Category: Pittsburgh Penguins
The Penguins have recalled defenseman Ben Lovejoy from their American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre.
Lovejoy will replace Hal Gill, who banged up his right shoulder on a check during the Senators game on Saturday afternoon. It is unknown how long Gill will be out of the lineup, if he is out at all. Lovejoy has four goals and 10 assists in 24 games with the Baby Penguins.
From the Penguins:
PENGUINS FORWARD TYLER KENNEDY TO MISS FOUR TO SIX WEEKS
“The Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tyler Kennedy will miss four to six weeks with a sprained knee, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero. Kennedy suffered the injury on December 3 against the New York Rangers and has been placed on injured reserve.”
Tough blow to an already banged-up Penguins roster. Chris Minard looked good in Kennedy’s place against Carolina, looks like he’ll get an extended look. The jury remains out on Janne Pesonen, he’s only getting token minutes from HCMT.
From SI.com’s Kostya Kennedy:
Have you caught the latest installment of the Sidney Crosby Show? The run of multipoint nights, the lifting of the injury-wracked Penguins, the on-ice act that also features the artistic stylings of sidekick Evgeni Malkin and his stick of fire? You don’t know what treats Sid the Kid will provide these days. Last week, he scored an empty net goal from his belly.
For all of Crosby’s statistical bounce—13 points in six games, 22 in his last 13—he is hardly to be evaluated by points alone. He may have risen to second in the NHL in scoring, but he is also second, to Magnificent Malkin, on his own team. What we are seeing now, as Crosby delights his homies in Pittsburgh, stuns the crowd in Hockeytown, incites the masses in New York City, is the Kid at 21. The man-boy is now officially a man, all grown up, not just by the measure of the nation’s bartenders, but in his dignity and his resolve.
UPDATE: Crosby now has 431,975 votes, passing Alex Kovalev’s 430884. Great job, Penguins fans. And by the book, I may add. Evgeni Malkin is still 5th with 370,513.
The Montreal All-Star voting script is about to lose some of its effect.
While the Habs still have Alex Kovalev, Saku Koivu and Alex Tanguay as #1, #3 and #4, respectively, Kovy is about to lose his top spot to Sidney Crosby.
Crosby is now a mere 700 votes shy of Kovalev, 429,547 to 428,847.
Evgeni Malkin is 5th in forwards voting with 367,517.
From ESPN The Magazine:
The Things We Forget, Part 9: Sidney Crosby
The Kid lost his first Cup Finals. So did a guy named Gretzky.
Until 2008, Sidney Crosby had always been the future. But after he, Evgeni Malkin and the rest of the youthful Penguins—with the notable exception of 118-year-old Gary Roberts—reached the Stanley Cup Finals to face the Detroit Red Wings, Crosby became, even in defeat, something like the present. He found himself in a space he had never before occupied, one that sheltered him from questions about what would happen next. For seven blessed weeks, he didn’t have to think beyond now. “When you’re on a run like that, you don’t have time to think about what you’re doing,” Crosby said. “You’re in a bubble.”
As I like to do every now and then, let’s take a look around the Pens’ blogosphere and throw a little bloggerlove out there;
My boys (they’re probably young enough to be my boys), as well as our own A2Y’s The Chief’s busom buddies at The Pensblog have an absolute stellar Penguins retrospective going back to the 2001-2002 season up until the present day, for all those fans whose glasses have gotten a little too rose-colored. It wasn’t that long ago folks that the Pens were the laughing stock of the league. Great job, fellas.
Seth Rorabaugh at the excellent Penguins blog Empty Netters at the Pittsburgh Post Gazette provides an interesting chart listing Crosby and Malkin’s point production via the powerplay, as compared to the other top scorers.
From the NHL’s Media website:
DAVID KEON: Good afternoon, everyone. I’m David Keon of the National Hockey League’s public relations department and I’d like to welcome you to our call. Our guest today is Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. Thanks to Sidney for taking the time to join us, and thanks to Frank Buonomo of the Penguins’ public relations department for setting up the call. Earlier today, Sidney was named First Star for this past week after recording six goals and three assists in three games. He currently sits second in league scoring with 34 points on 13 goals and 21 assists, and trails only teammate Evgeni Malkin, who has 39 points. With a record of 14-6-3 for 31 points, the Penguins sit second in the Atlantic Division, trailing the New York Rangers by five points with three games in hand. They start a three-game road trip in Manhattan against the Rangers on Wednesday night. Thanks again to Sidney for taking the time to join us and answer your questions. We’ll open it up now for questions.
Finnish forward Janne Pesonen was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to replace the injured Max Talbot, who took a shot off the left foot during the Pens’ 5-3 win over the islanders on Wednesday night.
There’s been no indication how severe Talbot’s injury is, nor is there been any estimate of his return.
Pesonen has 5 goals and 16 assists in 19 games for the Baby Penguins this season. He was recalled for one game to Pittsburgh earlier this season.
[ Unless you’re a Lightning fan, that is…. ]
Courtesy of “thickAndy”, via A2Y’s favorite blog, The Pensblog….
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”.
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