win the special teams battle, play sound in the defensive zone, get quality goaltending and let your star players carry you.

The Penguins received a little of all that Saturday night in their 4-2 win over the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena.

We can breakdown those points as well:
The Penguins penalty killers successfully killed off all five shorthanded situations, including two in the third period. Pittsburgh’s power play netted the eventual game-winning goal in the third period.
Pittsburgh eliminated a lot of rebound opportunities and kept most of the shots to the outside perimeter and the points.
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was there to help out his teammates with some key saves when called upon. He stopped 31 pucks in the contest to pick up his second win in two nights.
The stars shined for Pittsburgh. Evgeni Malkin recorded his sixth career hat trick, to go with four points, in the contest. Sidney Crosby recorded a goal and three points.

“All the way around, across the board I think it’s fair to say,” said captain Sidney Crosby on the team’s effort. “It’s a 1-1 game and we had some big penalty kills. (Marc-Andre) Fleury made some big saves. We got a power-play goal in the third. If we keep putting games together like this, we should keep gaining confidence and getting better.”

“We played great tonight, Fleury, PK, the power play and I scored a few goals,” Malkin said.

Pittsburgh improved to 6-2 in back-to-back contests on the year, including a perfect 4-0 on the second night. The Penguins are starting to string together some quality games.

“We want to keep building,” Crosby said. “The last four or five games we’ve been playing good hockey, even if we haven’t won them all. We want to stick with things here. With the team winning and everyone gaining confidence, we’ll only get better. That’s a good sign.”

The Penguins are 6-3-1 on the road this season. They are 36-21-7 away from home since Dan Bylsma was named head coach on Feb. 15, 2009. And to win on the road, you have to play a solid game in all facets.

“Special teams was big tonight,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. “Our PK came up real big and we had the power-play goal. On back-to-back nights, traveling and on the road, that was a big effort from our team.”

Now the Penguins head home for three straight contests at CONSOL Energy Center. Bylsma is hoping to carry their momentum back to Pittsburgh.

“We’re going home this next week focused on getting some wins for us,” he said.

11-14-2010, 10:07 AM
Cooke, son share sweet scene
Sunday, November 14, 2010

Rob Rossi, in his fourth season covering the Penguins, shares some of the scenes unique to a traveling beat reporter.

If the NHL collective bargaining agreement allowed for it, the Penguins would be wise to sign Jackson Cooke to a letter of intent. The little guy has the look of a future NHL regular.

Of course, it helps that Cooke has a great teacher in dear old (by Penguins standards, anyway) dad - Matt Cooke.

The elder Cooke owns a reputation as a fierce competitor, a player willing to toe (and sometimes cross) the line for the benefit of his team. He isn't loved in 29 NHL cities, but the Penguins appreciate him so much that last summer general manager Ray Shero made Cooke one of the rare players in his 30s to receive a multi-year contract.

Cooke will be 34 when his current three-year deal expires, and he might call it a career at that point. The next phase of his life is probably as a hockey dad, and he's already prepping for it.

A familiar sight at Consol Energy Center before practices is Cooke and son on the ice, dad observing carefully as son works on the basics. For about 30 minutes Cooke schools his boy on the art of making and receiving passes, points out spots on the ice where forwards should go to score goals, and urges him to dig harder while bending his knees during the skating stride.

This is the side of Cooke his detractors -- those who consider him one of the NHL's dirtiest players -- might not believe, perhaps a side they could not fathom.

Cooke's critics should know the only job at which he's better at than stirring the pot and killing penalties is parenting.

A few months into his first season with the Penguins, Cooke showed the side of himself that to that point was seldom seen by local media. Walking from a Starbucks to Joe Louis Arena before a game in November 2008, he discussed the difference between public education in Canada and the United States, reasoning that he needed to educate himself more on the pros and cons of potential schools for his children before deciding whether his family should move to Pittsburgh.

After signing his contract in late June, he shared that they would finally make that move. Surely that move will help Jackson Cooke grow into a fine NHL prospect.

He can count on dad seeing to that little by little every day.

11-15-2010, 10:40 AM
Well...moving on from the horrible Steelers loss last night. Pens and Rangers play tonight at 7. Should be a good physical game. Lundqvist should be back in net as well (he's missed 2 games with an illness...would have been nice to abuse Biron though lol). Kennedy is out with an illness. Most likely expect Fleury back in net as well.

Rangers aim for third straight at Pittsburgh
Sunday, 11.14.2010 / 8:01 PM
Brian Compton - NHL.com Staff Writer

RANGERS (9-7-1) at PENGUINS (9-8-1)

TV: MSG, Fox Sports-Pittsburgh.

Last 10: New York 5-5-0; Pittsburgh 4-5-1.

Season Series: This is the first of six meetings between the Atlantic Division rivals. Pittsburgh went 5-0-1 against the Rangers last season and outscored them by a margin of 27-16.

Big Story: The Rangers got superstar Marian Gaborik back in the lineup Thursday night and have outscored their opponents 11-4 in two victories. After earning a 3-2 overtime win against Buffalo on Thursday, New York trounced the Edmonton Oilers by an 8-2 score at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon. Gaborik had a hat trick in the victory.

"It wasn't easy," goalie Martin Biron said. "We had a four-game homestand and lost the first two. This could have easily gone south really quickly, but we were able to salvage it with two big wins at the end. Now it's for us to take that momentum and apply it to our road game, which has been really good."

Team Scope:

Rangers: Gaborik -- who had four points -- wasn't the only major contributor for the Rangers on Sunday. Alex Frolov had two goals and two assists, while Erik Christensen had three assists for the Blueshirts, who won their second straight despite the absence of Henrik Lundqvist, who was battling an illness.

"You hope it gives him some confidence," coach John Tortorella said of Frolov, who entered the game with just two goals and four assists. "You hope he scores in bunches now. I thought Erik made some good plays. We are trying to get that line in a situation where there is some chemistry."

Penguins: It took some time, but it appears Marc-Andre Fleury has finally re-claimed his job as Pittsburgh's starting goaltender.

Fleury, who got off to a sluggish start, won his second straight game on Saturday night as the Pens earned a 4-2 victory against the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena. With the win, Fleury improved to just 3-6-0 on the season.

"He was extremely good early on in the game for us," Pens coach Dan Bylsma said of his goaltender. "He made a couple of real big saves when they had a couple of great chances. Coming back after (Friday) night's game and playing the way he did … I sensed we were going to get a great game from Marc."

Who's Hot: Rangers forward Brian Boyle scored again on Sunday. Boyle, who had four goals last season, has eight in 17 games. … Pens captain Sidney Crosby has 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists) in his last five games.

Injury Report: Chris Drury (broken finger), Vinny Prospal (knee) and Michal Rozsival (shoulder) are out for the Rangers. … Pens center Jordan Staal (hand) is out indefinitely.

Stat Pack: Gaborik's hat trick against the Oilers was his second with New York. He had nine with the Minnesota Wild. … Rugged forward Arron Asham notched his 100th career assist in Pittsburgh's win at Atlanta on Saturday night.

Puck Drop: "You want to go out there, work hard and be on top of your game. It is definitely good to go out there, score and get one under your belt." -- Rangers forward Marian Gaborik

11-16-2010, 01:24 PM
Sidney Crosby Ranks Among League's Best
Tuesday, 11.16.2010 / 1:05 PM / Features

The Penguins are a quarter into the 2009-10 campaign and to the surprise of no one, captain Sidney Crosby once again finds himself ranking among the NHL’s elite players.

Crosby is currently tied for the lead in the NHL scoring race with 28 points, while ranking third (tied) in goals with 12. The following are Crosby’s NHL rankings as of Tuesday:

28 points – tied for first
12 goals – tied for third
16 assists – second
5 power-play goals – tied for third
72 shots – fifth
253 faceoff wins – second

Crosby is heating up right now for the Penguins. He has scored a goal in five of the last six games, with multiple-point games in six of his past eight contests. Over the last eight games Crosby has 15 points (6G-9A).

“The main thing is to remain consistent,” Crosby said. “As a line I think we’ve done a pretty good job at it in the last five or six (games), as the whole team has. We need to keep going. We’re playing good hockey, but we need to get results too.”

And Crosby has also improved immensely in the fundamentals. He set a new career high with faceoff wins (27) Monday night against the New York Rangers. At one point during the game, Crosby had won 19 of 20 faceoffs, a ridiculously silly equation.

“(Against the Rangers) I felt pretty good,” he said. “I thought it was one of my better games as far as creating things, faceoffs and things like that. That’s the way it goes. Sometimes you create more and they don’t go in.”

“He’s been good on the faceoffs and has been proficient there for a while now,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. “But he has had a few nights where he goes off like that. When he’s like that, he’s going to be the guy who goes out and takes the faceoffs in every type of situation.”

Dominating the NHL is nothing new to Crosby – who has a Stanley Cup, Olympic gold medal, Hart Trophy (MVP), Art Ross (scoring championship), “Rocket” Richard (goal-scoring champion) and Lester B. Pearson Award (outstanding player as voted by peers).

Over the past few seasons Crosby has used the offseason to improve parts of his game. Heading into last season, the 23-year-old captain worked on his faceoffs and shooting technique.

The result? Crosby won the NHL’s goal-scoring title with 51 goals (shared with Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos) and led the league with 1,001 faceoff wins.

Crosby had some extra time this past summer to hone his game. But the most important thing was to get some much needed rest after playing in 275 games (211 regular season, 57 playoffs, 7 Olympics) over the past three seasons.

“Off the ice you have to make most of the summer,” Crosby said. “You put in a lot of work off the ice to get stronger and gain any chance you can. You don’t always get a long summer, hopefully we don’t have many of them. But when you get them you want to make sure you’re rested and in good shape, and ready to have a good season.”

Crosby’s season is shaping up to be good. And as the year draws to a close, you can expect to see Crosby’s name near the top of the chards among the NHL’s elite.

11-16-2010, 07:30 PM
I'm a little pissed there isn't a game on tonight.

Looks like I need to switch from screaming at the TV to actual human beings.

Thanks to the Pens, I'm in rare and unprecedented form and therefore might need one of you to bail me out of jail tomorrow.


11-17-2010, 01:41 AM
I'm a little pissed there isn't a game on tonight.

Looks like I need to switch from screaming at the TV to actual human beings.

Thanks to the Pens, I'm in rare and unprecedented form and therefore might need one of you to bail me out of jail tomorrow.


:sofunny: If I lived in Cali, I'd come bail you out for sure...there's a good chance I'd be locked up next to you though.

A game tonight would have been great, but I needed a break for sure. It was nice to relax with THE WHOLE FAMILY (rare occasions) and just watch a couple movies and get read to by the sweetest girl in the world.

I tell you what though, she is becoming the biggest puck bunny ever. Her crush on Sid knows no bounds. I'll be sitting there watching a game through clenched teeth and they'll show Sid and she'll just smile and sigh....and she'll squeal when he scores. :chuckle: It's hilarious.

She's convinced she's going to marry him one day. I figure when she's 20, he'll be 35. It's a PERFECT fit. Welcome to the family Sid.

11-18-2010, 11:58 AM
Despite losing to the Rangers in OT (which yes, was disappointing...but I felt lucky that they got a point out of that game. I thought they were going to lose in regulation for a while, despite playing a solid game)...the Pens are on a major tear right now. They've won 4 of their last 6 and one loss has been in OT. Fleury has his mojo back and the whole team is playing better in front of them. They seem to have finally clicked for the season and are playing the most complete games I've seen them play in a while.

Last nights game was just fantastic!

Aftermath: Penguins 3, Canucks 1
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Heading into Wednesday’s game with Vancouver, head coach Dan Bylsma said that the Canucks would be a good measuring stick for the Penguins. A fair assessment considering Vancouver entered the game with a 10-4-3 record to rank second in the Western Conference (one point behind Los Angeles) and boasted the NHL’s No. 2-ranked power play.

Apparently, the Penguins measure up well to the West’s elite. Pittsburgh used goals from Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675), Maxime Talbot (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470171) and Arron Asham (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465025) to upend the Canucks, 3-1.

The Penguins shut down Vancouver’s lethal power play – holding them scoreless in five tries. In fact, it was the Pittsburgh penalty killers that managed to get on the board thanks to Talbot’s shorthanded goal.

The Penguins got another strong performance from netminder Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594), who was stellar between the pipes for the fourth consecutive game. Fleury stopped 29 shots and limited Vancouver’s dangerous offense to just one goal.

Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498) and Zbynek Michalek (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469760) were solid in defending the dangerous Sedin twins (Henrik and Daniel), and the Penguins were a dominant presence in the offensive zone. The Penguins deserve much credit for keeping the pressure on and finishing the job.


http://cdn.nhl.com/penguins/v2/photos/mugs/8470171.jpg Maxime Talbot (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470171)

Mad Max is back! Maxime Talbot (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470171), sporting his aesthetic Fu Manchu, scored a goal and added an assist for a two-point night against Vancouver.

Both of Talbot’s points came courtesy of the penalty kill. He chipped a puck out of the zone as Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675)’s first-period penalty expired. Crosby took the puck on a breakaway and beat goalie Roberto Luongo stick side.

Talbot’s shining moment came in the second period. He led a two-on-one opportunity while the Penguins were shorthanded. His shot was stopped by Luongo. But Talbot followed up on the rebound, carried the puck behind the net and tucked a wraparound shot over the goal line for the eventual game-winner.

Talbot’s stat line reads: 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points, plus-2 rating, 2 shots, 2 hits and 4:47 shorthanded minutes.


Pittsburgh looked strong early in the game, but couldn’t find a way to beat gold-medal winning goaltender Roberto Luongo. That was until Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) took a holding penalty late in the frame.

After sitting for two minutes, Crosby stepped onto the ice and picked up a cleared puck for a breakaway opportunity. Crosby skated down the middle lane and cranked a snap shot past Luongo blocker side with 3:17 remaining in the first.

That goal helped jumpstart the Penguins. The team was off and running in the second period thanks to the momentum from the captain’s tally.


PITTSBURGH (AP) -Sidney Crosby scored on a breakaway seven seconds after leaving the penalty box, Max Talbot scored short-handed and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Vancouver Canucks in regulation for the first time in 10 years, winning 3-1 on Wednesday night.

The Canucks were 7-0-1 against the Penguins since losing 4-2 on Nov. 3, 2000, and had won their last four in Pittsburgh.



• Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594) turned in another spectacular performance for the Penguins. He made 29 saves, including several key stops in the third period, to pick up his fourth win of the season. In his last four contests, Fleury is 3-0-1 with a 1.72 goals-against average and .933 save percentage.

• The Penguins penalty killers played a huge role in the 3-1 win. Pittsburgh’s PK unit pitched a shutout, keeping the Canucks’ second-ranked power play off the board in five opportunities. What’s more, the Penguins scored a shorthanded goal to win the always important special teams battle.

• Maxime Talbot (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470171)’s shorthanded tally in the second period was his 11th career shorty. Talbot is now tied for fifth on the Penguins’ all-time shorthanded goals list with Syl Apps and Ryan Malone.

• Matt Cooke (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465951)’s assist on Talbot’s shorthanded goal gives him four SH points on the season (2G-2A), the top mark in the NHL prior to the conclusion of Wednesday’s games.

• Pittsburgh has sold out 176 consecutive games (regular season and playoffs), but the streak has topped another milestone – the 3-million mark. During the streak a total of 3,018,146 fans have been counted in attendance. The streak, which began Feb. 14, 2007 vs. Chicago, includes every game in the last three-plus season of Mellon Arena’s operation and the first 10 games at CONSOL Energy Center.

• The Penguins wore their blue third jerseys in the contest. The team is now 3-0 this season in blue, and 15-7-3 all-time since introducing the new sweater at the 2008 NHL Winter Classic.


#1. Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594)
Goaltender - 29

29 saves
1 GA
4th win of season

#2. Maxime Talbot (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470171)
Forward - 25

SH goal
plus-2 rating
2 points (1G-1A)

#3. Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675)
Center - 87

13th goal of season
4 shots
21:49 TOI

11-18-2010, 10:00 PM
I tell you what though, she is becoming the biggest puck bunny ever. Her crush on Sid knows no bounds. I'll be sitting there watching a game through clenched teeth and they'll show Sid and she'll just smile and sigh....and she'll squeal when he scores

I smile, sigh and squel when he scores too. With her it's adorable but with me I'm thinking it's kinda weird. :nervous: :chuckle:

When I get rich though and gets us those season tixs in Suite 66, she gets to come too. The cutie is in!

11-20-2010, 12:17 AM
Another win tonight. Hockey is getting fun again!

11-21-2010, 09:19 AM
I finally got to watch the game last night (after avoiding this thread and NHL.com like the plague)...and what a great game! A close one, and I was a little ticked that it went into OT, but most games with Carolina are begrudgingly close. Nice to see Fleury strong in the SO though. :thumbsup:

Crosby, Malkin shine in Penguins' shootout win
Saturday, November 20, 2010

Four points from center Sidney Crosby, three assists for center Evgeni Malkin, and two goals for Chris Kunitz (as many tries the Zamboni needed to clear the ice surface for a shootout session), and the Penguins escaped with a win Friday night.

Hardly a typical game at Consol Energy Center, which featured a couple of firsts and one reoccurrence of a troubling trend in the Penguins' 5-4 shootout victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

"We've got to figure some things out," Kunitz said.

Specifically, how to hold a third-period lead; the Penguins have blown four of them, which makes their 11-8-2 (24 points) mark even more impressive.

Imagine what they might do over the next quarter of this season if: A) they start protecting leads, and B) their maligned power play does what it did against the Hurricanes.

Defenseman Kris Letang and Crosby scored in the shootout, where goalie Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside two shots.

"We don't want (blown leads) to happen, but at the end, you have to look at it like we got two points," said Fleury, who made 30 saves to give the Penguins points in his past five starts (4-0-1).

For a brief period of time against Carolina, there was a sense those fickle hockey gods decided the Penguins have suffered enough on the power play. Exactly 14 seconds remained on a third-period advantage upon which Kunitz, No. 14, scored a go-ahead goal.

Replay officials in Toronto confirmed the goal after a lengthy review, though neither the Penguins nor Hurricanes completely understood what those officials were looking for to make the ruling.

Audio on television replays appeared to indicate a whistle had blown before Kunitz's shot crossed the goal line.

"I don't know," Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said. "I'm not sure the referee was wrong. Actually, I'm pretty sure he was right because he had it as no goal ... I believe he still feels that way."

No matter, because the Penguins' 25th-rated power play scored only its second goal on 20 chances, and the story line was set for a positive review of the man-advantage performances.

Then, Hurricanes left wing Jussi Jokinen had to go and double the goal total with which he began this contest, his fourth marker with 52 seconds left capping a pulled-goalie situation to pull Carolina even.

"It's like giving up one on a power play," Orpik said. "They're coming off a 7-1 win and they've got a team that works extremely hard; 6-on-5 anything can happen... they pull their goalie and they're going all out. That stuff happens."

So do milestones for stars such as Malkin, who recorded his 400th point on Crosby's 14th goal in the second period.

Malkin now has 401 points and 20 on the season.

Crosby has recorded 33 points, second only to Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos, whose five points Thursday night gave him the NHL lead at 35.

"I don't think that's a coincidence," coach Dan Bylsma said of Crosby's big night. "That's a response."

Notes: Center Jordan Staal skated for the first time since his fractured right hand was surgically repaired Nov. 2. Staal, who could not wear a glove on the hand because of protective casing, did not engage in any puck drills. He is expected to miss another four weeks.

11-21-2010, 11:14 PM
Mom, do you watch all your games online? I figured since you live in Pittsburgh that you get all the games unlike someone like me who has to pay for it.

The last few games have been fun, just hate when they update Jordan and that he's still four weeks away from returning.

It's seems like that many weeks plus have passed since he broke his hand. It's starting to feel like he'll never make it back on the ice this season.

11-21-2010, 11:33 PM
Mom, do you watch all your games online? I figured since you live in Pittsburgh that you get all the games unlike someone like me who has to pay for it.

The last few games have been fun, just hate when they update Jordan and that he's still four weeks away from returning.

It's seems like that many weeks plus have passed since he broke his hand. It's starting to feel like he'll never make it back on the ice this season.

Yeah, I watch everything online (or download it later...I have a torrent site for football games and for hockey games). We don't have cable (anymore) and live so far in the woods that we don't get reception either. That's why we pay out the ass for the highest speed internet we can get and have like 3 terrabyte external drives to store stuff on lol.

I can't wait till Jordan gets back either...though this time will kind of be good for him so he can get plenty of conditioning done. Missing training camp screws with players sometimes (like Talbot last year).

11-22-2010, 10:23 AM
Things might be getting a little rough here soon...hopefully these injuries are minor and don't amount to too much. :hope:

The Penguins are hopeful that their two biggest stars will be on the ice tonight when they take on the Panthers in Florida.

Captain Sidney Crosby left practice early at Southpointe on Sunday, and center Evgeni Malkin did not practice.

Also, left wing Chris Kunitz departed practice with an injury.

"They are all dealing with some aches, pains and soreness," Penguins coach Dan Byslma said.

Bylsma also said that he expects Crosby, Malkin and Kunitz to participate in the morning skate today in Florida.

It appears likely that all three will play against the Panthers, given that Bylsma doesn't intend on recalling any players from Wilkes-Barre.

"We're not making that move," Bylsma said. "I think we'll be all right."

Crosby declined to specifically identify what was bothering him, though he has been plagued by occasional hip and groin soreness this season.

He left about 40 minutes into the 60-minute workout yesterday. There was no indication that he was in severe pain as he left the ice.

"Just a little sore," said Crosby, who spoke confidently about playing against the Panthers.

Crosby is second in the NHL in scoring, one point behind Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos.


No word yet on who has been at the morning skate.

*EDIT* Looks now to be much ado about nothing (for the time being at least)...appears everyone was on the ice for the morning skate.

New line ups for the game tonight though.

11:39 AM:
The Penguins are on the ice for their morning skate.

Head coach Dan Bylsma has moved Evgeni Malkin back to right wing. Maxime Talbot will move up to center his line, with Matt Cooke remaining on left wing.

Here are the lines the Penguins used today:


11-22-2010, 10:30 AM
Crosby's Pyramid Trick. :applaudit:


11-22-2010, 11:54 AM
Red-hot Pens head to Florida
Monday, 11.22.2010 / 10:23 AM
Sergei J. Feldman - NHL.com Staff Writer

PENGUINS (11-8-2) at PANTHERS (9-9-0)

TV: FS-P (HD), FS-F (HD)

Last 10: Pittsburgh 6-3-1, Florida 6-4-0.

Season series: This is the first of four meetings between the Pens and Cats. Last year, the Penguins took three of four from the Panthers, with two of those wins in overtime and one via the shootout.

Big Story: Both teams enter the game playing some of their better hockey of the season while gaining ground on other Eastern Conference foes. The Penguins will look to continue their dominance against the Panthers, while Florida will attempt to make last season's sweep look like an aberration.

Team Scope:

Penguins: Coming off a 5-4 shootout win over the Carolina Hurricanes, the Penguins have been rolling of late, going 5-1-1 in their past seven games. The biggest difference for the Pens has been the play between the pipes. Marc-Andre Fleury, after a rough start to the season, has seemingly returned to familiar form, going 4-0-1 in his past five starts. Florida will mark the first of a two-game road trip for the Penguins, who will take on Buffalo Wednesday night.

Panthers: Like the Penguins, the Panthers have been playing some of their best hockey of late. Winning four of their last six games, the Panthers will begin a three-game home stand after being on the road the previous four contests. Leading the way for the Cats is Matt Santorelli who is coming off a two-goal effort against the New York Islanders Saturday night.

"I'm just trying to improve," he said of his performance and recent strong play. "Playing with great players certainly helps."

Who’s hot: Chris Kunitz has seemingly found his place under the sun on a line with Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis. Against Carolina Friday night, Kunitz collected two goals and finished nearly every check to become a physical presence on the Penguins’ top line. He’s been a plus player in five consecutive games.

For the Panthers, save for one hiccup effort against the Boston Bruins, goalie Tomas Vokoun has allowed just one goal in four of his past five games.

Injury Report: Rostislav Olesz is doubtful for the Panthers with a broken finger, while Stephen Weiss is questionable with an ankle injury. For Pittsburgh, the Penguins still await Jordan Staal to return, which won’t be the case for another four weeks. He did, however, take to the ice for the first time Friday morning.

Stat pack: Fleury enters the game with a 2.95 GAA for the year, marking the first time he’s played under 3.00 since the season opener.

Puck drop: Crosby will continue his chase to eclipse Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos for the most points in the League. Entering the game, Crosby trails Stamkos by one point (34 to 33).

11-23-2010, 06:07 PM
Crosby tops vote getters in early All-Star returns
By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Sidney Crosby is on pace for his best season ever and the fans are noticing.

Crosby leads all vote getters in the NHL All-Star Fan Balloting Presented by XM with 118,755 votes. Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith is second with 82,968. Nicklas Lidstrom (80,723), Alex Ovechkin (80,169) and Jonathan Toews (79,953) round out the top vote getters with more than 3.62 million votes already cast.

Montreal's Carey Price leads in the goalie category with 71,199 write-in votes. Flyers rookie Sergei Bobrovsky is second behind Price among netminders with 58,101 write-in votes.

Voting continues through Jan. 3. The 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover will take place Jan. 30 in Raleigh, N.C., and the three forwards, two defensemen and one goalie with the most votes in their respective categories will be named the first All-Stars. The NHL Hockey Operations Department will select the remaining 36 players for the game.

Fans have taken the liberty to go off the ballot and cast their own vote. Price and Bobrovsky are proof of that.

Approximately 33 percent of the 150 vote-getters have come from write-ins, including 26 percent of the forwards, 24 percent of the defensemen and 28 percent of the goaltenders.

Philadelphia right wing Claude Giroux leads the write-in campaign for forwards with 54,215 votes. That's 11th in the forwards category. Pittsburgh's Kris Letang leads defensemen in write-in votes with 50,123, which is good for eighth among blue-liners. Other than Price and Bobrovsky, Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard has also received support with 31,537 write-in votes.

While Crosby, Ovechkin, Toews, Keith, Lidstrom and Price would as of today be the six players automatically selected to play in the All-Star Game, the races are tight.

Steven Stamkos is pushing the forwards with 78,833 votes, which is only 1,120 behind Toews. Chris Pronger trails Lidstrom by just 2,720 votes. Price, though, is currently leading by a landslide with 13,098 more votes than Bobrovsky. Tim Thomas is third with 47,646 and Jaroslav Halak has 47,483.

11-23-2010, 06:11 PM
Penguins 3, Panthers 2
Monday, 11.22.2010 / 11:52 PM Associated Press

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -Sidney Crosby had another big night for the Pittsburgh Penguins, but it was little-known Chris Conner who netted the late-game winner.

Conner scored his first goal of the season with 7:04 remaining to lift the Penguins to a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday night.

Conner, playing in his sixth game after being recalled from the minors, one-timed Mark Letestu's pass past Tomas Vokoun on the blocker side for the only goal of the third period.

"I was trying to get it off quick," Conner said. "It was in tight, so I figured I'd just surprise him, and it was good."

Kris Letang and Crosby had power-play goals for the Penguins, who came in with the NHL's 25th-ranked power play.

Crosby, who also had an assist, extended his career-best point streak to nine games. He has at least two points in eight of 11 games. With 35 points, Crosby is tied for the NHL scoring lead with Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos.

Crosby and Stamkos tied with a league-best 51 goals last season.

Cory Stillman and Bryan McCabe scored for the Panthers (9-10), who missed a chance to get over the .500 mark for the first time this season. Vokoun finished with 23 saves.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves for Pittsburgh, which improved to 5-0-1 in its last six games.

"I was totally relaxed, and the guys played good for me," Fleury said.

The Panthers went 0 for 5 on the power play, making them 0 for 25 over the last six games.

"The power play cost us the game again," McCabe said. "They get two, we get zero, had a bunch of opportunities. It's got to win us a game at some point. Right now, it's costing us games."

The Panthers were playing at home for the first time since ending a four-game road trip.

Pittsburgh (12-8-2) dominated play early, taking a 2-0 lead in the first and outshooting Florida 13-6 at one point.

"That was nice," Crosby said. "It was one of those things where you start well, draw a few penalties, and make them pay. We had a few chances after that, but great start."

Stillman sliced the lead in half with 35 seconds left in the period. After Fleury gave up a high rebound off Jason Garrison's shot, Stillman moved his stick forward, and the puck bounced in off his glove. The goal was upheld after a video review.

"That was a big goal at the end of the period, and we started to play our game in the second and third," Panthers coach Pete DeBoer said. "We were worried about a little post-trip hangover first game back, and we saw it in the first period. It would have been better if we could have weathered the storm a little bit. It's a big hole against a team like that."

After McCabe tied it in the second period, both teams had shots bounce off the post.

Matt Cooke almost converted a wrister while Pittsburgh was short-handed in the second, and Florida's Chris Higgins was just off in the third.

"Our second wasn't great," Crosby said. "They probably played better. The third was probably 50-50. ... A big goal from Conner, and (Fleury) made some big saves. It wasn't going to be pretty, but we found a way."

NOTES: Florida played without F Steve Reinprecht (groin) and F Rostislav Olesz (broken finger). ... The Panthers remained the only team in the league without an overtime game this season. ... The game was part of the Penguins' annual "Dad's Trip," which also includes Wednesday's game at Buffalo.

11-24-2010, 10:11 AM
Pens will be in Buffalo tonight @ 7pm. We'll see a familiar face in Jordan Leopold tonight. Fleury should be in goal again and despite some key injuries (Niedermayer, Stafford, Connolly, Miller) and a rough start to the season, the Sabres are playing pretty good hockey right now. Should be a fun game!

11:03 AM:
According to the Sabres official website, Ryan Miller and Tim Connolly will not play tonight. Lalime is still on the ice for Buffalo, an indication that 22-year-old Jhonas Enroth may start against the Pens tonight.


11-24-2010, 10:14 AM
Penguins' Bylsma stayed calm under fire
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

SUNRISE, Fla. — It would be easy to credit coach Dan Bylsma with the Penguins' recent turnaround: He has steered the team to a 5-0-1 run since a home loss two weeks ago described by this media outlet as "rock bottom."

Not only is it easy, but it is also well-deserved. He is as responsible for this change in fortune — the Penguins had lost five of seven in regulation — as goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (.920 save percentage), centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin (eight goals, 22 points combined) and the penalty-kill units (24 for 25).

Look not at any adjustments Bylsma made strategically, but rather at the one he resisted making after the Penguins blew a two-goal lead in the third period of a home loss to Boston, a loss that featured five unanswered goals by the Bruins over the last 20 minutes.

Calm, cool and, surprisingly, with an occasional grin, Bylsma fielded questions from a ready-to-pounce media that night at Consol Energy Center. His critics weren't given any ammunition in the form of harsh words for them or Penguins players, and Bylsma carefully avoided any statements from which negativity could be extracted.

Privately, he was fuming over the Penguins' continued penchant for poor team defense, an inept power play and selfish, careless turnovers by players.

He never fumed publicly, though, and there is no indication he raised his voice behind closed doors.

Bylsma stayed true to his vow never to go negative. By persistently sticking to that vow during the rough start to this month, he showed growth as a coach, gained a greater measure of respect from players, and reaffirmed the belief that general manager Ray Shero has in him.

That stay-true-to-yourself quality is one Shero likes best about Bylsma, whose job was never in danger and won't be this season.

It is also a quality that meshes well with Crosby, who, like Bylsma, is fiercely competitive but stays on message — 99 percent of the time, it moves discussion forward — when everybody not employed by the Penguins is screaming for somebody to scream about something.

Shero once said the easiest thing to do in tough times is to get negative, to make some noise.

His coach wasn't interested in that easy option two weeks ago, and that is a big reason why the Penguins are better today.

11-24-2010, 10:13 PM
Yayers! Another win tonight.

And Fleury has rebounded, even got a shutout!

Next two games have funky times which I hate since daytime is so busy for me, but it won't be for these games.

Screw everything else. I'll be watching. Go Pens!

11-24-2010, 10:36 PM
Yeah, I watch everything online (or download it later...I have a torrent site for football games and for hockey games). We don't have cable (anymore) and live so far in the woods that we don't get reception either. That's why we pay out the ass for the highest speed internet we can get and have like 3 terrabyte external drives to store stuff on lol.

Mom, any chance you'll be able to find a link to get the HBO specials about the 24/7 documented series leading up and thru the Winter Classic online?

I don't get that channel yet I'd LOVE to watch the episodes. That's something right up my alley.

11-25-2010, 10:05 AM
I love that the Pens won last night, and that Fleury got a shut out...but that was the most boring game so far this year. I don't always need to see tons of points scored or anything, but there was just very little action at all. I couldn't even pay attention for most of it lol.

11-25-2010, 10:06 AM
Mom, any chance you'll be able to find a link to get the HBO specials about the 24/7 documented series leading up and thru the Winter Classic online?

I don't get that channel yet I'd LOVE to watch the episodes. That's something right up my alley.

I'll definitely be checking for something live...but more likely than not, I'll end up having to download the torrents from NHL torrents (which I'll probably do either way).

If they don't have any live streams, I'll be sure to e-mail you the files for it.

11-26-2010, 05:55 PM
Aftermath: Penguins 2, Senators 1
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There are a lot of factors that have allowed the Penguins to go unbeaten in their last eight games, 7-0-1. Special teams and goaltending have been arguably the biggest catalyst to the team’s success, and that was the case again in its 2-1 victory over Ottawa at CONSOL Energy Center.

The Penguins scored twice on the man-advantage and held the Senators’ PP off the board on three opportunities en route to netting two points in the standings. Pittsburgh’s two power-play goals were the result of some great work in front of the Ottawa net.

Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594) was awesome between the pipes for the Penguins, stopping 43 shots in the game – including 20 in the first period. Fleury, who has started every game of Pittsburgh’s 7-0-1 streak, made the save of the year with a sliding, split glove save on Chris Kelly in the first period.

The Penguins staved off a final-minute surge by Ottawa to preserve the 2-1 win.

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Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594) no doubt was the biggest reason the Penguins picked up a victory against Ottawa. But Tyler Kennedy (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471311) was an unsung hero for Pittsburgh.

Kennedy had a strong game and was flying all over the ice. He was rewarded with some time on the power play. Kennedy, in turn, rewarded his coaches by assisting on both Penguins’ goals on the power play (and in the game).

Kenney was part of a scramble above the crease when Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) swooped in to snap a shot into the net for Pittsburgh’s first goal. Kennedy provided the perfect screen, blocking Ottawa goaltender Pascal Leclaire’s view, as Alex Goligoski (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471274) scored the Penguins’ second goal.

Kennedy finished the game with two assists, six shots, two hits and 11:22 minutes of ice time.


The Penguins received a four-minute double-minor power play when Chris Kelly was called for hooking and holding 2:47 into the third period. Ottawa killed off the first leg of the penalty. The Senators were two more minutes away from escaping unscathed and with a gust of momentum behind them.

But the game turned 18 seconds into the second penalty. Mike Fisher fell down in the high slot, allowing Alex Goligoski (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471274) to skate the puck deep into the far circle. With Tyler Kennedy (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471311) providing a screen, Goligoski lifted a perfect shot off the post and into the net.


(AP) - Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594) made 43 saves, Alex Goligoski (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471274) scored the winning goal and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 for their fifth consecutive game Friday.

Fleury lost six of his first seven decisions and temporarily lost his starting job, but as he has played better, so have the Penguins. Pittsburgh and Fleury are 7-0-1 with a 1.60 goals-against average in their past eight.

Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) also scored with Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) assisting on the play for the Penguins. Crosby extended his points streak to 11 games, third-longest of his career and tied for the longest in the NHL this season.



• With one assist, Crosby extended his season-long scoring streak to 11 games, the longest in the NHL this season and third longest of his career. Crosby has 22 points (9G-13A) during the streak.

• Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594) made 43 saves against Ottawa and 30 saves at Buffalo Wednesday night to record his first shutout of the season and 17th of his career. That’s 73 saves in the last 120 minutes of play. Fleury has recorded at least 27 saves in his last five starts.

• Fleury even got involved with Ottawa’s Chris Neil, a noted troublemaker. The two got into the battle after Neil crashed the net hard. Neil even removed Fleury’s helmet during the encounter. Fleury was fired up and really elevated his play following the scuffle.

• The Penguins penalty killers went a perfect 3-for-3 on the afternoon. Pittsburgh hasn’t allowed a power-play goal in 11 of the last 13 contests. The PK unit has killed off 50 of the last 52 penalties (96.2 percent), including 25 straight kills.

• The Senators took 21 shots in the first period, the most by the team in one period this season. The 21 shots allowed by the Penguins in the first was also the most the Penguins have allowed in one frame this season. The Penguins countered with 20 shots in the second period, the most by Pittsburgh in a period this season. Both teams combined for 84 (Ott - 44, Pit - 40).

11-26-2010, 11:03 PM
The team is kicking ass right now.

Playing pretty good on specials teams too. Especially the PK and doing it without Jordan.

I'm starting to think Bylsma should play the 2HM more though. It seems like those two together always make something happen.

11-27-2010, 09:46 AM
Flames face rejuvenated Fleury
Last Updated: Saturday, November 27, 2010 | 8:04 AM MT
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Shaky goaltending by Marc-Andre Fleury got the Pittsburgh Penguins off to an equally rocky start in their new building. But Fleury's recent play has the Penguins enjoying their home-ice advantage.

With Pittsburgh looking to post its sixth straight victory, Fleury is expected to be in net Saturday afternoon (1 p.m. ET) when the Calgary Flames try to finish their five-game trip with consecutive wins for the first time in more than a month.

In goal as the Penguins (14-8-2) lost their first three at the new Consol Energy Center, Fleury temporarily lost his starting job to Brent Johnson, who started seven of 12 from Oct. 15 to Nov. 10 and was in net for Pittsburgh's first two home wins.

Fleury, though, has taken a firm grip of the starting job by going 7-0-1 with a 1.60 goals-against average in the last eight games. He made a season-high 43 saves in Friday's 2-1 home win over Ottawa.

"I'm still playing the same way I did. I'm just a little more relaxed," said Fleury, 2-1-0 with a 1.30 GAA in four starts against Calgary. "Things are going well. We're winning games and the guys are helping me out."

Pittsburgh has won four straight by one goal thanks to a penalty-kill unit that has stopped the last 25 chances. The Penguins have also improved on the power play, scoring five times in the last four games following scores from Evgeni Malkin and Alex Goligoski on Friday.

Pittsburgh, winner of a season-high three straight at home, will try to record its first six-game win streak since a seven-game surge Oct. 8-23, 2009.

Crosby leads way

The Penguins have a good chance of approaching that run the way captain Sidney Crosby is playing. The sixth-year centre, second in the league with 37 points and two goals shy of 200 for his career, has scored nine times and has 13 assists during an 11-game point streak.

The Flames (9-11-2) snapped a three-game skid Friday with a 3-2 shootout victory at Philadelphia. It also ended the Flames' five-game road losing streak.

"We were rewarded for our game, and maybe we haven't been rewarded on this trip so far," coach Brent Sutter said of a Philadelphia overtime goal getting waved off on an unsportsmanlike conduct call on defenceman Chris Pronger.

The Flames, losers of seven of eight at Pittsburgh, will look for captain Jarome Iginla to continue his solid play as they go for back-to-back wins for the first time since a 3-0-0 stretch Oct. 22-26.

Iginla, tied with Alex Tanguay with a team-high 18 points, has seven goals and three assists in the last eight games after notching eight points in his first 15.

Iginla has no goals and three assists in seven games at Pittsburgh.

In the Flames' last game in Pittsburgh, Fleury made 31 saves and posted his 15th career shutout in a 2-0 victory March 25, 2009.

Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff is expected to make his second straight start Saturday. He is 0-2-1 with a 2.29 GAA in his last three starts against Pittsburgh.

11-27-2010, 05:49 PM
Crosby nets trick, 200th goal in Pens' sixth straight
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Crosby scored three times -- which included his 200th NHL goal -- and the Pittsburgh Penguins (http://penguins.nhl.com/) won their sixth in a row, beating the Flames 4-1 at the CONSOL Energy Center.

"I think they got me the hat trick (puck), and the 200th one," said Crosby, who has 18 goals in 25 games. "I don't know which ones they got, but they made sure they had them all, with a couple milestones there."

Crosby already had two goals, one on a power play, before scoring shorthanded into an empty net with 37 seconds remaining. If he had converted the penalty shot he missed 4:14 into the game, Crosby would have scored four goals with every possible variation: even-strength, power play, shorthanded, penalty shot and empty net.

Pens owner Mario Lemieux is the only NHL player to score five goals all five ways, on Dec. 31, 1988, against New Jersey.

"Oh, geez, don't tell me that," Crosby said. "That's one thing I never thought would ever be beat. To know I came that close, that hurts, but it was fun and, obviously, I would have liked to have put that one in."

The Penguins' winning streak is their longest since they won seven in a row in October 2009, four months after they won the Stanley Cup. Kris Letang (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471724) had three assists, while Brooks Orpik (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8468498) chipped in with a pair as Pittsburgh improved to 5-0-1 in its last six games in its new facility.

"We've done a good job on the road, but early on we didn't get the results at home," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "But now, with putting the wins together and getting the results here, I think it's starting to feel like home. Our fans are starting to make it feel like home as well with the atmosphere in the building. We'd like to keep that string going."

Crosby made it 2-0 in the second period by putting in Chris Kunitz (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8470543)'s rebound, then scored No. 200 midway through the third when Paul Martin (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8468542)'s shot from above the circles deflected off his stick. Crosby has 12 goals and 13 assists during a 12-game scoring streak.

Crosby completed his sixth regular-season hat trick and first this season by scoring into an empty net with 36.4 seconds remaining during a Flames power play in which Calgary created a two-man advantage by pulling Kiprusoff.

"I've missed a few empty netters, so those ones are nice," Crosby said.

Brent Johnson (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8462161) made 30 saves during his first start since Nov. 10 against Boston, but lost his shutout when Rene Bourque (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471504) scored his 11th goal and second in three games at 13:03 of the third.

Kiprusoff stopped 24 shots in the first period alone -- the most shots the Penguins have had in a period since their 25 in the first period against San Jose on March 6, 1992. His best save was a glove-hand stop on Crosby's backhander on a penalty shot awarded when Brendan Morrison (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8459461) hooked Crosby 4:14 into the game. The Pens' captain is 0-for-3 on penalty shots in his career.

"An elite-level player like him has great creativity in his game and a tremendous skill set," Calgary coach Brent Sutter said. "It's because of his work ethic, and how hard he plays every shift."

The Penguins solved Kiprusoff when Arron Asham (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8465025) scored on a slap shot from the right circle at 6:26 of the second.

Calgary ended a 1-2-2 road trip in which its only victory was a 3-2 overtime win Friday in Philadelphia. The Flames have scored five goals in four games.

11-27-2010, 11:44 PM
Five straight wins. :danceshout:

I'm lovin me some Pens hockey right now.

11-28-2010, 09:23 AM
Five straight wins. :danceshout:

I'm lovin me some Pens hockey right now.

Seeex, ah, ah, ah....seeeex straight wins. (That was my Count impression. Don't laugh at me!)

I'm loving this streak as well...I know it's got to end sometime, but they are just playing out of their minds right now!

11-29-2010, 10:01 AM
Pens, Rangers continue pursuit of Flyers
Sunday, 11.28.2010 / 4:50 PM Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PENGUINS (15-8-2) at RANGERS (14-10-1)


Last 10: Pittsburgh 8-1-1; New York 7-3-0

Season series: This is the second of six meetings between the clubs this season. The first one was a thriller won by the Rangers in overtime, 3-2, on Nov. 15.

Big Story -- Both Atlantic Division teams are playing well yet neither can catch the red-hot Flyers. This is the first time they've seen each other since that fantastic finish in Pittsburgh two weeks ago. Chris Kunitz scored the tying goal with 2:31 left in regulation and Matt Cooke gave the Penguins the lead 38 seconds later. Pittsburgh went on a power play right after Cooke's goal when Henrik Lundqvist whacked his stick over the crossbar and received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. However, Rangers defenseman Marc Staal managed to slither in a shorthanded goal with 1:26 to play and then Ryan Callahan won it for the Blueshirts in overtime on a fantastic 2-on-1 with Brandon Dubinsky.

Team Scope:

Penguins -- Six years into his career and Sidney Crosby has arguably never been better. Crosby is on pace for his best season ever and he enters Monday leading the NHL with 40 points on 18 goals and 22 assists. He recorded his first hat trick of the season and sixth of his career in Saturday's 4-1 win over Calgary. He nearly had four goals, but he missed on a penalty shot in the first period. Crosby's second goal Saturday was the 200th of his career. He's simply on fire, and not coincidentally so is his team. Crosby has 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points during his current 12 game point streak.

"An elite-level player like him has great creativity in his game and a tremendous skill set," Calgary coach Brent Sutter said of Crosby following Saturday's game. "It's because of his work ethic, and how hard he plays every shift."

Rangers -- The Rangers return home winners of four of their last five games. The big thing about the wins in Florida and Nashville over the weekend was that Henrik Lundqvist got his act together. Lundqvist was struggling with a personal three game losing streak heading into the game against the Panthers, but he made 40 saves for the shutout in Sunrise, Fla. and another 29 saves in a 2-1 shootout victory in the Music City. Lundqvist was perfect against three Nashville shooters in the skills competition.

"I put a lot of pressure on myself (in shootouts) because I want to help the team get that extra point," Lundqvist said. "Last season showed that extra point can be huge. To come up with all three stops in the shootout felt really good for me."

Who's Hot -- Penguins defenseman Kris Letang picked up three assists in Saturday's win and now has 18 on the season and 22 points. Rangers forward Ryan Callahan scored his second goal in as many games Saturday after going five games without a goal. Callahan's last goal prior to scoring in Florida was the OT winner in Pittsburgh two weeks ago.

Injury Report -- The Penguins are still waiting for Jordan Staal (broken hand) to get on the ice this season. He's at least on the mend for the second time. The Rangers are still without Chris Drury (finger) and Vinny Prospal (knee). Michal Rozsival returned Saturday after sitting out nine games, but Marian Gaborik missed the game in Nashville with the flu. They're hoping he's fine for Monday's game at MSG.

Stat Pack -- Lundqvist on Saturday improved to 31-21 for his career in games decided by a shootout. … The Rangers' power play is 41 for 45 (91.1 percent) in the last 13 games. Their record over that time is 8-5-0. … The Penguins have allowed only four goals in their last four games and entered Sunday ranked fifth in the NHL in goals against (2.36).

Puck Drop -- Rangers coach John Tortorella reportedly talked with the team prior to Saturday's game in Nashville about fighting through fatigue. The message got through as the team did just enough to pick up two points despite playing their third road game in four nights.

"We talked about it in our (pregame) meeting that if we want to get to where we want to be at the end of the year, this is the kind of game -- last of a road trip, coming off a big win, played a lot of games in this stretch here -- we have to find a way to win," Tortorella said. "These are the points at the end of the year that kill you if you don't get them. It was a good gut-check for us in getting points that we needed to get."

11-29-2010, 10:42 PM
Pens beat Rangers for seventh straight win
Monday, 11.29.2010 / 10:52 PM Dan Rosen - NHL.com Columnist

NEW YORK -- At least Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma is sane enough to not be all that superstitious when a team is on a run like his is right now.

"I change my underwear," Bylsma joked.

Phew. We're all happy about that, Dan.

The usually stoic (when the cameras are rolling) Bylsma can happily crack a few jokes and smiles these days because his team is rolling.

Pittsburgh's 3-1 win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Monday was its seventh in a row. Sidney Crosby ran his point streak to 13 games with the primary assist on Kris Letang's goal in the second period, Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves for his sixth straight win and Pittsburgh's top-ranked penalty kill was 3-for-3, making it 32 kills in a row.

The Penguins haven't allowed a power-play goal in nine consecutive games. They're now in a virtual tie for first place in the Atlantic Division with the Philadelphia Flyers.

"You get the feeling, and the penalty kill is a sense of that, that our guys know what they're doing when they go over the boards," Bylsma said. "They know their roles, they know how we're going to play and they're buying into it."

Crosby, who has 26 points during his 13-game streak and leads the NHL with 41 this season, said the consistency the Penguins played with Monday is indicative of how they've been playing over their run. They're 9-0-1 in their last 10 games.

"Yeah, all the way through, from Marc all the way out," Crosby said. "Consistency is huge. There are games you're going to play well and still not win because there are good teams and everything is so close, but we're giving ourselves a chance by the way we play and tonight we did that again."

Pittsburgh scored the first goal for the fifth time in their last seven games when Maxime Talbot converted off a Rangers' turnover 5:10 into the game. Ruslan Fedotenko shoveled the puck with his hand through Marc Staal's legs and it went right to Talbot, who quickly fired a shot that beat Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (24 saves).

"We're not falling behind," Crosby said in going over reasons why the Penguins have won seven in a row and haven't lost in regulation since Nov. 10. "We're giving ourselves a chance. Again, tonight we get the first goal and the start we want."

Only 75 seconds separated the goals from Kris Letang and Chris Conner goals in the second period.

Letang scored at 12:01 on a one-timer from the left circle thanks to Crosby's slick, cross-circle backhanded pass. Conner ripped a shot from between the hash marks past Lundqvist's blocker after Pascal Dupuis' shot was blocked.

The fact that the Penguins won and Crosby didn't score is also indicative of how balanced they've been lately.

Crosby has scored a goal in four of Pittsburgh's last seven games (6 in total), but nine other Penguins have at least one goal over that stretch. Conner, Talbot, Letang, Arron Asham and Chris Kunitz have two apiece.

"We've been able to win hockey games in different ways and tonight when you talk about where we got the goals from and how we got the goals you start to see we're not depending on the power play or just one person," Bylsma said. "We have a lot of people contributing if the team is playing the right way. That's what you like to see."

The Penguins capped the night with a pair of strong penalty kills in the third period. New York got a combined four shots on goal over the two power plays.

"The penalty kill in the third was outstanding," Bylsma said. "We kept pressure on them, kept the puck on the outside, on the wall. It's five guys acting as one like that and it was a pretty outstanding job."

Marian Gaborik gave the Rangers life when his wrist shot from the left side beat Fleury, but the Rangers needed to make something happen on the power play in the third and they couldn't.

"We have to find a way to bury one of those," Brandon Dubinsky said. "We have to find a goal from our power play and our best guys out there, or at least get some big chances and some momentum. We didn't find either of those.'

The Penguins wouldn't let them.

Seven wins in a row, 32 straight successful penalty kills, 13 consecutive games in which the captain has a point and six victories in six starts for the goalie -- it's a wonder they're willing to talk about it all.

"I don't ignore things and I do change my underwear," Bylsma reiterated. "At least, I tell you I do."

12-02-2010, 09:37 AM
Boston shutout Philthy last night...so a win against Atlanta for the Pens tonight would not only extend their streak to 8 games in a row, but put them in the division lead and 2 points behind the Caps for the Conference lead.

It's going to be a tough one though...Atlanta is on a 6 game win streak right now and Byfulgien is on quite a tear right now.

Here's to a good win tonight and more of Philthy crashing and burning! :drink:

12-02-2010, 09:32 PM
Pens did indeed win again tonight to keep the win streak (at 8 now) alive. Crosby scored all 3 goals to get another hat trick and keep his point streak alive. He is now leading in points and tied with Stamkos for the lead in goals.

Pens also took a 2pt lead in the division today so that is very good as well.

Only dark spot tonight was Atlanta scoring a PP goal and ending the PK streak at 32. Hard to be very upset at that though!

12-04-2010, 10:48 AM
Pens play tonight at 7 against Columbus. Could be a very tough game...they are one of the top teams in the west right now.

Talbot had a minor scare the other day in practice when he blocked a shot and bruised his foot...but he's been skating this morning and is probable to play.

Gotta root for Jersey (playing Philly) and Atlanta (playing Washington) today too. If we lose, then at least we won't go down in the ranking...if we win then we'll be tied for the conference lead if the Craps lose!

12-04-2010, 10:59 AM
Columbus was limp & lifeless against Buffalo last evening ~ might-as-well kick 'em while they're down

12-04-2010, 11:07 AM
Yeah, I just looked...I didn't realize they've lost 4 in a row. It could go either way I'm thinking. They might continue on their losing streak...but they might just use this game to jumpstart their game again. Hoping for the former of course lol.

I forgot to mention that both Malkin (undisclosed injury) and Orpik (illness) both left practice Friday as well, but were both on the ice skating today.

12-04-2010, 12:42 PM
despite averaging 2.2 goals-per-game, NJD have scored twice in the first 14 minutes against the Phailures, and lead 2-1 in Rendellphia this afternoon:
it gives me a warm & fuzzy feeling

12-04-2010, 03:40 PM
Jersey had a nice start to the game...but then they went back into suck mode.

Would have been nice to have (maybe) a 4 point lead in the division after today...but I'll settle for a 2 point lead or maybe even at this point. Just hope the Craps lose.

12-04-2010, 04:00 PM
Update from the Pens site...Malkin will not be playing tonight.

4:48 PM:
PittsburghPenguins.com has learned that forward Evgeni Malkin will not be in the lineup for the Penguins tonight in Columbus. Malkin suffered an undisclosed injury during the team's Thursday win over Atlanta


In other news...what's up with Sid's swanky porn stache? He scores more with the dirt under his nose, so I say keep it!

*Edit* Nevermind...I think I just found out. Apparently, it's part of "Movember" and men grow moustaches to raise awareness for prostate cancer. Maybe Sid just doesn't feel like shaving his off lol.

12-04-2010, 09:59 PM
Pens won BIG tonight! 7-2 over the Jackets. Scoring came from: Martin (2), Rupp, Crosby (2), Kennedy and Engelland.

Was an incredibly fun game to watch as well...Pens/Jackets games in Columbus are always fun to watch. The arena was at least half Pens fans...and I swear it's louder there than at home games. It was hilarious, after Mason let 3 goals by, you could hear the crowd heckling him pretty loud...and when Fleury would make big saves, you could here the fans chanting his name. They were even doing the wave towards the end of the game lol. I wish we played there more often.

Caps lost tonight as well and the Pens are officially tied for fist place, not only in the conference, but in the league. Here's hoping this hot streak keeps going!

12-05-2010, 02:29 AM
And all this, without Geno. And Staal.

12-05-2010, 07:29 AM
... I swear it's louder there than at home games...

I agree, most boisterous crowd I've heard this season

12-05-2010, 09:24 AM
Red-hot Penguins crush Columbus
Sunday, December 5, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nearly four full minutes remained in the opening period Saturday night when a young man wearing a black Tyler Kennedy Penguins sweater looked at his friends in the very last row of the upper deck at Nationwide Arena and barked these instructions: Pack up the truck, this game is over!

Actually, he was late on that call by a couple of minutes.

Starting with four first-period goals on 16 shots, the Penguins won a ninth straight game, 7-2, over the Columbus Blue Jackets — a victory coach Dan Bylsma described as "not quite enjoyable until it's over."

Also apparently over: The honeymoon between Columbus fans and their one-playoff-appearance hockey club.

Only the third home sellout of this 10th anniversary season for the Blue Jackets, their fourth regulation loss in five games was a full-on party for thousands of Penguins fans who made an arena that Consol Energy Center was partly modeled after feel like home.

"I'd say having a goalie chant for the opposing team is odd," Penguins forward Mike Rupp said. "That doesn't surprise me with these (Penguins) fans, though. They surrounded our hotel, and they were all over this city."

Their team was all over the Blue Jackets, who won the hits battle, 23-11, but were otherwise outclassed.

Eleven players registered a point for the Penguins, seven in the first period.

About the first 15 minutes and 49 seconds: Defenseman Paul Martin scored two unassisted goals on power plays; Ohio's own Rupp crashed the crease to stuff home a loose-puck rebound from a shot by fellow fourth-line forward and enforcer Eric Godard; and, of course, center Sidney Crosby tallied to extend a 15-game point streak (17 goals, 31 points).

Blue Jackets starter Steve Mason allowed four goals on 13 shots and was pulled after Crosby's tally.

"We didn't fall apart after that (first) one," Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel said. "We fell apart after all three of the ugly goals."

At the end of 20 minutes, the Blue Jackets had managed to test goalie Marc-Andre Fleury with all of two shots — one fewer than Rupp's total.

All due respect to Rupp, a fine contributor in his second season with the Penguins; but him outshooting an opponent over a period can't have happened often.

"Never that I know of," he said.

No player in NHL history has recorded a point while sitting out because of injury, either. Not that anybody would have been surprised had center Evgeni Malkin (left knee) managed to pull that off given the way this first period went for the Penguins.

Coach Dan Bylsma said Malkin's knee is not structurally damaged.

"He's just been banged up," he said.

The Blue Jackets were battered, their egos bruised, by the end of two periods. Goals went to Kennedy, Crosby (his 23rd) and defenseman Deryk Engelland — the Penguins enforcer from the blue line who provided them with a third unassisted goal from defensemen.

Fleury stopped 21 shots for his 10th win in 11 starts since falling to 1-6-0. He allowed goals to center Samuel Pahlsson and right wing Chris Clark.

The Penguins (18-8-2, 38 points) are on an 11-0-1 roll. Over that span, they are plus-22 in goal differential, 10 for 40 on the power play and 42 of 45 on the penalty kill.

Their upcoming games are against New Jersey, Toronto and Buffalo — teams that began yesterday at a combined 26-41-9 — before a mid-month Atlantic Division showdown with the Flyers at Philadelphia.

That stretch is the future.

In the present, the Penguins are where they expected to be despite a slow start: atop the Atlantic Division.

12-06-2010, 09:51 AM
Billy Guerin to Retire "As a Pittsburgh Penguin"
Monday, 12.06.2010 / 9:11 AM / News

Billy Guerin today announced his retirement as an NHL player – and, symbolically, he is retiring as a Pittsburgh Penguin.

Guerin, 40, played 18 NHL seasons for eight teams, recording 429 goals and 427 assists for 856 points and winning two Stanley Cups.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound right winger played 95 games with the Penguins over the final two seasons of his career and was an essential part of the team’s 2009 Stanley Cup championship after being acquired at the March trading deadline.

“We were only here a short time but my family and I developed such a deep connection to the city, the team and the fans,” Guerin said. “It was amazing. From ownership and Ray Shero to the coaching staff and trainers, from my teammates to the arena workers to the people in the stands, they all treated us in such a first-class manner. It was an extremely positive experience. We all agree that retiring as a Pittsburgh Penguin is the perfect thing to do.”

Guerin also played for the New Jersey Devils, Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks and New York Islanders in a career that spanned from 1991-92 through 2009-10. He broke in with the Devils and won a Stanley Cup there in 1995.

During the 2009 Cup playoff run, Guerin played right wing with Sidney Crosby and delivered seven goals and 15 points in 24 games, including an overtime game-winner against the Philadelphia Flyers. In 2009-10, his final NHL regular season, he had 21 goals and 24 assists for 45 points in 79 games for the Penguins.

A native of Wilbraham, MA, Guerin also represented the U.S. in the Olympics in 1998, 2002 and 2006 and played in two World Cups.

12-06-2010, 09:53 AM
I'm still reeling from the game last night...but the Pens play the Devils tonight and hope to continue their streak to 10 games.

Guerin (who as mentioned in the above story) retired as a Pen and will be honored tonight. Geno is not on the ice for the morning skate, so I'm guessing it's pretty doubtful that he will play tonight again.

12-06-2010, 09:56 AM
Geno is not on the ice for the morning skate, so I'm guessing it's pretty doubtful that he will play tonight again.

He's trying to get his phone fixed


12-06-2010, 10:07 AM
He's trying to get his phone fixed


Haha...I love that!

"Anozer day at zee office" :sofunny:

12-06-2010, 07:41 PM
They had a nice send off for Billy G tonight before the game. His son has a serious fro going on...it's too cute!


12-06-2010, 11:05 PM
Loved the hair on that kid too. :sofunny:

Great night for Billy G and another win. Ten in a row and Sid is on fire.

Geno getting back in the lineup hopefully soon and Staalsy is starting to get close to coming back too.

It's only gonna get better. :banana:

And 4x, it's great to see you back posting!

12-07-2010, 08:57 PM
Penguins Report: 12/7/10
Tuesday, 12.07.2010 / 10:43 AM / Penguins Report (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Fpenguinsreport)
By Sam Kasan


New “Mustache Boy” for December (11:55 AM).
No Malkin at practice, lines (11:05 AM).
Pens fans have been unreal in their support of Letang for the All-Star Game (2:16 PM). (He is first in D-men)
Brent Johnson (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8462161)’s helmet cam, courtesy of HBO (11:08 AM).
Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham visited practice (1:29 PM).
Coach Bylsma on Malkin’s injury, the winning streak and Toronto (1:50 PM).
Words of wisdom from Orpik, Crosby (1:45 PM) and Fleury, Dupuis (1:27 PM).

2:16 PM:
ROCK THE VOTE!!! Pens fans voices are being heard (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=545637)!!!

1:50 PM:
A long one today from Bylsma's media conference.

Coachspeak with Dan Bylsma…

On resting Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215):
It’s day-to-day, but yes, the logic is that instead of continuing to deal with a nagging injury, it’s better to get healthy.

On if being in first place in the league is vindication of his early confidence:
We don’t try to establish our game and our team and our identity of how we’re going to play so I can have vindication. That’s for sure. But every season, you have to have that process with your team. You have to go through those steps. There’s always going to be adversity. There’s always going to be some kind of story that provides some adversity for your team or players. That section of games when we lost – like Dallas and Anaheim, then coming back home and playing Boston and New York – there was some adversity there. This isn’t the first time this has happened to our team or me as a coach. So hopefully, you know you’re heading in the right direction and you know you’re establishing how you’re going to win games and your identity. Part of those difficult times is learning some of those lessons. We’re only about 30-games deep. So we still have a long way to go as a team and tough games to play. We have more than a majority of the season to go.

On how the team keeps focus during a streak like this:
There are a lot of things that seem to be in question when we play a hockey game – the referee, bounces – you can feel susceptible to that at times. You can feel like you played a good game, but they shoot a puck 25 feet away on the power play, they flub the shot and it hits a guy in the hand and drops down and he scores a goal, you can throw your hands in the air and say “What can we do about that?” That can be disheartening. But we want to play the game in a way where we don’t worry about those kinds of things. We don’t worry about the referee, we don’t worry about bounces. We don’t worry about the other team getting a lead or a goal off the side of the net. We want to play a certain way where we can take those bounces and plays out of it. If we play that way, we’re not going to win every game, but we feel like that’s the way we can play. When the team executes that way, we minimize the other team’s chances to have success and we maximize our chances. We call that a 70-30 game and that’s the way we want to play.

On if that takes the opponent’s game out of the equation:
That’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to play in such a way that it doesn’t matter if the roof caves in, if it’s at home, on the road or the referee. We don’t leave things to chance.

On if bad habits creep into players’ games during winning streaks:
Like I said yesterday, there are more worries now about things like that – about habits, about details – than when we started this when I felt like our team was doing a lot of good things and we just needed to make some adjustments. Right now, yes, there’s that considered in a lot of the stuff that we do in practice. A lot of the focus is staying on our game and keeping attention to details in how we play.

On Crosby’s goal Monday night:
My brother usually sends me a text after games. And in three out of the last four, he sent me a text during the game saying “you’ll watch that replay over again.” This last one, he said, “I know I said this two other times, but you’re going to watch this replay over again.” It’s pretty amazing. When you have guys on our bench that look at each other and shake their heads and say, “Did you see that,” it’s a pretty special play. And with the speed and ease that it looks when we all know that it’s not easy if you’ve ever donned skates, it’s an amazing full speed play. It shouldn’t come as a surprise because we keep getting texts to watch the replay again.

On when a hockey player reaches his prime:
I don’t know when the prime is. You can talk about what the prime physical condition of an athlete is and what those ages are, doctors can do that. But I feel like I’m always trying to get better no matter what I’m doing. And Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) is always trying to get better no matter what age he’s at. He may play the game differently at different points in his career and that may mean his numbers are better. I don’t know what that’s going to mean, but he’s always trying to get better and if he gets to the point where he’s playing at an older age, he’s still going to be trying to get better, to add and learn and maybe do things a little bit differently. He’s in that process now, and I think he’ll do that right until the end. He seems to have found a new consistency to his level that’s unique for him. Maybe that’s him getting to his prime, but I know that he’s going to keep working to get better.

On Paul Martin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468542) and Zbynek Michalek (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469760):
We did feel early in the season and in training camp that pairing them with a guy who maybe had a better understanding of the system and who knew some of the words we were talking about and what we were looking for on the ice was better. But after Z came back from his injury, pairing them together is almost like we have two shutdown pairs now. They fit together real well, with the defensive style where Martin carries the puck and holds on to the puck a little bit more. And Kris Letang (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471724) has that same aspect in the pairing with Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498). Sometimes it’s a work in progress with them playing together, but it’s worked well for both of them. They have settled in and they are a big part of us playing better defensively.

On if Toronto creates a different environment in Pittsburgh:
I’m not going to get into mystical talk about what they do in our city and what spell they cast. But they assert certain challenges. And again, we want to try to take out the elements of the game that are out of our control. We want to be aware of what they do and consider where they’re dangerous and where they’ve been successful, but we’re also going to try to eliminate what they do well and still get to our game. We want to take their game out of it and change the game in our favor.

On if he’s ever seen a player do as well as Crosby is right now:
He’s making a lot of special plays and it seems to be every night. I think the unique part about this situation right now is the consistency at which he’s there. His highlight reel is long, but the consistency with which he’s playing, there’s no cheat, there’s no holes, there’s no ‘on his own page.’ It’s within the structure of our team and how we want to play. And he seems to be finding that consistently night in and night out right now. That’s the uniqueness of what we’re seeing right now.

Shorthanded goal: Tony Jovenitti

1:45 PM:
More sounds from the locker room...

Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498)

Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675)

1:29 PM:
Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham was in attendance for the Penguins practice today. He got to see the locker room and met up with fellow Bowling Green alum Dan Bylsma.


1:27 PM:
Sounds heard around the locker room...

Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594)

Pascal Dupuis (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8466393)

11:55 AM:
The Pens just finished up the December "Mustache Boy" shootout. The final three were Mark Letestu (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473914), Paul Martin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468542) and Deryk Engelland (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468674).

Letestu tallied first - leaving Martin and Engelland. The two traded chances, but couldn't score. Finally, Engelland beat Fleury with a nice stick move. Martin had his chance to tie and force another round. As he got to the crease he dove to the ice, pushed the puck to his stick and tried to bat it in. However, he missed wide.

Ladies and gentlemen, December "Mustache Boy" is Paul Martin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468542).



Here are some pics from the mustache boy shootout:

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Ben Lovejoy (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473933) watches the contest from the penalty box

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Paul Martin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468542) misses the shot (left) and skates back with a little extra hair on his lip

11:12 AM:

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Coach Bylsma (left); Brent Johnson (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8462161) (right)

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Bylsma takes shots before practice with HBO cameras lurking

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HBO is in the house!

11:08 AM:

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HBO is filming today for the "24/7 Pens-Caps: Road to the Winter Classic" series. Brent Johnson (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8462161) is wearing a camera on the side of his mask for practice. It's pretty awkward looking, but it should provide some good footage for the "Mustache Boy" shootout contest at the end of practice.

12-08-2010, 12:36 PM
Penguins star Evgeni Malkin will miss a third straight game with an injured knee.

Malkin did not participate in the morning skate and was ruled out of tonight's game against Toronto by coach Dan Bylsma.

The Penguins are looking to extend their winning streak to 11 games.


12-08-2010, 09:41 PM
Pens win their 11th straight game tonight against the Leafs with a score of 5-2. Goals came from Crosby (2), Letestu (2) and Dupuis (shorthanded).

Crosby now has 20 goals and 35 points in 17 straight games, and if he keeps this pace up, could be on his way to having 50 goals (or more) in 50 games (or less). He leads in goals (26) and points (50) and has 24 assists (2nd place behind H. Sedin who has 27).

Here's the shot of the nights, and the 4 fights that took place this evening.






12-10-2010, 09:38 AM
Penguins embrace fighting
Friday, December 10, 2010

Mario Lemieux had Jay Caufield.

Wayne Gretzky had Dave Semenko.

Sidney Crosby has an entire team.

Protecting superstars is as old as hockey, and perhaps for the first time all season, an opposing team started taking liberties with Crosby in the Penguins' 5-2 win over Toronto on Wednesday.

An army of Penguins made sure it wouldn't be tolerated.

"You've got to protect your players," Penguins left wing Mike Rupp said. "That's what we do."

Protecting stars like Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, in fact, is something the Penguins seem to have enthusiasm for.

When Crosby is targeted like he was against Toronto, the entire squad notices.

"With the guys we've got in here," defenseman Deryk Engelland said, "everyone is always on alert if someone goes after Sid."

Eric Godard is the team's unofficial enforcer and was one of four Penguins to drop the gloves against the Maple Leafs. But he wasn't alone.

Engelland, Arron Asham and Rupp also took their turn in whaling on Toronto players, some of whom clearly took runs at Crosby. Even Colby Armstrong, a former teammate and close friend of Crosby's, attempted one of his patented, blind-side hits on Crosby in the first period.

Crosby retaliated by taking a penalty, but his teammates made it clear the captain need not use his million dollar hands for anything other than scoring goals.

"When you go into a building and you've got four or five guys who can fight," Rupp said of the Penguins, "It usually keeps guys on their heels. That's what we bring to the table this year."

GM Ray Shero has assembled one of the NHL's toughest teams. Although Crosby and Malkin are the players most around the league identify the Penguins with, a clear element of toughness has become synonymous with this team. The Penguins lead the NHL with 32 fighting majors, and most of those battles have been one-sided.

It has become apparent that the Penguins don't just fight for fighting's sake, but rather, prefer to send a message in those altercations.

"We're protecting anyone on this team," Asham said. "We've got a group of guys who really care about each other. We won't let anyone take liberties on us, especially on Sid and Geno."

With the Penguins leading the Maple Leafs, 4-0, Wednesday, Toronto's Jay Rosehill took a run at Crosby. Godard happened to be on the ice at the time of this incident, and less than a minute later, Rosehill was leaving the ice with blood dripping from his face.

Point taken.

"We've got three legit heavyweights on this team with Godsy, Rupper and Engel," Asham said. "And then you've got guys like me, Max (Talbot) and (Matt) Cookie, guys who aren't afraid to be physical and fight. It's just a great mix."

Protecting stars is an old NHL practice, and right now, there is no bigger star than Crosby. With Malkin currently out of the lineup with a knee injury, teams can completely focus their efforts defensively — and physically — on the NHL's leading scorer.

The plan didn't work for the Maple Leafs, and future opponents might be wise to avoid engaging in fisticuffs with Dan Bylsma's team.

"It's probably not a good idea to even try against our team," Bylsma said.

12-10-2010, 03:14 PM
Penguins Report: Practice 12/10/10
Friday, 12.10.2010 / 10:35 AM / Penguins Report
By Michelle Crechiolo

Evgeni Malkin will be on the ice for Saturday's morning skate at HSBC Arena (12:36 PM).
Coach Bylsma gave an update on the injury status of Jordan Staal (12:59 PM).

1:49 PM:
Coachspeak with Dan Bylsma...

On the status of Paul Martin:
Another maintenance day. He is best served not to be on the ice today. He’ll be out there (Saturday).

On how the team matches up with Buffalo in terms of their defensive play:
I always find Buffalo to be a dangerous team to play against. Their D is really active in their offense, always joining the rush, which they do extremely well. But they’re also active in the offensive zone, back on the blue line and also coming down in the slot area. I always feel like they’re a dangerous team to play against because they can score goals from down there and it does pose some problems. So we have to take care of the puck, track back and deal with that, and also be good in our defensive zone. When we have been, it has given us chances to get to our game. I always feel like playing them, it’s going to be how we manage the puck and how we can deal with their D, who can be dangerous. If we can get to the offensive zone, we can make their D play defense, which we need to do.

On Jordan Staal’s recovery timeline:
Jordan continues to progress in the timeline that we had before. He’s scheduled for another x-ray next week after having the pin taken out. Over the last week or so, there was calcification in the bone. We need to continue to see that next week during his scheduled x-ray. He’ll keep rehabbing on his current course.

On a report that there was a setback:
If you’re referencing an Internet report that said there was another break, then that is not true. He’s continuing on the same course. He has the pin out. There is calcification and we have another scheduled x-ray. We hope to continue seeing the healing that’s already taking place. He’s on that rehab program.

On the status of Evgeni Malkin:
Geno is significantly better than we had hoped and planned, and he’ll be on the ice with us (Saturday) at the morning skate.

12-10-2010, 09:03 PM
Penguins try to make it a dozen as they face Sabres
Friday, 12.10.2010 / 6:43 PM Sergei J. Feldman - NHL.com Staff Writer

PENGUINS (20-8-2) at SABRES (12-13-4)

TV -- FS-P (HD), MSG-B (HD)

Last 10 -- Pittsburgh 10-0-0; Buffalo 5-4-1

Season Series -- This is the second of four meetings between the two original Winter Classic guinea pigs. The Penguins came out on top Nov. 24 with a 1-0 victory against the Sabres. Pascal Dupuis scored the game's only goal, while Marc-Andre Fleury recorded a 30-save shutout.

Big Story -- No shortage of streaks will be on the line when the two teams meet, as the Penguins aim to claim their 12th consecutive victory, while captain Sidney Crosby looks to extend his points streak to 18 games. The Sabres are in the midst of a three-game homestand and look to ride the momentum from a 6-3 victory against the Sharks on Thursday night.

Team Scope:

Penguins -- In addition to the superb play of Crosby and Fleury during the team's current hot streak, the Penguins have relied upon contributions from role players and effective special teams. Forward Chris Kunitz is in the midst of a quiet four-game points streak, while third-liners Mark Letestu, Chris Conner and Tyler Kennedy have done nothing but keep opponents pinned in their own zone. The recent team success has come with a banged up Evgeni Malkin, who has missed the past three games, and Jordan Staal, who hasn't played all season.

"We still have a long way to go to get to where we think we can be," coach Dan Bylsma said. "I think with the mindset that we have, the players we have, we go over the boards every game thinking we can dictate the game and the pace."

Sabres -- Riding a 4-1-1 streak, the Sabres are no pushover. Hungry to climb back into Eastern Conference contention (they currently sit in ninth place), the Sabres can use their stretch of December home games to do just that. Jason Pominville has points in four of his past five games to help stabilize the Sabres' balanced attack, led by sniper Thomas Vanek and his 4 goals in the past four games.

Coach Lindy Ruff liked what he saw from his team offensively against the Sharks saying, "We got six (goals) and we could have had more."

Who's hot -- Crosby, Kunitz, defenseman Kris Letang and Fleury have been lights-out for the Penguins during their winning streak, while Vanek and Pominville have been holding the fort for the Sabres of late, as goalie Ryan Miller has allowed three goals in three of his past five starts.

Injury Report -- Malkin is slated to take the morning skate prior to the drop of the puck against the Sabres before deciding whether he will play or not. He is bothered by a knee injury that has been day-to-day. … Drew Stafford and Tim Connolly are both doubtful against the Penguins with upper-body and groin injuries, respectively.

Stat Pack -- Crosby's 50 points through 30 games makes him the first player to accomplish that feat since 2002-03, when former landlord and current team owner Mario Lemieux did the same.

Puck Drop -- Crosby is 4 assists shy of being the League leader in goals, assists and points. … Buffalo's six goals against the Sharks were their most scored in a home game this season as the Sabres to climb to a .500 record on the year.

12-11-2010, 09:55 PM
Early in the first period and we already have two goals. :banana:

I'm on delay, had to record the game, so anyone that chimes in don't tell me the final score!

12-11-2010, 10:06 PM
Football and hockey have in common the confusion and WTF for fans on what is and isn't a penalty.

It's bite butting annoying! :doh:

12-11-2010, 10:35 PM
I'm missing seeing Geno play.

I know he's catching heat for not producing points, but I'm not bothered by that. He's just not getting the bounces.

Dude is still making plays, it's just a matter of time when he'll get rewarded for it.

He's gotta get healthy again though. :hope:

12-11-2010, 11:00 PM
I'm missing seeing Geno play.

I know he's catching heat for not producing points, but I'm not bothered by that. He's just not getting the bounces.

Dude is still making plays, it's just a matter of time when he'll get rewarded for it.

He's gotta get healthy again though. :hope:

He was skating today, but ended up not playing. He should be back pretty soon though.

Staal has had a setback though...and while Bylsma refuted reports of him re-fracturing his hand, it appears the found "calcification of the bone" where they removed the pin. He is now scheduled for X-rays next week instead of returning to practice...so who knows when he'll be back at this point.

From what I've been reading though, it seems the team is more worried about him mentally (being away from hockey and the team) than anything else.

What worries Orpik is that the 22-year-old Staal is single and comes from a hockey family, so there aren't many distractions.

Orpik said many of the Penguins have reached out to Staal.

"When you're hurt and the team's struggling, you do have the feeling where you try to rush yourself back a little bit and help out," said Orpik, who missed a six-game stretch earlier this season. "You feel like you're not really part of things. You're coming in and skating earlier. You're on a different schedule, a different page than everyone. You're not traveling. From that standpoint, it can be tough. He lives here by himself; it's not like he's got kids to take his mind off things. He probably watches a lot of hockey, too, and he's got his three brothers playing, so he's probably always hearing about it from them. I'm sure it's been really hard for him.

"It's really just bad luck, to be honest."

Tyler Kennedy, Staal's road roommate and one of his closest friends on the team, echoed those sentiments and said that Staal is "pretty strong mentally."

"I've talked to him, and right from Day One, he's always been positive," Kennedy said. "That's why he's such a good leader. He shows other guys that if you get hurt, you have to stay positive and work hard.

"It sucks for him that he's hurt, but what are you going to do? Everyone gets hurt. You've got to deal with what happens to you. It's part of life, and I think he's dealing with it pretty good."


12-11-2010, 11:08 PM

Jordan has paid enough of a price, getting his foot finally healed up, and then breaking his hand in a freak practice accident.

I miss him, he means a lot to the team. Please God let him be alright and in the line up soon.

I feel for him, just as a fan I miss seeing him on the ice, I can only imagine what he is going thru.

For Jordan -----> :hug:

12-11-2010, 11:22 PM
Yeah I know...best not to rush him at this point though. I just hope he's back for the Winter Classic at this point...it'd be a shame if he missed that.

So how are you enjoying the game? I'm trying to bite my tongue and not give any spoilers. :chuckle:

12-11-2010, 11:35 PM
Yeah I know...best not to rush him at this point though. I just hope he's back for the Winter Classic at this point...it'd be a shame if he missed that.

So how are you enjoying the game? I'm trying to bite my tongue and not give any spoilers. :chuckle:

Just about to start the third period.

So far so good, but maybe Sid's consecutive points streak is in jeopardy.

I'm wondering if it ends tonight then maybe it will get him to shave that pathetic mustache! :chuckle:

Hope he makes something happen though, funky facial hair I can definitely live with.

12-11-2010, 11:39 PM
Oh and I agree. Definitely want to see Staalsy skating on Heinz field.

12-11-2010, 11:41 PM
Sid is very sad that you do not love his 'stache.


12-11-2010, 11:48 PM

I've unfortunately have seen women that would put his 'stache to shame!

12-12-2010, 12:03 AM
Is it wrong that when one of the Pens players draws a penalty for a high stick that I'm upset that there is no blood to get a four minute penalty?

Looks like my bitch attitude has transcended to my beloved Pens.

12-12-2010, 09:39 AM
Pens made it 12 in a row last night and Crosby got an assist in the 3rd, so his point streak continues as well. As excited as I am about the win streak...I hope it doesn't get broken by Philly on Tuesday. That would be bad in a couple of ways, since we only lead the league and division by 1 point over them.

Pens streak through Buffalo
Sunday, December 12, 2010

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Both streaks are alive and, presumably, so are the Penguins after perhaps their most violent game of the season.

Buffalo tried to derail the winning streak by playing an unusually physical game, but even that didn't work against hockey's hottest team. Sidney Crosby extended his points streak to 18 games with a third-period assist, and the Penguins won their 12th straight with a 5-2 victory at HSBC Arena.

Dustin Jeffrey, Arron Asham, Alex Goligoski, Mike Rupp and Matt Cooke scored for the Penguins. Crosby picked up an assist on Goligoski's third-period goal to extend his streak.

"It's nice to see everyone contribute like this," Crosby said.

Most of the Sabres -- nobody more than Pittsburgh native Mike Weber -- seemed intent on taking runs at Crosby at every possible moment. Weber cornered Crosby in the second period and threw a number of punches at his head.

"I knew he was going to punch me," a somewhat-terse Crosby said after the game. "I got two minutes (in penalties); he got four."

For the second game in a row, delivering blows to Crosby was clearly a plan off attack for the opposition. Buffalo followed the precedent Toronto set Wednesday, but both teams ended up with losses.

"I think you've got to stay in his face," Weber said. "Get him worried about you, get him worried about the refs -- things like that."

Weber's punches were followed in the third period by Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers attempting to level Crosby in the neutral zone. At the last second, Crosby eluded the hit.

"Right now, teams are trying to figure out a way to beat us," Rupp said. "So, that's the kind of stuff they're going to try. They got a little brave out there."

The Penguins routinely defend Crosby when he is under attack, but Rupp made it clear that Crosby can defend himself. He also stated that Crosby is more interested in winning than being protected.

"Sid told us after the second period not to worry about that kind of stuff," Rupp said. "He's a tough captain, a tough superstar. He told us just to go out and play and get the two points."

Jeffrey, recalled Friday from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, scored at 6:43 of the first period to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. It was his second career goal.

"I can honestly say I couldn't have written a better script," Jeffrey said. "It definitely took any nerves away. The way this team is playing right now, you just want to chip in and do your part. It felt great."

Asham scored to make it 2-0 at 9:31. Late in the period, the game turned nasty. Cooke found himself in a fight moments after Buffalo's Tyler Ennis scored on a five-on-three power play to make it 2-1. In the second period, Weber went after Crosby.

"There was some chippiness out there," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "There wasn't a whole lot of flow in the game because of the emotion."

The Penguins maintained their 2-1 lead until the third period, when Crosby extended his streak. He flipped a backhand pass to Goligoski, whose shot appeared to hit a skate and get past Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller.

Jason Pominville scored for Buffalo 51 seconds later to make the game interesting again, but Rupp's late goal from close range put the contest away.

Cooke added an empty-netter in the final minute.

The Penguins are five wins from matching their NHL record for consecutive wins with 17. When will they start thinking about that?

"After No. 16," Crosby said with a smile.

Instead, the Penguins will focus on Tuesday's showdown in Philadelphia.

"Two of the top teams in the league," Bylsma said

12-13-2010, 09:51 AM
Penguins' small third line making big contributions
Monday, December 13, 2010

Sidney Crosby's superhuman play has been the driving force behind the Penguins' 12-game winning streak.

Such a stretch, however, requires contributions from everyone -- even the little people.

One of the smallest lines in hockey has made its mark in recent weeks: Mark Letestu (5-foot-11), Tyler Kennedy (5-11) and Chris Conner (5-8) have been an unorthodox but effective third unit.

"We aren't the biggest guys in the world," Conner said. "But we have speed, we're reading each other well and we're working hard. We just have to keep it going."

The trio doesn't play a pretty game but uses relentless energy to create scoring chances. That Letestu, Conner and Kennedy play with the desperation of players trying to stay in the NHL is no coincidence. Consider their situations before this season:

• Letestu was viewed as a fringe NHLer before a breakout training camp made him a lock to stick with the team.

• Conner had only played 79 NHL games and failed to stay in the NHL during stints with Dallas and the Penguins.

• Kennedy is the most established of the three, but even his place was in question after the team signed Arron Asham and because he slumped badly in the second half last season.

That desperation has translated to performance: They have combined for six goals, 11 assists and a plus-6 rating during the 12-game winning streak.

"I want to prove that I can play here," Conner said. "I'm just going to keep working as hard as I can."

Kennedy was a bit more blunt: "We know we have to play hard to stay in this league," he said.

The line hasn't produced overwhelming offensive numbers but has been the definition of an energy line. In recent weeks, no Penguins line has generated as many opportunities as the third group. Even when they aren't converting all of their chances, these three have done their job.

Making the opposition work so hard in the defensive zone has been important to the Penguins' success.

"And we do have some pretty good chemistry right now," Kennedy said.

Kennedy and Conner give their center plenty of credit. Letestu started the season with four goals in seven games, then went 22 contests without one. He was never removed from the lineup during that stretch, and he finally managed a two-goal game Wednesday against Toronto.

"He's the kind of guy who just does everything the right way," Kennedy said. "He's got a lot of skill, and he's got skill within the system."

Letestu won a game in Phoenix on a shootout goal, and that shouldn't have been a shock: He was 8 for 9 on shootout attempts for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season. That ability -- and the fact that he has emerged as the team's second option on faceoffs, behind only Crosby -- adds to his value.

"Testy's a great hockey player," Kennedy said. "He knows how to use his skating ability, and it was great to see him get those two (goals) on the board for his confidence."

Small in stature, the third line has been a big hit in the locker room.

"If you win this many games," left wing Mike Rupp said, "you're getting contributions from everyone."

12-13-2010, 01:14 PM
From today's practice report...

By Michelle Crechiolo

Malkin says he's close to returning, and may even play on Tuesday against the Flyers (12:56 PM).
Head coach Dan Bylsma gave updates on the statuses of both Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz (12:36 PM).
Bylsma went into further detail on Malkin's situation (1:48 PM).

1:48 PM:
Coachspeak with Dan Bylsma...

On Evgeni Malkin’s health:
I haven’t had an in-length discussion with Geno yet, so he’s still day-to-day and we’ll see. Obviously he’s been working, and he got back into full practice today. So we’ll hopefully get to see more (Tuesday).

On how they will evaluate Malkin on Tuesday:
It will be important (that there’s no soreness). He’s gone through a couple workouts where he hasn’t had any pain. But today was another level out there in contact practice. We’ll see (Tuesday) morning. He’s skating well and he’s doing better. Hopefully we’ll see a continued improvement (Tuesday).

On Chris Kunitz:

Kunitz was banged up in the game in Buffalo and he’s day-to-day.

On if Malkin will play with Sid or center his own line:
Great question. It really depends on the other roster situations. Without Chris Kunitz out there today, we saw him with Sid. That would be a possibility if (Kunitz) wasn’t playing and (Malkin) was.


12-14-2010, 09:01 AM
HUGE game tonight at Philly. As far as I can tell Kunitz is still out. If Malkin plays, he'll be on Crosby's wing. Should be interesting.

Top spot in standings on line for Pens, Flyers
Monday, 12.13.2010 / 2:45 PM
Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PENGUINS (21-8-2) at FLYERS (19-7-5)


Last 10 -- Pittsburgh 10-0-0; Philadelphia 6-1-3

Season series -- This already is the fourth meeting between the Pennsylvania rivals, but easily the most highly anticipated. They played three times in October with the Flyers winning twice in regulation, including a 3-2 decision on opening night at the Penguins' Consol Energy Center. Pittsburgh won the only meeting at the Flyers' Wells Fargo Center, 5-1.

Big Story -- For as hot as the Penguins are right now -- and 12 straight wins speaks volumes to that -- a Flyers win in regulation would push them past the Pens for the top spot in the League. The Flyers own remarkable run (9-0-1 earlier this season), and four wins in their last five games have allowed them to stay stride for stride with the streaking Penguins.

Team Scope:

Penguins -- By now the numbers should be ingrained in any hockey fan's head. Sidney Crosby is on an 18-game point streak in which he has 20 goals and 16 assists. Marc-Andre Fleury is on a personal-best 11 game win streak, and on Monday was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week. The Penguins have won 12 in a row, five short of the NHL record they already own.

With that aside, let's take a look at the news, and it could be good for the Penguins. Evgeni Malkin, who has missed the last four games with a knee injury, practiced Monday and said he could play Tuesday. He said he'll need to take the morning skate before making his decision.

"I feel very good. We'll see," Malkin told the Penguins' website. "I feel better every day. (Monday) I skated pretty hard. I feel all right. It's tough when I'm not playing. I understand that I need rest because my knee is a little bit sore. I hope I play (Tuesday)."

Flyers -- They've erased the sting of a tough shootout loss to San Jose last Thursday with back-to-back strong wins in which the defense and goaltending were sublime. Brian Boucher stopped 66 of 68 shots to pick up the wins against Toronto and Boston. Mike Richards scored with 3.0 seconds left to lift the Flyers to a 2-1 win at TD Garden on Saturday.

Boucher is 4-0-1 since giving up four goals in relief of Sergei Bobrovsky in an 8-7 loss to Tampa Bay on Nov. 18. Whether Boucher starts again Tuesday remains a mystery. Flyers coach Peter Laviolette was not at practice Monday because he had to attend a family funeral, so the decision on his goaltender for Tuesday's game won't be announced until after the morning skate.

"I feel good," Boucher told reporters after Saturday's game. "I'm reading plays well and the puck is hitting me."

Who's Hot -- Well, Crosby is, of course. Fleury is sparking the Penguins and Boucher is doing the same for the Flyers right now. And Richards has to be feeling good after scoring his OT winner Saturday. It was his first overtime goal after having two others waved off.

Injury Report -- For the Penguins, Malkin is 50/50 and Chris Kunitz is day-to-day after he was banged up in Saturday's game at Buffalo, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. Kunitz plays on Crosby's wing, but if he can't go and Malkin can, there's a chance Malkin takes Kunitz's spot opposite Crosby.

Stat Pack -- Claude Giroux leads the Flyers with 3 goals in three games against the Penguins this season. Danny Briere has 2. Sergei Bobrovsky has a .911 save percentage against the Pens (82 saves on 90 shots). Kris Letang leads the Penguins with 5 points (1-4-5) against the Flyers this season. Crosby has 2 goals and 2 assists. Fleury is 0-2 against Philly with an .882 save percentage (45 saves on 51 shots).

Puck Drop -- Crosby still hasn't shaven off his "Movember" moustache, and he said Monday he has no plans to do so any time soon.

"Hopefully I'll keep giving it time to grow," Crosby said. "That's the idea."


12-14-2010, 08:49 PM
Fu.cking Philly.


12-14-2010, 08:52 PM
... had to lose one, sooner-or-later ~ let's rip-off another 12 consecutive wins, and crush the District of Corruption on New Year's Day at Heinz

12-14-2010, 08:54 PM
I knew we were going to lose one...I just wanted it to be anyone other than Philly. Anyone.

Sid's streak is still alive though, and Geno scored the only two points in the game.

Freaking hate Philly though.

12-14-2010, 08:56 PM
Freaking hate Philly though.

septic-tank of the Commonwealth