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A night after Matt Cooke scored twice in his first game since March 20 after being suspended for the final 17 games of the Pittsburgh Penguins' season, he was on the receiving end of this hit from Cory Sarich of the Calgary Flames during a 5-3 win:
Cooke went to the dressing room after the scrum subsided and eventually returned to the Penguins bench and played the remainder of the game.
The NHL looked at the video before the Penguins/Flames games ended, and according to TSN's Bob McKenzie, they see it as it is: a clean hit where Cooke's head was not the principle point of contact or was targeted, two of the key factors in whether or not a "Shanaban" is to be handed out for a headshot.
Cooke said after the game he hadn't seen a replay of the hit, while telling reporters he was suffering from only a sore jaw. Meanwhile, Sarich, who marveled at Cooke's "amazing" recovery, defended himself:
"It's out of my hands. We'll see what happe...
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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...
So apparantly Matt Cooke decided to put his head-hunting career on hold and try his hand at goal scoring. And even though 1 of the Goals was on the Power Play, I can’t see him staying on the 2nd PP unit all year. He’s a typical 3rd/4th line guy who is valuable on the Penalty Kill, not the man advantage. If for some reason you picked him up for today’s light schedule...
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 ...
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...
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 [...]
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.
Penguins (1-0-0, 0 points) at Flames (0-0-0, 0 points)
Why does it matter?
Another night, another home opener to spoil. The Pens, who strangely are the opponents in three consecutive home openers, will be looking to earn two points tonight to cement this road trip in the "Success" column on the score sheet.
What has been happening lately?
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 ...
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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...
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.
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 [...]
“When we left last year, everyone was really disappointed about not getting a playoff spot and it sat with us all summer. I think we’ll come out hungry.
We’re not a young team, not a rebuilding team. I think we’re going for it this year. We won with this group last year in the second half and know we can win together, and if we can find that consistency all season, there’s...
The Calgary Flames and St. Louis Blues both look to bounce back from season-opening losses when the two teams collide this afternoon from Scottrade Center.
The Penguins’ 5-3 victory over the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome Saturday night was a tale of three segments.
Calgary was in control of the first period, taking a 1-0 lead into the dressing room. But the Penguins won this game ...