Malkins’ 5 point night, powers Penguins past Thrashers


Penguins 6 ‚Äì Thrashers 2 Post Game Thoughts The Penguins have now won nine of 11, earning points in all 11 games (9-0-2). The win tied the Penguins (84 pts) with the Philadelphia Flyers who are currently 4th in the Eastern Conference with 84 points. Philadelphia (37-22-10, 84 pts) has three games in hand on the Penguins (38-26-8, 84 pts). Pittsburgh is 4-1 against Philadelphia this season Evgeni Malkin‚Äôs five point night (2 goals, 3 assists) against the Atlanta Thrashers cooled any talk that the Art Ross Trophy is up for grabs as Malkin moved 10 points ahead of teammate Sidney Crosby. The power play which went 3-for-6 saw Evgeni Malkin have a Mario Lemieux moment with a beautiful one timer goal in the second period from the top right circle. The coaching staff finally moved Evgeni Malkin off the left point and it paid divedends. Jordan Staal scored hisRead More »

Penguins/Thrashers Lineup News – Kovalchuk out


Atlanta Thrashers (30-35-6) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (37-26-8) ***Morning Skate Update*** The Penguins just concluded their morning skate. There will be no lineup changes from Sunday’s game other than Marc Andre Fleury starting in goal. It was believed Craig Adams would get back into the lineup tonight but he was the extra forward in the skate. As expected Evgeni Malkin did participate in today’s morning skate and will play tonight. The Atlanta Thrashers on a 6 game winning streak will be without forward Ilya Kovalchuk tonight who has missed the Thrashers last two games. Ilya Kovalchuk did not make the trip to Pittsburgh and head coach John Anderson indicated Kovalchuk will likely return to the lineup on Friday for the Thrashers. Morning Skate and Lineupnews

Report: Patriots near deal with Panthers for DE Julius Peppers


Vic Carucci of reports, the New England Patriots are primed to acquire Panthers star defensive end Julius Peppers in-exchange for the second round pick (34th overall) that the Patriots received in the Matt Cassel trade. According to the report, the two sides are hopeful to finalize a deal before the draft. Peppers would play opposite OLB Adalius Thomas The Patriots have already made major changes to their roster after an 11-5 non-playoff season.

DeJuan Blair named first team All-American


Pitt Panthers power forward DeJuan Blair has been named first team All-American this afternoon by the United States Basketball Writers Association. Blair Co-Big East Player of the Year, averaged 15.6 points per game and 12.2 rebounds per game for the 28-4 Pitt Panthers who earned their first #1 seed in school history. No Pitt player had made the first team since Billy Knight in 1974.