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 »

Senators should be more worried about avoiding Penguins in first round than going after Matt Cooke


MORNING PENS BUZZ Photo: Ottawa Sun The buzz surrounding tonight’s Penguins – Senators game is all about Matt Cooke. The Ottawa media has made it a huge storyline as the Ottawa Sun has Cooke on their front page with the headline “COOKED PENGUIN ON THE MENU”. Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has made his hatred known for Cooke as he believes Cooke cut Erik Karlsson’s leg on purpose. In late March, Melnyk hired forensic experts to analyze the injury and video to determine if the slice was intentional. Ottawa fans are prepared to make their presence felt calling tonight’s game “Matt Cooke Hate Fest”. Could the Penguins put a wrench in Ottawa’s plan by not playing Cooke tonight? Possible and if they were to make Cooke a healthy scratch, the Canadian media will be talking about that for weeks. For the Senators, though, the focus should be on trying to avoid theRead More »

Morning Pens Buzz: On Cooke, Crosby, Tangradi, Vitale, Third Line & Penguin League Ranks


MORNING PENGUINS BUZZ — The NHL informed the Penguins this morning that there will be no discipline or hearing for Matt Cooke. The Senators were pushing hard for the league to take action but the league told both teams they felt there was no intent. The only argument on Cooke you could make is that he was careless with his skate but it was really just a play that went bad. — Many ask what went wrong with Eric Tangradi as he never developed into an impact NHL player with the Penguins. Well expectations were too high from the get go for Tangradi and he was arguably drafted higher than he probably should have been by the Anaheim Ducks. Tangradi entered the 2007 draft as the 93rd ranked North American Skater by central scouting and regarded by many draft evaluators as a 4th round prospect, although players ranked 60-100 isRead More »

Senators – Penguins Post Game Reactions & Analysis on Special Teams & Cooke fallout


SENATORS – PENGUINS ANALYSIS Paul Martin running the power play continues to be a huge difference for the Penguins who have scored a power play goal in six straight games. Martin has become a calming presence and the Penguins puck movement from the triangle on the sides and into the slot to break down the penalty kill has been the difference in the past handful of games with Martin running the point. “{Paul’s} poised back there, finds open man,” Sidney Crosby said. He keeps it pretty simple.” James Neal’s power play goal at 13:47 of the second period from 32 ft out was text book Neal who found open space in slot and beat Anderson with time and space. Given Neal that type of time and space from that spot, he’s going to score seven out of ten times. “He’s {James Neal} got a great shot,” Crosby said.” Tough toRead More »

Game Day Buzz: Need for left handed defenseman gives Despres advantage to stay in lineup


GAME DAY BUZZ OTTAWA SENATORS (7-4-2, 16 PTS) @ PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (8-5-0, 16 PTS) The emergence of Robert Bortuzzo isn’t going to push Simon Despres out of the lineup for when Kris Letang and Matt Niskanen return to the lineup, which could happen for both tonight vs the Ottawa Senators. Letang and Niskanen who seemed to be under orders not to say whether they will be in the lineup tonight, both indicated after the morning skate that they are a “coaches decision”. “Felt pretty good,” Letang said. “Ready to go”. Expectations are Letang will be in the lineup tonight and Niskanen sounded a lot more optimistic about playing tonight than he seemed after yesterday’s practice, saying today was a “really good day.” Both were to be evaluated after the morning skate. Niskanen left the ice with the regulars, while Letang stayed on later to get some more work in. IfRead More »

Pens – Senators Pre Game Buzz: On race for No. 1 & No. 8 seed; Lovejoy in; Thiessen vs Bishop tonight


Pittsburgh Penguins (46-21-6, 98 pts) @ Ottawa Senators (37-28-10, 84 pts) No. 1 seed in Reach Tonight The New York Rangers (46-21-7, 99 pts) have picked the worst time to go through a slump, losing 4-1 last night to the Buffalo Sabres on home ice, setting up a situation tonight where they could fall out of first place for the first time in months. [instory] The Penguins one point behind the Rangers for the East lead, and three back of league-leading St. Louis for the league lead in points, could move into first place with a win tonight and Rangers loss. Following a 4-3, seven game home stand, the Rangers face the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto tonight, and the Penguins have a game in hand. New York is a team that hasn’t been in this position before. They’ve often been scrambling for the 8th or 7th seed, and theRead More »

Game Day Buzz: Despres recalled; On Neal’s Bone Bruise; Accountability; Surging Sens; Johnson on decline?


GAME DAY BUZZ DESPRES RECALLED Updated: 4:45 p.m. – Simon Despres, the Penguins 1st round pick in 2009, has been recalled for tonight’s game, the team announced. Defenseman Paul Martin is dealing with an illness and unlikely to play. He hasn’t skated in two days. Despres, 20, played in 13 games with the Penguins during his first stint earlier this season. He made his debut against the Capitals on Dec 1 and performed very well in his final handful of games, collecting a goal, three assists and four points. Despres posted a plus-4 rating and saw top-4 minutes at times, averaging 15:27 minutes per game. Despres was named to the AHL All-Star team last week. Lineup News: The Penguins used the following top-4 lines in their morning skate: Kunitz – Malkin – Neal Tangradi – Dupuis – Kennedy Sullivan – Park – Cooke Asham – Vitale – Adams Extras: MacIntyre,Read More »

Latest NHL Buzz: Waiver Wire; Leafs/MacArthur Contract Talks


Around the NHL — In about 5 minutes (12:00 p.m.), it will become known if any teams put in a claim for wingers Nikolay Zherdev and Marek Svatos. The sense is someone might take a chance on Zherdev who has 15 goals on the season. Pittsburgh will not put a claim on Zherdev and they are not expected to put a claim on Svatos. There appears to be no chance the Penguins would ever consider bringing Zherdev into their locker room. As for Svatos, he has never been a player that has interested the Penguins. As I mentioned several times over the summer, Svatos agent Rich Evans aggressively tried to get Pittsburgh interested in bringing Svatos on board but Pittsburgh never showed an interest. It would be a surprise if they did now. — GM’s around the league are keeping a close eye on Clark MacArthur in Toronto. Negotiations betweenRead More »

Busy day of moves as Boston lands Kaberle and Wheeler is shipped off to Atlanta


A busy day of moves in the National Hockey League and it’s not even 2:00 p.m. as Tomas Kaberle has been officially traded to the Boston Bruins. The Bruins landed their coveted puck moving defenseman and the Maple Leafs will receive prospect Joe Colborne, the Bruins’ first round pick in 2011 and a conditional 2nd round draft pick in 2012, if Kaberle resigns in Boston which is a strong possibility or if the Bruins reach the Stanley Cup Final. Toronto has acquired two first round picks for the 2011 draft, in a matter of days. To make room for Kaberle, the Bruins as expected shipped off Blake Wheeler and defenseman Mark Stuart. Wheeler and Stuart have been dealt to Atlanta in exchange for Rich Peverley and defenceman Boris Valabik. Wheeler has 11 goals and 15 assists with a plus-8 rating through 58 games. He was coveted by several teams. AtlantaRead More »