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Old 10-15-2010, 02:49 PM   #71
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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.
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Goligoski Shines In Expanded role
Thursday, 10.14.2010 / 5:28 PM/ Features
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The Takeaway:
  • Alex Goligoski 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.



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.

Goligoski has parlayed an outstanding training camp, where he tied Letestu and Evgeni Malkin 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 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, 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 and Zbynek Michalek 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 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.”
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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.
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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.
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Let Johnson's mighty rod spank the Isles

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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.
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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.

REFS PISS ME OFF RIGHT NOW.
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Bench GoGo and Sid and run out the 4th line more, no more blind passes

Malkin is pining for the Russian fjords
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make up call

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Glad they didn't bench Gogo.

Johnson is full of ownage.

Hope the evil curse has been officially broken now.

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