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Battle in the Atlantic...

The final game at home for the Penguins proved to be another strong showing. With one of the loudest crowds of the season, the Penguins took home ice for the last time in this inaugural regular season. The devils, once the biggest thorn in the penguin’s side, had been eliminated from the playoffs and yet still came to play. The game was fast and physical, perfect for the final match up of these Atlantic Division rivals. The first period saw a strong start by New Jersey, but a few undisciplined penalties lead to a gorgeous Jordan Staal goal in which he took a cross ice pass, made a power move, and flipped the puck over Hedberg. It would be the only goal of the period. The assi...

Game Day in Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been in contention for the Eastern Conference championship all season long. After the losses of Crosby and Malkin, some thought that would change, but it didn’t. The Penguins are just three points back of Philly and Washington with all having three games left in the season. While it is unlikely they overtake either one, they need to reassure the confidence heading into the playoffs. As well as keeping the fourth overall spot in the east from the Tampa Bay Lightning. With three games left the Penguins will play the Devils (tonight), the Islanders, and the Thrashers. Tonight’s game with the Devils is a big one. A few different strategies are needed for to...

Atlantic Division back to back; Recap of one and Preview of the next.

In the Keystone State there is no rivalry other than that of Pens vs. Flyers. Last night was another chapter in what has become one of the NHL’s best rivalries to watch. Last night's game was big for the Penguins as they try to greater the gap on the Tampa Bay Lightning. On the Flyers side of things, Philly is looking to gain more ground on the Capitals. In what was sure to be a tough fought game, Pittsburgh once again came ready to play. The first period saw the flyers storm out of the gate creating multiple chances. The Flyers were pressing hard for the first five minutes. The Penguins then started to tilt the ice. Their fast checking game was starting to get to the Flyers until ...

The NHL must take action on Cooke; it's not Mario's job

There might be a lot of people out there who are quite upset from Matt Cooke’s most recent hit. They have every right to be since this is Matt’s third or fourth suspension in a Penguins Jersey. In a game against the New York Rangers, Cooke threw up an elbow into the face of young defensemen Ryan McDonagh. While the hit will garner a suspension, it should be anywhere from 5-10 games, but Cooke might be in more trouble after that hit. Many people have jumped on top of Pens co-owner Mario Lemieux for not speaking up right after the event. It is called being a hypocrite, some would say, and when someone calls you a hypocrite it typically means that they themselves are also hypocrites. ...

The Playoffs May Come and Go All Too Quickly in Pittsburgh

Given the situation in Pittsburgh, it is a testament of will that has kept the Penguins afloat for the past few months. With the losses of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin the Pittsburgh Penguins have suffered a loss of one goal per game. The statistics show that through the first half of the season the Penguins had a goals per game upwards of 3.07 and now the penguins have a measly 2.05 goals per game(since the injury of Crosby and Malkin). This loss of offensive firepower has the penguins in constant back checking mode, forcing the team to play a tougher brand of defense and a basic “Opportunistic” style of offense. Given their situation, Ray Shero has made some moves to improv...

Dan Bylsma Agrees to 3-Year Contract Extension

Since being thrust into the position of the Pittsburgh Penguins' Head Coach just over two years ago, Dan Bylsma has arguably seen very little in the way of losing, whilst also guiding the black and gold to the pinnacle of National Hockey League triumph - the Stanley Cup. On Tuesday, the organization rewarded him for that success, agreeing to terms on a new 3-year contract extension through the 2013-14 season, ensuring that the man known affectionately by Pens' supporters as "Disco Dan" will remain in the fold for the forseeable future. Bylsma, the 40-year old Grand Haven, Michigan native, was originally promoted from his previous post as the bench boss of the Penguins' American Hockey Lea...

Alex Kovalev Returns to Pittsburgh

For the second time in less than a week, Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Ray Shero has pulled the trigger on a significant trade to bolster his injury-riddled lineup. And this time, rather than dealing for a young, fresh face such as James Neal or Matt Niskanen, it's for an ex-fan favourite who's greatest individual success arguably came while playing in the Steel City. Alex Kovalev, the enigmatic Russian sniper whose previous tour of duty with the black and gold spanned five seasons and six calendar years, was acquired from the rebuilding Ottawa Senators in exchange for a conditional 7th round draft pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. If the Penguins advance past the first round of the...

Penguins Acquire James Neal, Matt Niskanen from Dallas Stars

The long-awaited trade deadline bonanza has officially begun in the Steel City, as the Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired young winger James Neal and blueliner Matt Niskanen from the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenseman Alex Goligoski. The addition of the 23-year old Neal, a three-time 20-goal man who has scored 21 times thus far in 2010-11, is the latest attempt by the franchise to land a top-flight winger, one who will undoubtedly play alongside Sidney Crosby upon his eventual return from injury. Neal's playing style, an underrated combination of bruising physicality fused with a deft scoring touch and nose for the net, should allow him to mesh flawlessly with Head Coach Dan Bylsma's ...

Goalie Fight on the Island; Islanders obliterate Penguins

At one time, a goaltender fight would be a rare occasion, let alone twice in one week by the same guy. Brent Johnson apparently wants to make a name for himself, as he got in his second scrap Friday Night in just over a week against the same New York Islanders squad, except this time, his team had the last laugh. Last Wednesday, with only seconds remaining in the game, a scrap between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Islanders ensued after Matt Cooke ran into Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro as he went for the puck off a dump in. With tempers running high, all the players got into the fight, including the two goaltenders, as Johnson skated down the ice, where he started a short ...

Pittsburgh Penguins in hot water?

Things just seem to keep getting worse for the Pittsburgh Penguins, as the team learned Wednesday that they would be without star forward Evgeni Malkin for the rest of the season. Malkin will undergo knee surgery on Thursday and is expected to be out of the lineup for six months. Malkin tore his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his right knee after he collided with Buffalo Sabres’ defencemen Tyler Myers in the second period of Friday night’s win over Buffalo. It was Malkin’s first game back after sitting out five games with a knee problem and a sinus infection. In 43 games this season, he has 15 goals and 37 points. This is horrible news for th...