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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Game Recap: Penguins 4 - Devils 1

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Sidney Crosby scored three goals as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-1 at Mellon Arena.

The Penguins played close a complete game. Their play suffered a bit in the third period and the traditional third period collapse seemed inevitable when the Devils scored to make it 3-1, but the Penguins regained their composure and Crosby ended the game by completing the hat trick on an Empty Netter.

Photos from the game after the jump.













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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Going to Pittsburgh

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PenguinsExperience.com will be in Pittsburgh today to watch the Penguins take on the Devils.

That means there will be less website updates today, but we will have live shots posted after the game.

We've been there before, but if anyone has any good ideas for what to do while there, post them in the comments.

EDIT: A few photos after the jump.

A Great Day for Hockey
Let's Go Pens!
Tonight VS. New Jersey
Patrick Elias & Jay Leach
Patrick Elias & Jay Leach
Mellon Arena

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Game Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins @ Buffalo Sabres

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Game Time: 7:30pm/ET
From: HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY
Penguins Record: 13-5-3 (4th in Eastern Conference)
Sabres Record: 10-8-3 (9th in Eastern Conference)
Last Meeting:
November 15th, 2008 @ Pittsburgh (5-2 Pens)


PITTSBURGH PENGUINS LINE COMBINATIONS:
Max Talbot - Sidney Crosby - Miroslav Satan
Pascal Dupuis - Evgeni Malkin - Petr Sykora
Tyler Kennedy - Jordan Staal - Matt Cooke
Ruslan Fedotenko - Mike Zigomanis - Eric Godard

Brooks Opik - Kris Letang
Hal Gill - Alex Goligoski
Phillipe Boucher - Rob Scuderi

***Maxime Talbot will be in the lineup, however Janne Pesonen is also expected in the lineup. It is unknown who will sit this game out but someone will need to be a healthy scratch***

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS PROBABLE GOALTENDER:
John Curry (1-0-0 / 0.00GAA / 1.000 SV%)

BUFFALO SABRES LINE COMBINATIONS:
Thomas Vanek*** - Jochen Hecht - Jason Pominville
Clarke MacArthur - Derek Roy - Drew Stafford
Daniel Paille - Paul Gaustad - Marc Mancari
Matt Ellis - Adam Mair - Patrick Kaleta

* Vanek will be a game-time decision for the Sabres.

Jaroslav Spacek - Andrej Sekera
Toni Lydman - Craig Rivet
Hendrik Talinder - Teppo Numminen

BUFFALO SABRES PROBABLE GOALTENDER:
Ryan Miller (9-5-2 / 2.54GAA / .910 SV%)

PENGUINS LEADERS:
GOALS: Malkin (10)
ASSISTS: Malkin (25)
POINTS: Malkin (35)
+/-: Malkin (+8)

SABRES LEADERS:
GOALS: Vanek (15)
ASSISTS: Sekera (10)
POINTS: Vanek (20)
+/-: Lydman (+4)


Buffalo has been hurt with injuries. Thomas Vanek, the team's leading scorer, will be a game time decision tonight after injuring his leg on Wednesday night. Tim Connoly and Ales Kotalik will both be out of the lineup as well. Both men have missed a number of games this season.

The Sabres are having a very bad November and are 3-6-1 in their last ten games.
The Penguins are 8-1-1 in their last ten.

Maxime Talbot is expected to play tonight, but so is Janne Pesonen who was called up from WBS yesterday. It will be interesting to see who will sit tonight. Tonight will also be John Curry's first start as a Penguin. He played well in relief on Wednesday, but didn't face many shots.

The Penguins have won five straight over the Sabres and the last three games in Buffalo. They're definitely on a hot streak and I think that, as long as they get pressure on Ryan Miller, they can win this game. Miller is the key for the Sabres and will need to play very well tonight for the Sabres to win.

Prediction: 4-2 Penguins


Buffalo Media:

Newspapers:
The Buffalo News

Blogs:
Sabres Report
Die By The Blade
The Goose's Roost
The Willful Caboose

And just because it's funny:
Connelly and Kotalik
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Friday, November 28, 2008

Penguins Experience Black Friday Sale!

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Okay, we're not actually having a sale. However, in the spirit of Black Friday and all of the wonderful long lines and employee trampling it inspires, we have come up with a list of items that the Pittsburgh Penguins could put on sale today.

So put down that LCD TV you woke up at 3am to get, let that struggling old lady you pushed down at the store entrance have the last discount iPod and join us for the First Annual PenguinsExperience.com Black Friday Sale!!!

CLEARANCE SALE: Box of Marian Hossa Pittsburgh Penguins Jerseys
Available at an even bigger discount if you just recently won the Stanley Cup!
* Note: Jerseys may have some visible fire damage.

CLEARANCE SALE: Marc-Andre Fleury's Yellow Pads
Because an eye doctor in Ottawa made our goalie that much better.

CLEARANCE SALE: Dany Sabourin's "Creepy Baby" Mask
Many say he changed it to show his humourous side and his French-Canadian heritage, but the truth is the team was freaked out and wanted it gone.
* Note: We cannot be held responsible if Sabourin's daughter climbs out of side of the helmet to feast on the souls of the living.

CLEARANCE SALE: Evgeni Malkin's Translator
No longer needed after interviews like this. Malkin is awesome.

CLEARANCE SALE: Sidney Crosby's "Buddy Band"
With Colby gone Sid doesn't need it anymore. He'll never find another friend like him.

CLEARANCE SALE: Ryan Malone "Pittsburgh's First Son" T-Shirt
SOLD OUT!
Bought by Tampa Bay for $31.5 million.

SALE: Bulk Lot of ""Sudden Death" on DVD and VHS
Iceberg insisted the team get this movie far away from the arena. This still gives him nightmares.

SALE: Sergei Gonchar 2009 NHL All-Star Game Jersey
Because even if he gets voted in, there's no way he'll play. Nice job putting him on the ballot NHL!

Candy
Free!

SALE: A Spot on Sidney Crosby's Wing
The team's tried everyone possible there and now they're offering the spot to you! It couldn't be worse than the time when the best option was Andy Hilbert.

SALE: Mario Lemieux's Suit from the new arena groundbreaking
What's the best way to stand out when you're surrounded by politicians? Wear this awesome suit.

SALE: Map to Kansas City
They'll never need that again!

So come on down to PenguinsExperience.com! We've got amazing sales for you today! We'll even push you around a bit so you get the full Black Friday experience! You can't miss it!
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Friday, November 28, 2008

Nov 28th - NHL News from Around the League

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Brian Burke will be the next president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. His contract is expected to last until the end of the 2013-14 season and will pay him $3 million a season. A formal announcement from the Leafs should come later today. It will be interesting to see what Burke can do with the Leafs, a team with a ridiculous amount of capital that has been hampered by a history of bad management.

In other Leafs news, Ian White has vowed to take a situation with Ilya Kovalchuk into his own hands. Kovalchuk was not fined or suspended for striking White with a forearm to the face during Wednesday night's game, and that did not sit well with White. The Leafs are also not too happy about Colby Armstrong's concussion-giving hit on Jason Blake. Andre Deveaux has been called up from the AHL to replace Blake.

Former Leaf Wade Belak has been traded from the Florida Panthers to the Nashville Predators for centre Nick Tarnasky. I'm sure somebody cares somewhere.

Coyotes forward Olli Jokinen will miss at least two weeks of action with a shoulder injury.

The Vancouver Canucks are planning a "16 Days of Trevor Linden" event that will culminate with his #16 being retired at GM Place.

And Chris Chellios would welcome fellow senior Claude Lemieux back into the NHL.
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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Janne Pesonen Recalled from AHL, Talbot Day-to-Day

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Janne Pesonen has been recalled from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL. Pesonen played one game in the NHL earlier this season, but has been performing quite well in the AHL. He has five goals and 16 assists in 19 games with WBS.

The call-up likely means that Maxime Talbot will miss at least a few games. He is currently listed as day-to-day.

It's a little curious that Pesonen is being recalled in favour of either Jeff Taffe (who has more NHL experience) or Chris Minard (who has been performing better in the AHL.) Both Minard and Pesonen were called up earlier this season, while Taffe has spent the entire season in the AHL. Talbot's role could probably be filled better by Minard, who takes a more physical approach to the game than Pesonen, who is more of a finesse player.

Though I am excited to see Pesonen back in the NHL. If he has adapted to the North American game well I can see him performing very well in Pittsburgh. I'd love to see him on a line with Crosby or Malkin, even for a few shifts, just to see how he does.

Of course, any talk about Pesonen gives me the opportunity to show this:


That's just good stuff right there.
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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Ten Things Pittsburgh Penguins Fans Can Be Thankful For

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Happy Thanksgiving from PenguinsExperience.com

I'm in Canada, so it's not Thanksgiving here, but I hope all of our readers in the United States have a great Thanksgiving.
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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Nov. 27th - Thanksgiving NHL News from Around the League

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In all the commotion about boycotting the NHL All-Star Game I totally forgot that it was actually taking place last night. The Eastern Conference All-Stars defeated the Western Conference All-Stars 3-1.

Detroit has decided to alternate between Ty Conklin and Chris Osgood until further notice. I would love to see Conklin take Osgood's job. Unfortunately, there won't be many people in Joe Louis Arena to watch that happen.

Tensions boiled over during a Toronto Maple Leafs' practice. Forward Dominic Moore and defenseman Jeff Finger traded a few punches before being broken up by teammates. In other Leaf news, Jason Blake will sit out the team's game against Ottawa tonight. It is speculated that he suffered a concussion from the hit Colby Armstrong laid on him on Tuesday.


Alexander Ovechkin recorded a hat trick last night as the Washington Capitals defeated the Atlanta Thrashers 5-3. Washington played without captain Chris Clark and defenseman Jeff Schultz who are out with injuries.

Joe Thornton scored the game-winning goal in overtime as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2. It was the fifth win in a row for the Sharks.

The Capitals and the Sharks, along with the Pittsburgh Penguins, are the three most improved teams in the NHL thus far. The Capitals have 12 more points through 20 games than they did at this point last year. Both the Sharks and Penguins are up nine points.

Jim Balsillie still wants to buy an NHL team, particularly the Nashville Predators.

If Balsillie were to move the team to Canada, it would come at a time when the Canadian content in the NHL is shrinking. Only 52 percent of NHL players are Canadian. Only 3.5 percent of players are Russian. Americans now make up 19.9 percent of players.

And, speaking of ridiculous All-Star games, the KHL has chosen a strange route. Their All-Star game will pit "Team Yashin" (made up of Russian and former Soviet players) against "Team Jagr" (made up of everyone else.) Their fans apparently cannot be trusted with voting either, as just over 50 percent of voters chose this format over the more traditional East VS. West format. There is no word as to what percentage of "Team Jagr" will be Montreal Canadiens, but I assume it will be 100%. It is their hundredth anniversary after all.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Game Recap: Penguins 5 - Islanders 3

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Goaltender John Curry recorded his first NHL win and Evgeni Malkin scored a hat trick as the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame a 3-0 deficit to defeat the New York Islanders 5-3 on Long Island. The Penguins scored five unanswered goals, four in the third period, to win the game. Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists. Brooks Orpik also scored for the Penguins who are 8-1-1 in their last ten games.

It looked bad for the Penguins early on as the Islanders were dominant in the first and for most of the second period. They built a 3-0 lead and chased Dany Sabourin out of the Penguins' net. But the "Cardiac Kids" were not going to let the game end so easily. Orpik scored with just 19 seconds remaining in the second and, in the third, the Penguins were definitely impressive.

During the second intermission someone must have told Evgeni Malkin that Alexander Ovechkin recorded a hat trick tonight because Malkin was unstoppable in the final frame. Crosby opened the third period scoring with a goal from a nice pass by Malkin. Crosby then returned the favour, earning the assists as Malkin scored two goals in under a minute to give the Penguins the lead. Malkin added an empty netter to get the hat trick and seal the victory for the Penguins.

John Curry didn't see much action as the Penguins tightened up and only allowed 11 shots on their rookie goaltender.

The downside for the Penguins is that Maxime Talbot left the game in the first period after taking a shot off of his ankle. His status is currently unknown.

It was a good win for the Pens. It was one of those games where you can just tell the team is going to turn it on at the end. The Penguins still can't play a 60-minute game, but I'd rather see them finish strong than blow a lead and lose in the third. The Penguins have managed 10 come-from-behind victories this season, the most in the NHL.

The Penguins are in Buffalo on Friday to face the Sabres. It's likely that Dany Sabourin will get the start.
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Game Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins @ New York Islanders

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Game Time: 7:00pm/ET
From: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum , Uniondale, NY
Penguins Record: 12-5-3 (4th in Eastern Conference)
Islanders Record: 9-10-2 (10th in Eastern Conference)
Last Meeting: November 8th, 2008 @ New York (4-3 Pens [SO])


PITTSBURGH PENGUINS LINE COMBINATIONS:
Max Talbot - Sidney Crosby - Miroslav Satan
Pascal Dupuis - Evgeni Malkin - Petr Sykora
Tyler Kennedy - Jordan Staal - Matt Cooke
Ruslan Fedotenko - Mike Zigomanis - Eric Godard

Brooks Opik - Kris Letang
Rob Scuderi - Alex Goligoski
Phillippe Boucher - Hal Gill

PENGUINS PROBABLE GOALTENDER:
Dany Sabourin (4-2-1 / 1.66GAA / .935 SV%)

NEW YORK ISLANDERS LINE COMBINATIONS:
Sean Bergenheim - Doug Weight - Bill Guerin
Andy Hilbert - Josh Bailey - Trent Hunter
Jeff Tambellini - Richard Park - Jon Sim
Jon Sim - Frans Neilsen - Richard Park
Mitch Fritz - Jeremy Colliton - Tim Jackman

Mark Streit - Andy Sutton
Radek Martinek - Brendan Witt
Bruno Gervais - Chris Campoli

ISLANDERS PROBABLE GOALTENDER:
Joey MacDonald (9-7-2 / 2.78GAA / .912 SV%)

PENGUINS LEADERS:
GOALS: Satan (9)
ASSISTS: Malkin (24)
POINTS: Malkin (31)
+/-: Staal (+5)

ISLANDERS LEADERS:
GOALS: Guerin/Hunter (8)
ASSISTS: Weight (17)
POINTS: Weight (21)
+/-: Sutton (+4)


Prediction: 4-2 Penguins


New York Media:


Newspapers:
New York Times 
New York Daily News 
New York Post  


Blogs:
The Drive for Five 
Islanders Army  
Islander Frontier  
On the Islanders Beat 
Lighthouse Hockey  
Islanders Outsider  
Islesblogger 
NYI Point Blank  


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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Nov. 26th - NHL News from Around the League

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Brian Burke is just inches away from becoming the next President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, not all is well in the Leafs Nation. The Leafs lost 6-3 to the Atlanta Thrashers last night. Former Penguin Colby Armstrong had a goal, an assist and a huge hit on Jason Blake that knocked him out of the game. Also, Leafs defenseman Jonas Frogren could miss four to six weeks due to muscle tears in his arm. That doesn't mean the Leafs won't remain optimistic.

Former Leaf Darcy Tucker will miss about four weeks with a knee injury.

PenguinsExperience.com is leading a boycott of the NHL All-Star Game. Join the Facebook Group to support the cause.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have traded center Wyatt Smith to the Phoenix Coyotes for future considerations. No word on if these are the same future considerations the Penguins sent to Phoenix in exchange for Mike Zigomanis.

Jason Spezza will no longer have to buy his own hockey equipment. The Ottawa Senators centre signed a sponsorship deal with Reebok yesterday.

Could the days of the "Creepy Baby" be over? Dany Sabourin will unveil his new mask tonight. It will have two frogs, in reference to the derogatory term for the French. Sabourin is French-Canadian.
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Boycott the NHL All-Star Game

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EDIT: Many people have asked whether or not the fact that Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are now the leading vote-getters in the Eastern Conference will affect this boycott. It will not.

The boycott has nothing to do with certain players making or not making the team. This boycott was organized in response to the horribly amateur way the NHL has handled the NHL All-Star Game fan balloting since the beginning. The league's handling of the situation has not changed.

Check out http://boycott.penguinsexperience.com for more information on the boycott.


Here is the original post from November 26th, 2008:

The Montreal Canadiens are running away with the votes for the Eastern Conference All-Star team. At first glance it would appear that the team's dedicated fan base has come out to support their team.

This is not true.

Two weeks ago a poster at The Pensblog discovered a voting javascript posted on the Montreal Canadiens official message board.

Shortly afterwards the CBC reported that "the NHL is investigating a suspicious spike in votes for Montreal Canadiens players in all-star fan balloting."

NHL spokesman Gary Meaghar told CBC that "there is some indication that something has happened" and people assumed that the skewed results, caused by small group of cheaters who were ruining the online All-Star ballot for everyone, would be fixed.

This did not happen.

Many expected that the NHL would at least firmly admit that something unfair had taken place, but would not adjust the votes.

This did not happen.

What did happen was that the NHL issued a press release stating that "Montreal fans continue to show the rest of North America how XM NHL® All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports is done" and applauded their efforts. They're attempting to ignore the issue and cover it up with positive spin.

In response, we have decided to boycott the NHL All-Star Game.


We will not watch the NHL All-Star Game until the NHL formally admits that tampering has taken place. We do not wish to see any votes thrown out as the invalid votes are likely impossible to detect at this point. We do not wish to see the votes adjusted. We have no problem with the Eastern Conference All-Star team being made up entirely of Montreal Canadiens players. The problem we have is with the way the NHL has chosen to sweep this issue under the rug and pretend that nothing improper has happened.

The official All-Star Fan Balloting rules state "Automatic, programmed, scripted and/or robotic votes or Promotion entries are not permitted." Yet, when the NHL is presented with proof that the results are due to automatic voting and when a spokesperson for the league states that it is very likely that automatic voting took place, the NHL waits and then tries to spin this situation into a positive one.

The automatic voting has stopped since the installation of a captcha and a one-vote-per-minute voting rule, but all this has done is make the Canadiens' players' leads insurmountable. It is irresponsible, and just plain bad business, that the NHL set up an online vote without installing any sort of features that would prevent automated voting.

This situation makes the NHL as a whole look bad.

And so today we are calling on you to join us. Boycott the NHL All-Star Game.

If you are a fan of any NHL team and you feel that the way this has been handled is insulting and irresponsible, join us.

Canadiens fans who do not want to see their team branded as "cheaters" due to the actions of a very small portion of the team's fan base, join us.

Anyone who is upset with how the NHL continues to run the league as a second-rate organization, join us.

Let us state again that we do not want to see the votes changed.

We have no problem with all six Canadiens being voted onto the team.

Having six Canadiens voted onto the All-Star team during the franchise's 100th season would, quite frankly, be amazing. We just wish the votes would have been recorded legitimately.

Our issue is with the NHL and how they have handled the situation.

Of course, the NHL could make things right. They could admit that there was an error. They could publicly state that some votes were made automatically but that nothing can be done at this point. All they have to do is admit that there was a mistake and we will watch the All-Star game.

Until they do, we will encourage others to join our boycott.

Please, if you agree with our points stated above, boycott the NHL All-Star Game.

Join our Facebook group to support the cause.

Spread this message to everyone you know.

Perhaps with a little dedication we can make the NHL see what they have done wrong.

Perhaps we can restore the reputation of the NHL, the All-Star Game, and the Montreal Canadiens.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Most Embarassing Play in Hockey: The Own Goal

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From last night:


Below are some other "own goals" in recent NHL history:






That isn't as blatant as the rest, but I like when Kronwall looks bad, especially against the Penguins.


This one is one of my favourites...


... but Crosby's reaction is even better.


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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Pittsburgh Penguins Retired Numbers: Should there be more?

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Retired Numbers
The Pittsburgh Penguins have two retired numbers: #66 for Mario Lemieux, the greatest player in the history of the franchise, and #21 for Michel Briere, a young phenom whose life was tragically cut short.

Out of all the men who have wore a Penguins jersey over the last 41 years, only two have had their numbers taken out of circulation and hung in the rafters of Mellon Arena.

Other players are honoured, both through induction into the team's Hall of Fame and by including their image on the "Ring of Honor" inside Mellon Arena, but no other numbers have been retired.

The Montreal Canadiens retired Patrick Roy's #33 this weekend. The Toronto Maple Leafs no longer retire numbers, but they honoured Wendel Clark by raising his number to the rafters this weekend as well.

At first glance it would seem that the Penguins are doing a disservice to their legacy by not retiring more numbers. Many great players have called the Igloo home since 1967; Stanley Cup Champions, Hockey Hall of Famers, men who have had their numbers retired by other organizations, and yet only those two numbers remain.

Should the Pittsburgh Penguins retire more numbers? And, if so, whose numbers should be retired?

Today we will attempt to answer both questions.


#68 - Jaromir Jagr
Jagr is perhaps the most likely Penguin to have his number retired. Despite the way he left the organization, Jagr trails only Lemieux in games played as a Penguin, total goals scored, total assists and total points. Jagr also won five Art Ross trophies and a Hart Trophy while playing for the Penguins. He was instrumental in the franchise's two Stanley Cup wins and was the team's captain for four seasons.

The city's bitterness towards Jagr's attitude and the fact that Jagr still plays professional hockey (in Russia) may cause his jersey retirement to be delayed, but I believe it should - and eventually will - happen.

No other Penguin has worn #68 in team history.

#10 - Ron Francis
Ron Francis' arrival in Pittsburgh led to the team's first Stanley Cup. He spent seven seasons with the Penguins, finishing third all-time in team assists, fourth in all-time points, winning the Selke Trophy, and being named team captain twice.

Francis has had his number retired by the Carolina Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers franchise and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007.

Many Penguins have worn #10 in their careers, most recently Gary Roberts. Francis also wore #9 during his first year in Pittsburgh.

#77 - Paul Coffey
Paul Coffey played four-and-a-half seasons with the Penguins. His single season point total (113) and his career point total with the Penguins (440) are both team records for a Penguins defenseman. He won the Stanley Cup with the team in 1991. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Pittsburgh Penguins Hall of Fame in 2007.

No one else in Penguins history has worn his #77.

#35 - Tom Barrasso
Tom Barrasso spent 11 and a half seasons with the Penguins, winning two Stanley Cups. He resigned with the Penguins in 2003 for one day in order to retire with the team. He leads the Penguins in games played by a goaltender, single season and career wins and shutouts and single season goals against average.

His attitude towards Pittsburgh media has strained his relations with the city, but his contribution to the Penguins is without question.

Several Penguins players have worn his #35.

#55 - Larry Murphy
Larry Murphy spent four-and-a-half seasons with the Penguins, winning the Stanley Cup twice and brought the innovative "Murphy Dump" to the team.

He currently works for FSN Detroit and provides colour commentary for Detroit Red Wings games.

Sergei Gonchar currently wears Murphy's #55 for the Penguins.

#19 - Bryan Trottier/Jean Pronovost
This is the only possible retired number that has been worn by two Penguins greats.

Bryan Trottier spent three seasons with the Penguins, winning the Stanley Cup twice. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997 and had his number retired by the New York Islanders in 2001. He currently works with the Islanders as Executive Director of Player Personnel.

Jean Pronovost spent 10 seasons with the Penguins and was named team captain in 1977. He was the first Pittsburgh Penguin to score 100 points in a season and currently stands third in career games played for the Penguins, third in career goals and fifth in career points for the team.

The #19 is currently worn by Ryan Whitney.

#7 - Joe Mullen
Joe Mullen spent six seasons with the Penguins, winning the Stanley Cup twice. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, the United States Hockey Hall of Fame and the Pittsburgh Penguins Hall of Fame in 2000. He was the first American-born player to score 500 goals and record 1000 points and he won the Lester Patrick Trophy in 1995 for his contribution to US hockey.

He is currently the assistant coach of the Philadelphia Flyers.

His #7 is currently worn by Mark Eaton.

#25 - Kevin Stevens
Kevin Stevens won two Stanley Cups with the Penguins and played for the team for six seasons before being traded to the Boston Bruins in 1995. He returned to the Penguins in 2000 and played another season-and-a-half there before retiring. He scored 123 points during the 1991-92 season, an NHL record for an American player. He was the first player ever to compile 50 goals, 100 points and 200 penalty minutes in a single season.

Stevens ranks fifth overall in goals as a Penguin and sixth in points as a Penguin. He is also the all-time team leader in penalty minutes.

He is currently a talent scout for the Penguins.

His #25 is currently worn by Maxime Talbot.

#17 - Rick Kehoe
Rick Hehoe was with the Penguins organization from 1974 until 2003, as a player until 1985 and as a scout, assistant coach and head coach until leaving the organization in 2003.

He was inducted into the Pittsburgh Penguins Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.

He is third in all-time points for the Penguins, fourth in goals, sixth in assists, and fourth in all-time games played for the Penguins.

Kehoe is currently a professional scout for the New York Rangers.

His #17 has been worn several times by Penguins players, currently by Petr Sykora.

#26 - Syl Apps, Jr.
Apps spent parts of eight seasons with the Penguins and was part of the "Century Line" with Lowell MacDonald and Jean Pronovost.

He is fourth in all-time assists for the Penguins, seventh in all-time points and 10th in all-time goals.

His #26 is currently worn by Ruslan Fedotenko.

#18 - Lowell MacDonald
Lowell MacDonald spent seven seasons with the Penguins, winning the Bill Masterton Trophy in 1973.

His number 18 has been worn many times in Penguins history.

#5 - Ulf Samuelsson
Ulf Samuelsson spent four-and-a-half seasons with the Penguins and won two Stanley Cups with the team. He was known as "Robocop" and was sometimes criticized for being a dirty player.

He is currently an assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes.

His #5 was once worn by Rob Scuderi, before Scuderi switched to #4.


Obviously all of those numbers should not be retired, but this is a list of some names that should be considered if the Penguins decide to retire more numbers. Some players who may deserve consideration once their careers are over are Mark Recchi and Alexei Kovalev, not to mention current Penguins such as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

I agree with the way the Penguins are currently handling the situation. Retiring a number should be the highest honour that a team can bestow upon a player, and the organization is treating it that way. The Penguins do not need to retire any more numbers at this point. They should leave this honour for those who helped define the franchise.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

NHL News from Around the League - Nov. 25th

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The New York Islanders defeated the Eastern Conference All-Star team yesterday, 4-3 in a shootout. The strangest part of the game was Ryan O'Byrne's goal. The Canadiens player scored with less than 5 minutes remaining in the third period to tie the game at 3. Unfortunately O'Byrne scored on his own net, and he tied the game for the Islanders. I'm not sure what was funnier, O'Byrne clutching his head in anguish after he scored, or the Islanders players celebrating the goal. Watch.

I wonder if he'll make the All-Star team.

Numerous players had two goal games last night, all of them scoring on the opposing team's goal. Mike Knuble had two as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Dallas Stars, Ville Peltonen's two goals helped the Florida Panthers defeat the Carolina Hurricanes, Teemu Selanne scored two on the power play as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1, and Cal Clutterbuck (the coolest name in hockey) scored twice as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Washington Capitals 4-3.


John Zeiler of the Los Angeles Kings has been suspended for three games following a boarding incident against Adam Foote of Colorado. In the QMJHL, Patrick Roy's son Frederick has been suspended for 15 games for high sticking an opposing player in the face during a stoppage in play. This suspension comes eight months after Roy's other son Jonathan was suspended for skating across the ice to attack the opposing team's goaltender. Patrick Roy, the team's coach, was also suspended in that incident.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo and forward Alex Steen to the St. Louis Blues for forward Lee Stempniak. This seems like a good trade for both teams. Stempniak should add some offense to the Leafs and Colaiacovo and Steen have a tonne of potential that will get a fresh start and a chance to shine through in a less-scrutinized market in St. Louis.

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo is now listed as "week-to-week" with an adductor strain in his groin. The Canucks found a way to win their fourth game in a row, even without Luongo, as they defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in overtime.

In other injury news Florida forward Richard Zednik will miss several weeks with an arm injury he suffered when he was checked into the boards by Carolina defenseman, and former Penguin, Josef Melichar. Of course, almost any injury is better than the one Zednik suffered last season.

And finally, Lemieux is hoping to make a return to the NHL. Of course, that would be Claude Lemieux, who signed a tryout contract with the San Jose Sharks yesterday.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

NHL News from Around the League - Nov. 25th

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The New York Islanders defeated the Eastern Conference All-Star team yesterday, 4-3 in a shootout. The strangest part of the game was Ryan O'Byrne's goal. The Canadiens player scored with less than 5 minutes remaining in the third period to tie the game at 3. Unfortunately O'Byrne scored on his own net, and he tied the game for the Islanders. I'm not sure what was funnier, O'Byrne clutching his head in anguish after he scored, or the Islanders players celebrating the goal. Watch.

I wonder if he'll make the All-Star team.

Numerous players had two goal games last night, all of them scoring on the opposing team's goal. Mike Knuble had two as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Dallas Stars, Ville Peltonen's two goals helped the Florida Panthers defeat the Carolina Hurricanes, Teemu Selanne scored two on the power play as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1, and Cal Clutterbuck (the coolest name in hockey) scored twice as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Washington Capitals 4-3.


John Zeiler of the Los Angeles Kings has been suspended for three games following a boarding incident against Adam Foote of Colorado. In the QMJHL, Patrick Roy's son Frederick has been suspended for 15 games for high sticking an opposing player in the face during a stoppage in play. This suspension comes eight months after Roy's other son Jonathan was suspended for skating across the ice to attack the opposing team's goaltender. Patrick Roy, the team's coach, was also suspended in that incident.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo and forward Alex Steen to the St. Louis Blues for forward Lee Stempniak. This seems like a good trade for both teams. Stempniak should add some offense to the Leafs and Colaiacovo and Steen have a tonne of potential that will get a fresh start and a chance to shine through in a less-scrutinized market in St. Louis.

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo is now listed as "week-to-week" with an adductor strain in his groin. The Canucks found a way to win their fourth game in a row, even without Luongo, as they defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in overtime.

In other injury news Florida forward Richard Zednik will miss several weeks with an arm injury he suffered when he was checked into the boards by Carolina defenseman, and former Penguin, Josef Melichar. Of course, almost any injury is better than the one Zednik suffered last season.

And finally, Lemieux is hoping to make a return to the NHL. Of course, that would be Claude Lemieux, who signed a tryout contract with the San Jose Sharks yesterday.
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Monday, November 24, 2008

NHL News from Around the League - Nov. 24th

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The Vancouver Canucks will announce the severity of Roberto Luongo's injury later today. Luongo left the first period the Canucks' game in Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon. He appeared to have a "lower body injury" and wasn't putting any weight on his left leg as he was helped from the ice. If he's out for an extended period of time it could be bad news for the Canucks.

Speaking of injured goalies, Tampa Bay's Mike Smith will also miss time with a "lower body injury." He miss yesterday's game against New Jersey and it's not known how long he will be out of action.


Dainus Zubrus made a little New Jersey Devils history last night as he tied a team record by scoring four goals in that game against Tampa Bay. The Devils went on to win 7-3.

The Lightning were one of five teams to debut their new third jersey over the weekend. The Coyotes, Senators, Sharks, and Kings all had new looks this weekend. Four out of the five new jerseys are black. The Senators and Kings both used an extremely inventive "Back in Black" campaign to market their jerseys, despite the fact that the Kings standard home jersey is also black. I guess "Back in Silver" doesn't roll off the tongue as well. The Sharks are the only team to have their jersey co-branded with a corporation's newest products, however.

And the Mats Sundin saga continues as Eugene Melnyk, Ottawa Senators' owner, met with Sundin in California on Friday. The Canucks, Canadiens and Ducks have all shown interest in the indecisive center. A decision should be made by late 2012.
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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Game Recap: Canucks 3 - Penguins 1

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The PhD line struck again for the Vancouver Canucks as they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in Mellon Arena yesterday afternoon. Pavol Demitra had two goals, Daniel Sedin had a goal and two assists and Hendrik Sedin had three assists. Mike Zigomanis scored Pittsburgh's only goal. Vancouver's captain Roberto Luongo left the game early in the first period with what appeared to be a "lower body injury."

It was a strange game. Perhaps it was the 2pm start time, or perhaps it was the fact that these two teams hardly play each other, but the game almost immediately turned into a brawl. Following a hit by Matt Cooke the gloves dropped and by the time the dust had settled by Cooke and Vancouver's Jannik Hansen were ejected from the game and 31 minutes in penalties were handed out.

Four minutes later Luongo was down and Curtis Sanford was in net for the Canucks. A few minutes after that Sanford was down and the announcers wondered who would play goal for the Canucks now, but the goaltender ended up continuing the game.

It seemed like the loss of Matt Cooke really hurt the Penguins as they were not able to mount many serious attacks on Sanford. Cooke is a member of a very productive line with Jordan Staal and Tyler Kennedy - the only line that usually manages to stay intact when Michel Therrien starts rotating players - and his presence on that line was definitely missed.

The end of the game was as weird as the beginning. Talbot was shoved into the board from behind and there was no penalty on the play. Talbot and Mattias Ohlund were both given roughing penalties for the action that ensued after Demitra scored on the empty net. As the game ended Zigomanis and Shane O'Brien were both given major penalties and game misconducts. It will be interesting to see what happens the next time these teams hook up... but that won't be this season unless they meet in the Stanley Cup Finals.

It will be interesting to see how the red hot Canucks respond to Luongo possibly being injured for a long period of time. Currently there is no prognosis on his injury. Vancouver has been 7-0-2 in their last nine, but Luongo is a huge part of the team and I'm not sure if the Canucks can win regularly without him.

The Penguins' next game is Wednesday on Long Island.
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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Game Preview: Vancouver Canucks @ Pittsburgh Penguins

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Vancouver Canucks @ Pittsburgh Penguins
Game Time: 2:00pm/ET
From: Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
Penguins Record: 12-4-3 (4th in Eastern Conference)
Canucks Record: 12-6-2 (3rd in Western Conference)
Last Meeting:
December 8th, 2007 @ Vancouver (2-1 Pens [SO])
[Boxscore] [Video]

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS LINE COMBINATIONS:
Pascal Dupuis - Sidney Crosby - Miroslav Satan
Max Talbot - Evgeni Malkin - Petr Sykora
Tyler Kennedy - Jordan Staal - Matt Cooke
Ruslan Fedotenko - Mike Zigomanis - Eric Godard

Brooks Opik - Kris Letang
Rob Scuderi - Hal Gill
Phillipe Boucher - Alex Goligoski

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS PROBABLE GOALTENDER:
Dany Sabourin (4-1-1 / 1.59GAA / .940 SV%)

VANCOUVER CANUCKS LINE COMBINATIONS:
Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Pavol Demitra
Alexandre Burrows - Ryan Kesler - Jannik Hansen
Taylor Pyatt - Kyle Wellwood - Steve Bernier
Darcy Hordichuk - Ryan Johnson - Mason Raymond

Mattias Ohlund - Lawrence Nycholat
Nolan Baumgarnter - Willie Mitchell
Alexander Edler - Shane O'Brien

VANCOUVER CANUCKS PROBABLE GOALTENDER:
Robert Luongo (11-5-2 / 2.18GAA / .928 SV%)

PENGUINS LEADERS:
GOALS: Satan (9)
ASSISTS: Malkin (24)
POINTS: Malkin (31)
+/-: Kennedy (+7)

CANUCKS LEADERS:
GOALS: Wellwood/D.Sedin (8)
ASSISTS: H.Sedin (15)
POINTS: H.Sedin (18)
+/-: Mitchell (+14)


The Vancouver Canucks are defensive all the way. They play a defensive style and the last line of defense is a big one: Robert Luongo. He has five shutouts this season and will be difficult to beat.

Vancouver does not just play defense however. Their top offensive line is the PhD line consisting of Pavel Demitra, Hendrik Sendin and Daniel Sendin. They have combined for 15 points in the last four games.

The Canucks have been on a role as of late as well. They have points in their last eight games, with a 6-0-2 record. The Penguins themselves also have points in their last eight games (7-0-1) so this game is going to be a tight battle between two very good teams.

The Penguins have changed up their lines slightly, making some adjustments on the wing. Dupuis is returned to the Crosby/Satan line, which sends Talbot to play with Malkin and Sykora. Fedotenko takes Dupuis' former spot on the fourth line. The Cooke-Staal-Kennedy line, which has performed very well recently, remains intact.

The 2pm start is a weird one, for sure. It threw off my blogging schedule for sure, so I wonder if it will throw off the teams at all. It's even stranger for those watching from Vancouver, where the game will air at 11am/PT. This is also the tail end of a four game road trip for the Canucks, so I wonder if that will have any effect.

Prediction: 2-1 Penguins

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Friday, November 21, 2008

How the Pittsburgh Penguins are doing in NHL All-Star Voting

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The 2009 NHL All-Star Game
We all know how the Montreal Canadiens are doing in NHL All-Star voting. Thanks to their handy voting script... I mean, their "intensely devoted and dedicated fan base," Canadiens players lead in every position in the Eastern Conference.

Sidney Crosby leads all non-Habs in Eastern Conference voting, with Evgeni Malkin right behind him.

Now the results site has added a relatively cool feature where you can type in the name of any NHL player and find out their vote total.

So I typed in every Pittsburgh Penguin player I could think of (including those currently in the AHL) and this is what I found out:


Obviously the Penguins that appear on the ballot have the most votes on the team. Even Sergei Gonchar and Ryan Whitney, who have not played a game all season, are relatively highly ranked. I think this is mostly because of text voting. You can text in PENS to 81812 and vote for all five Penguins on the ballot, including Whitney and Gonchar.

Jordan Staal has the most votes out of all Penguins not on the ballot. Still, he trails Whitney by about 80,000 votes and is about 40,000 behind Boston's Patrice Bergeron, who sits in the number ten forward spot on the board (the last position listed on the site.)

A pair of Penguins defensemen, Kris Letang and Brooks Orpik, are behind Staal on the list of Penguins vote-getters. If they were on the ballot instead of Gonchar and Whitney they may have had a chance to make the team.

Miroslav Satan and Alex Goligoski round out the top ten for the Penguins.

The Penguin with the fewest votes is currently Bill Thomas who has three votes, followed by Chris Minard and Jeff Taffe who have six each. The lowest ranked Penguin in the regular NHL line-up is Michael Zigomanis with 31 votes.

Surprisingly Petr Skyora has only 472 votes at the time this is being written, which puts him in 14th place, just ahead of Tyler Kennedy but behind Hal Gill, Rob Scuderi and Maxime Talbot.

It seems that the injuries to Gonchar and Whitney have Penguins fans voting for other Penguins defensemen as Gill, Scuderi, Orpik, Goligoski, and Letang are all in the top 13.

Here is the entire list of Pittsburgh Penguins NHL All-Star Game vote-getters, as of 12:30pm/ET, Friday November 21st:
Bold indicates that the player is listed on the official ballot.

1. Sidney Crosby - 188,729
2. Evgeni Malkin - 153,058
3. Marc-Andre Fleury - 114,673
4. Sergei Gonchar - 102,922
5. Ryan Whitney - 88,403

6. Jordan Staal - 7,535
7. Kris Letang - 6,637
8. Brooks Orpik - 5,773
9. Miroslav Satan - 3,107
10. Alex Goligoski - 2.523
11. Maxime Talbot - 1,858
12. Rob Scuderi - 1,821
13. Hal Gill - 615
14. Petr Sykora - 472
15. Tyler Kennedy - 320
16. Phillippe Boucher - 296
17. Dany Sabourin - 144
18. Ruslan Fedotenko - 100
19. Mark Eaton - 75
20. Pascal Dupuis - 69
21. Matt Cooke - 67
22. Eric Godard - 61
23. Michael Zigomanis - 31
24. Paul Bissonnette - 26
25. Janne Pesonen - 18
26. Chris Minard - 6
27. Jeff Taffe - 6
28. Bill Thomas - 3

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Friday, November 21, 2008

NHL News from Around the League - Nov. 21st

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Things continue to go badly for the Ottawa Senators. Yesterday they lost 3-2 to the Montreal Canadiens in a shootout. It was Ottawa's sixth straight loss. The Senators can take comfort in the fact that they managed to salvage a point playing against the Eastern Conference All-Star Team.

The Habs are also reportedly still interested in Mats Sundin. Montreal general manager Bob Gainey met with Sundin in California earlier this week. There is no word on how quickly Habs fans would be able to generate a script to vote Sundin into the All-Star game should he sign with their team.

The struggling economy could mean that the NHL salary cap could fall. TSN reports that NHL players could be in danger of losing their escrow money and Montreal Canadiens president Pierre Boivin suggests that the slumping Canadian dollar could effect revenue in the Canadian franchises, and thus the NHL. The six Canadian teams account for around one third of the league's revenue.

Current economic conditions have also hit Hockeytown. The Detroit Red Wings have announced that tickets to select December and January games will be available for $9. While the Stanley Cup champions are offering seats for nine dollars, the Eastern Conference bottom-dwelling Florida Panthers list their cheapest tickets at almost double that price: $17. The St. Louis Blues, who occupy the basement of the Western Conference are asking for $18 for their cheapest ticket.
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Friday, November 21, 2008

Game Recap: Penguins 3 - Thrashers 2

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The Pittsburgh Penguins won their eighth game out of the last nine last night as they defeated the Atlanta Thrashers 3-2. The game winning goal was scored by Petr Sykora with less than three minutes remaining in the game.

The highlight of the night was definitely Crosby's goal in the second period. After some questionable actions behind the net that could have resulted in a Tyler Kennedy penalty, the puck was dished to Crosby who scored in dramatic fashion while falling to the ice.

Dany Sabourin was solid in net, especially during the third period. He made several key saves, including a near breakaway chance from Ilya Kovalchuk. Fleury will likely miss another few games, so it's good to see that Sabouin can hold he fort until then.

Crosby had a great game, adding two assists to the goal he scored. Whatever mini slump he went through earlier in the season was likely related to his injury and since then he has really turned it on. Evgeni Malkin hasn't been the same force he was earlier over the last couple of games, but he's still playing good hockey.

Matt Cooke and Tyler Kennedy are definite assets to this team. They bring the hard work and physicality that are necessary to win games.

Overall it was quite the good game. The Penguins haven't really dominated anyone this season, but they are finding ways to win. They're still a few steps away from being Stanley Cup contenders but it's only November and they're in the good place right now. They've gotten points in every game this month and they're getting better every game. It was also good to see them win a game in regulation after seeing so many end up in overtime.

The Penguins face Vancouver in a weirdly scheduled afternoon game on Saturday.
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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Game Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins @ Atlanta Thrashers

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Game Time: 7:00pm/ET
From: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Penguins Record: 11-4-3 (4th in Eastern Conference)
Thrashers Record: 7-8-2 (11th in Eastern Conference)
Last Meeting:
March 2nd, 2008 @ Pittsburgh (3-2 Pens [SO])
[Boxscore] [Video]

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS LINE COMBINATIONS:
Max Talbot - Sidney Crosby - Miroslav Satan
Ruslan Fedotenko - Evgeni Malkin - Petr Sykora
Tyler Kennedy - Jordan Staal - Matt Cooke
Pascal Dupuis - Mike Zigomanis - Eric Godard

Brooks Opik - Kris Letang
Rob Scuderi - Hal Gill
Phillipe Boucher - Alex Goligoski

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS PROBABLE GOALTENDER:
Dany Sabourin (3-1-1 / 1.51GAA / .945 SV%)

ATLANTA THRASHERS LINE COMBINATIONS:
Ilya Kovalchuk - Erik Christensen - Jason Williams
Slava Kozlov - Todd White - Bryan Little
Colby Armstrong - Marty Reasoner - Chris Thorburn
Eric Boulton - Jim Slater - Eric Perrin

Tobias Enstrom - Niclas Havelid
Ron Hainsey - Garnet Exelby
Nathan Oystrick - Boris Valabik
Mathieu Schneider - Zach Bogosian

ATLANTA THRASHERS PROBABLE GOALTENDER:
Kari Lehtonen (2-5-2 / 3.44GAA / .903 SV%)

PENGUINS LEADERS:
GOALS: Satan (8)
ASSISTS: Malkin (23)
POINTS: Malkin (30)
+/-: Staal (+6)

THRASHERS LEADERS:
GOALS: Kozlov (10)
ASSISTS: White (11)
POINTS: Little (17)
+/-: Little (+8)


The Atlanta Thrashers lost 4-3 to the Flyers on Sunday night, but prior to that game they won five in a row, including a 5-4 overtime win against the Buffalo Sabres. They cannot be taken lightly. Ilya Kovalchuk is a definite superstar and an offensive threat, but he does not have the supporting line-up he needs in order to play at the top of his game.

This is the first time Sidney Crosby will play against his BFF Colby Armstrong.

Marc-Andre Fleury is still injured, so Dany Sabourin will get his second start in a row. John Curry will be backing him up once again tonight.

The Penguins will need to keep the offensive pressure on tonight as there is no way the Thrashers can match them in a offensive battle. They have to be careful not to lose focus and let up on the Thrashers, as they do have the ability to do so. It will be tough to have a killer instinct against a team that is neither a rival or heading for the playoffs. I can see the Penguins building up a lead, blowing it in the second, and coming back to win in the third.

Prediction: 4-3 Penguins

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

10 Places To Watch NHL Hockey Games Online

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NOTE: Some of the sites listed here are no longer up. Please see our updated list (Places to Watch NHL Hockey Games Online in 2012) for additional sources.


While hockey is best enjoyed sitting on a comfortable couch watching a 47-inch LCD HDTV with surround sound, sometimes you'll need or want to watch a hockey game live on your computer. You could be traveling or at the office with no access to television. Maybe you're one of those unlucky people (like myself) who do not get Versus or TSN2 so you can't see all the games even with an NHL Center Ice package. Or maybe your favourite team plays out of your market and you can't watch any of their games. Maybe you live in a region where NHL games are rarely shown on television. Whatever the case may be, the ability to watch NHL hockey online comes in handy sometimes.

Today we're listing 10 ways that you can watch NHL hockey games online. Not all of these methods will work for everyone (some options are Windows only and others require you to live in a certain area or subscribe to a certain cable system) but with the help of this list you'll be able to find the method that works for you.

Please note that some methods discussed below may not be legal in your area. While we will do our best to describe the legality of each option it is your responsibility to conduct your own research to determine if using a service is legal in your situation. PenguinsExperience.com does not endorse or condone any illegal activities and strongly suggests that you only utilize legal means to watch NHL hockey online. Providing this list does not suggest that you violate the copyright or broadcasting laws of your region.

Service: NHL GameCenter Live
Cost: $30.99/month or $185.95 for the whole season
Features: NHL GameCenter is an official NHL.com service. You can watch up to 40 games a week and up to four NHL games at once. You can choose between the TV and Radio commentary feeds and select games allow you to choose from multiple camera angles. The service is available on Windows and Mac systems and the video quality is quite good.
Restrictions: Local blackout restrictions apply. Games televised nationally or locally within your market are unavailable. NHL GameCenter is not is not available in Europe or the Middle East.
Legality: 100% legal within the markets it serves.

Service: ESPN360 Europe
Cost: €6.99/day, €14.99/month or €79.99 for the whole season
Features: ESPN360 Europe is the official European service for watching NHL games online. Over 1000 games are streamed live every season and all NHL games are available in the archives within 24 hours of the game airing live. The service is available on Windows and Mac systems.
Restrictions: Local blackout restrictions apply. Games televised nationally or locally within your market are unavailable. The service is only available in Europe and is blocked in Africa, Italy and Russia.
Legality: 100% legal within the markets it serves.

Service: Yahoo! Sports
Cost: Free!
Features: Certain NHL games are streamed live by Yahoo! Games are available in different stream qualities from 100kbps to 700kbps. Games available online are marked with a "Watch It Live" icon beside the game's scoreboard.
Restrictions: Only one game is shown at any given time and games are not shown every day. The service is only available to users in the United States.
Legality: 100% legal within the markets it serves.

Service: Comcast Hockey Live
Cost: Free!
Features: Certain NHL games are streamed online by Comcast.
Restrictions: Only one game is shown at any given time and games are not shown every day. The service is only available to users in the United States who are subscribers to Comcast's Internet services.
Legality: 100% legal within the markets it serves.

Service: Justin.tv
Cost: Free
Features: Users on Justin.tv can share video online. There are hundreds of live channels available 24 hours a day. You may have to hunt around a bit, but several channels show NHL hockey games live. The service is available for PC and Mac users.
Restrictions: The content is shared by users and thus all games might not be available and some streams can be unreliable. You may have to hunt around to find a channel that is showing the game you want to watch.
Legality: It's a grey area depending on where you live. The service is not endorsed or supported by the NHL and the users are not authorized to rebroadcast the games. Justin.tv has faced legal action from the English Premier League, Britain's top soccer league, and several videos have been pulled from the service.

Service: ATDHE.net
Cost: Free
Features: The site streams several live sporting events every day, including some NHL hockey games. The service is available on Windows and Mac. This site usually has very high quality streams. You will need a good Internet connection.
Restrictions: Most NHL games are available, but not all. No videos are hosted directly on the site and thus the service can be unreliable at times.
Legality: Again, depending on where you live it may be illegal to stream copyrighted video or it may be illegal to watch it. The service is not endorsed or supported by the NHL and those sharing the videos are not authorized to rebroadcast the games.

Service: ChannelSurfing.net
Cost: Free
Features: ChannelSurfing.net provides links to live television streams. Some NHL hockey games are available. All streams play in Windows Media Player.
Restrictions: Only a few NHL games are available each night. As with the other video sharing sites, the service can be unreliable at times.
Legality: Like Justin.tv and ATDHE.net, depending on where you live it may or may not be illegal share or watch streaming video. The service is not endorsed or supported by the NHL and those sharing the videos are not authorized to rebroadcast the games.

Service: HockeyWebcasts.com
Cost: Free
Features: HockeyWebcasts.com provides links to sites that stream NHL hockey games online.
Restrictions: You will likely find many of the same videos linked here that you will find using the other services listed on this page. Not all games are available and the service can sometimes be unreliable.
Legality: Some links provided are legal (i.e. links to Yahoo! streamed games and audio feeds) but, as with the other sites, some videos streamed without permission.

Service: HockeyStreams.com
Cost: $3.99/day, $9.99/month or $49.99/year. Other pricing models are available depending on the length of registration and the quality of the stream.
Features: Every televised NHL game is streamed online, many in HD. The service is available on both Windows and Mac systems.
Restrictions: Windows Media Player or VLC Media Player is required to watch the streams.
Legality: Don't let the fact that this is a pay site fool you. I don't believe that the service is any more legal than any of the other non-official sources listed here. All broadcasts are copyrighted to the NHL and it does not look like HockeyStreams.com is authorized to rebroadcast the games.

Service: MyP2P.eu
Cost: Free
Features: MyP2P.eu provides links to games being shown online along with links to games that are being streamed directly from another user. Most, if not all, NHL games are available in relatively high quality. International hockey games (and other sports) are frequently shown as well.
Restrictions: You will likely need to download at least one of the following programs to view the games: VLC Media Player, SopCast, or TVU. Some of these programs are only available on Windows systems. The games are being streamed by users and therefore, like many other services listed, they may be unreliable. Using Sopcast or TVU can sometimes be confusing.
Legality: Like many other services listed, watching or sharing streaming copyrighted video may be illegal in your area. The service is not endorsed or supported by the NHL and those sharing the videos are not authorized to rebroadcast the games.




Hopefully this guide will help you out if you are ever in a situation where you need to watch a hockey game on your computer, rather than on your television. As with other situations where you are downloading or accessing any content online please be careful with what you install and/or run.

Also, please investigate the local laws in your region to determine the legality of sharing or viewing unauthorized copyrighted content online. You probably don't want to get fined or end up in jail for watching a hockey game.

Enjoy the games!
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Thursday, November 20, 2008

NHL News from Around the League - Nov. 20th

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Alexander Ovechkin had a good night last night, scoring a goal and adding three assists as the Washington Capitals defeated the Anaheim Ducks. There was also bad news for the Caps as defenseman Mike Green was leveled by Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger. Green left the game following the hit. He was wearing a sling after the game.

Sidney Crosby is less than 100,000 votes from being voted into the NHL All-Star Game. The Canadiens and Red Wings still dominate their respective rosters.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed defenseman Rostislav Klesla on injured reserve with an ankle injury.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have played more overtime games than any other NHL team so far this year. The rollercoaster games are certainly adding a few grey hairs to our heads.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have not offered former Anaheim Ducks general manager a contract yet and, apparently, he is not bothered by that.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

NHL News from Around the League - Nov. 19th

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The Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their third jersey yesterday. Like many other teams in the league this year the Flyers have chosen a retro look. Those orange jerseys will bring back a lot of angry feelings for Pens fans and give us yet another reason to hate the Flyers.

Speaking of teams that Penguins fans dislike, the Detroit Red Wings have placed right winger Darren McCarty on waivers. They hope to send McCarty to Grand Rapids of the AHL in order to clear up some cap space. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland made quite a cryptic comment stating that "the move was necessary to create some roster flexibility with the salary cap in case there's a short-term injury to a goalie." Is Ty Conklin or Chris Osgood injured?


A couple of goalies provided amazing performances in defeat last night:

Colorado Avalance goaltender Peter Budaj made 47 saves as the Avalanche fell 4-1 to the Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price's 46 save performance was for naught as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Eastern Conference All-Star team 2-1.

On the other side of the spectrum, the Edmonton Oilers only managed 19 shots but still managed to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets by a huge margin, winning the game 7-2.

The Tampa Bay Penguins Lightning did their best Penguins impersonation last night, blowing a 3-0 lead to lose 4-3 to the Florida Panthers. It was new coach Rick Tocchet's second game behind the bench, and his second loss.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Game Recap: Minnesota Wild: 2 - Pittsburgh Penguins: 1 [Shootout]

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The Penguins' winning streak was stopped at six and Evgeni Malkin's point streak ended at 13 as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in a shootout on Tuesday night at the Mellon Arena.

Matt Cooke scored the only goal for the Penguins, jamming home the rebound of a Jordan Staal shot in the first period. Minnesota's goal in regulation was actually put in the net by the Penguins as Mike Zigomanis directed the puck back to Hal Gill off the faceoff. The puck took a weird bounce and slid past Dany Sabourin. Marek Zidlicky scored the only goal in the shootout to win the game for the Wild. Petr Sykora, Alex Goligoski and Sidney Crosby were all stopped by Niklas Backstrom on their shootout attempts.

Thanks to Rogers Cable and the CTV/TSN conglomerate, I wasn't able to watch the game. The game was shown on TSN2, a new offering from TSN that is not carried by my cable company, Rogers Cable. I managed to watch overtime and the shootout online.

From the highlights and recaps it seems like it was a slow, uneventful game; which can be expected from the Minnesota Wild. They play a very tight defense and their goaltender, Niklas Backstrom, comes up big when he needs to. The Penguins were not able to capitalize on the few chances they had and their powerplay didn't manage to score.

Jordan Staal got in a fight, which is strange for him, but good to see. He's a big guy and he should send the league a message that he's not someone to be messed with. It looks like Staal is living up to that potential I mentioned a while ago.

Malkin was hit in the face with the puck and temporarily left the game. He returned later with some visible damage to his mouth so I assume he will be given a massive raise at the end of the season.

All-in-all it appeared to be quite a boring game and a disappointing one for a Penguins team that was on a role. The team's impressive offense couldn't come through and the team lost for the first time this month. Dany Sabourin performed well in goal and it was actually weird to see him lose in a shootout, since that happens so rarely.

The Penguins head to Atlanta to play Colby Armstrong and the Trashers on Thursday.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Pittsburgh Penguins Surprise Goaltender Sensations

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Marc-Andre Fleury is injured.

For many teams an injury to their starting goaltender can be deadly. Just ask the New Jersey Devils. Since Martin Brodeur's injury the team has definitely struggled. However the thought of losing a starting goaltender for a long period of time does not strike the same kind of fear into the hearts of Penguins fans. Why?

Perhaps is is because the franchise has a history of surprise heroes suddenly emerging in between the pipes. Today we will take a look at some of these masked men who seemingly came from nowhere and stole the show.

Some goaltenders are expected to be starters. With people like Marc-Andre Fleury, people who are drafted first overall, it is assumed that they will one day be their team's go-to guy. It doesn't always work out, but when it does it's not a surprise.

Other people are different. For whatever reason success is not expected from them. They are not meant to steal the show or carry the team. They are meant to be dependable. They are meant to share the load when their team plays back-to-back games or cover for a starting goaltender who is injured or is on a cold streak. However, sometimes these men rise to the occasion and become the star.


Frank Pietrangelo: Pietrangelo was primarily the backup to starting goaltender Tom Barrasso. In the 1991 Stanley Cup playoffs the Penguins trailed the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in their first round series. Things looked even worse for the Pens when Barrasso was injured prior to game six. It looked like the Penguins playoff dreams were about to end. Then Frank Pietrangelo stepped in. He made what is now known only as "The Save," absolutely robbing Petr Stastny from what looked to be a sure goal. The Penguins won games six and seven to eliminate the Devils. Barrasso returned and the team went on to win the Stanley Cup, but none of it would have been possible without Frank Pietrangelo's performance. Pietrangelo was later traded to the Hartford Whalers and left the NHL in 1994.

Patrick Lalime: Lalime was brought in to play backup for starter Ken Wregget in 1996. He did his job well, but when Wregget was injured he really stepped up. Lalime set the longest unbeaten streak to start a career when he went 16 games without a loss (a 14-0-2 record.) His first loss was to the Colorado Avalanche in overtime. He recorded three shutouts in 39 games during the 1996-1997 season but his luck seemed to run out as the season continued. Wregget returned to play in the Stanley Cup playoffs and Lalime returned to his backup role. Lalime left the Penguins during the offseason when he was unable to agree on a new contract. He has since played for the Ottawa Senators, St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks before ending up in his current role, backing up Ryan Miller on the Buffalo Sabres. He never quite reached the heights he did in 1996, but his unexpected play that year was legendary and the record he set has not been broken.

Johan Hedberg: The man who would be known as "The Moose" was called up om short notice from the Manitoba Moose of the IHL. He still wore a blue helmet bearing a moose for the remainder of the 2000-2001 season, including the playoffs. He truly shone during the playoffs, recording two shutouts as the Penguins reached the conference finals for the first time since 1996. Unfortunately the Penguins were beaten by the New Jersey Devils in five games. Hedberg matched up against NHL legends Dominik Hasek and Martin Brodeur and held his own. He was eventually traded from the Penguins in 2003 and now plays on the Atlanta Thrashers. His helmet still sports a moose.

Ty Conklin: The most recent example of a backup goaltender stepping up when needed is Ty Conklin. When Marc-Andre Fleury was injured last season it looked like the Penguins were in trouble. However Conklin, a career backup at that point, went 17–6–5 while Fleury was injured and helped the Penguins secure their first division title since 1998. He left to join the Detroit Red Wings during the offseason, but last year Ty Conklin was one of the biggest stories in Pittsburgh.


The performances of these four men have proven that an unknown goaltender or a career backup can step up and steal the show. Can Dany Sabourin do the same? Will he need to? The extent of Fleury's injury is not yet known, but it is somewhat comforting that the Penguins organization has a history of surprise heroes in net.
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