How can a great hockey team drop points? Dumb penalties, that’s how. The Penguins gave a seminar in stupid over their last two games and were lucky to split. The Penguins put Phoenix on the power play nine times, allowing two man-advantage goals en route to a 3-0 home loss. Then Philadelphia had seven chances with the extra skater, netting twice as the Pens eked out a 5-4 road victory.
Ray Shero values leadership in the locker room Although nothing is on the forefront, look for the Penguins and winger Matt Cooke to discuss a contract extension at some point in the upcoming season. Cooke who prefered to sign with an Eastern Conference team last summer due to the less travel time, has no interest in moving his family and would love to stay in Pittsburgh long-term. Cooke will make a salary of $1.2 million this season and is not seeking much of a raise over his current salary. Cooke is very popular among his teammates and became a vocal leader in the room. With Pittsburgh losing key locker room leaders in Rob Scuderi and Hal Gill to free agency, and the fact that Billy Guerin may only be around another year or two, Cooke will be a priority for Pittsburgh to keep beyond the 2009-2010 season. Ray Shero showedRead More »
Post-Game Notebook Pittsburgh showed the hockey world Tuesday night that they will not go down lightly, winning a pivotal game 3 and cutting the Red Wings series lead in half. The 2009 Stanley Cup Finals are following the same trend of the 08 finals when Detroit won both games in Detroit, then lost game 3 in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is hopeful game 4 doesn’t follow the trend from last years finals. What the Penguins have now is confidence that they can beat the Red Wings. Even after losing both games in Detroit, the Penguins remained confident heading into game 3 but there was this vibe that it didn’t matter how well they played, Detroit would find a way to win. Pittsburgh gets strong performances from key role players Pittsburgh got strong contributions from key players such as Evgeni Malkin, Sergei Gonchar, Marc Andre Fleury but it was the performance of theirRead More »
The Latest Penguins Buzz Despite advancing to the second round of the playoffs, secondary scoring was a major issue for the Penguins in their first round matchup against Philadelphia. After being down two games to one to the Washington Capitals, It was still a problem going into game 4, as Ruslan Fedotenko was the only top 6 winger to score an even strength goal through the first 9 games of the playoffs. In games 4 and 5, Pittsburgh has received significant production from secondary players such as Jordan Staal, Ruslan Fedotenko, Matt Cooke and Max Talbot who all found the back of the net during times of the past two games. Secondary scoring has finally showed up for the Penguins and it’s a prime reason why they have the Capitals on the brink of elimination. Latest on Sergei Gonchar Despite being a game time decision, it was not expected that SergeiRead More »
(Courtesy of South Central) Season Series 10/14/08: PIT 3 – PHI 2 11/13/08: PIT 5 – PHI 4 12/13/08: PHI 6 – PIT 3 1/13/09: PIT 4 – PHI 2 2/21/09: PIT 5 – PHI 4 3/22/09: PHI 3 – PIT 1 Star Power PIT: Evgeni Malkin (112 pts), Sidney Crosby (103 pts) PHI: Jeff Carter (84 pts), Mike Richards (80 pts) Advantage – Pittsburgh Forwards Pittsburgh: Down the middle the Penguins are the deepest team in the NHL with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal. While Crosby, Malkin had little help for much of the season, Penguins general manager Ray Shero added Chris Kunitz (18 points, 20 pts) and Bill Guerin (12 points, 17 games) prior to the trade deadline. The additions of Kunitz, Guerin has led to Sidney Crosby‚Äôs game taking off in the past month and role players such as Max Talbot, Pascal Dupuis, are nowRead More »
The Penguins dominated from the drop of the puck and routed the New Jersey Devils 6-1 Wednesday night at Mellon Arena to move within six points of the¬† Devils for first place in the Atlantic division. Sidney Crosby (30) and Chris Kunitz (23) each had a goal, assist and Marc Andre Fleury made 24 saves to move to 12-1-1 in his last 14 games. Matt Cooke (11), Bill Guerin (20), Evgeni Malkin (34) and Jordan Staal (21) also scored for the Penguins. Brian Gionta (19) was the lone goal scorer for the Devils who have now lost six straight games. Post-Game Analysis: Are the Penguins the best team in the Eastern Conference? Three weeks ago the Devils were viewed as the worst possible matchup for the Penguins in a playoff series. With the Devils in the midst of a six game losing streak, that‚Äôs not the case anymore. The DevilsRead More »
Defenseman Rob Scuderi returned to practice today after missing Monday‚Äôs practice with an illness. All-Star forward Evgeni Malkin who was excused from practice on Monday was also on the ice today as the Penguins prepare to face off against the New York Rangers on Wednesday. Crosby/Malkin to stay together?:
Updated Practice Report: As expected Tyler Kennedy practiced for the third consecutive game. Also defenseman Philippe Boucher did not practice. Boucher was a scratch yesterday. More to come This morning saw a bit of good news for the Penguins as Sergei Gonchar was skating for a conditioning workout. Gonchar been rehabbing for about five weeks now and there’s been talk for about the last couple weeks that he will probably return a few weeks prior to the trade deadline. Gonchar is not shooting pucks yet. The news on Mike Zigomanis is not good. Sources tell me