Posted October 26, 2013 on AP on Fox
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs have cooled off a bit after getting off to hot starts, but their respective top scorers have not. Sidney Crosby looks to help visiting Pittsburgh avoid a third consecutive defeat as it faces Phil Kessel and the slumping Maple Leafs on Saturday night. The Penguins (7-3-0) won seven of eight to start the season, but they've dropped two straight after falling 4-3 to the New York Islanders on Friday. They haven't lost three consecutive regular-season contests since a six-game skid from Dec. 29, 2011-Jan. 11, 2012. ''We had some chances to build on our lead, and we didn't,'' Crosby said. ''We made some mistakes and they made us pay.'' The captain had his career-best eight-game point streak to start a season snapped in Monday's 1-0 loss to Colorado, but he scored his eighth goal in the second period Friday and also has 10 assists to lead the league in points. Crosby has 11 goals and four a...

Olli Maatta will remain with Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins 2012 first round draft pick, Olli Maatta, will remain with the team, general manager Ray Shero announced Thursday. “Based on his play, we believe this is the best decision for Olli and the Penguins,” Shero said. “We want to thank Mark and Dale Hunter and the London Knights for their patience and understanding.” The 19-year-old 

Have your cake, and eat it too. By: @LuigiLemieux

Roster moves abound as Pens welcome back Kris Letang, and keep rookie Olli Maatta on NHL roster for remainder of season. Good Morning friends, family, and Penguins fans alike. It is Friday, and as always is A Great Day For Hockey. I would like to get every one of you off to a tranquil start today, so please join me in this meditative technique.Close your eyes, look deep inside...

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...

Marc-Andre Fleury's Game on the Path to a Renaissance? by @griffTHW

A funny thing happened at CONSOL Energy Center last weekend.  Squared off against the Vancouver Canucks in a Saturday matinee, the Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury surrendered a tally that conjured up images of his recent playoff ghosts.  After the harmless looking shot from center ice floated on net, rolled up and over Fleury's chest and trickled over the goal line, the...

Maple Leafs shut down Sidney Crosby and Penguins 4-1

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...

Teen D Morgan Rielly to stick with Maple Leafs

Morgan Rielly is staying with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Coach Randy Carlyle said Thursday that the 19-year-old defenseman won't be returned to the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League after he plays his ninth game with the Leafs. A junior-eligible player is allowed to play up to nine games without his NHL team burning a year of his entry-level contract. Rielly will...

Maple Leafs coach Joffrey Lupul learns from scare

To play with your heart or your head: It's a fine line hockey players deal with every time they step on the ice in games and even in practice apparently. And it's an issue Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle felt obliged to address again on Thursday as he ran the risk of losing another front-line forward. On the eve of David Clarkson's return from the 10-game suspension...

Leafs’ Tyler Bozak out 7-10 days with lower-body injury

The Toronto Maple Leafs have another forward out of the lineup as Tyler Bozak will be out for the next 7-10 days with a lower body injury, as reported by Chris Johnston of Rogers Sportsnet. The injury comes at a difficult time for the Leafs, as Joffrey Lupul just got hurt, and Nikolai Kulemin hasn’t played since October 2nd. Through the first 11 games on the season, Bozak has three...

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...

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...

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.

TPNRS: Holy Olli! Player Safety, Please!

Tune in at 10:00 tonight and subscribe to the show on iTunes. Twitter: @ThePensNation,  @PensNation_Nick, @PensNation_Andy, @PensBender & @HockeyMeesh Olli Maatta staying with the Penguins Defensive Depth Chart Suspensions in the NHL MegnaTron Chris Conner and Harry Z  

Maple Leafs top Penguins

James Reimer wanted to keep things simple in his return. It had been a while since he started a game for the Toronto Maple Leafs. And his return came against Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the potent Pittsburgh Penguins. ''Maybe there was some circumstances surrounding the game, but honestly I didn't really pay much attention to them or think about them much,'...

Toronto Maple Leafs: Phil Kessel’s gets hat-trick

Phil Kessel has scored five goals in three games, including a hat-trick against Anaheim, his fourth in his career. This past week has been good for Phil Kessel.  He recorded his fourth career hat-trick (second as a Leaf) in a 4-2 win  the over the Anaheim Ducks, scored a goal in a  5-2 loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and scored another goal in a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh...
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