Monday’s Practice Report: Talbot on the ice


Team Press Release: The Pittsburgh Penguins will help the Make-A-Wish Foundation grant its 10,000th wish on Tuesday when 8-year-old Jacob Anderson of Connellsville becomes a ‚ÄúPenguin for a Day.‚Äù Jacob will report at 10 a.m. to General Manager Ray Shero‚Äôs office at Mellon Arena, where he will sign his contract. He then will be escorted to his own locker stall in the Penguins‚Äô dressing room, where he will have an official nameplate and jersey. After assisting the Penguins players prepare for their morning skate at 10:30, Jacob will get a demonstration of skate-sharpening and other behind-the-scenes game-day activities from Penguins equipment manager Dana Heinze and staff.The Penguins take on the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Jacob will sit in the penalty box during the pre-game warm-up Tuesday evening, and he and his family will watch the game from rinkside seats. Jacob also will get a special visit from theRead More »

Monday’s Super Bowl Notebook: Boldin could be a distraction for the Cardinals


The Arizona Cardinals boast the league’s top wide receiver tandem in the NFL with Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald. Boldin who has three years left on the four-year, $22.75 million extension he signed after the 2005 season, demanded a trade in August and claimed he has no relationship with coach Ken Whisenhunt. On Sunday, cameras showed Boldin arguing with offensive coordinator Todd Haley in a heated discussion on the sideline after the Cardinals used only one receiver in 9 of their final 14 plays. According to reports, once the game ended, Boldin left the field quickly without celebrating and was seen leaving out the back door. With all the media coverage during the week leading up to the Super Bowl, Boldin could become a major distraction for the Cardinals as they prepare for the Steelers. Preliminary results reveal no structural damage for Hines Ward

Super Bowl XLIII Matchup: Pittsburgh Steelers (14-4) vs Arizona Cardinals (12-7)


Steelers ‚Äì Ravens Recap: As Expected it came down to Roethlisberger vs Flacco The first two games between the Baltimore Ravens came down to Ben Roethlisberger vs Joe Flacco and for a third time around it came down to Roethlisberger vs Flacco again. Joe Flacco went 13/30 ‚Äì 141 yds ‚Äì 3INT, while Ben Roethlisberger went 16/33 ‚Äì 255 yds ‚Äì 1TD. The statistics weren‚Äôt overwhelming for Roethlisberger but he carried the Steelers offensively who had no running game and if it wasn‚Äôt for a couple dropped balls, most notably from Limas Sweed, Nate Washington and Willie Parker, Roethlisberger would have easily had a 300 + yard game. No turnovers was the key and the Steelers came into the game with the mindset that Joe Flacco would have to beat them for the Ravens to win. Roethlisberger,26, is 7-2 in the playoffs with one super bowl ring and another superRead More »

Source: “Garon will push Fleury for playing time”


Scouting Report LA Kings 2005/2006: 31‚Äì26‚Äì3 (3.22 GAA) LA Kings 2006/2007: 13-10-6 (2.66 GAA) EDM 2007/2008: 26-18-1 (2.66 GAA) EDM 2008/2009: 6-8-0 (3.17 GAA) From a Source in Edmonton: “Mathieu Garon is an excellent pick up for the Penguins. He was clearly not a favorite of coach Craig MacTavish, who always had much more time and patience for Dwayne Roloson, who took the Oilers to the Cup final in 2006.” “But Garon clearly outplayed Roloson by a long shot last season. Garon started strongly this year, but had a few bad games, and MacTavish quickly went back to his old standby Roloson.” “Garon is a free agent after this season, but might be had for a relatively small amount, and might be a top goalie for an NHL team in the next five years.” “He is excellent at stopping the first shot, His rebound control is a strength,

Mixed opinions around the league on Goligoski’s trade value


League sources tell me there are mixed opinions around the league regarding Alex Goligoski’s trade value. Goligoski and Luca Caputi not 2007 1st round pick Angelo Esposito were the two prospects at last year’s trade deadline that Penguins GM Ray Shero received the most calls about in his pursuit of a top 6 winger for Sidney Crosby last season. Through 42 games this season Goligoski has 6 goals & 13 assists. Young puck moving defensemen are a hot commodity around the league and Pittsburgh has been looking at interest in Goligoski for some time. Among the teams expressing interest

Morning Skate update: Penguins callup Bill Thomas; Crosby, Dupuis, Letang Scuderi & Talbot officially out


updated: 12:03 p.m. – The Penguins have called up Bill Thomas according to a source. Sources tell me Thomas will center the Penguins fourth line. more to come Updated: 11:42 a.m. – Sidney Crosby just confirmed to the media following the morning skate that he will not play tonight. Crosby’s skating looked good and if all goes well he should return on Sunday when the Penguins face-off against the Rangers. Kris Letang, Pascal Dupuis, Rob Scuderi and Max Talbot will also miss tonight’s game. Dupuis went through a full workout but as I mentioned yesterday his skating is not 100% yet. Although much improved today from yesterday and he looks to be on target to return on Sunday. Letang will likely just miss tonight’s game according to sources. Orpik – Whitney, Goligoski – Gill, Eaton – Boucher were the Penguins D-Pairs in the morning skate. 11:05 a.m. Max Talbot andRead More »

Ovechkin, Capitals shine in Pittsburgh; win 6-3


Alexander Ovechkin had two goals and 1 assist, including 10 shots on goal as the Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 Wednesday night at Mellon Arena. Ovechkin and the Caps outshot the Penguins 42-29 and broke the game wide open in the third period outscoring the Penguins 4-1 in the third period. The Penguins 9-16-1 in their last 26 games suffered not only a costly lost in the standings but also to their roster. Defenseman Rob Scuderi took a puck in the face in the first period. Scuderi left the game and did not return. Forwards Max Talbot and Sidney Crosby were also injured injured in the third period. Both players did not return. Crosby was favoring his left leg and Talbot has an upper body injury. Updates on both players will not be known until tomorrow afternoon‚Äôs practice. The Penguins got goals from Evgeni Malkin (18), Miroslav Satan (13),Read More »