Fleury among the league’s best; Penguins winning streak goes to 5

 

Marc Andre Fleury made 31 saves and was 3-for-3 in the shootout as the Pittsburgh Penguins (25-10-1) defeated the Buffalo Sabres (21-10-3) 2-1 Saturday night for their fifth straight win and 25th win of the season. Sabres goaltender Patrick Lalime did his best impression of Ryan Miller making 23 saves and holding the Penguins to one goal in regulation. Kris Letang scored the lone goal for Pittsburgh in the shootout. Sidney Crosby (5-for-6) was stopped by Lalime in the shootout for the first time this season. The big story of the night was Marc Andre Fleury who earned his 21st win of the season. At the young age of 25, Fleury has established himself as one of the top 5 goaltenders in the game. His development over the past two seasons has him right where the Penguins expected him to be when they drafted him 1st overall in 2003. TheRead More »

Game 36: Talbot to return to the lineup

 

Pittsburgh Penguins (24-10-1) @ Buffalo Sabres (21-10-2) Just got word from a source that Max Talbot will return to the lineup tonight. Talbot has been a healthy scratch in the lineup for the past two games. Talbot will replace Eric Godard in the lineup and skate on the 4th line with Michael Rupp and Craig Adams. Penguins @ Sabres Preview

Inside the NHL: Capitals, Penguins, Devils the class of the East

 

Devils, Capitals, Penguins & the rest? Through the first two months of the season, the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils have established themselves as the class of the Eastern Conference. The high-octane Capitals have a conference leading 44 points and are the highest scoring team in the NHL with 111 goals. Despite a number of injuries, the defending Stanley Cup champions have picked up right where they left off and have jumped out to a 20-10-1 record through 31 games. The Capitals and Penguins are right where many expected them to be but the New Jersey Devils? In just 28 games, the Devils are 20-7-1 tied for first in the Atlantic Division. In the first year of his second stint in New Jersey, head coach Jacques Lemaire has the Devils playing dominant hockey. Like the Penguins, the Devils have been hit with a number of injuries butRead More »

Ryan Miller suffers high ankle injury; Out Indefinitely

 

The Buffalo Sabres beat the New York Rangers Saturday night 4-2 to move into 7th place in the Eastern Conference. The loss was costly as starter goaltender Ryan Miller will be out indefinitely with an high ankle injury. The early prognosis has Miller sidelined for 5-6 weeks. Updated Eastern Conference Standings ( 5-10 ) 5. Montreal | 60GP | 69 PTS | 6. Florida | 59 GP | 68 PTS | 7. Buffalo | 60 GP | 68 PTS | 8. NY Rangers | 60 GP | 68 PTS | 9. Carolina | 60 GP | 65 PTS | 10. Pittsburgh | 60 GP | 64 PTS

Who Wants Whitney? Exploring the market for Ryan Whitney

 

With a reluctance to actively listen to offers for Jordan Staal, Penguins defenseman Ryan Whitney is believed to be the Penguins biggest asset in their attempt to acquire a top line winger. With Four years Р$16 million remaining on his contract, and only 1 goal in 22 games to go along with a -12 plus/minus rating, Whitney’s value has never been lower.

Game 27: Penguins fall to Sabres 4-3

 

Post Game Thoughts Defensive breakdowns and the failure to put the Sabres away on the power play was the story of the game. This was clearly a game the Penguins gave away. Head coach Michel Therrien said it best in his post game comments, “It was a horrible performance That’s the truth.” Tonight’s loss overshadowed the performance of Evgeni Malkin who was clearly the best player on the ice. It is a common theme that the Penguins are carried offensively by either Malkin or Crosby on any given night. Malkin had two assists and Sidney Crosby had 1 assist. Malkin played a part in the Penguins first two goals which were scored by Ruslan Fedotenko and Sidney Crosby assisted on Kris Letang’s second period goal. Letang’s goal at 1:31 of the second period was his first in 52 games dating back to last season. The Penguins are clearly banged upRead More »

Penguins fall to Sabres 4-3

 

Post Game Thoughts The Penguins couldn‚Äôt hold on to a 3-2 lead going into the third period. The Penguins were outshot 10-3 in the third period and failed to put away the game early in the third when they began the period with a 5 on 3 power play for 53 seconds. The Penguins power play which ranks dead last on the road burned them tonight. The Penguins were 0-7 on the night. The Sabres were very aggressive on the penalty kill. John Curry played very well making 28 saves on 32 shots. He did what he needed to do for the Penguins to win tonight. It was good to see him perform well tonight. Sidney Crosby (2 goals) and Evgeni Malkin (2 assists) continue to carry the Penguins offensively. I Thought Michel Therrien might have went away from the Crosby/Sykora/Malkin unit a bit early in the third period afterRead More »

Game 22: Penguins vs Sabres tonight: Pesonen to play with Malkin

 

Live Updates — 2nd Period 3-2 at the end of the second period. Penguins begin the third period on a 5 on 3 for 53 seconds. Crosby puts the Penguins up 3-2 at 19:04 of the second period. Great play by Malkin cause a turnover at the redline and Crosby¬†did the rest¬†beating Ryan Miller 5-hole. Defenseman Phillipe Boucher left the game with an undisclosed injury and will not return. It didn’t take long for Michel Therrien to put¬†the Crosby/Malkin/Sykora unit¬†together. Crosby ties the game at 2-2. Assist to Evgeni Malkin — 1st period 1 – 1 at the end of the first period. Curry played well and was tested in the first. Janne Pesonen had two shifts and played a total of one minute in the first period. 8:16 p.m. Penguins 0-3 on the power play. Sabres penalty kill is very aggressive and there clogging the neutral zone. Dupuis deniedRead More »

NHL Preview: NorthEast Division

 

Inside report It will be a uphill battle for the Senators, Sabres and Bruins to overtake the Canadiens in the North East but that‚Äôs why they play the game. 1. Montreal Canadiens (47-25-10) The Montreal Canadiens are the fastest team in the league and among one of the most talented teams in the NHL. They made significant upgrades upfront adding Alex Tanguay (18 goals ‚Äì 40 assists ‚Äì 58 points) and Robert Lang (21 goals) who will center the third line. Tanguay joins talented forwards Alexei Kovalev (84 points), Tomas Plekanec (69points), Chris Higgins (52 points) and that is just naming a few. Offensively not too many teams can’t match up with the Canadiens. On defense Mike Komisarek is a force but the Habs could use some upgrades. How far the Canadiens go in the post-season will depend on young G Carey Price. Trading Cristobal Huet backfired on management asRead More »