Penguins at Islanders, 7PM ET, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Penguins, 12-5-3, 27 pts., 4th in Eastern Conference
Islanders, 9-10-2, 20 pts, 10th in Eastern Conference
If you’re a regular reader of this incredibly amateur-ish column, first of all thanks, but you also know my numero uno Pet Peeve when it comes to your Pittsburgh Penguins, and that’s their powerplay.
And so it’s in that regard that I was pleasantly surprised to read HCMT’s scathing comments towards the Pens’ powerplay units following yet another PP gooseegg after their 3-1 loss to the Canucks at the Igloo on Saturday afternoon.
Turns out that a potentially serious groin injury to Roberto Luongo didn’t make much difference to the Canucks.
Turns out that playing their third game in about seventy-two hours didn’t make much difference to the Canucks.
Helped out by a pretty putrid effort by the Penguins for the majority of the game, the Canucks got a couple of scrappy goals and some good relief goaltending by Curtis Sanford to hang on and defeat the Penguins at the Igloo, 3-1.
[ Unless you’re a Lightning fan, that is…. ]
Courtesy of “thickAndy”, via A2Y’s favorite blog, The Pensblog….
Canucks at Penguins, 2PM ET, Mellon Arena
Canucks, 12-6-2, 26 pts, 3rd in Western Conference
Penguins, 12-4-3, 27 pts., 4th in Eastern Conference
From The Sporting News’ Craig Custance,
There’s some bad news for anybody, at least in the media, who wants to chat with Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin on the morning of a game. He now considers it bad luck to talk following the morning skate.
“Please, after game”, he pleaded when asked to chat Thursday morning, “Bad luck”.
Sorry for the tardiness in gettng this out. It happens.
The Penguins just kept on truckin’ on Thursday night at a sparse Philips Arena, getting a late third period powerplay goal from Petr Sykora, extending the Pens’ point streak to eight games with a 3-2 win.
Gotta give the Thrashers props right off the bat, they played quite the inspired game and frankly had numerous great scoring opportunities to steal one from the Penguins, but Dany Sabourin once again was outstanding.
Penguins at Thrashers, 7PM ET, Philips Arena
Penguins, 11-4-3, 25 pts., 4th in Eastern Conference
Thrashers, 7-8-2, 16 pts, T-11th in Eastern Conference
Certainly, discussing anything with constructive criticism of Sidney Crosby will stir up some, shall we say, interesting comments (especially all of those “Crysby” and “Cindy” ones, quite mature, eh ??).
That said, in my view as a Penguins fan, it’s entirely justified to criticize Crosby when it’s warranted.
I’ve done it in the past when Crosby was going overboard with passing up shots (although he’s done better lately, relatively speaking), and now I’m going to do it again:
Has Sid has become, or is quickly becoming, a liability on the shootout ??
As expected, the Wild and Penguins engaged in a defensive struggle tonight at the Igloo, with the Wild eventually emerging victorious on Marek Zidlicky’s shootout goal, 2-1.
Dany Sabourin was the tough luck loser, with his only goal allowed in regulation coming on a bouncing puck off a faceoff in the Penguins zone.
Niklas Backstrom was sharp as well in net for the Wild making some key saves in both the third period and in overtime.
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