Panthers see late lead slip away in overtime loss to Penguins

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Kris Letang scored two goals, including the winner on a power play in overtime, to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Saturday night.Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists for the Penguins, and Jeff Zatkoff made 40 saves.In overtime, Crosby passed across to Letang in the left circle and his one-timer beat Luongo on the stick side...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 50 – Quick Start Not Enough as Pittsburgh/WBS Loses to Tampa, 6-3.

Lightning 6  Pens 3 Record: 25-18-7, 57 pts Goals Hornqvist (11) from Kunitz, Pouliot Crosby (21) from Kunitz, Hornqvist Cullen (6) from Kessel PenaltiesLetang (roughing) – Stupid (takes a high elbow to the face from Filppula during a puck battle, then retaliates by dropping his stick and pushing Filppula in the back twice, then follows Filppula and shoves him in the back of...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 45 – Pens Start Strong but Can’t Finish in 5-2 Loss to Blues

Blues 5  Pens 2 Record: 21-17-7, 49 pts Goals Kunitz (8) from Letang, Crosby Malkin (20) from Hagelin, Letang PenaltiesDaley (holding) – Bad (starts to lose Tarasenko skating around him in the defensive zone and uses his free hand to hold back Tarasenko for a penalty)Kunitz (roughing) – Inconsequential (gets into a shoving match with Edmundson and they each receive a minor...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 45 Recap: Way she goes. Pens fall apart in third period, lose.

The Greatest Show On Ice, the St. Louis Blues, were simply too much for the Pens on the second night of back-to-back job. It didn’t help anyone in the Milky Way Galaxy that Jeff Zatkoff got the start, but what are you gonna do. That’s the way the team is constructed. It has nothing to do with being lucky or anything. When you have bad players in important positions, like goalie...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Breakdown: Game 45 – Penguins 2, Blues 5

By: @chetstead   The second game of a back-to-back tends to be a letdown game. That was certainly true Monday night as Jeff Zatkoff and the Penguins suffered a third-period meltdown against the St. Louis Blues. After controlling play for much of the game, the Penguins allowed the Blues to take a two-goal lead with time running out. Though Sullivan pulled Zatkoff for the extra attacker...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. St. Louis Blues – Game 45 Notes And Preview

By Larry Snyder The Pittsburgh Penguins (21-16-7, 49 points) visit the shores of the Mississippi River this evening for a clash with the Saint Louis Blues (26-15-7, 48 points). The Black and Gold captured a 4-3 overtime victory back in November against the Boys from the Gateway City. The Pens recalled 22-year-old defenseman Derrick Pouliot Monday morning from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Breakdown: Game 37 – Penguins 5, Red Wings 2

By: @chetstead   The Pens picked up points in back-to-back games, beating the Red Wings in Detroit a day after the overtime loss to Toronto. The Pens wore their alternate “throwback” jerseys despite playing on the road, while the Red Wings wore their road white sweaters. Apparently some Wings fans are still salty about the 2009 Stanley Cup run, since Crosby drew some boos when...
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January 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Detroit Red Wings Game 37 Observations And Preview

By Larry Snyder The Pittsburgh Penguins (17-15-4, 38 points) saw rookie goaltender Matthew Murray claim 36 saves and Sidney Crosby his eighth goal of the season Wednesday night, but it was not enough as the Toronto Maple Leafs (14-15-7, 35 points) came away with a 3-2 victory in a shootout. The Pens had to pack their bags quickly as they are on the road this New Year’s Eve at Joe...
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December 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Breakdown: Game 35 – Penguins 0, Jets 1

By: @chetstead   On the second game of a road back-to-back, the Pens’ lacked much of the energy they showed against the Wild. Despite an acrobatic performance by Jeff Zatkoff, the Jets pulled out the win on a Bryan Little penalty shot goal. The Pens had some chances but simply could not find the back of the net. Zatkoff’s performance didn’t go unnoticed, since he was named...
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December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 35 – *shrugs* Pens Lose 1-0 to Winnipeg.

Jets 1  Pens 0 Record: 17-15-3, 37 pts Goals None PenaltiesPlotnikov (hooking) – Overly aggressive (bring his stick down on Wheeler to hook it back as Wheeler is skating through the Penguins zone with the puck)Malkin (high-sticking) – Careless (goes for a stick lift on Lowry and misses, lifting his stick into Lowry’s face) Notable Forwards Sidney Crosby ↘ – Though...
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December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 31 – Spoiler Alert. Pens Lose To Bruins Again.

Bruins 6  Pens 2 Record: 15-13-3, 33 pts Goals Sheary (1) from Crosby Daley (1) from Crosby, Sheary PenaltiesCole (high-sticking) – Careless (gets hit by Talbot against the boards and lets his stick go up into Talbot’s face)Lovejoy (hooking) – Overly aggressive (hooks back Hayes in his torso at the crease to tie him up with a shot coming in)Crosby (kneeing) – Bad (leaves...
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December 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 31 Recap: Maybe they will win the next game. Pens rocked by Bruins 6-2

If watching Jeff Zatkoff was like riding a ride at Kennywood, it would be like that time someone died riding the whip. The Jeff Zatkoff experience came to a crashing halt as he gave up six goals on 13 Bruin scoring chances. It’s not just his fault, though. The entire team is basically ******* at this point. Here is an actual play that shows you all you need to see No words really...
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December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Breakdown: Game 30 – Penguins 0, Bruins 3

By: @chetstead   Another game, another rough night for the Penguins. The mid-season coaching change means growing pains are to be expected. Add to that the injuries to several key players, and it’s understandable that the Pens are struggling. That doesn’t make it much easier to watch, though. The team called up forwards Kevin Porter and Conor Sheary from the AHL. It was Sheary’s...
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December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 30 – The Force Does Not Awaken. Pens Lose 3-0.

Bruins 3  Pens 0 Record: 15-12-3, 33 pts Goals None PenaltiesCrosby (tripping) – Careless (reaches forward for a stick lift on Krejci, misses his stick, then brings his stick down into Krejci’s skates to trip him)Perron (interference) – Unnecessary (shoves Krug from behind into the net as they’re skating to the crease)Kunitz (tripping) – Overly aggressive (gets his stick...
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December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Bruins’ Max Talbot Finds ‘Relief’ With Slump-Busting Goal Vs. Penguins

BOSTON — Max Talbot had reason to smile Wednesday night. Not only did the Boston Bruins knock off Talbot’s former team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, but the veteran forward directly contributed to the win — something he’s not often been able to say since joining the Bruins late last season. Talbot beat Penguins goalie Jeff Zatkoff midway through the first period of Boston’s...
December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Marc-Andre Fleury out with concussion

The underachieving Pittsburgh Penguins have been dealt another blow. Penguins general manager announced Tuesday that goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will miss at least the next one to two weeks after being diagnosed with a concussion. “I haven’t talked to the doctor yet. I don’t have any further information other than he was examined, and it was determined he was concussed...
December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh is playing in a vacuum

PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Jeff Zatkoff #37 of the Pittsburgh Penguins protects the net against the Ottawa Senators during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) As I am writing this, the it is 1AM in Pittsbugh. There are still 10 minutes left in their game with the Sharks. There can’t pssibly be...
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December 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 23 Recap: A tale of two teams. Oilers pull out extra point

Watch these two clips. The first was the Penguins on their bench at some point in the first period: Now, watch this from the Oilers side. This comes during OT. The Oilers call a timeout to set up their powerplay: The Oilers coach, Todd Mclellan, is laughing with his team. The Oilers are loose, their body...
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November 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Hendricks, Eberle lift Oilers in shootout over Pens 3-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) Matt Hendricks and Jordan Eberle scored in a shootout and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Saturday night. Hendricks deked around Penguins goaltender Jeff Zatkoff to start the shootout, and then Eberle put a quick shot between Zatkoff's legs. Oilers goaltender Anders Nilsson stopped David Perron and Sidney Crosby. Leon Draisaitl scored his...
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November 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 17 – Scheduled Game Off, Pens Lose 4-0.

Devils 4  Pens 0 Record: 10-7-0, 20 pts Goals None PenaltiesLetang (roughing) – Inconsequential (gets into a scuffle with Farnham around the Penguins net and each receives a minor)Malkin (tripping) – Lazy (follows Schlemko behind the Devils net and lazily reaches into his skates for a trip as he’s multiple strides behind Schlemko)Maatta (cross-checking) – Unnecessary (cross...
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November 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Penguins put bad start in rearview with sixth victory in a row

EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Pittsburgh Penguins' slow start to the season is a distant memory at this point.Phil Kessel's fifth goal of the season broke a tie midway through the third period and the Penguins beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on Friday night for their sixth win in a row.Daniel Sprong also scored, and the Penguins won their ninth in 10 games after a 0-3-0 start.Oscar Klefbom...
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November 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 13 – Duper’s Okay; So Are the Pens After 2-1 Win.

Pens 2  Oilers 1 Record: 9-4-0, 18 pts Goals Sprong (2) from Cullen, Plotnikov Kessel (5) (PP) from Letang, Crosby PenaltiesPlotnikov (interference) – Unnecessary (leans into Miller and knocks him over in the defensive zone away from the puck)Cole (delay of game) – Careless (gets the puck in the defensive zone and backhands it straight over the glass) Notable Forwards ...
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November 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Breakdown: Game 13 – Penguins 2, Oilers 1

By: @chetstead   The Penguins’ streak of strong defensive play continued in Edmonton. The Pens left Rexall Place with another win on goals by Kessel and Sprong. Connor McDavid broke his clavicle in a game against the Flyers, but the Oilers are stocked with young talent. Despite that, Edmonton only mustered one goal tonight. Shortly before game time, news came out that Pascal...
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November 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Penguins' Zatkoff credits 'run support' after making career-high 50 saves

Despite making his best pitch with a career-high 50 saves in his season debut, Jeff Zatkoff applauded the offense in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night."I had a lot of run support. I took all of (Marc-Andre Fleury's) goals," the 28-year-old Zatkoff told reporters. "He’s been winning every game 2-1. I’ll take four goals."Zatkoff, who...
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October 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Lovejoy, Malkin lift Penguins over Sabres 4-3

PITTSBURGH (AP) Evgeni Malkin scored his fourth of the season on the power play, Jeff Zatkoff made 50 saves in his season debut and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Thursday night. Pascal Dupuis, Patric Hornqvist and Ben Lovejoy all scored their first of the season and Malkin added an assist for Pittsburgh. The Penguins earned their third straight victory,...
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October 29, 2015  |  Discuss
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