Entries with the tag: ottawa senators
The Penguins’ Alex Grant, one of the top defensive prospects in their organization, was diagnosed with a broken wrist and whiplash as a result of a hit from behind by Senators’ rookie David Dziurzynski in the first period of their opening game of the rookie tournament in London, Ont.
Grant left the ice on a stretcher immobilized and immediately went to the hospital. No word yet on how long Grant will be out of the lineup.
The Penguins rookies won their first game of the rookie tournament at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ont., defeating the Ottawa Senators rookies, 5-3.
Dustin Jeffrey and Zach Sill each scored twice for the Penguins. Penguins defenseman Alex Grant had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher and eventually hospitalized after a hit from behind by David Dziurzynski in the first period.
The Penguins rookies will now face Toronto on Sunday night.
Between the second and third periods, I Tweeted “The word that keeps popping in my head when I watch the Pens in both Game 5 and 6 is “incredulous”.
I couldn’t believe just how much the Senators had been out-working the Penguins since the end of Game Four. And after two periods it sure as hell looked like they were headed back to the Igloo for a Game Seven that no one in the Steel City would be looking forward to.
But thank goodness they finally started dictating the play in the third period. The Pens out-shot the Sens 18-4, eventually getting the tying goal from Matt Cooke to force overtime, and getting the game-winner from Pascal Dupuis on a one-time wrister past Pascal Leclaire at 9:56 of overtime to give the Pens a 4-3 win and a 4-2 series win.
Unless Montreal can complete their comeback over Washington, the Penguins will face the winner of the Buffalo/Boston series. It is still possible for the Penguins to play both Philly (Montreal and Buffalo win) and Montreal (Montreal and Boston win).
I’m not what one would call a smack-talker, just not my nature.
And sure, it’s possible that the Senators could come back, take three straight from the Penguins and send the defending champs home.
I’m sorry, but that dog ain’t huntin’. This one is all over but the shouting.
From the Penguins:
Playoff traditions for Penguins fans—the big screen, the whiteout and the “Tailgate on the Terrace” – all will again be on tap when the Pens take on the Ottawa Senators in Game 5 of their first round Stanley Cup playoff series Thursday at 7 p.m. at Mellon Arena.
The Penguins are calling for a whiteout, and each fan entering the game will receive a white t-shirt courtesy of Trib Total Media and a white rally towel compliments of Dairy Queen.
Fans with tickets to the game are also invited to attend the “Tailgate on the Terrace” presented by Trib Total Media from 5-7 p.m. Admission to the open-air concession area located above Gate 3 is free to fans with tickets to the game. Aramark will sell a variety of food and beverages and live entertainment will be provided.
From the Penguins:
The Penguins’ playoff game against Ottawa Sunday drew a 21.56 rating with more than 619,000 viewers on FSN Pittsburgh—the third highest-rated Pens’ playoff game ever on FSN.
That helped FSN Pittsburgh established a record for viewership on a single programming day. The Pittsburgh Pirates’ win over Cincinnati Sunday afternoon drew a 6.21 rating and more than 178,000 viewers.
It’s certainly not the first time in recent memory that the Penguins have made a defenseman look foolish in a playoff series.
After all, they exploited the defensive liability that is Caps’ D-man Mike Green throughout their seven game series last season.
Last night, it was Andy Sutton’s turn. The Penguins didn’t exact their revenge for Sutton’s crushing hit on Jordan Leopold Friday night just yet. But what they did do is take advantage of Sutton’s shortcomings on three of their four goals in the Penguins’ 4-2 win in Ottawa.
Looks like Jordan Leopold’s injury will keep him out of at least Sunday’s game. From the Penguins:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Ben Lovejoy from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Lovejoy, 26, has appeared in 12 games with Pittsburgh this season, compiling three assists and an impressive plus-8 rating. He recorded his first NHL point with an assist Nov. 14 at Boston. Lovejoy, who made his NHL debut last season after seeing action in two games with Pittsburgh, finished with a plus or even rating in 11 of his 12 contests this campaign.
Lovejoy has been one of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s top defensemen this season, recording nine goals and 29 points in just 65 games. His nine goals tie for the lead among Wilkes-Barre/Scranton blueliners while his 29 points placed second. Lovejoy has two assists in two AHL playoff games against Albany.
Forget about whether Andy Sutton’s vicious hit on Jordan Leopold was clean or not. Seriously, forget it.
As a matter of fact, in an unfortunately painful point of view, you should basically thank Sutton this morning.
Why? Because Sutton’s hit bitch-slapped the Penguins when they desperately needed it. Andy Sutton just flipped the Penguins’ switch for them.
For as Japanese Admiral Isoruku Yamamoto said after the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”
(Sorry, I’m a nut for Tora, Tora, Tora stuff.)
The Penguins will face a familiar foe in the first round of the playoffs when they face the Ottawa Senators commencing Wednesday night at the Igloo, as the Penguins begin their defense of their Stanley Cup championship.
The young Penguins pretty much got their collective asses handed to them back in the ‘06-‘07 playoffs, with the Sens quickly disposing of the Pens in five games.
The Penguins turned the tables, speaking of disposing quickly, the next year, as they swept the Senators in Round One as they went on to the Stanley Cup Finals.
So now it’s onto the rubber match, so to speak. And it’s not a stretch to predict that this could be one very interesting series.
Sorry the tardiness. Had to make a quick trip to DC, was beat last night.
Speaking of beat, boy did the Penguins look like they were in a funk last night in their 6-2 loss to the Senators. One of those games where you try to forget about it as quickly as possible, it was pretty ugly.
One of those games when the Pens made Chris Phillips look like Dany Heatley’s replacement.
The Penguins and the Ottawa Senators renewed acquaintances from playoffs past tonight. While sniper Dany Heatley has departed (finallly, many said) to San Jose, they signed former Penguin Alex Kovalev, along with trade returnees Jonathan Cheechoo and Milan Michalek.
After a ‘07 playoff defeat in five games, the ‘08 Penguins swept the Sens in the first round.
And after 60 minutes of play, it was more of the same tonight, as the Penguins used their depth to their advantage in a 4-1 win over the Senators at Scotiabank Place. The win gives the Penguins a league-leading 5-1 record, and gives Marc-Andre Fleury a 5-0 record.
Someone needs to remind the Penguins that they’re in a playoff race.
Incredibly, for the second straight game, the Penguins played a lazy, lackadaisical, flat game and were extremely lucky to get another point out of it.
That said, the Pens held a 3-1 lead entering the third period, then played the remainder of regulation time completely on their heels. The Sens took advantage of it, got two goals in the third, then eventually won it in a shootout, 4-3.
If this is the way it’s gonna be for the next seven games of this eight-game homestand, they need to get back on the road.
So does the saying go “You have to be good to be lucky”, or is it the other way around ??
Well, doesn’t matter. Jason Spezza, who along with linemates Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley have been Penguin-killers over the years, got a fortunate bounce of the puck off Kris Letang’s skate for his 3rd goal of the game which turned out to be the eventual game-winner for the Senators, who held on to defeat the Penguins at Scotiabank Place, 3-2.
While I’m sure no one in the Vegas Gold and Black will use the term “tired”, it appeared to me that the entire Penguins squad, playing their third game in under 72 hours, was a step slow all game long. There were loads of errant passes by the offense, a lot of slow responses by the defense, and Pens’ goalie Dany Sabourin made some very questionable decisions.
Penguins at Senators, 2:00 PM ET, Scotiabank Place
Penguins, 15-6-4, 34 pts., 4th in Eastern Conference
Senators, 9-10-4, 22 pts, 12th in Eastern Conference
A while back, I wrote an article opining that the Penguins’ signing of Matt Cooke would make Pens’ fans forget Jarkko Ruutu.
Well, I’m here to acknowledge after 15 games, that wasn’t a true statement.
The simple fact is that Matt Cooke and Jarkko Ruutu are entirely different types of players.