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 »

NHL: Jagr Interview: “I want to pay Mario back because he has made me what I am”

 

Here’s an interest interview from the Hockey News that will catch the attention of Penguins fans. Former Pittsburgh Penguins super star Jaromir Jagr said he has no designs on returning to the NHL in the short term, but if he ever did return he would be happy to go back to the Pittsburgh Penguins to play for his former idol, Mario Lemieux. ‚ÄúI was thinking about it and if Mario would call me and say, ‚ÄòI‚Äôd like you to play for our team,‚Äô I would think about it a lot,‚Äù Jagr said in a telephone interview from Moscow where the Kontinental League will hold its inaugural All-Star Game outdoors at Red Square Saturday. ‚ÄúI would play for the minimum salary. I would play for $350,000 just for him because I owe him my hockey life. I want to pay him back because he has made me what I am‚Ķbesides myRead More »

Penguins recall Chris Minard/ Fedotenko placed on IR; Out 4-6 weeks

 

The Penguins have recalled forward Chris Minard. Minard has appeared in five games this season and this will be his third call up of the season. Minard leads the AHL with 26 goals and is tied for second with 41 points Defenseman Kris Letang has been selected to play in the future stars game As expected Ruslan Fedotenko has been placed on IR and will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken hand. The Latest Penguins Buzz The most disturbing thing during the Penguins last losing steak is the teams they are losing to. Just in the past week they lost to Florida who was on a four game losing streak, New York who came into Monday‚Äôs game with one win in their last five and Nashville who came into the game on a five game losing streak. The Penguins are 6-12-1 in their last 19 games. While the pressure isRead More »

Penguins woes continue, fall to Predators 5-3

 

The Nashville Predators scored five unanswered goals as the Predators beat the Penguins 5-3 Thursday night. The Penguins lost for the sixth time in seven games and dropped to 20-18-4 on the season. The Penguins jumped out to a early 3-0 lead behind goals from Petr Sykora, Jordan Staal and Max Talbot but the Predators scored three goals in the second period to tie the game at 3-3 and added two more in the third to hand the Penguins another loss. Martin Erat, David Legwand, Jerred Smithson, Ryan Suter and Greg Zanon scored for the Predators. Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc Andre Fleury made 30 saves. The Penguins were outshot 35-25 and didn’t get their first shot of the game until 13:13 of the first period and during the second period were outshot 17-5. Gill a healthy scratch again: Defenseman Hal Gill was a healthy scratch for third consecutive game. PittsburghRead More »

Staal gets the $4 million a year that he was seeking

 

During the summer when the Penguins and Jordan Staal began contract negotiations Staal was seeking a R.J. Umberger (4yrs – $15 million) type of deal. Staal and his agent Paul Krepelka won out today as the Penguins signed Staal to a 4 year – $16 million deal. During the summer the Penguins initial offer was 4 years – $13.5 which was declined and the two sides began working off of that deal. Recently talks centered around a 2-3 year deal with the Penguins offer in the $3.3 million range and it appeared Staal would sign a short term deal but Staal‚Äôs camp countered with a four year deal. Krepelka who represents Ryan Whitney and Jordan Staal used the same ploy with Staal that he used with Whitney. During the Whitney negotiations Krepelka made it known that three teams were going to make an offer sheet to Whitney. The Penguins wentRead More »

Morning Buzz

 

The Penguins snapped their five game losing streak on Tuesday and travel to Nashville today to face off against the Predators Thursday night. The Predators 17 ‚Äì 19 ‚Äì 3 are currently 14th in the Western Conference with 37 points. The Predators are struggling to score goals as forward J.P. Dumont leads the Preds in scoring with 32 points. The Penguins end the half way point at 20-17-4 and are currently 9th in the Eastern Conference with 44 points. Eastern Conference Standings 1. Boston ‚Äì 62 points 2. Washington ‚Äì 57 points 3. Philadelphia ‚Äì 51 points 4. New York Rangers 51 points 5. Montreal ‚Äì 50 points 6. New Jersey ‚Äì 49 points 7. Carolina ‚Äì 47 points 8. Buffalo ‚Äì 45 points 9. Pittsburgh ‚Äì 44 points 10. Florida 42 points Washington is quietly moving up the standings and is within striking distance of the Boston Bruins. ItRead More »

Penguins snap five game losing streak

 

Petr Sykora ended the Penguins 0-33 slump on the power play at 17:10 in the first period and Evgeni Malkin added three assists as the Penguins snapped their five game losing streak Tuesday night beating the Atlanta Thrashers 3-1 at Mellon arena. Sykora had two goals on the night and Sidney Crosby scored his 16th goal of the season at 15:41 of the second period to put the Penguins up 3-0. Goaltender Marc Andre Fleury made 27 saves to record the win. The Atlanta Thrashers have lost six out of their last seven games. The Penguins are 20-17-4 at the halfway point. Ruslan Fedotenko is believed to have a broken bone in his right hand following a first period fight with former Penguins forward Colby Armstrong. Forward Pascal Dupuis also left the game with an undisclosed injury. Defensemen Hal Gill, Alex Goligoski, and Forward Tim Wallace were healthy scratches MarkRead More »

Penguins/ Rangers lineups

 

Penguins lineup (19-16-4-42) Dupuis – Crosby – Kennedy Fedotenko – Malkin – Sykora Cooke – Staal – Talbot Satan – Jeffrey – Godard Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal D-Pairs Orpik – Whitney Scuderi – Letang Eaton – Boucher Expected Scratches: Hal Gill, Tim Wallace, Alex Goligoski Lineup news: Miroslav Satan has been demoted to the fourth line and it was just a matter of time before Therrien removed him off of the top two lines. The Penguins have eight healthy defensemen tonight. Based on the rotation in the morning skate, Hal Gill and Alex Goligoski will be healthy scratches. Rangers Lineup (23-14-3-49) Naslund РGomez – Callahan Prucha РDrury and Dawes Korpikoski -, Dubinsky РZherdev; Sjostrom РBetts – Orr Henrik Lundqvist will start in goal after missing Saturday’s game with the flu

What others are saying

 

The National media is sounding off on the Penguins struggles. King Drowning Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal writes, ‚ÄúThe Pittsburgh Penguins are reeling after losing 10 of their last 14 games. When you get blown out 6-1 by the Florida Panthers for a fifth straight loss at home, there are serious problems. Sidney Crosby is obviously starting to feel the heat of being captain of a ship taking on water. He blew his stack and jumped Brett McLean, of all people, as he bent over in the faceoff circle for his second NHL fight (Andrew Ference was the first). Sources say Crosby misses Ryan Malone and Jarkko Ruuttu to look after the talking in the Pittsburgh room while he leads on the ice, and he’s more upset about the Penguins not signing Marian Hossa than he’s letting on. While it’s obvious they miss defenceman Sergei Gonchar (shoulder surgery, butRead More »