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After adding Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, Jussi Jokinen, and Douglas Murray around the trade deadline, the Pittsburgh Penguins were seen as a team that was "going for it" with "it" being the Stanley Cup. No offense, but when your team consists of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, etc. you're always "going for it". Regardless, the Penguins fell short of their goal of raising the Stanley Cup, failing to win a game, in the Eastern Conference Finals. Despite loading their team with grit, toughness, and a hall of fame winger who fits both of the aforementioned categories, the Penguins couldn't bring home the franchise's fourth Stanley Cup. A team that was labeled a future dynasty, instead, had to sit at home and watch another team take a giant leap towards being dynastic. And yet, instead of making drastic changes, the Penguins elected to hold on to their biggest pieces and their coaching staff. Kris Letang wasn't traded as many had speculated, he was signed to a long-term contract. Same with Evgeni Malkin. The Penguins didn't blow up their team much like the Flyers have done over the last few years, they stuck with their major pieces and added "The Piece" in the offseason. So where do the Penguins stand now? Well they aren't the favorites to win the Cup this year -that title has been placed on the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks- but they do have the second best odds. But they are certainly a favorite to win the Eastern Conference.Maybe this season they'll make it to the finals based on something they surrendered when they acquire the likes of Iginla and Morrow: speed. With Beau Bennett finally getting an opportunity as a top six forward, and Olli Maatta getting an opportunity to showcase his skills on the blue line, the Penguins have added youth to their roster. Granted, their inexperience, particularly Maatta's, may make for some growing pains. But an 82 game schedule will hopefully yield itself to iron out some simple mistakes.The Metropolitan Division may include three additional teams to the five that previously made up the Atlantic, but the Penguins should still be the top team come April. The Penguins will continue to be one of the highest scoring teams in the league, and with a few defensive moves and the addition of defensive-minded Jacques Martin behind the bench, they should be solid defensively. In the end it all comes down to goaltending and therein lies the biggest question mark. Marc-Andre Fleury has been spectacular during the regular season but can he redeem himself in the playoffs? The last three years suggest no but at this point, it may be do or die for the Flower. The talent has always been there but the mental toughness has been as elusive to Fleury has a puck bouncing off the end boards. If Fleury can get back to his 2008-2009 form, the Penguins could find themselves in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Penguins will continue to "go for it" but Fleury will be the one to get them there.Photo courtesy of Cbs Sports
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Thursday was the first seriously busy night in NHL this season. Here is what we learned:Marc-Andre Fleury pulled himself together. He has been an awful postseason goaltender. He didn’t look great during the preseason. The loss of back-up Tomas Vokoun really put his start in focus. And he opened the season by shutting out the depleted Devils.Radim Vrbata can still finish. And the...
Jarome Iginla might have made a stronger first impression in his debut in front of a sellout Garden crowd last night if he had oh scored a goal or two.
But the impression he made was quite OK for Bruins fans whose hearts Iginla warmed with a boisterous second-period fight during the B’s plenty-of-room-for-improvement 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Iginla was asked...
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots for his 250th NHL victory and franchise-record 24th shutout, and Sidney Crosby scored in Pittsburgh's two-goal first period to lead the Penguins to a 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.
Chuck Kobasew and Craig Adams added goals for the Penguins, who took control early.
Kobasew and Crosby...
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BOSTON — There may have been a handful of boos when Jarome Iginla was officially introduced to Bruins fans for the first time prior to Thursday night’s season opener at TD Garden. By and large there were cheers for the veteran, but there may have been a boo or two mixed in.
Within an hour or so, however, those boos turned to deafening cheers as Iginla won the Bruins faithful...
It was a fairly clean hit set up by an extremely poor pass by Milan Lucic that left Jarome Iginla out to dry in open-ice.
Instead of taking the hit, Iginla turned to the man who hit him, said a couple of words, and dropped the gloves. Suddenly, one of the most hated players in the Bruins’ fan-base on account of his “choice” at last years trade deadline endeared himself to Bruins...
PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun will miss three to six months while undergoing treatment for blood clots.
The 37-year-old Vokoun hasn’t played since the blood clots were discovered last month. Vokoun said Wednesday that he hadn’t thought about retirement yet and wants to see how the treatment plays out before making any kind of decision.
PITTSBURGH — Marc-Andre Fleury showed why he is the number one goalie in Pittsburgh as the Penguins rolled past the New Jersey Devils 3-0 on Thursday at the Consol Energy Center. He collected his first shutout and the Penguins first win of the season. Chuck Kobasew, Sidney Crosby, and Craig Adams scored for Pittsburgh, Kobasew […]
Fearless leaders and all stars are what make up this Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team we've grown to know and love. Two of those, however, are in make or break years for the team. For Dan Bylsma and Marc-Andre Fleury it's time to put up or shut up.
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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
- Here's the percentage of Pittsburgh's games Marc-Andre Fleury has played from 2008-09 to 2013 -- 76, 82, 79, 82 and 69. That lowest figure was last season, when the Penguins got Tomas Vokoun to ease his workload. Ray Shero says Jeff Zatkoff will be the backup while Vokoun recovers from blood clots, which will test Pittsburgh's willingness...
Jarome Iginla waited a mere 19 minutes before dropping the gloves for his first fight in black and gold.
Just before the midway point of the second period in Boston’s season opener Thursday night, Iginla was leveled near the boards by Tampa Bay defenseman Radko Gudas. The hit was clean, but the new Bruin was not pleased with it, and he chose to use some fisticuffs to settle the...
Match-up - New Jersey Devils (0-0-0) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (0-0-0)
Road/Home records - 0-0-0 -------------- 0-0-0
TV - MSG Plus, ROOT
Puck drop - 7:00 PM ET
Season series - 0-0
Last 10: Devils 0-0-0 / Penguins 0-0-0
Projected starting goalies - Cory Schneider (NJD) vs. Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT)
Goals for/against per game
Pittsburgh - 0/0
New Jersey - 0/0
You have to start somewhere, and this was a good place for the 2013-2014 season to start. Too many times, the roles have been reversed in this type of game. Usually the Devils shut the Pens down, get some ****** goals, and go home. Not this time.
The Pens (and Marc-Andre Fleury) were aided largely by the fact that the Devils are terrible.
This game was close for...
Photo By: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America
As the Penguins enter a new season, these are a few things that are on our minds for 2013-14.
Assuming Tomas Vokoun is out for a lengthy period, what do the Pens need to do to ensure that they stay competitive for the 20+ games that Zatkoff may play?
Andy Hughes: The Penguins’ goaltending situation is obviously an issue. With...
Seriously guys, there is a hockey game that counts tonight and the Boston Bruins are playing. The off-season was shorter than a normal off-season, but after the way last season ended in the Stanley Cup Finals, it felt like the break between the end of last season and the start of this season was longer than ever. My feeling is that the way the season ended made the start of the season...