Final: Penguins 6 – Canadiens 0 — Sidney Crosby scored his first of the season, 3:36 into the game and Pittsburgh never looked back in cruising to a 6-0 win over the hapless Montreal Canadiens. TOP PERFORMERS *Teddy Blueger 2 Goals, Assist *Jake Guentzel Goal, Assist *Sidney Crosby Goal, 61 FO% *Bryan Rust 2 Assists *Tristan Jarry 24 Saves, 1.000 SV% OTHER NOTABLES *Danton Heinen Goal, 4 SOG *Brock McGinn Goal *Zach Aston-Reese 2 Assists *John Marino 2 Assists NEXT UP 11/20 7PM: Penguins 6-6-4, 16 pts @ Maple Leafs 12-5-1, 25 pts
Latest Pens Buzz *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions TIOPS HEADLINES Rival Teams bracing for Letang to be in play? Sale Talks impacted negotiations with key Penguins’ Reps believe A Lost Season for 71? Execs wonder if Malkin will make it past the Olympics? Penguins moving on from DeSmith? Even prior to the Penguins pending sale news getting out, there’s been emerging chatter in league circles for a few weeks now that the Kris Letang camp believes more so than ever that Letang will be playing elsewhere next season and that teams have viewed Letang MORE BUZZ — One high ranking source directly involved in contract talks with Penguins GM Ron Hextall described talks for the past couple months as “extremely strange” but the breaking news this week of the Penguins pending sale now adds up. Sources say something changed on Hextall’s end where in late July Hextall initially went from ‘we wantRead More »
Penguins on Track to be Sold for Around $870 Million The Pittsburgh Penguins are being sold to the Fenway Sports Group in a sale that is expected to come in around a staggering $870 million dollars. Whether it was now or 3-4 years down the road, majority owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux have been eyeing the opportunity to cash in on the franchise that the Lemieux group bought in 1999, saving the franchise out of bankruptcy. This day was always coming. Lemieux and Co aggressively tried to sale the club back in 2015, but interference of the NHL seeking a price tag of $750-$775 million hamstrung ownerships desire to initially sale the club in the $600 million range six years ago as the group was prepared to take a deal around $640 million at the time where Mario Lemieux would have been out as owner. A couple of back-to-backRead More »
Sullivan the perfect coach In Place for the Penguins Transition Period? As noted before, Ron Hextall was hired for the fact that Penguin ownership desired a change in philosophy in the style of a General Manager in how to toe the line of remining a contender in the present, while planning and transitioning to maintain a competitive team on a year by year basis as the likes of Sidney Crosby and others age. Hence, avoid a Los Angeles, Detroit and Chicago type rebuild. Mike Sullivan sure showed last season and is again this season five games in that he might be the perfect coach of playing the game of trying to win now, while having the coach and system in place to remain competitive in the years to come when the Penguins won’t be a realistic Cup contender. Pittsburgh’s 3-0-2 start has been a coaching master piece and going backRead More »
Penguins – Blackhawks Takeaways — Scoring 15 seconds into the game, the Pittsburgh Penguins (2-0-1, 5 pts) never took the foot off the gas in cruising to a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks (0-2-1, on Saturday night — Teddy Blueger – Goal (2), 18:45 TOI Brock McGinn, Goal (1), Assist Drew O’Connor, Goal (1), Assist Danton Heinen, Goal (3), 1 SOG Jason Zucker, Goal (1, SHG), 4 SOG) Top Storyline: The Fleury/Blackhawks marriage is off to a rocky start. With a ton of talk about Fleury calling it quits after the season when his contract expires, he might be ready to call it quits by January with the way this might go. Fleury was atrocious in the loss, a nightmarish performance for him in allowing 4 goals on 10 shots in just 11:25 of action. Fleury just never looked right and didn’t give his club a chance on thisRead More »
Marc Andre Fleury’s return to Pittsburgh didn’t just not go well, it was a downright disaster for the 2021 Vezina Trophy Winner. Pittsburgh scored 15 seconds into the game and the route was on as Fleury was pulled 11:25 into the first period after allowing 4 goals on 10 shots. Fleury is 0-2-0 with a 7.06 GAA and .826 SV% in his first two starts with the Blackhawks.
Latest Pens Buzz Not An Overreaction Entering the season undermanned and coming out of Florida with three of four points was a testament of how the coaching staff almost always has this team ready to play. Time will tell but the ship Sullivan runs has the Penguins primed to be a regular season team again in how they’ll often be a tough out no matter who’s in the lineup and they just know how to get points. Built for the regular season but not the playoffs? Long way to go but I’d take that bet again. The opener Tampa Bay treated the game like game 1 of the preseason and Lightning coach Jon Cooper wax right in his assessment that Pittsburgh’s “farm” team probably would have beaten the Lightning that much. Few should read a ton into that game except that one team was ready to play and the moreRead More »
LATEST PENS BUZZ *Center Brian Boyle and the Penguins have reached an agreement on a one year contract that will be filed with the NHL registry on Tuesday, per a source involved in the negotiations. Boyle, 36, was in camp on a PTO and did not play in the NHL last season. *Positive practice developments for the Penguins as Sidney Crosby, Zach Aston-Reese and Jake Guentzel are all practicing fully with the team today. Pittsburgh departs for Tampa Bay this afternoon as the NHL season gets underway Tuesday night between Penguins – Lightning.