Morning Pens Buzz: Penguins should go back to Tomas Vokoun in Game 3


MORNING PENS BUZZ Heading into Game 3 the goaltending situation is far down the list of worries for the Pittsburgh Penguins and that’s not a good thing. The Penguins have a number of issues and are truly a mess right now being outscored 9-1 in the series. None are bigger than the fact that Pittsburgh’s star players have been absolute duds in the series and a lack of defensive structure and players unable to make basic defensive assignments on the backcheck have been at the forefront of the Penguins issues. With how bad the likes of Kris Letang and Sidney Crosby have played, maybe the only way is up for the Penguins as the play from Letang, Crosby, and others really can’t get any worse, can it? Yes, the Penguins have rallied from 2-0 deficits in the past, but this feels like a series that is over and it’s hardRead More »

Game 5 Buzz: Reactions, Analysis to Penguins Goaltending Situation; On Lack of Adjustments & Lineup Buzz


GAME 5 BUZZ (1) Tonight we learn a lot about this Penguins team. “We’re preparing for best of three,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. Over in the West, what you see from a top Cup contender in the Chicago Blackhawks, No. 1 seed, is that they have a killer instinct and know how to put away an inferior team. Leading 2-1 in the series, they didn’t give the Minnesota Wild any breathing room in Game 4, and took command of their series with a 3-0 shutout win in Game 4 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 series lead. By contrast the Penguins are regressing in this series after a dominating Game 1 performance. “This can be great for us,” winger Jarome Iginla said of the Penguins dealing with the adversity of this series. (2) Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma is taking a lot of heat for the lack ofRead More »

Post-Game Buzz: Pens beat Senators 3-1; What Glass being phased out on PK could mean for playoff lineup & more buzz


POST-GAME BUZZ Jarome Iginla (13) and Dustin Jeffrey (3) scored first period goals and Tomas Vokoun made 34 saves, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins (35-10-0, 70 pts) to a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators (23-16-6, 52 pts) on Monday night at Scotiabank Place. Tyler Kennedy (6) added an insurance goal with 2:34 left in the game to seal the win. Vokoun with the win earned his 300th career victory (28th goaltender in NHL history), while Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma earned his 200th career win in just 316 NHL games, the fastest coach in NHL history to reach that milestone. The Penguins earning their 7th straight win and 22nd out of 24 games, did so without an All-Star cast of players. The long list included: Kris Letang Evgeni Malkin Marc Andre Fleury Sidney Crosby James Neal Beau Bennett Mark Eaton Joe Vitale The Penguins win increases the chances of theRead More »

Post-Game Buzz: Strong goaltending, timely goal scoring leads Penguins to 11th straight win


PITTSBURGH 4 – NEW YORK 2 The Pittsburgh Penguins (24-8-0, 48 pts) extended their winning streak to 11 games, defeating the New York Islanders (13-15-3, 29 pts) 4-2 on Friday night at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Penguins overcame a flat first period where the Islanders outshot the Penguins 14-3 in the period and took a 1-0 lead 7:46 in on a Mark Streit (5) blast from the point for his 5th goal of the season. Pittsburgh didn’t record their first shot until 12:53 into the period but this was the type of game where a bad team finds a way to lose. Joe Vitale (2) tied the game at 1-1 with his second goal of the season at 8:08 of the second period, coming down the left side with speed and beating Evgeni Nabokov glove side with a beautiful shot as the secondary scoring from the fourth line,Read More »

Sunday’s Pens Buzz: Malkin, Martin Updates; Some Takeaway’s from win in MTL; Kunitz perfect winger for Crosby


SUNDAY’S PENS BUZZ MALKIN & MARTIN UPDATE Evgeni Malkin practiced fully today and did take some contact. He said he would like to have a few more practices under his belt before returning to the lineup but didn’t rule himself out for tomorrow night, saying “we’ll see” about playing  vs the Tampa Bay Lightning. Bylsma said that while Malkin has been cleared for contact, he still needs to pass an impact test. Malkin said the only issues he had following the injury was memory loss and that the injury looked worse than it really was. Meanwhile, Paul Martin skated today going through individual workouts prior to practice but head coach Dan Bylsma has ruled Martin out for tomorrow night’s game. Expect the same six defensemen to dress tomorrow night. Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal. SOME TAKEAWAY’S FROM LAST NIGHT’S WILD 7-6 WIN *Of all the negatives defensively lastRead More »

Penguins player reports vs Jets: Poor d-zone play from Neal, other forwards a growing concern


Premium Post-Game Player Reports Game 4 – Friday, January 25, 2013 Penguins @ Jets Centers Sidney Crosby| 2 Goals, even rating, 3 SOG, 2 BS, 4 Hits, 1 GV, 24:07 TOI, 8 FW – 6 FL, 57.1% Crosby scored two first period goals and led the Penguins offensive attack but his two-goal night wasn’t enough for the Penguins. Crosby opened the scoring at 4:26 of the first period, taking a pass from Kunitz in the slot and with Olli Jokinen on him, snuck a snap shot inside Pavelec’s right post for the goal. On Crosby’s second goal of the night at 14:48 of the first period, he came through the neutral zone with speed after taking a pass off the boards from Matt Niskanen and given time and space as Byfuglien and Stuart backed in, Crosby cut to the middle and beat Pavelec with a backhand goal. Crosby had aRead More »

Pens Notes: Shero on Vokoun, Fleury, Thiessen, Staal, & Crosby


Penguins GM Ray Shero hit the airwaves today and was on 937 the fan this afternoon in the 2:00 p.m. hour. Here are some comments from Shero on a number of subjects: Shero on Vokoun Shero indicated the team’s pursuit of Tomas Vokoun started when he was talking to agent Allan Walsh about how to “get Marc Andre Fleury better next season. The discussion then led to Vokoun who Walsh also represents. “{I asked Allan Walsh} “What’s Tomas going to do and any interest in Penguins and I talked to George McPhee and got permission to talk to Tomas and it came about pretty quickly, ” Shero said, who indicated there’s “not a lot of available goaltenders on July 1” which led to the Penguins moving quickly on a deal.

Morning Pens Buzz: Offensively challenged Pens have game to build on; X’s & O’s; My take On Crosby Situation


Morning Pens Buzz The Pittsburgh Penguins dropped their sixth straight game, losing to the Washington Capitals 1-0 on Wednesday night at the Verizon Center. The Capitals got a 30-save shutout performance from goaltender Tomas Vokoun, and Jason Chimera scored 15:25 into the first period for the lone goal. Washington improved to 22-17-2, 46 pts on the season, while Pittsburgh fell to 21-17-4, 46pts, falling out of the top-8 in the Eastern Conference. The Penguins have embarked on their worst losing streak since Sidney Crosby’s rookie season, the 2005-2006 season when the franchise lost 10 straight in January 2006, and ended the season with the second worst record in the league. POSITIVES TO BUILD ON Unlike Tuesday night, this was a game that the offensively challenged Penguins can build on. The Penguins were much more aggressive, dictating the play at times and got to their game down low in the offensive zone,Read More »