Sunday, November 30, 2008
- After returning to practice on November 21st, Ryan Whitney completed a full week of practice this week, but said his status "doesn't change on a day-to-day basis" and that it's more week-to-week. Whitney has yet to participate in full-contact drills but should be doing so soon.
"Hopefully, at the end of the road trip this week, I'll be doing everything in practice," Whitney said.
- Newly acquired defenseman Philippe Boucher was injured during last Friday's game against the Buffalo Sabres and was out of the lineup last night against the New Jersey Devils. Boucher's injury is "undisclosed" and he is listed as day-to-day. He was replaced in the line-up last night by Mark Eaton who had been a healthy scratch in five consecutive games and was paired with Alex Goligoski.
- Pascal Dupuis was a scratch in last night's game against the Devils. He was replaced by Ruslan Fedotenko who had been a healthy scratch the game before.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
- 17:59 - PITTSBURGH GOAL (EN)!!!! Sidney Crosby - HAT TRICK!!! assisted by Evgeni Malkin and Mike Zigomanis
- 1:54 - NEW JERSEY GOAL - Mike Rupp; assisted by Patrik Elias and Brian Gionta
- 11:29 - PITTSBURGH GOAL!! Sidney Crosby; assisted by Evgeni Malkin
- 7:26 - PITTSBURGH GOAL (PP)!! Petr Sykora; assisted by Sidney Crosby and Tyler Kennedy
- 1:21 - PITTSBURGH GOAL!! Sidney Crosby; assisted by Miroslav Satan and Hal Gill
PRE-GAME Notes: Sabourin will start in goal tonight against the Devils; Fedotenko is back in the lineup on the 4th line and Janne Pesonen gets his second start on the 2nd line with Malkin and Sykora.
Fedotenko returns to the lineup tonight (on the
Sabourin will start in goal tonight for the Penguins.
Fleury worked with the Penguins strength trainer on the ice today even though there wasn't an official practice. It's been reported that Fleury could return to the lineup as early as next week.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Penguins - 3, Sabres - 4
SHOTS ON GOAL: Pittsburgh - 3, Buffalo - 10
- 3:11 - BUFFALO GOAL - Drew Stafford; assisted by Thomas Vanek and Derek Roy
- 16:36 - BUFFALO GOAL - Paul Gaustad; assisted by Jason Pominville and Jochen Hecht
- 12:21 - BUFFALO GOAL (PP) - Paul Gaustad; assisted by Drew Stafford and M. Mancari
- 12:55 - PITTSBURGH GOAL!! Sidney Crosby; assisted by Evgeni Malkin
- 19:04 - PITTSBURGH GOAL!! Sidney Crosby; assisted by Evgeni Malkin
(game tied at 1)
SHOTS ON GOAL: Pittsburgh - 12, Buffalo - 11
- 10:29 - PITTSBURGH GOAL!! Tyler Kennedy; assisted by Matt Cooke and Hal Gill
- 11:25 - BUFFALO GOAL - Drew Stafford; assisted by Maxim Afinogenov and Jaroslav Spacek
Talbot is back and playing on the fourth line
Pesonen is playing on the second line with Malkin and Sykora!
Curry will start in goal tonight (first in his NHL career).
Thursday, November 27, 2008
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Penguins - 5, Islanders - 3
GODARD CREAMS CURRY DURING POST-GAME INTERVIEW WITH DAN POTASH (I'll be sure to post it as soon as it hits YouTube)!!
(Pens win 5-3)
SHOTS ON GOAL: Pittsburgh - 14, New York - 6
- 6:18 - PITTSBURGH GOAL!! Sidney Crosby; assisted by Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang
- 11:03 - PITTSBURGH GOAL!! Evgeni Malkin; assisted by Sidney Crosby and Brooks Orpik
- 11:53 - PITTSBURGH GOAL!! Evgeni Malkin; assisted by Sidney Crosby
- 19:42 - PITTSBURGH GOAL (EN)!! Evgeni Malkin - HAT TRICK; assisted by Rob Scuderi
- 9:26 - NEW YORK GOAL (PP) - Bill Guerin; assisted by Josh Bailey and Mark Streit
- 19:41 - PITTSBURGH GOAL!! Brooks Orpik; assisted by Pascal Dupuis
(Islanders lead, 2-0)
SHOTS ON GOAL: Pittsburgh - 10, Vancouver - 12
Max Talbot foot is injured by shot with a puck
- 7:45 - NEW YORK GOAL (PP) - Doug Weight; assisted by Trent Hunter and Mark Streit
- 8:55 - NEW YORK GOAL - Trent Hunter; assisted by Andy Hilbert and Josh Bailey
- 9:38 - FIGHT: Eric Godard VS Mitch Fritz
“We always get a new one at the beginning of the season,” Sabourin said. “I just got a new one now because they were late a little bit. That’s the only reason why I got it now.”
“It’s a joke in the dressing room because we’re French,” Sabourin said. “I don’t know all the stories about the French and the frog but we always joke about it. It’s good to include that on my mask.”
NOTE: these ARE NOT the frogs that are on Sabourin's mask!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Here are the new powerplay units as they were set up in practice today (and I'm kinda liking them; it's seems to be a simple solution to one big problem; almost like, "why didn't anyone think of this before?!"):
Right point: Malkin
Left point: Goligoski
Down low: Satan
Right point: Letang
Left point: Boucher
Front: Staal, Cooke, and Sykora
“One thing we’re really missing is gaining puck control,” said assistant coach Mike Yeo, who is in charge of the power play. “At the end of the day, a lot of times, it’s your battle level, your ability to protect the puck and how hard you work to support the puck. These guys (Kennedy and Cooke) are willing to get into the corners, win those battles, and give us a better chance to get puck control. Along with (Staal), they’re also willing to get in front of the net.”Although, as coach Therrien said, it's not always about the end result but the "jump" the players / team get(s) from working hard during the power-play that may make all the difference (and whether or not the opposing team takes advantage of the "boost" they could get from Penguins play that's lacking as in the Penguins previous game against the Vancouver Canucks).
“It’s not always about the result,” Therrien said. “We need momentum from the power play, and right now it’s the opposite. We’re losing all the momentum — and when you lose it, it’s tough to get it back.”
“It humbles you a lot,” Orpik said. “You’re a lot more thankful than you usually are. These are people that have a lot less than us and appreciate it a lot more than we do. It reminds you, especially at this time of year, not to take anything for granted.”This is the stuff that makes me proud to be a Pens fan because our players are not only good on the ice, they're just as good [hearted] off (a great bunch of guys)!
And we all know what that means as fans, when Coach Therrien is frustrated with something he feels his team is capable of, he tends to "call them out" on it and Saturday was no exception when they were 0 for 4 on the power-play.
"We don't have the right attitude out there," Therrien said. "It can't be tic-tac-toe all the time. There are times when you have to battle. ... Anytime there's a battle, most of the time we lose those battles.
"The penalty killers on other teams outwork our power play. It's pretty simple. That's the reason we struggle. Until they change that attitude, until they change their work ethic, it's not going to work.
"We might do a tic-tac-toe play every once in a while but, other than that, we're getting outworked by every penalty-killing [unit] in the league now, whatever team we play. If we're not working, it's not going to work."
Let's hope they find out what works soon (I'm pretty confident they will)!!
"Please, after game," he pleaded when asked to chat Thursday morning. "Bad luck."Maybe other players will start catching on and make it a new superstition of theirs as well; maybe even go further and tell all the media that it's bad luck to talk to them at all. No - that's a bad idea because then we fans wouldn't have any interviews to watch and be entertained by (that would be worse than the "undisclosed injury" drama!)!!
“He’s still day-to-day,” Therrien said. “That’s what they told me.”With the next three games being played within four nights and the possibility that Fleury may still not be well enough to be back in the lineup, there's already speculation that Therrien may need to consider playing backup John Curry in to rest Dany Sabourin.
“We’ll take it one game at a time,” Therrien said.
Monday, November 24, 2008
"We don't know right now how long Marc-Andre will be out," coach Michel Therrien said. "(Sabourin) is definitely playing really well. He's very sharp. He's square to the puck. He gives us a chance to win hockey games, and that's what you're looking for from your goaltender."
ENJOY (and thanks again, Lauren, for sharing)!!
Lauren, her sister, brother-in-law, and brother
My dad’s company insurance is through Highmark (a major sponsor of the Penguins) and his Highmark rep was the one who invited us to sit in their box!It was definitely an experience I will never forget!
Sitting in the box was surreal – I’d always dreamed of what it would be like, and it pretty much met all my expectations! At one point, Ryan Whitney walked right by our box on his way upstairs to the press box, but we were all had our attention directed towards the ice (by we, I mean my siblings and I).
One of the highlights of the day was meeting Iceburgh! I’ve been to tons of Penguins games over the years, but today was actually the first time I got to meet and get my picture with Iceburgh! I noticed a big group of kids walking toward the elevator at one point, and I immediately thought those kids had been Sid’s special guests and that Iceburgh had paid them a visit! I don’t know if that’s really the case or not, but I like to think it is!
The fight 25 seconds into the game was great!!! I hadn’t seen any good fights lately (I was still at class when the Gronk dropped the gloves a few nights ago) and this one was definitely one for the books! Too bad it cost the Cookie Monster a game misconduct L Hearing John Barbaro list off all the penalties was kind of amusing.
I was very sad that I wouldn’t get to see Fleury play, but I was slightly consoled by the fact that I was going to get the rare opportunity to see Roberto Luongo play in person – I’ve heard so much about him and the Pens don’t play them often. Unfortunately, he suffered an injury early in the game and had to be helped off the ice by his teammates.
The Highmark rep who invited us said he loved watching the game with all of us, and we would have to do this again sometime! Of course, we all agreed whole-heartedly! So, with any luck, this won’t be the last game I get to enjoy from the box!
Also, they showed a video clip that I really hope they decide to post on PensTV for everyone to enjoy. It was Dupuis, Max, and Sid sitting in the locker room and it went like this:
Max: Hi! I’m Max Talbot!
Sid: And I’m Sidney Crosby and we’d just like to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving!
Max: Don’t eat too much turkey.
Dupuis doesn’t say anything, but has this big goofy grin on his face the whole time. Sid was smiling too – a nice change from his usual serious self!