Entries with the tag: toronto maple leafs
Video courtesy of Pensblog colleague Eric P.:
The Pens rookies raised their record to 2-0 with a slugfest-filled 2-1 win over the Leafs rookies at their rookie tournament in London, Ont.
Geoff Walker and Dustin Jeffrey scored for the Pens, with Jeffrey’s marker coming in the game’s final minute.
From PittsburghPenguins.com’s Jason Seidling:
“It’s a good feeling because (Toronto) hasn’t been a contender for the playoffs the past four or five years now,” Ponikarovsky said. “I remember the days when we were playing in the playoffs every year. It’s a big change right now for me. I am excited.
“The Maple Leafs are my first team. I was drafted by them and they helped me become an (NHL) player. But I am going to be 30 years old (on April 9). It was time for me to move on. I know that trades happen. Sometimes they are good and sometimes they are bad. I am pretty happy with the trade and where I am coming to.”
Penguins fans will have to wait to see Ponikarovsky make his debut in a Pittsburgh sweater as he won’t have a working visa in time to dress against the New York Rangers on Thursday. His first game will instead occur at Mellon Arena on Saturday when the Penguins play host to the Dallas Stars.
From the Penguins:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired a 2010 sixth-round draft pick from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Chris Peluso, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Peluso, 23, is currently playing collegiately for Bemidji State of College Hockey America. The senior defenseman has seven assists and a plus-4 rating in 24 games. Peluso was originally drafted by the Penguins in the seventh round (194th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
The Penguins now have eight draft picks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft with a first-, third-, fourth-, fifth-, three sixth- and a seventh-round selection.
According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s Tweet:
Sources tell TSN deal in place for Ponikarovsky to Pittsburgh for prospect Luca Caputi but Pitt has to move contract for cap reasons first.
UPDATE 9:49pm: Again per Bob McKenzie:
Pending trade call with NHL, Pitt is sending Luca Caputi and Martin Skoula to Tor for Alex Ponikarovsky. No draft picks involved.
Penguins press release after the jump:
Here’s the comic book’ish opening intro of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada telecast of last night’s tilt between the Penguins and Maple Leafs.
For whatever reason, the Penguins looked downright lousy last year vs. Toronto, losing their last three meetings, including the final one that resulted in Michel Therrien’s firing.
This season, for the first meeting at least, the tables certainly turned. The Penguins took advantage of three consecutive powerplay goals en route to a relatively easy 5-2 win over the Leafs in Toronto.
Sidney Crosby had 2 goals for the Pens, while Evgeni Malkin had 3 assists.
Talk about ugly. These games are now being called “must-win” for a reason.
So with the Penguins already five points out of a playoff spot, with games in hand by the teams above them, it’s absolutely unfathomable to see this team get completely outplayed and lay an egg in the last two periods in Toronto tonight.
In a scene that’s happened over and over again this year, the Penguins’ defense was horrible, allowing Leafs’ forwards to skate uncontested around the Pens’ net, where Marc-Andre Fleury, who kept the Pens in the game through two periods, finally couldn’t stop the onslaught. Fleury and the Pens gave up five third period goals that quickly erased a Pens’ 2-1 lead to give the Leafs a 6-2 win.
Tonight’s the night.
Sergei Gonchar will make his season debut for the Penguins tonight in Toronto vs. the Leafs. Gonchar has been out since September with a ligament and cartilage damage in his shoulder.
Ruslan Fedotenko will also return tonight after suffering a broken hand on the beak of former Penguin Colby Armstrong on Jan 6th.
Unfortunately, not all news is good, although not devastating. Defenseman Philippe Boucher is out indefinitely after foot surgery. Boucher has been scratched for the last several games.
Am I seeing things, or are the Penguins actually getting healthy ?? Looks like Ruslan Fedotenko’s a go for Saturday.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forward Luca Caputi to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Caputi played in five games with Pittsburgh, including his NHL debut Feb. 3 at Montreal. He notched his first career goal in the NHL 2:30 into the first period of his first NHL game, recording the second-fastest goal by a Penguins’ player making his debut. Rick Kessell holds the record scoring 2:19 into his NHL debut March 21, 1970 versus Chicago.
One step forward, two steps back.
The Penguins continued their disappointing season with another lackluster effort tonight at the Air Canada Centre, coming back from a 3-1 third period deficit only to lose 5-4.
Mathieu Garon had quite a shaky, to put it politely, debut for the Penguins, stopping only 21 of 26 shots.
Can’t say it any clearer than that. No need to sugarcoat it. The Penguins were flat-out horrible in every aspect of tonight’s game vs. the Leafs.
A very shaky effort by Marc-Andre Fleury, several fatal turnovers by Evgeni Malkin and lack of any sustained effort doomed the Penguins from the start.
Conversely, the Leafs came out with all the intensity and all the hustle, and it paid off with three first period goals to give them a lead they wouldn’t come close to relinquish.
Leafs at Penguins, 7 PM ET, Mellon Arena
Leafs, 12-13-6, 30 pts, 11th in Eastern Conference
Penguins, 17-10-4, 38 pts., 7th in Eastern Conference