Red Wings rally late to top Penguins 4-3 in OT

DETROIT (AP) Justin Abdelkader's goal 4:16 into overtime capped a dramatic Detroit rally, giving the Red Wings a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night. The Red Wings scored twice with their goalie pulled in the final 2:39 of regulation, tying the game on Niklas Kronwall's goal with 38.9 seconds to play. On the winner, Henrik Zetterberg deflected Paul...
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4 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Assists and the One-Timers

As the NHL season rolls on, I am hoping to make this a semi-regular feature here. What is this exactly? Good question, theoretical reader in my head. This is the Assists and the One-Timers. The Assists will (hopefully) be me answering questions from you good folks that got suckered into reading these posts. They will hopefully be Pens-related (or even NHL-related), and will be thought...
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3 days ago  |  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
12 days ago  |  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...
Via PensInitiative
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Our predictions for 2014-2015

Another season. Another 82-plus games of Hell. More long nights battling strangers on the Internet after every goal MAF lets in. More arguments about who should be on the right wall on the power play. We all do this willingly. We are all idiots. Predictions: The Penguins will start slow With a complete overhaul done in less than two months, and tons of new faces, the Penguins hovering...
Via The Pensblog
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Thinking Out Loud: Pens Season is Upon Us

By: Meesh Shanmugam The last time the Penguins played a meaningful game, we were all treated to a frustrating, yet predictable 2-1 loss in a Game 7 at home to the Rangers. Dan Bylsma’s team blew another series with home-ice advantage. Sidney Crosby struggled. Martin St. Louis was an inspiration to everyone, Pittsburgh not included. A lot has changed since then. First, Ray Shero...
Via The PensNation
15 days ago  |  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 a top...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss


Had no idea Tony Granato was an assistant coach with the Wings. Biggest story of the night. Paul Martin didn’t seem concerned about playing, really. Penguins got a powerplay early in the third. Bennett and Sutter seem to be building chemistry. Farnham tried to fight some guy. Really strange performance by him. Spaling and Comeau got some work killing penalties. Probably a combo...
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September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Announce Roster For First Preseason Game

Photo Credit: The Penguins have announced their lineup for Monday night’s preseason home game against Detroit. Goaltenders 29 Marc-Andre Fleury G 60 Matt Murray G Defensemen 4 Rob Scuderi D 7 Paul Martin D 33 Reid McNeill D 41 Robert Bortuzzo D 44 Taylor Chorney D 47 Simon Despres D Forwards 13 Nick Spaling F 16 Brandon Sutter F 17 Blake Comeau F 19 Beau...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Free Agency Thoughts Part III: Penguins Roster Analysis

By: Meesh Shanmugam Everything looks fairly quiet for the Penguins at this point and they are probably done in free agency aside from depth/AHL moves unless something irresistible comes to them. If you missed Part I, it was a look at the Penguins additions so far.  Part II was a look at the departures. Here’s a look at the free agency moves so far: Here is a look at the roster...
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July 03, 2014  |  1 Comment

Latest Pittsburgh Penguins Rumors

  I love searching around and looking into rumors that may be going around regrading any of my favorite sports teams. But that is the one keep thing you have to remember and keep in mind about them, they are “rumors”. And depending on the source, it may or may not even be a reliable one which will cause you to do a bit more research into the alleged rumor. The Pittsburgh Penguins...
Via KC Sports Ninja
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Offseason extensions unlikely for Fleury, Martin

A busy Penguins offseason is unlikely to include contract extensions for goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and defenseman Paul Martin. Each player is set to enter the final year of his current contract and can sign an extension at the official start of the new NHL season Tuesday. The Penguins are optimistic they will eventually sign Fleury to a new deal, but talks with his representatives...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Trade Rumors: Matt Niskanen to Edmonton Oilers

Matt Niskanen of the Pittsburgh Penguins is the top UFA defenseman available for 2014 NHL Free Agency. With Kris Letang and Paul Martin injured for most of last season, the Penguins relied heavily on Niskanen to stabilize their D corps. Niskanen was a rock defensively and had a career year offensively with 10 goals and 46 points in 81 games. The Penguins cannot afford to sign Niskanen and
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Why the Penguins Should Trade Paul Martin

Michael Miller / Wikipedia The Pittsburgh Penguins have just been eliminated from the 2013/2014 NHL Playoffs – yet another disappointing season since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009. As a result GM Ray Shero has already been relieved of his duties and HC Dan Bylsma’s future with the Penguins depends on the decision of the new GM, once Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle have decided...
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May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 7 – Rangers 2 Pens 1

Rangers 2  Pens 1 Rangers win the series 4-3. By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Jokinen (7) from Maatta, Malkin Game 7 Leaders Shots: Martin (5) Missed Shots: Maatta, Martin (3) Blocked Shots: Martin (4) Hits: Niskanen (6) Ice Time: Martin (28:10) … Glass (6:09) Faceoffs: Sutter (11/17) … Malkin (8/16) Team PP: 0 for 1 (0%) Team PK: 1 for 2 (50%) Final Playoff Leaders...
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May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch a stickless, acrobatic NYR goalie Henrik Lundqvist make the save of the playoffs on Paul Martin

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Paul Martin is stopped by a stickless, acrobatic New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist with just a little over 5 minutes left in the 3rd period last night.Follow us on Twitter, Subscribe by Email, View via Our Mobile Site, or Return Home
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May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 6 – Rangers 3 Pens 1

Rangers 3  Pens 1 Series tied at 3. By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Sutter (5) from Niskanen, Maatta Game Summary: Blood. (Elsa/Getty Images) Game 6 Leaders Shots: Neal (7) Missed Shots: Neal (3) Blocked Shots: Five Players (2) Hits: Niskanen (4) Ice Time: Martin (26:07) … Adams (8:28) Faceoffs: Goc (7/9) … Sutter (5/15) CF% Rel: Jokinen (+23.4%) … Scuderi (-29.7...
Via The PensNation
May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 5 – Rangers 5 Pens 1

Rangers 5  Pens 1 Pens lead the series 3-2. By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Malkin (6) from Letang The Rangers have a very powerful story line in Martin St. Louis right now. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) Game 5 Leaders Shots: Letang (6) Missed Shots: Letang (3) Blocked Shots: Martin (5) Hits: Bennett (5) Ice Time: Martin (25:38) … Vitale (8:18) Faceoffs: Sutter (13/18)...
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May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers @ Penguins (Game 5) – St. Louis Is In

#NYR News: AV says that Martin St. Louis has decided to play this evening in Game Five after the passing his mother yesterday — New York Rangers (@NYRangers) May 9, 2014 St. Louis said he made the decision after talking with his father. He added that mother would have wanted him to play. …RESPECT! The New York Rangers visit the Pittsburgh Penguins for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

GIF: Defenseman Paul Martin's creative maneuver

Pay attention to Pittsburgh defenseman Paul Martin - number seven - in this play. Laying down on the ice, the blue-liner made an innovative interception on a New York Rangers odd-man rush, bringing his stick behind his back and blocking the puck from getting to a wide open Rick Nash. The Penguins won the game and now lead the series 2-1. Read the recap here on Game Four...
Via Talk Hockey
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 2 – Pens 3 Rangers 0

Pens 3  Rangers 0 Series tied at 1. By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) **Sorry if you see odd characters in the post, the site is being temperamental today** Goals Letang (2) from Malkin, Kunitz Jokinen (4) (PP) from Neal, Letang Malkin (4) (EN) from Letang Lundqvist did everything humanly possible to try to stop Jokinen. (Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo) Game 2 Leaders Shots: Crosby ...
Via The PensNation
May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game 6 – Pens 4 Blue Jackets 3

Pens 4  Blue Jackets 3 Pens win series 4-2. By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Malkin (1) from Kunitz, Crosby Malkin (2) (PP) from Crosby, Niskanen Sutter (3) unassisted Malkin (3) from Jokinen, Niskanen “WOOOOOOOOO!!!” (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) Game 6 Leaders Shots: Malkin (6) Missed Shots: Crosby (3) Blocked Shots: Letang, Martin, Scuderi (3) Hits: Glass (4) Ice Time...
Via The PensNation
April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game 5 – Pens 3 Blue Jackets 1

Pens 3  Blue Jackets 1 Pens lead series 3-2. By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Kunitz (2) (PP) from Crosby, Niskanen Jokinen (3) from Sutter, Stempniak Letang (1) (EN) from Adams, Kunitz Team offense…check. Team defense…check. Team goalie??? (Credit: @sd_chut) Game 5 Leaders Shots: Kunitz (7) Missed Shots: Crosby (5) Blocked Shots: Bortuzzo, Glass, Letang (2) Hits: Kunitz...
Via The PensNation
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

The Pittsburgh Penguins Are Struggling To Find Their Game

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail, Paul Martin leads the Pittsburgh Penguins in playoff points. That is nice for the veteran defenceman but it says just about all you need to know about the Penguins in their first-round NHL playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, which resumes Saturday. Martin has eight assists in four games, double the number of Sidney...
Via Kukla's Korner
April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Paul Martin: An Exception to an Underwhelming Series by @griffTHW

The Pittsburgh Penguins are lucky.  They're lucky they find themselves knotted at two in a series in which they've largely been outplayed.  The club's stars continue to underperform, countless Penguins parade to the penalty box as a result of undisciplined play and the Blue Jackets consistently outwork an opponent seemingly content to win or lose based solely on...
Via PensInitiative
April 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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