Frustrated Pens looking for answers

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins dropped their third game in a row Friday night, a 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers at the Consol Energy Center. Friday night’s loss was the same story, squandered opportunities and the inability to play a sixty minute game. The game opened up with some nastiness, as Matt Cooke and Mike Richards squared off just 6 seconds into the game and 17 seconds later, Deryk Engelland gave the national hockey league another glimpse of why he’s establishing himself as one of the best fighters in the game, winning a decisive bout against Flyers heavyweight enforcer Jody Shelly, bloodying Shelly’s left eye and taking down yet another top enforcer in the league. According to Rob Rossi of the Tribune-Review, the Cooke fight stemmed from comments Mike Richards made after the Penguins 5-1 against the Flyers on October 15, 2010. “I chased him {Matt Cooke} around last year, butRead More »

Tuesday Report: Asham will be eased back into action on the 4th line

 

No shakeup on top-3 lines Head coach Dan Bylsma unveiled his likely lineup for Wednesday night at today’s practice in Tampa Bay. Winger Arron Asham will make his season debut against the Lightning and the Penguins will look to ease him back into action. Asham who was penciled in before the season as the third line right winger, is going to have to work his way up the depth chart and jump Tyler Kennedy on the depth chart who management has been pleased with thus far.

Post-Nashville: Letang’s OT winner extends winning streak to 4 games

 

Post-Game Observations Pittsburgh extended their winning streak to four games, defeating the Nashville Predators 4-3 on a Kris Letang OT winner with 1:11 left in overtime. The Penguins improved to 5-3 on the season. Pittsburgh battled all night and kept responding in a game that the feel of a hockey game in late March or April. “Outstanding hockey game, ” head coach Dan Bylsma said in his post-game comments. The Penguins trailed 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2 throughout the game and their two star forwards were the catalysts in the win. Sidney Crosby scored 2 goals and added an assist and Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist in the win. Although the Penguins needed overtime to knock off the Predators for their 4th straight win, when Crosby and Malkin combine for 5 points in a game and play with the kind of intensity they did, the Penguins are likelyRead More »

Will Tangradi make it through the weekend with the “Big Club”?

 

Wednesday’s Buzz Eric Tangradi’s time with the “Big Club” is believed to be coming to an end in the next few days and questions remain whether he will make it through the weekend with the team. Before practice ended today, Tangradi was the first player off the ice and left the ice with head coach Dan Bylsma. Tangradi was off about 10 minutes before the rest of the team and was not available to the media afterwards.

Tuesday Practice Report: Orpik, Asham progressing and practicing with team

 

Tuesday Practice Report In the midst of a three game winning streak, the Pittsburgh Penguins are inching closer to full health and two regulars are getting close to returning to the lineup. Defenseman Brooks Orpik (groin) who has missed the last 5 games participated fully in today’s practice. Barring a setback, Orpik is expected to return to the lineup this weekend against the St. Louis Blues. Orpik has also not been ruled out for Thursday’s game and will travel with the team on the road. Another player getting very close to getting back into the lineup is winger Arron Asham.

Thursday’s Observations: Can Malkin’s struggles on breakaways be fixed?

 

Thursday’s Observations *It’s hard to come up with an elite talent at the level of Evgeni Malkin who struggles on breakaways to the point Malkin has over the past couple years. After failing to score on a penalty shot against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night, it doesn’t appear Malkin’s struggles on breakaways will be going away in 2010. He’s one of the most dynamic players in the game, so why isn’t he at least adequate on breakaways? One issue with Malkin is that he has absolutely no confidence in his ability on breakaways. He has a reputation of believing “he’s not going to score” but the biggest issue is that he doesn’t appear to want to put the extra work in to improve in that area. Today in practice was another example of Malkin nonchalantly going through the motions during the Penguins routine shootout drill. Malkin was oneRead More »

Locker Room Talking Points: Engelland making his mark on the team

 

Deryk Engelland on fighting Colton Orr Deryk Engelland’s fight with Colton Orr last night is not only the talk of the town but the talk of the NHL (Video can be seen here). Engelland pummelled Colton Orr with a hard right that sent Orr to the ground and out of the game. Engelland called it a “lucky punch” today but said fighting Colton Orr who is regarded as one of the NHL’s top heavyweights is nothing new to him. Engelland said that the two had plenty of battles in juniors and in yesterday’s game, Engelland was the one who approached Orr about dropping the gloves. Orr said “no” at first then skated down the ice and told Engelland he would go. With the Penguins trailing 3-2 in the second period, Engelland felt it was a good time to go with one of the league’s top heavyweights in an attempt toRead More »

Staal goes through first on-ice workout

 

Pittsburgh Penguins center Jordan Staal (foot) went through his first individual on-ice workout this morning at the Consol Energy Center. Staal did some light skating with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar about an hour before the Penguins are due to hit the ice this morning for their 10:30 a.m. morning skate. It was the first time that the 5th year veteran has been on the ice in months. For a light skate, Staal looked….