Jordan Staal scored two goals including the tiebreaker goal in the third period, and the Penguins scored four third-period goals to rally for their sixth straight victory, 5-2 over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. Staal who got off to a sluggish start to the season has seven goals in his past six games. After losing three straight, the Penguins have now won six straight and are establishing themselves with the Rangers and Canadiens as the class of the Eastern Conference. Evgeni Malkin extended his assist streak to 13 games and has a chance to tie Mario Lemieux‚Äôs record of 14 straight games with an assist, Tuesday night against Minnesota. Malkin finished the night with 1 goal and 3 assists and now has 30 points on the season. Malkin has a 8 point lead over teammate Sidney Crosby. Now onto the latest speculation surrounding the Penguins and around the league.
TSN.Ca is reporting the Tampa Bay Lightning have fired head coach Barry Melrose and have named named associate coach Rick Tocchet interim head coach. The Lightning have struggled this season (5-7-4) and are currently 13th in the Eastern Conference. Melrose, 52, was named the sixth head coach in Lightning history on June 24. DePaoli’s Take: The Lightning’s new ownership need to learn that you can’t build a Stanley Cup contender over night. Ownership needed patience heading into this season and it’s clear that they don’t have it. The Lightning were the worst team in the league last season and adding players like Ryan Malone, Radim Vrbata weren’t going to make the Lightning Stanley Cup contenders this season. To make matters worse ownership traded their best defenseman Dan Boyle in return for Matt Carle who they traded away last week. Hiring Barry Melrose was risky in the first place and wasRead More »
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin continued their dominance against the Flyers and Penguins rookie Alex Goligoski scored on his first career shootout attempt as the Penguins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 Thursday night at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh got out to a early 3-0 lead getting goals from Matt Cooke, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby but a 3-0 lead is never safe for the Penguins this year. The Penguins power play went 1-7 and Simon Gagne scored twice short-handed during a four-goal second period that put the Flyers up 4-3. Penguins head coach Michel Therrien pulled starting goalie Marc Andre Fleury following the second period. Fleury has given up 10 goals in his last 5 periods of regulation play. Dany Sabourin came on in relief and made 11 saves in the third period and Crosby tied it at 4-4 with 2:33 remaining in the third with his sixth goal of theRead More »
The Steelers have not confirmed a report from Profootball talk that Marvel Smith will undergo another surgery on his back which will end his season. Smith is exploring all his options right now. Smith‚Äôs back injury has been much worse than the Steelers coaching staff has made it out to me. The San Diego Chargers will throw early and often against the Steelers. The Chargers will look to attack Steelers cornerback William Gay who will make his first NFL start. Fernando Bryant is vying to be the Steelers #3 cornerback this week. LaMarr Woodley remains a bit limited with his calf injury but did practice today. Woodley should play in Sunday‚Äôs game. Ben Roethlisberger, Willie Parker, and Hines Ward all practiced today. Ben has thrown the ball well the past two days in practice.
Lineup News: Rob Scuderi skated in the morning skate and will test his injured foot during the pregame skate before making a final decision as to whether he will play tonight. Scuderi wants to see how is foot reacts this afternoon. Scuderi did say following the morning skate that it is a definite that he will play Saturday night against the Sabres. If Scuderi unable to go tonight, Mark Eaton will return to the lineup. Max Talbot who started Tuesday night’s game on a line with Pascal Dupuis and Eric Godard will be back on Sidney Crosby’s line tonight. Pittsburgh Penguins (9-4-2) vs Philadelphia Flyers (5-6-3) Talbot-Crosby-Satan Fedotenko-Malkin-Sykora Cooke-Staal-Kennedy Dupuis-Zigomanis-Godard D-pairs Orpik-Letang *GTD*Scuderi-Gill Sydor-Goligoski Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal
Final thoughts from Detroit I‚Äôve been to a lot of games in my lifetime but last night‚Äôs 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‚Äôve 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 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 ‚Äì 50 million offer to sign with the Red Wings.
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