Category: Pittsburgh Penguins
- Nice to see Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin seemingly patch things up this week at the All-Star Game, albeit with some reported mediation by fellow Russian Ilya Kovalchuk. So does that mean we’ll be spared hearing about their “feud” anymore, or will it fester like the “Staals are brothers” endless topic. On the ice, even though Malkin and Ovechkin are back on speaking terms, you’d be foolish to think that Ovechkin is going to lighten up on his head-hunting, the dude is simply too intense to do that.
- Great to see Malkin win the Accuracy competition last night. You had a feeling that he would do very well in that category.
- Kris Letang looked comfortable out there in the Youngstars game, although I was a little disappointed that he tried to use trick moves on both of his breakaways. He’s got good enough moves that he’s shown on the shootouts over the past year plus to use one of those, rather than the trick moves that he ended up messing up anyway.
- I would have liked to have seen Sidney Crosby in the breakaway event. I’m sure Sid’s got some sick moves.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Mike Zigomanis underwent successful surgery on his right shoulder Wednesday, Jan. 14th and will be sidelined for four to six months.
Dr. James Andrews of the Alabama Medicine and Orthopaedic Center performed the surgery to repair the rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Zigomanis suffered the injury during the first period on Dec. 3rd against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
Zigomanis had six points (two goals, four assists) in 22 games this season. He led the Penguins with a 62.9 winning faceoff percentage at the time of his injury.
Not entirely unexpected, but still a big blow to the Penguins, specifically in the faceoff circle, where Zigomanis led the NHL. So unless the Pens make it deep into the playoffs (and even that’s optimistic), we’ve seen the last of him for the year.. By the way, Zigomanis is a UFA at the end of the year.
From NHL.com’s Shawn P. Roarke:
NHL on NBC studio analyst Mike Milbury—a former NHL player, coach and general manager—has a wealth of hockey experience, so he understands just what is happening to the Pittsburgh Penguins these days.
The Penguins, who came within two wins of winning the Stanley Cup last season, have staggered through the first half of the 2008-09 season. If the season were to end before Friday night’s game against Anaheim, the 21-20-4 Penguins would not be in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Milbury is not all that surprised to see the Penguins in such a precarious position.
From the Penguins:
The Pittsburgh Penguins are encouraging fans to bring “Terrible Towels” to Sunday’s 12:30 p.m. game against the New York Rangers at Mellon Arena, in a show of support for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Penguins’ game will be televised nationally by NBC.
The Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
“This is a great opportunity for the Penguins and our fans to show our enthusiasm for the Steelers in their drive to the Super Bowl,” said team president David Morehouse . “One of the great things about Pittsburgh is the way the professional sports teams support each other. We all remember seeing Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and many Steelers players, including Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward and Jeff Reed, in the stands at Mellon Arena last year during our run to the Stanley Cup Finals.
“Sunday will be another great day for Pittsburgh sports, and we’re proud to be a part of it. And we’ll all have our Terrible Towels.”
According to the Penguins, Sidney Crosby will be out for tonight’s game vs. Anaheim with his lower body injury.
Also out tonight, besides the already-injured players, will be Max Talbot, Pascal Dupuis, Kris Letang and Rob Scuderi.
Janne Pesonen and Bill Thomas have been recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Hey, it’s another opportunity for HCMT to play Janne Pesonen for six minutes a game !!! Don’t know yet if this will be a replacement for Crosby or Talbot, or neither.
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, leads the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins with 27 assists and ranks third with 40 points (13 goals, 27 assists) in 34 games. He has played six games in three stints with Pittsburgh this season, making his NHL debut in St. Louis on November 1. Pesonen scored two points in three preseason appearances with Pittsburgh. 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.
From the Penguins:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Chris Minard 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.
Minard enters his third stint this season with Pittsburgh and appeared in five contests with the Penguins in December. The 6-1, 190-pound forward leads the AHL with 26 goals and is tied for second with 41 points (26 goals, 15 assists). Minard leads the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins in goals and points, while posting a plus-11 rating. He has been named a starter for the Canadian All-Stars team at the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic on January 26.
The 27-year old played 15 games with Pittsburgh in 2007-08, registering two points, his first goal and assist in the NHL. Minard collected 42 points (25 goals, 17 assists) along with 33 penalty minutes in 56 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season. He also contributed 17 points (11 goals, six assists) and 10 penalty minutes in 23 playoff games, helping the WBS Penguins reach the Calder Cup Finals.
The Owen Sound, Ontario native signed with the Penguins on July 17, 2007.
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.
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.”
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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