SIMON DESPRES NEWS

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
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Despres' OT goal rallies Penguins over Devils 2-1

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) 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...
Via AP on Fox
11 hours ago  |  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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Gameday 47: Winnipeg Jets at Pittsburgh Penguins

Winnipeg Jets (24-14-8) at Pittsburgh Penguins (26-12-8) 7:00 PM – ROOT Sports CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA Welcome back.  The Pens return to the ice tonight for their first game since the All-Star break to take on the Winnipeg Jets.  It’s been a little under a week since the Pens have played, but it was a break they desperately needed.  Over the last few...
Via The Pensblog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 43 – Pens forget to play 3rd period in 6-3 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. NY Islanders 6  Pens 3 Record: 26-11-6 Goals Crosby (13) (PP) from Kunitz, Malkin Perron (9) (PP) from Letang, Crosby Crosby (14) from Martin, Letang Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Spaling (hooking) – Bad Call (gets his stick to...
Via The PensNation
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Search for Right Mix on D

It’s a no-brainer, right? If you want to be a puck-possession team, you need defensemen who can move the puck. On that count our Penguins gets high marks. Kris Letang, Christian Ehrhoff, Paul Martin, and Simon Despres handle the puck with equal parts ability and aplomb. There’s a flip side to loading up with so much skill. Friday night’s 6-3 loss to the Islanders was a prime...
Via PenguinPoop
13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Ryan Kesler Rumors and Other Daily Updates: March 2

The Pittsburgh Penguins are increasing their pursuit of Ryan Kesler, and it looks like they are ready to make an offer. The proposed deal has Ryan Kesler going to the Penguins in return for Brandon Sutter, two draft picks (a first and a third it looks like) and the Canucks choice of a defenseman between Simon Despres or Brian Dumoulin. On the heels of the Ryan Miller trade...
Via Stars of Big D
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins This and That by @ChicksDigHockey

This week, I'm eating crow and singing praises. - Last season, I wrote a post critical of Simon Despres. I’d appreciate the luxury of revisiting that. I now view him as a perfect example of nature vs nurture. Last season I wrote: "He may have actually been his own worst enemy. He showed up at camp this season slow and out of shape. His defensive game was disappointing and he...
Via PensInitiative
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 38 – Offense returns as Pens beat Tampa Bay, 6-3

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 6  Lightning 3 Record: 24-9-5 Goals Kunitz (12) (PP) from Letang, Crosby Ebbett (1) from Malkin, Despres Malkin (17) from Ebbett, Rust Ehrhoff (3) from Bennett, Crosby Downie (6) from Crosby, Spaling Downie (7) from Letang, Crosby Click here to read...
Via The PensNation
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 36 – Two coaches are better than one goal; Pens lose to NJ 3-1

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. Devils 3  Pens 1 Record: 22-9-5 Goals Crosby (11) from Kunitz, Pouliot Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Bortuzzo (fighting) – Inconsequential (drops the gloves with Tootoo off of a defensive zone faceoff and they both receive majors...
Via The PensNation
December 31, 2014  |  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

RECAP: Game 33. Rats.

View image | gettyimages.com This was a strange game. The Penguins found themselves down 3-1 late in the third period. While they didn’t play great, they didn’t exactly **** the bed either. Florida scored two really quick goals in the first five minutes of the third, and all seemed shot. Especially since the Penguins lost another player, Blake Comeau, a little later in the...
Via The Pensblog
December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 33 – Endangered species Pens salvage a point in 4-3 (SO) loss to Panthers

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. Panthers 4  Pens 3 (SO) Record: 22-6-5 Goals Hornqvist (12) from Despres, Crosby Spaling (6) (PP) from Pouliot, Despres Malkin (16), unassisted Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Malkin (tripping) – Overly Aggressive (reaches between...
Via The PensNation
December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 32 – Hockey and Panthers make Downie go crazy in Pens 3-1 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 3  Panthers 1 Record: 22-6-4 Goals Spaling (5) from Downie, Goc Pouliot (1) from Downie, Spaling Crosby (10) from Letang, Despres Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Harrington (high-sticking) – Careless (tries to lift his stick...
Via The PensNation
December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 31 – Fleury outlasts Pickard as Pens beat Avs 1-0 in OT

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 1  Avalanche 0 Record: 21-6-4 Goals Comeau (11) from Malkin, Scuderi Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Despres (interference) – Unnecessary (cross-checks McLeod in the back and knocks him over before the puck gets there for interference...
Via The PensNation
December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 31, Penguins vs. Avalanche Recap by @DXTraeger

Missing from this picture are the Penguins' outstanding Third JerseysThe Pittsburgh Penguins hosted the Colorado Avalanche tonight, with the Pens enjoying their fourth consecutive game at home.Lineup changes for the Penguins included Sidney Crosby returning to the ice after missing time with the mumps, Beau Bennett missing his second straight game (mumps), and after numerous call...
Via PensInitiative
December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Key Observations – Pens Vs Blue Jackets

By: Gemma Fagan (@gcfagan86) Saturday’s match up against Columbus will mark the first time the Pens venture back to Nationwide Arena since their six-game playoff series against the Blue Jackets last postseason. The last time these two foes met, the Pens were nearly left with egg on their face, and were lucky to escape after blowing a 4-0 lead going into the third period of Game...
Via The PensNation
December 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 28 – That’s Per Year, Pens beat Flames 3-1

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 3  Flames 1 Record: 19-6-3 Goals Comeau (9) from Malkin, Bortuzzo Letang (5) from Despres, Spaling Klinkhammer (4) from Downie, Malkin Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Megna (roughing) – Inconsequential (gets into a scrum with...
Via The PensNation
December 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Bobblehead Theatre

PITTSBURGH BOBBLEHEAD THEATRE – EP. 1 One standout this season has been the emergence of defenseman Simon Despres. Much of his development can probably be attributed to his increased playing time under head coach Mike Johnston. But with his inflated workload many people are asking–How do you pronounce Simon anyway? We here at The PensNation don’t have any answers for the...
Via The PensNation
December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Despres Making the Most of his Playing Time

There was a brief instance in the Rangers game on Monday night that gave me a stark realization about the play and progression of Simon Despres. With the Penguins having just mounted a comeback to tie the game late in the third, Despres was put in an awkward position in the neutral zone. The puck had been contested and ended up on his stick in the face of some high pressure from...
Via The Pensblog
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 25 – Everybody hurts, Pens lose to Canucks, 3-0

By: Meesh Shanmugam Canucks 3  Pens 0 Record: 17-6-2 Goals None Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Comeau (boarding) – Stupid/Careless/Reckless (shoves Tanev in the back right in the numbers so he goes face-first into the boards in the offensive zone) Downie (delay of game) – Careless (tries to flip the puck out of the zone before he gets hit in the defensive...
Via The PensNation
December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 19 – Pens can’t figure out Isles, again, in 4-1 loss

By:  Meesh Shanmugam NY Islanders 4  Pens 1 Record: 13-4-2 Goals Malkin (8) from Hornqvist, Spaling Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Downie (fighting) – Inconsequential (gets into a fight with Hamonic after a few shoves; bad situational penalty since the Pens were in the offensive zone, but inconsequential in results) Maatta (hooking) – Overly aggressive...
Via The PensNation
November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

What the hell happened: Isles win round 1

Last time we saw the Islanders they weren’t quite ready for primetime. In this one they looked ready to challenge the Penguins for the division lead all season long. The used a three-goal outburst to take a 3-1 lead early. They also led 4-2 at one point. But give the Penguins credit, they battled back and were able to tie the game with under 10 minutes to play. THREE THINGS 3...
Via The Pensblog
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Feature Friday: Simon Despres

Throughout the 2014-2015 NHL season, I’ll be posting player features each Friday. This week, we’re going to take a look at Simon Despres. Photo Credit: Claus Andersen/Getty Images Every year, it’s on-and-off with defenseman Simon Despres. At age 23, we’re used to his presence in the line up for quite some time, simply to fill a hole. Then, he’s right back on the bus to...
Via The PensNation
November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Hockey Fights of the Week: 11/3 – 11/9

We haven’t hyped up our first installments of Hockey Fights of the Week this year because the action within didn’t deserve an abundance of praise. We’ve seen some good fights, but it’s doubtful that any of the early scraps would be included in our recap of the year’s best. Thankfully, that all changes this week. This time it was difficult to select just five and we feel...
Via Puck Drunk Love
November 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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