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Wednesday night Pittsburgh lost to the New York Rangers 5-1 in Madison Square Garden.  Pittsburgh was coming off back-to-back victories beating the Columbus Bluejackets in a home and home.  Pittsburgh came into the game 11-4 with a four game winning streak.  Pittsburgh had three days off before going to New York. Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was the star of the game stopping 29 shots and only allowing one goal that came from off a power play goal from Kris Letang.  Lundqvist made 12 of his 28 saves in the first period alone. Lundqvist was the key to the victory against Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. Pittsburgh was playing well in the first period, till Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan scored 65 seconds apart late in the first period giving the Rangers a 2-0 ending the first period. The power play unit couldn’t get it done for Pittsburgh however on Wednesday night.  Pittsburgh was 1/6 with power play opportunities.  To add to Pittsburgh woes against the Rangers, New York had a total of 10 takeaways. Pittsburgh has been one of the best teams this year in the NHL.  Marc-Andre Fleury and Tampa Bay Lighting goalie Ben Bishop are the only two goalies that have 10 victories.  Fleury’s been tested often early this season and has held his ground having a GAA of 2.07 which is fourth best in the NHL.  In addition, Crosby still is leading the league in points with 23.  However, one of the biggest factors has been injuries and the key pieces missing on the second line this season. James Neal is looking to return to the line up soon. The second line that usually features Evgeni Malkin, James Neal and Beau Bennett has only been Malkin this year.  Neal and Bennett have both been sitting out due to injuries which has hurt Malkin’s goal production on the ice.  Malkin has been rotating wingers with Chuck Kobasew, Jussi Jokinen and recent call up Jayson Megna.  Recently, Megna has been been a very productive winger collecting 2 goals and 1 assist in the past five games.  However, Malkin has been a contributing factor despite not being a goal scoring machine that he has used to being lately. Despite the injuries, Pittsburgh is looking to gain back some of those key wingers.  Bennett skated with the team for the fifth consecutive time on Friday and is hoping to play soon.  Bennett will be a coaches decision Saturday against the St. Louis Blues.  Bennett has not played since being placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury retroactive to Oct. 12. After losing to New York, Thursday was a positive day for Pittsburgh.  Neal returned to full practice with the team.  Neal has been on injured reserve after leaving the regular-season opener with an upper-body injury. Defense has maintained their own so far this year.  After they announced they would keep Oli Maata they lost Rob Scuderi to a broken ankle.  Now that Letang is back the team, the defense will look to hold strong in the upcoming months. Once this team gets healthy, Pittsburgh should have no problem getting passed opponents.  Saturday, Pittsburgh will play a tough St. Louis team that is 6-2-2 in their last 10 games and is 10-2-2 on the season.

Neal Returns to Full Practice

Penguins right winger James Neal returned to full-team practice for the first time in over a month on Thursday afternoon at Southpointe. Neal, 26, has been out of the lineup since leaving the season opener Oct. 3 vs. New Jersey with an upper-body injury. “It feels good to be back with the team,” Neal said. “It’s always exciting to get back into the swing of things and get...

Young Penguins forward Jayson Megna adjusting to super sidekicks

It might have been the best party Jayson Megna has attended. Certainly, it set a career path for him. Not that he realized that at the time. After all, he was only 7 years old. He never had been on ice skates, but he was game to try at a friend’s birthday party at a rink in suburban Chicago. “I hung onto the wall a little bit, then did my best to shuffle around the ice,...

Penguins’ James Neal returns from upper-body injury

Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal returned to action Saturday night after missing all but one game this season with an upper-body injury, as confirmed by Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The 26-year-old winger was placed on injured reserve on October 15. Neal has only played in one game this season, playing in the team’s season-opener against the New Jersey Devils...

The Ghosts of Playoffs Past by @ExcitedBobErrey

It's a month into the season and the Pittsburgh Penguins find themselves atop the Metropolitan Division and leading the Eastern Conference in points. While it's a start any team will gladly take, it's not cause for celebration, not with the expectations the Pens face. In fact, nothing this team does in the regular season really matters that much. If they dominate the...

Penguins Replica Stanley Cup Rings Are Awful

These images come from an eBay listing noticed by Rich and they are truly something to behold. First things first...the full-sized version of the eBay page is here. Maximize that to not only get a glimpse of the Pittsburgh PenQuins, but also that one of three rings were sold prior to the sale completing. Demand is there. But back to the rings. Here's what Sidney...

Malkin, Ovechkin, Others Sing Russian Olympic Theme

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are right around the corner and our friends at Puck Daddy have brought us the newest gem in Evgeni Malkin coverage.  This time he has friends. The song, "Shaybu, Shaybu" by Russian pop star Irina Allegrova, has become the official anthem of Russian Olympic hockey.  The video is a mash up of old and new Russian Olympic hockey footage...

The Marc-Andre Fleury Psychological Applied behavior analysis Index - 11-7

Speaks volumes of how good Fleury has been, because we've only had to do one of these so far. The Marc-Andre Fleury Psychological Applied Behavior Analysis Index will go into registering whenever Marc-Andre Fleury gives up more than three goals. We will look at many factors and make a determination on where his index is. Today, we look at Fleury's performance from...

Watch Malkin and Ovechkin singing in Olympic music video

Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals showed off their singing skills in a recent promotional video for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. It’s unclear whether the two NHL Hart trophy…Read more →The post Watch Malkin and Ovechkin singing in Olympic music video appeared first on The Hockey Daily.

Penguins-Blues Preview

Though the Pittsburgh Penguins have a chance to measure themselves against one of the better teams in the Western Conference on Saturday night, it's their previous game that may be occupying their thoughts. Looking to rebound from a lopsided loss to a division rival, the Penguins close out a three-game road trip against the surging St. Louis Blues in a high-profile matchup of...

Game 17 Preview – Penguins at Blues

By: Casey Johnston (@CaseyR82) Last Game for the Penguins:  Wednesday, a 5-1 loss to the New York Rangers.  Kris Letang scored a goal at 14:34 of the second period, but by that point the Rangers already had three.  Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Brian Boyle, Ryan Callahan, and Derek Brassard all scored for New York.  In total, 11 different Rangers registered at least a point....

Penguins expect plenty of hard-hitting action against the Blues

Sidney Crosby is a pretty earnest guy, especially when talking about his work. So, when Crosby says he’s genuinely looking forward to spending a little quality time with the St. Louis Blues tonight, there’s no reason to doubt him. But plenty of reasons to wonder why he —and so many teammates – would feel that way. OK, perhaps it’s not all that difficult to understand...

Deryk Engelland vs Ryan Reaves Fight

Video: Fight as soon as the puck is dropped

Feature Friday: Olli Määttä

 By: Melissa Esing (Off_thepost) Throughout the 2013-2014 NHL season, I’ll be posting player features each Friday. This week, we’re going to take a look at Olli Määttä.  Photo Credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images     Olli Määttä is a Finnish defenseman drafted as a 22nd overall pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He was signed to a three-year...

Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 17: St. Louis Blues

Pittsburgh Penguins (11-5-0) @ St. Louis Blues (10-2-2) Root Sports, FS-MW - 8:00 pm/et  Scottrade Center - St. Louis, MO The Western Conference is essentially a million times better than the East right now and the Central Division makes the Metropolitan Division look even worse garbage than it looks on its own. The Penguins and the Blues have the same number...
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