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Fleury Feeling It Again

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Last season, Fleury became the Pens’ undisputed No. 1 goaltender, finishing with a save percentage of .906. However, the whispering started when the Penguins were quickly dispatched in the first round of the playoffs by the Ottawa Senators.

Those whispers grew much louder a few weeks ago when the Penguins did not start well. Sidney Crosby may not have been scoring, and still isn’t, but it was Fleury who took the criticism.

“The one thing we can’t forget is that [Fleury] is the youngest No. 1 goalie in the league,” Penguins head coach Michel Therrien said yesterday. “He is still learning. It seemed a lot of people were panicking, but we weren’t panicking because we knew his game was going to get back where it was supposed to be.”

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Staal Cases Settled

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Penguins center Jordan Staal yesterday accepted a plea deal through attorneys that resolves his case in Cook County, Minn., stemming from a late, loud bachelor party for his brother Eric.

Cook County prosecutor Tim Scannell said in an e-mail interview that Jordan Staal, 19, accepted a deal in which he pled guilty to reduced charges of petty misdemeanor disorderly conduct and underage drinking. He will pay $737 in fines.

Scannell said Eric Staal, a center for Carolina, accepted a similar deal, without the underage drinking charge.

more bits on the Pens…

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Having Fun with the Rangers

In honor of tonight’s game between the Penguins and Rangers, Empty Netters at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has posted what they think is the best NYR video to be found on YouTube. (So go check it out.)

Meanwhile, I think I have a pretty strong challenger for that honor.  If you ask me, this one should win the prize:

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*hat tip to GGower.com.

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No Panic In Pittsburgh

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

“We’ve got confidence in Marc-Andre Fleury,” Therrien said. “He won a lot of games for us last year. We believe in the kid. He just needs to be himself.

“Right now, we’re not panicking. We know that he’s going to get better. It’s a matter of time. There’s nothing wrong with facing adversity for a player or as a team because you know that eventually it’s going to make you better.”

General manager Ray Shero also backs Fleury and denied a report by TSN’s Bob McKenzie that the Penguins are shopping for a veteran goaltender to back up and perhaps challenge Fleury.

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Caps Plan A “White-Out”

from Empty Netters,

We’re going to jump the gun a bit here and briefly preview the Penguins-Capitals game in Washington Saturday.

Many EN readers have told us of the Capitals’ attempts to minimize the healthy contingent of Penguins fans that usually show up at Verizion Center anytime the Penguins are in town. We went to both Penguins games in Washington last season and there were at least 5,000 Penguins fans in the house each game.

The Capitals are attempting to stage a “white-out” night and are encouraging their fans to wear white to the game. They are also handing out white towels to the first 15,000 that show up.

read on for more and numerous NHL bits…

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One Final Payment For Mario

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Penguins have settled with the final creditor from their bankruptcy of the late 1990s.

He also happens to be the most celebrated player in franchise history and one of the team’s primary owners.

Mario Lemieux, who was owed $32 million in deferred compensation on the contract in effect when he retired as a player in 1997, will receive $21 million in the wake of a periodic refinancing of the team’s debt earlier this week.

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  Tags: mario+lemieux, pittsburgh+penguins

AO vs. Crosby

from

ESPN

(sorry, my fault) NHL.com,

In this week’s Head-To-Head, NHL.com’s Evan Grossman and Adam Kimelman debate which superstar is the best all-around player, Washington’s Alex Ovechkin or Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby.

It’s Ovechkin, no contest!
By Evan Grossman | NHL.com Staff Writer

Sidney Crosby and Wayne Gretzky are compared to each other at each and every opportunity. But here’s one you probably haven’t heard before: They are both not the best players of their respective generations.
No disrespect to either guy, but there’s something you people need to wrap your minds around. Gretzky, despite his total rewriting of the record book, was not as good as Mario Lemieux was—just like Crosby, despite his trophy-case first two years in the NHL, is not as good as Alexander Ovechkin….

Sid the Kid is The Man!

By Adam Kimelman | NHL.com Staff Writer

What’s the old saying? Don’t believe the hype?

Take a look at Sidney Crosby. It’s not hype; it’s gospel truth. “Sid the Kid” can’t buy a beer yet, but he’s got a chance to sip something out of that big silver mug the NHL gives away each June….

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, pittsburgh+penguins, sidney+crosby, washington+capitals

Sid Vids

Sidney Crosby on The New NHL and a few other topics…

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Staal Family Press Conference

imageThis morning, Eric, Marc and Jordan Staal participated in an NHL teleconference with their father Henry.

The player below will allow you to hear the whole conference here on KK (*or you can download the mp3 from here).

note1: written transcript of the conference will be available below the player, as soon as it becomes available. (update: now available below)

note2: photo of Eric, Marc, Jared and Jordan originally found on CBC.ca

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Sid’s Back

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

The record will show that Sidney Crosby came in to last night’s game against Toronto in a 98-way tie for 147th place in the league scoring race.

Mathematical incompetence and late game scores from out west prevent us from formally updating the goal table.

But the 20-year-old left town having broken his ‘07-08 cherry – twice, for good measure, including the game winner – and all’s right again in Sid World.

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added 8:18am, from the Toronto Sun,

About two hours after Myers dropped puck in the ceremonial opening faceoff between Crosby and Mats Sundin, Sid The Kid drove the final dagger into Austin Powers’ beloved blue-and-white by tapping home a loose puck for the winning goal in a wild 6-4 Penguins victory.

“He’s a pretty big fan, isn’t he?” Crosby said of Myers, a long-time crazed Leafs supporter.

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