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Both Teams Need Points

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets face off tonight in a compelling matchup as both teams keep clawing away in their bid to make the playoffs.

You have to love these stretch-drive, playoff-type games—two teams that need the points so bad.

For Bill Guerin and Antoine Vermette, the meaningful games are a welcome change after spending most of the season on teams headed nowhere.

“You know what, it’s been a lot of fun so far,” Guerin, acquired by the Penguins last Wednesday, told ESPN.com yesterday. “I’ve been having a blast, I really have. The games have been so exciting. We’re right in the thick of things and, for me, it’s nice to have these big games of importance.”

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Penguins On A Roll

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

If you’re an Eastern Conference team and you’ve seen the Pittsburgh Penguins lately, fear may be a survival instinct. Simply put, the Pens are hot right now – seven wins in a row hot. And for opponents, it’s that clicking-on-all-cylinders mojo that makes the Penguins a dangerous post-season foe.

Momentum is everything in the NHL, but timing is a close second. Don’t forget, at different points in the season the New York Rangers were an elite squad, the Dallas Stars were a dangerous playoff team and the Los Angeles Kings were challenging for a post-season berth.

For most of the year, the Penguins were kneecapped by key injuries (Sergei Gonchar and the now-departed Ryan Whitney the most crucial early on), but things really seem to be coming together now.

read on

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Keys To The Penguins Turnaround

from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

There’s some bad news for the playoff contenders in the East. The defending conference champion Pittsburgh Penguins have found their way, winning six straight games, including all five on their just completed road swing. And it gets worse; the Pens will play nine of their next 10 games at home.

With that kind of schedule, the Penguins still can play themselves into a No. 4 seed and home-ice advantage in the first round.

I see a couple of obvious reasons for the club’s turnaround.

For me, the biggest reason is the return of top defenseman Sergei Gonchar, who missed the first 56 games after having preseason shoulder surgery.

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Fleury Finding His Game

from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

...instead of a meltdown, Washington got the best of Fleury’s best from that moment on. He stopped legendary sniper Sergei Federov. He foiled an excellent chance for Mike Green, the league’s top-scoring defenseman. He stopped two more in overtime, the last when Green fired a Brooks Orpik giveaway at him with 0:08 left.

“He’s been that way the whole trip,” said center Max Talbot, who helped kill three power plays against the league’s second-best unit. “We really needed him on the penalty kill today. I don’t think he played any better today, he’s just been better the whole trip. This was a big team effort but I feel good for him because when you’re going bad, the goalie always gets the worst of it.”

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  Tags: marc-andre+fleury

All Eyes On Crosby

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

So far, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby’s season hasn’t gone as planned — verbal jabs from opponents, public denouncements from the media and criticism from fans.

Plus, his club, two victories shy of the Stanley Cup last year, is currently fighting for a playoff spot.

Perhaps those are the reasons Crosby, the player often called “the Face of the NHL,” has smiled a lot less this season.

“It’s probably always something you deal with when a team is not doing as well,” Crosby said of the vitriol aimed at him in recent months. “They look at leadership.”

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Early Success

from Alan Ryder of the Globe and Mail,

What has quickly become the NHL’s spiciest rivalry continues Sunday afternoon in Washington, assuming that Sidney Crosby’s sore groin is ready to go.

Alexander Ovechkin won Round One, capturing the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie in 2006. Crosby won the Art Ross and Hart Trophies in 2007 to claim Round Two. But Ovechkin trumped that last season with an unprecedented sweep of the Ross, Hart and Richard trophies.

These two are such great talents and still so young. So the question just dangles – how good could they be over time?

The answer to this question is in career projections. This exercise is much like trying to forecast the weather over the long term – accuracy is very challenging. But the exercise is awfully interesting.

continued with charts comparing the two to some of the greats of the game…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, sidney+crosby

Guerin to the Penguins

According to TSN, Bill Guerin has now been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Details and links to follow.

Update 2:01pm ET: TSN provides a link, but doesn’t yet include details of the other side of this trade.

Update 2:16pm ET: Guerin was traded for a conditional draft pick.  Details on the conditions available here.

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Craig Adams to Pittsburgh

Craig Adams was picked up by the Pittsburgh Penguins. From Empty Netters:

TSN just reported the Penguins claimed forward Craig Adams off waivers from the Blackhawks. No mention of Miroslav Satan’s status which means he has presumably cleared waivers.

EN Says: Adams is your prototypical fourth-line grinder who can help in the penalty kill. He’s physical, plays defense and bring energy. Don’t expect goals out of this guy. He brings some playoff experience as well having made two runs to the Cup final with the Hurricanes and winning a ring in 2006.

 

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Penguins Acquire Wozniewski

From Sportsnet.ca, Andy Wozniewski has been acquired by the Penguins in exchange for Danny Richmond of the St. Louis Blues.

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Ryan Whitney A Duck

from TSN,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have cleared up a bit of their log jam along the blue line as they have sent Ryan Whitney to the Anaheim Ducks for Chris Kunitz and Eric Tangradi.

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added 2:45pm, More on the trade from a Pens point of view from Empty Netters.

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  Tags: chris+kunitz, ryan+whitney

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