Game 21: Pittsburgh 5 – New York Islanders 3 Dynamic Duo: Keep them together? Evgeni Malkin (3 goals – 1 assist – 4 pts) and Sidney Crosby (1 goal – 2 assists – 3 pts) took over in the third period and the Islanders had no answer to slow them down. Down 3-1 in the third period, head coach Michel Therrien paired Crosby and Malkin together along with Petr Sykora. Crosby/Malkin combined for three goals in¬†a 6 minute span¬†to put the Penguins up 4-3 with eight minutes remaining in the third period. Malkin who led the Penguins late charge, capped off the Penguins third period surge with a empty net goal to record his first hat trick of the season Curry may start against Buffalo John Curry made 11 saves his first NHL appearance to record his first career NHL win Wednesday night. Michel Therrien would not committ to aRead More »
Pittsburgh Penguins (12-5-3) at New York Islanders (9-10-2) 2008-09 SEASON SERIES Pittsburgh: 1-0-0 TEAM LEADERS Pittsburgh ‚Äì Miroslav Satan, 9 goals; Evgeni Malkin, 24 assists, 31 points; New York¬†‚Äì Bill Guerin, Trent Hunter, 8 goals;¬†Doug Weight¬†17 assists, 21 points GOALTENDING Matchup Pittsburgh ‚Äì Dany Sabourin (4-2-1, 1.66 GAA, .935 SV%) New York‚Äì Joey MacDonald¬†(9-7-2, 2.78 GAA, .912 SV%) SPECIAL TEAMS Pittsburgh ‚Äì Power Play: 18.3%, Penalty Kill: 84.3% New York¬†‚Äì Power Play: 17.0%, Penalty Kill: 84.0% Pittsburgh Penguins Projected Lineup Max Talbot – Sidney Crosby – Miroslav Satan Pascal Dupuis – Evgeni Malkin – Petr Sykora Matt Cooke – Jordan Staal – Tyler Kennedy Ruslan Fedotenko – Mike Zigomanis – Eric Godard D- Pairs Brooks Orpik – Kris Letang Alex Goligoski – Rob Scuderi Hal Gill – Phillipe Boucher Dany Sabourin will start in goal Power Play Units 1st PP Kennedy ‚Äì Crosby ‚Äì Satan Goligoski ‚Äì Malkin 2nd PPRead More »
Senators need to keep Jason Speeza: The Ottawa Senators have been very in trade discussions regarding numerous players and they need to decide what thety want to do with Jason Speeza. The Senators have always had some question marks but in the past they could always count on Spezza, Heatley and Alfredsson to carry them offensively. While the three have combined for 55 points this season, Jason Speeza only has 7 goals and 9 assists this season. There is speculation that the Senators may explore the possibility of moving Speeza but it might not be the smartest decision. They need to continue to build around Heatley and Spezza. Heatley would be a totally different player without playing with a dynamic center like Spezza Nikolai Khabibulin off the trade block?: Any trade talks regarding Nikolai Khabibulin has been put on the backburner. Khabibulin has responded to the competition of the HawksRead More »
The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo and forward Alexander Steen to the St. Louis Blues for right winger Lee Stempiak. The Leafs receive a talented forward in Stempniak, 25, who was chosen 148th in the 2003 draft. Stempiak scored 27 goals and 52 points in 82 games in 2006-2007, but took a step back last season scoring only 13 goals in 82 games last season. Colaiacovo 25, is a talented defenseman who has top four potential but has struggled to stay healthy. Steen 24, was once considered the Leafs top prospect and at one time was an untouchable. Steen has had two goals and four points in 20 games this season.
Michel Therrien promised personnel changes to the power-play units after a 0-for-4 effort in a loss Saturday against Vancouver. Sources tell me Tyler Kennedy who has 5 goals – 8 assists in 20 games this season will play on the first power play unit when the Penguins play the New York Islanders Wednesday night. The Lines in practice today were as follows Talbot – Crosby – Satan Dupuis – Malkin – Sykora Cooke – Staal – Kennedy Fedotenko – Zigomanis – Godard MALKIN, SABOURIN, ZIGOMANIS LEAD NHL IN KEY CATEGORIES AT QUARTER POLE
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 »