Pavol Demitra scored twice, Daniel and Henrik Sedin had three points each as the Vancouver beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 Saturday afternoon at Mellon Arena. The Penguins came into the game winning 7 of 8 but failed to generate much offense against the Canucks tight defensive system. Pittsburgh only had 11 shots through two periods. Mike Zigomanis scored the Penguins only goal 22 seconds into the third period. Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby were each held scoreless for the second time in three games. Defenseman Phillipe Boucher led the Penguins with 26:17 minutes of ice time. Twenty-five seconds into the game, Matt Cooke threw a hip check on Alexander Edler that started a mini-brawl that included two fights and two ejections. Jannik Hansen and Matt Cooke were ejected. Full analysis in the morning
The Penguins power play which has struggled away from Mellon Arena came through for the Penguins tonight as Petr Sykora and Sidney Crosby each scored power play goals to lead the Penguins to a 3-2 over the Atlanta Thrashers Thursday night. Petr Sykora started the season with just three points in his first eight games, but has nine points in his last 10 games, and scored the game winner on the power play with 2:40 remaining in the third period. Sidney Crosby played very well and scored his seventh goal of the season to give Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead 12:24 into the second period. Crosby also had two assists on the night to give him 25 points on the season. Evgeni Malkin the NHL‚Äôs leading scorer had 1 assist to give him 31 points on the season. Dany Sabourin, starting in place of Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 21 of 23 shotsRead More »
Whitney to practice tomorrow:The Penguins practice tomorrow at South Pointe (12:00 p.m.) which will be open to the publc and fans could have the chance to see Ryan Whitney practice for the first time with his teammates. Whitney has been skating in recent weeks but has yet to join his teammates for a full practice. Defenseman Mark Eaton was a healthy scratch for the fifth time in eight games. With the addition of Phillipe Boucher, Eaton has fallen to 7th on the depth chart. Eaton signed a 2yr – 4M contract in free agency Fleury out for Saturday’s game?: Michel Therrien has changed his tune in regards to goaltender Marc Andre Fleury. Therrien was optimistic on Tuesday that Fleury would return on by weekend but Therrien has ruled Fleury out for Saturday’s matchup against the Vancouver Canucks. Backup goaltender Dany Saboruin is 4-1-1 on the season. Crosby records 33rd¬†three pointRead More »
Intriguing matchup: The Altanta Thrashers are 5-1 in their past 6 games and the Penguins are 6-0-1 in their past seven games Penguins projected Lineup Talbot ‚Äì Crosby ‚Äì Satan Fedotenko ‚Äì Malkin ‚Äì Sykora Cooke ‚Äì Staal ‚Äì Kennedy Dupuis ‚Äì Zigomanis ‚Äì Godard D-Pairs Orpik ‚Äì Letang Gill ‚Äì Scuderi Goligoski ‚Äì Boucher Dany Sabourin will start in goal Thrashers Projected Lineup Kovalchuk ‚Äì Christensen ‚Äì Williams Kozlov – White ‚Äì Little Thorburn – Reasoner ‚Äì Armstrong Perrin – Slater ‚Äì Boulton D-Pairs Hainsey ‚Äì Exelby Enstrom ‚Äì Havelid Valabik ‚Äì Oystrick Pavelec is expected to start in goal
The Penguins have caught many around the league by surprise in their ability to overcome the losses of Ryan Whitney and Sergei Gonchar. Ryan Whitney is skating and looks to be in the best shape of his career. Whitney is determined to resemble the player he was two seasons ago and I expect him to have a big season when he returns to the lineup in December. Is Ryan Whitney trade bait? The Penguins have received a lot of inquiries about Whitney in the past year and despite the emergence of Alex Goligoski and Kris Letang, the Penguins view Ryan Whitney as the heir apparent to Sergei Gonchar and GM‚Äôs around the league know if will take an offer the Penguins can‚Äôt refuse for them to consider moving Whitney. The Penguins are shopping……..
The Washington Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks continue to work on finalizing a potential deal that would send Capitals center Michael Nylander to Chicago. The Capitals and Hawks are looking for a third team to finalize the deal. Shanahan to Washington? Sources tell me the Capitals eye the chance to clear enough cap space to sign forward Brendan Shanahan to Washington. Sergei Fedorov has played an vital role in trying to get Shanahan to Washington according to sources. Shanahan appears willing to wait to see if the Caps can clear enough cap space but for how long remains a question mark. Shanahan is also believed to have offers on the table from the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils. A late team to join the Shanahan sweepstakes has been the Montreal Canadiens but there has been no confirmation that they have made a offer. A few rumors goingRead More »
Minnesota Wild 2 – Pittsburgh Penguins 1 The Minnesota Wild’s trapping defense frustrated the Penguins at times and the league’s top penalty kill unit held Evgeni Malkin & Co scoreless on the power play. The Penguins were 0-for-4 on the power play and failed to capitalize in overtime after Wild forward Brent Burns drew a high-sticking penalty with 1:28 remaining in the overtime period. The Wild were able to force a shootout and goaltender Niklas Backstrom, put on a strong performance Tuesday night at Mellon Arena, stopping 24-of-25 shots, turning aside Petr Sykora, Alex Goligoski and Sidney Crosby in the shootout to the lead the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 win. The loss snapped the Penguins 6 game winning streak. At 7:57 of the first period Mikko Koivu was credited with the Wild‚Äôs lone goal in regulation after Penguins center Mike Zigomanis put the puck in his own net offRead More »
Penguins Projected Lineup Fedotenko ‚Äì Malkin ‚Äì Sykora Talbot ‚Äì Crosby ‚Äì Satan Cooke ‚Äì Staal ‚Äì Kennedy Dupuis ‚Äì Zigomanis ‚Äì Godard D- Pairs Orpik ‚Äì Letang Gill ‚Äì Scuderi Goligoski ‚Äì Boucher Dany Sabourin will start in goal The Penguins are coming off of a 5-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night to extend their winning streak to 6 games.