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 »
Game 2 Post-Game Notebook Unable to tie the series at 1-1, the series shifts back to Pittsburgh Tuesday night as the Penguins will be in a must win situation like they were last year. Despite only scoring two goals through the first two games of the series, the Penguins were upbeat following the game and believe this series is far from over. For the second straight night, the inability to capitalize on prime scoring chances haunted the Penguins. The chances are there for the Penguins, averaging 32 shots in two games Red Wings team speed causing Penguins problems Evaluating the first two games of the series, the most noticeable difference between the Red Wings and Penguins is the team speed that the Red Wings have. The Wings exceptional team speed gives them the ability to play their system to perfection. They close in on the opposition quickly in the neutralRead 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.
The Penguins just concluded their morning skate as they prepare for game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. As expected, the lines were the same as yesterday’s practice. Defenseman Sergei Gonchar took a regular shift with Brooks Orpik and worked with the Penguins first power play unit. Gonchar is much healthier than he was for Game 7 of the Semi-Finals and while Dan Bylsma would not commit to Gonchar playing tonight, he will be in the lineup. Lines Kunitz – Crosby – Guerin Fedotenko – Malkin – Talbot Cooke – Staal – Kennedy Dupuis (GTD) – Adams – Satan * Petr Sykora and Eric Godard worked in drills as the Penguins 5th line. Both players will be scratches. None of the Penguins five callups from Sunday skated this morning. Defensemen Orpik – Gonchar Gill – Scuderi Eaton – Letang Boucher (GTD) LineupNews: Whether the Penguins dress seven defensemen will
The Penguins held an optional skate this morning, coming off of their 3-2 OT win in Game 3. The Penguins avoided going down 3-0 and played their best game of the series and momentum could slightly be turning towards Pittsburgh. Following last night’s game, the line change of bumping up Max Talbot to the second line has been attributed to sparking Evgeni Malkin’s dominant game 3 performance. Talbot provided energy, and a physical presence in the corners which Malkin has lacked on his right side with Petr Sykora. Dan Bylsma has no plans to switch that line in game 4. “He has an energy and a physical presence on the offense and a forechecking presence and puck-retrieving presence that adds something to that line,” Bylsma said in his post-game comments on what Talbot adds to Malkin’s line. Only a handful of players skated this morning. Eric Godard, Philippe Boucher, PetrRead More »
Penguins forward Petr Sykora did not speak to the media today following Penguins practice. As expected Sykora was a scratch for Game 6 and was scratched for the final two games of the series. Sources tell me Sykora has been told by the Penguins coaching staff that he has to improve his practice habits to get back into the lineup. Sykora has skated very hard in the Penguins past two practices ( Friday & Monday) An encouraging sign for the Penguins heading into the second round is Ruslan Fedotenko played his best game of the playoffs in game 6. Fedotenko was the first Penguins top 6 winger to score an even strength goal in the series. Fedotenko was playing well in other areas of his game but the Penguins will need him to contribute offensively the rest of the way like he did in game 6. The Penguins will haveRead More »
Pittsburgh leads series, 3-2 Marty Biron made 28 saves and the Philadelphia Flyers got timely goals and defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 Thursday night at Mellon Arena to force a game 6 on Saturday. The Penguins jumped on the Flyers early out shooting the Flyers 15-5 in the first period but were unable to get one past Martin Biron who played his best game of the series. The Flyers made adjustments in the final two periods, being aggressive at the blueline and playing stifling defense, limiting the Penguins to 13 shots over the course of the second and third period.