Neil Walker to make $10.55 million in 2016

The New York Mets avoided arbitration with former Pirate Neil Walker today, the team announced. Walker will earn $10.55 million in 2016. He is scheduled to be a free agent at seasons end.

 

Matt Murray ruled out of AHL All-Star Game

Top prospect Matthew Murray has been ruled out of AHL All-Star game due to injury. Murray will miss Wilkes Barre’s final two games before the break.

The Penguins believe the injury is a short-term one. Murray is 16-8-0 with a 1.97 goals-against average, .933 save percentage and 4 shutouts. With Derrick Pouliot ineligible for the All-Star game due to his NHL recall, Dominik Simon will be the Baby Penguins lone representative if he’s healthy enough to play.

PENGUINS TOP-30 PROSPECTS TRACKER

 

Michael Young ties season-high with 25 points in 73-60 loss to Clemson

Clemson 73 – Pittsburgh 60

The Panthers (16-4, 5-3) were held to their second-lowest halftime total of the season at 26 points and went on to suffer a 73-60 loss to Clemson (13-7, 6-2) on Wednesday night. Pittsburgh was outscored 40-26 in the first half, marking the third straight game they trailed by 10+ points in the first half.

Michael Young was a lone bright spot, tying a season-high with 25 points and added 7 rebounds in the loss. Young shot 9-14 from the field and was the only Panther in double digits.

Next Up: vs Virginia Tech (12-8, 4-3) on Jan 31.

 

Sheary, Wilson sent back to Wilkes Barre

The Penguins this morning re-assigned Scott Wilson and Conor Sheary to Wilkes Barre/Scranton. The Baby Penguins have three games remaining prior to the AHL All-Star break.

Wilson is tied with former Penguin Chris Bourque for the AHL lead in goals with 20. Wilson has 20 goals in 32 AHL games, Bourque 20 in 40 games.

 

Fleury earns 42nd career shutout in 2-0 win

Penguins 2 – Devils 0

Marc Andre Fleury stopped all 25 shots to earn his 4th shutout of the season and 42nd of his career in the Penguins 2-0 win over the New Jersey Devils. Sidney Crosby (17, PPG) and Phil Kessel each scored in the win as Pittsburgh goes into the break on a three game winning streak.

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD
15:27 PIT (PPG) Sidney Crosby (17) | Assists Patric Hornqvist (16), Kris Letang (27)

2ND PERIOD
15:21 PIT Phil Kessel (15) | Assists Carl Hagelin (12), Derrick Pouliot (1)

 

Panthers vs Broncos in Super Bowl 50

The Stage is Set. It will be the Denver Broncos vs the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Carolina rolled to a 49-15 win in the NFC Title game, intercepting Carson Palmer four times and forcing seven turnovers in the blowout win.

The 17-1 Panthers open up as 4 point favorites over the Broncos.

 

Broncos advance to Super Bowl 50

Broncos 20 – Patriots 18

 

Malkin joins Lemieux, Stevens as 3rd Penguin with at least 10 career hat tricks

PENGUINS ALL-TIME HAT TRICK LEADERS

1. Mario Lemieux – 40
2. Evgeni Malkin/Kevin Stevens – 10
3. Jaromir Jagr – 9
4. Sidney Crosby/Alexei Kovalev – 8
5. Rob Brown – 7

 

Malkin nets 10th career hat trick as Pens rally past Canucks

Penguins 5 – Canucks 4

Evgeni Malkin netted his 10th career hat trick as the Penguins rallied from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 5-4 on Saturday Afternoon.

1st Period
0:27 VAN Jannik Hansen (13) Assists Alexander Edler (14)
16:35 VAN (SHG) Jannik Hansen (14) Assists Derek Dorsett (6), Christopher Tanev (9)

2nd Period
3:54 PIT (PPG) – Evgeni Malkin (21) Assists Kris Letang (25)

3rd Period
6:00 VAN Bo Horvat (9) Assists Ben Hutton (11), Luca Sbisa (4)
7:16 PIT Evgeni Malkin (22)
10:22 PIT Evgeni Malkin (23) Assists Phil Kessel (16), Trevor Daley (9)
13:00 PIT Bryan Rust (2) Assists Tom Kuhnhackl (1)
18:37 PIT (ENG) Sidney Crosby (16) Assists Carl Hagelin (11), Kris Letang (26)
19:43 VAN Jannik Hansen (15) Assists Michael Zalewski (1), Ben Hutton (12)