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?
Penguins at Sabres, 7 PM ET, HSBC Arena
Penguins, 17-11-4, 38 pts, 7th in Eastern Conference
Sabres, 16-13-4, 36 pts, 9th in Eastern Conference
Can’t say it any clearer than that. No need to sugarcoat it. The Penguins were flat-out horrible in every aspect of tonight’s game vs. the Leafs.
A very shaky effort by Marc-Andre Fleury, several fatal turnovers by Evgeni Malkin and lack of any sustained effort doomed the Penguins from the start.
Conversely, the Leafs came out with all the intensity and all the hustle, and it paid off with three first period goals to give them a lead they wouldn’t come close to relinquish.
Marc-Andre Fleury has now passed Carey Price for the starting goalie spot for the All-Star Game.
At the current time Fleury leads Price 758,682 votes to 758,661.
If the leaderboard holds true, the Penguins will have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Fleury on the starting squad.
Tip of the hat and props to my buds over at The Pensblog for jogging my rapidly aging memory.
It seems so “business as usual’ now, as we watch the Penguins’ new arena, the Consol Energy Center, prepare for its first steel girders this week on the Pens’ webcam.
But two years ago today, there was a whole lotta uncertainty going on in Penguinsland.
Leafs at Penguins, 7 PM ET, Mellon Arena
Leafs, 12-13-6, 30 pts, 11th in Eastern Conference
Penguins, 17-10-4, 38 pts., 7th in Eastern Conference
It won’t be long now.
From the Pittsburgh PG:
In another move, the team assigned defenseman Ryan Whitney to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on a conditioning assignment. Whitney, who practiced at Mellon Arena before traveling, has not played this season because of foot surgery. He is expected to play just one game for the Baby Penguins, tomorrow night, and is likely to be recalled and in the lineup for the Penguins Monday at Buffalo or Tuesday at home against Tampa Bay.
From the Penguins:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Maxime Talbot to a two-year contract through the 2010-11 season, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
The 5-11, 185-pound forward has registered seven points (four goals, three assists) along with 18 penalty minutes in 28 games this season with Pittsburgh. Talbot has a winning faceoff percentage of 57.1% this season and is currently tied for fourth on the team with 44 hits.
Well, obviously, the Penguins needed that four day break after a sluggish 6-3 loss in Philadelphia last Saturday vs. the Flyers.
That, and playing their first game after the break against the Atlanta Thrashers didn’t hurt either.
The Pens headed down to Hotlanta tonight, got their #1 goalie back, and played a pretty decent game in topping the Thrashers 6-3.
Evgeni Malkin had 2 goals and 4 points, while Marc-Andre Fleury had a solid return in goal for the Penguins, holding off significant pressure from the Thrashers in both the 1st and 3rd periods.
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