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Late Wednesday night, the Penguins traded defenseman Ben Lovejoy to the Anaheim Ducks for a 5th round pick in the 2014 NHL draft. Simultaneously, the Penguins recalled Upper St. Clair native, Dylan Reese from Wilkes-Baare.Lovejoy started the season as the seventh defenseman for the Penguins. After two games, he was given Simon Despres's starting spot. But, after Matt Niskanen went down with a lower body injury, the Penguins inserted Lovejoy back into the lineup, only to see the defense struggle mightily. After an embarrassing 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders, Lovejoy was scratched for Robert Bortuzzo and the Penguins never looked back. Thanks to stellar defensive play and timely scoring, the Penguins have won four in a row, and with Matt Niskanen looking to return, GM Ray Shero had to make a move.If Shero decided to keep Lovejoy, he would have eight defensemen on the NHL roster which would mean sending somebody down. Given the consistency from Robert Bortuzzo and the high potential of Simon Despres, Shero was out of options. He couldn't send Lovejoy down without putting him through waivers, a mistake that was already made when the Penguins lost Brian Strait to the Islanders. In the end, it was better to get something for Lovejoy than nothing.By all accounts, Ben Lovejoy is an upstanding person. Fans got a chance to see him in the HBO 24/7 documentary. Lovejoy scored his first NHL goal before taking a puck to the face. When he met with reporters after the game, he teared up over his accomplishment.Ben Lovejoy signed an AHL contract with the Wilkes-Baare/Scranton Penguins in 2007. He played one year with Boston College and three years with Dartmouth. Lovejoy's name is on the Stanley Cup with the rest of the 2008-2009 Pittsburgh Penguins, despite not playing in any of the playoff games.Unfortunately, he never fit in with the Penguins' system. He was a serviceable player leading up to last year's playoffs before everything melted down. His turnover in game two against the Flyers led to a goal from Sean Couturier and Lovejoy never quite recovered. His instincts, skating, positioning, defensive and offensive qualities were average at best, and on a team with so many young defensemen, both in the NHL and waiting in the wings, Lovejoy was never going to maximize his potential in a Penguins uniform. The Penguins look to have their seven defensemen set as long as they can stay consistent throughout the season. In the event Ray Shero decides to trade for a more veteran defenseman, he will have one less roster spot to worry about. The Penguins have puck-moving defensemen in Matt Niskanen, Simon Despres, Kris Letang, and Paul Martin while Robert Bortuzzo, Deryk Engelland, and Brooks Orpik are more defensive-minded. The call up of Dylan Reese is just to bide time for Matt Niskanen's return.Of course the probability of injury is always high, but it's pretty clear the Penguins already have better options in mind.
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This was the logical move given how well Despres and Bortuzzo have played. And, really, Lovejoy was never gonna see the ice again. With Matt Niskanen set to return in a few weeks, the Pens had to make a move. Shero has turned an undrafted fringe 6th-defenseman into a 5th-round pick. Sold.
Ben Lovejoy, by all accounts, was a really nice dude. Even stole an episode...
From Billy Nauman of The Hockey Writers:
Marc-Andre Fleury is a scapegoat for a reason. He is not an elite goaltender. He never has been and he never will be. He collapsed down the stretch last year, failed spectacularly in the playoffs, and his save percentage this year is an abysmal 0.897 – but that’s not why I’m writing this article.
I’m writing this because...
Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby took a wicked puck to the face during the second period of Tuesday's game against the New York Islanders. The accident forced the Penguins captain out of the game and off the ice as he suffered considerable bleeding.The incident occurred during a Pittsburgh power play when Crosby got tangled up with Islanders defenseman Brian Strait. Crosby...
Perhaps it’s anger over their team moving to Brooklyn. Maybe it’s anger over their team being irrelevant for almost thirty years. Or maybe Sidney Crosby is just that hated around the NHL. Tuesday night, the NHL’s poster boy Crosby took a puck to the face while his Penguins were in Long Island to take on [...]
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was injured early in the second period against the New York Islanders when he was struck in the face by the puck, but quickly returned to the game.
During a Penguins power play, Crosby skated across the right circle in the New York end -- near where Islanders defenseman Brian Strait was crouched -- and was clipped by the puck. Crosby'...
Yesterday, we posted a video of NHL referee Chris Rooney getting hit the face with a deflected puck and last night, Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby was feeling the same pain.
The incident happened in the second period of play against the New York Islanders defenseman Brian Strait attempted to get his stick on the puck:
Watch as the puck deflects right off Crosby'...
Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby was injured and missed a few shifts during Pittsburgh’s game against New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday evening.
During a Penguins power play, Crosby skated across the offensive zone, outside the front of the crease toward the circle when a feed inside rode up and struck him in the face.
Myles Crosby, a high school defensive back from Texas, announced earlier this week that he will sign a letter of intent to play Division I college football at SMU. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound safety is a two-star recruit and is ranked nowhere near the top at his position, but there’s one particular bit of information that makes his story noteworthy — Crosby is a nationally-recognized...
This game was just a case of two different teams heading in two completely different directions. The Pittsburgh Penguins overcame an early deficit by scoring five straight goals in the second period en route to their fifth straight win. Meanwhile, the Washington Capitals lost their third straight and are now a league-worst 2-8-1 on the season.Despite the records, this game had...
The Penguins came into Long Island with a three game winning streak and left with a 4-2 victory, Tuesday night. With the win, Pittsburgh moved into the top spot in the East with fourteen points.What a difference a week makes.Exactly seven days ago, the Penguins were embarrassed on their own ice by these very same New York Islanders. They squandered nine minutes in power play time...
Washington Capitals (2-7-1) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (7-3-0)
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This feels almost exactly like the kind of game that the Penguins overlook, doesn't it? The struggling Capitals visit Pittsburgh. The Penguins have won four-in-a-row. The Pens have a big home-and-home with the Devils coming up...
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The Three Star voters at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday night named James Neal the gameâs No. 1 star, Kris Letang the No. 2 star and the Islandersâ Brad Boyes the No. 3 star.
The comments boards have held a lively discussion on how the voting should have gone.
With apologies to Boyes, hereâs your chance for the top three Pittsburgh Penguins...
Anaheim Ducks 'backup' goalie Viktor Fasth is making it almost impossible for head coach Bruce Boudreau to take him out of the lineup. Fasth stopped 31 shots for his first NHL shutout as the red-hot Ducks knocked off the Colorado Avalanche 3-0 on Wednesday.
Ducks' defenseman Francois Beauchemin scored in his 500th career game, while Sheldon Souray and Saku Koivu each...