No line changes in Friday’s Practice


The Penguins just went through their final practice this morning before they depart for Washington later this afternoon. No line changes from¬†Thursday’s practice¬†as Miroslav Satan skated with the second line for the second consecutive day. As expected, Petr Sykora will be scratched for Game 1. Penguins Lineup for Saturday Kunitz – Crosby – Guerin Fedotenko – Malkin – Satan Cooke – Staal – Kennedy Dupuis – Talbot – Adams Scratches: Godard, Sykora Defensemen Orpik – Gonchar Gill – Scuderi Eaton – Letang Scratches: Boucher I’m told defenseman Kris Letang will be on a

Malkin, Ovechkin, Datsyuk Named Hart Trophy Finalists


NEW YORK (April 29, 2009) – Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk, Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin and Washington’s Alex Ovechkin are the three finalists for the 2008-09 Hart Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player who is adjudged to be the most valuable to his team,” the National Hockey League announced today.

Will Alexander Ovechkin catch Evgeni Malkin?


Scoring Race 1. Evgeni Malkin | 34 goals – 74 assists – 108 points | Remaining Schedule: TB, NYI, MTL 2. Alexander Ovechkin | 55 goals – 51 assists – 106 points | Remaining schedule: ATL, TB, FLA Alexander Ovechkin has a six game point streak that includes 5 goals – 7 assists during that streak as he is now within two points of catching Evgeni Malkin for the NHL points lead Both players have three games remaining and

The M.V.P. Debate Poll


The M.V.P. Debate Poll We recently polled¬†six NHL writers on¬†the M.V.P.¬†debate and who¬†they would¬†vote for on other major awards. First up are three writers from the Western Conference we polled this week Questions 1. Who would receive your M.V.P. vote if you had to vote today? 2. In order of 1-3, who are your top three Hart Trophy finalists 3. Norris Trophy Winner 4. Vezina Trophy Winner 5. Calder Trophy Winner 6. If you had to pick one player to build your team around who would that be? The Writers David Staples – Edmonton Journal M.V.P Vote 1. Pavel Datsyuk Top Three Hart Trophy Finalists 2. Pavel Datsyuk, Alexander Ovechkin, Zach Parise Norris Trophy 3. Nicklas Lidstrom, Zdeno Chara, Mike Green Vezina Trophy 4. Tim Thomas, Nicklas Backstrom, Steve Mason Calder Trophy 5. Bobby Ryan If you had to pick one player to build your team around who would thatRead More »

Kings will be in must-win situation Friday night at Mellon Arena


Dustin Brown scored with 34 seconds left in overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings (30-30-10) a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins Thursday night. The Kings rallied from two down, to get a much needed win as they’re five points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Los Angeles travels to Pittsburgh for a matchup against the league’s hottest team Friday night. The Kings will be in another must-win situation. Don’t expect to see Pittsburgh native John Zeiler in the lineup for the Kings tomorrow night. Zeiler was a scratch once again Thursday night.

Penguins win 6th straight, upend Capitals 4-3 in shootout


Marc Andre Fleury was 3-3 in the shootout and Sidney Crosby scored the only goal in the shootout as the Penguins extended their winning streak to six games to finish a 5 game road trip 5-0. Crosby (Goal, Assist, shootout goal) got the Penguins on the board first, scoring his 25th goal of the season at 4:12 of the first period. Winger Chris Kunitz chipped a puck off the boards in the neutral zone that led to a 2-on-1 for Bill Guerin and Sidney Crosby. Guerin sold the play and made a great feed to Crosby who put the Penguins up 1-0 in the first. Guerin and Crosby were not done as Guerin assisted on Sergei Gonchar’s 2nd period goal (7:25) that gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead.

NHL: Malkin, Ovechkin put feud to rest in Super Skills


Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin teamed up at the BellCenter Saturday night for the NHL super skills competition and put their feud to rest for atleast one weekend. Malkin claimed the shooting accuracy title, hitting three of four targets in a playoff with Ottawa’s Dany Heatley after both nailed all four targets in four shots in the opening round. During the breakaway challenge Malkin helped Ovechkin win the breakaway challenge by giving Ovechkin a hat, glasses, a shot of gatorade and and his stick. Ovechkin received 42.8 percent of the fan voting via text messages. The two super stars were also seen together at Club Opera having a good time. Reports indicate Ovechkin credited Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk for helping the Russian forwards make their peace. Kovalchuk is probably looking forward to the 2010 olympics and figures he needs his two countrymen on the same page.

NHL Mid Season Awards; Parise earns 1st half M.V.P


1st half M.V.P Forward Zach Parise (28 g ‚Äì 27 a ‚Äì 55pts, +20) Inside Analysis: Parise is the games most under-rated player and the leagues top bargain with a cap hit of only $3.1 million per season. With goaltender Martin Brodeur sidelined for up to 4 months, Parise has carried the Devils offensively and at the All-Star break the Devils are the Atlantic division leader with 61 points. With Brodeur due back in late February, the Devils go into the second half as arguably the most dangerous team in the Eastern Conference. Parise ranks 7th in the NHL in points and ranks third in goals. Runner up: Alexander Ovechkin (31g -28a -59pts) Vezina Trophy (Top Goaltender) Miikka Kiprusoff (28-12-3, 2.82 GAA, .903 SV%) Inside Analysis: Kiprusoff has appeared in 43 of the Flames 46 games and leads the NHL with 28 wins. He has recorded all 28 wins forRead More »

Ovechkin, Capitals shine in Pittsburgh; win 6-3


Alexander Ovechkin had two goals and 1 assist, including 10 shots on goal as the Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 Wednesday night at Mellon Arena. Ovechkin and the Caps outshot the Penguins 42-29 and broke the game wide open in the third period outscoring the Penguins 4-1 in the third period. The Penguins 9-16-1 in their last 26 games suffered not only a costly lost in the standings but also to their roster. Defenseman Rob Scuderi took a puck in the face in the first period. Scuderi left the game and did not return. Forwards Max Talbot and Sidney Crosby were also injured injured in the third period. Both players did not return. Crosby was favoring his left leg and Talbot has an upper body injury. Updates on both players will not be known until tomorrow afternoon‚Äôs practice. The Penguins got goals from Evgeni Malkin (18), Miroslav Satan (13),Read More »