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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Key Observations Heading Into Game 5 Between the Penguins and Rangers

By: Casey Johnston (@PensNationCasey) I said heading into this series between the Penguins and Rangers that the key to success for the Penguins would be Sidney Crosby adding some goals to the assists he racked up during the Columbus series and Evgeni Malkin building on the brilliant performance he had to close out that series.  Crosby ended that series with six points, all assists...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

TWEETCAP: One Minute Left in the Rangers Season, Maybe

Usually it takes at least a Letang turnover, but Pens fans were pissed from the jump in this one.  Brooks Orpik was inserted back into the lineup in favor of Bobby Bortuzzo, much to the chagrin of anyone who has seen Rob Scuderi take a shift this postseason.   And rightfully so, Orpik didn’t even come close to making it through the game while almost every Ranger scorning chance...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins Defense Stands Tall

Having posted consecutive shutouts against the stubborn New York Rangers, Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has received tons of praise, and deservedly so. “Flower” is enjoying by far his best postseason since 2009, when he helped the Pens win the Cup. The oft-maligned defense deserves some love, too. As a group they’ve been nothing short of sensational. Collectively, they’ve...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Crosby, Fleury lead Penguins in shutout win over Rangers in Game 3

Shutting out the New York Rangers on consecutive nights in the Stanley Cup playoffs was not enough for the Penguins. Neither was taking back home-ice advantage with a 2-0 victory in Game 3 at Madison Square Garden on Monday night. “We played smart, but I thought we sat back too much in the third period,” defenseman Robert Bortuzzo said. Bortuzzo is as good guy to note for these...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Sidney Crosby snaps goal-less drought

Sidney Crosby ended his 13-game goal-less drought in the second period of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2-0 victory at Madison Square Garden Monday night. The Penguins have a 2-1 series lead over the New York Rangers. Crosby called for the puck as he streaked up the ice and shot a laser through the legs of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. “When a guy like that has space and has speed...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins shutout Rangers in Game 3 – Knee-Jerk Reactions

  By Joe Depto (@JoeDepto)   - The Rangers got a much better performance out of the ailing Ryan McDonagh in Game 3, but they didn’t nearly enough from their defense tonight. Girardi’s first two periods were better than anything the Rangers received from him in game 2′s shutout loss to Pittsburgh, but his third period felt frantic and positionally pliable. The Rangers didn’t...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 2 Between the Penguins and Rangers

By: Casey Johnston (@PensNationCasey) Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals was a back-and-forth game in which both teams spent considerable amounts of time controlling the play.  The Rangers, however, controlled the beginning when they jumped out to a 2-0 lead and the end when they scored the game-clinching goal in overtime.  The Penguins had their moments as well such...
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Regular Season Recap: Pens vs NY Rangers

Pens-Rangers in Review By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Here’s a game-by-game recap of my thoughts posts vs. the Rangers, with a series preview at the end. Game 16: Rangers win 5-1 The first matchup caught the Pens by surprise. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Goals: Letang (PP) Good: Brandon Sutter – Played well on the PK and drew a penalty. Noteworthy: Evgeni Malkin – Drew...
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

QUICK CAP: Joy of Suck. Pens take 3-2 series lead.

The Penguins did something different in Game 5. Shockingly, probably to Dan Bylsma, it worked. The Penguins played Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby together for most of the game. This disabled the Blue Jackets’ targeting of Sidney Crosby with Brandon Dubinsky and forced Columbus to do something different. IMAGINE THAT. Three things that worked - The insertion of Marcel Goc and...
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April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

It's Time To Win A Robert Bortuzzo Jersey From PI and @TotalSportsEnt

Last Sunday, we revealed the rules for the Pens Initiative/Total Sports Enterprises Easter Egg Hunt. Simply put, all you had to do was look for all-capitalized words while reading Pens Initiative articles throughout the week. Today is the day that you can tell us what those Easter Eggs were and enter yourself to win an autographed Robert Bortuzzo jersey, courtesy of the folks at...
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April 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Win an Autographed Robert Bortuzzo Jersey in PI's Easter Egg Hunt!

How would you like to own an autographed Robert Bortuzzo jersey?As part of our month-long birthday celebration - and thanks to the generous folks at TSE (@totalsportsent on twitter) - Pens Initiative is giving our faithful readers the chance to win exactly that.Go ahead, read the rest »
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April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 79 – Pens 3 Avalanche 2 (SO)

Pens 3  Avalanche 2 (SO) By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Sutter (12) from Glass, Niskanen Sutter (13) (PP) from Jokinen, Neal SO Winner: Jokinen The Penguins have three #1 centers? What? (Chris Schneider/AP Photo) Stats Shots: Ebbett (4) Missed Shots: Neal (4) Blocked Shots: Ebbett (4) Hits: Glass (5) Ice Time: Martin (27:36) … Megna (6:52) Faceoffs: Ebbett (5/10) ...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

RECAP: GAME 79: Penguins beat Avalanche 3-2 in shootout. ☆

This was the Penguins’ lineup on October 21, 2013, against the Avs: The big names missing are Kris Letang and James Neal. Dupuis was playing. The Penguins lost that game 1-0 on home ice, going 0 for 7 on the power play. This was the lineup Sunday night in Colorado: We were quick to write off this game due to injuries, and just because the Pens won doesn’t change that for us...
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April 07, 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...
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April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Bortuzzo makes push to be on Penguins' playoff blue line

Two mysteries exist on the Penguins blue line: Will Kris Letang play again this season, and who replaces him during the playoffs should he not be available? Robert Bortuzzo has made a case to be that man. The physical Thunder Bay, Ontario, native was used as the Penguins' No. 6 defenseman against the Jets in Winnipeg on Thursday and is receiving rave reviews from assistant...
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April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 75 – Pens 4 Blackhawks 1

Pens 4  Blackhawks 1 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Neal (24) from Jokinen, Bortuzzo Stempniak (11) from Niskanen, Kunitz Crosby (35) from Kunitz Crosby (36) (EN) from Maatta, Bennett Shero seems to have found gold in Lee Stempniak. (Joe Sargent/Getty Images) Stats Shots: Crosby (8) Missed Shots: Neal (2) Blocked Shots: Scuderi (4) Hits: Pyatt (6) Ice Time: Niskanen (21...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 74 – Pens 2 Blue Jackets 1

Pens 2  Blue Jackets 1 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Kunitz (34) from Crosby, Engelland Bennett (2) from Bortuzzo Fleury has earned several wins but finally actually got one. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) Stats Shots: Crosby (6) Missed Shots: Bennett, Jokinen (2) Blocked Shots: Scuderi, Bortuzzo, Orpik (2) Hits: Orpik (5) Ice Time: Orpik (25:48) … Megna (8:21) Faceoffs...
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March 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 73 – Kings 3 Pens 2

Kings 3  Pens 2 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Pyatt stunned himself with that goal. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Goals Kunitz (33) from Megna, Crosby Pyatt (4) from Gibbons, Goc Stats Shots: Niskanen (7) Missed Shots: Niskanen (3) Blocked Shots: Bortuzzo, Neal (2) Hits: Bortuzzo, Glass, Kunitz, Orpik (5) Ice Time: Crosby (25:48) … Adams (8:07) Faceoffs: Goc (6/8) … Crosby...
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 72 – Coyotes 3 Pens 2

Coyotes 3  Pens 2 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Jokinen (18) (PP) from Neal, Crosby Pyatt (3) from Scuderi, Despres Stats Shots: Neal (6) Missed Shots: Maatta (2) Blocked Shots: Gibbons, Maatta (3) Hits: Bortuzzo (6) Ice Time: Crosby (23:23) … Glass (7:35) Faceoffs: Goc (14/20) … Crosby (12/26) Guys, how do we celebrate a goal? (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Quick...
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March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 69 – Red Wings 5 Pens 4 (OT)

Red Wings 5  Pens 4 (OT) By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) **PS – Tailgate/meetup at the Melody Lot (above where Mellon used to be) around 9am before the Tampa Bay game on Saturday.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions** Goals Stempniak (10) from Kunitz, Bortuzzo Malkin (20) from Neal, Jokinen Malkin (21) (PP) from Neal, Jokinen Adams (4) from Sutter, Gibbons Stats...
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March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 67 – Flyers 4 Penguins 3

Flyers 4  Pens 3 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Orpik (2) from Bortuzzo, Vitale Niskanen (10) from Scuderi, Jokinen Megna (5) from Gibbons Stats Shots: Malkin (5) Missed Shots: Crosby, Pyatt (3) Blocked Shots: Entire Defense (2 each) Hits: Bortuzzo (5) Ice Time: Niskanen (27:11) … Pyatt (8:34) Faceoffs: Sutter (4/6) … Goc (2/8) These 1-on-1 pics shouldn’t exist several...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Feature Friday: Robert Bortuzzo

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 Robert Bortuzzo.    Every year within the NHL, a player can either progress and improve themselves or regress. Pittsburgh Penguins’ defenseman, Robert Bortuzzo, in a sense...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 60 – Penguins @ Blackhawks

Blackhawks 5  Penguins 1 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) *Sorry for the delayed post, travel and trades have kept me distracted* It started as such a promising weekend… (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo) Goals Neal (22) unassisted Stats Shots: Neal (7) Missed Shots: Jokinen (2) Blocked Shots: Despres, Sutter (2) Hits: Bortuzzo (6) Ice Time: Niskanen (25:35) … Engelland (7:58...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins’ Robert Bortuzzo and Predators’ Colin Wilson in bloody ice brawl (VIDEO)

A first-period brawl between Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and Nashville center Colin Wilson Tuesday night left both skaters a bloody mess.Both Bortuzzo and Wilson were hit with five-minute majors for fighting in the final minute of the first period.The bare-knuckled bout was a draw, but the Penguins skated away with a 3-1victory.
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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