Led by Evgeni Malkin, the Penguins scored three third period goals to avenge a 3-0 deficit and Evgeni Malkin put the finishing touch on the Penguins comeback Wednesday night scoring with 16 seconds left in overtime to give the Penguins a thrilling 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Malkin who has been the Penguins leader on the ice this season, had two goals and 1 assist and was an absolute force on the ice against the Lightning. Malkin played very physical and was credited with four hits on the night and it seemed like he had about 7 or 8 hits. On the offensive end, Malkin played a Alexander Ovechkin type of game Head coach Michel Therrien was very vocal following the 2nd period. There was a lot of pressure on the coaching staff tonight to win this game and the team responded in third period. Despite the magicalRead More »
I was just told that Miroslav Satan may end up dressing tonight. Head coach Michel Therrien announced following the morning skate that Satan would be a healthy scratch but that may not be the case now. I am told that Satan was due to play in his 1000th game tonight and that is playing into the coaching staff’s decision. more to come
If the Penguins want Colby Armstrong it is going to cost them puck moving defenseman Alex Goligoski according to a league source. Contrary to other reports, the Thrashers are not actively shopping Armstrong and they remain very high on him. Armstrong has 13 goals on the year, has been a great locker room presence and is averaging between 15-17 minutes of ice time per game. The Thrashers have received quite a few inquires about Armstrong including from the Penguins, Wild, Rangers, Kings, and Flames. As I‚Äôve been mentioning for a while, the Thrashers are actively shopping former Penguins forward Eric Christensen. Columbus, Montreal, New York Islanders and the Phoenix Coyotes are four teams to express interest. The trade deadline always brings out some crazy rumors. Pierre LeBrun reports a source told him the Panthers, Senators and Rangers were talking about a major three way trade involving Scott Gomez, Jason SpezzaRead More »
Forward Miroslav Satan will be healthy scratch tonight against the Tampa Lightning, head coach Michel Therrien announced following the Penguins optional skate this morning. Satan has two goals in 21 games. Forward Luca Caputi will begin the game with Petr Sykora and Jordan Staal. Caputi is expected to remain with the team until Ruslan Fedotenko returns to the lineup next week. If he continues to play well and provide a spark, Caputi will remain with the team after that but the plan coming in was to just get him some game and practice experience at the NHL level. Defenseman Hal Gill will return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch against the Canadiens Tuesday night. The Tampa Bay Lightning have waived forward Jussi Jokinen according to TSN.Ca Former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Gary Roberts who has only appeared in 19 games this season is very close to returning to action.Read More »
Montreal 4 – Pittsburgh 2 Despite a strong performance from Luca Caputi who opened the scoring 2:30 into the game, the Penguins gave up three unanswered goals and lost for the third straight game Tuesday night against the Monteal Canadiens. Caputi appearing in his first NHL game scored in his first NHL shift. Caputi started the game on the fourth line with Bill Thomas and Eric Godard but was rewarded with minutes on the first power play unit and saw some ice time with the 2nd line. Roman Hamrlik scored a 1st period goal for the Canadiens. Chris Higgins and Maxim Lapierre scored second-period goals and Andrei Kostitsyn scored with 4:15 left to seal the Canadiens 4-2 win. Goaltender Carey Price made 23 saves. Evgeni Malkin (23) also scored for the Penguins. Marc Andre Fleury made 31 saves. The Penguins 24-23-5 remain in 10th place in the Eastern Conference. TheRead More »
Penguins (24-22-5-53) at Canadiens (28-16-6-62) updated: 4:34 p.m. – A source tells me defensemen Hal Gill and Philippe Boucher will be healthy scratches in tonight’s game. Boucher will be a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game. Brooks Orpik – Ryan Whitney, Rob Scuderi – Kris Letang, Mark Eaton – Alex Goligoski will be the Penguins D-Pairs. 2:08 p.m. – Luca Caputi the organization’s top prospect will appear in his first NHL game tonight. In today’s morning skate Caputi skated with Bill Thomas and Eric Godard. It appears he will begin the game on the fourth line and as planned the Penguins will use him in a structured role Max Talbot who has been a disappointment this season centered Pascal Dupuis and Chris Minard in today’s morning skate. Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby will remain on the same line. Forward Tyler Kennedy will serve his one game suspension tonight. MarcRead More »
The Penguins who strongly considered calling up forward Luca Caputi last week when Matt Cooke was suspended, have recalled Caputi for Tuesday night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens. Caputi the organizations top prospect, has appeared in 46 contests with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, ranking fourth with 35 points (13 goals and 22 assists) along with 35 penalty minutes. Caputi, 6-3, 185 lbs, recorded 111 points (51 goals, 60 assists) in 66 games with the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League last season.
Pittsburgh Penguins‚Äô forward Tyler Kennedy has been suspended for one game, without pay, for his involvement in an altercation during a stoppage in play during NHL Game #734, Jan. 31 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the National Hockey League announced. Kennedy was suspended per Rule 70.2 which states: ‚ÄúA player who has entered the game on a legal line change… who starts an altercation may be subject to discipline …‚Äù. Kennedy was assessed a five-minute major for fighting Toronto defenseman Luke Schenn following a legal line change at 9:36 of the third period. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Kennedy will forfeit $2,912.37. The money goes to the Players‚Äô Emergency Assistance Fund.
The Penguins begin a crucial 5 game stretch beginning Tuesday night against the Montreal Canadiens. So much for the Penguins turning the corner after beating the Rangers 6-2 Wednesday night. Losing to a rebuilding team like the Leafs shouldn‚Äôt happen. The biggest disappointment with this team is their inability to clear the front of the net in the defensive zone. Head coach Michel Therrien and associate coach Andre Savard are defensive minded coaches and just as Mike Yeo takes the heat for the power play struggles, Savard and Therrien deserve some criticism for the Penguins defensive struggles. The Penguins have mishandled Ryan Whitney since he came back from off-season foot surgery. Whitney is clearly struggling and since his first game back he has been among the Penguins leaders in ice time. He should have been gradually brought back not playing 25+ minutes off the bat. Bill Thomas was a -2Read More »