Penguins rout Islanders 9-2

 

Petr Sykora scored a hat trick for the first time in his career, ending the longest streak in NHL history without a hat trick by a player who had at least two goals in a game and Pascal Dupuis also netted a hat trick as the Penguins beat the New York Islanders 9-2 Thursday night at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh 8-2 in its last ten games against the New York Islanders, halted a three game losing straight as they head into a divisional showdown Saturday afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers. Evgeni Malkin, Philippe Boucher, and Miroslav Satan also scored for the Penguins. Malkin the NHL’s leading scorer with 48 points had a goal and an assist. Sidney Crosby had three assists. Goaltender John Curry recorded his second win of the season and second of his career. Read more for The Latest Penguins Buzz

COOKE FAMILY FOUNDATION OF HOPE TO DONATE ALL PROCEEDS

 

VANCOUVER, BC December 2008 ‚Äì The Cooke Family Foundation of Hope (CFFH) has announced today that it will support the National Hockey Players Association‚Äôs (NHLPA) efforts in raising funds for the Luc Bourdon Memorial Fund by donating 100 percent of donations received to the CFFH up until March 15, 2009. The Luc Bourdon Memorial Fund will be officially launched in 2009. All proceeds will support scholarships and various youth-related initiatives in honour of Luc Bourdon. ‚ÄúLuc was a very good teammate and friend, with such a promising future ahead of him,‚Äù said Matt Cooke, Vice President of the CFFH and Pittsburgh Penguins forward. ‚ÄúIt is very encouraging to see the strong support from the NHLPA members and the entire hockey community as so many people have come together to uphold Luc‚Äôs legacy.‚Äù The CFFH was launched in 2007 by Pittsburgh Penguin forward (then Vancouver Canuck forward), Matt Cooke and hisRead 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 suffer third straight loss

 

New Jersey 4 ‚Äì Pittsburgh 1 New Jersey Devils backup goaltender Scott Clemmensen made 26 saves to improve to 7-1 in his last eight starts as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 Wednesday night. Pittsburgh who has lost three straight did not get a very good performance from Dany Sabourin who struggled for the second consecutive game. Travis Zajac, Zach Parise, Dainius Zubrus and Patrik Elias scored for the Devils, who won for the eighth time in nine games. The Devils (15-8-2) are within two points of the Penguins for second place in the Atlantic division. Pittsburgh failed to get on the scoreboard until Matt Cooke scored with 3:58 remaining in the third period. Evgeni Malkin the NHL‚Äôs leading scorer with 46 points assisted on Cooke‚Äôs third period goal. The Penguins are 1-3-1 in their last five games. Pittsburgh returns home Thursday night to face off againstRead More »

NHL: Consol Energy Arena?

 

KDKA.com reports Consol Energy has won the naming rights to the Pittsburgh Penguins new arena which will open in the fall of 2010. According to the report, next week, the Penguins will announce the sale of the arena naming rights to Consol on a long term basis for at least several million dollars a year. Consol Energy has been a major corporate sponsor for the Penguins the past couple seasons. Source: KDKA.com

Penguins Lineup vs New Jersey

 

According to sources Eric Godard will be a healthy scratch against the New Jersey Devils. Dupuis – Crosby – Satan Fedotenko – Malkin – Sykora Cooke – Staal – Minard Taffe – Talbot – Wallace D-Pairs Orpik – Scuderi Eaton – Letang Goligoski – Lovejoy Dany Sabourin will start in goal Crosby, Malkin now 1-2 in All Star Voting

The Latest Buzz from the BOG Meetings

 

The economy has halted any talk about expansion in the United States. That is a good thing because the NHL needs to downsize or relocate some cities. This talk of expanding into Europe would not be a good thing. The cap will remain in the $55 – $57 million range for the upcoming season but after that it could go down to the $49 – $50 million range. Las Vegas continues to be the most talked about city that could get a team via relocation. Mats Sundin was a popular subject at the meetings. Glen Sather has been telling rival GM‚Äôs that Sundin is only considering the Rangers, Canucks and a mystery team. Dave Tallon has been aggressive in his pursuit of Sundin. Still unclear if they are the third team still being considered. Tallon talked to a lot of teams about Martin Havlat. The Canadiens and Senators remain veryRead More »

Morning Buzz: Penguins recall Taffe and Wallace

 

Talked to a source in the Penguins organization who questioned why the Penguins even have Janne Pesonen in the organization. One team has even offered to take Pesonen off of the Penguins hands There has been discussions about giving Chris Minard a shot on the top two lines. It is looking unlikely that Mike Zigomanis will play against the Devils. He’s been out longer than people thought he would be. Full update on tomorrow’s lineup following Wednesday’s morning skate. Phillipe Boucher is slowly recovering from concussion symptoms and could be back within the next week. He has been practicing but did not fly with the Penguins to New Jersey. It is all about conditioning for Marc Andre Fleury who will be back next week. A lot of buzz coming out of the Board of Governors Meetings. Check in tomorrow for the latest rumblings surrounding the Penguins.