PENGUINS 3 – JETS 1 The Pittsburgh Pengins (10-5-0, 20 pts) got a rare two goal game from veteran checking line winger Craig Adams and Marc Andre Fleury was excellent in goal making 25 saves, leading the Penguins to a 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets (5-7-1, 11 pts) on Friday night, improving to 10-5-0, 20 pts, on the season. Adams scored at 3:19 of the first period to put the Penguins up 1-0 and added an empty net goal with 28 seconds left in the third as the Penguins earned their seventh road victory of the season. James Neal (11) also scored in the win. POST-GAME THOUGHTS When you can get a two goal game from Craig Adams you will take it. Adams collected his first two goal since October 13, 2006 in the win “If I had more nights like this I would make a better living,” Adams saidRead More »
MORNING PENGUINS BUZZ — The NHL informed the Penguins this morning that there will be no discipline or hearing for Matt Cooke. The Senators were pushing hard for the league to take action but the league told both teams they felt there was no intent. The only argument on Cooke you could make is that he was careless with his skate but it was really just a play that went bad. — Many ask what went wrong with Eric Tangradi as he never developed into an impact NHL player with the Penguins. Well expectations were too high from the get go for Tangradi and he was arguably drafted higher than he probably should have been by the Anaheim Ducks. Tangradi entered the 2007 draft as the 93rd ranked North American Skater by central scouting and regarded by many draft evaluators as a 4th round prospect, although players ranked 60-100 isRead More »
LEAFS – PENGUINS POST GAME BUZZ The Penguins had seven giveaways and were plagued by poor puck management Wednesday night in their 5-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, whether it would be a failure to get pucks deep or turnovers inside their own end. “There just wasn’t enough execution with the puck and management of the puck to play where we needed to play,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. “We didn’t have enough shifts in their end and we didn’t execute and make passes thru the neutral zone as good as we could have. Definitely not our best game,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said afterwards. Poor puck management played a part in nearly every Leafs goal: Clark MacArthur’s goal at 3:09 of the second period to tie the game at 1-1 was a perfect example of that. Eric Tangradi was the culprit coming into the Leafs zone off theRead More »
DAY 1 CAMP REPORT FORWARDS Line 1: Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Pascal Dupuis Line 2: Eric Tangradi – Dustin Jeffrey – James Neal Line 3: Matt Cooke – Brandon Sutter – Tyler Kennedy Line 4: Tanner Glass – Joe Vitale – Craig Adams Line 5: Brian Strait – Jayson Megna – Beau Bennett D-Pairs 1. Matt Niskanen – Kris Letang 2. Brooks Orpik – Paul Martin 3. Simon Despres – Deryk Engelland 4. Robert Bortuzzo – Ben Lovejoy Day 1 Observations Fast Pace Practice: Head coach Dan Bylsma put his team through a fast pace practice, especially in the first 40-45 minutes before the team went into some systems, working on forecheck and regroups. Overall Bylsma had a good mix of flow drills, line rushes, and some battle drills with 1-on-1’s, ect Tangradi to get first look with Malkin: Eric Tangradi has opened up camp as the secondRead More »
PENS NOTES CBA BUZZ: Bill Daly and Steve Fehr had what is being called a marathon meeting that started Saturday afternoon and didn’t end until 1:00 a.m. this morning. The two tackled a number of issues, according to Daly, and there is believed to be some small traction made between the two sides. We’re entering a crucial week and the next meetings among a larger group of representatives this coming week will be the true sign on where this is headed. TANGRADI SHOWING GOAL SCORING TOUCH: Eric Tangradi (8GP – 6G – 0A – 6Pts) enters today’s game vs Bridgeport on a four game goal scoring streak, leading Wilkes Barre with 6 goals on the season. Since last spring Tangradi continues to show signs of a player who gets it in key phases of his game and one scout I spoke with who has seen Tangradi play twice this season, told meRead More »
PENS PROSPECT BUZZ In Pittsburgh’s first round series with the Philadelphia Flyers, we saw a different Eric Tangradi on the ice who added a physical edge to his game and used his size very well in two games played. In those two games, Tangradi played the type of gritty game he needs to bring to the table on a consistent basis to be an NHL regular and Tangradi had a productive night in his first AHL playoff action of the season Wednesday night.
The Pittsburgh Penguins recalled forward Eric Tangradi from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, just after 5:00 p.m. today. Tangradi who has struggled mightily at the NHL level, has appeared in 12 NHL games this season, going scoreless with 12 penalty minutes and a minus-5 rating. He has mostly played a fourth line role, averagingÂ 9:13 of ice time with the big club and was a major liability defensively in his most recent stint with the team inÂ January. Â Tangradi, 23, has 15 goals and 31 points in 37 games for the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins. Nearly every time Tangradi is recalled, some almost always look too much into it and that will surely be the case this time around as the trade deadline is seven days away. With this callup, look for the daily Tangradi speculation to center around the Penguins wanting to showcase him. The callup strongly indicates the Penguins expectRead More »
The Penguins are back on the ice later this afternoon, returning from the Christmas Holiday. The team has a busy week before a week long break in between games following a New Years eve afternoon tilt with the New Jersey Devils. The Penguins in the midst of a three game winning streak, host Carolina and Philadelphia at home on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively, followed by a 3:00 p.m. afternoon game against the Devils on Saturday. Pittsburgh plays 5 of their next 6 games at home. Onto some Trade Talk….. Tangradi’s value to Penguins I said it before the season and i still feel this way: Eric Tangradi’s long-term value to the Penguins will eventually be in the trade market. Despite a wide belief around the league that Tangradi is no longer regarded as a top-5 prospect in the Penguins organization, at 22 years old, a power forward type with someRead More »
Pittsburgh Penguins top forward prospect Eric Tangradi is starting to step up in his play in Wilkes Barre after a slow start. Tangradi collected his first AHL hat trick Wednesday night, scoring 3 goals and adding an assist in Wilkes Barre’s 5-1 victory over the Toronto Marlies. Tangradi who has 9 points in his last 7 games, including….