Found October 27, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
For the Maple Leafs to beat the likes of Sidney Crosby, they must psyche themselves like Sidney Crosby. That was the message coach Randy Carlyle was pumping to his under-manned team before they met the NHL’s leading scorer, along with the equally dangerous Evgeni Malkin and the rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. Staff and players were on the same page in the 4-1 win, as the Leafs blanked Crosby and held Malkin to a power-play assist. That comes after three games where the Leafs faced a stable of stars — Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Marian Gaborik, with only Gaborik earning a point. “As always, great players are great challenges,” Carlyle said. “(Crosby) has tendencies he likes to do, but he finds a way to overcome a lot of the defensive systems that he competes against. He takes it as a personal challenge. That’s what we have to do as a team, challenge ourselves to limit the time and space and be very aware of where and when he’s on ...

Penguins James Neal unlikely back for at least another week

The Pittsburgh Penguins are banged up all over, and won’t be getting James Neal back out on the ice for at least another week. As in, back out on the ice to practice—something that the top-six winger hasn’t done since October 3 when he was originally injured. The fear of some serious rink rust kicks in at that point. Being able to skate in a practice and being adjusted to...

Thoughts: Game 11 – Penguins @ Maple Leafs

Maple Leafs 4  Penguins 1 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Letang (1) (PP) from Malkin, Martin Goal Assessment First Goal For (Letang) Paul Martin pinches down the left side boards on the powerplay to retrieve a rebound and picks up the puck half way into the zone. He passes the puck to Evgeni Malkin below the goal line. Malkin skates behind the goal as Kris Letang skates...

Penguins’ Rob Scuderi leaves game with leg injury

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi left Saturday’s game with a leg injury, potentially a knee injury as per Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The injury occurred when Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson hit Scuderi into the boards. The two players got tangled up and Scuderi fell somewhat awkwardly. He was helped off the ice and did not return. After the...

GIF: Penguins D melts down on a game tying goal

Uhhh what happen here? Total failure by all players involved. First off, this is why Chuck Kobasew is Chuck Kobasew. Gotta get the puck out. Malkin checked out, Niskanen yikes, and Olli Maatta makes his first really, really bad play.

Game 12 Preview – Penguins at Hurricanes

By: Casey Johnston (@CaseyR82) Last Game for the Pens:  Saturday, a 4-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Kris Letang opened up the scoring for the Penguins with a power play goal at 6:52 into the first period.  However, the Maple Leafs would go on to score four unanswered goals over the course of the game.  Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 26 of 29 shots while his counterpart, James...

John Tavares & Sidney Crosby – two of Canada’s best at centre

This evening’s contest between the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins features two of Canada’s best centremen going head-to-head. John Tavares of the Isles and Sidney Crosby of the Penguins have many things in common that make them so great.…Read more →The post John Tavares & Sidney Crosby – two of Canada’s best at centre appeared first on The Hockey Daily.

Penguins-Hurricanes Preview

The Pittsburgh Penguins have had plenty of shots on goal in the last three games but not too many have gone in the net. A lack of goals hasn't been an issue for Pittsburgh in recent matchups with the Carolina Hurricanes. The Penguins will try to snap a three-game losing streak Monday night by continuing their success against a Hurricanes team that's missing top goaltender...

Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 11: Toronto Maple Leafs

Pittsburgh Penguins (7-3-0) @ Toronto Maple Leafs (7-4-0) Root Sports, CBC - 7:00 pm/et  Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON Saturday night on CBC. It's a big game for the Pens and for the Leafs. Like it or not, Saturday night in Toronto is the big time in hockey. The lights are bright, the pre-game video package is epic and Don Cherry is confused and out of...

Notes & Lines: Sutters and Staals and Canes, Oh My!

Some notes and team line combinations for tonight as the Penguins visit Carolina. Rob Scuderi is still out of action, which is bad news for the Pens.  Also bad news is the Penguins' power play. It's been 1-for-15 in the last three games. Clearly James Neal is missed. Pittsburgh Penguins lines via Chris Kunitz ...

Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 12: Carolina Hurricanes

Pittsburgh Penguins (7-4-0) @ Carolina Hurricanes (4-4-3) Root Sports, FS-CR - 7:00 pm/et  PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC [Image via Venues Today] The Pens bring their three-game losing streak into Carolina to play the Hurricanes. Scuderi, Bennett and Neal are still out for the Pens. Basically everyone not named Staal is injured for Carolina.  Double J, Jussi...
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