Post-Game Buzz: Fleury, Jokinen deliver 2-1 shootout win over Rangers


POST-GAME BUZZ Jussi Jokinen (7) scored in regulation and delivered the game deciding goal in the shootout as the Pittsburgh Penguins (29-10-0, 58 pts) earned a 2-1 shootout win over the New York Rangers (18-15-4, 40 pts) on Friday night at the Consol Energy Center. Marc Andre Fleury was a perfect 3-for-3 in the shootout as the Penguins snapped a two game losing streak. In a game that had a playoff feel about it, Fleury put on a clinic tonight as he treated fans to some of the best goaltending your going to see. Fleury carried a shutout late into the third period until Rick Nash scored off a lost Brandon Sutter faceoff with 4:49 left in the third period to tie the game at 1-1 for the Rangers who were buzzing in the third period, outshooting Pittsburgh 14-4 in the period. Fleury was forced to make several highlight reelRead More »

Post-Game Buzz: Penguins get a rare two goal game from Adams and excellent goaltending from Fleury in win


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 »

Senators – Penguins Post Game Reactions & Analysis on Special Teams & Cooke fallout


SENATORS – PENGUINS ANALYSIS Paul Martin running the power play continues to be a huge difference for the Penguins who have scored a power play goal in six straight games. Martin has become a calming presence and the Penguins puck movement from the triangle on the sides and into the slot to break down the penalty kill has been the difference in the past handful of games with Martin running the point. “{Paul’s} poised back there, finds open man,” Sidney Crosby said. He keeps it pretty simple.” James Neal’s power play goal at 13:47 of the second period from 32 ft out was text book Neal who found open space in slot and beat Anderson with time and space. Given Neal that type of time and space from that spot, he’s going to score seven out of ten times. “He’s {James Neal} got a great shot,” Crosby said.” Tough toRead More »

Post-Game Analysis: Devils play Devils hockey making Penguins pay for miscues, sweeping home and home series


NEW JERSEY 3 – PITTSBURGH 1 David Clarkson (9) scored twice and the New Jersey Devils (8-1-3, 19 pts) swept the home and home series, defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins (8-5-0, 16 pts), 3-1 on Sunday night at the Consol Energy Center, extending their winning streak to five games. Ilya Kovalchuk (4) also scored and Johan Hedberg made 23 saves to record the win. After taking a 1-0 first period lead on a David Clarkson goal, the Devils broke the game open in the second period, getting goals from Kovalchuk and Clarkson a 1:53 apart. Kovalchuk struck at 11:27 period when Paul Martin fumbled the puck at the Devils blueline and Kovalchuk came in on a 2 on 1 and showed great patience, beating Tomas Vokoun 5-hole to give the Devils a 2-0 lead. Clarkson would score on the power play at 13:20 of the period for his second goal ofRead More »

Player Reactions, Analysis on James Neal’s new role on the power play


PLAYER REACTIONS, ANALYSIS ON NEW ROLE FOR JAMES NEAL ON POWER PLAY Finding a comfort zone for Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby on the power play together at the same time is a yearly occurrence for the Penguins coaching staff and it was no different last season when Crosby returned in mid-March. The Penguins without Crosby for much of the season had one of the top power plays in the NHL and finished the regular season ranked 5th on the man-advantage. Where Crosby would fit in was a question mark and he was placed on the point and come playoff time as the No. 1 power play unit was struggling a bit and were 0-3 in a 4-3 overtime loss in Game 1 of the playoffs, Bylsma took Crosby off the top power play unit in Game 2 of the playoffs. It wouldn’t last the whole series but the Penguins wereRead More »

Game 63: Penguins @ Stars Preview


GAME 63 Pittsburgh Penguins (36-21-5, 77 pts) @ Dallas Stars (33-26-4, 70 pts) Where: 7:38 p.m. | Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas Tv: NBC SN Referees: Gord Dwyer (#19), Tim Peel (#20) Linesmen Thor Nelson (#80), Scott Cherrey (#50) LEADERS Points: PIT E. MALKIN (78), J. NEAL (61),C. KUNITZ (43) | DAL L. ERIKSSON (55), J. BENN (49), M. RIBEIRO (47) Goals: PIT E. MALKIN (37),J. NEAL (30),J. STAAL (21) | DAL M. RYDER (25), L. ERIKSSON (21), J. BENN (17) Assists: PIT E. MALKIN (41), J. NEAL (31), C. KUNITZ (26) | DAL L. ERIKSSON (34), M. RIBEIRO (33), J. BENN (32) PP Goals: PIT J. NEAL (13), E. MALKIN (10), S. SULLIVAN (5) M. RYDER (5), B. MORROW (4), S. OTT (4) SH Goals: PIT J. STAAL (3), M. COOKE (2), P. DUPUIS (2) | DAL S. SOURAY (1), R. DVORAK (1), L. ERIKSSON (1) GW Goals:Read More »

Pens – Lightning Analysis: “Superstar Player” takes over in Third; X’s & 0’s Breaking Down 6-3 win


PITTSBURGH 6 – TAMPA BAY 3 Evgeni Malkin had three goals and two assists, James Neal scored two power play goals, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins (23-17-4, 50 pts) to a 6-3 victory over the a Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday afternoon at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. It was an afternoon where a great player took over in the third period. After trailing 3-0 and being badly outplayed, Tampa Bay scored three times in a span of 4:50 to tie the game at 3-3 with 13:10 remaining in the third period. With momentum suddenly on the Lightning’s side, Malkin scored 48 seconds after Teddy Purcell tied the game at 6:50 of the third and Malkin scored twice in a stretch of 1:49 to give Pittsburgh a commanding 5-3 lead mid-way through the third period. Malkin completed his 2nd hat trick and 8th of his career with an empty net goalRead More »

Pre-Camp Buzz: On Pens being more equipped w/o Crosby & banking on Malkin


Pre-Came Buzz *Hockey is back. Players report to camp Friday morning and will go through physicals/conditioning tests before Saturday’s first on-ice session. Sidney Crosby’s status remains unclear from a participation level in camp. The Penguins have remained mum on his status this week and it’s not clear yet whether Crosby or the team will address his status tomorrow morning. If Crosby is cleared to participate in camp, it’s expected to be on a limited basis and no contact. Onto some pressing issues and pre-camp buzz on the team: *Two things I took from Dan Bylsma’s comments at the team’s annual golf tournament on Wednesday;  He feels the team is more equipped and prepared to withstand an extended period without Crosby and he is very intrigued by the strong competion the Penguins will have at forward and on the blueline. Having months to prepare for the possibility that Crosby wouldn’t beRead More »

Camp Countdown: Neal, Cooke among Top 5 Storylines


The Pittsburgh Penguins report to training camp on Friday September 16th and here is a look at five storylines for the Penguins going into the 2011-2012 season: 1. Health of Sidney Crosby: The health of the games best player will not only be the Penguins top storyline but also the entire NHL. Crosby last played on January 5, 2011 and he’s endured a long recovery that has included headaches and symptoms following hard skates and workouts, recently as early as mid-August. Going into training camp, the mystery still remains when Crosby will play again. Although some progress is starting to be made in his rehab process, Crosby’s return to action is still likely a ways away and it would be a big surprise if he was ready to go at any point in early October when the Penguins open the season. The Penguins, Crosby and all parties involved contend to beRead More »