Penguins win seventh straight

 

Evgeni Malkin fueled the Penguins 4-3 win Tuesday night scoring his 30th goal of season in the first period and scoring the clinching goal in the shootout. The win moved the Penguins to 6th place in the Eastern Conference and two points ahead of the New York Rangers who are currently 9th in the Eastern Conference. After registering a season high¬†47 shots on goal against the Florida Panthers last Thursday night, the Penguins recorded 50 shots on goal against the Panthers Tuesday night. The Penguins held the Panthers to 21 shots. Sidney Crosby extended his points streak to seven games (five goals, seven assists) Can the Penguins compete with anybody in the East? That remains to be seen despite being 9-1-1 in their last 11 games as the Penguins are only two points from being out of the playoffs but most importantly the players in the locker room think theyRead More »

Pitching Rotation: Vasquez a player to watch?

 

BRADENTON, Fla. _ The Pittsburgh Pirates have their first of three off days during the exhibition season Tuesday and have played 12 Grapefruit League games. Thus, it is a good early checkpoint to see how the battle for the four open spots in the starting rotation is shaping up. Finding out who will fall in place in the rotation behind left-hander Paul Maholm, the nominal ace of the staff despite winning just nine games last season, is certainly the most intriguing aspect of the spring for the Pirates. While the Pirates brass says the other rotation spots are unsettled, that is more motivational tactic than cold and hard fact. They are trying to light a fire under some pitchers after their 5.08 team ERA last season was the worst in the National League. Left-hander Zach Duke and right-hander Ian Snell are going to be in the rotation, even if noRead More »

Titans, Ravens, Jets, Giants & Steelers interested in Torry Holt?

 

Wide Receiver Torry Holt is still a member of the St. Louis but his release is believed to imminent as he is due a $1.25 million bonus in the middle of March. ESPN’s John Clayton reports that the Jets and Titans are the most likely suitors, but that two or three under the radar teams will emerge as bidders when Holt is released.

The Latest on Leftwich, Chris Carr & More

 

Eleven¬†days in free agency and there continues to be minimal interest in Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich. The Bears and Buccaneers were showing interest prior to free agency but the Bucs went in another direction and a source who spoke to Bears GM Jerry Angelo tells me the Bears have no interest in adding a veteran quarterback at this time. The agent for Bryon Leftwich has been trying to gauge some interest from the Washington Redskins. Leftwich, 29, has a strong desire to play in his home-town and believes he can beat out quarterback Jason Campbell. The problem for Leftwich is the Redskins are very reluctant to add a quarterback who could push Campbell out of the starting lineup. They remain committed to Campbell As for the Steelers, if they have the chance to choose between Leftwich and Batch, Leftwich will be their choice. Leftwich has indicated he would return toRead More »

Monday’s Practice Report; Sykora misses practice

 

The Penguins went through a short practice this morning and forward Petr Sykora who is nursing a shoulder injury did not practice. Sykora is doubtful to play on Tuesday against the Panthers but will test his shoulder in tomorrow’s morning skate. A few veterans took the day off The confidence level in the locker-room is at a season high and you can tell by watching practice, how much more relax the players are now then they were 3-4 weeks ago. Goaltender Mathieu Garon spoke after practice,

Sunday’s NHL roundup

 

Rangers a team to watch in the East? The Rangers got a big win Sunday afternoon, beating the Eastern Conferences top seed the Boston Bruins 4-3 at Madison Square Garden. While I‚Äôm still not sold on Nik Antropov, the Rangers are a much better team with the additions of Derek Morris, Sean Avery, Antropov then they were two weeks ago. Glen Sather hasn‚Äôt done many things right during his tenure as General Manager with the New York Rangers but bringing in John Tortorella as head coach was the right decision. Coaches like Tortorella do have an expiration date but the Rangers needed to move to an up-tempo style. Tortorella will get the most out of underachievers Scott Gomez and Chris Drury. Hate or love him, Sean Avery has an impact on games. He was getting under the skin of players like Milan Lucic all game. Bruins peaked too early? BostonRead More »