Remember these two points, Penguins fans.
Sure, it may not make a hill of beans difference. But with the Penguins on the verge of finally getting healthy, combined with the upcoming trade deadline one month from today, this just might be a turning point.
Evgeni Malkin’s goal with sixteen seconds remaining in overtime gave the Penguins a seemingly improbable 4-3 comeback win over the Lightning at the Igloo. The Pens looked completely out of the game up until their first goal at the 2:25 mark of the third period.
Penguins winger Miro Satan, he of the $3.5 million contract along with 14 goals and 31 points so far this season, will be watching tonight’s game in the press box as a healthy scratch.
Also, former Pen Gary Roberts will be back in the lineup tonight after being out since Nov. 29th with an elbow injury.
The Penguins will fly home tonight to a jubilant Pittsburgh after their 6th Super Bowl Championship parade today.
Or, should I say, jubilant until they got home and watched the Penguins go winless on their three game road trip after another disappointing 4-2 loss tonight in Montreal to the Habs.
The sole bright spot tonight for the Penguins was the NHL debut of Luca Caputi, who like his boss Mario Lemieux 25 years earlier, scored on his 1st shift in the NHL. Scoring alone would have been great enough, but it was a dirty goal in a scrum in front of Habs’ goalie Carey Price, the type of which is sorely needed by the oft-soft Penguins.
With Tyler Kennedy suspended for one game due to his bruhaha with Leafs rookie Luke Schenn Saturday night, the Penguins have recalled touted prospect Luca Caputi from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. However, don’t get too aroused, I’m sure with HCMT behind the bench, Caputi will get his 3-5 minutes of ice time on the 4th line.
From the Penguins:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Luca Caputi from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Caputi, 20, has appeared in 46 contests with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, ranking fourth with 35 points (13 goals and 22 assists) along with 35 penalty minutes. He ranks second on the team with 22 assists while posting a plus-one rating. Caputi joined Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season just prior to the start of the AHL Calder Cup playoffs. He contributed eight points (four goals, four assists) in 19 post-season contests with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
One step forward, two steps back.
The Penguins continued their disappointing season with another lackluster effort tonight at the Air Canada Centre, coming back from a 3-1 third period deficit only to lose 5-4.
Mathieu Garon had quite a shaky, to put it politely, debut for the Penguins, stopping only 21 of 26 shots.
One might say that the Penguins really didn’t deserve two points if they ended up winning tonight’s game vs. the Devils. After all, the Devils controlled the vast majority of the game, combined with the fact that the Penguins only got 16 shots on goal.
But that said, the Penguins still found themselves with a two-goal lead with only a little more than eight minutes to go in the ballgame.
Until Petr Sykora took a hooking penalty at the 11:55 mark, with an extra two minutes for mouthing off for good measure. That’s when it all when downhill for the Pens.
The Devils scored twice in that last 8:05, including a lucky bounce of the puck off the skate of Ryan Whitney from Jamie Langenbrunner and into the net with only 31 seconds left, then got an overtime goal by Langenbrunner with one minute left in OT to propel them to a 4-3 comeback win over the Penguins.
Sorry for the lack of posts recently. I had to recharge the batteries, it happens.
Sidney Crosby said earlier today that basically the Penguins’ playoffs started tonight vs. the Rangers.
Well, if one game could be any indication, their fortunes hopefully will start turning brighter after a 5-goal third period turned a close game into a 6-2 rout over the Rangers at the Igloo.
Kris Letang and Petr Sykora both had two goals for the Pens, and Marc-Andre Fleury had 32 saves for the win.
- Nice to see Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin seemingly patch things up this week at the All-Star Game, albeit with some reported mediation by fellow Russian Ilya Kovalchuk. So does that mean we’ll be spared hearing about their “feud” anymore, or will it fester like the “Staals are brothers” endless topic. On the ice, even though Malkin and Ovechkin are back on speaking terms, you’d be foolish to think that Ovechkin is going to lighten up on his head-hunting, the dude is simply too intense to do that.
- Great to see Malkin win the Accuracy competition last night. You had a feeling that he would do very well in that category.
- Kris Letang looked comfortable out there in the Youngstars game, although I was a little disappointed that he tried to use trick moves on both of his breakaways. He’s got good enough moves that he’s shown on the shootouts over the past year plus to use one of those, rather than the trick moves that he ended up messing up anyway.
- I would have liked to have seen Sidney Crosby in the breakaway event. I’m sure Sid’s got some sick moves.
Remember in the first Godfather, after Vito croaks in the tomato garden, and they’re at the funeral ?? Tessio comes over to Michael and proposes a meeting (where of course he would have been assassinated). Tom Hagan leans over to Michael and says “I always thought it would be Clemenza, not Tessio”.
Michael replies, “it’s the smart move”. Tessio thinks the Corleone family will be weaker with Vito’s death, and decides to latch on with Barzini. Of course, Tessio would soon regret that decision, but I digress.
That leads us to modern day hockey, where Sidney Crosby had to make a controversial decision of his own recently, and I believe Michael would concur, he made the right decision, or rather, the smart move.
Sometimes you just have to tip your hat. Tonight, you just gotta do that for Cam Ward.
Ward stoned the Penguins with 32 saves, many of them of the outstanding variety, and the Hurricanes got a much-needed win at the Igloo, 2-1 over the Penguins.
Marc-Andre Fleury was no slouch himself, making 38 saves. He was, however, the recipient of a bad bounce when the Canes’ first goal deflected off the body of the Pens’ Rob Scuderi.
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