Power Play delivers in over-time; Team USA Buzz

 

Malkin, Fedotenko end scoring droughts Pittsburgh’s struggling power play went 0-for-5 in regulation Saturday night but delivered with a rare big goal in overtime as Evgeni Malkin (9) scored just 37 seconds into over-time on the man advantage as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Florida Panthers 3-2 at Mellon Arena. Thirty seconds into overtime, Jordan Leopold was called for holding and Sergei Gonchar set up Malkin for a one-timer from the high slot who blew it past Tomas Voukon. Malkin’s OT tally was his first goal in 6 games. Pascal Dupuis (9) and Ruslan Fedotenko (5) also scored for Pittsburgh. Fedotenko put the Penguins up 2-1 in the second period, driving to the net and Evgeni Malkin found him wide open in front of Voukon for a tap in goal. It was Fedotenko’s first goal in 14 games as the struggling winger is on pace for a 12 goal season.Read More »

Crosby scores OT winner in 3-2 win over Panthers

 

Post-Florida Thoughts The Florida Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 third period lead and did the worst thing you can do against the Penguins; sit back and play conservative The Panthers let the Penguins hang around just long enough and Pittsburgh’s role players came up big in regulation as Pascal Dupuis (6) scored at 4:49 of the third period to cut the Panthers lead to 2-1 and Michael Rupp (5) scored with 2:32 remaining in the third period to tie the game at 2-2. Just over a minute into overtime, Panthers winger Nathan Horton was called for a controversial four minute double minor for high-sticking Brooks Orpik which led to Sidney Crosby (11) scoring the game winner (PPG) at 3:07 in overtime as the Penguins prevailed 3-2. Pittsburgh outshot the Panthers 45-21 in the game, including a 16-3 advantage in the third period and a 6-0 advantage in overtime. MarcRead More »

Penguins improve to 7-0 on the road; beat Anaheim 4-3

 

Return of Kennedy pays dividends Pascal Dupuis (3) scored the go-ahead goal with 10:47 remaining in the third period and Marc Andre Fleury (10-2) made 26 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins continue their dominance on the road beating the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 Tuesday night at the Honda Center. Pittsburgh which had lost 14 of 15 games in the state of California, prior to Tuesday nights contest, tied an NHL record with their seventh straight road victory to open the season. For the Penguins, it was their role players that fueled their 4-3 win. Defenseman Kris Letang (1) and Alex Goligoski (6) eached scored and Michael Rupp (4) added a goal for Pittsburgh. Goligoski’s third period tally was his 6th goal of the season and now has nine points in his last nine games. Dupuis who netted the game winner, has scored in two straight. Right winger Tyler Kennedy returned toRead More »

Penguins look to regroup after loss to New Jersey

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins returned to practice today and the team gave their dues to the New Jersey Devils who ended the Penguins 7 game winning streak Saturday night. Matt Cooke talked after practice how the Devils play a different style than anyone else in the league and indicated that Saturday night’s performance was the best game that the Devils played against Pittsburgh in the two years that he’s been apart of the Penguins organization. The team held a halloween party Sunday night and some of that carried over to today’s practice. Has the flu bug hit the Penguins?

THE BALLAD OF PASCAL DUPUIS

 

Penguins training camp is winding down, and most of the guys you expert analysts out there figured had a shot are now apartment-hunting in Wilkes-Barre, and with multiple levels of disgust. The lone remaining people’s choice is winger Chris Conner, but the only way Conner sticks is if the Penguins can’t agree to a contract with tryout player Ryan Bayda. Bayda is three inches taller than Conner and more aggressive. Each has a journeyman’s resume.

Penguins have a conundrum with their top two lines

 

With Max Talbot injured, the Penguins have a conundrum with their top two lines. The Penguins have a bunch of guys who play left wing, period. Temporarily switching one to right wing on Evgeni Malkin’s line, as appears to be the plan, might not work. Pascal Dupuis is a left wing. Ruslan Fedotenko is a left wing. Move either to right wing, you got problems. Neither has the hands to consistently shift the puck inside, through traffic, to his forehand. Neither has the finishing skills to benefit from his shot being on the inside of the rink. Neither plays particularly well on his backhand. Either will have trouble taking the puck off the boards with control on his off-wing.