Edmonton takes 3-0 lead

 

The former Penguin and career minor leaguer Toby Peterson leads the Oilers to a 5-4 win over Anaheim Okay Penguin fans: Does anyone remember a 5ft9 left winger in Toby Peterson? Many fans most likely dont but Peterson was one of the Penguins top prospects heading into the 01-02 season. Peterson was giving a fair chance from the organization, playing with the big club for the whole season and even registered a hat trick against the Thrashers playing on Mario’s line. A week later after netting 6 goals in 5 games on Mario’s line Lemieux goes down with a hip injury and Peterson goes back to 4th line duty. Who knows maybe Peterson becomes the next Robby Brown. Once the 01-02 season ended Peterson fell out of favor with the organization and would end up playing the past 4 years including this year in the minors. With Raffi Torres outRead More »

NHL Report

 

The Edmonton Oilers defeat Anaheim 3-1 to take a 2-0 series lead Once again Dwayne Roloson led the way for the Oilers stopping 33 saves to put the Mighty Ducks in 2-0 hole that looks impossible to get out of. Game 3 is Tuesday in Edmonton as the Oilers are riding a 6 game winning streak and have been tough to beat at home ( 5-1 ) during the playoffs. Chris Pronger has been the key for Edmonton during their surprising run and tonight was no difference as he scored his 3rd goal of the playoffs and 14th point. Management in St.Louis wrote Pronger off after the lockout and shipped him off to Edmonton for Eric Brewer and a couple picks. Let’s see here, St.Louis finished with the worst record in hockey and missed the playoffs for the first time in 20+ seasons: and Edmonton the team that took theRead More »

Penguin Report

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins search for a new General Manager is shaping up as Fox Sports net is reporting former New York Rangers GM Neil Smith is the front runner to replace the departed Craig Patrick. Other names in the running are Steve Tambellini, Ray Shero and agent Pat Brisson. The search is expected to heat up this week and a announcement on Patrick’s replacement could be announced by the end of next week. Mark Cuban’s named has also surfaced once again about forming investors together to buy the franchise. This would be the best case scenario for the Pens as Cuban will take a minority stake because unlike the investors from Hartford and KC, Cuban will do his best to keep the team here in the burgh. Contrary to what CEO Ken Sawyer says, no one is going to buy this team until the slots license is awarded. Others PenguinRead More »

Sound Off

 

Can Scott Niedermayer and the Mighty Ducks return to the Finals for the second time in three seasons? The Anaheim Mighty Ducks have taking a commanding 2-0 lead on the Colorado Avalanche and right now look like the favorites to come out of the West. Rookie goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov recorded his third straight shut out yesterday afternoon and the Ducks have outplayed the Avs in every asset of the game. Joe Sakic and Rob Blake have lost a few steps and for the Avs to have a shot at winning Game 3 and getting back into the series Blake and Sakic need to out on better performances than they have. Don’t expect it !!! Sanjose – Edmonton Sharks lead series 1-0 This series will mostly go 7 games, but the key is going to be the Thornton-Pronger matchup. Pronger will most likely keep the NHL’s leading point scorer in checkRead More »

Chase for the Cup

 

Roloson and the Oilers shocked the Hockey World The president trophy winner Detroit Red Wings were bounced out of the playoffs last night in 6 games to the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers were a team that were 32 pts behind the Wings in the standings but pulled off one of the biggest upsets since the Islanders defeated the Penguins in the 93 playoffs. Barry Melrose and other hockey analysis are saying they are shocked that the Oilers dominated the Red Wings for most of the series. I am not that surprised at all by the results. Coming into the series I predicted on this site that Edmonton would win in 6. This was the worst matchup possible for the Wings in the 1st round. They were a old team going up against a young gritty team that’s biggest asset is their team speed. Manny Legace for one was not sharpRead More »

NHL Playoffs

 

Chris Pronger is the reason why the Oilers will upset the Detroit Red Wings In January of 2001 I was in St Louis for a hockey trip and we had a off night so I attended a St Louis Blues game. The Blues were one of hockeys top teams and they had the reigning M.V.P in Chris Pronger. After watching the Sharks win in overtime i was in awe at the way Chris Pronger dominated the game. The guy is a freak of nature at 6ft6 240 lbs. I had never seen a defenseman dominate a game like Pronger did back then. The guy logged over 28 minutes of ice time had 1 goal and 2 assists. The Sharks ended up scoring 4 goals in the game, but none with Pronger on the ice. A knee surgery later the Blues give up on the former M.V.P. and sent him toRead More »

Pittsburgh Penguins Season Review

 

Part 2: A Season that began with high expectations and ended with 60 losses Mario Lemieux’s unexpected retirement was just one of many dissapointments Who would have thought a team the likes of Lemieux, Recchi, Palffy, Leclair, Gonchar, Malone and Crosby would end up being the second worst team in the league. Aside from Sidney Crosby it was the most disappointing season that I have endured as a Penguin fan. First the team starts out 0-4-5 and never rebounds from that start. Disappointing management moves by not putting Ryan Whitney and Marc Andre Fleury on the roster out of training camp. Thibault plays like he belongs in Wheeling, Super Mario retires, Ziggy retires, Gonchar underachives and to make matters worse a 4th straight season of missing the playoffs. Can’t point the finger on one person but heres my top 10 reasons why this season was a nightmare. 10. Not bringingRead More »

Pittsburgh Penguins Season Review

 

A 5 part series of the 2005-06 Pittsburgh Penguins Part 1: The summer of 05: The new CBA, Penguins strike gold and being structured into a ” Stanley Cup Contender”. July 13th, 2005 the National Hockey League announces they have ended their year long labor dispute with the players association and that the NHL will be back better than ever. New rules including the elimination of the two line pass that will open up the game and the shootout which will benefit the fans. Key components of the agreement is a salary cap( max 39 million) that will provide small market teams like the Penguins the ability to compete on and off the ice. Following the announcement Craig Patrick announces that the Penguins will be big spenders in free agency and optimism brews in the burgh. The Penguins win the Crosby sweepstakes June 23,2005 The Pittsburgh Penguins strike gold andRead More »

Pens fall to Canadiens 6-5

 

The Penguins fought all night, but a combination of non-calls and a disallowed goal that wasn’t a goal did them in. The Pens got down 2-0 early in the first period and was close to becoming 4-0 but this team didn’t quit. Colby Armstrong got the Penguins on the board with a powerplay goal his 11th of the year on a cross ice pass from Sidney Crosby. The game was back and fourth from their. Montreal countered quickly with a goal from Higgins then Tomas Surovy poked one in short side and got the Penguins within a goal. Alex Kovalev who was quiet for most of the night scored a power play goal to put the Habs up 4-2 then Brooks Orpik was called for a iffy hooking penalty. All of sudden Andy Hilbert broke down ice shorthanded and Colby Armstrong poked in a rebound to get the Penguins andRead More »

News and Notes

 

University of Pittsburgh head basketball coach Jamie Dixon is believed to be in discussions with Missouri and Arizona State for their head coaching vacancy’s. Dixon is either a idiot wanting to leave Pitt for those schools or he’s trying to get some bargaining power to get an extension and more money from Pitt. In my opinion Dixon doesn’t deserve a extension or more money at all. He hasn’t taken Pitt to the next level so why give him a extension. I still would like to see Dixon stay but if he would leave Pitt would have to make a strong run at bringing in John Calipari who has Pitt roots. Only time will tell. Penguins lose to Senators 5-2 The Pens gave a decent showing against a Stanley cup contender but what a lack of respect from Ottawa especially the cheap shot on Crosby in the third period. A lotRead More »