JEFF ZATKOFF NEWS

New goalie Greiss’ presence threatens Zatkoff as Penguins backup

Jeff Zatkoff still talks about The Game. A lot of athletes have a key moment they think about in capital letters, but Zatkoff’s comes with a twist. It not only was the Penguins goaltender’s NHL debut, but he also flopped in it. Pressed into duty as the team’s backup to Marc-Andre Fleury last season after a blood-clot issue felled Tomas Vokoun, Zatkoff started the fourth...
Via Pro Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Free Agency Thoughts Part I: Penguins Succeed in Adding Cheap Depth

By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) The start of free agency was busy for all Penguins, both old and new. The Pens so far have added five players, retained two, and waved goodbye to eight others with some eye-opening and jaw-dropping contracts. Here are some thoughts on the additions and re-signings. Part II will be a look at the departures. Free Agent Signings Christian Ehrhoff from...
Via The PensNation
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Playoff Observations -- Wednesday

Just a few things that caught my eye: Six-foot-six isn't tall if you're always on your knees. Stand up, Anders Lindback -- STAND UP! They already know about that glove hand of yours. Don't give them anything else! Sidney Crosby has discovered it's tick season. Brandon Dubinsky just latches on between the shoulder blades and drains the energy right out...
Via Rotowire
April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 82: Ottawa Senators

Ottawa Senators (36-31-14) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (51-24-6) Root Sports, TVA, TSN – 7:30 pm/et Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA The Ottawa Senators visit the Pittsburgh Penguins in the final game of the regular season. Kunitz and Orpik are questionable for today. STATS, INFO & NOTES: Leading Scorers: Penguins: Sidney Crosby (36G, 68A, 104P) Senators: Erik Karlsson...
Via The Pensblog
April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Observations Heading Into Game 82 Between the Penguins and Senators

Rest Some of the Best? The Pittsburgh Penguins rested defenseman Brooks Orpik and forward Chris Kunitz in yesterday’s overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Both players are day-to-day and do not have long term injuries, according to Dan Bylsma. Will Bylsma rest some more players today? It is a possibility, especially since Pittsburgh has nine defensemen on their roster, which...
Via The PensNation
April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 78 – Wild 4 Pens 0

Wild 4  Pens 0 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals None Neal argues with Cooke about whether his linemates are AHL or ECHL quality. (Bruce Kluckhohn/Getty Images) Stats Shots: Neal (5) Missed Shots: Crosby, Niskanen, Pyatt (2) Blocked Shots: Bortuzzo, Despres, Scuderi (2) Hits: Glass (4) Ice Time: Martin (23:09) … Megna (11:01) Faceoffs: Sutter (9/17) … Crosby (5/17) CF...
Via The PensNation
April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 78: Minnesota Wild

Pittsburgh Penguins (49-23-5) @ Minnesota Wild (39-26-12) Root Sports, FS-N- 8:00 pm/et Xcel Energy Center – St. Paul, MN Jussi Jokinen is out with an upper-body injury, meaning Andrew Ebbett will be in the lineup. Jeff Zatkoff is starting in goal. STATS, INFO & NOTES: Leading Scorers: Penguins: Sidney Crosby (36G, 66A: 102P) Wild: Jason Pominville (27G, 26A: 53P) Starting...
Via The Pensblog
April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

something something blood and ball sweat

A child joins the Penguins for the anthems from a team called the Butler Valley Dawgs, and all seems relatively right with the world, i.e. we are not playing the Flyers.  Also James Neal and Chris Kunitz are back with us.  And Zatkoff is in net.  Somehow we feel oddly calm. First we have to get something out of the way.  The love of our lives Petr Sykora, Petr Fever, the man...
Via Puck Huffers
April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 70 – Pens 4 Lightning 3 (OT)

Pens 4  Lightning 3 (OT) By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Crosby (34) (PP) from Malkin, Zatkoff Malkin (22) (PP) from Niskanen, Crosby Malkin (23) from Jokinen Neal (23) (PP) from Malkin, Crosby Stats Shots: Malkin (5) Missed Shots: Kunitz (3) Blocked Shots: Glass (2) Hits: Glass (4) Ice Time: Niskanen (24:44) … Pyatt (10:22) Faceoffs: Crosby (18/27) … Goc (7/15) Future...
Via The PensNation
March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

are you afraid of the deep dark woods?

This is an opportunity to feel normal again. Oddly it seems as though we are back in the appropriate iteration of our Universe.  Win or lose, this one counts. LEAST SIGNIFICANT Ryan Malone went to hit Bortuzzo early and Bortuzzo turned away and put himself in a dangerous situation.  Nothing bad happened but it's still 2 minutes for boarding.  We don't miss...
Via Puck Huffers
March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

something something blood and ball sweat

A child joins the Penguins for the anthems from a team called the Butler Valley Dawgs, and all seems relatively right with the world, i.e. we are not playing the Flyers.  Also James Neal and Chris Kunitz are back with us.  And Zatkoff is in net.  Somehow we feel oddly calm. First we have to get something out of the way.  The love of our lives Petr Sykora, Petr Fever, the...
Via Puck Huffers
March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

QUICK CAP: Penguins run the train on Dallas ☆

  This was just a good time. We were hoping for a closer, more entertaining game with Dallas, but we’re not complaining. Pens needed this kind of runaway game. Can’t say anything bad about Zatkoff, either. Made the saves he had to make. OUR THREE STARS 3. Jeff Zatkoff – Plus-30 saves: That’s a lot. 1 goal: That’s not a lot. 2. Lee Stempniak – Got his first goal as...
Via The Pensblog
March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 67. Flyers beat Pens 4-3. ☆

When Mike Milbury, Pierre McGuire, and Eddie Olczyk all start making sense, you’ve entered the Twilight Zone. And you want to talk about the Twilight Zone? Pens fans booing Sidney Crosby on that PP late in the second period. Holy mother of God. A couple questions: 1. Why start Marc-Andre Fleury in both games? Jeff Zatkoff seems stable and performed admirably in the reliever role...
Via The Pensblog
March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 67. Flyers beat Pens 4-3.

  When Mike Milbury, Pierre McGuire, and Eddie Olczyk all start making sense, you’ve entered the Twilight Zone. And you want to talk about the Twilight Zone? Pens fans booing Sidney Crosby on that PP late in the second period. Holy mother of God.   A couple questions:   1. Why start Marc-Andre Fleury in both games? Jeff Zatkoff seems stable and...
Via The Pensblog
March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

QUICK CAP: Flyers sweep the weekend series

  Well, **** happens. We're still not sure why Fleury got the start in this one. His playoff woes began with the nightmarish Flyers playoff series, and this weekend may have given him some flashbacks. He was yanked after 13 minutes and change in this game, leaving his GAA for the weekend at 5.70 and his SV% at .872. We're not saying he was the main reason for those...
Via The Pensblog
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 65 Preview – Three Observations Heading Into the Penguins and Capitals Game

By: Casey Johnston (@PensNationCasey) Goalie Tandem Still Strong Since the end of the Olympic break, the performances of Marc-Andre Fleury and Jeff Zatkoff may cause one to question this goaltending tandem going into the playoffs.  Zatkoff giving up four goals against San Jose and Fleury giving up 10 against Montreal and Chicago would be cause for alarm under most circumstances...
Via The PensNation
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

QUICK CAP: Pens survive in Washington

  First and foremost, it was a big bounce-back game for Jeff Zatkoff. He's probably been seeing that Thornton shot in his sleep. Pens PK won the battle vs. the Caps PK, too. Big stuff. OUR THREE STARS 3. Zatkoff. For the reason mentioned. 2. Crosby. 3 points. Big PP goal early. 1. Kunitz. 2 goals.   
Via The Pensblog
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Feature Friday: Jeff Zatkoff

By: Melissa Esing (Off_thePost)   Photo Credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images   Throughout the 2013-2014 NHL season, I’ll be posting player features each Friday. This week, we’re going to take a look at Jeff Zatkoff. A lot of questions lingered in the air for the Pittsburgh Penguins at the start of the 2013-2014 campaign, and the center of the conversation was goaltending.  ...
Via The PensNation
February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

LA Sports Scene 2/3/14

  Kings Victor Decolongon/Getty Images The Kings fell to their second loss in a row Thursday when they were defeated at home 4-1 by Pittsburgh. With less than 1 minute played the visitors had lit the lamp when Evgeni Malkin was left unattended and he knocked the lose puck home past Jonathan Quick. Just before the 10 minute mark the Kings got level when Anze Kopitar unleashed a terrific...
Via TopSportsReport
February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Three's a Crowd: Fleury, Vokoun, and Zatkoff by @PandaPSU

It is amazing how much can change in nine months, isn't it? This time nine months ago Marc-Andre Fleury was struggling. Tomas Vokoun was leading the Penguins through the playoffs with stellar play. Jeff Zatkoff was in the playoffs in the AHL with the Baby Pens. The playoff stats among the three included: Fleury was 2-2 with a 3.51 GAA and a .883 save percentage, Vokoun was 6...
Via PensInitiative
February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 54. Pens beat Kings 4-1.

  If there were ever an example of the first shift of the game deciding things, this game would have it. The Penguins came into Staples Center like bats out of Hell. Bortuzzo wrecked someone. And when Evgeni Malkin scored 57 seconds in, the Kings were stunned, and they never truly recovered.   Even though the Kings are struggling, there was a different feel...
Via The Pensblog
January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Old Friend Jeff Zatkoff Helps Lift Penguins To 4-1 Win Over Kings

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Via Valley Bay News
January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Discuss: How likely is it for Tomas Vokoun to return?

Photo Credit: CBS Sports Nick (@PensNation_Nick): Tomas Vokoun has recently resumed skating after missing the entire season thus far because of blood clot surgery. How likely is it that Vokoun returns this season? Meesh (@HockeyMeesh):  I feel like there are two inherent questions to answer here. How likely is it Vokoun returns this season and how likely is it that he returns in...
Via The PensNation
January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Maatta, Malkin help Penguins beat Islanders 6-4

Rookie defenseman Olli Maatta scored the go-ahead goal early in the second period and Evgeni Malkin added an insurance score in the third as the Pittsburgh Penguins held on for a wild 6-4 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night. The Islanders had a 5-on-3 power play for 50 seconds late in the third, but couldn't score against backup Jeff Zatkoff, who made 30 saves...
Via AP on Fox
January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

QUICK CAP: Mind over Maatta. Pens Win final meeting against Isles 6-4

It was ugly and beautiful all at the same time. In another wild affair between the Penguins and Islanders,  the Pens held on barely for the 6-4 win. Goals from Kunitz, Crosby, Maatta, Letang, Malkin and Sutter paced the Penguins. Jeff Zatkoff wasn't at his best, but he did what he needed to do at time. This game was the final meeting between the Pens and Isles. The Isles...
Via The Pensblog
January 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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