Kennedy has minor setback; Return pushed back


Winger Tyler Kennedy (groin/hip) has suffered a minor setback and his return to the lineup has been pushed back until Friday against the New York Islanders at the earliest. Kennedy has not played since Tuesday, November 3rd against Anaheim. Kennedy skated on his own Thursday at Mellon Arena for the first time since Pittsburgh’s morning skate in Los Angeles on November 5th. Kennedy joined the Penguins on Saturday for their morning skate and went through a rigorous workout on Sunday. He did not respond well enough and will be held out for at least two more games. Kennedy was hopeful to play tonight against Florida. *Defenseman Kris Letang will receive

Kennedy skates for first time since November 5th; Letang to return against MTL?


Winger Tyler Kennedy skated on Thursday for the first time since Pittsburgh’s morning skate in Los Angeles on November 5th, sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports. Kennedy has missed 10 of 11 games. Kennedy did not travel with the team on their three game road trip and skated at Mellon Arena for about 30 minutes. He is expected to skate again today. Kennedy has what is being described as a groin/hip related injury. He saw a specialist

Post-Game Notebook: Kings No. 1 line proving to be elite


Post-Game Notebook Kings No. 1 line vs Penguins No. 1 Line Being the home team and having the last change, Los Angeles Kings head coach Terry Murray took the opportunity to match his No. 1 line of Ryan Smyth – Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams against Pittsburgh’s top line of Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby and Bill Guerin. The Kings top line held their own as Kopitar netted two goals and held Sidney Crosby pointless for the third straight game. Head coach Terry Murray talked after the game how he’s looking for his top line to be elite. “We’re looking for that line to be an elite line in the game,” Kings coach Terry Murray said. “When you have that kind of expectation on you from a coaching staff, then there is a need to respond, and I’m seeing a more consistent effort that shows Kopitar wants to be thatRead More »

Kings score 4 unanswered goals in the 3rd period, upend Penguins 5-2


Anze Kopitar (13), Jarret Stoll (4) and Michal Handzus (6) scored in a span of nearly six minutes in the third period and winger Dustin Brown (5) added a late goal at 17:30 in the period as the Los Angeles over-came a 2-1 deficit to score four third period goals en route to a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday night at the Staples Center. Pittsburgh which jumped out to a 2-1 lead going into the third period on goals from Jordan Staal (4) and Chris Kunitz (3) had a number of defensive breakdowns in the third period to suffer their first road loss (7-1) of the season. The Penguins were without key members Sergei Gonchar (wrist) and Evgeni Malkin (Right shoulder strained) but were also missing right winger Tyler Kennedy (groin) who was a surprise scratch after participating in the morning skate. Kennedy remains bothered by a groinRead More »



By MARK MADDEN Sidney Crosby has just seven assists in 15 games. I don’t blame him. You got no help, you get no helpers. I blame the stagnant power play more than lack of 5-on-5 production from Sid’s wings. It’s a minor concern right now because Sid is playing great, the Penguins are 12-3 and if the latter continues, the former will manifest itself on the stat sheet. Then again, B traditionally follows A. I used to suggest trading Jordan Staal for a scoring winger. Lately, I haven’t, The three-center model won a Stanley Cup. But just because it worked last year doesn’t mean it will work again this year, or that it will ever work again. The situation is liquid. For right now, answers must come from within. Not from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: Eric Tangradi or Luca Caputi (or both) could be summoned in January, but not before. So, how doRead More »

Kennedy expected to play against Anaheim


Evgeni Malkin traveled with the Penguins to Anaheim but he’s not going to play during the three game West Coast swing. Malkin skated today but didn’t participate in contact drills. *After missing the past three games, Tyler Kennedy (lower body injury) will play against Anaheim. Where Kennedy fits in the lineup remains to be seen. From what I was told Jordan Staal centered the second line in practice while Kennedy skated on a line with

Penguins improve to 6-0 on the road; beat Blue Jackets 4-3 in SO


Pittsburgh 4 – Columbus 3 Through 13 games, the Pittsburgh Penguins continue to find ways to win in any fashion. Tonight it was erasing a two-goal deficit with less than three minutes remaining in regulation. Down 3-1 late in the third period, Ruslan Fedotenko and Alex Goligoski scored in a 39-second span to tie the game at 3-3 and force over-time. After a scoreless shootout, backup goaltender Brent Johnson went 3-for-3 in the shootout and Sidney Crosby scored the only goal as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 Friday night at the Nationwide Arena. Pittsburgh improved to 11-2 on the season and 6-0 on the road. Crosby led the way for the Penguins with two assists and scoring the shootout winner which was a fluky goal that eluded goaltender Steve Mason.

Kennedy out for tonight’s game


Montreal Canadiens (6-5-0) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (9-2-0) The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without a key member of their team tonight against the Montreal Canadiens. Right winger Tyler Kennedy is out for tonights game. Kennedy has been slowed this week with an undisclosed injury. He missed practice on Monday but did practice on Tuesday. Kennedy is second on the team with 5 goals. Pascal Dupuis (flu) will play tonight and skate on the 4th line with Michael Rupp and Eric Godard.

Penguins win 6th straight but lose Gonchar with a broken wrist


Gonchar injured in 5-1 win It was just another day of work for the defending Stanley Cup Champions Tuesday night. The St. Louis Blues didn’t come ready to play as Pittsburgh outshot the Blues 20-3 in the first period and jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Tyler Kennedy (5) and Evgeni Malkin (4). The game was over after the first period and Pittsburgh had another total team effort. Evgeni Malkin had a goal and Sidney Crosby added an assist while 13 of 18 skaters recorded points in a 5-1 victory over the St Louis Blues. Matt Cooke, the games number one star had a goal and an assist. Ruslan Fedotenko (3) and Alex Goligoski (2) also scored for Pittsburgh. Marc Andre Fleury (8-0) made 22 saves as the Penguins improved to 8-1 on the season. The Penguins have 16 points through their first nine games which tiesRead More »

Kennedy, Fleury lead Penguins to 4-1 victory


Penguins improve to 5-1 on the season Marc Andre Fleury made 30 saves and Tyler Kennedy added two goals as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-1 Monday night at Scotiabank Place. Fleury off to his best start of his career is now a perfect a 5-0 on the season as the Penguins kept pace with the New York Rangers in the Atlantic division to improve to 5-1 on the year. Bill Guerin (2) and Jordan Staal (3) also scored for Pittsburgh who are 3-0 on a four game road trip that ends Wednesday night in Carolina. Pittsburgh got a few bounces that went their way but for the second consecutive game, Pittsburgh played a complete game. They were the more aggressive team, won key battles and outworked the Senators. The role players for Pittsburgh came up big as Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby were held pointless. Pittsburgh isRead More »