Staal breaks out of offensive slump


Final thoughts from Detroit I’ve been to a lot of games in my lifetime but last night’s Penguins 7-6 win over the Red Wings is near the top. Great up and down action that saw the Penguins come back from 5-2 and 6-4 deficits. Jordan Staal broke out of his offensive slump scoring three goals and 1 assist. Last night was the best hockey I’ve seen Staal play since his rookie year. He was skating with confidence and was a force in the offensive zone especially in front of the net. Staal set up Ruslan Fedotenko for the game winner in overtime. Michel Therrien had a lot of line combinations throughout the game Talbot-Crosby-Satan Fedotenko-Malkin-Sykora Cooke-Staal-Kennedy Dupuis-Zigomanis-Godard Those are the lines Therrien will likely go with against the Flyers Thursday night. The Latest on Brendan Shanahan

The Hossa Factor


The Pittsburgh Penguins (8-4-2) face off against the Detroit Red Wings (9-2-2) on Tuesday night for the first time since the Red Wings defeated the Penguins in the Stanley Cup finals. The Penguins are 6-3-1 in their past ten games and have quietly been climbing the standings in the Atlantic Division. Pittsburgh is 5 points behind the division leading Rangers who have played three more games than the Penguins. The biggest story line of the game will be Marian Hossa who spurned the Penguins 7yr – 50 million offer to sign with the Red Wings.

Crosby likely to play


Sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports, Sidney Crosby is skating at the teams morning skate and all indications are he will play tonight. Crosby is currently skating with Max Talbot and Miroslav Satan. Pittsburgh Penguins (7-4-2) at New York Islanders (4-8-1) Projected Lineup Talbot – Crosby – Satan Dupuis – Malkin – Sykora Cooke – Staal – Kennedy Fedotenko – Zigomanis – Godard D-Pairings Orpik – Letang Gill – Scuderi Sydor – Goligoski Starting Goaltender: Dany Sabourin

Steelers release Najeh Davenport


The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced they have released running back Najeh Davenport to make room for linebacker Donovan Woods on the 53 man roster. Davenport played in four games this season and averaged 21.7 yards on 10 kickoff returns.

Observations from last night’s 5-4 win


There were a lot of things to like last night and a lot of things not to like from the Penguins during their 5-4 win against the Edmonton Oilers Thursday night at Mellon Arena. The Penguins built a 5-0 lead but had to hold off a late Oilers surge who scored four unanswered goals. It has been a common theme for the Penguins not being able to close out games.

Edmonton Oilers at Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00 p.m.


Pittsburgh Penguins (6-4-2) Talbot – Crosby – Satan Dupuis – Malkin – Sykora Cooke – Staal – Kennedy Bissonnette – Zigomanis – Godard D-Pairings Orpik – Letang Gill – Scuderi Sydor – Goligoski Starting Goaltender: Marc Andre Fleury (5-3-2) (2.34 G.A.A.) Lineup News: *Ruslan Fedotenko skated yesterday and is currently on the ice for the morning skate and will be a Game Time Decision. If Fedotenko is able to go, he is expected to play with Staal and Kennedy and Cooke will move to the fourth line. Michel Therrien has been very mum on whether Mark Eaton will return to the lineup. By the looks of the morning skate it does appear Daryl Sydor is going to play but in practice yesterday they alternated. Following the morning skate I’ll post any lineup changes if there are any

Ultra-marathoner Runs through Pittsburgh to Benefit Mario Lemieux Foundation


Ultra-marathoner Phil Rosenstein is running across the United States to raise awareness for the Mario Lemieux Foundation. As he is near completion of a 100-day amazing transcontinental journey, Rosenstein will be in Pittsburgh Wednesday, November 5 and Thursday, November 6. He will be honored by the Mario Lemieux Foundation during the Pittsburgh Penguins home game Thursday. Rosenstein started his journey in Santa Monica, California, on August 10. He completed the entire Route 66 to Chicago, and plans to complete his run, via Pittsburgh, ending in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in the next two weeks. Phil’s achievement is chronicled in “Phil’s Blog” at While in Pittsburgh, and in addition to attending the Pens game, Rosenstein will tour the Children’s Home and Lemieux Family Center.