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Evgeni Malkin leads the NHL with (24 goals ‚Äì 56 assists ‚Äì 80 points) and is a +19. Despite leading the NHL in the points, Malkin is not even in the top 3 when it comes to the M.V.P. discussion. For him to get into the top three by the end of the season, he will have to get the Penguins into playoffs and there‚Äôs been talk he will have to get into the 40 goal plateau. A lot of experts who have votes look at goals, Ovechkin and Parise are going to easily top 40. Is it right to overlook the assists Malkin is putting up? No it‚Äôs not but he‚Äôs going to need at least 40-43 goals to push Ovechkin who seems to be most people‚Äôs front runner, even though Malkin leads Ovechkin by 12 points in the scoring race. Kris Letang is an untouchable at the tradeRead More »

Penguins fall to Avalanche 5-3

 

The Penguins woes continue as they lost to the Colorado Avalanche 5-3 Saturday afternoon at the Pepsi Center. Today‚Äôs loss is the Penguins seventh in eight games and the team fell to 10th place in the Eastern Conference. Florida beat the Atlanta Thrashers 8-4 this afternoon to move two points ahead of the Penguins for 9th place in the East. Head coach Michel Therrien tried to jump start the Penguins offensive attack today, reuniting Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the same line. The move paid off as Crosby and Malkin each had a goals and assist but the Penguins struggled in their defensive zone again and Dany Sabourin didn‚Äôt do enough to give the Penguins a chance to win. Sabourin who made 21 saves on 25 shots, was pulled after the second period. Sabourin has lost his past six games. Jordan Staal added a shorthanded goal in the thirdRead More »

Penguins re-assign Ben Lovejoy

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned defenseman Ben Lovejoy to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL). Lovejoy, 24, played two games with Pittsburgh, including his NHL debut on Dec. 8 versus Buffalo. Sources tell me Phillipe Boucher has received clearance to play. Boucher has been suffering from concussion symptoms

Penguins fall to Sabres 4-3

 

Post Game Thoughts The Penguins couldn‚Äôt hold on to a 3-2 lead going into the third period. The Penguins were outshot 10-3 in the third period and failed to put away the game early in the third when they began the period with a 5 on 3 power play for 53 seconds. The Penguins power play which ranks dead last on the road burned them tonight. The Penguins were 0-7 on the night. The Sabres were very aggressive on the penalty kill. John Curry played very well making 28 saves on 32 shots. He did what he needed to do for the Penguins to win tonight. It was good to see him perform well tonight. Sidney Crosby (2 goals) and Evgeni Malkin (2 assists) continue to carry the Penguins offensively. I Thought Michel Therrien might have went away from the Crosby/Sykora/Malkin unit a bit early in the third period afterRead More »