30 January 2007

Pens Defeat Panthers 3-0

Hey pens fans,
Tonight, the Pens took on the Florida Panthers at the Mellon Arena. The final score was 3-0. In the first period, Ouellet scored the Pens' first goal of the game assisted by Malkin and Staal. Then in the second period, Moore scored assisted by Ruutu and Petrovicky. Ryan Whitney also scored in the second on the Power Play. He was assisted by Ouellet and Crosby. Marc-Andre Fleury was in goal stopping all 32 shots for the shutout. The Pens played a good game tonight and hopefully this continues. The Pens are 23-17-8 for 54 points and that has them at 7th placec in the East. Hopefully, we can keep a playoff spot. Don't forget to sign my petition to help save the team. The link is above.

28 January 2007

Pens Win Friday and Saturday!

Hey pens fans,
I want to apologize for some computer problems that I have had. I lost my internet connection for a bit so in this post I will recap both Penguin wins from Friday in Dallas to Saturday in Phoenix.

Dallas
Final Score 4-3 (Shootout) Pens
The goals were...
Staal from Whitney and Ouellet
Recchi from Crosby and Malone
Recchi (PP) from Whitney and Crosby (this was Recchi's 500th Career goal)
Shootout
Christensen scored.

Fleury was in goal stopping 32 of 35 shots and all 3 shootout shots.

Phoenix 7-2 Pens
The goals were...
Malone from Crosby and Recchi
Talbot from Recchi and Gonchar
Whitney from Crosby and Gonchar
Rutuu from Petrovicky
Crosby (PP) from Recchi and Whitney
Petrovicky from Moore and Ruutu
Recchi (PP) from Malone and Crosby

Thibault was in goal stopping 22 of 24 shots.

Hey everyone keep signing the petition (link above) to save our Pens!

24 January 2007

Desperate times and such

Hey pens fans,
I know that we are all well aware of the situation involving the Pens and a new arena. Its seems that the situation is looking very grim. Right now the government officials and Lemieux seem to be at odds. I understand that the team needs to be financially viable, but the Penguins belong here in Pittsburgh. That is why I am asking all Penguin Fans and hockey ffans in general to unite to save the team. I am hosting an online petition to send to the NHL to not allow the team to relocate. To read and sign the petition go to http://www.petitiononline.com/pens/petition.html

Now, is the time for fans to unite. Help save the Pens!

23 January 2007

East tops West in Young Stars Game

Hey pens fans,
The East beat the West 9-8 in the Young stars game. The Pens were well represented with Malkin, Whitney and Staal all making a good showing in the game.

As for the skills competition, Sidney Crosby scored shoot out style goals all through this competition, hopefully that can translate into future games. in the skills the East Won 15-11.

Don't foret tomorrow is the All Star Game.

Young Stars and Skills

Hey pens fans,
The NHL Young Stars game and the skills competition is on tonight at 7:30. Around Pittsburgh, it is on OLN. Just wanted to remind you of this alternative to the State of The Union Address.

21 January 2007

Pens Win!

Hey pens fans,
Well, I would like to start off with an apology for this post being so late, but I was having computer problems. Last night, the Pens took on the TOronto Maple Leafs at the Mellon Arena. the final sore was 8-2. In the first, Toronto opened up the scorin to make it 1-0. The Pens answered with 3 more goals that period: Staal from Malkin and Ouellet, Jarkko Ruutu (Penelty Shot), and Recchi from Whitney and Malkin (Power Play), to make it 3-1. In the second period, the Pens continued their domination. Recchi from Crosby and Gonchar (Power Play), and Recchi again from Crosby and Gonchar (Powerplay), for the hat trick. That made it 5-1. Then in the third period, Crosby on the power play from Gonchar and Malkin (Power Play); Ouellet from whitney and Malkin (power play);Malone from Malkin and Recchi, were the goals. The Leafs netted one in that period to make it an 8-2 win for the Pens. Fleury was in goal stopping 26 of 28 shots. The Pens had 30 shots. Faceoffs were dead even with 38 apiece. Recchi's hattrick made him the oldest Penguin to score a hattrick. He will be 39 next month. Now its time for the All-Star Break.

19 January 2007

Pens Fall to Bruins in a shootout

Hey pens fans,
The Pens faced the Bruins tonight, or well it is ofically yesterday now, in Boston. The final score was 5-4 Bruins. The pens opened up the scoring in the first with a goal by Ryan Malone from Crosby and Recchi to make it 1-0. then later on in the first Eveni Malkin scored from Staal and Scuderi to make it 2-0. To start off the second period the Bruins scored three unanswered goals to make the score 3-2. Then, Malkin scored on the powerplay assisted by Whitney to tie it at 3-3. Then, Jordan Staal scored on the owerplay from Ouellet and Christensen to make it for 4-3 to end the period. In the third period, Boston scored again to make it 4-4. Then, the Pens lost another game in the shootout to make it 5-4, which was the final score. Fleury was in oal stoppingg 40 of 44 shots. The Pens had 35 shots on the night. On a side note, would it have killed them to win on my birthday? It would have been a nice present. Oh well, I wished for a new arena anyway.

17 January 2007

Arena Update

Hey pens fans,
Rumor has it that Mario Lemieux is set to meet with Governor Rendell and company this week. It has been quite on all fronts, which I am hoping is a good thing. No one is saying much and any information is hard to come by at the moment. Some are reporting that Rendell wants a deals this week or next and some even say that it is optimistic. Not much is leaking out of Lemiex. All that anyone will say is that they are making progress. So, I guess we will see.

Pens Win!

Hey pens fans,
The Pens defeated the Islanders at the Mellon Arena by a score of 5-2. In the first period the Pens opened up the scoring with a goal by Christensen assisted by Talbot and Whitney to make it 1-1. Then in the second, Ouellet scored to make it 2-1 on the power play from Malkin and Christensen. In the third, the Pens netted three goals. The first was by Crosby from Ouellet and Gonchar in the power play. Next, Christensen got his second of the game from Armstrong and Orpik. The Pens' final goal was scored by Crosby, his second of the night, from Recchi and Malone. Fleury was in gaol stopping 31 of 33 shots. The Pens penelty killing worked hard tonight at stopping the power plays. The Pens again were beaten badly in faceoffs winning only 24 as oppose to the Islanders winning 40. That has been something they have been struggleing with quite a bit this season. Hopefully, they can improve those numbers soon.

15 January 2007

3 Pens make Young Stars

Hey pens fans,
Evgeni Malkin, Ryan Whitney and Jordan Staal have made the Young Stars.

13 January 2007

All-Star Rosters Announced

Hey pens fans,
Sidney Crosby will be the lone Penguin at this year's All-Star Game. For a complete All-Star Roster use this link http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=287350

Pens beat Flyers again!

Hey pens fans,
Yes, the Penguins have continued their domination of the Flyers by defeating them this afternoon by a score of 5-3.

1st Period

Gonchar from Ruutu at 7:26 (tied 1-1)
Malkin from Ouellet at 14:48 (2-1 Pit)

2nd Period

Recchi from Crosby and Whitney at 15:16 (Power Play) (3-2 Pit)

3rd Period

Staal from MAlkin and Ouellet at 7:34 (4-3 Pit)
Malkin from Ouellet and Staal at 19:28 (Empty Net) (5-2 Pit)

Fleury was in goal stopping 15 of 18 shots.

12 January 2007

Melichar Hurt

Hey pens fans,
Well, i forgot to mention that in the last game Melichar injured his leg. It looks like he will be out for a bit. The Pens have recalled Noah Welch from WBS in the meantime.

10 January 2007

Pens Lose to Panthers

Hey pens fans,
Tonight, the Pens lost on the Road against the Panthers. The final score was 5-2. In the second, Malkin scored from Ouellet. Then in the third, Armstrong scored from Whitney and Talbot. Thibault was in goal stopping 34 of 39 shots. The Pens need to regroup before their next game, which is Saturday in Philly.

Pens lose to Tampa

Hey pens fans,
The Pens were defeated in Tampa 3-2. In the first Crosby scored at 0:24 to give the Pens a 1-0 lead. Then Tampa scored three goals by the middle of the thrid. The Pens scored again at 17:19 of the third. It was Armstrong from Orpik. Fleury was in goal stopping 21 of 24.

Congrats to Sidney Crosby who has been named a starter in the All-Star Game. At 19 years and 5 months he will be the youngest starter in the All-Star game since fan balloting began in 1986.

08 January 2007

THE FUTURE OF THE PENGUINS

Hey pens fans,
This is an article I found at http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=4704. I only hope that things work out like this, but it makes a lot of sense. So here is a little moral boost for Penguin Fans hopin to keep the team in the city they love.
THE FUTURE OF THE PENGUINS: In Pittsburgh and Owned by Jim Balsillie
Today @ 2:55 PM ET Comments (32)
One day when the CBC miniseries comes out about all this, we're all going to be trying to remember how it all got so complicated - why there were casino deals, last minute clauses causing agreements to fall apart, trips to Kansas City, Plan B's...whew...it's enough to give you a huge headache.But in the end it will all be worth it, and here's what we have to look forward to:* A dazzling new arena in downtown Pittsburgh* "Mario Lemieux Night" and the beautiful statue in his honour* Sid the Kid and Evgeni Malkin skating around with the Cup - on multiple occasions* Jim Balsillie helping to further build and grow the game that we all love so much* The Kansas City Scouts (or whatever they are going to be called) and another expansion team (maybe the Winnipeg Jets) coming into the league within the next few years
***Here's why it's going to happen:THE PEOPLE OF PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVIA * The City of Pittsburgh needs the Penguins. The fans love this team. They've been there through thick and thin. This team has brought families closer together and brought joy to a city where times have often been tough. The league cannot take this team away from them. NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE * The National Hockey League needs the city of Pittsburgh. They have invested 40 years in this market and cannot afford to lose a loyal and passionate market. We need more markets like Pittsburgh - not less.JIM BALSILLIE * The National Hockey League and the City of Pittsburgh needs a guy like Jim Balsillie. He's smart, innovative, determined and passionate - everything this league needs desperately. This is a guy who lists Gordie Howe as the greatest influence in his life, plays rec. hockey twice a week and when the original deal was agreed upon, said, "This is great, I feel like a kid again, quite frankly. I'm going to get my name on the [Stanley Cup] one way or another. What Canadian boy wouldn't do it [buy an NHL team] if he could?"So why did the original deal fall apart? Well there was a front-page article in the National Post on December 20th that gives some great insight . In fact, the headline was "How the $175M deal to buy the Penguins died". (unfortunately the article is not archived on their site for some reason but if anyone is interested I can e-mail you a pdf).The article states:1. Mr. Balsillie balked at a "side deal" that would have required him to agree, among other things, to allow the NHL to take over the hockey team if it was unhappy with arena negotiations, or if it became disenchanted with his ownership.2. The league also wanted to restrict the new owner from contemplating a move out of Pittsburgh under any circumstances until 2013 at the earliest - the key words there being "under any circumstances".As far back as August, Mr. Balsillie sought assurances from the league that he would be able to move the hockey club if the arena funding did not materialize and all other viable options were exhausted and Mr. Bettman's response, according to the article was "I'll be the first to help you pack your bags". 3. These were just two of the two-dozen additional conditions that had to be met that were outlined in a new document that was attached to the league's consent agreement.Those new conditions were presented "without warning or discussion" on December 8, a week before the deal was supposed to close - and two full months after the $175 million offer was formally announced.4. Mr. Balsillie requested a 30-day extension to sort through the new requirements, which was denied by Mr. Lemieux. To quote the article again, Balsillie "felt he was in an untenable position: he desperately wanted to close the deal but refused to accept the limits being imposed on his ownership". They quoted a source saying "It was like the NHL was saying, 'write your cheque and be screwed' and the sellers were saying, 'hurry up and concede on everything or we'll cancel the deal'.In the end, he couldn't agree to all the new demands, especially given the imposed time constraints, and the deal fell through. However, at the time he did say, "All it takes is a five-minute call between three motivated parties to restart this." He stressed his intentions once again in a statement to the Post Gazette on Wednesday:"As I stated in my letter to Mario, Pittsburgh is clearly where the team belongs. It's a great hockey market with a great hockey tradition. All it needs is a new arena. Plan B promises a new arena. Certainly, I would still look at this, as would any hockey fan. This team simply has too much promise." http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07004/751161-61.stmMARIO LEMIEUX * Mario Lemieux does not want to move the team out of Pittsburgh. He has been a part of this franchise...heck he's pretty much been the franchise for over 22 years. He's fought this battle off the ice for over seven years. The guy does not lose. Remember the '87 Canada Cup? Remember Salt Lake? How he overcame Hodgkin's and his back problems? I know I wouldn't bet against him. COUNTY, CITY & STATE COME TOGETHER * The County, City and State officials are all working together to keep the team in Pittsburgh. I know that there will be many who question why they have taken so long, but many major deals often don't come to fruition until the last minute. In fact I seem to remember a whole season of hockey being cancelled once, because the two sides couldn't reach a deal in time to save the season. At least here they still have the chance to get the deal done before it's too late. The original "Plan B" that Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Governor Ed Rendell were offering was already close to the deal the Pirates got for their stadium (the team would be responsible for 21% of the arena costs). Even with the no money down, no interest, no rent, no long distance charges offer from Kansas City, Onorato still said that their deal would be a "very competitive deal".As a starting point, $8.5 million up front and $4 million a year (including $1.1 million a year from naming rights) does not seem so outlandish, especially considering that Onorato has stressed the terms are negotiable. Of course it's not as good as free but you also have an established market here and likely the potential for higher revenues. COMMISSIONER BETTMAN * NHL Bylaw #36 makes it extremely tough to move a team when there is an option that is financially viable in the current city. According to a Post-Gazette article from July:There are 24 areas of consideration that are to be used in determining whether to allow a team to move, including "whether there is a reasonable prospect ... that it could become financially viable" and whether the club received a "publicly financed arena, special tax treatment, or any other form of public financial support."http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06200/706788-61.stmAlso in that article they mention that local fan support and whether a move would harm the league's image are also considered with any possible relocation.If Plan B were a viable and fair option for the team (and from reading the articles, it's sounding very much like it is) it would be difficult, if not impossible for them to bolt just to take a better offer from KC. That would set a precedent that would make many other teams possible relocation targets down the road if another city (say, Las Vegas) decides to build an arena and pursue an existing franchise by offering free rent, 50% of revenues, etc.KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI * Kansas City has a beautiful arena built, an owner (Boots Del Biaggio) waiting with his wallet open, and a management group (Anschutz Entertainment Group, including Luc Robitaille) raring to fill their building. It's quite possible that the league has even promised Del Biaggio/AEG that they would get the next team (either through expansion or relocation). In my opinion there's no way that arena gets built without some kind of assurances - especially with AEG already being involved in the league as owners of the Kings. Assuming the Pens stay in Pittsburgh, like it or not, expansion is probably coming. The idea of realignment was already brought up recently and not surprisingly their new plan leaves the league two teams short of 4 eight-team divisions. To appease the Canadians and other hockey purists, the league could put the second team in Winnipeg. Yes their arena is a little small (15,015) but it does have 48 suites and the league will realize that it's better to sellout in a smaller arena than have a ton of empty seats in a larger arena in Houston, Las Vegas or Oklahoma City. While many (including myself) believe that there are already too many teams, the lure of $300 million+ split 30 ways will be too good to pass-up - especially with the arenas already built. The league can also add a third Saturday game to the Hockey Night in Canada package, to increase revenues further if a Winnipeg team is added. The team stays in Pittsburgh, they get a great owner and a new building, Mario gets his statue and KC gets a team (plus Winnipeg too). It all sounds simple enough, doesn't it?***However, at this point, this is all far from a done deal. There is a lot that still needs to happen in the coming weeks:* Mr. Bettman needs to arrange a meeting with Mr. Balsillie and Mr. Lemieux to see if they can set the groundwork for an agreement to be reached in principle. Assuming that it can (which isn't a stretch because it has been done before - and that was when there were more unknowns surrounding the situation than there are now), then Mr. Balsillie should be allowed to enter into the Plan B talks.After thinking about it a lot I finally realized why Mr. Lemieux is negotiating Plan B before selling the team, instead of selling the team and letting the new owners deal with it:I believe that Mr. Lemieux and the league would like to stay in Pittsburgh, if at all possible. However, I think that if they can't stay in Pittsburgh, the league and Lemieux want to move to Kansas City. They knew there was a chance the IOC bid wouldn't be accepted and they probably did not have a lot of confidence in Plan B - after all it had been seven years of talking and no action.Mr. Lemieux can't sell the team to Mr. Del Biaggio and let him lead the negotiation, because he's only interested in the team if they move to Kansas City. At the same time, they can't sell the team Mr. Balsillie (or another group) and let them negotiate the deal, because if Plan B falls through then they (Lemieux and Bettman) want/need to put the team in KC.Thus, Mario is negotiating Plan B - if he's successful he'll be the hero of all heroes and can then sell the team and go off into the sunset. * Looking at the original offer and listening to both parties after last week's meeting, I'd say the chances of Pittsburgh staying are extremely high. Assuming that Mario is relatively confident that Plan B will get done, it's time to bring the new owner (Mr. Balsillie) into the talks. I think it's absolutely important that the new owner is allowed to negotiate terms that are most favorable to their interests. * Once the deal is complete (including negotiating the additional time to stay at the Mellon Arena while the new arena is being built and the sale of the St. Francis Central Hospital which was purchased by the team for $8 mil), the sale can be completed and Mr. Balsillie can assume ownership of the team once the deal closes. * Finally, construction can begin on the new arena, ticket packages can go on sale, and somebody can start working on the mould for that Lemieux statue.Let's hope that the Penguins and the NHL consider this to not only be the best option for the long-term success of this team, but the ONLY option. It’s in the best interest of the team, the city and the league that they keep the team in Pittsburgh and sell the team to Mr. Balsillie.

Pens Lose in Shootout to Tampa

Hey pens fans,
Tha game was scoreless for through the first period. Then in the second Tampa opened up the scoring to make it 1-0. The Crosby scored assisted by Recchi to tie it up. then in the third Tampa scored at 14:04 to make it 2-1 and then at 17:27 Recchi scored from Crosby and Malkin to tie the game. In the OT the Pens killed a tought penelty and forced the shootout. Lacavalier and Richards were stopped by Fleury and Holmqvist stopped Christensen and Malkin. Then St. Louis got one past Fleury and a rather interesting shot. Holmqvist then stopped Crosby and Tampa wins it. The final score was 3-2. Fleury stopped 27 of 29 shots.

05 January 2007

Pens Win!

Hey pens fans,
Tonight, the Pens defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-2. The Pens were held scoreless through the first and were losing 1-0. In the second, the Pens came back and made it 3-2 with goals by Whitney, Staal, and Malkin. Then in the third Moore scored on the empty net. Crosby had one assist on the night. The finala score was 4-2. Fleury was in oal stopping 31 of 33 shots.

Nils Ekman has disloated hihs elbow and is expected to miss a significant amount of time.

02 January 2007

Pens shutout canes

Hey pens fans,
Happy New Year! Well, the Pens hav definetly started off 2007 right. They defeated the Hurricanes at the Mellon Arena. Crosby opened up the scoring witha goal from Recchi and Malkin at 5:36 of the first period. Then in the third at 0:23 Whitney scored from Recchi and Crosby. Then to round out the scoring Crosby scored again at 11:19 assisted by Melichar. Fleury had the shutout stopping 31 shots. Nils Ekman did injure his wrist as previously thought and will be out for a while.
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