Wednesday’s Practice News and Notes


It was believed defenseman Philippe Boucher would return to practice this week and Boucher took the ice this morning at Mellon Arena. Boucher who under-went foot surgery in February will be available to come off of IR in about 10 days according to sources. * Right winger Petr Sykors skated for the first time in about 5 days this morning. Sykora has missed the Penguins past two games and is battling through a shoulder/rib injury that has been bothering him since the start of the Penguins 5 game road trip in Chicago Sykora skated for about

Penguins win seventh straight


Evgeni Malkin fueled the Penguins 4-3 win Tuesday night scoring his 30th goal of season in the first period and scoring the clinching goal in the shootout. The win moved the Penguins to 6th place in the Eastern Conference and two points ahead of the New York Rangers who are currently 9th in the Eastern Conference. After registering a season high¬†47 shots on goal against the Florida Panthers last Thursday night, the Penguins recorded 50 shots on goal against the Panthers Tuesday night. The Penguins held the Panthers to 21 shots. Sidney Crosby extended his points streak to seven games (five goals, seven assists) Can the Penguins compete with anybody in the East? That remains to be seen despite being 9-1-1 in their last 11 games as the Penguins are only two points from being out of the playoffs but most importantly the players in the locker room think theyRead More »

Monday’s Practice Report; Sykora misses practice


The Penguins went through a short practice this morning and forward Petr Sykora who is nursing a shoulder injury did not practice. Sykora is doubtful to play on Tuesday against the Panthers but will test his shoulder in tomorrow’s morning skate. A few veterans took the day off The confidence level in the locker-room is at a season high and you can tell by watching practice, how much more relax the players are now then they were 3-4 weeks ago. Goaltender Mathieu Garon spoke after practice,

Penguins, StarKist to Host Food Drive


The Pittsburgh Penguins will join forces with StarKist to collect non-perishable food items and cash donations on Tuesday night, when the Pens take on the Florida Panthers at 7:30 p.m. at Mellon Arena. The food drive will benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. StarKist will match cash donations made by fans, dollar for dollar, and will also donate StarKist tuna product to the Food Bank to support the cause.‚ÄúCharlie the Tuna‚Äù and StarKist employees will assist Penguins employees and food bank staff with the collection at Tuesday‚Äôs game. The Penguins will host two other charity collections at home games during the month of March — a children‚Äôs book drive to benefit the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh at the Friday, March 20 game vs. Los Angeles, and a clothing drive to benefit Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania at the Saturday, March 28 game vs. the New York Rangers

Penguins win 6th straight, upend Capitals 4-3 in shootout


Marc Andre Fleury was 3-3 in the shootout and Sidney Crosby scored the only goal in the shootout as the Penguins extended their winning streak to six games to finish a 5 game road trip 5-0. Crosby (Goal, Assist, shootout goal) got the Penguins on the board first, scoring his 25th goal of the season at 4:12 of the first period. Winger Chris Kunitz chipped a puck off the boards in the neutral zone that led to a 2-on-1 for Bill Guerin and Sidney Crosby. Guerin sold the play and made a great feed to Crosby who put the Penguins up 1-0 in the first. Guerin and Crosby were not done as Guerin assisted on Sergei Gonchar’s 2nd period goal (7:25) that gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead.