Category: Pittsburgh Penguins
From the Penguins:
Fund Established by F.O.P. to Support Families of Three Slain Officers; Pens to Collect Donations Before Thursday’s Game vs. NY Islanders
The Pittsburgh Penguins will collect donations for the “Pittsburgh Fallen Heroes Fund” before Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. game against the New York Islanders at Mellon Arena. The fund has been established by the Fraternal Order of Police to support the families of the three officers slain in the line of duty Saturday in Stanton Heights – Eric Kelly, Stephen Mayhle and Paul Sciullo.
“The Pittsburgh Penguins organization joins the community in extending deepest sympathy to the families and friends of these three brave officers,” said team president David Morehouse. “By holding a collection at Thursday’s game we will enable our fans to contribute to the Fallen Heroes Fund, which will assist the officers’ families.”
Checks may be made out to the “Pittsburgh Fallen Heroes Fund.” The Penguins also will collect cash donations. Those wishing to donate directly by mail may send their checks to the Pittsburgh Fallen Heroes Fund, Greater Pittsburgh Police Federal Credit Union, 1338 Chartiers Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. For more information, call the Greater Pittsburgh Police FCU at 412-922-4800, or log on to http://www.pittsburghpolicefop.com or www.pittsburghpolicefcu.com.
Per Pierre Lebrun on tonight’s Satellite Hotstove, Penguins center Evgeni Malkin was fined, but not suspended for his hit to the head of Kings forward Wayne Simmonds during Friday’s game between the Kings and Penguins.
From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Penguins center and NHL leading scorer Evgeni Malkin had a disciplinary hearing with the NHL by phone after the team’s practice today at Southpointe.
The league is investigating Malkin’s hit on Los Angeles winger Wayne Simmonds in the final minute of the Penguins’ 4-1 win last night at Mellon Arena.
Any suspension handed down to Malkin would be expected before the Penguins’ important Eastern Conference showdown with Philadelphia at home tomorrow afternoon. Malkin has not missed a game this season and tops the NHL with 104 points.
From the Penguins:
Forward Miroslav Satan will report to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by Pittsburgh Penguins Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Satan, 34, recorded 17 goals and 19 assists for 36 points in 65 games for Pittsburgh this season.
The 6-foot-3, 191-pound native of Topolcany, Slovakia has played 1,102 career NHL games over 13 seasons with Edmonton, Buffalo, the New York Islanders and the Penguins. He has scored 354 goals and 367 assists for 721 points.
Satan set his NHL single-season highs with 40 goals for Buffalo in 1998-99 and 75 points for Buffalo in 2002-03.
For as well as the Penguins have been playing lately, going 8-1-1 under IHCDB and sweeping their five-game road trip, they still woke up this morning finding themselves in a dogfight with six, probably seven, teams battling for the final playoff slots.
Going into tonight’s Rangers/Hurricanes tilt in Raleigh, the Pens, Rangers and Panthers are all tied for 6th, and only four points behind 4th place Philadelphia.
The main reason the Penguins haven’t gained more ground than they have is because other than Buffalo, none of the other teams have really slumped lately. Here are the records in the last 10 games for the teams in question;
All you need to remember from Gary Roberts’ tenure in a Pittsburgh Penguins sweater is summed up with this pummelling of Ben Eager….
Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby will remain out of tonight’s game in Tampa Bay vs. the Lightning with that sore groin.
No word whether he’ll be able to go on Thursday vs. the Florida Panthers.
Per Sportsnet, the Penguins’ Bill Thomas was placed on waivers today.
Of course, this has set off loads of speculation, especially since the Penguins roster, with Thomas on waivers is now at 21. Mike Zigomanis and Philippe Boucher are both on IR. Sidney Crosby may come back to the lineup tomorrow vs. Tampa Bay, but he was never on IR.
Let’s see what GMRS has up his sleeve this time.
From the Penguins:
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS RECALL JANNE PESONEN FROM WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Janne Pesonen from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero. Pesonen, 26, has played a total of seven games during six stints with the Pittsburgh this season, including his NHL debut in St. Louis on November 1. Pesonen ranks second with 49 points (16 goals, 33 assists) and 33 assists on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He has a plus-eight rating through 47 games this season. The 5-11, 180-pound forward led the Finnish Elite League last season, recording 78 points (34 goals, 44 assists) in 56 games with the Oulu Karpat. He contributed 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) during the postseason, helping lead Karpat to its fifth league championship. The native of Suomussalmi, Finland was originally drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the ninth round (269th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Pesonen signed with the Penguins as a free agent July 7, 2008.
Practice Report: Sidney Crosby left today’s practice at Southpointe early with a sore groin. He is probable for tomorrow’s game vs the New York Islanders. More details to come…
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