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Key Observations Heading Into Game 63 Between the Penguins and Avalanche

By: Andy Hughes (@PensNation_Andy) The NHL trade deadline has officially passed as we can now move on. This is the 2014-15 Pittsburgh Penguins team we will see this postseason, whether you like it or not. The Penguins acquired defensemen Ian Cole and Ben Lovejoy while giving up Simon Despres to Anaheim and Robert Bortuzzo to St. Louis. A seventh-round pick was also sent to the...
Via The PensNation
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Canadiens-Ducks Preview

The Anaheim Ducks and Montreal Canadiens are both in the hunt for their first Presidents' Trophy, but they're not alone. The Ducks look to gain sole possession of the lead in that race while the visiting Canadiens would like to create a three-way tie as they face each other Wednesday night. Anaheim (41-17-7) is tied with Nashville for the most points in the NHL, but Montreal (41...
Via AP on Fox
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

RECAP: Cogliano scores 2, lifts Ducks over Coyotes 4-1

Andrew Cogliano scored twice, Frederik Andersen stopped 29 shots in his return from injury, and the Anaheim Ducks got a point from one of their newcomers in a 4-1 victory over the reeling Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night. A day after being acquired from Pittsburgh, Simon Despres assisted on Cogliano's first goal. Ryan Kesler added an acrobatic short-handed goal, and Jakob Silfverberg...
Via AP on Fox
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ducks send Coyotes to 10th straight loss

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Andrew Cogliano scored twice, Frederik Andersen stopped 29 shots in his return from injury, and the Anaheim Ducks got a point from one of their newcomers in a 4-1 victory over the reeling Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night. A day after being acquired from Pittsburgh, Simon Despres assisted on Cogliano's first goal. Ryan Kesler added an acrobatic short-handed goal...
Via AP on Fox
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cogliano scores 2, lifts Ducks over Coyotes 4-1

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Andrew Cogliano scored twice, Frederik Andersen stopped 29 shots in his return from injury, and the Anaheim Ducks got a point from one of their newcomers in a 4-1 victory over the reeling Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night. A day after being acquired from Pittsburgh, Simon Despres assisted on Cogliano's first goal. Ryan Kesler added an acrobatic short-handed goal...
Via AP on Fox
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Penguins-Avalanche Preview

Jockeying for position in the cramped Metropolitan Division, the Pittsburgh Penguins believe they've set themselves up well to move forward. Looking for a fifth consecutive victory, the visiting Penguins could have a pair of recently acquired defensemen available to help continue their success over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night. After picking up veteran forward Daniel...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Update: Rutherford Pulls Two Shockers

Just when you thought it was safe to toss your old Ben Lovejoy jersey, GM Jim Rutherford pulled off two buzzer-beaters at the trade deadline. Moving boldly to improve the Penguins’ defense for the postseason, JR swapped rugged Robert Bortuzzo to St. Louis for sturdy Ian Cole. He followed up by dealing talented but error-prone Simon Despres to Anaheim for ex-Pen Lovejoy. Here...
Via PenguinPoop
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2015 NHL Trade Deadline Winner

The winner of the 2015 NHL trade deadline is the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks improved their power play by adding defenseman James Wisniewski. As well, forward Tomas Fleischmann may fit on the Ducks first line. In: James Wisniewski Simon Despres Tomas Fleischmann Jiri Sekac Korbinian Holzer Michael Sgarbossa Out: Rene Bourque Dany Heatley Eric Brewer Ben Lovejoy Devante-Smith Pelly Mat Clark
Via NHL Trade Rumors
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Can We Start Calling the Penguins an Elite Defensive Hockey Team?

The Penguins struggles in the month of February are a great case study in what an ailing special teams unit can do to a hockey team. It’s no secret that the Penguins ability to score power-play goals has coincided with a recent four game win streak. One thing that hasn’t changed is their ability to put up sound results at even-strength defensively. Heading into the stretch-run...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Trade Deadline – Pens get deeper on defense

By: Meesh Shanmugam It’s all over. The trade deadline has come and gone with Jim Rutherford making two trades: 1) Robert Bortuzzo and a 7th round pick in 2016 to St. Louis for Ian Cole and 2) Simon Despres to Anaheim for Ben Lovejoy. Before we get into the trades, here’s a copy/paste from last night’s thoughts post about how I viewed the roster going into the trade deadline...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Busy Anaheim Ducks bolster blue line in 4 deadline trades

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Although the Anaheim Ducks have been near the top of the NHL standings for most of the past three seasons, general manager Bob Murray still didn't believe they could consistently beat hockey's top teams. After a flurry of trades over the past week, Murray believes they're better equipped to beat anybody in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Anaheim acquired defensemen...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Deadline Deal: Pens trades Simon Despres for Ben Lovejoy

Well, things were going so well… The Penguins traded Simon Despres for Ben Lovejoy, and well, it feels like a bad deal. @jmarshfof  points this out though… Ben Lovejoy is 2nd on the Ducks in Scoring Chances against per 60 minutes of even-strength TOI. Behind only Sami Vatanen. — Jesse Marshall (@jmarshfof) March 2, 2015 We counter with: Ben Lovejoy getting abused in every...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 62 – Pens powerplay lights up Columbus in 5-3 win

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  Blue Jackets 3 Record: 36-17-9 Goals Malkin (25) from Kunitz, Martin Perron (15) (PP) from Malkin, Letang Malkin (26) (PP) from Letang, Crosby Pouliot (2) (PP) from Hornqvist, Crosby Downie (11) from Winnik, Sutter Click here to read the goal...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 59 – New lines, new result, Pens beat Blues, 4-2

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 4  Blues 2 Record: 33-17-9 Goals Comeau (13), unassisted Hornqvist (16) (PP), from Crosby, Letang Comeau (14) from Despres, Malkin Sutter (12) from Comeau, Perron Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Pouliot (tripping) – Overly aggressive...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

The #NHL Trade Deadline @PensInitiative Roundtable by @griffTHW

What do you consider to be the Pens' greatest need as the deadline approaches? Do they need to address more than one area for you to consider them a legitimate Cup contender?To me, bolstering the blue line should top Pittsburgh's agenda heading into the trade deadline.  The void created when Olli Maatta went down for the season created a hole that likely needs to be addressed...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 57. At CEC, Capitals shut down the Penguins for the third time this season. Win 3-1

The Penguins are 2-9 against the three other playoff teams in the Metro Division. The Penguins are 2-9 against the three other playoff teams in the Metro Division. The Penguins are 2-9 against the three other playoff teams in the Metro Division. The Penguins are 2-9 against the three other playoff teams in the Metro Division. The Penguins are 2-9 against the three other playoff...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 57 – Pens finally score on Holtby, still lose 3-1 to Caps

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. Capitals 3  Pens 1 Record: 32-16-9 Goals Downie (10) from Adams, Letang Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Bennett (unsportsmanlike conduct) – Inconsequential (gets into a scrum with Wilson near the Capitals net and they each receive...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 52 – Pens put together a complete effort in 4-0 win over Flames

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 4  Flames 0 Record: 30-14-8 Goals Perron (13) from Crosby, Kunitz Sutter (11) from Despres, Scuderi Crosby (16) from Kunitz, Perron Crosby (17) from Kunitz, Letang Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Downie (tripping) – Careless...
Via The PensNation
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 51 – Pens cruise to quiet 2-0 win over Oilers

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  Oilers 0 Record: 29-14-8 Goals Malkin (20) from Arcobello, Hornqvist Perron (12) from Letang, Crosby Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Perron (hooking) – Unnecessary (tries to lift the stick of Klinkhammer in the offensive zone...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 50 – Pens look lifeless AGAIN in 4-0 loss to Nashville

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. Predators 4  Pens 0 Record: 28-14-8 Goals None Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Team/Kunitz (too many men) – Stupid (Kunitz leaves the bench way too early as Bennett is bent over and trying to skate to the bench slowly) Perron (hooking...
Via The PensNation
February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: GAME 50. Things don’t look right.

People think the Pens can do whatever they want every game, and that just isn’t the case. That fact doesn’t really hit home until the Pens go against one of the best teams in the league and they get suffocated and almost die. Maybe it’s time to start looking at the Pens as an underdog against the big baddies of the league, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s a great...
Via The Pensblog
February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

What the Hell Happened: Preds pound the Pens 4-0

The Pens beating the Preds in Nashville in late October feels like it happened two seasons ago. This game on Super Sunday didn’t even feel like it belonged in reality. The Penguins weren’t allowed to do anything at all. Impressive showing by the Preds, even without their stud goaltender, Pekka Rinne, between the pipes. NOT THREE STARS 3. Simon Despres – He’ll have a bad...
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February 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 49 – Perseverance leads to victory in Pens 2-1 (OT) win over Devils

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  Devils 1 (OT) Record: 28-13-8 Goals Kunitz (15) (PP) from Crosby, Letang Despres (2) from Sutter, Letang Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Lapierre (hooking) – Unnecessary (hooks Harrold next to the net as everyone is trying...
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January 31, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 49. A sign of life.

Guess what. Chicken butt. This was probably the most boring hockey game in 20 years. But you have to be prepared for games like it. Beau Bennett was scratched. He wasn’t missed. This was most likely just a wake-up call from HCMJ. A lot of people were flipping about this move, but remember: HCMJ coached young players. He probably knows what he is doing. @pensbender said it best...
Via The Pensblog
January 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Despres' OT goal completes Penguins' rally over Devils

  Defenseman Simon Despres scored 2:21 into overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied late and beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Friday night. Chris Kunitz tied the game with a power-play goal with 3:11 left in regulation, spoiling a magnificent performance by New Jersey's Cory Schneider, who made 41 saves. The winning goal came after Schneider made a close-in stop on Brandon...
Via AP on Fox
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss
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