Malkin takes over again late as Pens hold off Rangers

 

— Kris Letang, Evgeni Malkin each scored two goals and the Penguins got three goals from defensemen in a 6-5 win over the New York Rangers on Sunday afternoon. Killing off a 4:00 minute Sidney Crosby high sticking penalty to open the third period loomed large as Pittsburgh would score three unanswered goals in a 5:19 span following the Crosby penalty. Letang put the Penguins ahead 4-3 with a blistering shot from the right circles, 4:36 into the period, off a zone entry from Crosby. Malkin with 4 goals in his last two games, scored back-to-back goals 2:31 apart at 7:24 and 9:55 of the third period to push the Penguins lead to 6-3. As defense was optional most of the day, Pittsburgh and New York combined for 11 goals and 85 shots on goal.– Sidney Crosby | 3 Assists Kris Letang | 2 Goals (15) Evgeni Malkin | 2Read More »

Last Three Games prove more and more Penguins are too reliant on needing great goaltending

 

On the Penguins Jim Rutherford is always in trade discussions and will be until the deadline clock expires. That’s just how he operates. Pittsburgh also continues to monitor one swing for the fences trade target as the deadline is eight days away. More on that tomorrow. Despite the Penguins entering Sunday one point out of a playoff spot, multiple NHL sources contend Rutherford continues to tell others around the league he believes he has built a legitimate Stanley Cup contender as the roster is currently constructed and that will play out as this group gets healthy. But, is that reality? An observation of the Penguins almost sixty games in and a clear observation from the past three games is how the Penguins are going to sink or swim depending on whether they get great goaltending or not. Matt Murray saved the Penguins this week with how well he played vsRead More »

Casey DeSmith will start vs NYR

 

Pulling Matt Murray after two periods in Saturday’s 5-4 loss to the Calgary Flames seemed like an opportunity to preserve him to start this afternoon vs the New York Rangers but Mike Sullivan announced in his pre-game media session that Casey DeSmith will start vs NYR.

Sullivan calls Schultz’ performance “terrific” vs Flames

 

Justin Schultz returned to the lineup for the first time in four months, picking up an assist and playing 17:12 in the Penguins 5-4 loss to the Flames. 5 vs 5, Schultz was at 44% (12/15) in possession, on the ice for 1 Goals For and 1 Goals Against. Schultz played a second pairing role with Jack Johnson. Afterwards Mike Sullivan calls Schultz’ performance “terrific” vs Flames. “I thought he was terrific,” Mike Sullivan said. “I thought he made a big difference.”

Evgeni Malkin post first multi-goal game since Oct 27

 

Was Evgeni Malkin’s dominance Saturday afternoon in trying to rally the Penguins from a 5-2 third period deficit going to be a sign of things to come? Malkin netted two power play goals in the third period and add an assist in the Penguins 5-4 loss. Although Malkin has continued all season to pick up points, another sign of how low impact his performance has been from his normal standards can be seen in the lack of multi-goal games. Saturday afternoon was Malkin’s first multi-goal game since October 27, a span of 44 games. 2018-2019 SEASON: 16 Goals – 43 Assists – 59 Pts

Matt Murray struggles in 5-4 loss to Flames

 

FLAMES 5 – PENGUINS 4 (F) — Matt Murray was pulled after two periods in allowing 5 goals on 24 shots as a roaring third period rally led by Evgeni Malkin fell short in a one goal loss. After two standout performances, Murray’s positioning took a downturn vs the Flames as he was playing extremely small. — GAME PERFORMANCES Evgeni Malkin | 2 Goals (16), Assist Sidney Crosby | Goal (25), 2 Assists Jake Guentzel | Goal (28) Phil Kessel | 2 Assists Casey DeSmith | 7 Saves (1.000 SV%) Matt Murray | 19 Saves (.792 SV%)

Zach Aston-Reese, Teddy Blueger in vs Oilers

 

Forwards Zach Aston-Reese, Teddy Blueger and defenseman Chad Ruhwedel will draw into the lineup tonight vs the Edmonton Oilers. Aston-Reese returns to action after a month long absence due to a broken left hand. Ruhwedel will dress for the first time since November 19th. The notable healthy scratch tonight will be Dominik Simon. Simon has flourished this season in almost all advanced metrics, has been very good at creating offense, but his season is starting to reach the point where he has to start putting up more points. Simon with 7 goals, 14 assists in 48 games, has no points in his last seven games. However, you look at the group of best available forwards the Penguins can dress tonight and Simon is still one of them. LINEUP Guentzel – Crosby – Rust Pearson – Bjugstad – Kessel Blueger – McCann – Hornqvist Aston-Resse — Cullen – Wilson D-Pairs DuMoulinRead More »

Evgeni Malkin suspended one game

 

The National Hockey League has suspended Penguins center Evgeni Malkin one game for high-sticking Flyers winger Michael Raffl. The NHL viewed Malkin’s recklessness as an “intentional stick swing” for the “purposes of retaliation.” “This is an intentional stick swing directed at an opponent with force,” the Depart of Player Safety said in their ruling.

Olli Maatta out long-term

 

defenseman Olli Maatta is “out indefinitely” the team announced. Maatta suffered a significant shoulder injury in Monday’s 4-1 win over the Flyers. Options are still being evaluated moving forward that will determine a timetable of the injury.

Big Game Murray saves the day in a four point swing; Playing at a 95 point Pace & More Takeaways

 

Big Game Murray shines vs Flyers Surrendering 51 shots, the Penguins escaped Philadelphia with a 4-1 win thanks to a 50-save performance from Matt Murray who became the seventh goaltender in Penguins history to make 50 saves in a game. According to the Penguins, Murray also set a Penguins record for saves in a period with 28 in the second period vs the Flyers. Murray was dominant in the second period onslaught as Philadelphia outshot Pittsburgh 28-6 in the period, yet, Pittsburgh out-scored the Flyers 1-0 in the period. “He played unbelievable,” Sidney Crosby said. When Murray is locked in like this, he’s playing upright, playing big and his angles are near perfect. That was all on display in a big time performance from Murray in another four point swing game against a division foe that is trailing Pittsburgh in the standings. It was a major swing game for PhiladelphiaRead More »