Crosby leads Penguins to 5-2 win

 

The Penguins dominated from the drop of puck beating the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 Thursday night. Pittsburgh has earned a point in 12 of their last 14 games (10-2-2), received big games from Sidney Crosby and right winger Petr Sykora. Crosby the league’s second leading scorer had a four point night recording four assists to give him 14 points in his last 5 games. Sykora who got off to a sub-par start this season had two goals against the Hurricanes and now has three goals in four games. Goaltender Dany Sabourin made 34 saves to record his 6th win of the season

Game Day: Zigomanis, Kennedy out for tonight’s game

 

Pittsburgh Penguins (14-6-4-32) at Carolina Hurricanes (12-11-2-26) Kennedy, Zigomanis out: I’ve been told within the past 10 minutes that Center Mike Zigomanis who was listed as probable this morning is officially out for tonight’s game. About the Hurricanes: The Hurricanes went 7-9-0 in November which lead to a coaching change on Wednesday. Former Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice will be back behind the bench after coaching the Toronto Maple Leafs for two seasons. Maurice coached the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes for 8 seasons, including reaching the Stanley Cup Finals in 2002. This could be a tough game for the Penguins playing back-to-back games and the Hurricanes will be playing their first game in front of their new coach. Official lineup unclear: Penguins did not have a morning skate today so it is unknown what lines head coach Michel Therrien will go with. Word is we could see Crosby and Malkin playing togetherRead More »

Penguins fall to Rangers 3-2 in shootout

 

New York 3 – Pittsburgh 2 The Penguins lost their seventh consecutive game at Madison Square Garden and this was a game the Penguins should have won. The Penguins got out to a 2-0 lead. Mark Eaton scored his first goal in 91 games. Eaton jumped into the play and banged home a beautiful pass from Sidney Crosby. Crosby was by far the best player on the ice tonight. Jordan Staal recorded his eight goal of the season in the second period. Petr Prucha (1st goal of the season) and Nikolai Zherdev scored for the Rangers. Prucha had been a healthy scratch for the previous 10 games. A lot of scouts in the building. In the shootout, Markus Naslund, Nikolai Zherdev and Fredrik Sjostrom had shootout goals for the Rangers. Kris Letang was the Penguins only goal scorer in the shootout. Zigomanis, Kennedy injured: Center Mike Zigomanis and right wingerRead More »

NHL Insider Update: The Latest on Jagr & Sundin

 

Source: Jagr not looking to return to NHL: A source with connections to Jagr tells me “that Jagr is not thinking of returning to the nhl … infact, he’s involved in a very special kind of All-Star game in Russia to take place January 10th Team Jagr against Team Yashin. The KHL is in financial trouble and teams have missed making salary payments but nothing on Jagr or his team not getting paid.” Rangers holding out hope to land Sundin: Sources in New York tell me that the Rangers believe they are among the leading candidates in the Sundin sweepstakes. The Rangers only have $1.7 million in cap space but word is Sundin will join the Rangers for $4 million per season in January if they are able to clear enough salary. The Rangers are shopping Petr Prucha who makes $1.6 million per season. They will have to move anotherRead More »

Morning Skate Update: Fleury expected to return next week

 

Pittsburgh Penguins (14-6-3-31) at New York Rangers (17-8-2-36) Penguins took the ice at 11:30 a.m. for their morning skate as they prepare for the New York Rangers. Lines are the same as they were for practice this week. Talbot – Crosby – Satan Fedotenko – Malkin – Sykora Cooke – Staal – Kennedy Dupuis – Zigomanis – Godard *Marc Andre Fleury is currently on the ice. Fleury went on the ice after the Penguins to go through his own workout. Fleury will return next week according to source. Ryan Whitney is also skating and looks to be improving every time he steps on the ice. I’m told December 18th against Atlanta or the 20th against the Toronto Maple Leafs are being mentioned as a likely target date for Whitney’s return to the lineup. Photo courtesy of Dan4th

NHL: Hurricanes fire Peter Laviolette

 

The Carolina Hurricanes will be holding a press conference at 11:30 a.m. to announce the firing of head coach Peter Laviolette. The team is expected to name Paul Maurice the teams new head coach. Maurice coached the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes from 1995-2004. Carolina currently sits 8th in the Eastern Conference at 12-11-2. Photo courtesy of Dan4th

Jagr eyes return to NHL?

 

Rumors coming out of Russia indicate that former Pittsburgh Penguins star Jaromir Jagr has had a very difficult time with the death of teammate Alexei Cherepanov which has led to speculation that Jagr may be looking for a change of scenery and possibly tear up his contract and return to the NHL. There has also been some rumblings that Omsk is in financial trouble but team officials have denied reports that Jagr hasn’t received all of his money that has been promised to this point Article from Russian Newspaper: “Recently in the Russian press the loud news appeared: the main star of continental hockey the leagues Of [Jaromir] Of [Jagr] it is so detuned because of the tragic loss of its partner in the Omsk ‚Äúadvance guard‚Äù of Aleksey Cherepanov, which is assembled to leave command. ‚ÄúIzvestiya‚Äù turned to the agent attacking Yaroslav [Zideku], who ‚Äúsensation‚Äù refuted: – This isRead More »

OVECHKIN, MALKIN AND MacDONALD NAMED NHL ‘THREE STARS’ OF THE MONTH

 

NEW YORK (Dec. 1, 2008) — Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and New York Islanders goaltender Joey MacDonald have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for November. FIRST STAR — ALEX OVECHKIN, LW, WASHINGTON CAPITALS Ovechkin led all NHL scorers with 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) and had a +9 rating in 14 games, helping the Capitals post an 8-5-2 record –¬† the most wins by the club in November since 1996 (9-5-1). Ovechkin recorded points in 11 games, including a 10-game point streak from Nov. 10-28 — the NHL’s second-longest in 2008-09. The reigning NHL MVP ended a nine-game goal drought by tallying in five consecutive games from Nov. 10-19 and recorded his sixth career hat trick in a 5-3 victory over Atlanta Nov. 26. Ovechkin climbed to fifth in the NHL points race with 30 (13 goals, 17 assists) in 22Read More »

Monday’s Practice Report; Crosby named 1st star

 

Goaltender Marc Andre Fleury, and defensemen Phillipe Boucher, Ryan Whitney did not practice today. Fleury has been skating on his own and was in the building working out. Still no official word on Boucher. The coaching staff made some minor line changes. Talbot – Crosby – Satan Fedotenko – Malkin – Sykora Cooke – Staal – Kennedy Dupuis – Zigomanis – Godard * Fedotenko has moved from the 4th to the 2nd line. Pascal Dupuis a healthy scratch on Saturday is skating with the 4th line. In practice the Penguins started out with some flow drills. A lot of skating in these drills and the coaching staff had the players moving at all times. They did about 13-15 minutes of 1-on-1’s and 2-on-1’s. For the most part the defensemen owned the one-on-one drill. Ruslan Fedotenko scored a beautiful breakaway goal. He was skated very well and had a good practice.Read More »

The Latest Penguins Buzz; Sunday’s Rumor Mill

 

Pascal Dupuis a healthy scratch Saturday night has gone 14 games without a goal. His days of playing on the top two lines needs to end but the coaching staff likes his defensive zone play which keeps getting him minutes on the first or second line. As expected the Penguins re-assigned Janne Pesonen to WBS following last night’s game. Here‚Äôs what I‚Äôm hearing that the Penguins blueline will be when Ryan Whitney is healthy. Orpik, Letang, Whitney, Boucher, Gill, Scuderi. (7th Goligoski and 8th Eaton). I still think Alex Goligoski will be AHL bound when the Penguins blueline is healthy if he is not moved for a top 6 forward. A early target date for Whitney is believed to be December 8th when the Penguins host the Buffalo Sabres. The Latest on the Penguins pursuit of a top 6 forward. Talks are on-going between the Penguins and a Western ConferenceRead More »