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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.
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Penguins 3, Islanders 2, OT
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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.

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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.
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Aftermath: Penguins 3, Islanders 2 OT
Friday, 10.15.2010 / 10:36 PM / Features
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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’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’s first of the season and Eric Tangradi’s first career goal.

The momentum shifted after Kris Letang 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.



Alex Goligoski
Alex Goligoski 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 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'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.







Kris Letang 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 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
Defenseman - 3


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





#2. Eric Tangradi
Left Wing - 26


first career NHL goal
3 hits; plus-1 rating





#3. Blake Comeau
Forward - 57


2 assists
plus-2 rating; 4 shots
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Penguins vs. Flyers Game Preview
Saturday, 10.16.2010 / 2:30 AM / Features
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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
WATCH: FSN | LISTEN: Pens HD Radio, 105.9 FM

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’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 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, foot (indefinitely)
F Arron Asham, upper body (2 weeks)
D Zbynek Michalek, upper body (2 to 4 weeks)
D Brooks Orpik, 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
F - #21
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
C - #28
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
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.




Eric Tangradi - Eric Tangradi 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.
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.
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Penguins 5, Flyers 1
Saturday, 10.16.2010 / 9:02 PM
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Sidney Crosby scored two power-play goals 90 seconds apart in the third period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 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, Chris Kunitz and Matt Cooke 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.

Brent Johnson stopped 29 shots for Pittsburgh.

Danny Briere gave Philadelphia a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 6:43 of the first period. Jeff Carter 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's shot bounced in front of the net, and a clearing attempt by Philadelphia's James van Riemsdyk went off Pittsburgh defenseman Matt Carle. 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 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 (foot) is skating, but isn't game ready. ... while he recovers from a foot injury. D Zbynek Michalek (shoulder) also sat out. Flyers forward Arron Asham (shoulder) also missed the game.


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1st Sidney Crosby
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GOALS: 2 | PTS: 3
ASST: 1 | SOG: 8
+/-: 1



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2nd Kris Letang
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GOALS: 0 | PTS: 2
ASST: 2 | SOG: 2
+/-: 2



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3rd Brent Johnson
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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.
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Saturday, 10.16.2010 / 4:51 PM / Features
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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.

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.”

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.

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.”
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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.
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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
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