Post-Game: Jeffrey, Fleury lead Pens to impressive 4-3 shootout win

 

Post-Game Report The Pittsburgh Penguins played without their two best players in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, lost Arron Asham to a shoulder injury early in the game, didn’t have Mark Letestu available due to a knee injury and played the final 24 minutes of regulation (including overtime/shootout) without Jordan Staal who received a match penalty for sucker punching Brandon Prust in the second period. Add in all of those factors and the Penguins going down 2-0, Pittsburgh still found a way to come out with an impressive 4-3 shootout win against the New York Rangers (29-20-4, 62pts) on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. Two players that stepped up their game with big performances was callup Dustin Jeffrey and goaltender Marc Andre Fleury. Jeffrey (3) scored the Penguins first of three second period goals who turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead. Jeffrey later capped off the win,Read More »

Inside the Numbers: Penguins Maintaining with Crosby Out

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins enter the All-Star Break with a 31-15-40-(66pts) record at the 50 game mark and following last night’s 1-0 win over the New York Islanders, the Penguins are maintaining in the Eastern Conference without Sidney Crosby. Despite averaging just 2.1 goals per game in the nine games without Crosby, the Penguins have posted a 5-3-1 record in Crosby’s absence. The Penguins are winning behind their goaltending and defensive play, where the team has emerged among the league’s elite in both areas. Penguins by the Numbers at the All-Star Break Pittsburgh is 4th in the Eastern Conference with 66 points and are 5 points behind conference leading Philadelphia (71pts) *Pittsburgh is 17-9-1 at home, 4th best home record in the NHL | Pittsburgh is 14-6-3 on the road, 9th best road record in the NHL

Crosby still experiencing headaches and says injury is taking a toll on him

 

Sidney Crosby’s timetable for a return to the ice remains unclear, let alone clearance for even dryland activities. The Penguins captain spoke again today for the second time in about a week and while Crosby is feeling better, there is no significant improvement at this time. Crosby said today he is still experiencing headaches and expressed clear frustration in how the injury is taken a toll on him. “Headaches, ” Crosby said when describing his symptoms. There’s never a consistent cause… It’s really hard to find out what causes them. That is the tough part and the frustrating part about concussions. They come and go, but the last few days have been better and they haven’t been as intense…. That’s a good thing.” Crosby again said today that it’s been a frustrating process for him. “It’s really difficult. It doesn’t get any easier with each day that goes by. ItRead More »

Crosby sitting out until after the All-Star break a likely scenario

 

It is expected that Sidney Crosby will not return to game action until after the All-Star break (Jan 28 – Jan 30) and while some of Crosby’s teammates have indicated that the Penguins captain appears to be feeling somewhat better, Crosby is still having concussion like symptoms and is not symptom free. The Penguins have four games remaining before the All-Star break and many believe Crosby will also end up not participating in the game, if he’s cleared by then, which appears unlikely Crosby has been sidelined since Jan 6. When first diagnosed, the Penguins chacterized Crosby with a mild concussion but the injury has been much more severe. What’s been interesting is that after on Friday when the Penguins cancelled a surprise Ray Shero media session when contacts say Shero was going to discuss Crosby’s status, the Penguins continue to give no real info on Crosby. “I have notRead More »

Post Penguins-Bruins Observations & Analysis

 

Post Penguins-Bruins Buzz ***Post-Game Thoughts and Analysis on the Penguins now being 5-6-2 since their 12 game winning streak, inability to close out games, Dustin Jeffrey, Alex Goligoski and more tidbits*** ________________________________________________________ **The Penguins won’t have much time to dwell on tonight’s third period collapse against the Boston Bruins as the Penguins will travel to Montreal tomorrow afternoon for another road game Wednesday night against the Canadiens and then get another shot at the Bruins Saturday afternoon in Boston. Expect them to move on from this game pretty quickly but there’s a few things to take out of tonight’s loss and one of them is the Penguins being undisciplined. It’s something that’s been an issue for several weeks but has been overlooked due to the Penguins winning and their No. 1 PK unit bailing them out on most night’s. Tonight was a situation where the PK had an off nightRead More »

Bruins bury Penguins with roaring 3rd period comeback

 

BOSTON 4 – PITTSBURGH 2 The Pittsburgh Penguins suffered yet another stunning third period collapse at the hands of Boston Bruins at the Consol Energy Center. On Nov. 10 Pittsburgh held a 4-2 third period lead against Boston only to see the Bruins score five goals in the third, handing Pittsburgh an embarrassing 7-4 loss. Tonight, the Bruins possibly topped themselves with another roaring comeback. This time it was done in much less time. Trailing 2-0, Zdeno Chara (6) scored a power-play goal on slap shot from the right point to start the Bruins rally at the 16:37 mark in the third, and just moments later Brad Marchand (7) scored 12 seconds later to tie the game at 2-2 off a defensive breakdown by Pittsburgh. The Penguins No. 1 ranked penalty kill unit was put to the task and Jordan Staal was called for holding with 2:08 remaining in theRead More »

Lemieux talks Crosby dominating in today’s era, Alumni Game, Ice Surface & More

 

Mario Lemieux was limited to just two assists in the Alumni Game but it was a great experience for the Penguins owner who touched base on several subjects after the game, including whether dominating in today’s era is more difficult than in his era. “It was fun to be apart of it, ” Lemieux said. “Play outdoors, weather looks beautiful, just to see some old faces again. Some guys I haven’t seen in a longtime, brought back guys from the Cup years, some older guys…. it was pretty special for all of us.” Lemieux said the ice was great, excect for a few spots in the neutral zone. “The ice was great, ” Lemieux said. “Couple times in neutral zone there was a puddle here and there but they fixed it.” A hot topic in the press conference was Sidney Crosby dominating the league in 2010. Lemieux said that dominatingRead More »