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Penguins nip Thrashers;  Whitney returns to practice

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.

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Wild clamp down, edge Penguins in shootout, 2-1

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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Penguins win 6th straight after 3rd period awakening, 5-2 over Sabres

Well, they did it again.  As Shelly Anderson wrote in today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, watching a Penguins game is not for the faint of heart.

DISCLAIMER:  I almost started calling this team the “Cardiac Kids”, but I quickly realized that since the Cleveland Browns of the late ‘70’s/early ‘80’s were known with that moniker, I wouldn’t be let in the Pittsburgh city limits the next time I wanted to visit.  Let’s just forget I ever mentioned it.

Anyway, after two periods of relative lethargy, the Penguins turned up the heat in the third period to overcome a 2-1 Sabres lead with four goals to win their sixth straight game with a 5-2 win over Buffalo.

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Penguins blow yet another lead only to escape with 5-4 SO win

I’m gonna give everyone a heads up here.

If there ever comes a time, particularly after another one of these harrowing Penguin wins, that you don’t eventually read something from me, I’m here to let you know beforehand;  The Penguins will have done me in.

In tonight’s episode of “Try to Give Tony a Heart Attack”, after controlling most the game with a 3-0 lead, the Penguins let their collective feet off the gas and allowed the next four goals, two of those short-handed, only to score late in regulation and eventually win in the shootout over the Flyers, 5-4.

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Penguins stun Red Wings in overtime, 7-6

You folks have no idea how many variations of negativity I was planning on putting in the title of this post.

The Red Wings’ stifling forecheck, their transition game, expertly having bodies in front of the net, having the Penguins on their heels, it looked lousy for the Pens for a lot of this game.

But Jordan Staal led a furious Penguins’ comeback with his 2nd career hat trick and caused the turnover that resulted in the game-winning goal in overtime by Ruslan Fedotenko, giving the Penguins an improbable 7-6 win over the defending Stanley Cup champions.

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Penguins wake up late, down Islanders in SO, 4-3

Someone keeps forgetting to tell the Penguins that they’re supposed to be playing better against the lesser teams in the league.

Nine days after the Penguins looked horrendous on their recent road trip at Phoenix, it looked like it would be a similar result tonight on Long Island against the Islanders.

However, Tyler Kennedy’s tip of an Alex Goligoski slapper from the right point sailed past Isles’ goalie Joey Macdonald for the tying goal late in the third period, and the Penguins eventually prevailed in the shootout over the Islanders, 4-3.

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Penguins escape with 5-4 win over Oilers

Well, um, they won.

That’s the important thing, isn’t it ??

To borrow a phrase from the late great Pirates’ announcer Bob Prince, the Penguins came within a knat’s eyelash of blowing a 5-goal lead within the last 21 minutes of the game but hung on for dear life to barely defeat the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 at the Igloo.

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Penguins get off schnide, down Blues, 6-3

Perhaps it was simply a matter of time.  I would say rather it was a complete effort, finally.

The Penguins played one of their best games of the season to date, erasing two one-goal deficits in defeating the Blues tonight, 6-3.

It was certainly a wacky game in terms of the times of the goals.  On three separate occasions, two goals were scored by either team under 37 seconds apart.

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Originally at Blogspot, then at MVN, TheConfluence has over 1500 articles reporting Penguins news as well as jumping on my soapbox to opine constructive Penguins criticism.

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