For one game at least, the Penguins didn’t have a game filled with shots clanging off the posts, the powerplay throwing goose egg after goose egg, and a poor goaltending performance.
All of that adds up to a desperately needed 3-1 win over the just as desperate Atlanta Thrashers tonight at the Igloo.
Petr Sykora had two goals and Evgeni Malkin had three assists for the Penguins, who broke a five game losing streak with the win.
Thrashers at Penguins, 7:30 PM ET, Mellon Arena
Thrashers, 13-22-5, 31 pts, 14th in Eastern Conference
Penguins, 19-17-4, 42 pts, 9th in Eastern Conference
The Penguins worked hard blah, blah, blah.
The Penguins got some unlucky bounces of the puck blah, blah, blah.
But hey, the powerplay went 0 for 8, what else is new.
The Penguins offense stunk up the joint again tonight at the Garden vs. the Rangers, losing their fifth game in a row, 4-0.
What else is there to say.
From the Penguins:
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS TRADE T.J. KEMP TO MONTREAL IN EXCHANGE FOR CONDITIONAL 2010 DRAFT PICK
The Pittsburgh Penguins have traded defenseman T.J. Kemp to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a conditional seventh round draft pick in the 2010 Entry Draft, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Kemp, 27, has played 22 games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season. He has posted nine points (one goal, eight assists) along with 22 penalty minutes.
The 5-11, 197-pound defenseman has split the past four seasons between the Peoria Rivermen, Iowa Stars, Milwaukee Admirals, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Manchester Monarchs, Springfield Falcons and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL. Kemp has appeared in 174 career games in the AHL, registering 93 points (14 goals, 79 assists) and 126 penalty minutes.
The native of Pickering, Ontario signed with Pittsburgh as a free agent on July 8, 2008.
Update: Tyler Kennedy will skate on the first line with Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis. The second line will have Ruslan Fedotenko, Evgeni Malkin and Petr Sykora. The third line will have Matt Cooke, Jordan Staal and Maxime Talbot. Miroslav Satan, Dustin Jeffrey and Eric Godard will skate together on the fourth line
Penguins at Rangers, 7PM ET, Madison Square Garden
Penguins, 19-16-4, 42 pts, 9th in Eastern Conference
Rangers, 23-14-3, 49 pts, T-5th in Eastern Conference
Well, this had better be rock bottom, for the Penguins’ sake.
The Penguins losing streak hit four games and frustration has started to boil over today in a 6-1 pasting by the Florida Panthers in yet another afternoon matinee.
The “highlight”, if you want to call it that, was the second “fight”, if you want to call it that, for Sidney Crosby. Crosby got in a second period tussle with Brent McLean at 17:01, immediately after Max Talbot and Gregory Campbell duked it out at 16:59. While McLean was assessed the typical 5 minutes for fighting, Crosby was assessed 5 for fighting, 2 for instigating, 2 for unsportsmanlike conduct, and a 10 minute misconduct. It appeared that Crosby pulled the jersey over McLean’s head, I imagine that’s what caused the extra penalties, not sure.
Panthers at Penguins 1PM ET, Mellon Arena
Panthers, 16-16-5, 37 pts, 10th in Eastern Conference
Penguins, 19-15-4, 42 pts, 8th in Eastern Conference
A year has now passed since the inaugural Winter Classic at Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium (I almost typed Rich Stadium) between the Penguins and Sabres. It appeared to be a great experience for all those in attendance; The huge crowd, the snow (although that didn’t help the on-ice conditions), and of course, the game itself.
Now that Winter Classic II between the Wings and Blackhawks has passed, and it certainly appears to have been a wonderful success as well, the lobbying from around the NHL has already begun for the possibility of a third installment of the New Year’s Day game.
Comcast president Peter Luukko was quoted in today’s Philadelphia Daily News that “We [the Flyers] are very interested in being a part of the Winter Classic, We have already expressed our interest to the league. It really is a unique event that we would love to be a part of. We have talked to the league and the Penguins about playing at Penn State or elsewhere.”
Well, that’s fine and dandy, it’s not exactly new news that the Happy Valley matchup is being explored. But let me just opine that if I had any input on it for the Penguins, and of course I don’t, I’d say “thanks but no thanks”.
So what’s next boys, Rob Scuderi on Sid’s wing ??
Despite the Penguins’ best effort in several weeks, they couldn’t muster up the mojo to defeat the Bruins again, this time in Boston, in a 4-2 loss.
The loss was the Pens’ third straight, and they are now periously close to dropping out of a playoff spot.
Penguins at Bruins, 7PM ET, TD Banknorth Garden
Penguins, 19-14-4, 42 pts, 7th in Eastern Conference
Bruins, 28-5-4, 60 pts, 1st in Eastern Conference
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