In 2009, after winning the Stanley Cup, the Pittsburgh Penguins held the 30th pick in the NHL Draft. With said pick the Penguins selected Simon Despres, a big bodied defensive prospect from the QMJHL. Standing at 6’4 and weighing in at 215 pounds, Despres wowed scouts with his excellent skating prowess and his offensive upside. While still very raw in his game, it was clear that Despres possessed the skill set and size to become an all situation defensemen in the NHL.
After being invited to training camp with the Penguins in 2009 and 2010, Despres showed how much his game needed to evolve. He would be sent back to his junior club in both seasons to progress. In the two seasons...
In the second period of last night’s regular season game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators, defenseman Erik Karlsson suffered a devastating injury.
While making a play on the boards, Karlsson collided with Matt Cooke of the Penguins. In what is a routine play, Matt Cooke positions his body to gain leverage on Karlsson. In the event of the collision one can see Cooke’s leg lift into the air, roughly in line with the height of Karlsson’s calf. Once the two made contact on the boards, Cooke’s skate abruptly strikes downward, lacerating the Achilles Tendon of Karlsson.
Karlsson was in instant pain, as the clean cut instantly seve...
On Tuesday, January 29th, the Pittsburgh Penguins played host to the New York Islanders. With five minutes remaining in the second period, the Islanders John Tavares and Matt Moulson would both score, respectively, on consecutive power plays. At the end of the period the Pittsburgh Penguins players were booed off of the ice. The real kicker, when the Penguins returned to the ice, the arena had been half full.
Just ten days ago the Penguins record would have indicated an average team considering they were only 3-3-0. People questioned their toughness, their skill, and whether or not they could ever be considered a true Stanley Cup contender. That was just six games ...
The Capitals visited the Consol Energy Center Thursday evening struggling to get any momentum going this season. They did nothing to buck that trend.
The Caps came out of the gates strong. Mike Ribeiro continued his hot streak, scoring his fourth goal of the season in a sequence that saw Marc-Andre Fleury dramatically fall to the ice, losing his helmet in the process. The first period ended 1-0 in favor of the Caps.
The Pittsburgh Penguins skate into the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum seemingly much more awake than the last time the Islanders ran into them. The Penguins will look to continue their hot streak and put the 4-1 domination by the Islanders behind him.
In case you haven’t followed where Pittsburgh has been since they were outplayed at home, they have strung off 3 straight wins in dominating fashion outscoring their opponents 14-4 over 3 games. Sitting at 6-3-0, they look to add to their slight Atlantic Division lead.
Meanwhile the Isles battled tooth and nail with a gritty Devils team. The Islanders feel victimized by a call that quickly turned a 0-0 draw late into the third period into a 3-0 Devils win.
Whether or not Brian Strait should have been sitting in the penalty box when the Devils rallied for the win is irrelevant. The score on Sunday was misleading and they continued their strong play all day.
The Islanders will play their third home game of the season later today against the New Jersey Devils. After a 5-game road trip, the Isles secured 7 out of 10 possible points, leaving them tied with the Devils for 2nd place in the Atlantic. (Photo Credit: Thomas Weber/The Checking Line)
These two teams last met on Thursday, where the Islanders put on a spectacular special teams showcase. The Isles killed all five New Jersey power-plays and went 3 for 4 on their own man advantage, winning the game 5-4 thanks to a Brad Boyes overtime goal.
Looking to rebound from two consecutive road losses to the Bruins and the Jets, the Islanders came into Pittsburgh on Tuesday night to break the streak. The Isles, who haven't had much luck in the Steel City, had been defeated in 13 of their last 14 games in Pittsburgh. (Photo Credit: AxsDeny/Flickr)
Early in the first period, the Penguins went to the power play twice where they were incredibly ineffective. The Islanders penalty killers held the Pens out of their zone and off the scoreboard.
With under five minutes left in the opening period, the Isles put up their first of the night.
Opening the season with back to back games in consecutive days is a difficult task. The kicker would be taking on two division rivals poised at humiliating you in their respective home openers.
The Pittsburgh Penguins, however, were poised in their own right.
The Penguins would beat the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday and then follow up their performance with another victory against the New York Rangers on Sunday. Despite sloppy play and some new faces, Pittsburgh appears to be one of the more congealed teams early on.
With a 3-1 victory on Saturday against Philadelphia, Pittsburgh exercised some early demons. Establishing the lead early on, Pittsburgh scored off o...
On the same sheet of ice their season ended last April, the Penguins beat the Flyers 3-1 in the opening game of the NHL’s 2012-2013 season.
Fans tuning in to see the same post-whistle fireworks were in for a surprise, though – both teams shied away from the scrums and all out brawls that filled their first round playoff series 9 months ago.
And all the offense? Also almost non-existent.
Though, at the beginning, the Pens looked like they were about to pick up right where that playoff series left off. On their first powerplay opportunity of the season, the 2nd unit cashed in when a Paul Martin slapper found its way past a helpless Ilya...
The 23 man roster has been set as the Penguins head into the 2013 season. The interesting aspect of the current roster was Coach Dan Bylsma’s selection of eight defensemen.
With the roster of defensemen set at eight, the Penguins had to place Brian Straight on waivers. It is surfacing now that Strait was claimed off of waivers by the New York Islanders. While a good pick up for the Isles, it is a difficult loss of depth for the Penguins.
It is expected that both Robert Bortuzzo and Ben Lovejoy will be the 7th and 8th defensemen in the rotation, giving highly touted prospect Simon Despres a spot among the Penguins top 4 pairing. It is expect as well that...