When we last saw the Devils, it was one of those completely frustrating games that often occurs when playing them.
Well, tonight it was the Devils’ turn to feel that frustration, as they were stoned by Marc-Andre Fleury 37 times and missed some wide open nets as the Penguins blanked the Devils 1-0 for a much, much needed win.
Ruslan Fedotenko’s second period goal that squirted between the body of Devils’ goalie Scott Clemmensen was the only tally of the game.
Penguins at Devils, 7PM ET, Prudential Center
Penguins, 18-12-4, 40 pts, 7th in Eastern Conference
Devils, 19-10-3, 41 pts, 6th in Eastern Conference
So by now on Christmas morning, at least here on the Right Coast, the presents are opened, you’re on your second cup of coffee, and you’ve watched Sportscenter for the third time in a row.
Well, I have the remedy for your ails. Be sure that you take a listen to these gems from my buds at The Pensblog. Pensblog contributors Eric P. and Co. have compiled a plethora of doozies that only Bob Errey could spew out during Penguins games. It’s called, obviously, The Bob Errey Soundboard.
My personal favorite: Errey’s manlove of Gary Roberts was well chronicled during his time with the Pens. One night while Roberts was still healing from his broken leg last year and in Mario’s luxury box, the cameras panned up to them, and Bob exclaimed, “Look at Roberts drinking the (Fiji) water !!!”. Just classic Bob Errey. If you’d like the video version, click here.
It’s not just a Penguins thing, nor is it just a Pittsburgh thing (we’re notorious for complaining about the Steelers too), I’ve been reading Rangers and Wings fans moaning about their first place teams for a few weeks now as well.
But the Penguins blogosphere and message boards are getting hammered regarding the mess that is playing out on the Igloo ice recently. Putting it bluntly, the Penguins are simply playing bad, bad hockey and things are going to have to start changing, and soon.
There have always been people that haven’t been Michel Therrien fans, but the numbers are growing fast that now want Therrien and his staff fired. But that’s not even the eyebrow-raising recommendation some of the fans have been putting out there;
Some even want Sidney Crosby to lose the “C”, at least temporarily.
If it ain’t one thing, it’s another.
After watching the Penguins string together a couple of decent games filled with good work ethic, they pulled out the ‘ol hotdoggery tonight, and it bit them square in the butt-ocks.
Tampa Bay immediately turned two Penguins misfires into Lightning goals, put forth a very mediocre offensive effort and that’s pretty much all she wrote, as the Pens were blanked by the Lightning, 2-0.
From the Penguins:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have introduced a new fantasy hockey game, “Extra Attacker,” on the team’s website , http://www.pittsburghpenguins.com.
The game was developed in partnership with Electric Owl Studios, a locally-based game studio formed by Carnegie Mellon University graduates.
“Extra Attacker is a Penguins-themed game that was created to add another touch-point with fans in Pittsburgh and around the world,” said James Santilli, the team’s’ vice president of marketing. “It will enable fans to utilize their knowledge of the Penguins’ roster and also encourage them to follow the team more closely.”
Lightning at Penguins, 7:30 PM ET, Mellon Arena
Lightning, 7-16-9, 23 pts, T-14th in Eastern Conference
Penguins, 18-11-4, 40 pts, 7th in Eastern Conference
The Penguins continue to keep its fanbase content by announcing that they would not sell personal seat licenses at the new Consol Energy Center when it opens in time for the start of the 2010-2011 NHL season.
Only two NHL franchises, Columbus and Toronto, charge PSL’s anyway, but in light of today’s economy, keeping the costs down for its season ticket holders is obviously one of the biggest priorities.
Penguins president David Morehouse said it plainly, “Mario (Lemieux) and Ron (Burkle) just decided they didn’t want to do it. They just said no,” Mr. Morehouse said.
What would hockey bloggers today do without Sidney Crosby to kick around ?? You name it, from HCMT misquotes (“It’s Sidney’s team” when he really said “We’ll see next game”) to NHL double standards on his recent bruhaa vs. Atlanta, one thing’s for sure; You draft an article discussing anything Crosby-related, you’re gonna get a lot of website hits, and you’re gonna get a lot of opinions.
Well, tonight’s game vs. the Sabres at HSBC will undoubtedly give the Crosby-haters (and you know who you are) another reason to spew their hatred.
Crosby’s controversial deflection goal of an Evgeni Malkin knuckleball one-timer in overtime gave the Penguins a much-needed 4-3 win over the Sabres. Crosby’s bunt-like deflection was periously close to the crossbar height, but after replay the officals said the puck was not deflected with a high stick, and the Penguins got the win.
What did I think of the call ?? You’ll have to click below to find out.
From Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News:
Going into the holiday season, it’s always good to have some conversational ammunition whence going into office parties, family gatherings, drinks with friends, etc. Hockey always comes up with me (could be the occupation, I suppose), so I thought it would be prudent to pose a question and try to answer it quick and dirty: If you could have one forward to build a team around right now, who would you take?
Here were my categories: points, hits, blocked shots and a special plus-minus based on giveaways (bad) and takeaways (good). My logic was such: If I’m building my team around someone, I naturally want offense, but I also want commitment to physical play (hence the shot-blocking and hits) and responsibility with the puck, which is why giveaways and takeaways were important.
So who is my guy, statistically speaking?
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