30 October 2007

Pens Defeat Wild - Crosby's 4 Point Night

Hey pens fans,
Tonight, the Pens defeated the Wild in Minnesota 4-2. Sidney Crosby had 4 points on the night. The Goals were: Malkin from Crosby and Malone, Malkin from Crosby and Malone (No, that is not a typo. It happened twice.), Sykora from Crosby and Gonchar (PP), Crosby from Gonchar and Malkin. Sabourin was in goal stopping 28 of 30 shots.

The Pens played a good game tonight. Crosby was wonderful and Malkin played a good game. This was a strong way for the Pens to start their road trip. It was a asolid game and I have very little to say. Everyone played well and Gonchar's shot off the pipe was a heart-wrencher.

28 October 2007

Pens Fell to Montreal and Some Thoughts on Fleury

Hey pens fans,
The Pens fell to Montreal on Saturday, in a shootout. It went to 8 shooter a side, which is a bit insane. Sabourin played well in the shootout. Fleury started the game aand was pulled after allowing the third goal, during the second period. Sykora, Crosby and dWhitney had the Pens 3 goals. After the shootout out the final score was 4-3 Canadiens. The Pens shootout shooters were Christensen, Sykora, Crosby, Ruutu, Malkin, Gonchar, Whitney and Recchi.

Thoughts...
The Pens played horridly in the first period. Nothing seemed to be working. Fleury continued with the inconsistancey that has plagued him this season. He played rather poorly. Those 3 goals coculd have been and should have been prevented. As much as I love Marc-Andre Fleury and want him to succeed, it may be time to kidding ourselves. He has to prove himself and soon, if not his time here, at least as a starter, may come to an end.

25 October 2007

Pens End Streak and Some Thoughts

Hey pens fans,
Well, the Pens played the Leafs tonight and lost 5-2 to end their streak. Crosby scored in the first period, assisted by Malkin and Recchi to make it 1-0. In the third period, Gonchar scored and was assisted by Crosby and Malkin to make it 5-2 Leafs. Fleury stopped 22 of 27 shots.

This season the Pens have been very hot and cold. Sometimes, it seems to be individual players struggling and at times it seems that the enitre team is off a bit. I am not sure that I can identify any one problem that is key. I know that Fleury has had some issues with his consistency and that Crosby is not putting up the number that some anticicpated, but the fault does not lie solely on their shoulders. Crosby has been making plays, getting assists, and throwing the puck at the net. Unfortunetly, the puck has not been bouncing his way. As for Fleury, I am not sure what the root of the problem of his being hot and cold is. I just know that something has to snap him out of it and get him back in the game. This team, as talented as they are, are not performing to the level that this much talent can. Perhaps, Shero needs to shake things up a bit with a roster move and I don't mean a little insignifcant swap. I think something big may just give the team the kick in the pants that they need. Yet, againn perhaps they need time, but how much time can the team wait before we slip too far?

23 October 2007

Pens Defeat Rangers

Hey pens fans,
Tonight, the Penguins defeated the New York Rangers at the Mellon Arena. The fifnal score wass 1-0. The Pens lone goal was scored by Malkin on the power play, in the second period. He was assisted by Whitney and Crosby. Marc-Andre Fleury was in stopping all 36 shots for the shutout. This was a good game for the Pens and it was a good win. The Pens recorded 22 shots on the night and won over half of the faceoffs. This is the Pens 3rd win in a row. I hope they keep it up.

20 October 2007

Pens Defeat Capitals

Hey pens fans,
Tonight, the Pens took on the Caps on the road. They came out victorious 2-1. Both of the Pens' goals came in the second period. Staal scored assisted by Recchi and Orpik and then Whitney (PP) assisted by Crosby and Malone. Comgratulations to Ryan Whitney on his 100th point tonight. Marc-Andre Fleury was in goal stopping 30 of 31 shots. The Pens had 22 shots on the night and faceoffs were even at 26 each.

Pens Defeat Hurricanes in a Shootout

Hey pens fans,
Tonight, the Pens took ono the Hurricanes at the Mellon Arena. The final score, after the shootout was 4-3 Pens. In the first, Sykora scored (Crosby, Recchi) to tie it at one. Then in the second, Hall scored (Ruutu, Talbot) and next Sykora scored (Gonchar, Crosby) too tie it at 3. In the shootout Christensen, Sykora, and Crosby all scored to make the shootout 3-2. Final score was 4-3. Sabourin was in goal stopping 29 of 32 shots and stopping 1 of 3 in the shootout. It was a great game and an electirc night. The Pens played some of their better defensive hockey tonight. They also played tough and hit hard. They need to keep it up.

17 October 2007

Pens Fall to Devils

Hey pens fans,
Tonight, the Pens took on the very re-vamped Devils at the Mellon Arena. Unfortunetly, the Devils took the contest 5-4. The game had some very questionable calls and I am sure the oficiating is much debated. I will say that some of the calls were good, some bad, and some were rather close. To be honest, I am trying to avoid official bashing, because some of those calls were close.

Now, here are the Pens' goals: Talbot from Whitney and Roberts; Roberts (PP) from Gonchar and Sykora; Gonchar(PP) from Crosby and Malkin; Malkin (PP) from Crosby and Gonchar.

Fleury was in goal stopping 30 of 35 shots giving him a savev% of .857 on the night.

The Pens are at home Friday against the Hurricanes.

15 October 2007

Pens defeated Leafs on Saturday

Hey pens fans,
Sorry, for the late post, but I have been fishing and camping away from the internet. The Pens won 6-4. The Pens goals were by Christensen, Crosby (2), Talbot (2), and Malone. Orpik suffered a mild concussion. Sabourin was cuct on the side of fhis head and Armstrong got stitches on his chin. The Pens won, though they emerged woounded.

11 October 2007

Pens Fall to Canadiens 3-2

Hey pens fans,
Tonight, the Pens took on the Canadiens at the Mellon Arena. They lost to Montreal 3-2. During the game, there were times where the Pens looked magnificant and there were times when they could not complete a pass if their lives depended on it. It was an up and down night. Unfortunetly, the Pens did not pull this one out on top.

The Pens' goals were: 2nd period, Whitney from Recchi and Crosby (PP); 3rd period, Talbot from Malkin and Recchi.

Fleury was in goal and he played a fairly solid game. He stopped 32 of 35 shots.

The Pens had 28 shots on the night and took the Canadiens in faceoffs 31 to 27. That is something that they have definetly improved on, as of late.

That is it for now...

09 October 2007

Pens Sign Jeffrey

Hey pens fans,
The Pens signed forward Dustin Jeffrey to a three year entry level contract. He was selected in the 6th round of the 2007 draft.

07 October 2007

Pens Win!

Hey pens fans,
Sorry that the post is so late. I got stuck in detours, traffic, and behind a few accidents, and my one hour drive back from the game turned into more like 2 and a half.

The Pens defeated the ducks tonight, by a score of 5-4. The Pens goals were as follows:
1st period - Sykora from Roberts and Christensen (PP)
2nd period - Armstrong from Roberts; Malkin from Sykora
3rd period - Sykora from Laraque and Malkin; Malone from Crosby and Scuderi

Fleury was in goal stopping 19 of 23 shots.

The Pens had 29 shots on goal.

It was an electric game and the crowd was crazy.

I will leave it at that...

05 October 2007

Pens Fall to Hurricanes and Happy Birthday Mario!

Hey pens fans,

On a positive not, I would like to wish a Happy Birthday to MArio Lemieux.

Now, onto the game...

Tonight, the Pens lost their season opener 4-1. The Pens' lone goal came in the third period. It was scored by Mark Recchi and assisted by Gonchar and Malkin. Fleury was in goal to start the game, but after letting in 4 goals on 26 shots in the first 2 periods, he was pulled. Sabourin finished out the game stopping 7 of 7 shots faced. The team seemed to take some time to get their legs going. The were a bit sluggish and it was easy to see it was their first game. The Canes had previously played Wednesday. In the third period, the Pens really began to come to life. Hopefully, that continues tomorrow night, when the Pens take on the Stanley Cup Champion Ducks, at the Mellon Arena.

01 October 2007

Roster Moves

Hey pens fans,
The Pens sent Kris Letang, Mike Weaver, Jonathan Filewich, Jeff Taffe, and Ryan have been assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Pens also signed Adam Hall to a one year two-way contract.

Also, USA Today picks the Pens to win the cup. Is this good or the kiss of death?
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