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Two More Confirmed Cases Of The Mumps In Pittsburgh

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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Blake Comeau Out Several Weeks With Upper-Body Injury

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Marc-Andre Fleury At The Top Of His Game

from Shelly Anderson at ESPN,

He carries his goalie stick with him for this relatively new part of his pregame routine. Fleury tries to relax, thinks about the upcoming game, goes over how he wants to play. It's sort of a meditative pep talk, but he does not include his stick in the conversation.

"No, no," Fleury said, laughing. "I just feel lonely, so I want to have something [with me]. We don't talk that much. I talk more to the posts. Sometimes I bang on them, and sometimes they're good."

Fleury is goofy like that. He also is serious about his craft like that. A season of milestones is shaping up as a career year for Fleury, and while that has been a cause celebre, there is little question that there are critics lying in wait should the Pittsburgh goaltender falter, particularly in the playoffs.

A survey of social media, end-of-article reader comments, sports talk show calls and the like reveals that Fleury has taken a lot of blame for the Penguins' failure to win another Stanley Cup, or even return to the finals, following their 2009 championship. His playoff record since that Cup win is 21-22.

Certainly, there seems little to no room for harsh judgments this season. The Penguins are leading the Eastern Conference, and Fleury has been arguably their best and most consistent player, putting up Vezina-like numbers.

Coming out of the weekend, he ranked second in the NHL with 19 wins, fifth with a 1.97 goals-against average, tied for third with a .933 save percentage and first with six shutouts. He has already surpassed his career high for shutouts in a season and is one shy of tying Tom Barrasso's club record, and he is operating at a better pace than his career bests for a season of a .921 save percentage and 2.32 goals-against average.

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More Testing For Mumps In Pittsburgh

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Steve Downie, Brandon Sutter and Thomas Greiss are returning to Pittsburgh today to be tested for the mumps, it was announced by Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford.

The three players accompanied the team on its road trip to Florida yesterday. They will be placed in isolation until test results are known.

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The Florida Panthers/Pittsburgh Penguins Rematch On Monday

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

The host Penguins won a penalty-filled game 3-1 that was a one-goal game before Sidney Crosby scored seven minutes into the third.

Afterward, a number of players didn't have much good to say about the home team, with more than one insinuating Monday night couldn't come soon enough.

"We're lucky we get to play them again on Monday,'' said defenseman Erik Gudbranson, who fought Steve Downie in the second period.

"We have to find a way to win. If we want to be among the upper echelon in this league, conference and division, we have to find ways to grind out wins. All in all, we're leaving here with a pretty good mindset.''

The Panthers apparently don't like the Penguins, and by the looks of things on Saturday, the feeling is mutual.

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Video-Evgeni Malkin Needs More Acting Lessons

via Sportsnet,

Evgeni Malkin was shamed not once but twice in the Penguins’ game against the Panthers, being called for embellishment and diving.

 

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More Injuries For The Pittsburgh Penguins

via the Pittsburgh Penguins twitter account,

Coach Johnston: “Craig Adams won’t play tonight. He’s had an injury. Unfortunately, he will be out of the lineup."

Coach Johnston on Christian Ehrhoff: “We are still getting some test results back. He will be out at least 3 games."

Coach Johnston: “Paul Martin will be out tonight."

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Happy Holidays From The Pittsburgh Penguins

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Olli Maatta Has The Mumps

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Defenseman Olli Maatta has tested positive for the mumps and remains in isolation, Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford announced today.

Goaltender Thomas Greiss and defenseman Robert Bortuzzo have tested negative.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Taking Precautions By Testing Three Players For Mumps

In case you missed my tweet on this earlier today...

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Sidney Crosby skated on his own before practice today at CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford said.

Crosby has passed the infectious period for the mumps. Today was the start of his on- and off-ice preparations to return to the team.

Rutherford also announced that Marc-Andre Fleury, Robert Bortuzzo and Olli Maatta were not feeling well and were being tested for the mumps as a precaution.

All Penguins players were tested for the mumps in early December and all tested negative at that time.

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