Saturday, January 31, 2009
Garon will get his first start as a Penguins goalie tonight against the Maple Leafs. I am really anxious to see him play tonight; I have a good feeling about him!
There was an optional skate this morning with only 11 players participating, so lines could not be determined.
Philippe Boucher will be a healthy scratch and Gill will be back in the lineup after not playing last night.
Cooke returns tonight from his two-game suspension.
Goligoski will be back in the lineup tonight, but will be playing in the capacity of a fourth line wing in place of Bissionnette; this will give the Penguins 13 forwards and the other healthy scratch will be a game-time decision.
In net tonight: Vesa Toskala
The Canadian Press
Former Maple Leaf teammates applaud Gilmour ahead of jersey ceremony (01/31/2009)
Toronto Maple Leafs official webpage
Penguins-Maple Leafs Preview (01/31/2009)
RECAP: Devils 4, Penguins 3, OT (01/30/2009)
Devils tie it in final minute, win in overtime against the Penguins, 4-3 (01/30/2009)
The New York Times
Langenbrunner Lifts Devils to Another Win (01/30/2009)
Friday, January 30, 2009
Minard - Staal - Sykora
Kennedy - Talbot - Satan
Godard - Thomas - Bissionnette
Scuderi - Whitney
Eaton - Letang
Orpik - Boucher
IN GOAL FOR PENGUINS
Orpik practiced yesterday and told reporters that he is ready to play tonight "if Therrien opts to use him." He missed the past three games due to a groin injury.
In net tonight: Scott Clemmensen
New Jersey Devils official webpage
Preview: Devils vs. Penguins (01/29/2009)
High-flying New Jersey Devils ready to face Pittsburgh Penguins (01/29/2009)
TSN.com columnist Darren Dreger discusses 10 players to watch come trade deadline that appear "to be in the mix."
Those involving Pittsburgh Penguins, are the following:
- Colby Armstrong (Atlanta Thrashers) - according to Dreger, Pittsburgh "would like to see him reunited" with Crosby.
- Ryan Whitney (Pittsburgh Penguins) -"Pens GM Ray Shero may use Whitney to lure a top line forward for a late-season charge."
- Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay Lightning) - TFP says it's been widely reported that the Penguins have interest in St. Louis.
- Milan Hejduk (Colorado Avalanche) - another player TFP reports the Penguins may be "eyeing."
Thanks to LGP.com user "sergei," you can read a translation that makes more sense!!
SE:What can you say about a regular game after the All-Star game?
Malkin: It very hard. I have made a ton of mistakes but we need to get into a habitual rhythm.
SE:For two periods you looked very convincingly. You were pulling the team on your shoulders.
Malkin: I don't think that I was pulling anybody. On the contrary, I have made several gross mistakes. This is why I am not satisfied with my play.
SE:Is this connected with using up too many emotions in Montreal?
Malkin: Might be. Everybody was relaxed there, the game was slow-tempo plus a few days off. I lost the thread of the game a bit.
SE: But today you earned two points.
Malkin:Points don't matter. One must demonstrate a decent game.
SE: Why did the Rangers disintegrate in the third period?
Malkin: The team played Carolina the day before, so it was tough on them. We, on the contrary, were well rested and retained more energy. This is why we scored all those goals in the third.
SE: How did you like Zherdev's game?
Malkin:He plays very well! That's who is pulling his team. Great hands and shot. He has it all!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
RECAP: Rangers keep first on hold, fall 6-2 in Pittsburgh (01/28/2009)
The New York Rangers Blog
Penguins 6, Rangers 2 (01/28/2009)
Penguins' five goals in third period down Rangers (01/28/2009)
Sykora, Letang score 2 each, Pens top Rangers 6-2 (01/28/2009)
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Fleury will start in goal tonight for the Penguins.
Due to Cooke's 2-game suspension, the Penguins called up Chris Minard.
The Penguins recently announced that Crosby will play tonight.
Crosby's status for tonight's game is really unknown; however, he told reporters yesterday that he's optimistic he'll be able to return to the lineup for tonight's game against the NY Rangers and that there's no "lingering effects" from practicing on Monday.
Honestly, I don't see what the problem is here - he played the last two game before the all-star break (with TOI 25:55 and 20:23, respectively), Shero told him not to play in the ASG yet followed Bettman's rules and made an appearance (so everyone should be happy). Why can't / shouldn't he play tonight? I seriously don't see what the big deal is here.
Both Talbot and Dupuis will return to the lineup tonight.
"It's good news for our club," head coach Michel Therrien said. "We're finally getting healthy. We need to be healthy for the (playoff) push. It's a good start having Talbot and Dupuis back in the lineup."
"Everything feels great right now," Dupuis said. "We'll see (Wednesday) if I'm in (the lineup) but right now I was on a line. So that's a good sign."
Scuderi missed practice on Monday because he wasn't feeling well, but returned to practice yesterday. He said that he'll be good enough to be in the lineup tonight and Coach Therrien said it would be up to Scuderi.
"That's going to up to him," Therrien said. "We'll see how he feels (Wednesday). He hasn't been on the ice for a long time and missed practice (Monday). Obviously, he looked pretty good today. We'll see his energy level and if he's fine, he'll play."BROOKS ORPIK
Yesterday was the second time Orpik skated before practice with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar. He will definitely not play in tonight's game and is still listed as day-to-day, but his goal is to return on Friday against the NJ Devils.
New York Rangers webpage
Game Notes: Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins (01/28/2009)
New York Rangers blog
Crosby Likely to Return Tonight (01/28/2009)
Rangers-Penguins Preview (01/28/2009)
Rangers notebook: Fritsche on waived (01/28/2009)
New York Post
Rangers Seek Flexibility (01/27/2009)
So I did a little searching online and came up with the article in the Boston Globe (boston.com).
"Teen goalie designs pads to trick shots"
Trevor Leahy, goalie for Pingree High School in South Hamilton, MA, created and patented the design for his pads. The design -- that resembling goal netting (white with raised double-stitch).
Since he started using the pads, blocker, and trapper with this design, he's recorded two shutouts and two of his teammates who happen to be top scorers say "the illusion is particularly effective when there's a scramble in front of the net and they need to shoot quickly," but that the illusion isn't as effective the farther away you are from the net.
"When you're in close and you don't have a lot of time to think, it does catch your eye, and you do shoot toward it sometimes," said Matt MacDonald, a cocaptain from Byfield.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
The NHL has announced that Matt Cooke has been suspended for two games, without pay. The suspension comes as a result of Cooke hitting Carolina's Scott Walker in the head during the game on January 20th.
During the first period of that game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Cooke was given a minor penalty for interference. Walker left the game and did not return.
- Talbot was in Miami over the break to "take a little tan and lay on the beach" and said it was nice to relax and recharge the batteries.
- Max confirmed that Malkin and Ovechkin really did patch things up.
- when asked about the need for movement to make the playoffs (trading players), he said that they need to take one game at a time and feels they've been playing better each game; he doesn't feel that a move needs made especially when they have a good chemistry. Also mentioned that players may think "the grass is greener," but that it's good to play for the Penguins and mentioned Colby Armstrong in Atlanta where the team is struggling and it's not that good of a market for hockey.
It would seem that Ilya Kovalchuk is a lover; not a fighter. Yes, it's sneaky and I feel violated - ok, maybe I'm overexaggerating, but you still have to admit that it was a pretty calculated move on Kovalchuk's part. It was his idea for all of the Russian antics between Malkin and Ovechkin throughout the entire weekend! And now I feel dupped (I KNEW this whole situation wasn't geniune - well, at least on Ovechkin's part anyway; I think Malkin is as sincere as they come!)!
According to the Washington Capitals blog, Capitals Insider, it was Kovalchuk's idea that he masterfully executed from beginning to end.
Friday night, during the dinner with other fellow All Stars, Kovalchuk got the two of them together and proposed to finalize the peace talks (which began earlier that day with the handshaking incident) and make it all official. "He poured it for us", said Malkin after the Super Skills last night, talking about a Russian peacemaking ritual, the deep-hidden essence of which you can easily guess.And with how hungry Ovechkin is to be the center of attention, do you really think he thought up using Malkin to hand him his props and squirt the Gatorade in his mouth? NO! It was all part of Kovalchuk's plan!
"Yes, he poured us some water," added Ovechkin, just to clarify the deep-hidden essence of the Russian peacemaking ritual for those of us that are slower on the uptake.
Of course, it was also Kovalchuk's idea to let Malkin dress Alex (and give him a squirt of Gatorade) during the final Breakaway Challenge. Alex wanted to take the props out himself, but Ilya convinced him to use Malkin, thus putting the final touch on his peacemaking efforts.So what's in it for Kovalchuk? I didn't have to search too far for the answer because it was also included in the article posted by Capitals Insider.
Between his gold-medal goal at the World Championships last year and his mediation of the Ovie-Malkin dispute with the Olympics looming ahead, Kovy [Kovalchuk] is on the fast track to becoming Russia's favorite son right about now.Interesting!
And this just solidifies the fact for me that Ovechkin is a bigger ass than ever (whether he agreed to the truce or not).
Monday, January 26, 2009
- Crosby participated in the practice today, but whether or not he'll be in the lineup on Wednesday against the NY Rangers
"I'll have to see (Tuesday)," Crosby said. "I still feel it a bit. We'll see if it continues to get better or if it goes backwards."
- As expected, Coach Therrien confirmed that both Talbot and Dupuis will return to the lineup and play on Wednesday.
- Brooks Orpik and Rob Scuderi were the only players who did not participate in practice today. Scuderi was not there due to illness and not injury; and Orpik will not be playing on Wednesday, but he's getting closer and can be considered day-to-day.
- Fedotenko was cleared today for rehab on his hand and he skated for the first time (minus a hockey stick)
- Gonchar has started taking slap shots over the past few days at practice now; he hasn't been able to do that until recently due to his shoulder's sensitivity
“My doctors told me that I have to work into it,” he said. “I’m shooting more in practice. It’s a little sore after that but that’s the way it should be. That’s normal. I’m working on it. I’m working hard on the ice, off the ice, slap shots, everything. We’re trying to make sure my shoulder is ready for that.”
They get back to work today with a scheduled practice set for 2:00 PM.
Dupuis was taken off IR last week and according to the team roster on the Penguins webpage, Talbot has also been taken off IR (with his goal being playing on Wednesday). TIOPS is reporting they will both return to the lineup on Wednesday against the NY Rangers and that Dustin Jeffrey will once again get a call-up.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Yesterday, Malkin won in Accuracy Shooting in the Skills Competition.
During the first round, Malkin was initially credited with getting 4 hits in 5 shots; however, he actually hit all four targets on his first try (he just narrowly sliced one of the targets) and they eventually credited him 4 hits in 4 shots; he beat out Dany Heatley of the Ottawa Senators in the second round after hitting 3 hits in 4 shots when Heatley only hit 2 of the targets; the only other players that were just as skilled as Malkin with 4 hits in 4 shots are Ray Bourque (1992, 1993), Mark Messier (1996), and Jeremy Roenick (2004).
Curious to hear what Malkin had to say? CLICK HERE for a post-competition interview!
- Four destructible styrofoam targets 15 inches in diameter are attached to the goal posts, one target in each corner.
- Two players, one on each side of the goal, alternately pass four pucks each to a shooter positioned 25 feet out from the goal line.
- The shooter has a maximum of eighteen seconds to shoot up to eight pucks in an attempt to hit each of the four targets.
- Any contact of a target by a puck that is shot is scored as a hit.
- Multiple hits on the same target do not increase the shooter’s score. Passes that are not received by the shooter qualify as attempts.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Some other interesting videos from media day are of former Penguins player Alexei Kovalev and coverage of the media day event by Paul Steigerwald.
Malkin, buddy - WTF?!! This guy head-hunts you on the ice and you're going to stand there and shake the smug bastard's hand? I'm all for maturity, but this kid needs punched in the face - just once (and then you can consider shaking his hand)!!
But you, my friend, ARE the bigger man (and the better player!) - I'll give you that!!
This from the Penguins webpage:
“We’re friends,” Malkin said. “We spoke earlier before the media. It’s not bad. It’s not a problem.”
Alex Ovechkin grinned when asked about the supposed feud.
“It’s always the same questions,” Ovechkin said. “We shook hands. We’re good. (The dispute is) made up by the media.”
In a quest for a détente, the two All-Stars posed for a photo during the NHL’s media availability Friday afternoon and even discussed plans for later that evening.
“He asked, ‘What you doing tonight?” Malkin explained to a few curious media members. “I said, ‘Nothing.’ He said, ‘Maybe we can go out tonight.’ I said, ‘Maybe, why not?’ We spoke, all the Russian guys, (Ilya) Kovalchuk and (Alex) Kovalev. We talked before about maybe going out.”
When Ovechkin was asked about going out with his fellow countrymen, the Capitals winger quipped:
“I don’t know about Malkin.”
“No, we’re good,” he then clarified
Hopefully, the players leave their agents at home this time.
“Agent in Moscow,” Malkin grinned.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Friday, Jan 23rd
12:00 - 2:00 PM: NHL Live - from Montreal
5:00 - 7:00 PM: Live from the 2009 NHL All-Star Game: Meet the Players
Saturday, Jan 24th
10 AM - 12:00 PM: Live from the 2009 NHL All-Star Game: Practice Coverage
4:00 - 5:30 PM: Live from the 2009 NHL All-Star Game: Red Carpet Show
9:00 - 10:00 PM: Live from the 2009 NHL All-Star Game: Post Skills Show
Sunday, Jan 25th
4:00 - 5:30 PM: Live from the 2009 NHL All-Star Game: All-Access Pre-Game Show
9:00 - 10:00 PM: Live from the 2009 NHL All-Star Game: Post-Game Show
FOR A FULL LIST OF EVENTS, SPECIAL BROADCASTS AND GAMETIMES, CLICK HERE (US); and HERE (CANADA).
To view the special Jumbotron "announcement" of Jacob's signing, visit PensTV!!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Just yesterday, Sidney Crosby was going against doctors advice and planning to play / participate in this weekend's All-Star skills competition and game.
Today is a different story.
The NHL released a statement advising that Crosby will not play in the All-Star game in Montreal this Sunday. He will be replaced by Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
It's a little less than 2 minutes, but it's a great way to see how far it's come since they started (in a month even)!! There's a point in the video where the Director of Icon Venue Group points out center ice which is really COOL when you think about it (everything else is built around that point of the site)!!
Consol Energy Arena Update Video
They talked about alot of different things - mostly smalltalk (not much about the team and their losing).
I found it interesting that Talbot played football for three years when he was younger (American-rules football). He was a running back and linebacker. There was a point at which he had to choose between hockey and football.
He and alot of Penguins went to the Steelers AFC championship game on Sunday. They cheered openly and Talbot said he had a great time and is truly a fan.
It was Talbot's idea for Fleury to skate out in the retro, throwback Steelers helmet and Terrible Towel. The helmet is Dana Heinze's that he keeps in his office. He's a HUGE Steelers fan.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Fleury, the game's No. 1 star, skated onto the ice following the game waving a "terrible towel" and wearing a yellow Steelers helmet.
When asked of his towel-waving skills, Fleury said,
Goalie Patrick Lalime sets NHL mark for wins at the beginning of an NHL career at 16 (14-0-2) vs. Calgary in a 4-2 win.
January 21, 1990
Civic Arena plays host to the NHL All-Star game as Mario Lemieux scores four goals on his way to his third MVP award.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
[UPDATE] PASCAL DUPUIS
The Penguins webpage has announced that Dupuis will not return to the lineup tonight against the Caroline Hurricanes.
“No, I won’t be playing (Tuesday),” Dupuis said. “We have eight days between tonight and the next game after the All-Star break. I think it’s the smart way to go to wait until that game.”LINES
“He only had one practice,” head coach Michel Therrien said of Dupuis. “I liked the way the players from Wilkes-Barre contribute to our team. I like the way that they play. I want to make sure that they start to feel comfortable. The way that we’re playing, there’s no need to rush any players.
“I want to make sure that (injured players) get good practice. When we feel that they’re going to be 100 percent, we’ll put them out there. Until then, we’re going to wait.”
the lines are similar to the "projected lines" listed below with a minor change:
2nd line: SATAN - Staal - Kennedy
3rd line: Minard - Jeffrey - SYKORA
Talbot participated in an optional practice yesterday afternoon which is a good sign that he'll be ready to get back into the lineup soon; however, during an interview conducted yesterday on the Pens "off-day," Talbot announced that he is on "IR" (injured reserve) so he's unable to play in tonight's game against the Carolina Hurricanes; however, he expects to return to the lineup after the All-Star break. "That's the plan," Talbot said.
Dupuis was taken off of IR yesterday and is eligible to play tonight against the Hurricanes. Since Pesonen was sent back down to WB / S, I'm assuming that it's highly likely he will play tonight.
“We’ll see for (Tuesday) but I felt pretty good today,” said Dupuis, who practiced with his teammates. “It gets boring skating on your own. Skating out there with the boys, back in the action, everybody’s happy. We’re winning lately so it’s good to get back.”SIDNEY CROSBY
Crosby is still recovering from a knee injury, but did participate in the optional skate yesterday. He is likely to be in the lineup in tonight's game, but he has yet to decide whether or not he'll skate in this Sunday's All-Star gam
“Because it can stiffen up and things like that, I wanted to make sure I move,” Crosby reasoned. “If I want to play, I have to get through practice and get through that fine. It’s good to test it out and see how it feels.”
“As of right now, yeah,” Crosby said of playing the All-Star Game. “Obviously, I thought about it a little more now because of what’s going on. I’ll probably decide after the game (Tuesday). My plan is to play (Tuesday) and see how I feel after that.”PROJECTED LINES (from Penguins webpage)
Cooke - Crosby - Malkin
Kennedy - Staal - Sykora
Minard - Jeffrey - Satan
Godard - Thomas - Bissonnette
Fleury will start in goal for the Pens tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes.
PLAYERS AT THE OPTIONAL SKATE YESTERDAY:
Dupuis, Talbot, Jeffrey, Minard, Crosby, Cooke, Thomas, Bissonnette, Kennedy, Godard, Goligoski, Scuderi, Gill, and Gonchar
Canes vs Penguins
Wanted: Two More Points & Oh, Staal v Staal Part ??? (01/19/2009)
I haven't been able to find too many articles about tonight's game in alot of the North Carolina news sources, so I'm including articles I found on various other news sources:
The Sports Network (TSN)
Pens continue homestand vs. Hurricanes (01/20/2009)
Fleury hopes for another strong effort vs. Hurricanes- (01/20/2009)
USA Today - Sports
Carolina Hurricanes Team Report (01/20/2009)
Team Injuries (last updated 01/19/2009)
The Penguins will help the Make-A-Wish Foundation grant their 10,000th wish today by allowing 8-year-old Jacob Anderson become a "Penguin for a Day."
Jacob will be shown the ropes of all the typical Penguins gameday activities. He will be signing his contract in GM Ray Shero's office at the Mellon Arena at 10 AM after which he'll be escorted to his locker room stall in the Penguins' dressing room complete with his own official nameplate and jersey. Tonight, prior to the Penguins game against the Carolina Hurricanes, he'll get to sit in the penalty box during the pre-game warm-up and will sit with his family in rinkside seats where he'll be visited by Iceburgh.
“The Penguins organization is honored to assist the Make-A-Wish Foundation in granting this very special 10,000th wish,” Shero said, “and we’re looking forward to Jacob becoming a Pittsburgh Penguin on his big day.”
Monday, January 19, 2009
I did a post on it a few months back (READ IT HERE).
We couldn't see it, but we stopped to listen and were thrilled when we heard it, "goal scored by Tyler Kennedy ... Kennedy!" We only wish we could've been there to see it!
It appears that we weren't the only ones waiting for this (from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)!!
Ken Kennedy taped the spot prior to the Stanley Cup playoffs after reading in the Tribune-Review that Penguins fans had taken to using his catchphrase to salute Tyler Kennedy, then a rookie.
Prior to his goal yesterday, Tyler Kennedy had not scored at home since March 16, 2008, leading even him to wonder if the "Mr. Kennedy" video would ever see the light of day.
"I was just really excited to see it," Kennedy said. "Now, they can throw it out."
“That’s the tough part about hockey,” Marc-Andre Fleury said. “You make close friends. Every day we were together and spent the past couple of years together. We’ve been good friends. We’re roommates on the road. It’s always tough to lose a friend like that.”Fleury's tribute to the Steelers when he's announced as the First Star of yesterday's game against the NY Rangers - he had a PERFECT game stopping 33 of 33 shots on goal (THANKS to vimike77 for being quick to post the video to YouTube)!!
From what I saw of him on Friday, he's coming along nicely and you can tell a difference since the beginning of the season. He played great defense, got himself in good position to create great chances, and most importantly, he took shots when alot of players continue to pass (even though they're all getting better with that).
This kid has a great future - there's no doubting that (it just may not be with the Penguins since they already have so much talent).
Sunday, January 18, 2009
At yesterday afternoon's practice, the Penguins learned that Crosby, Scuderi, and Letang may return to the lineup for this afternoon's game against the NY Rangers.
OUT OF THE LINEUP
Dupuis, Talbot, and Orpik did not participate in practice yesterday and will not be playing this afternoon.
PROJECTED LINES (from the Penguins webpage)
Cooke - Malkin - Sykora
Kennedy - Staal - Satan
Minard - Jeffrey - Pesonen
Godard - Thomas - Bissonnette