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from the Beaver County Times,
“We were playing well until we scored that first goal,” Therrien said. “After that, there’s no desperation on our part. That’s got to stop. They’re not consistent on the effort.”
Therrien was talking specifically about Wednesday’s game, but that lament applies to the overall pattern he’s seen through the team’s 1-2 start.
“We don’t have the fire in our eyes like we did last year,” Therrien said. “Some guys are going to have to really pick it up.”
The Hockey News is reporting that the Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins will drop the puck in Prague on a compressed schedule next season.
Sources have told the Hockey News that the season will be pushed back by about a week and will begin either October 9th or 10th. In order to accommodate the change, the league will further compress the schedule early in the season rather than late in the season to avoid the season running one week longer.
From Bob McKenzie at TSN,
There may be those who question the wisdom of the Montreal Canadiens starting netminder Carey Price against Sidney Crosby in his first NHL game on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh, but it may turn out to be a fitting debut.
Because in years, when we look back on the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, it may well be that Price is the only prospect from that class who has even a chance to be mentioned in the same breath as Sid the Kid.
Now as good as Bobby Ryan or Jack Johnson or Anze Kopitar or Marc Staal are going to be, Price has a chance to be something special.
From Keith Barnes at the Tribune-Review,
When Darryl Sydor takes the ice Wednesday in the Penguins’ game against Montreal, it will be a milestone night for the 35-year-old defenseman.
He officially will pass Mike Ricci on the all-time games played list and will join an elite group of players who have appeared in 1,100 career games.
Including the Penguins, Sydor has played for five teams in his NHL career. He won the Stanley Cup in 1999 with Dallas and 2004 with Tampa Bay and has played in two All-Star games. But through his first two games with the Penguins, the seventh overall pick in the 1990 draft by the Los Angeles Kings has had some problems adapting to the defensive system run by coach Michel Therrien.
From Dave Molinari at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Mark Recchi and Darryl Sydor have been friends for years.
They became teammates in July. And Wednesday, they will officially become co-owners of a hockey team.
Recchi and Sydor are part of a five-man group that has negotiated the acquisition of their old Western Hockey League club, the Kamloops Blazers, for a reported $7 million.
*And other notes on the Penguins this week, including nicknames on their sticks, etc.
From the AP via the Tribune-Review,
There’s no hiding Evgeni Malkin any longer.
Malkin, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 21-year-old Russian star, was forced to sneak away from his homeland pro team and make his way clandestinely to the United States last year to play in the NHL.
Once he finally arrived in Pittsburgh, it was evident very quickly what the Penguins had: A young scorer who not only complemented league MVP Sidney Crosby but often made him better. Malkin had 33 goals and 52 assists for 85 points, one of the best seasons for a first-year player in NHL history.
The Pittsburgh Penguins own Sidney Crosby participated in an NHL teleconference today. Here are the Q&A’s from the conversation:
Q. Could you comment on the feelings of the prospect of playing your first regular season game as captain of your team on Friday.
SIDNEY CROSBY: I’m looking forward to it. I mean, obviously it’s an honor to be a captain. But playing my first one as captain, I mean, it doesn’t really feel that much different. Like I said, it was an honor, and it still is an honor. But I don’t think my focus or mindset really changes any different than it would be last year or the year before.
Q. You’re a spirited player, play the game with a lot of emotion. Do you think that will change as captain or will you maybe assert yourself more than you do now?
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Ten reasons why his Pittsburgh Penguins will win the Stanley Cup:
10. The father’s son: Shero learned the game from his Stanley Cup-winning father, Fred, whose coaching style was two parts tactics and three parts motivation. “Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion,” the late Fred Shero used to say. “You must first set yourself on fire.” He believed that winning was about heart as much as talent, and he could watch a youngster take two shifts and know whether he had the passion necessary to be a NHL player.
from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
The NHL is planning to start its 2008-09 season with a short series, likely two games, in Prague, Czech Republic. The series likely would involve the Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Penguins had no comment, but multiple league sources said they were being considered for participation in the league’s next oversees series. Those sources said that many details still must be worked out before an official announcement, but that the Penguins and Lightning were the league’s preferred participants for a regular-season series in Prague.
from Scott Morrison at MACLEANS,
As a result of both his and the team’s success this past season, the dynamic has changed. Crosby has shown what his hard work, determination, feistiness and immense skill can do.The team also climbed to another level, thus the expectations for both grow, knowing the expectations for the team can’t be fulfilled without The Kid meeting his.
“It doesn’t really feel a whole lot different,” he says of the pressure. “I think I put so much pressure on myself every year to perform that whether I had a good year or bad year last year I’ve learned to erase that season no matter how it went.We want to win, obviously. It’s a lot easier said than done, but like I said, just because we made the playoffs doesn’t mean it’s a gimme this year….”
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