Sunday, May 31, 2009
Boucher is out (Bylsma wants to play 6 D-men to create offense); and Dupuis is IN!!
Draper and Datsyuk are still out for Game 2.
the Penguins held an optional skate this morning and the only players to participate were Tyler Kennedy, Craig Adams, and Philippe Boucher along with a few more players that weren't in last night's lineup: Pascal Dupuis, Eric Godard, Dustin Jeffrey, Chris Minard, Petr Sykora, Jeff Taffe, Mike Zigomanis, Alex Goligoski, Ben Lovejoy, and goaltenders Mathieu Garon and John Curry.
Like many Penguins blogs, I get an e-mail from Jim Shearer with a link to the most recent video highlights of the last Penguins game called "Yinz Luv 'Da Guins!" Today was no different, so I'm posting the video here as an overview of last night's game.
Here's some of the points that Jim makes which sums the game up pretty well:
- WE DON'T NEED HOSSA TO WIN!!
- lucky bounces went Detroit's way (and they got a couple of soft goals)
- the bounces could've just as easily gone the Pens way last night too
- Penguins got shots on net and scored (which is more goal than they had in Game 1 in last year's SCF)
- it's not over (it's only Game 1)
- we'll get them in Game 2
So enjoy this episode of "Yinz Luv 'Da Guins!" (THANKS Jim!)!!!
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Lidstrom & Ericsson - in, Draper & Datsyuk - out
"Lidstrom and Ericsson will play," Babcock said. "Draper's unavailable. Datsyuk's unavailable."SUNDAY'S GAME
"We've tried a number of things and it hasn't responded the way we first anticipated. Our medical people are trying everything they can and he's trying everything he can. He'll be back as soon as he can. That's all I can tell you."
is set for 8:00 PM
GET PUMPED-UP FOR THE GAME
courtesy of Benstonium.com, CLICK HERE to watch their 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins Playoff Tribute!!! It's sure to get you ready for the game!!!
The Mellon Arena crew paint the new "Stanley Cup Final" logo on the ice!!
Detroit Red Wings
In net tonight: Chris Osgood
Detroit Free Press
PANORAMIC PHOTO 360 degrees of the Red Wings Jersey (05/30/2009)
Datsyuk out, Ericsson in for Game 1 against Pens (05/30/2009)
Spirit of Detroit shines in Red Wings jersey (05/30/2009)
Pittsburgh better prepared this time around (05/30/2009)
Wings' team DJ has a song for everything (05/30/2009)
The Detroit News
Wings' Datsyuk out for Game 1 (05/30/2009)
Some say Penguins are hungrier, but don't tell that to the Red Wings (05/30/2009)
Game 2 at 8 p.m. (05/30/2009)
PAT CAPUTO: Tradition and history on Detroit's side (05/30/2009)
Winging It In Motown blog
WIM makes its Stanley Cup picks (05/30/2009)
Datsyuk, Draper Out; Ericsson In (05/30/2009)
Part 4: Coaching, Special Teams, Intangibles (05/30/2009)
Part 3: Wings O vs. Pens D (05/29/2009)
Part 2: Pens O vs Wings D (05/29/2009)
Part 1: Fleury vs. Osgood (05/28/2009)
THINK ABOUT IT:
Red Wings (RW): have the pressure of defending the Cup (it is theirs to lose)
Pens (P): have no real pressure besides completely choking which I do not think is possible
RW: had a pretty good season ending up 2nd in the Western Conference so its expected of them to do well
P: had a slow start that got worse as the season progressed until changes were made in February; they're now on a roll
RW: are known for their ability to be "unphased" by teams which I don't think will be so easy to do with the Pens especially since they didn't play them with the new elements making up their team ("missing pieces" that have completed this team)
P: have the experience under their belts and the advantage of knowing their opposition since Detroit is unchanged as far as the make-up of their team (they're familiar with what they're up against)
RW: have been forced to back-up Hossa and his assanine remarks that he chose to sign with a team that would give him the best chances of winning the Cup
P: have the motivation of Hossa's statements and his leaving the team high and dry; they have something to prove which fuels the motivation
Friday, May 29, 2009
He even approached me prior to the Playoffs to make a bet as to this year's SCF Champion (with the loser treating the winner to lunch), so now the battle lines have been drawn and it's all-out war!!
He didn't even wait until Detroit's win Wednesday night before taunting us by bringing in memorabilia to decorate his office and even handed out Red Wings logos to the more die-hard Pens fans in the office (pictured below).
Well, to be polite, I held on to that logo and came up with the perfect use for it yesterday:
The amusing part about all of this is that our Chief Judge is on vacation and made him the acting Chief in the office until his return which will more than likely be after the SCF, so he can harrass us as much as he sees fit (to a point; see below -- its a portion of an email sent out to our office prior to our Chief leaving for vacation):
I will be out of the country and on vacation from May 28 to June 9, 2009. I have asked Judge ________ to serve as Acting HOCALJ during my absence on the condition that he not require the removal of any of the numerous Penguins signs posted throughout the office. Moreover, he can not engage in undue boasting in the unlikely event the Redwings win the Stanley cup.I am SO going to enjoy this series -- LET'S GO PENS!!!!
Need to work off some aggression before and during the Stanley Cup Finals? Simply use your mouse and click away to put those pesky Pittsburgh Penguins on ice.
Fleury does AND the media who brought it up to him today more than enough times yesterday won't let him forget it.
CLICK HERE to watch Jory Rand of KDKA-TV News interview Fleury about this topic yesterday.
Series begins Saturday, May 30th
FAN ZONE: 2009 Stanley Cup Finals Online Video Contest (05/28/2009)
Expect Lidstrom for Game 1 (05/28/2009)
Jerome Bettis: 'It's time for Pens to win it' (05/28/2009)
Red Wings get no respect (05/28/2009)
Now Wings must deal with injuries, Hossa's former team (05/28/2009)
Sharper Pens await champs (05/28/2009)
Penguins up next (05/28/2009)
Stanley Cup finals prediction: Wings in 7 (05/28/2009)
With Pens, it's déjÀ vu all over again (05/28/2009)
The Parkinson Society Maritime Region held it's yearly eBay auction of celebrity autographed plates.
Sidney Crosby designed / signed one back in 2007 and thanks to a generous donor, the plate was donated to be auctioned off again in 2009.
Bidding closed on May 24th at $382.00 and below is a picture of the place (CLICK HERE to view the listing).
Thursday, May 28, 2009
The Penguins announced yesterday that they signed defenseman Robert Bortuzzo to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Bortuzzo played for the OHL Kitchener Rangers for three season and appeared in 23 game. He collected 17 points (one goal, 16 assists) along with 24 penalty minutes this season after missing the start of the season with a shoulder injury.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Saturday, May 30th @ 8:00 PM, Detroit (NBC)
Sunday, May 31st @ TBD-night, Detroit (NBC)
Tuesday, June 2nd @ 8:00 PM, Pittsburgh (Versus)
Thursday, June 4th @ 8:00 PM, Pittsburgh (Versus)
Saturday, June 6th @ 8:00 PM, Detroit (NBC)*
Tuesday, June 9th @ 8:00 PM, Pittsburgh (NBC)*
Friday, June 12th @ 8:00 PM, Detroit (NBC)*
* if necessary
It will, however, be so very sweet for the Pens to hoist that Cup right in Hossa's face (DOUCHEBAG!)!!
It's been reported that since Pittsburgh won last night and Detroit won tonight, the SCF will begin this Saturday, May 30th.
We've been waiting an entire year for this; we're a different team, we're stronger and an entire year / SCF wiser and you can bet WE'RE READY!!!!
LET'S GO PENS!!!!!!!
Pens win series (4-0)!
RECAP Penguins 4, Hurricanes 1 (05/26/2009)
Crosby-Malkin combo carry Penguins back to finals (05/27/2009)
Penguins sweep past Canes to finals (05/27/2009)
Ward's playoff run finally ends (05/27/2009)
Game 4 first look: Penguins at Hurricanes (05/26/2009)
Talking Points blog
And so it ends (05/26/2009)
Eddie Johnston was named the Penguins sixth GM; he replaced Aldege "Baz" Bastien who was killed in a car accident on March 15th of the same year (the team was without a GM from March 16th - May 27th).
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Penguins capture their first Stanley Cup Championship in the team's 25-year history by defeating Minnesota with an 8-0 Tom Barrasso shutout (Ulf Samuelsson scores Cup-clinching goal.).
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
LET'S GO PENS!!!!!!
It's been reported (source: "a person with knowledge of the hire confirmed it to The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity") that the Minnesota Wild have hired Chuck Fletcher as their General Manager. Fletcher has been with the Penguins since 2006 as their assistant GM and most recently as an assistant coach to Dan Bylsma.
Fletcher is replace Doug Risebrough, who held the position since the beginning of the franchise in 1999. He was dismissed in April.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Watch Cabbie interview Philippe Boucher and Jordan Staal after Game 1 against Carolina to see what I'm talking about (I just LOVE Cabbie's interviews especially with the Pens!):
I'm just as impressed as anybody watching Satan over the last few games (particularly this and last series).
There is definitely a noticeable change in play for Miro. He's stepped-up his game and I think it's great; he really deserved the goal he scored in Game 1 of the Finals against the Canes and what a goal it was -- breaking out of the penalty box taking a pass from Matt Cooke and just skating away with it - it was really a sight -- GOOD FOR HIM!! When he was being interviewed after the game on Monday, you could just see / feel the confidence shining through.
And has anyone else noticed that he's been getting a little more "dirty" when it comes to going after the puck instead of just waiting around for someone to pass it to him. I swear I saw him skate after one of the Canes trying to steal the puck away from him. And hitting - man, I never thought I'd see the day! I've had to ask my husband many times now, "was that Satan who just hit that guy against the boards?"
Satan has changed his play for the better - that's certain!! The Penguins are benefitting and it's quite a show for the fans!
In net tonight: Cam Ward
Hurricanes-Penguins Preview (05/20/2009)
Cole, Ruutu Game-Time Decisions (05/20/2009)
Hamlin, MacDonald Motorsports Show Support for Canes (05/20/2009)
Breaks Come at Good Time (05/19/2009)
Ex-teammates adapt well to new clubs (05/20/2009)
One 'Elmo' date is canceled for hockey (05/19/2009)
Ward proves human (05/19/2009)
'Canes look for another Game 2 comeback vs. Pens (05/20/2009)
Greenville Daily Reflector
Hurricanes' Ruutu, Cole may miss Game 2 (05/20/2009)
The Fayetteville Observer
Pens take series lead, hold off 'Canes 3-2 (05/19/2009)
Pittsburgh, Raleigh mayors wager on hockey series (05/18/2009)
Hurricanes drop opener to Penguins (05/19/2009)
"I think it's a little bit too much of a wait, you know, before the next game. It just seems a little long. I kind of like to keep playing every day and every night." — Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, on the first of three two-day breaks between games in the Eastern Conference final.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The Pittsburgh Penguins are calling for a “Whiteout” at Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Final series against the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Mellon Arena.
Each fan entering the game will receive a white t-shirt and a white rally towel. The towels are courtesy of 84 Lumber and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.
The Penguins won Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Florida Panthers by a score of 3-2, but Floria won the series in seven games.
The Penguins won Game 1 of Eastern Conference Semifinals against the NJ Devils with a score of 3-2 (they lost the series by losing the four games following.
The ICEOPLEX at Southpointe (where the Penguins practice sometimes) opened to the public.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
We all know too well that [Jordan] Staal vs. [Eric] Staal has been the big storyline of this series, so in keeping with the 'theme' of the "Staal brothers Eastern Conference Final," here's an interesting spin on it.
ESPN the Magazine was focusing on mom, Linda Staal, for their Mother's Day edition of PAGE 2 "For Love or the Game" feature. The magazine put all four of the brothers to the test to see who knows mom best and which one is her favorite!!
THANK YOU, Kena, for scanning your brother's mag!!!
Pens lead series 1-0
RECAP: Penguins 3, Hurricanes 2 (05/18/2009)
Pens take series lead, hold off 'Canes 3-2 (05/18/2009)
Hurricanes drop opener to Penguins, 3-2 (05/18/2009)
The News & Observer
Canes trail 0-1, as usual (05/19/2009)
Recap: Pittsburgh vs. Carolina (05/18/2009)
Game 1: Penguins 3, Canes 2 (05/18/2009)
The Charlotte Observer
Ward the unlikely culprit in Canes' Game 1 defeat (05/19/2009)
Monday, May 18, 2009
Nothing new here -- still a "game time decision," but it sounds favorable that Gonchar will be in tonight's lineup.
"Gonchar had a good day at practice yesterday and he looked comfortable out there today. I haven’t talked to our trainer yet but it’s a situation where come game time if he continues to look better it will be like a Game 7 situation and we’ll decide at that point."GAME TICKETS FOR GAME 1 (tonight)
The Penguins webpage announced that there have been a number of "great seats" released for tonight's game. FOR MORE INFORMTATION, VISIT THE SITE!!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
The Penguins have called up five players from Wilkes-Barre / Scranton today: forwards Dustin Jeffrey, Chris Minard, and Jeff Taffe; defenseman Ben Lovejoy; and goaltender John Curry.
Gonchar did not participate in yesterday's practice at Mellon Arena which was the first one since winning Game 7 last Wednesday. Coach Bylsma reports that he will be a game-time decision; however, I believe Jory Rand of KDKA reported last night that he will be in the lineup tomorrow for Game 1 of the EC Finals.
"We took two days of rest (on Thursday and Friday) because we've played 13 games of hockey and battled hard," Bylsma said. "The chance for us to regroup and re-energize and get some much-needed rest for bumps and bruises, he's a guyALEX GOLIGOSKI
in that situation, too. This is a situation where rest is a better thing than taxing the injury further. That's what we did (Saturday). We'll evaluate again (today)."
Goligoski wore a yellow jersey during practice yesterday. The significance? Defenseman typically wear gray jerseys. Interesting!
Series begins Monday, May 18th
Following Scotty's Lead (05/16/2009)
Staal tactics: Brothers to meet in series (05/16/2009)
The Pens were eliminated by Toronto in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in six games with Gary Valk's overtime goal.
Jaromir Jagr scored an overtime goal allowing the Penguins to beat the Boston Bruins and win Game 1 of the Wales Conference Finals with a score of 4-3.
The Penguins win their first Stanley Cup Championship beating the Minnesota North Stars by a score of 4-1 (winning the final in six games).