Post-Game Report

 

Penguins Post-Game Report Very good turnout for Penguins fans tonight at the RBC center In the locker room following the game, the Penguins felt they played good enough to win. They were disappointed not to leave Carolina with two points but they did get a much needed point. In his post-game comments, Sidney Crosby talked about how the Penguins ran into a good goaltender but felt if the Penguins continue to play at the level they did tonight, “he likes their chances.” The Florida Panthers (87  pts) will be in a must-win situation Sunday afternoon. Interim coach Dan Bylsma remains non-committal on who will start in goal but sources tell me Fleury will start. Fleury has been pushing to play both games this weekend Jordan Staal is playing his best hockey of his career right now but he needs to improve

Hurricanes 3, Penguins 2 (OT); Canes clinch playoff spot

 

Hurricanes defenseman Anton Babchuk scored the winning goal at 1:11 into overtime, as the Hurricanes beat the Penguins 3-2 at the RBC center Saturday night. The win was the Hurricanes eighth straight and franchise record 11th straight home win. The win clinched the Hurricanes first playoff berth since the 2005-2006 season. The Penguins trailed 2-1 going into the third period, and at 3:34 in the third period, Jordan Staal tied the game from the left circle with a quick one timer on a Tyler Kennedy’s pass from the left corner. Tyler Kennedy had a goal an assist for the Penguins. Ruslan Fedotenko added two assists and Marc Andre made 27 saves in the loss.

Crosby expects uptempo, physical game; Staal discusses Penguins chances of returning to the finals

 

Live From Raleigh The Carolina Hurricanes (93 points) and Pittsburgh Penguins (92 points) are separated by one point in the playoff standings and tonight is a crucial game for both teams fighting for playoff positioning. Carolina is on a seven game winning streak and have won 10 straight home games. Tonight’s game is between the conference’s hottest teams as the Hurricanes are 11-2-1 in their last 14 games, and the Penguins are 13-2-1 in their last 16 games. Following the Penguins morning skate, Sidney Crosby talked about how the teams focus is on the winning and how he expects a physical game while Jordan Staal discussed the Penguins chances of reaching the Finals again. Read more for the latest pregame report

Are the Hurricanes a Stanley Cup contender?

 

The Carolina Hurricanes (43-28-7, 93 pts) won a season-high seventh straight game in a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers at the RBC Center Thursday night to set up a showdown with the Pittsburgh Penguins (42-27-8, 92 pts) Saturday night. The Penguins and Hurricanes are separated by one point as the Hurricanes win pushed the Penguins back to the #6 spot in the Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes and Penguins are currently viewed as two teams in the Eastern Conference that no one wants to play. The Hurricanes have depth upfront and a Stanley Cup goaltender but do they have enough depth on the blue line to be considered a true playoff threat that could make a deep run? The addition of Eric Cole has given the Hurricanes three scoring lines and goaltender Cam Ward is playing at a higher level than he was during his 2006 Stanley Cup playoffRead More »

Monday’s Wrapup; Canes, Flyers get key wins

 

Philadelphia 4 – New Jersey 2 The Philadelphia Flyers (90 pts) took more strides to locking up the #4 spot in the Eastern Conference Monday night, defeating the New Jersey Devils (97 pts) 4-2 in Philadelphia. Jeff Carter scored his 40th goal of the season and Simone Gagne and added his 30th goal of the season to power the Flyers to a critical divisional win. The Flyers winners of three straight got another strong performance from Marty Biron who made 32 saves to record his 25th win of the season. Biron is 4-1 on the season on the second game of back-to-back games. Carolina 3 – Florida 2 OT Ray Whitney scored 1:37 into overtime to lead the surging Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday night. The win moved the Hurricanes one point ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins for 5th place in the EasternRead More »

Playoff races heating up

 

(4) Philadelphia (37-22-10, 84 pts) Games remaining: 13 (6 Home, 7 Away) Latest Buzz: Flyers have three games in hand on the #5 Pittsburgh Penguins (38-26-8, 84 pts). The Flyers are 1-4 against the Penguins this season. The two rivals meet on Sunday. (5) Pittsburgh (38-26-8, 84 pts) Games remaining: 10 (6 Home, 4 Away) Latest Buzz: Pittsburgh in the middle of a 8 game homestand are 9-0-2 in their last 11 games. A team that no one wants to play down the stretch. Pittsburgh returns to action on Friday against LA. (6) NY Rangers (37-26-8, 82 pts) Games remaining: 11 (6 Home, 5 Away) Latest Buzz: 6-3-1 in their last 10 games, Rangers have the look of a playoff team. (7) Montreal (36-25-9, 81 pts) Games remaining: 12 (7 Home, 5 Away) Latest Buzz: Seven home games will be critical for the Habs who are 21-7-6 at home thisRead More »

NHL: Hurricanes, Bruins, Sabres pursuing Eric Cole

 

RW Eric Cole | 57 GP | 13G -10A – 23PTS | Currently the Penguins are not in on Edmonton Oilers forward Eric Cole, nor do I don’t expect them to be but the Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins remain in talks with the Oilers about the under-achieving forward. The Oilers are seeking immediate help in return and are only interested in moving Cole to the Eastern Conference

Trade Watch

 

If the Penguins want Colby Armstrong it is going to cost them puck moving defenseman Alex Goligoski according to a league source. Contrary to other reports, the Thrashers are not actively shopping Armstrong and they remain very high on him. Armstrong has 13 goals on the year, has been a great locker room presence and is averaging between 15-17 minutes of ice time per game. The Thrashers have received quite a few inquires about Armstrong including from the Penguins, Wild, Rangers, Kings, and Flames. As I‚Äôve been mentioning for a while, the Thrashers are actively shopping former Penguins forward Eric Christensen. Columbus, Montreal, New York Islanders and the Phoenix Coyotes are four teams to express interest. The trade deadline always brings out some crazy rumors. Pierre LeBrun reports a source told him the Panthers, Senators and Rangers were talking about a major three way trade involving Scott Gomez, Jason SpezzaRead More »

Crosby leads Penguins to 5-2 win

 

The Penguins dominated from the drop of puck beating the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 Thursday night. Pittsburgh has earned a point in 12 of their last 14 games (10-2-2), received big games from Sidney Crosby and right winger Petr Sykora. Crosby the league’s second leading scorer had a four point night recording four assists to give him 14 points in his last 5 games. Sykora who got off to a sub-par start this season had two goals against the Hurricanes and now has three goals in four games. Goaltender Dany Sabourin made 34 saves to record his 6th win of the season

NHL: Hurricanes fire Peter Laviolette

 

The Carolina Hurricanes will be holding a press conference at 11:30 a.m. to announce the firing of head coach Peter Laviolette. The team is expected to name Paul Maurice the teams new head coach. Maurice coached the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes from 1995-2004. Carolina currently sits 8th in the Eastern Conference at 12-11-2. Photo courtesy of Dan4th