Don't Get Used to the Current Roster of Penguins by @kjcmalakai

It happens every year.  Sometimes twice.  Every year at the trade deadline or when the free agency period opens you can imagine fans lining up along the proverbial Roberto Clemente Bridge ready to take the plunge into the waters of despair that are the Allegheny River.  Why?  Because player X has been traded or signed with another team. The following is a list...
Via PensInitiative
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Fit the system: Penguins trade deadline recap

Following earlier trades for David Perron and Maxim Lapierre, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford made three additional moves leading up to Monday’s trade deadline. The post Fit the system: Penguins trade deadline recap appeared first on Along the Boards.
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

A familiar face returns to St. Louis for the first time

ST. LOUIS -- The Blues' skaters will have to be wary of a familiar face on the forecheck in tonight's game against Pittsburgh. Fourth line center Maxim Lapierre delivered hits for St. Louis just over a month ago before an unexpected trade during the All-Star Break. Now he's playing the same role for the Penguins and looking forward to his first game back at the Scottrade Center....
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February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Bottom Six: “Grit” and “Character” Need Not Apply

Craig Adams scores his only goal of the season… on a breakaway. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today) By: Joe Guzy A little over a week ago, Jim addressed the Pittsburgh Penguins’ identity crisis. He finished with a punch that really resonated with me: Rutherford can add as much grit to the lineup as he wants, but the team still needs chemistry and it needs a winning attitude. All of...
Via The PensNation
February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 53. Not ready for primetime.

When the Pens visited Edmonton and Calgary, it felt like an event. Those teams and cities were pumped to welcome Crosby. Vancouver, meanwhile, really wanted nothing to do with the Crosby and the Pens, and it showed. Pens weren’t ready for it from the opening faceoff. Pens got in penalty trouble in the first period and never really recovered. Pens’ MVP of the entire game was...
Via The Pensblog
February 08, 2015  |  Discuss

5 More Reasons To Hate The St. Louis Blues

Ok, so you are a Chicago Blackhawks fan and you shouldn’t need five more reasons to hate the St. Louis Blues, but in case you do here is some evidence of their below the belt dirty play. Maxim Lapierre Maxim is so dirty that St Louis Blues fans didn’t even want him on their team… Now that must be saying something cause Blackhawks fans all know just how dirty the Blues...
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February 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Feature Friday: Maxim Lapierre

  Throughout the 2014-2015 NHL season, I’ll be posting player features each Friday. This week, we’re going to take a look at Maxim Lapierre. By: Melissa Esing (Off_thePost)   Photo Credit: Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images   For a brief recap, the Penguins played the Winnipeg Jets just over a week ago, where Marcel Goc played about 14 minutes of ice time. Not even an hour...
Via The PensNation
February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Colligan: 7 Questions on Lapierre, Adams, and the New Jersey Trap

View image | (1) Why did the Marcel Goc / Maxim Lapierre trade even happen? On the surface, the Goc-Lapierre trade didn’t make a lot of sense.  Both teams seemed to be swapping versatile, pending-UFA, fourth-line centers with comparable cap hits (Goc $1.2M and Lapierre $1.1M). I think there’s more to it though and the deal should work out for both St....
Via The Pensblog
February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Penguins Update: Lapierre Deal a Step in the Right Direction

At the risk of mimicking that annoying blue jay perched on a branch outside your window that just won’t shut up, I’m once more going to expound on my favorite hockey subject. The Penguins need to get bigger. Especially up front. In a hurry. Last week’s games were a case in point. After delivering a superhuman effort to beat an infinitely bigger and tougher Winnipeg squad on...
Via PenguinPoop
February 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues believe Goc will be a better fit with Ott, Reaves on fourth line

ST. LOUIS -- The Blues' new fourth-line center could help shore up some minor weaknesses heading into the second half. Few would have faulted general manager Doug Armstrong for sticking with a roster that has produced 37 goals and earned 15 of 16 possible points in its last eight games. But the best leaders understand there's always room for improvement, and a Tuesday night trade...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Gameday 48: Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals

Pittsburgh Penguins (27-12-8) at Washington Capitals (24-14-9) 8:00 PM – NBCSN, SN1 Verizon Center – Washington, DC Between reveling in the Pens win last night, the Chris Kunitz trade rumblings, #JagrWatch, the Max Lapierre trade and the advanced stats community’s plan to erect a statue in memory of Marcel Goc, we almost forgot there is another game tonight.  Of course...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 48 Between the Capitals and Penguins

By: Andy Hughes (@PensNation_Andy) The Pittsburgh Penguins (27-12-8) enjoyed their first game back after the All-Star break with a nice 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets last night with none of their all-stars in the lineup. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were obviously unable to play last night because they both missed the All-Star Game due to lower-body injuries. Many thought Crosby...
Via The PensNation
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Penguins Make Another Trade, Aquire Maxim Lapierre from St. Louis

Jim Rutherford has stayed busy in his first season as Penguins general manager.  Not long after a 5-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday night, Rutherford pulled the trigger of his fourth trade since he took over with the Pens back in June.  In a swap of bottom-six centermen, the Pens sent Marcel Goc to St. Louis in exchange for Max Lapierre. In 43 games with the Penguins...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Marcel Goc trade: Blues part with Maxim Lapierre, upgrade fourth line

On Tuesday night, the St. Louis Blues announced that they sent veteran center Maxim Lapierre to the Pittsburgh Penguins for journeyman forward Marcel Goc. Goc, 31, has played 11 seasons in the NHL, with parts of the past two in Pittsburgh. He has played 42 games this season and has five points on the year. […] The post Marcel Goc trade: Blues part with Maxim Lapierre, upgrade fourth...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues trade Lapierre to Pittsburgh for forward Marcel Goc

ST. LOUIS -- The Blues announced Tuesday night that they have acquired forward Marcel Goc from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for forward Maxim Lapierre.   "We want to thank Max and his family for their dedication to the Blues organization," GM Doug Armstrong said in a press release. "Max is a true professional and was a valued member of our team. We wish him the best of luck...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues Acquire Marcel Goc

On Tuesday night, the St. Louis Blues acquired forward Marcel Goc from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Maxim Lapierre. Goc, 31, as two goals and four assists in 43 games this season. Lapierre, who turns 30 at the end … Continue reading → The post St. Louis Blues Acquire Marcel Goc appeared first on Committed Indians.
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Ott-Lapierre-Reaves line is playing above its fourth-line status

ST. LOUIS -- The Blues got a scoring boost from an unlikely source to bring a positive end to their road trip over the weekend in Canada. Steve Ott, Maxim Lapierre and Ryan Reaves have found plenty of success in their main role of providing energy and physicality as St. Louis' fourth forward line. When they can add goals to the mix, as they did in wins over Ottawa and Winnipeg, the...
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November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Steen lifts Blues to 3-2 win over Senators

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Alex Steen's second-period goal stood up as the game-winner in the St. Louis Blues' 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Maxim Lapierre and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored for the Blues (13-6-1), and Brian Elliott stopped 24 shots. Ottawa got goals from Mika Zibanejad and Erik Karlsson. Robin Lehner, making his second consecutive start, stopped 30...
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November 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild fall 4-1 in fight-filled pre-season tilt with the Blues

Maxim Lapierre tries to keep the puck from Mikael Granlund. Almost every kid knows that feeling from Elementary School, that anxious moment when out at the playground kids pick teams for football, kickball, baseball or hockey.  It often goes beyond just wondering whose team you’re going to end up on, as much as you may simply hope to avoid the indignity of being picked last....
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October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Crashing the net: CBJ off day notes

Columbus -- After one week of training camp, the players have a well-deserved day off. The normal aches, pains, bumps and bruises after six days and three hockey games will be given a day to heal, with practice resuming tomorrow. Part of the team will travel to the Scottrade Center in St. Louis for exhibition Game 4 Thursday evening. With opening night two weeks away, decisions need...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Blues get a taste of their own medicine in Game 4 OT loss to the Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- It was quickly approaching midnight in the Windy City and 'Chelsea Dagger' was still blaring out of the speakers at the United Center, the sound no opposing team wants to hear. Blues goalie Ryan Miller sat quietly at his locker stall in the visiting dressing room, staring into space as his teammates dressed and the media swarmed in to ask what happened, where it all went...
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

(video) Patrick Sharp hammers Maxim Lapierre

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp hammers St. Louis Blues puke Maxim Lapierre. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.  There's been a lot of hard hitting in this series..
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Playoff Observations -- Wednesday (24th)

Just a few things that caught my eye: Maxim Lapierre pulled a Matt Cooke, except Patrick Sharp wasn't hurt. But is it really any different? And should he still have been in the game late in the second when he notched the tying goal? Discuss. Paul Martin, postseason leading scorer. WTF? Seriously -- check the list. Is Sidney Crosby at 75 per cent an asset or...
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April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Playoff Observations -- Friday

Just a few things that caught my eye: Lift and separate. Divide and conquer. Milan Lucic just has a way of saluting an opponent's manhood, doesn't he? And we think Maxim Lapierre, Matt Cooke and even his teammate Brad Marchand are dirty. Pavel Datsyuk. "Datsyuked." I'm going to just leave it at that. Wow. The window has already closed for the Tampa Bay Lightning...
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April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Maxim Lapierre Keeps Game Alive For Blues With Leg Save In OT (Video)

It’s hard enough to score in overtime of a Stanley Cup playoff game, especially when St. Louis Blues goaltender Ryan Miller is in net. When two players are between the pipes, it’s virtually impossible. The Blues proved that point in the first overtime of Thursday night’s thriller against Chicago Blackhawks in the opening game of their Western Conference quarterfinal series...
April 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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