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The Pittsburgh Penguins grabbed Jussi Jokinen from Carolina at the trade deadline, hopeful that the smooth-skating forward could fill in while superstar Sidney Crosby recovers from a broken jaw.
Jokinen certainly borrowed a page from Crosby's flair for the dramatic in his Penguins debut, scoring in regulation and then adding the only tally in the shootout as Pittsburgh edged the New York Rangers 2-1 on Friday night.
''When you come here you always want to make a good first impression,'' Jokinen said. ''I made a huge one.''
Jokinen beat Henrik Lundqvist with a wrist shot 32 seconds into the third period, and then one of the NHL's top shootout specialists slipped a wrister over the New York goalie in the first round of the tiebreaker as the Penguins snapped out of a two-game funk that came on the heels of a 15-game winning streak.
''We needed two goals to win, one in regular time and one in the shootout, and he got both of those,'...
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Jokinen scores, makes his coach look like Nostradamus. Video screenshot via NHL.com
Check out this cool little highlight from last night’s action. While being interviewed, Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma predicts that newly acquired forward Jussi Jokinen will break the 0-0 tie. Lo and behold, Jokinen proves Bylsma’s words to be prophetic as he takes a feed from Chris Kunitz and...
There’s a rather ominous Bible verse in the book of Hosea that warns, “… they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.” While I may be guilty of taking this piece of scripture out of context, it sure seems like an apt description for what has been an exhilarating yet tumultuous couple of weeks for Penguins hockey.
On the plus side, GM Ray Shero acquired a bevy...
In about one of the most adorable things you will ever see, Makenzie Roskwitalski, a five-year-old girl and obvious fan of Sidney Crosby, sent the Pittsburgh Penguins superstar a priceless letter to boost the player’s spirits after he had his jaw fractured when he was drilled by a puck in the face during a game last weekend. Along with the fractured jaw, Crosby, who according to...
The Pittsburgh Penguins aren’t sure when Sidney Crosby will return from his broken jaw, but the team is greatly relieved he isn’t suffering concussion symptoms.On the other hand, the team is monitoring winger James Neal closely after he took a knock-out elbow from New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto. “It was a tough hit to watch,” right winger Pascal Dupuis told...
During Henirk Lundqvist's save on Evgeni Malkin's shootout attempt it looked like he tweaked a hamstring, which he addressed after the game...
"I think I pulled my hamstring a little bit, but it's fine, I think. I don't know what happened. It just hurt...It felt better after a minute or two, so hopefully it's nothing."
...you never like to hear...
Once in a while a player will switch jersey numbers. This is usually done to accommodate new arrivals to the team. One such instance is Penguins left-winger Tanner Glass, who wore the number 10 until Pittsburgh acquired Brenden Morrow. Morrow was number 10 on the Dallas Stars, so Glass decided he would switch to number 15 to open up the jersey number so Morrow could wear it.
The Rangers fell tonight to the Pittsburgh Penguins by the score of 2-1 in a shootout. For a box score, click here.
Three points out of four in the home and home against Pittsburgh? Sign me up!!
Still, tough luck loss tonight, Rangers absolutely deserved to win. Only Fleury prevented tonight's game, especially in the third period, from turning tonight into a repeat of...
There was a collision in front of Fleury late in the second period. He somehow lost his glove. But that didn't phase him:
Almost wish a puck would have got through to see him make a save with his barehand. But that also could have meant a broken hand, so glad it didn't happen.
As a rookie hopeful fresh out of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Pat Boutette received a baptism by fire … from his own teammate. While trying to make an impression during a Toronto Maple Leafs training camp he engaged in several fights with NHL penalty king Dave “Tiger” Williams.
The scrappy youngster passed his first test. Boutette’s spirited play earned a spot on the...
It simply may be a coincidence that the Pittsburgh Penguins have dropped both games without injured captain Sidney Crosby following their impressive 15-game winning streak.
The New York Rangers, meanwhile, hope it's more than just happenstance that they played so well with their newest additions.
Pittsburgh looks to get back on track while preventing playoff-hopeful New York...
The NHL trade deadline occurred this week and I have not yet had a chance to write about it. As is my tradition (here is last year) I like to pick one team as having made the biggest long and short term gain and drop. I define the trade deadline as all the deadline deals that lead up to trade deadline day as well as all the trades that occur on deadline day. Here are my picks...
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The Rangers dropped a tough one to the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight, 2-1 in a shootout. The play of Marc-Andre Fleury was the only reason this game wasn’t a repeat of Wednesday night. A truly sensational performance. While the loss stings, securing 3 out of a possible 4 points in a home and home with the Pens is more than we could have hoped at the...