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from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
This notion of just get in is no different than just show up, so the Penguins should forget about sneaking into the playoffs. The Kings, with two titles in three years, have earned the right to try that.
These Penguins haven't earned anything in a long time.
Late Sunday afternoon, after his club's sixth regulation loss in 11 games, Johnston repeated a word his Penguins need to learn: “response.”
The Penguins' response since winning the Cup almost six years ago is always to just show up, and it's never been good enough for greatness.
Never will be, either.
New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak and Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will serve as injury replacements at the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game to be played Jan. 25 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).
Halak and Fleury will replace injured goalies Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators and Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings.
No explanation needed...
You make the call...
Max Paciorettyput the Canadiens up 1-0, but may have had some help from Brendan Gallagher.
added 12:34pm, Penguins' release is below...
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Take a look at the NHL's scoring leaders. Jakub Voracek, Tyler Seguin, Claude Giroux, Ryan Getzlaf. OK. Keep going. Down, down, down, oh, there's Sidney Crosby.
The defending Hart Trophy winner is enduring an unusual point drought and sits 12th in league scoring. After a torrid start to the season, Crosby has just four goals in his last 26 games. The paucity of goals (he is tied for fourth with 27 assists) makes you wonder if this is some sort of lingering issue with a wrist injury that plagued him during the playoffs last spring.
Not that he is the sort to make excuses. Still, the bright side, if you're a Pens fan, is that even with Crosby off the mark near the midpoint, the Penguins, who defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on New Year's Eve in a game that saw Crosby held off the score sheet, remain tied with the New York Islanders for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division and one point off the top point total in the Eastern Conference.
read on for Custance on Nick Foligno, LeBrun on USA/Canada WJC and Strang on Clint Reif
from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
The Penguins will be without forward Patric Hornqvist for “several weeks” because of a lower-body injury he sustained during the first period of Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Capitals at Consol Energy Center.
Hornqvist absorbed a shot from Penguins defenseman Scott Harrington with the lower part of his leg late in the period and limped to the bench, where he could be seen in obvious pain. He returned briefly but didn't come out on the ice after the first intermission.
This will be the second absence this season for Hornqvist, who also missed two games because of a concussion.
Defenseman Kris Letang, who missed the final two minutes of Saturday's game, has a bruised foot and was held out of practice as a precaution, coach Mike Johnston said.
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via the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Defenseman Olli Maatta is continuing a rehab program on his upper body injury and is expected to return to the lineup within the next month, Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford said today.
Mattaa’s rehab program was set back briefly by his bout with the mumps.
Maatta, 20, has not played since December 6 vs. Ottawa. He has one goal and eight assists for nine points in 20 games this season.
Earlier this season he underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his neck.
via the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Steve Downie and Thomas Greiss have tested positive for the mumps and remain in isolation, Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford announced.
Brandon Sutter tested negative and has been cleared to return to the team.
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