Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A Step Forward?

Both the NHL and NHLPA have been having extensive meetings. One on Saturday and Tuesday with more scheduled to come. They have been keeping things quiet as to what is going on in the meetings, but things look promising. They aren't letting the media in or giving out much information. It looks like a step in the right direction and hopefully they don't take any steps back. Daly and Fehr have had long talks concerning the main revenue issue between the two sides. Hopefully they will have a deal done during Thanksgiving week. We will have to wait and hope that the talks keep progressing. On a side note both Sid and Adams attending the Tuesday meeting, which was a last minute decision for them. Could be a good sign that an agreement could be close? We should know soon enough.


Friday, November 2, 2012

Winter Classic has been cancelled!

The NHL has announced the cancellation of the 2013 Bridgestone Winter Classic and the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival, which was to be held in Detroit, Michigan. The Red Wings were to face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs. This is due to the NHL and NHLPA still nowhere near a CBA agreement. The NHL has said that the next Winter Classic and Hocketytown Winter Festival will be held in Michigan, since this one was cancelled.

Well, the news just keeps getting worse. The All-Star game looks to be next at this rate.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Maybe a glimmer of hope!

I don't want to get anyone hopes up, but it was reported by TSN's Darren Dreger that both Steve Fehr and the NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly "talked extensively" on the phone Tuesday. Another reported that they had "light negotiations."

NHL is still set to announce the cancellation of the Winter Classic today or tomorrow, but this could be held off by a possible step forward in the CBA talks.

I wouldn't get your hopes up, but at this point I will take any possible good news.

Monday, October 29, 2012

NHL cancels more games...Winter Classic could be next

We are still at a standstill in the CBA talks and no agreement is close to happening. The NHL announced the cancellation of regular season games through November 30th. This now includes 326 regular season games (26.5% of the season) that were scheduled to take place from October 1st to November 30th. Now there are rumors that the NHL may announce the cancellation of the Winter Classic by this Thursday.
I have stressed the negative effects this is having on the brand image of the league. The NHL as a whole can't afford anymore of this, but there doesn't seem to be any hope of having a season even (at this rate).

All I can say at this point is that this all has become ridiculous. If there is a season, the league will be in even more financial trouble. Teams are hurting and the lockout is not helping. On paper only three teams are making a profit (Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, and New York Rangers).

Furthermore  the Winter Classic is huge for the NHL and has boosted the league's awareness around the United States. It has brought hockey into the homes of millions all over. If the Winter Classic is cancelled the NHL is just digging an already deep hole for themselves to climb out of. My question is, what will it take for both the NHL and NHLPA to see what is happening to the sport of hockey, the one they claim to love. The focus should be about what benefits the league as a whole, not just a few. Also, the fans that drive the sport and keep it going. They are the ones that has the league making a profit.

Looks like that has been lost to the NHL and NHLPA. The good of the overall league and the fans. This lockout is hurting the NHL, but the KHL is benefiting from it. They are expanding and even have games that are being televised on ESPN 3. Some players are thinking of staying in the KHL, even Ovechkin. Ovechkin said that if he didn't like the new CBA that he would stay in the KHL and not return to the NHL.

Only time will tell what the true impact of this lockout will be on the NHL. Even if that means new leadership for the NHL that will boost the league back up and prevent another lockout. Wouldn't that be amazing, one time that the NHL doesn't have a lockout happen.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

No Hope Left

A full 82 game NHL season is very unlikely and the deadline for an agreement that would grant us a full season is upon us. The NHL last week offered a 50/50 split in revenue and it looked like we were close to a deal. It was the best deal the NHL has purpose to the NHLPA and everyone was excited that there was a chance a new deal was close. That was not the case when the NHL and NHLPA met in Toronto and the NHLPA instead offered three counter offers. Bettman commented on the three offers and said that they were not even on the same level. They would have to sign an agreement by tomorrow to have a full season starting November 1st. The NHL ended up canceling games up to that point in hopes of having an agreement. That hope is now basically gone, the NHL and NHLPA are not going to all of a sudden say that they agree and sign a deal tonight. The next question is how many games are going to be cut out of the regular season schedule? Is there going to be a Winter Classic, All Star game or even a season? The NHL and NHLPA are not only damaging fans perception, but the league. They are going to be losing millions with refunding season ticket holders and others that have already bought their tickets, not to mention unsold tickets. Not only are they losing revenue with tickets, but the fan base will not grow and there is a chance fans will move on to a more stable sport. The NHL and NHLPA need to get the big picture and figure out that it is not all about them. The fans are the ones that buy tickets and drive a sport league, tick them off and you are in trouble. Lets see how long the NHL and NHLPA keep up this little fight against each other, maybe they need a new person coming in there and opening there eyes up. Only time will tell.

Quick note: The New York Islanders will be moving to Brooklyn. Anyone shocked? Not really.    

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

NHL cancels beginning of 2012-13 season

The NHL has announced the cancellation of the 2012-13 beginning season schedule through October 24th, 2012.
There goes the panic of trying to get to an agreement before the season openers. It is like they were sitting back saying, "We have time, oh crap no we don't! Lets make time." Alright so they didn't really say that, but it feels like they did. The logical question is, when are they going to talk? When I mean talk, I mean about the core economic issues. That is the heart of the NHL and NHLPA's disagreement. These talks are few and far between and it has become annoying. I am sure I am not the only one ticked at this point.
Lets shift gears for a moment and think what is the common factor between all three of the NHL lockouts (1994-95, 04-05, 12-13). DING, DING, Gary Bettman! Don't get me wrong he has done a lot for the league, it has grown and become even more successful. However, he has dealt with all this lockouts. Everytime the league has had some type of a lockout and it doesn't look fatterning on the resume.
You know at first I wasn't going to choose a side, but after all this crap I have had enough and the NHL has ticked me off. I love hockey and I just want to have a season. The NHL is coming off as the bad guy and I have to say they are. It seems like they are sticking up their noses at the fans. I want a season and soon, so the NHL and the NHLPA need to grow up and act like adults (putting their egos aside). Then we can get back to watching hockey and I can write post on how awesome the Pens are.

Geno adjusting well to the KHL

The lockout hasn't seemed to affected Geno's game. He scored a sweet goal to help the Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL) in their 3-0 win over Amur on Monday! This should be happening here in the United States, where all hockey fans can see it live. 


Friday, September 7, 2012

Is there going to be a hockey season?

As you all the know the current CAB will expire on Sept. 15 of this year. That about a week away and the NHL and NHLPA have not reached a new deal yet. They are still arguing over the new contract. If they don't reach an agreement then we are going to have another lockout folks. Personally, I would probably go insane without hockey. Let me know what you think of the possible lockout either in the comment section or on Twitter. I would like to get a good discussion going and of course I will let you know my feelings. First lets see what you guys think. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Sid a Penguin for Life!

It is official, Sid is going to be a Penguin for life. Not that I doubted that for a second, but for those of you who where worried, that is no longer a problem. The greatest player is here to stay and it is nice to hear it. Sid signed a 12 year contract worth $104.4 million dollars. No surprise to me and I wasn't even worried about the trade rumors, how can you get rid of Sid? The answer is you can't and you are freaking crazy if you considered trading him for someone else, good thing your not the GM and Shero is. Though I think most Penguin fans never had that thought cross their minds. Well watch out rest of NHL, we have Sid and Geno the two headed monster. Here we come Stanley Cup!  


Pens making some roster moves!

The Pens have made some changes in their line-up as expected. Jordan Staal was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes for the No. 8 overall pick, center Brandon Sutter, and Dman Brain Dumoulin. Sad to see him go,  but hopefully it will be for the better. I will always have respect for him and like him as a player. He has a bright future ahead of him.

The Pens re-signed forward Steve MacIntyre to a two year contract that is worth $625,000. 

Signed forward Warren Peters to a one year contract that is worth $100,000.

Forward Trevor Smith was signed to a one year contract worth $575,000.

Pens signed goaltender Jeff Zatkoff to a two year contract and forward Riley Holzapfel worth $525,000.

Philippe Dupuis to a one year contract worth $600,000 and Tanner Glass worth $1.1 million for two years.

Welcome to the Pittsburgh Penguins family. You better prove yourself if you want the love and respect of the Pens fans for ever.

Geno's Big Night!

Geno won the Ted Lindsay Trophy, the Art Ross Trophy, and the Hart Trophy (MVP). He stole the show and it was well deserved. After coming back from a huge knee injury and against all odds dominating the competition. He kept the Pens up and going with Sid being out, he really earned this. It was nice to see the rest of the NHL recognize him for the great player he is, as the fans in Pittsburgh already knew he was. 


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Vote for Geno!

Geno moved on in the EA Sports NHL 13 Cover. It was announced that he made it to the next round that was narrowed down to 16 players. Go vote for him now!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pens Last Day!

The Pens are coming in to pick up their things and talk to the media once last time, before they start heading home. Sad day for the Pens and the fans, but can't wait for next season. 


Happy 25th Birthday to Kristopher Letang! An underrated defenseman in the NHL, but not here in Pittsburgh! It has been a great and crazy year and all Pens fans are glad to have you on the team! Tanger #1

Monday, April 23, 2012

Pens @ Flyers Game 6 End Game Stats

Pens 1 Flyers 5

Goal Summary

1st Period
Claude Giroux
Scott Hartnell from Giroux and Voracek (power play goal)

2nd Period
Erik Gustaffsson from Coburn and Giroux
Geno (power play goal)
Danny Briere from Voracek and Carle

3rd Period
Brayden Schenn (empty net goal)


1st Period
Danny Briere, high sticking - 2 min
Cooke, interference - 2 min
Despres, tripping - 2 min

2nd Period
Kimmo Timonen, hooking - 2 min
Scott Hartnell, tripping - 2 min

3rd Period
Niskanen, slashing - 2 min
Braydon Coburn, hooking - 2 min
Erik Gustaffsson, delay of game - puck over glass - 2 min

Shots were 31-23 in favor of the Pens

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Pens @ Flyers Game 6 Play by Play

Pens 1 Flyers 4

Third Period

0:00- That is it. Flyers win 5-1. Pens are done.

0:18- FLYERS SCHENN SCORES. empty net goal 5-1 Flyers.

1:36- Pens PP ends.

3:15- Pens PP. Flyers with delay of game penalty.

3:23- Pens with empty net.

4:23- Time winding down. Neal held up by two Flyers at blue line. No call.

8:30- Flower with great save on Jagr.

9:54- Pens PP ends.

11:54- Flyers Coburn to the box and Pens with PP.

13:03- Despres with nice job bringing the puck into the offensive zone.

16:05- Flyers PP ends.

18:05- Flyers PP. Niskanen off for slashing.

20:00- Third period is underway. Pens need to come out and battle to keep their playoff hopes alive. Pens In 7.

Second Period

0:00- Second period ends. Flyers lead 4-1. Still time for the Pens, they need to come out strong and ready to battle in the third.

2:58- Pens are not getting to the puck first and need to work a bit harder.

6:09- Flower with a nice glove save.

7:59- Pens PP ends. Puck loose in front of the net, but Flyers able to clear it.

9:59- Hartnell to the box for tripping. Pens PP.

10:50- FLYERS BRIERE SCORES. Flower with the first save and Orpik pushes it into the net. 4-1 Flyers.

11:26- GENO SCORES! Flower with big save on shorthanded breakaway after Sid turned over the puck. Geno takes it up ice and puts it in the net. 3-1 Flyers.

13:00- Flyers Timonen to box for hooking and Pens with a PP to work with.

14:34- FLYERS GUSTAFSSON SCORES. He has a rocket shot that is redirected by Z and it goes into the net. 3-0 Flyers

15:34- Vitale with a great chance and then Flyers with 3 on 2. Flower with big save.

17:41- Orpik with a nice shot from the blue line. Sid not able to get to rebound.

20:00- Second period is underway. Pens need to pick it up and get some goals.

First Period

0:00- First period ends. Flyers lead 2-0 after the first period.

1:45- Flyers PP ends. Flower with some huge saves and lucky ones! Close calls.

3:45- Despres to box for tripping and Flyers to PP again.

4:58- Flower with three big saves in a row. He covers up the puck for the faceoff. Pens need to wake up and get a goal.

6:55- FLYERS HARTNELL SCORES. Flower had puck frozen, but no whistle. Hartnell drives into Flower to get the goal. 2-0 Flyers

7:20- Flyers to the PP as Cooke heads to the box for interference.

7:58- Pens ice the puck.

10:41- Flower with nice save and there is no rebound.

11:20- Flyers collapsing around goal as Pens get good puck possession.

13:41- Duper with a solid hit on Giroux in the neutral zone.

15:48- Pens PP ends. To much passing, just need to shoot and not get pretty.

17:52- Briere to the box for high sticking. Pens to the PP.

19:28- FLYERS GIROUX SCORES. Sullivan turns over the puck to Giroux and he puts it in the net. 1-0 Flyers

20:00- Puck drops and here we go! Pens need to keep their playoffs hopes alive. Pens In 7.

Lines are as follows as Pens dress 7 defensemen:

Sullivan, Sid, Duper
Kuni, Geno, Neal
Cooke, Staal, TK
Vitale, Adams

D pairings
Tanger, Orpik
Niskanen, Z
Engo, Strait

Flower in the net.

Pens are getting ready to take on the Flyers for Game 6

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Pens Practice 4/21/12

The only Pens missing from practice were Martin, Z, and Niskanen. Martin still with undisclosed injury, the others was nothing (as far as injuries).

Pens only practice for an hour and a half. Guerin was at practice today.
Not much going on other than this.

A little side note, Raffi Torres from the Coyotes was suspended for 25 games for his hit on Blackhawks player Marian Hossa.

Flower is back

Game review to follow a little bit later. Going out of town. 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Pens vs Flyers Game 5 End Game Stats

Pens 3 Flyers 2

Goal Summary

1st Period
Matt Carle from Read and Jagr (power play goal)
Sullivan from Tanger and Neal (power play goal)
Scott Hartnell from Briere and Giroux (power play goal)

2nd Period
Staal from TK and Tanger
TK from Cooke and Staal

3rd Period


1st Period
Wayne Simmonds, tripping - 2 min
Engo, roughing - 2 min
Brayden Coburn, interference - 2 min
Geno, roughing - 2 min
Adams, slashing - 2 min

2nd Period
Andreas Lilja, hooking - 2 min
Geno, interference - 2 min

3rd Period
TK, slashing - 2 min

Shots were 26-23 in favor of the Flyers. 

Pens vs Flyers Game 5 Play by Play

Pens 3 Flyers 2

Third Period

0:00- PENS WIN!!! 3-2 and we are going to Game 6! Pens in 7!

1:24- Flyers with empty net and Flower with glove save. Flyers timeout

3:14- Duper with nice play to get the puck out of the zone.

5:10- Kuni laid out a Flyer by the benches. Good clean hit.

7:13- Staal with a backhand chance, but it just goes wide.

8:20- Flower with a flash of his glove.

10:22- Pens kill it and Flower was amazing. He was making some amazing saves on the PK. Solid on the PK.

12:23- Flyers with PP as TK goes to box for slashing.

12:50- Flower with a nice save on Giroux and gives no rebound.

13:54- Pens forced the Flyer's off-sides.  

15:54- Neal with a great wrist shot, but is saved.

17:42- Geno with a wrap around chance. Nice chance. Flower with nice save.

20:00- Third period is underway. Pens need to keep up the hard work and keep the lead. One period left. Pens in 7!

Second Period

0:00- Second period ends. Pens lead 3-2 over the Flyers.

0:40- Pens kill off the Flyers PP.

2:40- Flyers PP and Geno is in the box for interference.

4:03- Flower gloves up a shot by Giroux from the blue line area.

5:39- Flower gets a piece of Jagr's shot that goes wide of the net.

7:38- TK and Staal get a rush up ice and TK gets a nice shot.

10:37- TK SCORES! Cooke with a great pass to TK, who is wide open and he rockets a fast shot into the Flyer's net. 3-2 Pens

13:38- STAAL SCORES! Tanger with a nice long pass up to TK. TK chips it up to Staal and he roofs it high glove and into the net. 2-2 tie game.

14:40- Tangradi with a great shot and Sullivan picks up the rebound, but fans on the shot.

17:06- Pens PP ends. Not great for the Pens as they had no shots. Flyers ice the puck.

19:07- Flower with great pad save on Jagr. Lilja to box for hooking and Pens get PP.

20:00- Second period is underway! Pens need to get some goals and take the lead. Pens in 7!

First Period

0:00- Z with one last chance before the buzzer sounds. Flyers leading 2-1, but Pens still can do it.

0:34- Flyers PP ends.

2:25- FLYERS HARTNELL SCORES. Hartnell left open on the side of net and puts it up high. 2-1 Flyers 1:42 PP still to work with.

2:35- Flyers get 5 on 3 PP for 18 seconds as Adams will sit for slashing.

4:17- Geno to the box for roughing and Flyers with PP.

5:09- SULLIVAN SCORES! Tanger with a great pass to the wheelhouse of Sullivan. Sullivan lasers a one-timer into the open net on the PP. 1-1 Tie game.

6:47- Pens with PP as Coburn goes to the box for interference.

8:15- FLYERS SCHENN SCORE. Schenn puts one pass Flower who has Briere right by him. 1-0 Flyers

10:13- Flyers to the PP and Engo sitting for roughing.

10:49- Flower with a great save on Giroux's backhanded shot.

12:11- Pens PP ends. Geno and Neal with some good chances.

14:11- Simmonds goes to the box for tripping and Pens get a PP.

16:56- Sid with a rush up into the Flyers zone and gets a nice shot off.

17:57- Flower with a great pad save and Cooke picks up rebound from Flyer.

20:00- Puck drops and here we go! Pens need to answer the call once again and keep their playoff hopes alive! Pens In 7!

Lines are as follows as Pens dress 7 defensemen:

Sullivan, Sid, Duper
Kuni, Geno, Neal
Cooke, Staal, TK
Tangradi, Adams

D pairings
Orpik, Tanger
Niskanen, Z
Strait, Engo

Pens getting ready to take on the Flyers for Game 5!

Pens Practice 4/20/12

Martin was the only one missing from practice today and it was announced he will not play tonight due to an undisclosed injury.

Pens rotated the 8 defensemen in the rushes and the lines were changed up. Staal centered a line with Cooke and TK on the wings. The Geno, Kuni, and Neal line was back. Sid, Sullivan, and Duper line was the same. Adams centered a line with Tangradi and Park. The last line was Jeffery, Vitale, Asham.

Pens practice the power play quite a bit. One look was Sullivan and Tanger on the points with Sid, Geno, and Kuni up front. Neal would replace Kuni time to time for the net front presence. The second unit was Niskanen and Despres on the points with Staal, TK, and Cooke up front.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Pens vs Flyers Game 4 End Game Stats

Pens 10 Flyers 3

Goal Summary

1st Period
Claude Giroux from Jagr and Simmonds (power play goal)
Geno from Duper and Park
Niskanen from Sid and Sullivan (power play goal)
Kimmo Timonen from Giroux and Briere (power play goal
Jakub Voracek from Simmonds and Hartnell (power play goal)
Sid from Niskanen and Geno
Staal from Tangradi and Cooke

2nd Period
Tanger from Sid and Sullivan (power play goal)
Staal from TK and Cooke (power play goal)
Sullivan from Flower (power play goal)
Duper from Kuni
Staal from Engo (hat trick)

3rd Period
Geno from Kuni and TK


1st Period
Sullivan, high sticking - 2 min
Geno, hooking - 2 min
Braydon Coburn, holding - 2 min
Zac Rinaldo, interference - 2 min
Kuni, interference - 2 min
Orpik, cross-checking - 2 min
Cooke, high sticking - 2 min
Matt Carle, interference - 2 min

2nd Period
Claude Giroux, high sticking - 2 min
Nicklas Grossman, tripping - 2 min
Matt Carle, holding the stick - 2 min
Matt Read, roughing - 2 min
Park, interference - 2 min
Eric Wellwood, too many men on the ice - 2 min
Zac Rinaldo, game misconduct - 0 min
Zac Rinaldo, misconduct (10 min) - 0 min
Zac Rinaldo served by Brayden Schenn, cross-checking - 2 min
Zac Rinaldo served by Brayden Schenn, roughing - 2 min

3rd Period
Cooke, holding the stick - 2 min
Cooke, misconduct (10 min) - 0 min
Vitale, unsportsmanlike misconduct - 2 min
Vitale, misconduct (10 min) - 0 min
Pavel Kubina, cross-checking - 2 min
Pavel Kubina, misconduct (10 min) - 0 min
Wayne Simmonds, unsportsmanlike conduct - 2 min
Wayne Simmonds, misconduct (10 min) - 0 min

Shots were 36-25 in favor of the Pens.

Pens vs Flyers Game 4 Play by Play! (Must Win for Pens)

Pens 10 Flyers 3

Third Period

0:00- PENS WIN 10-3!!!! That is the score and the Pens are still alive in this series.

1:48- Kinda boring right now.

3:05- Tanger with a nice play to sweep the puck away from the front of the net.

4:00- Pens getting closer to officially getting the win tonight.

6:18- Pens ice the puck. Nothing major going on right now.

9:33- Sid playing some goalie able to clear the puck.

11:00- Cooke and Vitale are out for the game. Kubina and Simmonds are also done. All with 10 min game misconducts and 2 min minor penalties.

11:42- Pens playing keep away right now.

14:47- Flower makes a diving save and it was amazing.

15:56- GENO SCORES!! Geno picks up the puck off a rebound and buries one into the net. #10 Pens lead 10-3.

16:44- Sid is amazing with his puck handling ability. Great backhand shot.

19:11- Pens PP is over. Full strength. Z is back on the ice.

20:00- Third period time. Pens have a 40 second PP to work with. Time for the Pens to put this game away and get the win.

Second Period

0:00- Second period ends. Pens are leading 9-3 and will have a 40 second PP to start the third period.

3:17- Rinaldo with a cheap shot to the head of Z. He gets penalties and a game misconduct. Pens with 4 minute PP.

3:57- STAAL SCORES THE HATTER! Staal with 2 on 1 chance and he goes top shelf to put the Pens up 9-3. Hat trick!

5:01- DUPER SCORES! Kuni with a great pass to Duper in the slot, who rifles one top shelf and into the net. Pens lead 8-4

7:25- Flower with an amazing save on Jagr.

7:59- 4 on 4 hockey. Park in box for Pens and Flyers with too many men on ice call.

9:05- SULLIVAN SCORES! Sullivan comes rushing into the zone and puts a rocket shot into the goal. PP goal and Pens lead 7-3. Flower gets an assist.

9:20- Flyers get another penalty and Pens get a PP.

9:47- Pens PP ends. Nice chances.

11:47- Pens to the PP as Tangradi with hard work draws a penalty.

12:39- STAAL SCORES!! TK with a nice feed to Staal in the slot. He waste no time and puts a quick shot in the net. 6-3 Pens 

14:28- Grossman in the box for tripping up Tanger who was down on the play. He goes to bench and looks ok. Pens on PP.

16:00- Flower with nice save and Duper rushes up ice with a chance. Strait with a hard shot from the blue line.

16:53- TANGER SCORES! Sid with a nice pass to Tanger and he puts it in the top corner of the net on the PP. Pens lead 5-3. Flyers switch goalies.

17:09- Giroux goes to the box for high sticking and Pens with PP.

17:58- Pens PP ends and had some great chances. Flower with a save.

20:00- Second period is underway. Pens have a PP to work with to start the period.

First Period

0:00- First period ends. Pens lead 4-3 and hopefully they keep the lead. They will have a PP to start the second period.

2:31- STAAL SCORES! Cooke shot is saved and Tangradi keeps alive the rebound. Staal in front puts it in the open net. 4-3 Pens

3:41- Sid SCORES!! Niskanen shoots from the blue line and may have been redirect by Sid. 3-3 tie game.

4:03- FLYERS VORACEK SCORES. Wide open Voracek at the side of the net puts it in. 3-2 Flyers

4:51- FLYERS TIMMONEN SCORES. Hard through the five hole. Flyers still have a PP to work with. 2-2 tie

5:37- Flyers 5 on 3.

6:08- Cooke now in the box for high sticking.

6:32- Orpik in the box for cross-checking. Flyers 4 on 3 for 42 seconds and a short 5 on 3 if no goal.

6:58- Kuni sits for interference. 4 on 4 hockey for 1:17 than a Flyers PP for about a 40 seconds.

7:41- Rinaldo to the box for interference and Pens to PP.

9:20- Flower makes a nice pad save.

11:55- NISKANEN SCORES! Sullivan to Sid and then to Niskanen. He puts it in the net for a PP goal. Great puck movement. 2-1 Pens 

13:18- Pens are going on the PP. Coburn in the box for Flyers.

16:23- GENO SCORES! Duper with a hard shot and Geno outworks D in front of the net to put in the rebound. Tie game 1-1.

16:31- Pens kill off Flyers PP.

18:31- Geno now sits and Flyers with PP number two.

18:44- FLYERS GIROUX SCORES. Jagr wins the battle and passes to a wide open Giroux. He puts it in the five-hole pass Flower on the PP. 1-0 Flyers

19:43- Sullivan sits in the box for high sticking and Flyers PP.

20:00- Puck drops and here we go! Time for the Pens to answer the call and keep their playoff hopes alive. Pens in 7.

Line combinations as Pens dress seven defensemen.

Kuni, Malkin, TK
Sullivan, Sid, Duper
Tangradi, Staal, Cooke
(Vitale, Park)

D pairings
Tanger, Orpik
Z, Niskanen
Striat, Lovejoy

Flower in the net.

Pens scratch Neal, Adams, Asham, Jeffery, and Martin.

The puck is going to drop in about 30 minutes. This is a due or die for the Pens! I believe and am behind them 100 percent. PENS IN 7!

Pens Practice (4/18/12)

Neal was suspended for one game and Asham for four games.

Simon Despres was called up from WBS yesterday, since Martin will be out for Game 4 due to an undisclosed injury.

Martin and Z were the only ones missing from the morning skate. Pens rotated the defense and did their usual line rushes, but had a few changes due to the suspensions. TK was on Geno's line with Kuni. Tangradi was on a line with Staal and Cooke. Jeffery and Park were on a line centered by Park. The suspended guys, Neal, Adams, Asham were another line.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Pens Practice (4/17/12)

The Pens are now on the ice for practice and the only one missing is Martin. Pens are rotating the seven defensemen and using the usual lines for rushes.

Per Bylsma, Martin had a maintenance day and he is possible for Game 4 (could have some injury). Neal had his hearing and they have not heard anything yet. Asham's is scheduled for this evening.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Adams Suspended

Adams has been suspended for one game for his actions late in the third period. The fight between him and Hartnell. Also Bylsma has been fined $10,000 dollars for Adams' actions.

Neal and Asham Hearings

Neal will have a hearing on Tuesday with the Department of Player Safety for two separate hits that occurred during Sunday's game against the Flyers. One is a hit on Sean Couturier that he was not penalized for in the game. The other was the charging penalty he received, when he hit Scott Hartnell. Those will be the two that are looked out.

Asham will also have a hearing on Tuesday. The hearing is about the match penalty and cross-check to Brayden Schenn from Sunday's game.

Will keep you posted on updates concerning this, when they become available.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Pens vs Flyers Game 3 End Game Stats

Pens 4 Flyers 8

Goal Summary

1st Period
Staal from Kuni and Z
Maxime Talbot from Giroux and Carle (shorthanded)
Danny Briere from Simmonds and Schenn (powerplay)
Neal from Niskanen and Geno
Matt Read from Briere

2nd Period
Neal from Geno and Sid (powerplay)
Matt Read from Jagr and Schenn (powerplay)
Staal from Neal and Kuni
Wayne Simmonds from Coburn (powerplay)

3rd Period
Claude Giroux from Jagr
Maxime Talbot from Voracek and Coburn


1st Period
Engo, roughing - 2 min
Zac Rinaldo, roughing - 2 min
Jakub Voracek, high-sticking - 2 min
Niskanen served by Neal, cross-checking - 2 min
Niskanen, roughing - 2 min
Claude Giroux, roughing - 2 min
Tanger, cross-checking - 2 min
Sullivan, roughing - 2 min
Jakub Voracek, roughing - 2 min
Tanger, fighting major - 5 min
Tanger, game misconduct - 0 min
Kimmo Timonen, slashing - 2 min
Kimmo Timonen, fighting major - 5 min
Kimmo Timonen, game misconduct - 0 min
Claude Giroux, fighting major - 5 min
Sid, fighting major - 5 min
Asham served by Sullivan, match penalty - 5 min
Brayden Schenn, charging - 2 min

2nd Period
Staal, hooking - 2 min
Nicklas Grossman, kneeing - 2 min
Kuni, tripping - 2 min
Kuni, slashing - 2 min

3rd Period
Neal, charging - 2 min
Kuni, roughing - 2 min
Jakub Voracek, roughing - 2 min
Engo, misconduct (10 min) - 0 min
Wayne Simmonds, roughing - 2 min
Wayne Simmonds, misconduct (10 min) - 2 min
Scott Hartnell, roughing - 2 min
Scott Hartnell, fighting major - 5 min
Sid, roughing - 2 min
Adams, instigator - 2 min
Neal, misconduct (10 min) - 2 min
Zac Rinaldo served by Schenn, cross-checking - 2 min
Zac Rinaldo, unsportsmanlike conduct - 2 min

Shots were 35-34 in favor of the Pens

Pens vs Flyers Game 3 Play by Play

Pens 4 Flyers 8

Third Period

0:00- Pens lose once again. Refs didn't take control and it went off the rails. Flyers win game 3 with a 8-4 win. Horrible game. Pens need a miracle.

2:12- Rinaldo kicked out. Pens PP.

2:46- FLYERS TALBOT SCORE. Talbot on the PP.

4:42- Sid and Kuni in the box. Adams, Engo left game. Flyers Hartnell, Simmonds, and others penalties. Flyers PP.

5:39- Neal with solid hit on Couturier. Great hit, just laid him out.

5:53- Bryzgalov with save on Kuni's chance.

7:37- Not much going on. Pens don't look fired up and maybe just looking to the next game.

11:18- Johnson with great save. Feeling hopeless right now. Not great.

13:00- Pens need a goal soon, if they want any chance of coming back and getting a win.

15:00- Sid with good play to get the puck to the net.

16:53- Flyers ice the puck.

19:30- FLYERS GIROUX SCORES. Giroux puts it five hole. 7-4 Flyers

20:00- Third period is underway! Pens need to step up this period and get the win. Rise above the Refs calls. Johnny in net.

Second Period

0:00- Second period ends. Neal interfered with and no call. 6-4 Flyers

0:45- FLYERS SIMMONDS SCORES. Simmonds with breakaway and puts it in the net. 6-4 Flyers

2:38- Kuni to the box for slashing and Flyers PP.

4:20- STAAL SCORES!! Neal shoots the puck down low and it trickles pass Bryzgalov and Staal tips it in. Pens with in one goal again. 5-4 Flyers

5:42- FLYERS READ SCORES. Read with a goal on a tic-tac-toe play that Pens fall for every time. 5-3 Flyers.

7:30- Kuni sits down for tripping. Flyers PP.

9:29- NEAL SCORES!! Neal comes into the slot and puts it five hole with his wicked wrist shot. PP goal. 4-3 Flyers

10:47- Grossman goes to the box for kneeing and Pens with PP.

11:20- Duper with backhand shot. Good chance. Flyers clear reound.

13:10- Great save by Flower and Geno picks up the loose puck.

15:32- Pens in their zone way to much right now. Flower with pad save.

17:25- Flyers PP ends. Hartnell with a shot that hits the post.

19:25- Flyers with PP. Staal with hooking call.

20:00- Second period time! Lets hope the Pens come out and play like the team we know they can be.

First Period

0:00- First period ends. Niskanen and Geno with a great chance, but time expires. 4-2 Flyers

0:45- Flyers PP ends. Flower with a couple nice saves.

3:38- Flyers with PP.

4:20- FLYERS READ SCORES. Pens D throws it in the front of the net. Read puts it in the five-hole. 4-2 Flyers

4:43- NEAL SCORES! Neal puts the puck between the D and then jumps around them as they collide. Then he beats Bryzgalov. 3-2 Flyers.

6:21- Pens PP ends. Asham with huge hit on Schenn. Asham goes to locker room and may be done for this game. Hit Schenn in head. Schenn is down on the play. Schenn with minor. Asham match penalty.

7:58- Sid and Giroux with fighting penalties. Tanger with fighting and game misconduct. Timonen with same and both ejected. Sullivan with penalty. Flyers with penalty. Pens with PP.

8:15- FLYERS BRIERE SCORES. Flyers get a 3 on 2 chance and don't miss. Briere puts it in the back of the net. 3-1 Flyers. Blysma calls a timeout.

8:35- Flower with nice save and Martin with clearing the rebound.

10:35- Back to full strength for Pens.

11:41- FLYERS BRIERE SCORES. Flyers with 5 on 3 PP and with tic-tac-toe play. 2-1 Flyers Now 5 on 4 PP.

12:08- Tanger to the box for cross-checking. 5 on 3 for Flyers.

13:16- FLYERS TALBOT SCORES. Flower can't cover up the bouncing puck and it is 1-1. Fights are everywhere. Neal and Niskanen in box. 4 on 4 hockey.

14:46- Pens PP and Voracek sits for high sticking.

16:08- STAAL SCORES! Staal with a sneaky shot and tickles pass Bryzgalov and the Pens are up 1-0. Back to full strength.

17:21- Engo and Rinaldo go to the box for roughing minors. Flower with a solid glove save after nice D move by Niskanen.

18:01- Pens in lion's den and Staal with a shot that goes wide of the net.

20:00- Puck drops and it is time for Game 3! Pens @ Flyers and in enemy territory! Lets Go Pens!!!!! 

Line combinations are as follows:

Sullivan, Sid, Duper
Kuni, Geno, Neal
Cooke, Staal, TK
Asham, Park, Adams

D pairings
Z, Orpik
Martin, Tanger
Niskanen, Engo

Flower in the net!

Pens scratches are Jeffery, Tangradi, Vitale, Strait, and Lovejoy. 

Almost time for the puck to drop on Game 3!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Pens Practice 4/14/12

Pens held practice today and Niskanen skated with the team! Some good news.

Everyone is accounted for and no one is missing. They are going through rushes with usual lines and the eight D are rotating.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Pens vs Flyers Game 2 Play by Play

Pens 5 Flyers 8

Third Period

0:00- Pens lose again and Flyers come out with a 8-5 win taking the first two games in the series. Pens can still bounce back, has happened before.

0:06- FLYERS GIROUX SCORES. Giroux puts one in the empty net.

0:54- Pens call a timeout.

1:16- Pens empty net.

1:49- FLYERS COUTOURIER SCORES. Flyers with 2 on 1 chance. Tanger goes down, but the pass gets through. 7-5 Flyers.

2:40- Pens with good forechecking as Staal gets a chance.

5:25- Sid with a great chance as he makes a diving play at the side of the net to get to Sullivan's rebound. Bryzgalov able to glove up the puck.

7:27- Offensive zone faceoff for Pens. Really need a goal right now.

10:47- FLYERS JAGR SCORES. Pens iced puck earlier and didn't have right D match up. Jagr with a spinning shot, puts it pass Flower. 6-5 Flyers.

11:45- Neal and Geno held up on behind and in front of the net.

14:12- Flower with great glove save. Talbot and Tanger go at it.

15:31- Asham gets the puck to the net. Adams and Lovejoy try to get to it, but Bryzgalov makes the save.

18:39- FLYERS COUTURIER SCORES. Lovejoy's pass is picked off in the D zone by Couturier and he beats Flower. 5-5 tie game

18:56- TK SCORES! TK with a great backhanded shot that goes through the five hole of Bryzgalov. 5-4 Pens

20:00- Third period! Time for the Pens to take back the lead and get the win.

Second Period

0:00- Second period ends. Tie game 4-4

0:02- FLYERS COUTURIER SCORES. Shot is redirected and Flower can't get over in time. Courturier left wide open, puts it in the net. 4-4 tie game.

1:30- Neal just plastered Schenn into the boards. Nice hard hit.

4:35- Pens kill off the Flyers PP and Tanger is set free.

6:36- Tanger sits for delay of game and Flyers with PP.

6:48- Geno with great work in the Flyers zone and is still able to get a shot off. Amazing play.

8:50- KUNI SCORES!! Neal with a hard shot is saved by Bryzgalov and Kuni picks up the rebound. He puts it in the open net. 4-3 Pens

8:56- FLYERS GIROUX SCORES. Giroux beats Sullivan and gets a pass from Talbot to put the puck in the net. Shorthanded goal. 3-3 Pens

9:08- Pens getting a PP as Schenn sits in the sin bin for interference.

10:38- Geno moves tries to move around Flyers D, but is able to get a shot off.

13:16- Talbot with a breakaway chance, but Flower shuts him down. Makes second save and bats away the puck.

14:49- FLYERS GIROUX SCORES. Voracek passes to Giroux in the slot. He was able to put it in the net on the PP. 3-2 Pens

16:07- Pens PP ends. Nice puck movement. Sid sits now for interference and Flyers with their own PP.

18:07- Flyers Rinaldo sits for hooking and the Pens get another PP.

18:28- Pens taking the body to the Flyers early in this game. Staying physical.

20:00- Second period time! Lets Go Pens! Lets keep up this pace and put this game out of reach for the Flyers.

First Period

0:00- First period ends. The Pens have the lead 3-1 over the Flyers.

0:17- MARTIN SCORES! Duper with the extra effort to push the puck up to Sid. Sid goes into the offensive zone and leaves the puck for Martin. Martin picks it up, while rushing into the zone. He puts one pass Bryzgalov. 3-1 Pens

2:31- Flower with a great left shoulder save on Hartnell.

4:52- Sid with great play to try to get around Flyers D. Held up a bit on the play.

7:16- FLYERS TALBOT SCORES. Pens get caught up ice and Giroux with breakaway. Flower with the save, but no one picks up Talbot. He puts it in the empty net. Shorthanded goal 2-1 Pens

9:05- Pens with another PP as Grossmann sits again this time for holding.

10:33- KUNI SCORES! Tanger with a great play to keep the puck in the zone. Neal brings the puck to the middle of the zone and shoots/passes the puck to the net. Kuni tips it pass the blocker of Bryzgalov. 2-0 Pens

11:26- Pens with PP as Grossmann sits for hooking.

12:13- Game is very physical and more so than the last game. Aggressive sticks by the Pens and Z with great D move.

15:10- Orpik plants Flyers Wellwood at the bench. Nice solid hit.

17:00- Cooke with a good chance on the backhander. Physical game right now for both sides.

19:45- SID SCORES! 15 seconds into the game. Sullivan and Sid with a give and go play. Sid goes around D and gets the puck to put it over the Bryzgalov glove side. 1-0 Pens

20:00- Puck drops and here we go! Time for the Pens to even up this series! Lets Go Pens!

Line combinations as follows:

Sullivan, Sid, Duper
Kuni, Geno, Neal
Cooke, Staal, TK
Asham, Vitale, and Adams

D pairings
Z, Orpik
Martin, Tanger
Lovejoy, Engo

Flower in the net.

Pens scratches are Jeffery, Tangradi, Park, Niskanen, and Strait.

Almost time for Game 2! Pens vs Flyers!

Happy Birthday Asham!

HAPPY 34TH BIRTHDAY TO ARRON ASHAM!!! Lets get a win for him tonight and possible a goal for his birthday!

Pens Practice 4/13/12

The Pens held an optional skate today. The Pens that practiced were Adams, Lovejoy, Tangradi, Vitale, Johnny, TK, Flower, Engo, Park, Striat, and Jeffery.

Niskanen did not skate today, it was his scheduled day off.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Pens Practice (4/12/12)

Pens are filling out for practice. The only one missing is Niskanen. 

Pens are having a spirited practice and looked to have put Game 1 behind them. This is a good sign.

Lines for all the rushes are the same. Nothing changed there.

They are working hard on the power play. Lots of different looks and different players on the top unit. Moving people all around the ice.

Pens vs Flyers Game 1 End Game Stats

Pens 3 Flyers 4

Goal Summary

1st Period
Sid from Duper and Tanger
TK from Staal and Tanger
Duper from Sullivan and Sid

2nd Period
Danny Briere from Schenn

3rd Period
Danny Briere from Schenn
Brayden Schenn from Carle and Read (power play goal)

OT Period
Jakub Voracek from Carle and Read


1st Period

2nd Period
Claude Giroux, boarding - 2 min
Zac Rinaldo, cross-checking - 2 min

3rd Period
Jaromir Jagr, interference - 2 min
Orpik, interference - 2 min

OT Period

Shots were 28-26 in favor of the Pens.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Pens vs Flyers Game 1 (PLAYOFF TIME!!!!)

Pens 3 Flyers 4 in OT


17:37- FLYERS WIN. VORACEK SCORES IN OT! Voracek pass goes pass Tanger and he goes around Staal to put it in the open net. 4-3 Pens. Ridiculous how the Pens fell apart defensively once again, they better learn from this.

19:46- Great pad save by Flower on Hartnell. Pens are worrying me right now.

20:00- Pens need to comeback as the team they were in the first period and get the win. OT time.

Third Period

0:00- We are going to OT! 3-3 tie

2:35- Great save by Flower and a chance by Sid!

5:00- Flower with another good save. Pens need to get back energy from first period they had.

7:37- FLYERS SCHENN SCORES. Schenn redirects a shot pass by Hartnell. PP goal. 3-3 tie.

9:19- Orpik to the box for interference and the Flyers will get a PP.

10:43- FLYERS BRIERE SCORES. Briere gets one through traffic. Pens D need to pick it up. 3-2 Pens

11:08- Flower flashes his famous glove to Carle. What a amazing save.

12:40- Cooke throws one to the net. Bryzgalov can't find it and it appears at side of net. Close call.

14:06- Flower with huge save on a point blank backhander by Hartnell.

16:11- Pens PP ends. Staal with great shot and Bryzgalov makes a great glove save on another shot.

18:10- Jagr mauls Sid and will sit in the box. Pens with the PP.

18:36- Geno gets the puck at Flyers blue line and Neal with chance and saved by Bryzgalov.

20:00- Third period! Time for the Pens to wrap up this game with a win! Lets Go Pens!

Second Period

0:00- Second period ends. Pens still lead 3-1. Tempers flare after the whistle.

2:10- Cooke carries in the puck and drops to TK. TK drops to Staal and Staal rips on that goes off the blocker of Bryzgalov.

3:53- Sid and Duper with great chances.

5:59- Pens with offside call. Geno with great steal behind the net prior to the offside call.

7:54- Pens PP ends. Kuni with a hard one timer is just saved by Bryzgalov.

9:50- Rinaldo to the box for cross-checking Neal. He is in some pain. Pens to PP.

10:16- Tanger with great play to keep the puck in the zone. Sid with a chance in the slot and Bryzgalov with the save.

12:30- Flower with another great save on a point blank shot.

13:37- FLYERS BRIERE SCORES. Pens let another breakaway happen and Briere is able to put on in the net. 3-1 Pens. Briere was way offside showed on replay.

14:54- Pens PP ends. Flower shuts the door on Hartnell with a split pad save. FLOWER POWER!

16:56- Giroux with a dirty hit on Orpik. Boarding call and the Pens with the PP. Orpik is ok.

18:11- Flower with a nice save by putting the pads together.

20:00- Time for the second period! Lets keep up the good work Pens!

First Period

0:00- First Period ends! Pens have the lead 3-0 over the Flyers!

0:36- DUPER SCORES! Sid gets the puck in the corner and leaves it behind the net for Sullivan. Sullivan backhands it to the front of the net. Duper comes flying in to poke in the puck. It Bear-ly goes in. Pens now lead 3-0!

2:07- Jagr with a shot that is blocked wide.

4:01- Z with a great play to have a sliding block play.

6:20- Puck hits the post and Flower with big save. Asham gets the puck and clears it from the zone.

8:40- Neal with a sneak shot is so close to going in. Geno cuts the D and gets a swipe at it and Bryzgalov with save.

10:24- Flower with a great save on a breakaway by Jagr. Great save!

11:16- Neal with a nice shot is pushed to the corner by Bryzgalov.

12:11- TK SCORES! Staal and TK with a 2 on 1 chance. Staal with a great saucer pass to TK, who is left wide open. TK puts it pass the blocker of Bryzgalov. Pens up 2-0.

13:45- Flower with great save.

16:17- SID SCORES! Sid with great work in offensive zone and gets the puck to Tanger at the blue line. Sid gets the blocked shot and backhands it in the net. 1-0 Pens

17:25- Adams with great chance is saved by Bryzgalov. Great puck control by Pens in Flyers zone.

18:36- Fast pace and lots of hits going on. Crazy speed. Playoff hockey.

20:00- Puck drops and we are now officially in the playoffs! Time for the Pens to start their quest to the Stanley Cup! Lets Go Pens!

Line combinations as follows:

Kuni, Geno, Neal 
Sullivan, Sid, Duper
Cooke, Staal, TK
Asham, Vitale, Adams

D pairings
Orpik, Z
Martin, Tanger
Lovejoy, Engo

Flower in the net.

Scratches for the Pens are Niskanen, Tangradi, Jeffery, Strait and Park.

Playoffs are officially here. Lets Go Pens!

Pens Practice (4/11/12) Playoffs officially begin today!

Niskanen was the only one not at practice, but did skate on his own before the team.

Engo and Vitale will make their playoff debuts today! Look for them to be big impacts in the series.
Pens worked on the power play.

Lovejoy will be a game time decision.
Flyers announced that Briere and Grossman will play tonight.