PAUL MARTIN NEWS

New York Rangers Can’t let up Against Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Paul Martin (7) fights for control of the puck with New York Rangers’ Derick Brassard (16) during the second period of Game 2 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Saturday, April 18, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) It just a few short hours the New York Rangers will face the Pittsburgh Penguins for the fourth game of...
Via The Sports Journal
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: ECQ Game 3 – Slow start (again) dooms Penguins in 2-1 loss to Rangers

By: Meesh Shanmugam Rangers 2  Pens 1 Series: NYR leads 2-1 Goals Hornqvist (1) from Crosby, Cole Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Cole (cross-checking) – Unnecessary (cross-checks Glass in the back on top of the crease while the puck is out at the point) Martin (cross-checking) – Unnecessary (cross-checks Zuccarello directly in the back as he’s trying...
Via The PensNation
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 82 – Pens finally get the job done in 2-1 win over Sabres

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Pens 2  Sabres 0 Record: 43-27-12 Goals Sutter (20) from Comeau, Spaling Sutter (21) from Winnik, Hornqvist Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Crosby (roughing) – Inconsequential (skates in front of Lindback and Lindback skates into...
Via The PensNation
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 81 – Pens continue to slide in 3-1 loss to Islanders

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Islanders 3  Pens 1 Record: 42-27-12 Goals Scuderi (1) from Crosby, Martin Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Downie (clipping) – Bad Call (hits Hickey behind the net on his hip as Hickey jumps up into the air and then falls down in...
Via The PensNation
23 days ago  |  Discuss

The Face(s) of the Penguins’ Struggles

Why have the Penguins struggled so mightily since December? (photo via NHL.com) By: Jim Meinecke Many reasons have been thrown around recently why the mighty Pittsburgh Penguins have fallen from grace. Mike Johnston with a brand new coaching staff and system, and of course, the possibility he may be over his head at this level. Sidney Crosby having a “down” year. A bottom-six...
Via The PensNation
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 80 – Pens fall apart in stunning 4-3 (OT) loss to Senators

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Senators 4  Pens 3 (OT) Record: 42-26-12 Goals Crosby (28) from Hornqvist, Martin Bennett (4) from Cole Hornqvist (25) from Crosby, Scuderi Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Lapierre (high-sticking) – Bad Call (lifts the stick of Pageau...
Via The PensNation
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins in Danger of Missing the Playoffs

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) lies on the ice after allowing a goal to Philadelphia Flyers’ Vincent Lecavalier (40) in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Wednesday, April 1, 2015. The Flyers won 4-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) The Pittsburgh Penguins streak of 8 consecutive playoff appearances might not be extended this year. Presently, the...
Via The Sports Journal
April 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Penguins’ Improved Defense Could be Dangerous in the Playoffs

Craig Cunningham #22 of the Arizona Coyotes moves the puck between the defense of Paul Martin #7 and Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on March 28, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images) Defense, defense, defense. The Pittsburgh Penguins are a team that is known for its high powered offense, fast-paced play...
Via The Sports Journal
April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 76 – Pens band together to survive in 3-2 (SO) win over Sharks

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Pens 3  Sharks 2 (SO) Record: 42-23-11 Goals Hornqvist (24) from Winnik, Cole Kunitz (17) (PP) from Crosby, PouliotSO Goals: Perron, Crosby Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Lapierre (hooking) – Unnecessary (follows Pavelski getting...
Via The PensNation
March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Losing Kris Letang Might Doom Pittsburgh Penguins’ Playoff Hopes

Craig Cunningham #22 of the Arizona Coyotes moves the puck between the defense of Paul Martin #7 and Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on March 28, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) During the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes, star defender Kris Letang was severely injured. Losing Letang was...
Via The Sports Journal
March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

The Penguins Will Win Again by @PennSt8Gal

Will the Penguins ever win again?Well, let me start off by answering this question. The simple answer is yes. The Penguins will win again.How do I know? Well, the law of averages is on our side. This team doesn't experience losing streaks very often. In fact, since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009, the Penguins have only faced a losing streak of four or more games six times. This...
Via PensInitiative
March 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 69 – Pens unravel in 5-1 loss to Red Wings

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Red Wings 5  Pens 1 Record: 39-20-10 Goals Perron (17) from Crosby, Hornqvist Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Perron (unsportsmanlike conduct) – Inconsequential (gets into a crease battle with Quincey and they each receive a minor...
Via The PensNation
March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

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
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 60. Pens 5, Panthers 1. Jaded as ****.

The scene: Sherlock and Moriaty at the end of the Reichenbach fall. Moriaty says this: I knew you’d fall for it. That’s your weakness. You always want everything to be clever. Man. That is kind of like Penguins fans, one way or another. We want things to be complex. We want some kind of grand problem. We’re jaded as ****. Nothing you can do. Nature of this era we’re in....
Via The Pensblog
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 60 – Fleury goes into MVP mode as Pens beat Panthers, 5-1

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Pens 5  Panthers 1 Record: 34-17-9 Goals Hornqvist (17) from Letang Malkin (23), unassisted Martin (3) from Crosby, Hornqvist Hornqvist (18) (PP) from Crosby, Malkin Malkin (24) from Sill Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Despres (high...
Via The PensNation
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 48 – Pens look lifeless in 4-0 loss to Washington

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Caps 4  Pens 0 Record: 27-13-8 Goals None Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Sill (fighting) – Inconsequential (fights Wilson off of a neutral zone faceoff and they each receive a fighting major) Perron (goalie interference) – Unnecessary...
Via The PensNation
January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Penguins’ Olli Maatta to undergo shoulder surgery

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Tuesday that defenseman Olli Maatta will undergo shoulder surgery Wednesday and will miss the rest of the season. Maatta, 20, has not played since a Dec. 6 game vs. Ottawa.  He had one goal and eight assists for nine points in 20 games this season. The Penguins beat the Minnesota Wild 7-2 on Tuesday night. Paul Martin, Kris Letang and Chris...
Via Sports-Glory
January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

What the Hell Happened: Pens rough up Minnesota

The Wild are just awful right now, and the Pens beat them up pretty good. 7-2 was the final, and the ice was titled for the entire game. The Pens got some goals from unusual sources, like Goc and Paul Martin Powerball, and Chris Kunitz finally made an appearance. Hoping to see more from him. We’ll have more about this tomorrow, but Ryan Suter got away with this vicious elbow on...
Via The Pensblog
January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Looks like Olli Maatta is done for the year.

View image | gettyimages.com via the PG: Although the decision on that might not be finalized for a few days, a source familiar with his situation said the injury that has prevented Maatta from playing since Dec. 6 has not responded satisfactorily to rehabilitation efforts.   We heard this back in December, but the Pens said late last month that Maatta could be back as soon...
Via The Pensblog
January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 41. Pens win in overtime 2-1.

View image | gettyimages.com 41 down. 41 to go. The Penguins pulled out an extra point on Montreal and got a much-needed win. A loss wouldn’t have been the end of the world, but there would have been some uneasy feelings. The season is kind of in a cruise-control state right now. Injuries and whatnot have limited everyone’s ability to judge this Penguins team. As they get...
Via The Pensblog
January 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Feature Friday: Paul Martin

  Throughout the 2014-2015 NHL season, I’ll be posting player features each Friday. This week, we’re going to take a look at Paul Martin. By: Melissa Esing (Off_thePost)   Photo Credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images For the past month, the Penguins have experienced non-stop changes to their roster. Plenty of Wilkes-Barre call-ups have been happening as a result of the IR...
Via The PensNation
December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Lebrun: Penguins looking for a top-six winger

Pierre Lebrun with his first interesting nugget of the season. [ ESPN ] The Pens don’t have anything in the hopper now, but when the time is right, we’re told the plan is to try and add a top-six winger to play with Evgeni Malkin. Blake Comeau has done a nice job of late on Malkin’s line with Pascal Dupuis, but in reality he’s a bottom-six forward. Pittsburgh eventually...
Via The Pensblog
November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 2 – Pens Powerplay Dominates in 5-2 Win Over Leafs

By: Meesh Shanmugam Pens 5  Maple Leafs 2 Record: 2-0 Goals Hornqvist (2) from Ehrhoff Crosby (3) (PP) from Hornqvist, Letang Kunitz (1) (PP) from Crosby, Malkin Malkin (1) (PP) from Letang, Crosby Sutter (2) from Martin, Malkin Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Letang (delay of game) – Careless (throws the puck over the glass in the defensive zone) Downie (high...
Via The PensNation
October 12, 2014  |  Discuss

You Couldn't BE More Wrong About: Paul Martin by @griffTHW and @BrianK_PI

You Couldn't BE More Wrong is a new segment that Sean Griffin and I put together, naturally arising from the fact that we seem to frequently take the opposite sides of issues as they pertain to the Penguins. In case you missed last week's post, we debated Marc-Andre Fleury's future in Pittsburgh. Though last week's column didn't have a poll, I've arbitrarily gone back and...
Via PensInitiative
October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

HotTake Tuesday

What’s in a name? A name is just a name, right? We’re switching things up a little this week and renaming BagSkate Tuesday to the more appropriate “HotTake Tuesday.” We were providing the hot takes anyway, might as well serve them up appropriately. Would you give up Sutter/Martin/Pouliot for Evander Kane? – Eric C. Richter: It kind of depends on how hurt you are for...
Via The PensNation
October 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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