Facing a must win situation Tuesday night, the Penguins remain confident and don’t appear frustrated as the team is in the same position that they were last year. “You know, I don’t think we should be frustrated, I don’t think we are frustrated, because the series not over,” Sergei Gonchar said. “You know, we’re playing better, having chances, series is not over. Going into this series we knew it was not going to be easy playing against great team and we knew it was going to be tough.” *Forward Sidney Crosby who has been held scoreless in the series did not speak to the media on Monday during the Penguins off-day. Despite being held pointless, Crosby is getting chances and he is determined to get the Penguins back into the series. Expect a big game from Crosby Tuesday night. *Watching Henrik Zetterberg for the second straight year in the StanleyRead More »
Detroit leads series, 1-0 New year, same result as Chris Osgood made 31 saves and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena to take a 1-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Finals. While result of of game 1 was the same as last year, a Red Wings win, the Penguins were a much different team last night than the one that the hockey world saw last year in game 1. Pittsburgh outshot the Red Wings 32-30 and they were able to generate a number of scoring chances. “Last time we played them, it took them a couple games to get going. They were very good tonight. They were very competitive,” Detroit head coach Mike Babcock said in his post-game press conference. While the Penguins played the Red Wings tight, Pittsburgh was not able to make the most of their prime scoringRead More »
Marc Andre Fleury made 23 saves and Miroslav Satan, Philippe Boucher each scored their first goal of the playoffs as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 Monday night at Mellon Arena to take a 1-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. Pittsburgh got off to a strong start in the first period setting the tone early and striking first. Winger Miroslav Satan jumped out of the penalty box, and went in all alone on goaltender Cam Ward beating Ward with a backhand goal at 9:17 of the first period to put the Penguins up 1-0 in the first.
Alexander Ovechkin was the center of discussion following the game regarding his knee-to-knee hit on Sergei Gonchar in the first period of Game 4. Alex Ovechkin was remorseful indicating the hit was an accident but as expected, the Penguins believe the hit was dirty and among those to speak out was Brooks Orpik. Orpik Added: “That’s three games in a row where he’s out there trying to hurt guys,”. You just watch the way he hits. And I love the way he plays, but he could get a charging penalty every time he hits. He leaves his feet, and takes countless strides. We’ve gotten lucky up to this point. And he likes to target the Russian guys, for some reason. “Everyone likes to play hard, and play physical,” “But there’s a line you can’t cross, and a lot of guys in our room felt like the last couple games heRead More »
The Penguins just went through their final practice this morning before they depart for Washington later this afternoon. No line changes from¬†Thursday’s practice¬†as Miroslav Satan skated with the second line for the second consecutive day. As expected, Petr Sykora will be scratched for Game 1. Penguins Lineup for Saturday Kunitz – Crosby – Guerin Fedotenko – Malkin – Satan Cooke – Staal – Kennedy Dupuis – Talbot – Adams Scratches: Godard, Sykora Defensemen Orpik – Gonchar Gill – Scuderi Eaton – Letang Scratches: Boucher I’m told defenseman Kris Letang will be on a
Thursday’s Practice Report The Penguins just concluded their first practice as they prepare for the Washington Capitals in round 2 of the NHL playoffs. Petr Sykora or Miroslav Satan? Discussion has centered around whether struggling forward Petr Sykora will get back into the lineup. Throughout the entire practice this morning, Miroslav Satan skated on the second line with Ruslan Fedotenko and Evgeni Malkin. Satan also skated with the Penguins second power play unit and based on everything I was told this week, Satan will be in the lineup on Saturday. The rest of the lines were
Interim head coach Dan Bylsma made his first bold move of his young coaching career this morning, deciding to scratch right winger Petr Sykora. Sykora, 32, is in the middle of a major slump that has lasted over two months, recording only 6 points in his last 29 games, including 0 points in the playoffs. Sykora saw 8:21 of ice time in game 5 and Bylsma rarely used him in the third period as Sykora struggled offensively and in the defensive zone struggled along the boards getting the puck out of the zone. While Sykora is counted on as a offensive player to produce points, the main reason for the switch is because he is having absolutely no impact in others areas of his game. Whether the Penguins lose or win tonight, this is an important lineup switch because Bylsma is putting his stamp on this team. He is showingRead More »