Penguins place Letang on IR, Recall 2 D-men

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Philip Samuelsson and forward Harry Zolnierczyk from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero. For Samuelsson, 22, this marks the first time in his career that he has been recalled to the NHL. This season he has totaled six assists and...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders: The Rivalry by @ChicksDigHockey

What makes a true hockey rivalry (not one manufactured for TV)? The more bitter the hockey rivalry, the better. There has to be bad blood; the kind that comes from blood spilled and championships lost. There has to be a deep-seated hate that makes losing hurt the most. The Pens and Isles have such a history. I went back as far as 1975 to look at this rivalry. The two teams faced...
Via PensInitiative
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Catching Up with Brent Johnson by @ChicksDigHockey

Brent Johnson was drafted in the 5th round in 1999 by the Colorado Avalanche. He started his NHL career with the St Louis Blues and from there Phoenix, Washington and Pittsburgh.  I was honored  and honestly had a fan-girl moment when “Johnny” ( @JohnnyGoalie12 ) graciously agreed to an interview. Pens Initiative: How did your legendary love affair with Led...
Via PensInitiative
November 12, 2013  |  Discuss

A Few Moments from Penguins-Islanders History

Obviously this isn't the complete history of the two teams playing against one another, but here are some key moments in Penguins/Islanders history. 1975 That video pretty much explains the situation. The Islanders came back from a 0-3 hole to eliminate the Penguins. 1982 The Pens were pretty much annihilated by the Islanders in the first two games...
Via The Pensblog
April 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 42 - Florida Panthers

Pittsburgh Penguins (31-10-0) @ Florida Panthers (13-21-6) ROOT, SUN - 7:30 pm/et BB&T Center - Sunrise, FL It's the 1st-place team in the Eastern Conference against the 15th-place team. Will the Pens stay focused against a weaker opponent? Season Series: 1-1-0 Last meeting that counted: February 26, 2013. Penguins lost 6-4. ...
Via The Pensblog
April 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 29 - New York Rangers

New York Rangers (13-11-2) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (20-8-0) ROOT, NHLN-US, MSG - 1:00 pm/et Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA The Pens look to win eight-in-a-row against the New York Rangers. The Rangers are currently just outside of playoff position, so every game is big for them. They've lost three of their last four games. It's also the first...
Via The Pensblog
March 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 16 - Buffalo Sabres

Pittsburgh Penguins (10-5-0) @ Buffalo Sabres (6-8-1) NBC, TSN2, 12:30 pm/et First Niagara Center - Buffalo, NY The Pens visit Buffalo on a cold Sunday.  The Sabres are 11th in the East and they haven't won two games-in-a-row since the first two of the season. They beat the Bruins 4-2 on Friday. The Pens are one point behind New Jersey for the Atlantic...
Via The Pensblog
February 17, 2013  |  Discuss

RECAP: It's a Powerplay Goal. PENS WIN.

Fine line between winning and losing in the NHL. Special teams are usually on that line. If you can find a big goal on a power play at some point, whether you are up by one or down by one, you're going to win games. Pens did that in this one. They got the PP goal when they needed it and moonwalked out of MSG with a 3-0 win.   Huge stat: this was the Pens' first shutout...
Via The Pensblog
February 01, 2013  |  Discuss

As Malkin is about to win the Hart. A look back at a column by Mark Madden basically saying he ...

( A tweet from Mark Madden in October 2011)   Hey, look. You make mistakes, we make mistakes, everyone makes mistakes. But more often than not when you are "paid" to be an expert in something you don't make any " glaring," mistakes.   Enter Mark Madden. A so-called super genius. A guy that is supposed to know a lot about hockey...
Via The Pensblog
June 20, 2012  |  Discuss

UPDATED:Penguins trade for the rights to Thomas Vokoun and sigh him to a two-year deal.

Could this be the start of some things? UPDATE: Answer is yes. The Penguins just announced that they have signed Vokoun to a two year deal. [ Pens ] The Penguins traded for the rights to Thomas Vokoun. [ ] The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired the rights to veteran goaltender Tomas Vokoun from the Washington Capitals in exchange for their seventh-round...
Via The Pensblog
June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Penguins lose 3rd straight in embarrassing fashion

I honestly don’t know the team that I saw on the ice yesterday.  They stooped to the level of the Flyers and made the Flyers look like angels.  Don’t get me wrong the Flyers are far from angels but the Penguins were just awful yesterday.  What Aaron Asham did to Braydon Schenn was inexcusable.  He will definitely be punished by the NHL, and should be further punished by the...
Via Bleed Black & Gold
April 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Johnson vs Turco & Tonight's Lines

\ It will be a battle of the back-ups tonight. Brent Johnson will be in net for the Penguins. Marty Turco will be in for the Bruins. Could this be Brent Johnson's final start in a Penguins jersey? Could it be Marty Turco's final start ever? Lines from Empty Netters after the jump: Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal Steve Sullivan - Sidney Crosby...
Via The Pensblog
April 03, 2012  |  Discuss

John Toperzer: Pens' win Friday gives needed breathing room

Big 5-3 win Friday allows Pens to exhale before final exams Follow me on Twitter @JohnToperzer Penguins fans are spoiled. After losing three of four in regulation, Friday proved to be a reprieve from the gnashing of teeth and rumors of fifth place, if only for a night. Brent Johnson’s recovery from the old commercial “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”...
Via HockeyBuzz
March 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Thomas Vanek with a good bounce

Check out this weird goal by former Gopher and current Buffalo Sabre Thomas Vanek. Talk about a gift goal, the Penguins attempt to clear the puck out of the zone, the puck bounces off a stanchion and right on the stick of Vanek who shots the puck past Brent Johnson. You got to love Rick Generett  and his call of the Buffalo Sabre's goals. 
Via Goon's World
March 31, 2012  |  Discuss

John Toperzer: GAMEDAY! Pens host Islanders in first of back-to-back games

Isles (31-33-11, 16-17-5 road) at Pens (47-22-6, 27-8-2 home), CONSOL, 7:00 pm EDT Follow me on Twitter @JohnToperzer Five Questions For Tuesday 1. Should the Pens stick with the Cooke-Crosby-Kennedy line? If not, what would you change? 2. Who is the most irreplaceable player on the Penguins and why? 3. Are you confident having Brent Johnson and Brad Thiessen...
Via HockeyBuzz
March 27, 2012  |  Discuss

A Night of Returns

Sidney Crosby is back tonight. Paul Martin is back tonight. Kris Letang is likely back tonight. Community is back tonight. Dustin Jeffrey and Brent Johnson remain out, but this is the closest we've seen to a healthy line-up in ages. Of course, now that we've said that, 19 players will simultaneously collapse with unknown ailments. It looks like Marty Biron...
Via The Pensblog
March 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Thiessen Starting Tonight

From the PG: Rookie goalie Brad Thiessen will get his second NHL start when Toronto visits Consol Energy Center tonight at 7:38. He was named the No. 1 star of the Penguins' 4-2 victory against Columbus nine days ago. Brent Johnson, who is Marc-Andre Fleury's usual backup, has resumed practicing with the team, but has not been deemed ready to participate in games.
Via The Pensblog
March 07, 2012  |  Discuss

we hate to say this but

Did Steve Mason start killing prostitutes because apparently he sucks now and Curtis Sanford's balls are as big as Brent Johnson's last season.Who designed that background texture on the CBJ site?  Really?Editor's note: Sanford had been hurt for ages so that's why they were starting Stevey.  Our bad.  They had a reason.Stevey, we hope you can find a less misogynistic...
Via Puck Huffers
February 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Thiessen recalled, Johnson's future in doubt?

Brad Tiffany Amber Thiessen got recalled. [ Pens ] And in related news, [ ESPN's Pierre Lebrun ] says the Pens are in the backup goalie market: The Pittsburgh Penguins are poking around for an upgrade to backup goalie Brent Johnson. Among the names on their list is Minnesota Wild backup Josh Harding, who is slated for unrestricted free agency July 1. ...
Via The Pensblog
February 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Penguins still have faith in goaltender Johnson

The progress Penguins goalie Brent Johnson made in his two previous starts did not translate to his performance against the Buffalo Sabres.
February 20, 2012  |  Discuss

RECAP: Front of the line. PENS WIN.

If the Penguins first line was cocaine, it'd probably be listed as the cause of death on Whitney Houston's death certificate.   Kunitz-Malkin-Neal accounted for 19 points over the weekend.  The Pens again went down 2-0 in this one but stormed back with 4 unanswered.    Overall solid weekend.  Took 4 points from garbage Eastern Conference...
Via The Pensblog
February 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Proposed Penguin trades: Day 3.

Everyday until the trade deadline we'll post a proposed Penguins trade. You can send yours in over email to But don't bother sending just the trade proposal. We want a detailed post with cap numbers, reasoning, etc.   From reader John K.   Teams: Pittsburgh/Chicago To Chicago: Paul Martin, Brent Johnson, 5th Round Conditional...
Via The Pensblog
February 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Gameday 53 - Devils

Pittsburgh Penguins (30-18-4) @ New Jersey Devils (29-19-3) 1:00 pm/et TV: ROOT, MSG Plus Prudential Center - Newark, New Jersey The Devils are right behind the Penguins in the standings. Pittsburgh has 64 points in 52 games. New Jersey has 61 points in 51 games. The Devils almost blew a 6-0 lead against the Flyers yesterday before winning 6-4. ...
Via The Pensblog
February 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs lock down streaking Penguins for close victory

Goalie Brent Johnson rebounded from a series of poor performances and played a stellar game in Toronto, but the Penguins offense never showed up.
February 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs snap Penguins' 8-game winning streak

Clarke MacArthur scored with just over six minutes remaining in the third period and James Reimer turned aside all 25 shots he faced as the Toronto Maple Leafs snapped the Pittsburgh Penguins' season-high eight-game winning streak with a 1-0 home triumph on Wednesday. Mikhail Grabovski notched an assist for his ninth point in four contests for Toronto, which did not have a repeat...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 01, 2012  |  Discuss
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