The Tampa Bay Lighting came into Pittsburgh with a minor league roster and defeated Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4. Petr Sykora tied the game at 3-3 midway through the third period and Sidney Crosby put the Penguins up 4-3 late in the third period. Crosby‚Äôs shorthanded tally wasn‚Äôt enough as Tampa Bay’s Brandon Bochenski sent the game to overtime and the Lightnig won in a shootout 5-4. For Inside Analysis on tonight‚Äôs game read more.
Anaheim Ducks General Manager Brian Burke is currently talking to six teams regarding defenseman Mathieu Schneider. Among the most interested parties have been the La Kings, Atlanta Thrashers, Ottawa Senators, Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens. The Kings have been the team mentioned the most over the past two months but Kings GM Dean Lombardi has not been given the OK from ownership to add Schneider‚Äôs salary. Lombardi remains in contact with Brian Burke but the Kings will have to send some salary back to the Ducks. Andy Strickland reports Derek Armstrong could be heading the other way.
Free Preview: Want the latest Insider reports on the Penguins? Sign up today for an Inside Access Membership for only $19.99. I was told to watch Bill Thomas closely tonight. Thomas is pushing hard for a roster spot and the coaching staff likes what they have seen from him. Look for Thomas to see a lot of ice time tonight and to be used in different situations.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forwards Luca Caputi, Joe Haddad, Dustin Jeffrey, Nick Johnson, Mark Letestu and defenseman Jonathan D’Aversa to Wilkes-Barre. Forwards Keven Veilleux, Casey Pierro-Zabotel and defenseman Alex Grant have been re-assigned to their junior teams. Penguins Lineup for Saturday Night’s Game Forwards Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Janne Pesonen, Ryan Stone, Pascal Dupuis Kris Beech, Jeff Taffe, Miroslav Satan, Petr Sykora, Eric Godard and Bill Thomas; Defensemen Sergei Gonchar, Ben Lovejoy, Alex Goligoski, Brooks Orpik, Mark Eaton and Darryl Sydor; goaltenders Marc-Andre Fleury and Dany Sabourin. Projected Lineup Dupuis – Crosby – Satan Staal – Malkin – Sykora Pesonen – Taffe – Thomas Stone – Beech – Godard D-Pairings Gonchar – Orpik Sydor – Goligoski Eaton – Lovejoy
White Team 2 ‚Äì Black Team 0 Rob Scuderi was not on the ice today. Minor injury White Team Lines Dupuis ‚Äì Crosby ‚Äì Satan Fedotenko ‚Äì Talbot ‚Äì Cooke Caputi ‚Äì Beech ‚Äì Godard Minard ‚Äì Letestu ‚Äì Wallace D-Pairings Gonchar ‚Äì Orpik Sydor ‚Äì Goligoski Richmond ‚Äì Lovejoy Black Team Lines Staal ‚Äì Malkin ‚Äì Sykora Pesonen ‚Äì Taffe ‚Äì Kennedy James ‚Äì Henrich ‚Äì Thomas Bissonnette ‚Äì Gove ‚Äì Boogaard D-Pairing Gill ‚Äì Kemp Eaton ‚Äì Letang Mormina ‚Äì Engellend Score sheet White Goal ‚Äì Ben LoveJoy (Assist to Luca Caputi) White Goal – Ruslan Fedotenko (assist to Matt Cooke and Max Talbot) Inside Analysis Today‚Äôs game saw a lot of scoring chances and solid goaltending. Marc Andre Fleury and Danny Sabourin performed well. Fleury made some big saves on Sidney Crosby and Luca Caputi.
The First practice session featured the Black team The team first worked on some 3-on-0‚Äôs to warm up the goalies The next drill was all about the forwards catching the puck off the boards. This is a good drill for wingers. Janne Pesonen showed some acceleration in this drill The next drill was very similar where the forward would catch a pass off the boards and go down the ice and pull-up and hit the trailer. Defenseman Kris Letang looked good in this drill. He has improved his shot compared to last year and his release is quicker. Jordan Staal was skating very well in today’s practice. He is shooting with confidence and has his head up the entire time. Last year he was shooting with his head down way too often and that‚Äôs what goalies want. What Staal needs to improve is catching a hard pass on his backhandRead More »