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Old 02-10-2007, 07:33 PM   #951
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Ouch. 3-2 Pens. Sundin was due. It's okay guys. Still early.
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Old 02-10-2007, 07:38 PM   #952
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Tie game 3-3 with under a minute left in the 2nd. Hell, I'll take a point tonight and be happy.
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Looks like Hal Gill got the Leafs jump-started, and they came back to tie it up. Hope the Pens can shake it off, come back in the 3rd and put another one in the win column.
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4-4 now. Leafs come out and score. Pens battle back and Malone scores. Nice. Staal was about a inch north of his first NHL HT. Damn. Momentum is starting to swing back in the pens favor.

Also Talbot LIT UP Mr. Gill. Revenge is beautiful.
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OHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

Petrovicky get's into the fight and KNOCKS NEWBERRY OUT COLD!!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!

Beautiful fight. That'll make ESPN. Well done Petrovicky. You earned your stripes tonight in my book. What a fight and thank you Paul Steigerwald and Bob Errey.
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PENS WIN IN OT!!!!! JORDAN STAAL WITH HIS FIRST CAREER HT!!!! WOOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!!!
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That was one of the best games I've seen all year, and I'd have said it if the Pens had lost. What a performance by Jordan Staal! There's no question now that this kid has arrived. And to think, he wasn't even supposed to play for the Pens this year!

The KO of Newbury was just beautiful as well - cleanest KO I've seen since Ryan Vandenbussche KOed Nick Kypreos and ended his career. I hope Newbury's OK, but that was still a beauty!
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A hard and well earned Penguins win. 11-0-2. KEEP IT GOING PENGUINS!
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The funny thing is that lost in all of the excitement over Staal's first career hat trick is the fact that Malkin had a 4-point night. That line of Staal, Malkin and Ouellet has really been good ever since Therrien put them together.

Also, that OT game winner was the first 3-on-3 goal scored this season.
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Patrick administration with Pens looking better

By Joe Starkey
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, February 11, 2007

Going into their game Saturday against Toronto, the Penguins were on pace for 99 points, which would represent a 41-point improvement on last season's total.

And that would be the fifth-largest one-year jump in NHL history, behind the following teams:

1. The 1993-94 San Jose Sharks, under Kevin Constantine, improved by 58 points (from 24 to 82).

2. The 1992-93 Quebec Nordiques improved by 52 points (from 52 to 104).

3. The 1981-82 Winnipeg Jets improved by 48 points (from 32 to 80).

4. The 2001-02 New York Islanders improved by 44 points (from 52 to 96).

Obviously, there's a ton of credit to dispense here, the bulk of which must go to Sidney Crosby. None of this happens if the Penguins don't miraculously win the draft lottery two years ago.

Most of Crosby's teammates - from goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to rookie of the year Evgeni Malkin to role players such as Maxime Talbot - have done their part and more.

The coaching staff, led by Michel Therrien, and the front office, headed by new general manager Ray Shero, deserve all the accolades that come their way, too.

But the purpose here is to commend former general manager Craig Patrick and his administration.

These guys are looking better every day.

That doesn't mean firing Patrick and revamping the organization was a mistake, by any stretch. It really, really, really needed to happen. But the more you watch this team, the more you appreciate the work some of those guys did - particularly head scout Greg Malone.

The Penguins drafted poorly, to be kind, from 1993-1999. Some of that had to do with winning a lot and thus choosing from a low position, but other teams (New Jersey, Colorado, Ottawa) managed to win and draft well.

The Penguins struck out more than Jose Hernandez during that stretch but regained their touch beginning in 2000. That has become clear watching this year's team.

Look at some of the unheralded but important contributors. Erik Christensen (11 goals) was a third-round pick in 2002, Michel Ouellet (nine power-play goals) was a fourth-round pick in 2000 and Talbot was an eighth-round pick in 2002.

Brooks Orpik (18th overall, 2000) and Colby Armstrong (21st overall, 2001) were solid first-round picks, as evidenced by the fact that several players drafted before and after them have done nothing.

The Penguins also made two brilliant high-end choices in Ryan Whitney (fifth overall in 2002) and Marc-Andre Fleury (first overall in 2003). Patrick traded up from third to first to take Fleury and gave up a second-round pick in the process.

Some wondered if it was wise to take a goaltender that early, given that goalies can be hard to project.

"You are never sure of anything when you're drafting 18-year-olds," Patrick said at the time. "But I think the guys at the top of this draft are very predictable. They are very safe picks, and Marc-Andre is among them."

Two other draft choices that figure to pay big dividends as offensive wizards on the blue line: Kris Letang (third round, 2005) and Alex Goligoski (second round, 2004).

Patrick's decision to lavish Sergei Gonchar with a five-year, $25 million contract doesn't look so bad now that Gonchar is among the top-scoring defensemen in the NHL and a key on the power play.

Give Patrick credit, too, for bringing coach Michel Therrien into the organization, on then-coach Eddie Olczyk's recommendation.

If Therrien isn't the favorite for NHL Coach of the Year, something's wrong.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_492717.html
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