Sunday Morning Report


Hossa expects loud boos from Penguins fans: Red Wings forward Marian Hossa who turned down a 7 year – $52 million from the Penguins this past summer¬†expects fans at Mellon Arena to be very loud when he touches the puck Sunday afternoon. Hossa speaking to the Toronto Sun had this to say on Saturday; “It will be loud,” Hossa acknowledged yesterday. “And when I touch the puck, it will be louder. That’s what I’m expecting. I try not to think about it — just focus on my game and do my stuff. “I had a great time in Pittsburgh. There are great fans in Pittsburgh, a sellout every night.” Saturday Roundup: Wings defeat Oilers 8-3 Head to Head Comparison Detroit Red Wings marquee Free Agent Signing 1. RW Marian Hossa¬†| 1 year – $7.45 million | | 29 goals – 25 assists – 54 points| Pittsburgh Penguins marquee Free AgentRead More »

Canadiens hand Penguins third straight loss; Post-Game Buzz


Montreal 4 – Pittsburgh 2 Despite a strong performance from Luca Caputi who opened the scoring 2:30 into the game, the Penguins gave up three unanswered goals and lost for the third straight game Tuesday night against the Monteal Canadiens. Caputi appearing in his first NHL game scored in his first NHL shift. Caputi started the game on the fourth line with Bill Thomas and Eric Godard but was rewarded with minutes on the first power play unit and saw some ice time with the 2nd line. Roman Hamrlik scored a 1st period goal for the Canadiens. Chris Higgins and Maxim Lapierre scored second-period goals and Andrei Kostitsyn scored with 4:15 left to seal the Canadiens 4-2 win. Goaltender Carey Price made 23 saves. Evgeni Malkin (23) also scored for the Penguins. Marc Andre Fleury made 31 saves. The Penguins 24-23-5 remain in 10th place in the Eastern Conference. TheRead More »

Morning Skate update: Penguins recall Chris Minard


Alex Goligoski and Brooks Orpik will be the Penguins two scratches tonight. Goligoki is the seventh defensemen in the morning skate. Orpik is skating for the second consecutive day and is expected to return to the lineup this weekend. Marc Andre Fleury will make his 10th start in 11 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Chris Minard from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) to replace winger Matt Cooke who will be suspended for two games. Minard who leads the AHL with 28 goals, has one goal in 13 games with the Penguins. Cooke will be elgible to return against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, January 31st. It is also believed that the Penguins gave strong consideration to calling up young forward Luca Caputi and using him in the same kind of structured role the team used Alex Goligoski last season.

Mixed opinions around the league on Goligoski’s trade value


League sources tell me there are mixed opinions around the league regarding Alex Goligoski’s trade value. Goligoski and Luca Caputi not 2007 1st round pick Angelo Esposito were the two prospects at last year’s trade deadline that Penguins GM Ray Shero received the most calls about in his pursuit of a top 6 winger for Sidney Crosby last season. Through 42 games this season Goligoski has 6 goals & 13 assists. Young puck moving defensemen are a hot commodity around the league and Pittsburgh has been looking at interest in Goligoski for some time. Among the teams expressing interest

Penguins- Bruins lineups


The Penguins just wrapped up their morning skate. Optional skate for the Bruins. The Bruins lineup is expected to be the same as it was in practice yesterday. Pittsburgh Penguins (19-13-4-42) Lineup Dupuis – Crosby – Satan Fedotenko – Malkin – Sykora Cooke – Staal – Talbot Wallace – Jeffrey D-Pairs Orpik – Scuderi Gill – Whitney Eaton – Boucher Extra: Goligoski Marc Andre Fleury will start in net Lineup news: Paul Bissonnette has been re-assigned to Wilkes Barre. Eric Godard will be scratched. The Penguins will dressing seven defenseman. Goligoski will play on the power play and saw some time with the fourth line in the morning skate. Boston Bruins (27-5-4-58) Lineup P.J. Axelsson – Marc Savard – Phil Kessel Blake Wheeler – David Krejci – Michael Ryder Milan Lucic – Stephane Yelle – Chuck Kobasew Vladimir Sobotka – Martin St. Pierre – Shawn Thornton D-Pairs Zdeno Chara –Read More »

Crosby nets OT Winner


Evgeni Malkin and Alex Goligoski each recorded three points and Sidney Crosby snapped a 9 game scoreless streak, netting the OT winner 43 seconds into overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 Monday night at HSBC arena. Crosby‚Äôs OT winner was under review for over a minute, whether Crosby‚Äôs stick was over the goal post when he deflected Evgeni Malkin‚Äôs fluttering slap shot. The Penguins overcame a 2-0 deficit and it appeared that the Penguins may have been on their way to a 6th loss in eight games until Alex Goligoski scored his second goal of the game at 11:17 of the third period to tie the game at 3-3. Pascal Dupuis also scored for the Penguins, recording his 7th goal of the season at 6:18 of the second period. Marc Andre Fleury made 32 saves to record his 10th win of the season. The Penguins hostRead More »