Islanders 2 – Penguins 1 In a back to back situation, it took the woeful New York Islanders to slow down Sidney Crosby. The Islanders snapped Crosby’s 25-game point streak behind a trapping style defensive game and a 37 save performance from goaltender Rick Dipietro who led the Islanders to a 2-1 shootout win over the NHL leading Penguins (25-11-3, 53pts) on Wednesday night. The Islanders did an excellent of collapsing on Crosby and not giving him any time and space. Crosby had just 2 shots on goal in the game.
Penguins center Jordan Staal skated for almost two hours today but Staal is patiently going through the process and sounded pretty doubtful about being cleared to play in the Winter Classic. Staal said today that he was just kind of talking when he said that earlier this week about the possibility. However, Staal said he is much improved since two weeks ago and he is scheduled to get an X-ray tonight and doctors will evaluate his next step. “Yeah I think so, ” Staal said on his hand feeling better. “It’s just a matter of again feeling comfortable with it. As long as there’s no pain and stuff, stickhandling and shooting it’s not exactly where I want it to be but I think it’s been improving since two weeks ago.”
Sidney Crosby has reached the 30 goal plateau in just 37 games, the fastest in his career. Last year Crosby reached 30 goals in 47 games and just to see how far Crosby has come as a goal scorer….. in 2008-2009, Crosby did not score goal No. 30 until game No. 72. Here’s a look at Crosby by numbers: 2005-2006: 30 Goals in 63 Games (3/11/06 vs New Jersey Devils)
Will the League Review Matt Cooke’s hit? The Phoenix Coyotes were furious after last night’s game regarding Matt Cooke’s hit on defenseman Keith Yandle, with players saying that “he better get a suspension for it”. While there has been no confirmation that the Coyotes have asked the league to review the hit, I spoke with Cooke’s agent Pat Morris this morning and…
Post-Game Buzz FLYERS MOST COMPLETE TEAM IN NHL What we saw tonight was a Flyers team that dictated the play and the pace, especially in the first and third period where the Flyers outshot the Penguins 12-7 and 14-5, respectively. Overall, Philadelphia outshot Pittsburgh 37-23 in the game. With the 3-2 win, the Flyers notched their third win in four games against Pittsburgh this season and all three Flyer wins have been one goal games. They are a league-best 8-1-1 in their division and take over the best record in the NHL with 45 points. The Flyers who are arguably the most complete team in the NHL are starting to find ways to beat the Penguins, where in the past, they were losing these type of games. A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME FOR MALKIN?
Dustin Jeffrey will be called up by the Pittsburgh Penguins according to his agent Kyle Dubas. Dubas tells me Jeffrey received the call this afternoon and is on a flight from Norfolk to Buffalo this evening. The recall is well deserved as Jeffrey has been a dominant two way player for Wilkes Barre. He leads Wilkes Barre with 30 points in 25 games. Jeffrey will join the Penguins in Buffalo and participate in tomorrow’s morning skate. The Penguins currently have 23 players on their active roster and will have to….
Post-Game Observations The Penguins extended their winning streak to 9 games Saturday night with a 7-2 rout of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Pittsburgh now has a tie for the best record in the NHL at 18-8-2, good for 38 points. There is a special feel about this team right now and tonight’s game wasn’t just about the seven goals they put up or Sidney Crosby extending his points streak to 15 and being on a Mario Lemieux type run. This is a closely knit team that is coming prepared to dominate and that was clear from the drop of the puck tonight against a Columbus team that, yes, the Penguins match up very well against based on the system Columbus plays but this was also a Blue Jackets team coming off a 5-0 loss and were certain to come out hard.
Crosby tallies 1st Natural Hat Trick Sidney Crosby continues to put his stamp on the best player in the NHL label, recording his first natural hat trick against the Atlanta Thrashers Thursday night. Crosby’s 3 goals pushed him past the 20 goal plateau, reaching the mark in just 27 games, the fastest in his career.
Pittsburgh 3 – New York 1 Marc Andre Fleury made 25 saves and Sidney Crosby extended his points streak to 13 games, and the Pittsburgh Penguins pushed their winning streak to seven games, defeating the New York Rangers 3-1 on Monday night. Max Talbot (5), Kris Letang (5), and Chris Conner (2) all scored for Pittsburgh in the win. Marian Gaborik (5) scored for New York in the loss. The Penguins are 9-0-1 in their last 10 games and haven’t loss in regulation since their third period collapse against the Boston Bruins on Nov. 10, a 7-4 defeat after leading 4-2 in the third period. Talbot scored a 5:10 into the game, beating Henrik Lundqvist blocker side after forcing a Ruslan Fedotenko turnover for his 5th goal of the season. Letang and Conner added second period goals just 1:15 apart, mid-way through the second. Sidney Crosby assisted on Letang’s secondRead More »
MORNING BUZZ The Christmas roster freeze is December 19th and the Penguins like many contending teams do not expect to search for any personnel needs until after the new year and closer to the February 28th deadline. The Penguins currently have 23 players on their active roster and Jordan Staal’s progress from a broken right hand over the next 10-to-14 days will dictate whether the Penguins are forced to make a roster move before the December 19th roster freeze. If there’s one good thing to come out of Staal’s extended stay on LTIR, the Penguins are saving money on their cap everyday. TOP-6 WINGER A report surfaced this weekend speculating that the Penguins will target winger….