Penguins face an enormous challenge in game 4/ Datsyuk out

 

Detroit leads series, 2-1 updated: 7:56 p.m. – Pavel Datsyuk participated in the pregame skate but will not play tonight. From Earlier ***Game 4 a must win for the Penguins*** Morning Buzz — Pittsburgh has taking the ice as the team begins their morning preparations for game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The focus around the room is that this game is a elimination game for the Penguins.   Of the 44 teams who have got out to a 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Finals, 41 of those teams have gone on to win the Stanley Cup. Pittsburgh knows how important this game is. “We know how big this Game 4 is now,” Penguins winger Max Talbot said. * A hot topic right now heading into game 4 is special teams. The league has told officials to call the games closer after what went on in gamesRead More »

Gonchar nets game winner; Penguins beat Red Wings 4-2

 

Detroit leads series, 2-1 Sergei Gonchar (3) scored mid way through the third period to break a 2-2 tie and Max Talbot (6) added two goals including an empty net goal as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 Tuesday night at Mellon Arena to cut the Red Wings series lead in half, (2-1). In a must win situation, Pittsburgh was led by NHL scoring champion Evgeni Malkin Tuesday night who added three assists to record his 11th multi-point game in the playoffs and push his playoff points total to 33.

Canes face must-win situation as Penguins look to take 3-0 series lead

 

Pittsburgh leads series, 2-0 The Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins are going through their early preparations as both teams prepare for game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals Saturday night. The Penguins accomplished what they wanted to in game 2, setting the tempo and playing aggressive in the offensive zone. Pittsburgh managed 42 shots on goal and dictated the play by countering the Hurricanes aggressive forecheck with a quick moving transition game. Canes look to shutdown Crosby, Malkin A major concern for the Hurricanes is finding a way to slow down Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The Hurricanes do not have the personnel to shutdown Crosby, Malkin and look for them to make some adjustments on defense such as trying to clog the middle, being aggressive at the blueline and forcing the Penguins superstars to the outside. The Canes have talked about how they are giving Crosby, Malkin too muchRead More »

Secondary scoring prevails Penguins to third straight win

 

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 »

Malkin wins 1st NHL scoring title; Penguins win regular season finale

 

Pittsburgh 3 – Montreal 1 Saturday night was a night of celebration for the Penguins as the team won their season finale 3-1 against the Montreal Canadiens and remain in the hunt for the #4 seed in the Eastern Conference. Max Talbot and Kris Letang added shorthanded goals and Marc Andre Fleury made 29 saves to record his 35th win of the season. Evgeni Malkin (35) also scored for the Penguins who outshot the Canadiens 41-30. With a Carolina loss Saturday afternoon, the Penguins (99 pts) will finish no worst than 5th in the Eastern Conference and will face their cross-state rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers (99 pts) ¬†in the first round. A Flyers regulation loss to the Rangers Sunday afternoon gives the Penguins home-ice in the first round. Top Story The top story of the night was Evgeni Malkin (35 goals ‚Äì 78 assists ‚Äì 113 pts) winning his firstRead More »

The Latest Penguins Buzz

 

Updated: 12:00 p.m. – Miroslav Satan was not claimed on re-entry waivers and has joined the team. Satan is traveling with the team to Montreal. Organization eyes Kennedy as a top 6 forward in 09? The Penguins are encouraged by the how right winger Tyler Kennedy has progressed from year 1 to year 2. Kennedy notched his 15th goal of the season Thursday night and has elevated his play over the past 5 weeks. Kennedy will be under consideration of making the jump as a top 6 forward prior to training camp. There are mixed opinions in the organization about whether Kennedy can be a consistent top 6 forward in this league but he is only 22 years old and as a third option on a 2nd line, some see him flourishing. Kennedy has a cap hit under $850,000 for the next two seasons. Future Plans for top prospect EricRead More »

The Latest Penguins Buzz

 

The Penguins have four out of their final six games on the road as the team finishes their regular season schedule. On Wednesday, the Penguins faceoff against the New Jersey Devils (47-24-4, 98 pts) in a potential first round matchup. The Devils lead the season series 3-2. Great players elevate their games at this time of the year and Sidney Crosby did just that in the third period of Saturday afternoon‚Äôs game against New York, scoring the game winning goal and extending his point streak to 15 games. Ruslan Fedotenko is currently in a third line role right now which is where he belongs. He appears much more comfortable against Calgary which was the first game he played with Jordan Staal and Tyler Kennedy and against the Rangers he had a three point night, ending a 15 game scoreless streak. Inconsistency has plagued Fedotenko all season and Fedotenko will haveRead More »

Wednesday’s Practice update

 

No shakeup on the lines in Dan Bylsma’s first practice today which began around 11:35 a.m. Don‚Äôt look for the Penguins to name a permanent coach in Wilkes Barre/Scranton this season. They are expected to leave the position open possibly for Bylsma or Mike Yeo after the season. The Lines in practice were Dupuis – Crosby – Fedotenko Satan – Malkin – Sykora Cooke – Staal – Kennedy Thomas/Minard – Talbot – Godard Any notion that Bylsma was going to move Minard up to one of the top three lines won’t be the case for tomorrow when the Penguins host the Montreal Canadiens. Minard skating with the fourth line again actually caught some people by surprise today. Bylsma who was a coach for the Islanders when Miroslav Satan scored 35 goals in the 2005-2006 season, has indicated if Satan is in the lineup, he will be on one of theRead More »

The Latest “Chatter”

 

The Race for the Playoffs Eastern Conference 6-10 6. New York Rangers | 54 GP | 63 PTS | 7. Buffalo Sabres | 54 GP | 62 PTS | 8. Florida Panthers | 53 GP | 60 PTS | 9. Carolina Hurricanes | 54 GP | 59 PTS | 10. Pittsburgh Penguins | 53 GP | 57 PTS | The Florida Panthers have won five out of seven and beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4¬†in overtime Tuesday night to jump ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes and move into eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 60 pts. They’re a team that won‚Äôt be going away. The Penguins meet the Panthers three more times this season. The Panthers currently have two games in hand on the Penguins Players Association eyes return to ESPN Has anyone noticed how much more Hockey coverage ESPN has now compared to last year. In recent weeksRead More »