Bayda scores 6th goal of the season in loss A four point night from Victor Stalberg and two goals from Pittsburgh native Christian Hanson, helped the Toronto Marlies get past the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins 4-2 Sunday afternoon in front of 2,768 fans at Ricoh Coliseum. The Penguins failed to contain the Marlies top line of Stalberg, Hanson and Mike Zigomanis who joined the Marlies two weeks ago on a professional tryout. The Stalberg – Zigomanis – Hanson line combined for 9 points as Hanson and Stalberg led the way for Toronto. The loss was the Penguins first regulation defeat in their past six games. Wilkes Barre outshot Toronto 36-28 as Brad Thiessen (24 saves) took the loss. The two bright spots for Wilkes Barre was Ryan Bayda who scored his 6th goal of the season in the second period and top prospect
Boasting the league’s best record at 11-3, the Pittsburgh Penguins ended October on a sour note, losing to the Minnesota Wild 2-1, Saturday night at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh outshot the Wild 35-15 and their top line of Sidney Crosby, Bill Guerin and Chris Kunitz combined for 14 shots and dictated the play in the offensive zone most of the night. Crosby was also assessed his third career fighting major in the second period when he dropped the gloves with Marek Zidlicky. Crosby delivered a number of hard rights. Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom made 34 saves as the Wild earned their first road win of the season. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said it best following the game, “it’s weird how hockey works sometimes,” after the Penguins won a game Friday night when they were outplayed for the first 40 minutes, then played a complete game the following night and were unableRead More »
Manitoba 2 – Wilkes Barre 1 Daren Machesney made 26 saves and went 5-5 in the shootout as the Manitoba Moose defeated the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins 2-1, Friday night. In the second of back-to-back games, it was another tight defensive game between the two squads. Dustin Jeffrey (1) scored on a penalty shot for Wilkes Barre but the Penguins were unable to solve Machesney for most of the night. Penguins goaltender John Curry made 25 saves and was named the games No. 3 star. Wilkes Barre (5-2-1-1), travels to Toronto on Sunday for a matchup with the Toronto Marlies. Notes Eric Tangradi missed his 5th consecutive game with a shoulder injury. Tangradi did travel with the team and has been cleared for contact. He is questionable for Sunday’s game. Nick Johnson missed his second consecutive game with an ankle injury. Johnson did not travel with the team and will notRead More »
Star center Sidney Crosby (groin) missed his second consecutive practice this morning and will likely not play in the Penguins pre-season finale against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. Crosby was at the facility this morning getting treatment and skated on his own for about 15 minutes. Crosby will try to practice with his teammates tomorrow morning. Crosby remains day-to-day. Defenseman Ben Lovejoy (shoulder) was the only other player to miss today’s practice. In the battle for the 13th forward spot, there hasn’t been much movement on the
Penguins training camp is winding down, and most of the guys you expert analysts out there figured had a shot are now apartment-hunting in Wilkes-Barre, and with multiple levels of disgust. The lone remaining people’s choice is winger Chris Conner, but the only way Conner sticks is if the Penguins can’t agree to a contract with tryout player Ryan Bayda. Bayda is three inches taller than Conner and more aggressive. Each has a journeyman’s resume.