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Old 03-21-2011, 02:44 PM   #541
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Well...yesterdays 5-2 loss to the Rangers sucked. Big time. Hopefully they can get 2 points from the Wings tonight.

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

No Franzen, Datsyuk or Hudler for the Wings.

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

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rest of regular-season, and 1st round of playoffs to Cooke ~ as-much-as losing his talents as a PK-specialist hurts, he deserved it (and more):
hopefully, the team can weather this storm, then find him a new home in 2011-2012
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Good...it was deserved. It sucks he's going to be out, but I'm pissed that he's such a dumbass.

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Following is a statement from Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Ray Shero after the National Hockey League ruled today that Penguins forward Matt Cooke will be suspended for the rest of the regular season (10 games) and the first round of the playoffs:

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

RELATED ARTICLE: Penguins' Cooke Suspended for Remainder of Regular Season and First Round of Stanley Cup Playoffs >
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Defenseman Brooks Orpik has resumed practicing with Penguins teammates today at Southpointe Iceoplex.

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

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

Left wing Eric Tangradi is also on the ice for practice. He has not played since he was concussed by an elbow to the head from Islanders forward Trevor Gillies at New York on Feb. 11.
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Head coach Dan Bylsma gave updates on a few players:

"Matt Cooke has been given a few days away from the rink. He will return to practice later on in the week.

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

"(Evgeni Malkin) is nine weeks into his rehab at this point in time.

"Nick Johnson is still experiencing symptoms.

"Brooks Orpik and Eric Tangradi were with us for a full practice with the team today. Both of them have some conditioning to do and timing to do. Eric could play, but is not in the greatest shape right now. But he’s working towards that. Brooks is seeing how he reacts to practice timing-wise and physicality-wise."
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Pens got a huge win last night against the Flyers (in Philly)....even though it was only a SO win, it was still great to get the 2 points. Only 4 points behind the Flyers now, and have NJ (at home) tonight.

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

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


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

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

"(Fleury) will be playing in goal.

"Mark Letestu and Sidney Crosby skated this morning."
Orpik has been cleared to play, but is still a few games away from being back.

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.ht...id=DL|PIT|home

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

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Bylsma provides possible clue about Crosby's status
By Rob Rossi, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, March 26, 2011

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

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

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

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

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Penguins win again in shootout
By Josh Yohe, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, March 26, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Updates from todays practice...

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

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

Brooks Orpik looks like he'll be playing (Sunday) for us," coach Bylsma said.
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Crosby return could come soon
By Rob Rossi, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, March 27, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Didn't recognize you," he said.

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

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

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Penguins clinch fifth straight playoff berth
By Rob Rossi, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, March 27, 2011

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

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

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

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

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