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By MATT WILSON Repeat offender of dirty hits, Matt Cooke, may have received a dose of his own medicine in Calgary against the Flames on Saturday. Matt Cooke receives a hit to the chin during the second period of Saturday's game. He came back to play in the third period. The repeat offender of dishing out those dirty hits received a blow when defenceman Cory Sarich reacted in an open-ice contact play with Cooke.  Sarich turned into Cooke and lifted an elbow up towards his head. Only time will tell if the head honcho of player safety, Brendan Shanahan, will thrown the book down. As quick as the hit occurred is about the time it took for Twitter to light up with reaction towards Cooke receiving the blow, which forced him on his hands and knees for a minute, and needing assistance to stand back up. The hit provided Cooke with a little chin music, prompting him to say, “My jaw is sore,” to Pittsburgh reporters. Cooke returned to the game for the third period. Cooke is co...

Malkin, Penguins Finally Solving the Power Play?

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ power play unit has been god-awful for the better part of two straight seasons.In each regular season since the Pens won it all in 2009, the unit has finished outside the top half of the league in man-advantage conversion.A year ago, their 25th-overall ranking turned into a 1-for-33 postseason performance which almost certainly kept the Penguins from finishing...

Adams Returns to His Roots

The Penguins’ Friday practice at Scotiabank Saddledome was a special session for forward Craig Adams. That isn’t surprising considering Adams was raised in Calgary and even purchased season tickets at the Saddledome to see the ...

Western Canada trip cozy for three Penguins

Penguins forward Craig Adams smiled when asked about a visit to his hometown. Not just because he enjoys the relatively rare times when he gets to play here, but also at the irony. Adams' parents are on vacation, a trip planned before the 2011-12 NHL schedule was released.

Lopsided - Penguins 5, Flames 3

So what happened? This was nowhere near as close as the score indicated.  While the Pens did need an empty net goal from Jordan Staal to cement the victory, the Pens put on a clinic for about 45 of the 60 minutes of this hockey game.  The rest of the time, they were simply better than average, instead of tremendous. My biggest takeaway from this game was that the...

Home Cooke-in

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Penguins forward Matt Cooke said he is adjusting certain aspects of his game. What he failed to mention is that he’s turning himself into a sniper – at least for one night. Cooke, playing against his former ...

John Toperzer: Game 2, Pens @Calgary: Western Canada Swing Continues

Game 2 Pens @Calgary: Saddle up to the Scotiabank Saddledome Follow me at Sidney Crosby nearly pulled off the impossible the last time the Pens and Flames met, netting a hat trick by scoring four different ways back on Nov. 27, 2010 in a 4-1 Pittsburgh victory at CONSOL Energy Center. Only a failed back-handed penalty shot prevented Crosby from...

Staal returns to lineup after dehydration issues

Penguins center Jordan Staal played against the Calgary Flames on Saturday night despite leaving the season opener in Vancouver two nights earlier with dehydration issues.

Oilers play past Penguins with shootout win

Brent Johnson, the Penguins' backup goalie, again started his campaign at peak form by stopping 34 of 35 shots, but the Penguins fell short.

Penguins vs. Flames Scouting Report

Pittsburgh Penguins Overall: 1-0-0-2 Home: 0-0-0-0 Road: 1-0-0-2 WHEN: Oct. 8, 2011 - 10:00 pm...

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will not play tonight

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will not play tonight against the Edmonton Oilers because of an unspecified injury.

Penguins Hope to Continue Building Momentum Tonight in Calgary

By Joe Depto (@PensDeptoTFP) Eastern conference teams beginning extended road trips far away from home usually have already faced the brutal and constant rigors of an NHL season. For the Pittsburgh Penguins, however, they are getting the tough travels out of the way early. Coming off of a 4-3 overtime win against the defending western conference champions, the Vancouver Canucks...

News and Notes: Post West Coast

The Penguins tallied 5 of a 6 possible points from their West Coast swing. Stop inside for a brief analysis of where they are heading into the home opener.

Flames open 2011-2012 season tonight against Pittsburgh

The Calgary Flames start their regular season tonight by hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Puck drop is at 8pm and the game will be broadcast on CBC Hockey Night in Canada and FAN 960 radio. Last time the Penguins came to town TV viewers met the future Mrs. Sidney Crosby, Kristine De [...]

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Edmonton Oilers (Game Three)

Well a win is a win I guess.  It seems like these guys still let their guard down late though doesn’t it?  Why can’t the Penguins play a full 60 minutes? Two road wins in a row, both on the west coast though, can’t complain too much about that! No goals for the great Matt [...]
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