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ESPN hosted an online chat today with Scott Burnside...
Is Steve Mason for real? Should he be getting Vezina consideration?
Scott Burnside Chris; Yes, I think it's fair to say that Steve Mason is the real deal; again. I recall talking to goaltending coach Jeff Reese during training camp and he thought apart from some of the technical things they were working on that one of the big factors was the Flyers' belief in Mason was going to be a big deal to Mason. It was time for a change and even when the team was struggling Mason has been very consistent. Vezina? Might be a stretch with guys like Carey Price, Semyon Varlamov, Josh Harding also having great seasons but Mason's is a great tale Vezina or not.
What is wrong with Kris Letang?Starting with the playoffs and now this season he isnt playing like his normal self.
Scott Burnside No doubt last spring was a nightmare for Letang (and Pens fans in general) and you wonder how it might have eroded his confidence. Even with the contract extension he still can't seem to shake the mistakes that have come to mark his game. Being injured to start the season didn't help and maybe he is worried bout the Canadian Olympic team (he should stop worrying, by the way, as I don't think that's going to happen for him) but definitely needs to get back on track. On a positive note, the Pens have been patient with guys whose game goes sideways ie. Paul Martin and Letang is still a young man so entirely likely he'll get that swagger back in his game.
via the Pittsburgh Penguins twitter,
Evgeni Malkin is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
Malkin will not be playing tonight vs. San Jose, per #Pens coach Bylsma.
via the Toronto Maple Leafs twitter,
Carlyle: Kessel will play tonight. Bozak out indefinitely with an oblique strain. Orr out with an elbow injury
from Sam Kasan of PittsburghPenguins.com,
“In a month I’ll see the doctor and see more of what he thinks I should do,” Vokoun said in the BB&T Center Press Box Saturday night. “Then it’s up to me to weigh the pros and cons and make a decision. In six months it would be tough to come back before the season is over. We’ll see.”
Vokoun left practice Sept. 21 after he noticed swelling in his thigh. He was taken to the emergency room where a blood clot was diagnosed. Vokoun underwent a procedure to fix the problem. Since that time he’s been resting and recovering in his home in Florida.
“I feel great,” Vokoun said. “I’m still taking the medication, but I feel good. Hopefully everything is going well as far as I can tell.
“Once every two weeks I get my blood drawn and they check the level. That’s basically all I’m doing.”
Malkin gets for Delay of Game, Equipment Violation.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
While a minor penalty could have resulted to Evgeni Malkin for his deliberate and intentional contact with Jonathan Bernier (69.2) an argument could be made that Malkin was digging for what he thought to be a 'loose' puck and no penalty would result. Either way (penalty or not) a clear violation of goalkeeper interference took place and the goal should have been waved off.
This dirty goal is just another example for the ongoing need to allow the referee(s) to conduct a video review when goalkeeper interference is suspected. If a Coach's Challenge was allowed, Randy Carlyle would have rightly tossed the flag instead of just blowing a gasket to no avail.
more and watch the goal below...
from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,
What to dissect and at least attempt to digest from the latest collapse for the Maple Leafs, a 6-5 shootout loss to the Penguins here Wednesday night?
Well, most glaring was a blown 4-1 lead early in the second period, albeit to a Penguins team loaded with firepower enhanced by an awakened Evgeni Malkin.
There was the unfathomable third period and overtime session when the Leafs didn’t manage a single shot on net and were outshot 19-0 in that process, sending a holiday weekend sellout crowd at the Consol Energy Center into a frenzy.
And then there was the flailing penalty kill, one that surrendered three power-play goals at least one of which, depending on your point of view, was helped by debatable officiating.
continued and watch the Malkin, debatable goal below...
BUFFALO, N.Y. (November 27, 2013) --- Buffalo Sabres president of hockey operations Pat LaFontaine today announced the team has claimed forward Matt D’Agostini off of waivers.
D’Agostini (10/23/86, 6'0", 198 lbs), who was waived by the Pittsburgh Penguins yesterday, has played in eight games with Pittsburgh in 2013-14, recording an assist and four penalty minutes. He joined the Penguins at the start of the season after signing a one-year contract in July.
Prior to the Penguins, D’Agostini played for the Montreal Canadiens (2007-08 – 2009-10), St. Louis Blues (2009-10 – 2012-13) and the New Jersey Devils (2012-13). He has notched 96 points (47+49) through 275 career games in the NHL
There are 4 NHL games tonight including the Pittsburgh Penguins visiting the Washington Capitals at 8:00pm ET on NBCSN and TSN2.
The battle between Crosby and Ovechkin continues tonight...
from Dejan Kovacevici of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
You know the numbers: Malkin has three goals in 21 games, none in his past 14 games for the longest such slump of his career. There's no question he's still done good things, not least of which are the 17 assists that rank fourth in the NHL. But it remains beyond reason, beyond justification that a scorer of this caliber could go more than a month without so much as a cheesy empty-netter.
He knows it, too.
“I'm happy, of course, when the team wins and when I can make a pass to Gibby for a goal,” Malkin continued in our talk. “But I know I have to score. I know I have to shoot more.”
“Sometimes, like in this game, I see Kuny or Nealer and want to pass to them because they're open,” he said, referring to Chris Kunitz and James Neal, “but I know I have good chances to shoot the puck.”
Right down the high slot, too, I interjected. Twice on Monday between the Ducks' hash marks, countless times over the season.
“Yes, I know. And I know I have to shoot.”
At least that much appears to be clear.
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