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It’s Impossible To Win Without Solid Goaltending

Head Coach Michel Therrien speaks with reporters following the Penguins’ 6-1 loss to Florida.

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Penguins Problems

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Way too much talent in that Penguins lineup for them to struggle so mightily on the power play, in part why they called a players-only meeting after the Bruins rubbed them out at the Igloo Dec. 30. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are among the two best young forwards in the game, and they can’t get the job done on the power play? Clearly, they miss Sergei Gonchar (shoulder), who has been out all year. But some of it is coaching, and Michel Therrien has always been a bit of a strange fit there, even when they made their run to the Cup finals last spring.

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Panthers Talk Crosby

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Here’s what happened: Moments after Campbell and Maxime Talbot fought a good fight, Crosby and McLean lined up in the faceoff circle. The puck was dropped,

Crosby grabbed McLean and took him down, shaking and pulling him around the ice – without throwing a punch.

McLean cut the bridge of his nose when he hit the ice, and Crosby was sent away with four penalties – including instigating and unsportsmanlike conduct. Crosby’s fighting style has been criticized lately, especially after he repeatedly took below-the-belt shots at Atlanta’s Boris Valabik last month.

After the game, coach Pete DeBoer and McLean didn’t have much to say on the subject, but Nick Tarnasky and Nick Boynton sure did. Tarnasky’s comments to me should be construed as off the record since we were just chatting during the second break, but Boynton went off as he finished getting dressed.

We’re you hoping he’d get back on the ice? ‘‘Oh yeah,’’ Boynton said.

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Mario With Five

from Going Five Hole,

December 31, 1988. Penguins v. Devils.

A feat likely never to be seen again.

Mario Lemieux torches New Jersey for five goals…in all five possible ways.

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Crosby’s OT Goal Last Night

You make the call and Tony of The Confluence has brought the subject up too.

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Determining Greatness

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Since Rocket Richard did it for the first time ever in 1944-45, there have been 184 total 50-goal seasons posted by 87 different players. It has been done by the truly great (Gretzky, Wayne; Lemieux, Mario), by the merely very good (Nieuwendyk, Joe; Roberts, Gary) and by the downright obscure (Richard, Jacques; Chouinard, Guy).

Not once has it been done by Crosby, Sidney. In fact, Crosby hasn’t even come within 10 goals of scoring 50 in a season and given his goal production through the first third of this season, nobody should count on it happening in 2008-09….

he concern I have for Crosby is that he may never emerge as a truly elite goal-scorer in the NHL. In fact, instead of taking his goal-scoring up a notch as his career progresses, Crosby appears to be faltering more in that department as each season goes by. Through the early part of this season, the dip in scoring for Crosby has been as precipitous as it has been mysterious. His goal-drought to date has reached a career-high nine games.

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Special Treatment?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

How, by the way, would the Protector of Children (a previous refereence to Gary Bettman) explain Sidney Crosby’s behavior on Thursday night in Atlanta when the Chosen One first sucker-punched Boris Valabik across the side of the head before continuing to rein blows on his nether regions while the Thrashers’ defenseman was wrestling with Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang and unable to defend himself or fight back?

Crosby should be facing a disciplinary hearing with NHL vice president Colin Campbell. He should have gotten a game-misconduct penalty as third-man-in. Instead, the wimpy Chris Rooney-Don VanMassenhoven referee tandem got into the spirit of the Christmas season by assessing Crosby a mere two minutes for roughing. Ho! Ho! Ho!

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Penguins Extend Talbot

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Maxime Talbot to a two-year contract through the 2010-11 season, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

The 5-11, 185-pound forward has registered seven points (four goals, three assists) along with 18 penalty minutes in 28 games this season with Pittsburgh.  Talbot has a winning faceoff percentage of 57.1% this season and is currently tied for fourth on the team with 44 hits.

“Max has developed into one of the key players in our organization,” Shero said. “He has shown his versatility and plays in all situations for our hockey club.  He played an integral role in helping our team reach the Finals last season and we look forward to having him for the coming years.”

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Rolston Goes To Crosby For Ankle Advice

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Brian Rolston’s ankle wasn’t feeling as good as he had hoped.

Three games into his return from a high ankle sprain, the Devils winger decided to get some firsthand information about what he might expect. So one week ago, after a home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Rolston talked with Sidney Crosby.

“I don’t know if his was the same as mine, but his was an ankle, too. It was good to get a player’s perspective,” Rolston said. “The first few games back, no question I felt it. I didn’t know what to expect, so I had a conversation with Sidney Crosby. He just said it’s going to be sore and you have to try to strengthen it and to keep taping it.”

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Malkin At The Top When Down

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

But, when it comes to stellar performances in the face of a daunting deficit, the real comeback kid is Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin.

In this, the year of the comeback in the NHL, no one has been better at chipping away at a lead when the chips are down.

Three times the Penguins have bounced back to win games in which they trailed by at least two goals and Malkin had seven points in those three games. While such prowess might seem run-of-the mill for the league’s leading scorer, Malkin’s production is higher in those games when all seems lost (2.33 points per game) than in the rest of his outings (1.58 points per game).

“He’s one of those guys who, when you’re down by a goal, two goals or even four goals, they’re not cashing it in. He has a great will to win,” said Pittsburgh general manager Ray Shero.

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