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Title: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 12, 2018, 10:01:42 AM
Let's continue this: 
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 12, 2018, 12:48:15 PM
Matt Murray off IR but Hornqvist was put on IR today. Jarry was sent back to WB. Not sure if Murray is starting tonight or not.

Pens play the Blackhawks tonight and hopefully the Penguins don't play down to their competition and take this team lightly. Chicago is the worst team in the NHL going by the standing but these are the games that rip your heart out when your team goes in thinking that it's gonna be easy
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 12, 2018, 08:32:16 PM
DeSmith is in goal again tonight and Murray is the backup. Cullen is also back and centering the 4th line
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 12, 2018, 08:49:33 PM
Frustrating game so far. Chicago scores the first two goals but the Penguins get one as the Penguins are down 2-1 after one period
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 12, 2018, 09:15:15 PM
Rust with his second goal tied this game up 2-2. Great backchecking by Grant created that goal
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 13, 2018, 06:22:37 AM
Disappointing loss last night as the Penguins lose to the last place Blackhawks 6-3. Blackhawks are the worst team in the NHL and the only offense the Penguins could get was 3 goals from Rust. Congrats to Rust on the natural hat trick but this team is only going to go as far as Crosby and even Malkin can take it and when they don't score, this team struggles.

Pens were down 4-3 early in the 3rd period and couldn't tie it up and Chicago was able to get 2 empty net goals. Pens now have a back to back at home with Boston on Friday and the LA Kings on Saturday. I would expect to see Murray on Friday but we will see
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on December 13, 2018, 07:34:31 AM
I know that it is more anecdotal than helpful but the Pens have been downright awful in Chicago for the past decade now. The Pens have been playing well of late a loss is ok here and there.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 13, 2018, 10:33:57 AM
I know that it is more anecdotal than helpful but the Pens have been downright awful in Chicago for the past decade now. The Pens have been playing well of late a loss is ok here and there.

Agree but it hurts more when you lose to a bad last place team and you are scratching for points to get back in the playoff hunt. IMO, a lot of this falls on the stars of this team. Malkin has been absolutely invisible, not scoring lately and he continues to take bad penalties and would rather make fancy passes than shoot the puck.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on December 13, 2018, 12:43:25 PM
I don't disagree with you at all. Trust me, kind of like beating Philly when they are down, I was absolutely hoping for a win to break this losing streak in Chicago. I just did not expect it. Even though the Blackhawks are awful, this didn't feel like a pathetic loss, either.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 14, 2018, 07:27:32 PM
DeSmith starting tonight against the Bruins which I am kind surprised about. Maybe Sullivan is thinking the Kings tomorrow might be an easier matchup so he is giving Murray the easier game? Only reason I can think of why he didnít start Murray tonight.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 14, 2018, 07:49:10 PM
Pens get a late goal from Grant to take the lead 1-0 after one period. DeSmith made some highlight reel, Sportscenter top 10 saves that period
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 14, 2018, 08:11:08 PM
Kessel with the goal early in the second period to give the Pens a 2-0 lead
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 14, 2018, 08:19:40 PM
Boston scores but the refs say no goal as they blew the whistle while the puck laid on DeSmith Ďs chest. Surprised they didnít call a penalty for running into the goalie
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 14, 2018, 08:46:28 PM
Boston scores 1 but ZAR gets a shorthanded goal to make it 3-1 Pens after two periods
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on December 14, 2018, 09:47:39 PM
Pens hang on for a 5-3 win with ZAR getting an EN goal.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 14, 2018, 09:48:09 PM
In true Penguins fashion this season, the Pens let the Bruins tie this game up 3-3 but not in true fashion for the Pens this season, they came back to win this game in regulation 5-3. Guentzel gets a goal off a deflection and ZAR gets an empty netter off a nice feed from Crosby.

DeSmith faced 50 shots tonight and he was excellent. A really good win for the Penguins tonight and hopefully they can build off this and start a nice winning streak 
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 15, 2018, 07:11:20 PM
Murray back in net tonight. Rust back up on the top line, Pearson drops to the third line and ZAR is with Malkin and Kessel
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 15, 2018, 07:22:07 PM
Penguins take two early penalties but Cullen gets a shorthanded goal to give the Pens a 1-0 lead
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 15, 2018, 07:34:14 PM
Rust gets a goal for his second point already and it gives the Pens a 2-0 lead. Guentzel and Crosby get the assists
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 15, 2018, 07:42:45 PM
Kings score but the Pens are challenging for offsides

No goal! Kings were offsides. Bad goal given up by Murray so good that it was overturned
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 15, 2018, 07:49:13 PM
Pens up 2-0 after one period and they have a little power play time to start the second period
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 15, 2018, 08:21:42 PM
That was a sweet goal by Pearson! Roofed it over a sprawling goalie to give the Penguins a 3-1 lead
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 15, 2018, 08:25:10 PM
And just like that the Pens give up that two goal lead and let the Kings score and make it 3-2. Pens have to be careful and stop letting bad teams stay on these games
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 15, 2018, 08:42:53 PM
Penguins up 3-2 after two periods. Pens gotta tighten up their defensive play to win this game especially with Letang out
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 15, 2018, 09:22:42 PM
Pens give up a power play goal and this game is now tied 3-3 with 7 minutes left
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 15, 2018, 09:32:52 PM
So off to overtime we go. Letís see how the Penguins do without Letang in the 3 on 3 play
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 15, 2018, 09:45:25 PM
Pens get a power play with 1:35 left in overtime and Kessel buries it for the game winner. Pens win 4-3 and win both of these back to back games

We will have to wait and see whatís up with Letang as he left in the first period and didnít come back. You could see Murray was rusty to start but got into rythm later. Iím sure we will see Murray again on Monday against The Ducks
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on December 16, 2018, 06:48:30 AM
And just like that the Pens are back im 3rd in the division.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 16, 2018, 06:46:59 PM
And just like that the Pens are back im 3rd in the division.


Yup, the normals are in the top 3 spots: Washington, Columbus and the Penguins
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 16, 2018, 06:50:27 PM
In other hockey news: Fleury gets his 423rd win today by beating the Rangers 4-3 and that ties Espisito for 9th all time in goalie wins


Congrats Fleury! Canít wait to Fleury in Vegas on January 18th. Already got my tickets!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on December 16, 2018, 09:29:37 PM
I thought last night Murray played the best he has since he first came up. He wasn't making himself small in net and his glove hand looked pretty sharp. Hopefully this game will get him back on track to stay.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 17, 2018, 06:20:20 AM
I thought last night Murray played the best he has since he first came up. He wasn't making himself small in net and his glove hand looked pretty sharp. Hopefully this game will get him back on track to stay.


I agree but he still needs to learn to cover up those posts. He always leaves too much room and lets a puck sneak in there.

Pens play Anaheim tonight so I would figure Sprong might be charged up to come back and show what he is all about. He scored twice on Saturday to give the Ducks a 2-1 win over Columbus
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on December 17, 2018, 09:54:08 AM
Hs, I'm thinking the same thing regarding Sprong haha.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 17, 2018, 04:51:15 PM
Hs, I'm thinking the same thing regarding Sprong haha.

Sprong has 3 goals in 5 games since he has been put in the lineup with Anaheim and a winning shootout goal. Just to put that in perspective - Simon has 4 in 26 games, Rust has 5 in 32 games, Brassard has 4 in 23 games,  Sheahan has 4 in 31 games, ZAR has 4 in 19 games and Grant has 2 in 20 games. Wilson also has 0 goals in 12 games

And Sullivan couldn't find any ice time for Sprong
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 17, 2018, 07:15:54 PM
DeSmith is in the net tonight which is surprising to me. Letang is back in the lineup. I still never heard what happened to him in the last game
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 17, 2018, 07:19:44 PM
I forgot. Carter Rowney got a 3 year deal with Anaheim. He just got a video tribute
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 17, 2018, 07:27:08 PM
Malkin gets the power play goal to give the Pens a 1-0 lead. Nice to see Malkin get off the snide
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 17, 2018, 07:34:51 PM
I donít know how it went on but Rust was able to punch one in with a hack with his stick to give the Pens a 2-0 lead
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 17, 2018, 07:45:16 PM
Pens up 2-0 after one period but they gotta be careful, they have been giving up 2 goals lead a lot lately
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 17, 2018, 08:11:40 PM
And there it is. The Pens give up the two goal lead as Anaheim ties it up 2-2 just 6 minutes into the second period
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 17, 2018, 08:41:35 PM
Anaheim dominates the second period after a horrible period for the Penguins. Ducks score three times to take the lead 3-2 after two periods. Sprong gets an assist on the first Anaheim goal
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 17, 2018, 09:31:49 PM
Getzlaf gets an empty net goal as the Ducks take a 4-3 lead. Sprong gets another assist. This win has to feel good for him. Sullivan ate a little crow tonight
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 18, 2018, 08:53:35 AM
And that ugly loss last night to the Ducks drops the penguins from 3rd place in the division to out of the playoffs and moves the Islanders to 3rd. That is how tight the playoff race is right now
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on December 19, 2018, 03:39:32 AM
Mackey carries a heavy water pail for the Penguins re Sprong: https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/penguins/2018/12/18/Penguins-Daniel-Sprong-trade-Mike-Sullivan-Jim-Rutherford-20-Thoughts/stories/201812180076

This is possibly the dumbest article I've seen in awhile. Honestly, the PG should move Molinari, a HoF hockey writer, back to the Penguins beat. Mackey can help Mike White cover hs sports since that seems more suited to his ability as a reporter.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 19, 2018, 07:40:10 AM
I read that article also as if Mackey was trying to explain away why the Penguins couldn't keep Sprong but instead a good reporter should be holding Sullivan's feet to the fire and explaining the reasons we should've kept Sprong.


Penguins are having problems scoring right now and they got rid of a player that has scored on every level he has been given an opportunity to. You can also add Sullivan's unwillingness to play players like Reaves and Cole also have IMO fractured this team and don't get me started on Fleury!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on December 19, 2018, 09:54:22 AM
Trying to Blame Sid and Geno for not wanting to play with Sprong was the topper. I don't believe Malkin ever even took a shift with him. IIRC last year before the Brassard trade, Sid played between Sprong and Simon for a few games, and seemed to enjoy mentoring the two young wingers and even rejuvenated by it.

The real problem was caused by the Brassard trade. Sheahan was getting a bit of chemistry with Keseel, but Kessel had none with Brassard, nor did Hornqvist. Therefore neither Kessel nor Hornqvist could drop down to the 3rd line leaving no place for Sprong. Had the Brassard trade not happened, I think Kessel would've stayed with Sheahan and Sprong would've had a top 6 spot.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 19, 2018, 10:21:59 AM
Trying to Blame Sid and Geno for not wanting to play with Sprong was the topper. I don't believe Malkin ever even took a shift with him. IIRC last year before the Brassard trade, Sid played between Sprong and Simon for a few games, and seemed to enjoy mentoring the two young wingers and even rejuvenated by it.

The real problem was caused by the Brassard trade. Sheahan was getting a bit of chemistry with Keseel, but Kessel had none with Brassard, nor did Hornqvist. Therefore neither Kessel nor Hornqvist could drop down to the 3rd line leaving no place for Sprong. Had the Brassard trade not happened, I think Kessel would've stayed with Sheahan and Sprong would've had a top 6 spot.



Agree with that also. I don't know if you heard or not but the day Sprong was traded, Sullivan had him in practice on Malkin's line the whole practice. It was like he got Sprong excited to play with Geno that night but instead they pull the rug from under him and trade him to Anaheim. Sprong was done wrong by the Penguins ( more Sullivan) his entire time he was here. Same could be said when Sullivan became coach how Reaves, Cole and Fleury were done wrong and now all 4 of these players are thriving with other teams 
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 19, 2018, 08:05:18 PM
Local sports talk has been reporting all day the Pascal Dupuis said on a Quebec radio show that Malkin and Kessel are pretty much fed up with Sullivan and are tuning him out. If the Pens keep losing, could this be the end of Sullivan???
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 19, 2018, 08:20:57 PM
10 seconds into the game and Tom Wilson gives Oleksiak a right hook and drops him then Crosby and Ovechkin yell at each other on the bench and now Letang and Ovechkin each get roughing minors. 5 minutes into this game and the refs have no control at all
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 19, 2018, 08:53:13 PM
Pens and Capitals 0-0 after one period. Pens down to 5 defenseman as Oleksiak has not come back after taking that punch from Wilson
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 19, 2018, 09:25:43 PM
Penguins have had plenty of power play opportunities tonight but they can barely get off a shot against one of the worst penalty kill teams in the league
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 19, 2018, 09:29:26 PM
And after I get done typing my previous post the Pens score on the power play as Crosby gets the goal and ties this game up 1-1
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 19, 2018, 09:46:35 PM
Crosby gets another goal to give the Pens a 2-1 lead after two periods
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 19, 2018, 10:35:10 PM
Pettersson makes the diving save of the game as Murray let a shot leak through his pads and as the puck was slowly going to the net, Pettersson was able to dive and stop that puck from going over the line

Pens up 2-1 with 5 minutes left
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 19, 2018, 10:43:12 PM
Empty net for the Capitals with 1:55 left

While watching this game I figured out that Brassard is useless for this Penguins roster except for an occasional face off win here or there. He just looks lost out there
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 19, 2018, 11:10:03 PM
Pens win 2-1! Good win for the Pens as Murray was solid. I liked Letang's play today as it looked like he was given the role to shadow Ovechkin pretty much most of the night. Crosby was his usual good play self. I think that little brush up with Ovechkin at the beginning of the game woke him up. Refs were invisible today as they let both teams get away with a lot of damage to the other team in front of the nets. I figure the Pens will be bruised and battered as they try to play another game tomorrow against the Wild at home
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on December 20, 2018, 09:05:51 AM
While watching this game I figured out that Brassard is useless for this Penguins roster except for an occasional face off win here or there. He just looks lost out there

Welcome to the club.  Can't wait for Mackey's "20 things about why Derek Brassard is a great fit" column.  ::)

I do have to say Murray has looked a lot more like his rookie year call-up self than the goalie of the past couple years. He looks more confident in net and is coming out challenging shooters rather than making himself small in net like he was doing. His glove hand looks sharper, too. Maybe he really did have a knee/leg injury or maybe he just needed time to get his head straight. Whatever the case, the stint on IR seems to have been beneficial.

Sullivan really freaked out over Dupuis' comments. They must have hit a nerve...

Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on December 20, 2018, 10:43:02 AM
Nice team win! I have no beefs on anyone last night. Letang was tremendous. Sheahan may have played his best game as a Penguin. Every line contributed on both ends. Great team response after the opening fight. Nice overall effort.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on December 20, 2018, 10:45:50 PM
Another W!

2 goals from Rust and 41 saves by Desmith in a 2-1 win at PPG.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 21, 2018, 04:57:42 AM
Another W!

2 goals from Rust and 41 saves by Desmith in a 2-1 win at PPG.


Another good win for the Pens last night. The Wild play a really disciplined game and the 2 goals the Pens got were off mistakes. Both goals came from Guentzel intercepting passes behind the net. First one the Wild goalie threw it right to him and the second he did a little head fake left and went right which is where they threw the puck. Rust only had to be right in front of the net and tap it in when Guentzel threw it to the front. DeSmith had a good night and made some really good saves to keep the Pens in it. Glad to see them come out with a win. I thought for sure there would be a let down after that emotional win on Wednesday over Washington but the Pens gritted it out and got the 2 points

Next is Saturday in Carolina and then they get a little Christmas break
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 21, 2018, 05:04:15 AM
In other hockey news:

Congratulations to Marc Andre Fleury who gets his 424th all time goalie win last night in a 4-2 win over the Islanders and passes Tony Espisito for 9th all time in goalie wins. He is only 17 wins away from Lundqvist who is 7th all time. Plante is 8th with 437 wins.

Just wanted to point out Lundqvist being only 17 wins behind but Fleury has only played 769 games while Lundqvist has 830 games played and Lundqvist is always called the "king"
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on December 21, 2018, 06:42:46 AM
Good win for the Pens. DeSmith was excellent in net, too, and Rust continued on his goal binge.

I was watching Guentzel make plays and thinking this is the kind of player the Pens thought they were getting when they acquired Brassard. If the Pens had another good young or up and coming winger, they could move Guentzel back to center and he'd immediately create an offensively dangerous 3rd line.

Neither Malkin nor Pearson seem to be benefitting from being seperated. I'd like to see Pearson reunited with Malkin and Kessel. I noticed Simon was removed from Malkin's line as he was not working out with Malkin and Kessel at all.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 21, 2018, 09:38:08 AM
Good win for the Pens. DeSmith was excellent in net, too, and Rust continued on his goal binge.

I was watching Guentzel make plays and thinking this is the kind of player the Pens thought they were getting when they acquired Brassard. If the Pens had another good young or up and coming winger, they could move Guentzel back to center and he'd immediately create an offensively dangerous 3rd line.

Neither Malkin nor Pearson seem to be benefitting from being seperated. I'd like to see Pearson reunited with Malkin and Kessel. I noticed Simon was removed from Malkin's line as he was not working out with Malkin and Kessel at all.


I agree about Pearson and Simon. I think also Sullivan should leave Pearson with Malkin and Kessel and Simon might just be out of a spot. Doesn't seem like a 4th line guy to me. I get the weird feeling Rutherford might be looking to move Brassard. Granted you won't get anything for him but this experiment might have ran its time. There is always rumors out there that they are also always looking to move Kessel but GMJR won't move Kessel unless he gets a good return. I also now think that if Kessel is moved, that might piss off Malkin so you have that to deal with also. It's funny how that since this story about Dupuis came out that Kessel hasn't moved off of Geno's line since
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on December 21, 2018, 03:11:25 PM
Malkin seems to do best with a speedy winger and a sniper winger or banger winger. Remember he had good success with Fedotenko and Sykora and also with guys like Talbot, Malone, Neal and Hornqvist. That's why it's so funny to read that somehow Malkin wouldn't have liked playing with a shooter like Sprong since Sprong is in the Sykora/Neal mold.

Simon doesn't really bring the needed speed or net front presence that seems to compliment Malkin's game. Hagelin did and Pearson showed speed and forecheck ability after the first few games when he looked slow and lost. Simon's another center by trade and probably could handle the 3rd center job, too. Sid likes playing with him so he must have some cleaverness. He centered Jagr on the Czech team, too, which I'm sure wouldn't have happened if Jagr didn't like playing with him.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 22, 2018, 07:11:58 PM
Murray is in net tonight and he is 2-0 after coming back from Ďinjury Ď . Carolina goalie is also playing really good so this should be a good matchup.

Kessel was taken off of Malkinís line and starts with Brassard. Hornqvist and Simon are with Malkin. I donít think Sullivan can help himself!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 22, 2018, 07:23:58 PM
Letang able to get the first goal of the game off a nice feed from Crosby and Rust was easily 5 feet offsides but he was able to reach his leg back and get back insides to give the Pens a 1-0 lead early in the game
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 22, 2018, 07:42:34 PM
What a bad call by the ref. Calls it a Carolina goal but it never goes in. No one on the ice stopped playing but the refs points to the net and then the horn goes off. Shots hits the post and crossbar but does not go in. Still 1-0 Pens
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 22, 2018, 07:44:45 PM
Pens up 1-0 after one period. Good start for the Pens . Murray made some good saves and Letang was able to clean a few shots up that slipped through
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on December 22, 2018, 07:58:26 PM
The last 2 games through the 1st period tonight, Murray has been really good. Maybe the competition from DeSmith is good for him or he figured out what he was doing wrong, but whichever, Murray seems to have gotten his act back together.

Hate the lines tonight. Yet another effort to get any kind of production out of Brassard by giving him Kessel and Pearson. Meanwhile Malkin is saddled with Simon who just doesn't bring the kind of speed needed to give Malkin open ice.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 22, 2018, 08:14:07 PM
But this top line is playing just flat out awesome! Guentzel gets the goal as Crosby and Rust both get their second assists of the night. Pens up 2-0 early in the second period
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 22, 2018, 08:37:55 PM
Guentzel with another goal to give the Pens a 3-0 lead to end the second period. Crosby now with three assists. Murray playing solid
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 23, 2018, 04:48:23 AM
pens get the 3-0 win last night over Carolina and Murray gets the well deserved shut out. Pens played really well last night and that top line of Guentzel, Rust and Crosby just can't be stopped right now. Sad that we had to give up Sprong for him but I really like the way Petterman is playing right now. Johnson has also turned around his game and has made himself a very vital piece to the Pens penalty kill. I can't wait until Schultz comes back. Our defense is looking really solid and Schultz will only make it better. My only complaint is still Brassard. He is just invisible and unfortunately, anybody you put on his line becomes invisible also 
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on December 25, 2018, 05:24:25 AM
More hilarity from Mackey that career-AHL'er Garrett Wilson is the Penguins' answer to Tom Wilson. I'm not sure what is funnier, Mackey's story or that the Pens actually believe this.

Also, Mackey reports Rutherford is watching Brassard. Either he starts scoring or becomes a defensive wizard. It's been noted Brassard has not meshed or produced with any winger he's been given. I suppose the result will be yet another lop-sided trade for the likes of Tyler Bozak, etc.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 27, 2018, 04:13:44 PM
Pens play Detroit tonight and Murray was first off the ice during warm ups so he should be the starting goalie tonight. Too bad the schedule gods did not have the Penguins playing the Maple Leafs tonight as this is the 18th year anniversary to the day of when Lemieux made his comeback in 2000 against Toronto. I am hoping they do some kind of video tribute to Lemieux on the jumbotron. The place will absolutely go nuts!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 27, 2018, 05:00:11 PM
Jake Guentzel just signed a 5 year deal worth 30 million/ 6 million per year contract extension with the Penguins

A great deal for the Penguins IMO. He probably could've easily gotten more if he waited but it sounds like he gave the Pens the hometown discount
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 27, 2018, 07:51:48 PM
Red Wings up on the Penguins 1-0 after one period. Murray made himself small trying to cover the corner post and it got over his shoulder. Jimmy Howard the Detroit goalie looks like a superstar every time he plays against the Penguins. Itís gonna be tough for the Pens to score tonight
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 27, 2018, 08:24:48 PM
Just like that the Penguins wake up and take the lead 2-1. Kessel scores on the power play and soon after Kessel shoots for Brassardís stock and it goes off his skate and in.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 27, 2018, 08:52:42 PM
Pens lead 3-1 after two periods as Kessel gets his second power play goal and his third point of the game. Crosby gets his second assist of the game
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 27, 2018, 09:13:09 PM
Malkin tried his dipsy doo garbage and gets back checked by two Red Wings and loses the puck. Red Wings get a breakaway and score on Murray to cut the Pens lead to 3-2. Malkin should be benched for that garbage.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 27, 2018, 09:15:28 PM
Thank God! Hornqvist scores a minute later to give the Pens a 4-2 lead
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 27, 2018, 09:36:50 PM
Brassard with the empty net goal to give the Pens a 5-2 lead with 2 minutes left. Malkin really took it to heart after making that mistake on giving up that goal and comes back to win that face off on the Hornqvist goal and gets back to play defense and get the assist on the Brassard goal
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 27, 2018, 10:35:26 PM
Pens win 5-2 over the Red Wings for their 4th win in a row and they are 9-2-1 in their last 12 games. Started off shaky for the Pens as Detroit scored first and they were skating rings around the Penguins but it  looked like the Penguins got their legs under them and started to play some hockey. Detroit was still easily the faster team out there but the Penguins got a couple power play goals to take over this game.


The Good was Kessel and Brassard scored twice and the bad was that awful turnover from Malkin and Murray is still shrinking in the net for some reason and that gave up the first goal. Malkin did come back strong after a little talk with Sullivan on the bench so that was also good.


On the road again as the Pens will take on the Blues in St Louis on Saturday   
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on December 28, 2018, 05:24:36 PM
Pens sign Jake Guentzel to a 5 yr, 30M contract extention.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 29, 2018, 08:13:12 PM
Murray is in net tonight. Oleksiak has been cleared to play but Sullivan kept him out of the lineup as he doesnít want to change up the defensive lines
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 29, 2018, 08:15:23 PM
and just that quyCrosby scores on the power play 48 seconds into the game and the Pens are up 1-0
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 29, 2018, 09:07:19 PM
Pens up 1-0 after one period. Good period for the Pens
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 29, 2018, 09:14:47 PM
Penguins second power play looked horrible but Riikolla was able to get off a shot and score his first NHL goal to make it 2-0 Pens
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 29, 2018, 09:21:34 PM
ZAR is playing on the top line as Rust did not come out for the second period and gets a goal to make it 3-0 Penguins

This team is playing with some confidence now
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 29, 2018, 09:30:37 PM
Pens 3 for 3 on the power play as Letang scores to make it 4-0 and the Blues change goalies. Crosby gets an assist and has 2 points tonight.

A lot of talk has been about Ovechkin and his goal scoring milestones he might make this season but total points are a different story. Crosby is only 6 points behind Ovechkin in total points and is only 9 points away from getting in the top 50 of all time points leaders. And Crosby has done all this while playing almost 200 games less than Ovechkin!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 29, 2018, 09:46:53 PM
Pens up 4-1 after two periods.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 29, 2018, 10:13:39 PM
Pens just turning it on now. Up now 6-1 as Guentzel and Malkin score to make it 6-1 Penguins! Crosby gets another assist for three points on the night
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 29, 2018, 10:48:35 PM
Crosby actually has 4 points tonight as he got an assist on the Letang goal

Pens win 6-1 tonight and they dominated the entire game. Great game and a great win for the Pens. Penguins look to be gelling at the right time for a mid season push. Next up the Pens play the Wild on New Yearís Eve at 6 pm
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on December 30, 2018, 08:05:20 PM
I have to say that Malkin is settling well into his new role as 3rd line center. Who knew that putting Malkin's former wingers Kessel and Pearson with Brassard would work out so well? Dominic Simon looks awesome skating in circles on Malkin's LW, too. It's hard to believe how much space he's creating in which Malkin can operate.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 30, 2018, 08:35:07 PM
Maatta and Rust are listed day to day with lower body injuries so Sullivan practiced with ZAR on the top line with Guentzel and Crosby and Oleksiak with Rikkola.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 31, 2018, 06:30:25 PM
Kinda surprised to see DeSmith starting tonight against the Wild.

Pens give up an early goal and are down 1-0 early in the first
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 31, 2018, 06:41:27 PM
Crosby scores on the power play off a nice feed from Kessel that goes passed two Wild defenders and through one of their legs

Game is tied up now 1-1
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 31, 2018, 06:47:21 PM
Kessel throws a puck to the net and it goes in off a defenders' stick with only 19 seconds left in the period. Crosby gets another point on an assist.

Pens up 2-1 after one period. Started promising for the Wild but the Pens get 2 goals to take the lead
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 31, 2018, 07:31:20 PM
Sheahan scores to make it 3-1 Pens. Kessel has 3 points tonight
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 31, 2018, 07:52:06 PM
Pens up 3-1 after 2 periods. DeSmith has been coming up huge with some big saves
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on December 31, 2018, 08:44:14 PM
Pens hold on to win 3-2.

On a roll heading into the new year!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 31, 2018, 09:10:59 PM
Pens hold on to win 3-2.

On a roll heading into the new year!


How about those Penguins! 6 game winning streak and the Pens are rolling. DeSmith looked really good and I would not be surprised to see GMJR possibly try to trade Jarry. I wouldn't but I could see them try. Kessel with 3 points and Crosby gets  more to get closer to Ovechkin in total points as he got none today
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on December 31, 2018, 09:24:21 PM
DeSmith is a UFA after this season. I would expect some team would offer him more than the Pens can or will. Jarry's signed for next season on a cheap contract and will be an RFA the year after.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on December 31, 2018, 10:31:16 PM
DeSmith is a UFA after this season. I would expect some team would offer him more than the Pens can or will. Jarry's signed for next season on a cheap contract and will be an RFA the year after.

That makes sense but we all know Sullivan is not a fan of Jarry and we know what happens to players that Sullivan does not like
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: KidRaven on January 02, 2019, 07:17:56 AM
Winter Classic in 2020 will be played in The Cotton Bowl in Dallas with The Stars playing someone to be announced later. 
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 02, 2019, 02:45:19 PM
Winter Classic in 2020 will be played in The Cotton Bowl in Dallas with The Stars playing someone to be announced later.


Iím guessing it will be Vegas
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 02, 2019, 07:13:20 PM
Rust is back tonight and on the top line with Crosby and Guentzel. Murray is in net tonight and is 7-0 against the Rangers. Letís hope that continues
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 02, 2019, 07:52:59 PM
Pens and Rangers 0-0 after one period. Lundqvist was not tested too much at all but Murray had to be sharp and he was
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 02, 2019, 08:20:25 PM
Penguins strike first as ZAR gets the goal to give the Pens a 1-0 lead. And right after the Pens take a penalty so now they go on the Penalty kill

I love to watch Lundqvist get scored on. He always looks like he is going to cry or kill someone
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 02, 2019, 08:27:13 PM
Guentzel gets the goal as it deflects off of Marc Stallís stick and the Pens take a 2-0 lead. I think Crosby got an assist on that one
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 02, 2019, 08:43:18 PM
Just canít keep up with all these goal goal now. Letang scores to make it 3-0 but the Rangers get one in right after to make it 3-1 Pens but Simon is able to score soon after to get back that three goal lead for the Pens

Pens up 4-1 late in the second period
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 02, 2019, 08:55:46 PM
Pens up 4-1 after two periods. I would not be surprised if the Rangers switch goalies. Lundqvist has not looked good at all
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 02, 2019, 09:17:20 PM
Took a little longer but Lundqvist gives up 2 more goals and he now gets pulled. Pens up 6-2 early in the third period
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 02, 2019, 09:39:46 PM
Crosby scores to get his second point of the game and to give the Pens a 7-2 lead. Crosby keeps his multi point game streak of 5 alive and is now only one point behind Ovechkin in total career points

This team just looks unstoppable right now
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 02, 2019, 09:47:24 PM
Pens beat the Rangers 7-2 and are on a 7 game winning streak. They have outscored their opponents 28-9 during this streak. This team just looks better and better every game. Murray and DeSmith are looking really sharp in net and the pens are scoring. Amazing that just over a month ago people including me were saying this team wasnít even gonna make the playoffs. They have turned this around nicely

Next up the Penguins play Winnipeg at home on Friday
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on January 03, 2019, 04:36:55 AM
Disagree about the Pens looking all that good last night. I thought NYR looked faster and carried the play to the Pens most of the game, but Lundqvist did them in. Except for the deflection off Staal, every goal he gave up was bad. If Murray (or DeSmith) had played like that, Pens fans would be all over him.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 03, 2019, 07:04:56 AM
Disagree about the Pens looking all that good last night. I thought NYR looked faster and carried the play to the Pens most of the game, but Lundqvist did them in. Except for the deflection off Staal, every goal he gave up was bad. If Murray (or DeSmith) had played like that, Pens fans would be all over him.



Pens looked a little slow in the first period but I thought they looked good the rest of the game. I agree and I said it earlier that Lundqvist looked bad but the Pens took advantage of it and that's what counted. Sometimes you need your goalie to stop some pucks and that's what Murray did last night. I have never liked Lundqvist and I am glad when I get to see him lose. I always thought he was a product of his team's system kinda like Broduer on your team always blocking shots in front of you and when they don't, the pucks seem to go in. I would love to see Fleury pass Lundqvist up on the all time win list. Probably wont but I would love to see it. 
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 04, 2019, 08:34:10 PM
Pens taking it to the Jets tonight as they are up 3-0 late in the second period and getting ready to go on the power play. Goals from Maatta, Cullen and Simon. Murray has not been tested too much at all so far tonight
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 04, 2019, 08:49:11 PM
Pens up 3-0 after two periods and playing one of their best overall games this season so far. Hopefully they can keep it up for 20 more minutes
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 04, 2019, 09:36:05 PM
Letang with an empty net goal to make it 4-0. Crosby gets an assist. Crosby won't have a multi point game unless something crazy happens in the next 3 minutes but he is now only 1 point behind Ovechkin in total career points. Ovechkin at 1168 and Crosby at 1167. Bobby Hull is at #50 with 1170
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: KidRaven on January 04, 2019, 10:06:02 PM
The East looks like 9 teams separating from the field which means a good team is going to miss the playoffs.  Right now Montreal and Islanders battling for the last playoff spot but close to all the other teams.  Only Tampa has pulled away and even with 8 straight wins the Pens are in the bunch thanks to their slow start.  Nice to see them in first though!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 05, 2019, 08:10:51 PM
In other NHL news:

Vegas wins last night 3-2 over the Ducks. Fleury gets his league leading 24th win this season and his 428th win for his career. 2 familiar faces scored for the Ducks as Carter Rowney and Daniel Sprong get the only 2 Anaheim goals. Sprong has 5 goals and 5 assists since joining the Ducks. Can also add a couple shootout goals to that also   
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 05, 2019, 09:03:29 PM
Justin Schultz skates for the first time today since his broken leg injury on October 13th. he skated before practice today. Granted he has many more steps to go before playing again but the first big step of getting in skates and back on the ice has been done. Can't wait to see him back in the lineup
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on January 06, 2019, 01:53:47 PM
In other NHL news:

Vegas wins last night 3-2 over the Ducks. Fleury gets his league leading 24th win this season and his 428th win for his career. 2 familiar faces scored for the Ducks as Carter Rowney and Daniel Sprong get the only 2 Anaheim goals. Sprong has 5 goals and 5 assists since joining the Ducks. Can also add a couple shootout goals to that also

I'd have rather kept Sprong and that he'd have been a real chance at a top 6 role, but Petterson seems to be fitting in well. The trade looks like a win-win for both teams. With Riikola playing well, especially meshing well with Maatta, Rutherford will be able to move a d-man in a trade, perhaps Oleksiak or even better, Jack Johnson, if he desires at the deadline.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 06, 2019, 08:14:15 PM
DeSmith in net as the Pens take on the Blackhawks in a later than normal starting game. Pens honoring the 2009 Stanley Cup team tonight

Fingers crossed that the Pens can win this as the Blackhawks have been the Penguins bad luck charm lately
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 06, 2019, 08:17:21 PM
Hornqvist gets the early goal as the Blackhawks defense falls asleep . Malkin and Simon get the assists

Pens up 1-0 early
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 06, 2019, 08:19:45 PM
2 shots, 2 goals for the Pens. Guentzel scores and the Pens have a 2-0 early lead.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 06, 2019, 08:48:31 PM
Penguins with a 2-1 lead after one period. Chicago gets a power play goal and the Pens start to get too cute with their passing. Hopefully Sullivan lays in to then during the intermission and they come out and start playing solid hockey again
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 06, 2019, 09:22:19 PM
Both goalies trade giving up bad goals as Kunitz was able to score for the Blackhawks but Brassard comes back and squeaks one through Ward to get the pens lead back 3-2
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 06, 2019, 09:46:46 PM
This game is all tied up 3-3 after two periods. DeSmith gives up another bad goal right when the Blackhawks power play expired to let Chicago tie this game up. Chicago has a power play to start the third and unfortunately, it has been good tonight
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 06, 2019, 10:06:38 PM
Technically it wasn't a power play goal but once again, the pens penalty kill struggles to clear the puck and Chicago stayed in the offensive zone pretty much the whole power play. Blackhawks score 4 seconds after the power play expired and they take the lead 4-3. 2nd time Chicago scores right after the power play expired. Might as well just say their power play is 3 for 3 tonight
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 06, 2019, 10:42:36 PM
Pens are gonna lose this game 5-3 as Towes gets his 4th point as he scores an empty net goal. Very disappointing game form the Pens as they started off strong and got 2 quick goals in the first but then started to play too cute and let Chicago get back in the game and eventually win it. Chicago is in the Penguins heads and have beat them in 10 straight games. Surprised that DeSmith started over Murray and he did not play good IMO.

That was the Pens 42nd game of the season so they are 1 game past the halfway point. Any thoughts from anyone on how the Pens look so far? Pens started off really slow the start of the season but have turned it around and are now 2 points behind the Capitals for first place. Looking forward to Schultz coming back. Johnson started off bad but has turned it around lately pretty much when he was paired with Petterson. Brassard still to me has been very disappointing. Malkin IMO, is going to have to be better if this team is going to make a playoff run this season.

Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on January 07, 2019, 02:11:08 AM
At some point in a long season every team is going to go through a stretch of .500 or so hockey. The Pens had theirs at the start of the season. I think if they play the kind of hockey they have over the last little stretch, they can make another run at the Cup.

I think Murray is playing really well, close to the form he demostrated when he was first called up. He's playing much more upright and not making himself small in net since he returned from IR. If he maintains his play, that's good for the Pens to have a long playoff run.

Right now I like the D pairs although Letang is playing too many minutes like he did tonight. When that happens, he makes mistakes like the careless trip that lead to Chicago's 4th goal. I don't know what they'll do when Schultz returns, though. Pettersson has been a pleasant surprise and has settled in well with Johnson. Maatta and Riikola are playing well as a pair, too.

The forwards just feel wrong to me. Brassard is still mucking the lines up. I don't think Malkin is playing as well with Hornqvist and Simon. I get Sullivan wants Kessel, Malkin and Crosby all on seperate lines, but I think moving Pearson away from Malkin has hurt both players. Neither has been as productive since. I'd rather see Sheahan as the 3rd line center.

I'm hoping with the excess of defensemen once Schultz returns, Rutherford will be able to work out a trade to move Brassard and maybe a d-man for either a Bonino-type center and a relatively young winger.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on January 07, 2019, 11:40:29 AM
Gosh darn Blackhawks. They own the Pens plain and simple.

I'll try to give some halfway point analysis later but no reason to overreact to one loss against the Blackhawks in a game in which the PP struggled and Casey DeSmith had a rough one.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on January 07, 2019, 01:55:34 PM
Pens always seem to get sucked into playing pond hockey against Chi.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 08, 2019, 07:24:47 PM
Florida has all the momentum to start this game but the Penguins were able to get two quick goals and take the lead early in the first period. We have seen this before though and once again the Pens start getting cute again
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 08, 2019, 07:44:12 PM
Pens up 2-0 after one period. Butt they are giving up way too many chances and shots. Penguins got to tighten this up
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 08, 2019, 08:06:45 PM
Florida gets a power play but the Penguins are able to get a short handed goal to make it 3-0 Pens

Hornqvist has not returned to the game after taking a puck to the face late in the first period
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 08, 2019, 08:20:38 PM
Sheahan gets another short handed goal to give the Pens a 4-0 lead

Florida scores a power play goal right after but the Pens are challenging for offsides

No Goal! Play was offsides. Pens up 4-0
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 08, 2019, 08:46:17 PM
Florida scores but the Penguins are challenging again on goaltending interference. Iíd be surprised if this one is overturned

Itís a goal. Pens lose their timeout. Still up 4-1 after two periods but a very sloppy game being played tonight
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 08, 2019, 09:32:19 PM
Crosby scores his 20th goal of the season and second point tonight as the Penguins lead 5-1. Not sure what Ovechkin is doing tonight but those two points might put Crosby ahead in points for their careers
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 08, 2019, 09:40:52 PM
Pens played a sloppy game today but Murray stood his ground and made some good saves tonight to secure a win for the Penguins 5-1. The only goal to get past Murray was when he was banged in the head by a Panther. Only downside was Hornqvist and ZAR left with injuries and we will have to wait and see how they are. Pens are now go on a 5 game road trip and one of those games will be in Vegas which I will be there to see!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on January 09, 2019, 06:40:59 AM
Have fun in Vegas!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 10, 2019, 08:21:40 PM
Hornqvist was diagnosed with another concussion today. he was hit in the face on Tuesday with a puck in the first period and never returned to the game.

ZAR was also put on IR with a lower body injury and Sullivan stated he will be out for a significant amount of time. Wilson was called up to take his place
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on January 11, 2019, 11:59:39 AM
https://triblive.com/sports/penguins/14489725-74/penguins-reaping-rewards-of-trade-for-marcus-pettersson (https://triblive.com/sports/penguins/14489725-74/penguins-reaping-rewards-of-trade-for-marcus-pettersson)

Good read on the impact of the Sprong for Petterson trade.

I do not always believe that there are direct correlations between a trade and win losses because many other pieces are involved as well as opponents, luck, etc, but one of the things that Bombulie points out if Jack Johnson's play since the trade as well.

So far a win for both sides.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: KidRaven on January 12, 2019, 01:35:53 AM
Pens win 7-4 in Anaheim after getting down 3-0 in the first.  Guentzel gets a hat trick while Pearson and Kessel each score 2 goals.  Nice win!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on January 12, 2019, 05:59:45 AM
Only could stay awake until it was 2-0 Ana and saw Gibson make a series of unbelievable saves. I'm pretty surprised Pens were able to get 7 pucks past him.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on January 12, 2019, 06:36:08 AM
#7 was an empty netter but yes they rebounded from a 3-0 defecit to score 7 of the games next 8 goals!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 12, 2019, 09:40:39 AM
I am surprised also that they got 6 goals past their goalie the way he was playing early. After Murray gave up that third goal early to Sprong, I also went to bed and was surprised to see the Pens won 7-4. Also surprised to see Crosby only got one assist and that was on the empty net goal. They didnít play their best but glad to see the Pens get the win.

DeSmith was also rewarded with a three year contract extension with 1.25 million per year

Also saw that Letang made the All Star Team
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on January 12, 2019, 09:29:50 PM
A little surprised DeSmith signed rather than become a UFA. Teams are always in search of competent goalies and I'd bet that DeSmith would have gotten that or better from another team. Griess initially signed for 1.5 and is now making 3.3M/yr. Condon just re-signed in Ott for 2.4M/yr and even Zatkoff re-signed for 1.5M.

I guess Rutherford is hedging his bets what with Murray's contract being up after next season. I can't honestly see the Pens carrying a back up goalie at over 1M/yr, but signing DeSmith may make him easier to trade. I really expect to see Rutherford do a fairly big deal at or before the trade deadline involving Brassard, a d-man (Oleksiak?) and/or a goalie. Hornqvist has just suffered his second concussion in about a month and there's no telling when that might start affecting his long-term career given the way he plays. I don't think they can go into the playoffs with natural centers like Sheahan and Grant or marginal NHL'er Garrett Wilson at wing.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on January 13, 2019, 06:54:10 AM
Pens lose 5-2 in LA.

I did not see the game only the box score...Pens outshot LA 40-25 not sure if DeSmith struggled or what happened. Seems like another city that they traditionally struggle in but I do not have data in front of me to support that. The only notable good news is that Guentzel scored two more goals in the loss.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 13, 2019, 09:31:53 AM
I can only blame one of those goals on DeSmith. IMO, the 4th goal was a bad goal given up by DeSmith. 1st goal was ripped over his shoulder, 2nd was deflected in off a Kings body, 3rd was a 2 on 1 shorthanded goal that he stopped the first try and wasn't able to get in position for the rebound quick enough and the 5th was a shorthanded goal.

Pens were lucky to get their first goal as Crosby should've shot the puck but tried the last second fancy pass and luckily Guentzel was able to flick a rebound in to get the shorthanded goal. Quick was just better than DeSmith last night and the Pens defense could've been better. Kings aren't good this season but they got the win over the Penguins

They will have another tough game as they have to go to San Jose and play the red hot san Jose Sharks Tuesday night   
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 13, 2019, 11:36:12 AM
Just saw also that the Pens and Vegas play back to back games Friday and Saturday. I swear if I fly all the way out to Vegas and I see DeSmith vs Subban on Saturday night I'm gonna be pissed!!!!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: emm8 on January 13, 2019, 05:19:57 PM
Just saw also that the Pens and Vegas play back to back games Friday and Saturday. I swear if I fly all the way out to Vegas and I see DeSmith vs Subban on Saturday night I'm gonna be pissed!!!!


Vegas is just one big gamble after another!  Ya' pays ya' money, and ya' takes ya' chance!  Good luck.   ::)
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 15, 2019, 08:31:29 PM
Reports are out there that GMJR is actively trying to trade Brassard. IMO, this couldn't happen soon enough
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 15, 2019, 10:27:16 PM
Kris Letang with a nice little back hand shot gives the Pens a 1-0 lead over the Sharks
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 15, 2019, 10:52:18 PM
Pens score the first one but the Sharks get two quick ones right after to take a 2-1 lead after one period.

On that second Sharks goal, Malkin and Johnson looked like fools trying to defend. Malkin was checked right on his wallet and the Sharks player went right around Johnson in front of the net like he wasn't even there and scored.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 15, 2019, 11:27:17 PM
Sharks up 3-1 now. Not looking good for the Penguins tonight
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 15, 2019, 11:41:47 PM
Pens down 3-1 after 2 periods and the Sharks will have 1:27 left on their power play to start the 3rd.

Penguins just not looking too good tonight. Like they are in California beach mode versus wanting to play hockey
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 16, 2019, 12:05:15 AM
pens are just showing no effort tonight at all. Sharks up 4-1 now
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 16, 2019, 12:26:01 AM
Brassard scores a late, please don't trade me, goal with Murray pulled but the pens are still down 4-2 with a little over a minute left to play
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 16, 2019, 12:31:05 AM
Pens are gonna lose this game 5-2 as the Sharks get an empty net goal. Penguins just looked absolutely lazy tonight and Malkin was the leader. He looked very bad tonight and has looked bad for several weeks now. Good news is they have a couple days to figure this out before they have to play Arizona on Friday and Vegas on Saturday. Fingers crossed that DeSmith starts Friday.

Fleury also lost tonight so maybe they will sit him for an extra game also and start Subban in their game Friday
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on January 16, 2019, 02:22:21 PM
PG reports Pens are once again in search of a 3rd line center. I sure hope Rutherford doesn't again give up a good young goalie prospect, a draft choice and d-man for the next Derek Brassard.

Actually, I believe if Pens mgt thought a little out of the box, Domick Simon could fit that bill. He was a center, he's pretty responsible defensively and he brings enough skill that he's been able to play wing with both Crosby and Malkin and contribute. I think, too, if given a chance, Derek Grant might give the Pens what they're looking for in the 3rd C role. They could give Teddy Bluegar a look see, as well.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on January 17, 2019, 03:35:29 PM
Well the Pens dealt Grant to Anaheim so there goes that plan haha.

In return 24 year old Joseph Blandini who plays center and wing and who does not have to clear waivers to be sent down to WBS. In other words he gives the Pens more flexibility.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: Nicky on January 18, 2019, 11:02:55 AM
hs are you in Vegas yet?  hit up any nice celebrity chef restaurants or big buffets?  catch any shows or Cirque du Soleil shows?  have fun!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on January 18, 2019, 01:17:08 PM
hs are you in Vegas yet?  hit up any nice celebrity chef restaurants or big buffets?  catch any shows or Cirque du Soleil shows?  have fun!

For a buffet (especially if you like seafood) do the Bayside Buffet at Mandalay Bay it is awesome!!!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on January 19, 2019, 02:45:46 AM
Pens beat AZ 3-2 in OT on a Kessel PP goal. It was a beautiful set up, but it's frustrating to watch pass, pass, pass, pass, pass... looking for the perfect play.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on January 19, 2019, 08:30:09 AM
Barry Trotz and the Islanders go into Washington in Trotz's return and shutout the Caps to jump into first place.

Good for Trotz!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: emm8 on January 19, 2019, 10:57:39 PM
Just saw also that the Pens and Vegas play back to back games Friday and Saturday. I swear if I fly all the way out to Vegas and I see DeSmith vs Subban on Saturday night I'm gonna be pissed!!!!


Vegas is just one big gamble after another!  Ya' pays ya' money, and ya' takes ya' chance!  Good luck.   ::)

Fleury in goal, but Murray is not.  The way of Vegas...ya' win one, ya' lose one, and the house keeps the vig!

On the bright side for you (but not the Pens), they're losing 1-3 after 1 period, and with another Vegas goal, you just might get that Murray/Fleury match up you were hoping for in the very very near future.   
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 19, 2019, 10:58:51 PM
At the Golden Knights game right now watching the Pens lose 3-1 after one period. Pens need to learn to stop constantly pinching the D men and play some defense!

Went to a dinner buffet at the Aria hotel and it was awesome! Also went to a brunch buffet at the Belagio hotel and I am still full! Both were excellent. I am staying at the Park MGM which is right next to the arena which is nice. Pretty much nobody knows anything about hockey here. It is literally just an excuse for everyone in Vegas to party! LOL
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 19, 2019, 11:04:55 PM
I really want to see the Pens win this game before their very long break but it is also good to see Fleury play well
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 19, 2019, 11:54:20 PM
What a period of hockey! It had everything. Pens scored two quick bang bang goals to tie up the game and they thought they had another but it was ruled that Malkin kicked in the puck on the power play. Fleury then makes IMO, the save of the season and then the Knights score two goals on defensive breakdowns. Vegas up 5-3 after two periods.

If GMJR is looking to trade Brassard, he should also be looking to dump Johnson. He is so horribly so it looks like he is trying to skate through mud. Schultz canít get back soon enough!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 20, 2019, 01:15:39 AM
Not too much can be said about that game except the Pens defense looked awful and has anybody seen Malkin? HavenĒt seen too much out of him for about a month. DeSmith was left out to dry way too many times tonight and Fleury played really well. Fleury made some great saves in the second period and made another couple good ones on Kessel in the third

Pens have a long time to think about this one as they have their one week break and also the All Star Break right after another
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on January 20, 2019, 09:50:05 AM
It took a few games, but once Pearson got acclimated, he, Malkin and Kessel were really starting to mesh well as a line. Then in the Penguins endless quest to get something out of Brassard, those two wingers were given to Brassard and replaced by Hornqvist and Simon. Malkin seems to be at his best when he has at least one winger with enough speed to open space for him. Simon's not that guy. Pearson's not Hagelin fast, but faster than Simon and was better able to fill that role for Malkin. Hornqvist is ok with Malkin because he makes Malkin play a more north-south game, but Malkin really needs the other winger to be one who can create open space for Malkin to carry the puck and create offense.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 20, 2019, 11:29:00 AM
In some good news for the Penguins, Crosby got one goal last night so that means he has scored at least one goal against every NHL team
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on January 20, 2019, 02:03:58 PM

Also went to a brunch buffet at the Belagio hotel and I am still full!

So as good as the food is I could only do two meals a day there because there is so much! My trick typically was breakfast (some days nice some days something cheapish like McDonald's or Denny's)  then would do the lunch buffet late (i.e. if dinner starts at 4 get seated at 3:45 or so to get the better buffet for the cheaper price).

Stinks that the Pens lost but great that you got to go. As much as Toronto and Montreal are on most hockey bucket lists, Vegas instantly was added to many of those same hockey bucket lists!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 20, 2019, 06:53:13 PM
Just so you know YIG, the TMobile Arena for the Golden Knights was nothing spectacular to me. Ya itís a big party atmosphere but if you actually wanted to go and watch a hockey game, Eh. Seats are horribly uncomfortable and it really makes me feel spoiled that we have the PPG Paints Arena. Vegas arena is a lot more open but thatís because there is nothing in it. A lot of alcohol but food very limited. Souvenir shops also very limited which surprised me. Their main store which they call the armory was not even half the size of our Pens Gear

Like I said, great place to catch a party but not great to watch a hockey game. Makes me wonder what they will do with a Raiders game
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on January 23, 2019, 05:56:16 AM
Will be interesting to see if Rutherford uses the off-week to work a deal.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 23, 2019, 08:27:59 PM
Will be interesting to see if Rutherford uses the off-week to work a deal.


Just read that Winnipeg might have been in talks about acquiring Brassard and also Edmonton might be interested in Bill Guerin as their next GM
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 24, 2019, 12:22:37 AM
in other NHL news:

Barry Trotz should easily be in line right now for coach of the year award as he has the Islanders in 1st place in the Metro with 63 points.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on January 24, 2019, 07:47:28 AM
Agreed.

I called it that they would be improved despite losing Tavares but this is better than I expected.

I still see them when it is all said and done finishing in 3rd or 4th and getting at least a WC but if they keep piling up points...
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 27, 2019, 06:57:15 AM
Crosby wins the All Star MVP yesterday as the Metropolitan beat the Central division in the finals 10-5. Crosby ended up in both of the games with a total of 4 goals and 4 assists. He was of course booed when he accepted the MVP award. It was in San Jose
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: KidRaven on January 27, 2019, 12:21:59 PM
I love the NHL All Star Game format with the mini 3 on 3 Tournament.  Pacific Goalie Gibson was booed out of the building as he was lit up by the Central.  It cost the SJ fanís a chance to keep seeing their players and they arenít fans of Gibson anyway since he is a Duck. 

It was fun as Sid is used to collecting trophies in that building and Rinne probably had flash backs as Crosby and Letang tortured him again.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 28, 2019, 06:49:36 AM
Crosby wins the All Star MVP yesterday as the Metropolitan beat the Central division in the finals 10-5. Crosby ended up in both of the games with a total of 4 goals and 4 assists. He was of course booed when he accepted the MVP award. It was in San Jose


it was good to see Crosby finally win the MVP for the All Star game. He was shunned several times in even making it to the All Star game. IMO, he is one of those players that should be at the all star game every year because he is such a great ambassador for the game
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on January 28, 2019, 09:02:07 AM
I'm not sure if the NHL and hockey in general truly appreciate what a great and selfless ambassador Sid is for the game. Hockey players are all usually gracious and accomodating, but Sid goes well above and beyond that. He's unique, imho.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 28, 2019, 09:38:52 AM
Penguins start the unofficial 2nd half of the season tonight and have a tough next couple games. Tonight they play New Jersey who they have not played too well so far this season and Wednesday they have the Lightning.

Pens are in the 2nd wild card spot and if the playoffs started today, they would face Tamp Bay in the first round and nobody wants to face Tampa the way they are playing right now. Pens needs to continue to have good goaltending from Murray, Malkin needs to wake up and they need to figure out this whole Brassard/3rd line mess

I'm going to the game on Wednesday. Wish me luck. It is supposed to be bitter cold!!!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on January 28, 2019, 10:15:44 AM
I'm not sure if the NHL and hockey in general truly appreciate what a great and selfless ambassador Sid is for the game. Hockey players are all usually gracious and accomodating, but Sid goes well above and beyond that. He's unique, imho.

What's frustrating about his treatment is how fans treat him. Lemieux/Gretzky generally were not booed. Lemieux for instance drew a couple of standing ovations in Philly (his first game back from cancer treatments and his final game before his first retirement game 5 of the 1997 first round), Madison Square Garden (the 5 goal game there in 1993), Boston, etc. I don't think any NHL fan would in their right mind outright boo Gretzky. But Sid is a lightning rod for no really good reason. Hes never cheated at his sport (Brady). He's never used PEDs or has beem accused and lied about it. He's not a sexual predator or a social pariah. He is very accommodating to both fans and the media. Etc. I just don't get it. Even good hockey fans (Detroit) boo himb which makes no sense!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: KidRaven on January 28, 2019, 02:40:17 PM
It's the perception that he is a crybaby and that the NHL does what it can to help the Penguins win because they have Crosby.  I also think the comparisons to Lemieux and Gretzky are different as that was a different time.  Fans today seem more ruthless and target other players they feel are the reason their teams aren't winning no matter how good the person may be. 

Crosby handles it all in stride and my guess is maybe he will get the recognition he deserves when his career is over, but sadly he likely never gets the respect from the fans that Lemieux and Gretzky receive. 
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 28, 2019, 03:46:42 PM
Penguins just released that they have traded Oleksiak back to the Dallas Stars for a 4th round pick. Penguins now have 3, 4th round picks in the 2019 draft

I am assuming Schultz must be close to coming back
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 28, 2019, 03:48:42 PM
It's the perception that he is a crybaby and that the NHL does what it can to help the Penguins win because they have Crosby.  I also think the comparisons to Lemieux and Gretzky are different as that was a different time.  Fans today seem more ruthless and target other players they feel are the reason their teams aren't winning no matter how good the person may be. 

Crosby handles it all in stride and my guess is maybe he will get the recognition he deserves when his career is over, but sadly he likely never gets the respect from the fans that Lemieux and Gretzky receive.


That is also why I have been posting how close Crosby is in total points to Ovechkin for their careers and Crosby has played almost 2 seasons less due to injuries.  Ovechikin 1179 points in 1053 games, Crosby has 1173 points in 909 games
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 28, 2019, 07:47:37 PM
Penguins once again having all kinds of issues with the last place Devils and are down 2-0 after one period
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 28, 2019, 08:15:02 PM
Pens give up another to make it 3-0 but fortunately come back and score 1 to make it 3-1 Devils. Not looking good
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 28, 2019, 08:44:35 PM
Words canít describe how bad the pens are looking. Pens down 4-1 after two periods
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 29, 2019, 04:36:29 AM
Pens lose last night 6-3 to the New Jersey Devils. Pens have looked bad in their past couple games with having left themselves no room for these kind of losses after their very slow start at the beginning of the season. Pens gave up another short handed goal and the game was virtually put away when Brassard was given a major penalty for elbowing and ejected then gave up 2 power play goals. Johnson was also injured late in the third period. No word yet on what is wrong with him. Might be a good thing though if he is out for a few games
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on January 29, 2019, 07:15:22 AM
And NJD didn't even have Hall or Lovejoy suited up.

Maybe the hockey gods were trying to send a message putting Brassard and Johnson out of the line up...
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on January 29, 2019, 06:16:47 PM
Bluegar promoted from WBS. Maybe Brassard is on his way out of town.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 30, 2019, 08:18:04 AM
Bluegar promoted from WBS. Maybe Brassard is on his way out of town.

Fingers crossed
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on January 30, 2019, 09:26:57 AM
I guess I can understand Penguin management wanting to try and get at least something out of Brassard by giving him better wingers and trying to find anyone with whom he can establish some sort of chemistry. Unfortunately, that process has resulted in the decline in Malkin's play, imho. It took a few games, but then he and Pearson started clicking along with Kessel. Then, both Pearson and Kessel were removed and given to Brassard. That line worked for a little bit, then it fizzled. That's when Malkin should've gotten those two wingers back. Honestly, if Brassard can't play with 2 of Hornqvist, Rust, Simon and ZAR, then he should give way to someone who can. There just no longer a need of trying to pound a square peg into a round hole. Brassard is not going to re-sign in Pgh. Rutherford needs to recoup what he can from that disaster of a trade as soon as possible.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 30, 2019, 07:34:39 PM
Brassard not in warm ups. Looks like Bluger might be taking his spot tonight
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 30, 2019, 08:51:07 PM
Amazing to me how hot and cold this team is. They just absolutely came out and laid an egg against the last place Devils just two days ago but now are up on the first place Lightning 3-0 after one period. Granted, this game is far from over and the Pens didnít convert on a 5 on 3 power play but they are looking so much better
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 30, 2019, 09:45:33 PM
Pens only had 5 shots in the first period but scored 3 goals. Tampa had only 6 shots in the second period but were still held off the scoreboard. Pens up 4-0 after two periods. I type this with my mouth wide open in awe and amazement
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on January 30, 2019, 11:44:06 PM
pens basically played the last 5 minutes in a brain fog. Murray gives up a 45 foot wrister right over his glove to make it 4-1 and then the next power play Tampa gets, Sheahan is playing on the wrong side and leaves Stamkos wide open and he scores to make it 4-2. Luckily that's all they would get and the Penguins win 4-2.

Not the Penguins best effort of the season but they beat the #1 team in the East and all Penguin fans are left scratching their heads and wondering what the heck is going on with this team??? Malkin gets 2 assists and Crosby, Letang, Sheahan and Kessel get the goals. Blueger held his own and the only thing I saw that he may need work on is in the faceoff circle. Not sure how he ended up but it seemed every time I saw him he lost the faceoff. It was said that Brassard has an upper body injury. I have to assume he pulled a muscle leaving to the locker room when he got ejected on Monday?
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on January 31, 2019, 02:41:32 PM
It was said that Brassard has an upper body injury. I have to assume he pulled a muscle leaving to the locker room when he got ejected on Monday?

Maybe a bruised ego...
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 01, 2019, 12:00:03 PM
Good news is the Penguins are back in action tonight for people wanting to see some hockey

Bad news is they are playing the now last place team the Ottawa Senators. Hopefully they learned their lesson and will come out strong

By the way: has anyone seen the outdoor jerseys the Pens and Flyers will be wearing? I don't think they look good at all
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on February 01, 2019, 12:42:45 PM
https://www.nhl.com/news/stadium-series-jerseys-unveiled-for-philadelphia-pittsburgh/c-304344112 (https://www.nhl.com/news/stadium-series-jerseys-unveiled-for-philadelphia-pittsburgh/c-304344112)

I generally have not been a fan of the Stadium Series and Winter Classic jerseys in general, but I actually like these better than some of the Pens' other outdoor jerseys (namely the 2011 one and the 2014 one). The 2008 powder blues still takes the cake.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 01, 2019, 12:46:18 PM
Just heard that the Pens traded Brassard and Sheahan and a 2nd and 2 fourth round picks to the Florida Panthers for 2 players

Didn't catch who they but I'm so glad Brassard is gone!

Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 01, 2019, 12:52:46 PM
Here it is:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forwards Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Derick Brassard, Riley Sheahan and three 2019 draft picks, it was announced today by Penguins executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The 2019 draft picks the Penguins sent to the Panthers are a second-round selection and two fourth-rounders


Rumors are spreading that Bjugstad who is 6'6" and 218 pounds might play wing on Geno's line. Pens now have 5 picks in the 2019 draft, 1 pick in the first, fourth and fifth and 2 in the seventh round
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on February 01, 2019, 01:05:46 PM
A 4 center trade haha!

I guess that we will see. Bjugstad brings more size. It seems that their template for beating Washington this time around is size rather than speed.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 01, 2019, 03:34:27 PM
Looks good on the surface. Pens got younger and bigger. McCann's just 22 and Bjugstad 26. Brassard was not going to re-sign with the Pens and never really fit. I liked Sheahan, but another UFA who probably would have looked elsewhere.

Bjugstad reportedly will play rw and McCann center. Not sure where this leaves Bluegar.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on February 01, 2019, 05:43:04 PM
I love McCann because of age also. A younger center and an upgrade over Sheahan most likely.

I agree that I like the trade as a whole.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 01, 2019, 07:43:35 PM
How about Blueger with his first NHL goal to give the Pens a 1-0 lead
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 01, 2019, 07:46:09 PM
Guentzel with a late goal in the first off a nice assist from Crosby to give the Pens a 2-0 lead after one period.

Great start for the new look Pens. Also with Malkin our this weekend with an upper body injury
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 01, 2019, 08:29:33 PM
Rust with a goal to make it 3-0 Pens
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 01, 2019, 08:41:51 PM
Senators get a power play goal late in the second but the Pens still up 3-1 after two periods
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 01, 2019, 11:23:54 PM
Pens won 5-3 after being up 4-1 and allowing another PP goal and breakaway goal to make things interesting. But Guentzel scored to restore a 2 goal and that's how things ended. It was impressive that McCann and Bjugstad actually arrived at the rink just prior to game time and still got suited up and played. Bjugstad said he'd played some with Rust during USA junior games. They definitely brought energy and enthusiasm with them. Bluegar also scored his first NHL goal to top things off.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 02, 2019, 06:44:29 AM
Happy with the win but not happy with how the power play and penalty kill looked. But it was very nice to see on how well McCann and Bjugstad gelled with the team in such short time as you stated bfgrad.

They will have to be much better tonight against Toronto
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 02, 2019, 07:41:15 AM
Sheahan was a main PK'er so it will take a few practices and games for the new group to be indentified and to settle in. I'm sure Sullivan didn't use Crosby to PK because Malkin was out.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 02, 2019, 07:47:09 AM
Sheahan was a main PK'er so it will take a few practices and games for the new group to be indentified and to settle in. I'm sure Sullivan didn't use Crosby to PK because Malkin was out.

Ya, I wasn't too worried about it knowing these guys need a few games to work together. I just got a little worried thinking they may blow another one to a last place team. Hopefully they can stay out of the box against Toronto
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 02, 2019, 07:53:22 AM
An interesting tidbit from the Trib on the trade:

Quote
If this trade ends up being a successful one for the Penguins, they ought to thank two players from their hated rivals in Columbus.

Blue Jackets stars Sergei Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin have indicated that they intend to test free agency in July. The Panthers have been linked to both players.

From the Panthersí perspective, the trade opened up $5.35 million in cap space that Bjugstad and McCann would have eaten up next season to use in pursuit of Bobrovsky and Panarin. If the pair had re-signed with Columbus, the deal probably never happens.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 02, 2019, 07:39:36 PM
Crosby with a power play goal to give the Pens a 1-0 lead in the first period
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 02, 2019, 07:49:37 PM
How about Blueger with his second goal in the NHL to give the Pens a 2-0 lead

Gonna be hard to send him back down when Geno comes back. I would like to maybe see him take some time as the 4th line center and give Cullen some rest and to get ready for the playoff push
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 02, 2019, 07:59:45 PM
Pens up 2-1 after one period. Toronto still has 48 seconds left on their power play. Guentzel and Crosby back on the penalty kill and got more shots than the Toronto power play. Hope to keep it up
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 02, 2019, 08:33:39 PM
Bad goal given up by Murray and this game is tied up now 2-2 halfway through the second period
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 02, 2019, 08:58:03 PM
Toronto absolutely dominates that period and it shows on the scoreboard as Toronto now leads 3-2 after two periods. Penguins are getting outworked and outplayed as they looked gassed. If they can get this to overtime and at least get a point I will be shocked
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 03, 2019, 04:45:53 AM
It sure seems like the Pens have trouble in the 2nd period more often than not. That's the period when both team have to more alert coming on/off the bench because each team has a longer change. Makes me wonder if part of the problem is Recchi not being very good at managing the forwards' shift changes.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 03, 2019, 06:40:58 AM
Very disappointing loss IMO last night to the Leafs as they lose 3-2 after jumping out to another 2-0 lead in the first period. As me and bfgrad said, the second period was the penguins downfall last night. I'm not sure if it is just these players need a few practices together with the new guys or what bfgrad stated but they looked horrible in that 2nd period. Murray did give up one bad goal IMO but kept them in the game the rest of the way. Toronto seemed to smother the Pens after giving up those two goals and didn't let them breathe the rest of the game.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 06, 2019, 06:36:41 AM
Just an overall bad game last from the Pens as they lose 4-0 to Carolina. Looked like the Penguins were just going through the motions the whole game. Seemed to me like Crosby, Guentzel, Bleuger and Rikkolla were the only players to show up. Murray had another bad game giving up 2 shaky goals. Getting too late in the season to have games like this
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 06, 2019, 07:17:31 AM
Pens get sucked into pond hockey against teams like this. The players like to play up and down, skill hockey, but they don't have the overall speed of a few years ago to go toe-to-toe with fast opponents like Carolina. I doubt fewer fans than me detest trapping more, but against teams like Carolina, that would've been the best game plan. I suppose not having plans B and C or being able to convince the players winning games can be done in different ways falls on the coaches.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 06, 2019, 04:55:44 PM
Murray missed practice today and it was said he is day to day with an upper body injury. Here we go again. And people used to complain about Fleury being injured too much.

Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 07, 2019, 06:41:13 AM
Sullivan changing the lines around at practice yesterday with Malkin and ZAR still on the mend:

Guentzel-Crosby-Bjugstad

Rust-Cullen-Kessel

Simon-McCann-Hornqvist

Pearson-Blueger-Wilson

Pettersson-Letang

Dumoulin-Johnson

Maatta-Riikola

Ruhwedel-Schultz


Pearson dropped down to the 4th line. he might be on his way out if he doesn't start producing. Not sure how I feel about using Cullen as a 2nd line center but we will see. I think I will like Bjugstad on the top line with Crosby. Looks like also they are trying to maybe jolt Johnson and hoping that Dumoulin can cover for him a little more. I do feel Pettersson earned his way up to the top line. he has been playing well. Dumoulin didn't deserve to be dropped down but he is a work horse for this team and seems to be one of those guys that will do anything or play with anybody to get this team wins

We will see if DeSmith can up his play for a while. As I said earlier, he is a career backup and typically gets exposed when he plays long stretches so fingers crossed
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 07, 2019, 10:51:24 AM
Interesting little bit of info was brought up on the FAN today. Crosby will be playing in his 915th game which will tie Lemieux for most all time with the Penguins. Crosby in 914 games has 1177 points. Lemieux in 915 games has 1723 points. Could anybody imagine how many points Crosby could've scored in the 80's when the ice was more wide open? Crosby in his rookie year in 2005, after the lockout, had 102 points which was more than Lemieux had in his rookie year. In that year after the lockout, refs for most of the year tried to keep the game more wide open and called a lot of penalties to keep the clutching and grabbing down. Gives you possibly a little comparison of how it could've been is Crosby played in the 80's.

Lemieux will always be the greatest Penguin ever but man I am sure happy Crosby is here! 
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on February 07, 2019, 01:26:51 PM
Definitely more than he has but definitely not as many as Mario would be my answer.

Lemieux and Gretzky IMO are on their own stratosphere in terms of talent, vision, etc. Even other greats such as Jagr, Forsberg, Igina, Crosby, McDavid, etc are not on that level. That is why 185+ point seasons were not a norm aside from Mario and Wayne. The top 13 scoring seasons ever are all Gretzky and Lemieux. Yzerman is the first one on the list at 14 with a 155 point season in 1989. Bernie Nichols 150 points that same season also. Lafontaine, Jagr, Bossy, and Esposito round out the top 20 list only appearing once each. We use the term "once in a lifetime talents" but that term gets overused (just thinking about in my lifetime how many QBs have had the best ever term, including Montana then Marino then Elway then Favre then Peyton Manning then Brady then Rodgers then back to Brady haha). I truly do not believe that there were ever better talents than Lemieux or Gretzky before nor could I guarantee that we will ever see anyone like that again.

But Sid definitely I would thono would be pushing Jagr and Yzerman on that next level of superstar.

And totally agreed that we have been lucky and dare I say even blessed to watch Lemieux, Jagr, Crosby, and Malkin for the past 34 years now with at least one of them being on the roster every year since. Not to mention the likes of Francis and Kovalev, Coffey, and Recchi, who themselves were better players than some franchises have had during those 34 years.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on February 07, 2019, 02:00:06 PM
The best anology that I can use to compare Lemieux to Crosby is Gordon Bombay vs Adam Banks of Hawks fame.

If you recall, it was said that Bombay had 192 goals that season (that he hit the post on the penalty shot). Definitely Lemieuxesque. He got a freaking invite to the NHL's North Stars based simply on how famous he was in peewees presumably without playing any hockey for the decade and a half since.

However Coach Riley refers to Banks as his hot shot player who is "not as good as Bombay, but he wants it more." To me that is Sid vs Lemieux in a nutshell. Lemieux without trying is probably better than every player ever aside from Gretzky. Sid has to work hard day in and day out to excel at his craft but he does and he does.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 07, 2019, 03:31:48 PM
Think about how much better Lemieux might have been had he actually trained like Crosby early in his career!

As for Pearson, he was starting to click well with Malkin then Sullivan moved him. I'm still not sure why or why he doesn't move him up back to Malkin's LW when Malkin returns.

This story about Brassard really feels takes the cake: https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/penguins/2019/02/05/Derick-Brassard-Panthers-Penguins-failed-trade-Rutherford-open-up/stories/201902050174
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 07, 2019, 04:19:18 PM
Think about how much better Lemieux might have been had he actually trained like Crosby early in his career!

As for Pearson, he was starting to click well with Malkin then Sullivan moved him. I'm still not sure why or why he doesn't move him up back to Malkin's LW when Malkin returns.

This story about Brassard really feels takes the cake: https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/penguins/2019/02/05/Derick-Brassard-Panthers-Penguins-failed-trade-Rutherford-open-up/stories/201902050174

So he was butt hurt that he was going to play the third line behind Crosby and Malkin? What was his excuse when he was playing wing on Crosby's line? All of a sudden though he says he is thriving on wing on Florida's second line? I wish we had Reaves on our team for just one more game
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 07, 2019, 08:13:53 PM
Penguins down to the Panthers 1-0 after one period and the offensive woes continue and their power play and penalty kill does not look good at all
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on February 07, 2019, 08:32:37 PM
Brassard also praised the Penguins, their team, and their organization. I would say that everything that he says in that article os 100% true.

It is amazing that Pascal Dupuis says something negative and unfounded and unsubstantiated about Mike Sullivan and "it must be true" because fans love Duper but Brassard parrots almost word for word what PENGUINS fans themselves have been saying for the last 11 months and he deserves to be attacked by a goon? I love it haha!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 07, 2019, 08:50:48 PM
McCann gets his first goal as a Penguin and itís a shorthanded goal but the Pens make a costly turnover and the Panthers get their second of the game to take a 2-1 lead after two periods
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 07, 2019, 09:22:41 PM
Petterson gets his first goal as a Penguin and ties this game up 2-2 with 12 minutes left in the third
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 07, 2019, 09:39:41 PM
Crosby almost scores at the end of regulation but no dice. This game is going to overtime
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 07, 2019, 09:48:11 PM
Game over. Pens get a point but Florida scores in overtime to win the game 3-2 and get the two points
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 07, 2019, 09:56:39 PM
Pens get a point but lose their third straight and have to start matching the intensity of the teams they are playing. It doesnít get any easier as they go to Tampa on Saturday. A couple mistakes today lead to two goals for Florida. Letís see if Sullivan sticks with these lines or switches them up again
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 08, 2019, 06:07:44 AM
I don't mind Cullen, but he was overmatched playing with Kessel and Rust. Wasn't crazy about the d pairs either. Malkin's gotten a lot of criticism, but it's easy to see just how much his being in the line up means to the Pens since he's been out.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 08, 2019, 07:41:53 AM
I don't mind Cullen, but he was overmatched playing with Kessel and Rust. Wasn't crazy about the d pairs either. Malkin's gotten a lot of criticism, but it's easy to see just how much his being in the line up means to the Pens since he's been out.


I was one of those that was saying to take either him or Kessel off the top power play but now, without Malkin, the power play looks completely lost right now so i'm not sure what they do to fix their power play 
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 09, 2019, 07:29:29 PM
DeSmith in net again tonight but Murray is backup so looks like heíll be ready to go against the Flyers on Monday. Malkin and ZAR are still practicing in no contact jerseys so they donít look to be ready yet

Sullivan has Bjugstad centering the second line tonight. I wouldíve liked to see him keep him with Crosby for a little while longer and have Blueger center the second line. Donít like when Sullivan keeps using Rust and/or Simon as his go tos when he changed lines
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 09, 2019, 07:31:44 PM
Also congrats to Crosby for playing in his 916th game to make him the most games played as a Penguin

Would like to see him get some points tonight as he has been quiet the last several games
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 09, 2019, 07:39:15 PM
Penguins on a 2 on 1 break and Wilson gets his first national hockey league goal off a great feed from Blueger and that gives the Penguins a 1-0 lead over Tampa
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 09, 2019, 07:56:07 PM
Pens get sloppy and give up two goals in 57 seconds and Tampa takes a 2-1 lead after one period
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 09, 2019, 08:32:09 PM
Pens still sloppy as they give up a short handed goal and Tampa takes a 3-1 lead then the Pens take a penalty and thatís it for their power play.

Pens are only one point ahead of Carolina for that last playoff spot. Pens need to figure this out
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 09, 2019, 08:34:02 PM
McCann gets a 4 on 4 goal to pull the Pens back to only one goal behind

That shorthanded goal hurt!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 09, 2019, 08:55:28 PM
Pens get another 4 on 4 goal and tie this game up 3-3. Great work by Guentzel and Rust down low and Rust gets the goal
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 09, 2019, 09:16:44 PM
Except for that short handed goal they gave up, Penguins have a strong second period against the Lightning and this game is tied up 3-3 after two periods.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 09, 2019, 10:04:29 PM
Penguins lose their 4th straight as they fall to Tampa 5-4. Itís getting way too late in the season to go on these losing streaks and now they have to play the red hot Flyers on Monday
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 10, 2019, 08:38:03 AM
Why, when your team regularly is giving up shorties, does Sullivan insist on a PP with 4F and 1D? For as talented as Letang is, he makes more than his share of bad decisions.

The lines were better last night. Bjugstad was a big improvement between Kessel and Pearson over Cullen. Malkin can slot right in there when he returns. OTOH, the D pairing are awful. Petterson is not a 1st pair d-man and Johnson isn't a top 4 d-man. Put those two back together or change one of them out for Ruhwedel or Riikola when Schultz comes back.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 10, 2019, 09:49:18 AM
I am really interested to see what Sullivan does when Schultz is ready to come back. I also hopes it sparks this team to a winning streak

I also agree that Letang makes mistakes when he is on the point on the power play which is why I would immediately put Schultz on the top power play with Letang up top and I would take Kessel off. I know Kessel will be pissed but Sullivan needs to put two defenseman on that top power play and with Kessel on the second unit, Sullivan needs to rotate the teams quicker. Many times I have seen that top power play gassed and canít get back to defend and wind up giving up a shorthanded goal
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on February 11, 2019, 10:31:44 AM
Saturday night the New York Rangers had their 25th anniversary of their 1994 Stanley Cup celebration with a nice ceremony. Lots of likable players on that NYR team, including former Pens Zubov, Kovalev, Olczyk, and Mike Hudson (as well as Colin Campbell as Asst. Coach). Worth a youtube watch if you remember hockey from that era. I was definitely not rooting for the Rangers in 1994, but for whatever reason have like a number of their players over the years, including those with zero Pens connections Richter, Leech, Vanbiesbrouck, Mike Gartner, King Hendrik, and Petr Prucha.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 11, 2019, 12:07:36 PM
Looks like Malkin will be back in the lineup tonight as he was practicing with Bjugstad and Kessel. Cullen was o the 4th line so it looks like Bleuger is the odd man out which I disagree with

Looks like Sullivan is demoting Kessel to the second power play but we will see how long that lasts
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 11, 2019, 07:14:45 PM
Murray is in net and Malkin is back on the 2nd line with Kessel and Bjugstad. Itís getting close to do or die for the Penguins as they are clinging on to that last playoff spot
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 11, 2019, 07:27:52 PM
Crosby gets the easiest goal he will probably ever get as the Flyers lead him wide open to the side of the net and the Pens take the lead 1-0
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 11, 2019, 07:28:54 PM
Pens get a power play so we get to see this new look power play unit with 2 defenseman
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 11, 2019, 07:48:20 PM
Pens up on the Flyers 1-0 after one period. Matta did not finish the first as he took a fall into the boards
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 11, 2019, 08:22:50 PM
Flyers were putting on some big time pressure but the Penguins get a goal from Bjugstad assists from Malkin and Kessel. Pens up 2-0
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 11, 2019, 08:33:16 PM
Pens get a huge break as the red blows his whistle way too quick and the Flyers get robbed out of a goal when Murray whiffs on a puck with his glove and a Flyer is able to put it in the net. But all for not. Pens stay up 2-0
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 11, 2019, 08:46:28 PM
Pens getting severely outshot so far but the Pens are still up 2-0 after two periods

Would still love to see the Pens put some more shots on the rookie goalie
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 11, 2019, 09:35:44 PM
Guentzel scores to make it 3-0 And Crosby gets an assist

Bad news is Malkin takes a horrible penalty as he swings his stick and takes a 5 minute penalty. Flyers can easily get back in this game now
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 11, 2019, 09:50:31 PM
Murray doesn't get the shutout but he stops 50 shots tonight and comes up huge as the Pens are able to defeat the Flyers 4-1. Letang gets the empty net goal at the end to break the tie with Paul Coffey and become the all time leading goal scorer for defenseman in Penguins history. I also believe with 2 points tonight, Crosby passes Sergei Federov for #50 in the NHL all time scoring list.

Solid game by the Penguins tonight but an awful penalty takin by Malkin at the end. You just can't swing your stick at someone. Just a childish thing to do. Malkin has to learn to be more in control than that. Great game from Murray tonight and this win was just what the Pens needed
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 11, 2019, 10:16:13 PM
Good win tonight. Murray was excellent especially given Pens had only 5 D after Maatta got hit into the boards from behind and the 5 minute PP at the end.

Letang played over 31 minutes and scored a terrific 200' EN goal to break his tie with Coffey and become Pens' all-time leading d-man goal-scorer.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 12, 2019, 06:33:11 AM
Malkin faces a hearing today. I will be shocked if he doesn't get at least 1 game.

Hopefully we hear some news about Maatta and if he is injured or not today.

28 shots is way too many to give up in the 2nd period last night. Hopefully they tighten that up. I still think Blueger needs to be in the lineup. IMO, Wilson or Simon could be scratched or even Cullen can take a day off. I also think Hornqvist needs to be playing more than just on the 4th line. We will see if there are any changes for Wednesday's game against Edmonton 
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 12, 2019, 08:06:20 AM
Maatta reported with the dreaded "upper body" injury. From the way he crashed into the boards, my guess is shoulder/upper arm injury.

You're probably correct that Malkin will get suspended although had the refs been more vigilant, they'd have blown the whistle and penalized Raffl for punching Malkin several times in the back of the head that precipitated Malkin swinging his stick.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 12, 2019, 08:34:32 AM
Maatta reported with the dreaded "upper body" injury. From the way he crashed into the boards, my guess is shoulder/upper arm injury.

You're probably correct that Malkin will get suspended although had the refs been more vigilant, they'd have blown the whistle and penalized Raffl for punching Malkin several times in the back of the head that precipitated Malkin swinging his stick.


Agree about Maatta. Looked like a shoulder to me when it happened also. Also agree about Raffl but we all know the person who fights back is always the one who gets caught. LOL
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: Bob.Gregg.WJPA.Radio on February 12, 2019, 02:07:45 PM
Malkin is an idiot at times.  He is one of the Penguins most-undisciplined (as far as penalties) players.
He should be suspended, and it should be for the Outdoor game against the Flyers.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 12, 2019, 04:01:10 PM
Maatta was placed on injured reserve and is out indefinitely with an "upper body injury" as per the team's press release. Not good as he has had shoulder surgery several times and missed the 2015 playoff because of it.

I feel bad for the kid. Hope he is able to come back soon.

Have not heard anything about Malkin's potential suspension yet
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on February 12, 2019, 05:44:39 PM
With all of the talk of the excess of Dmen it is a good thing that they did not deal, yet.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 12, 2019, 07:24:38 PM
Malkin suspended 1 game as a result of stick swing against Raffl.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 12, 2019, 08:02:43 PM
Malkin suspended 1 game as a result of stick swing against Raffl.

Not surprised Malkin was suspended a game but it was funny to listen on how the NHL narrated it as they said after Raffl hit Malkin in the back of the head. IMO, they should be able to go back on things like that and be able to fine or suspend someone for that also
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 13, 2019, 06:36:43 AM
PG reports Ollie Maatta to miss at least 4 weeks with a seperated shoulder from the shove into the boards during the 1st period of the game in Phila.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 13, 2019, 08:17:33 PM
Blueger is in, Simon is out and ZAR is back and playing on the 4th line.

Pearson moved up to the second line with Bjugstad and Kessel. Hornqvist on the third line with McCan and Blueger
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 13, 2019, 09:12:51 PM
Rust gets a shorthanded goal to tie this game up 1-1 early in the second period
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 13, 2019, 09:14:59 PM
Nice to see Blueger back in the lineup as he cleans up the garbage in front of the net and scores and gives the Penguins a 2-1 lead. Letang and Crosby got the assists on that one
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 13, 2019, 09:39:20 PM
McDavid gets awarded a huge penalty shot and has an opportunity to tie this game up

Nope! Murray stones him and the Pens still lead this game 2-1. Nice save by Murray!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 13, 2019, 10:50:14 PM
McDavid went for Murray's weak spot, his glove hand, but Murray beat him.

Just a fabulous final shift by Sid and his line keeping McDavid and company penned in their own end and not allowing Edm to pull their goalie. Jagr was the best I've seen at having and keeping the puck, but Sid is right up there with him. McCann topped it all off with an EN goal for a 3-1 final.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 14, 2019, 05:00:19 AM
McDavid went for Murray's weak spot, his glove hand, but Murray beat him.

Just a fabulous final shift by Sid and his line keeping McDavid and company penned in their own end and not allowing Edm to pull their goalie. Jagr was the best I've seen at having and keeping the puck, but Sid is right up there with him. McCann topped it all off with an EN goal for a 3-1 final.


This is the Murray they are going to need down the stretch if the Pens are going to secure a playoff spot and make a run in the playoffs. He has been really good these past 2 games and hopefully he can keep this up. As you said bfgrad, Crosby was just unbelievable last night. I think he really gets up for games like this lately when people are forgetting that he is still the best overall player in the NHL IMO. People are just so quick to want to label the next best player but Sid is still here and playing at a high level even though he is not one of the top points getters.

Next the Pens have the dreaded weekend, back to back afternoon games against Calgary on Saturday and the Rangers on Sunday. Both on NBC as Pittsburgh is being promoted as one of the 3 best hockey towns with Detroit and Minneapolis
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 14, 2019, 06:53:02 AM
Bad news in my household also. This is probably my last season as a Pittsburgh Penguin season ticket holder. They raised ticket prices again so it is now for me being in Section 202, my seats are going to be almost $7,400.00 for a full season of 43 games! Gonna call and see if I can maybe go down to a half season plan and keep my seats but I doubt they will do that. Wish me luck! 
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 14, 2019, 06:54:27 AM
We, as Pens' fans, have been so lucky to have been able to see generational hockey talents Lemieux, Jagr, Crosby and to a lesser extent Malkin. Not only see them, but see them play together and bring home championships.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 14, 2019, 06:58:45 AM
Good luck! That's a lot of $s for full season tickets. The good thing is there are almost always tickets out there for sale for any particular game and there are partial season ticket plans available.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: Bob.Gregg.WJPA.Radio on February 14, 2019, 01:13:39 PM
Back in the day, in the years leading up to drafting Mario, I had two seats on the red line at the Civic Arena....
I was going to Geneva College at the time.

Tickets were $8 a seat, plus the Beaver County Transit bus ride, an order of nachos and a Coke, and I was GOLDEN for about $30 a game.
Worked weekend overnights and mowed lawns, and saw some of the worst hockey you've ever seen....and I was hooked.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on February 14, 2019, 02:36:59 PM
I am a lifer (my dad still has late 80s calendars from opening nights, and the 1986-87 one has their prices: off the top of me head $9 for A/B, $7 C, $5 D, $4 E (this was before the F balcony was added). But even then much like Bob's story of bad hockey my college years at Duquesne were 2001-2005, which were all non-playoff seasons but got to get tremendous seats on the cheap thanks to Student Rush (a few times on the glass for $20). Heck, I by 2002 knew of all of the parking tricks to park for free near the Duquesne campus/Mellon Arena and was literally paying for soda and thats it once inside the arena.

The low point was the season before the lockout. The Pens quietly had a promotion that for signing up for their .com newsletter they were offering free tickets to your choice of 1 of 2 games (I think Nashville or Anaheim?). I signed up from a different email and took my youngest brother to his first game...a 9-4 loss to Nashville (Andy Chiodo in net...yikes!). Sat in B behind the Preds shoot twice for FREE for two seats.

1/2 season ticket holder 2005-2007 before moving to Ohio. D25. I believe it was $30/game vs gate price of $35/game.

I empathize with your situation. I wish that I would have kept my seats even after moving and simply sell many games, but even then the prices were on the rise and thst was just before they became a guaranteed sellout their string began in 12/07 or 1/08 I believe). But with that said money is money. My thoughts is play it like the stocks, maybe? At this point in my life (even while living in Ohio) I would be tempted to buy cheap again if/when the Pens go back into the tankhaha.t
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 14, 2019, 02:54:58 PM
I know I'm not the only ticket holder that complains about this but it has been really hard the past couple seasons to sell tickets even for face value. Been burned several times getting playoff tickets and trying to resell them especially for some reason when they play Washington and Columbus. Very hard to get rid of those playoff tickets.

I talked to a Pens rep today and he said I will probably be able to go to a half season but they don't start doing that until after the playoffs are over.

I got my season tickets several months before they got the ping pong ball to draft Crosby and I think my tickets in the Mellon Arena were 30 bucks a seat at that time and I loved my seats. I was in C section right next to the exit and a restroom and 3 concession stands were within 100 feet of my seats! I've been going to games since the early 90's when I would come back off of leave from the Navy and have a lot of great memories. Watched a lot of really bad games but they were always fun to go to
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on February 14, 2019, 03:02:17 PM
Well yes if aftermarket selling is bad then it is not worth the risk. That's exactly where I was in the Summer 2007 when I chose not to renew. During the two seasons that I had the 1/2 season plans that was 41 regular season plus 1 preseason I would still only go to 12-15 games and sold the rest at face value or maybe a small small small profit.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 14, 2019, 05:38:49 PM
I have the same aftermarket problem with my Steeler season tickets. I do have a friend who buys most of them, but the Sun/Mon/Thursday night games are problematic my friend. A couple years ago, I tried putting my tickets on ticket exchange and they went unsold. Last year, I ended up just giving the night game tickets away to friends. I'm opting out of the playoff game ticket purchase this year for the first time.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 15, 2019, 02:44:37 PM
Penguins have activated Justin Schultz off the injured reserve list. We will see if he is in the lineup against Calgary tomorrow
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 16, 2019, 01:23:33 PM
Penguins playing in that dreaded afternoon Saturday game and the Pens give up the first goal on a weird double deflection that would've been 5 feet wide if it didn't hit a Calgary skate

Good news is Schultz is back on the ice
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 16, 2019, 01:45:05 PM
Technically it was not a power play goal but the second power play unit was on the ice and Guentzel was able to tip in a shot from Schultz to tie this game up 1-1. Bjugstad got the other assist
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 16, 2019, 02:05:23 PM
Calgary definitely outplayed the Penguins in the first period but the Penguins were able to escape with a 1-1 tie. Pens need to step it up if they want to come out of this game with a win
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 16, 2019, 02:12:49 PM
Murray starting to show some leaks now as the Pens give up 2 quick ones and are down 3-1 early in the second period. That 3rd goal is one Murray needs to and should've stopped. Really bad goal to give up 
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 16, 2019, 02:17:25 PM
Back to a 1 goal deficit as Crosby is able to score on the power play. Power play looking better today. Pens still down though 3-2
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 16, 2019, 02:49:48 PM
Horrible 2nd half of a period for the Pens as they now trail 5-2 after 2 periods. Some horrible goals given up by Murray in that period and I'm not sure what he was doing laying down and sliding out away from the net and giving up a goal. That just looked weird to me.

God I hate these afternoon games!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 16, 2019, 03:09:34 PM
Sullivan pulls Murray and DeSmith is now the goalie for the 3rd period as Calgary starts the period on the power play. Penguins need some kind of spark like a shorthanded goal to get back into this game as they have been thoroughly outplayed so far
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 16, 2019, 03:20:20 PM
Penguins show some signs of life as Malkin scores on the power play to make it 5-3 Calgary. Crosby and Kessel get the assists
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 16, 2019, 03:34:44 PM
Malkin just drills in another power play goal to make it 5-4 Calgary with 5 minutes left in the game. Penguins with 3 power play goals today

Shame that the Penguins had that horrible 2nd half of the second period. Malkin with 2 goals and Crosby with a goal and 2 assists today
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 16, 2019, 03:44:21 PM
Pens had a couple chances at the very end to tie this game up but it just wasn't in the cards as the Penguins lose today 5-4. A bad 2nd period and several really bad goals given up by Murray doomed this team and they just could not crawl back up to win it.

Decision now is who will start in goal tomorrow since both goalies played. Will Sullivan let Murray try to redeem himself or will he go with DeSmith?
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: Nicky on February 16, 2019, 03:45:04 PM
Flames have been doing this to teams all season.  3rd highest scoring team in the NHL.  Gaudreu is 4th in individual points, and Monahan/Lindholm both in Top 20.  I see them all the time on the NHL Network "live look in" segments every night that they play and they are very fun to watch.  Love some of their home and alternate uniform combinations also! 

Also...literally every single time I see or hear the Calgary Flames I automatically think to myself Lanny McDonald or Thereon Fluery. 
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on February 16, 2019, 06:23:36 PM
Those 80s Flames teams were loaded and probably deserved a better fate than only 2 finals appearances and 1 cup...playing in the same division as the Oilers hurt their cause, especially because of the NHL's bracket format (not unlike the Capitals the past 5 years).

As for this year, yes, the Flames have a nice team. I did not see today's game, however.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 17, 2019, 03:30:45 AM
Regardless of how much Cal scores, Murray was really, really bad yesterday and the reason Pens lost.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 17, 2019, 05:01:56 AM
Regardless of how much Cal scores, Murray was really, really bad yesterday and the reason Pens lost.


Couldn't agree more with this statement.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 17, 2019, 08:36:20 AM
This is what the writer Sam Kasan posted for the Penguins website after the game:

* Goaltender Matt Murray had a rough day, though it was no fault of his own. The first four goals that Murray surrendered were all on pucks that were tipped on the original shot (tipped by Pens, no less!). On the final goal, the Pens were scrambling and left Murray to fend for himself. Though he gave up five goals and was replaced in the third period, you can't hang any of those on Murray.

I don't know why Pens beat writers and even broadcasters treat this goalie with kid gloves. Is his ego that fragile? I'm not sure what game this guy was watching but no way the first four goals were tipped. The third goal was a straight shot to Murray he missed and the 5th goal Murray was flopping on the ice for some strange reason. Own up to if you have a bad game and get your mind right for the next game IMO.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 17, 2019, 09:10:52 AM
If Murray was playing well, but goals were from bad luck, Sullivan wouldn't have replaced him, imho. Anyway, I saw one goal trickled right under Murray. I didn't see the whole game because I was at a basketball playoff game, but I did see the "What you missed" segment and didn't notice any tipped or otherwise deflected shots.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on February 17, 2019, 11:53:35 AM
DeSmith is in net today vs NYR.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 17, 2019, 12:38:01 PM
If Murray was playing well, but goals were from bad luck, Sullivan wouldn't have replaced him, imho. Anyway, I saw one goal trickled right under Murray. I didn't see the whole game because I was at a basketball playoff game, but I did see the "What you missed" segment and didn't notice any tipped or otherwise deflected shots.

I watched that whole game and the 2nd goal he gave up was deflected twice on its way towards the net. Can't blame him for that even though it went right through his legs. The other goals he definitely had a chance to stop and should've stopped several of them.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 17, 2019, 12:48:47 PM
Also, with his 3 points yesterday, Crosby passes Rod Brind'Amour for #49 on the all time points list with 1,185 points. Ovechkin is #48 with 1188

And with his first assist yesterday, Kessel was able to get his 800th point to be the 17th born American to get at least 800 points. Hopefully that monkey is off his back (if that was weighing on him) and he will start playing a little looser and start racking up the points
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 17, 2019, 01:16:01 PM
Letang gets the goal as it deflects off a Ranger's skate and goes in the net. Crosby gets the assist. Pens up 1-0 late in the first period

That's what the Pens need to do to this rookie goaltender. Keep throwing pucks to the net!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 17, 2019, 01:22:47 PM
Refs make a horrible call on Rust and the Rangers get a power play and tie the game as a shot goes off Blueger's stick and in the net behind DeSmith

Game is tied 1-1 after one period. Hopefully that wakes the Pens up
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 17, 2019, 01:48:43 PM
Refs are absolutely horrible so far today. pens blow the whistle as Malkin lay on the ice injured while the Pens are on the power play. Well, he was laying on the ice because he took a high stick to the face right in front of the net and a no call from the refs! Penguins should have a 5 on 3 right now
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 17, 2019, 02:03:41 PM
Pens power play has not looked good today BUT the 2nd power play unit comes out midway through their 4th power play chance and Pettersson scores to make it 2-1 Penguins
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 17, 2019, 02:10:31 PM
What an assist by Crosby from behind the net and what a one time shot from Dumoulin to make this a 3-1 game

Damnit! Rangers come right back and score when it looked like DeSmith was gonna make an unbelievable save. Pens still up 3-2 late in the 2nd period
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on February 17, 2019, 02:30:17 PM
3-3 after 2.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 17, 2019, 02:32:43 PM
3-3 after 2.

And Crosby takes a 4 minute high sticking penalty with 12 seconds left in the period. The Rangers can take control of this game quick unless the Pens penalty kill steps up big time

Pens need this game to as they are 1 point out of a playoff spot right now
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 17, 2019, 02:47:22 PM
What a penalty kill by the Penguins and right after that what a goal from Letang and Crosby gets another assist. pens take the lead 4-3
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 17, 2019, 02:54:02 PM
Sullivan moves ZAR to the second line and he quickly gets an assist as Malkin scores to give the Pens a 2 goal lead again!! Pens up 5-3 with 12 minutes left
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 17, 2019, 02:58:27 PM
How about 6-3 as Malkin scores again! ZAR and Kessel get 2 quick assists each.

Sullivan looks like a genius right now!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 17, 2019, 03:19:47 PM
it wasn't pretty as the rangers scored two late goals but the Pens grind out the win 6-5. Didn't see the Rangers last 2 goals so I'm not sure how they scored them but it is never good to give up goals like that. But the good news is that the Penguins got a much needed win and get back to that 2nd wild card spot for now

DeSmith was good early but as Murray did yesterday, he started leaking goals also. Pens are struggling to stay in the playoff race and giving up this many goals is not gonna help. Good though to see the Penguins get their scoring touch back as they are gonna need it   
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 17, 2019, 04:08:11 PM
Some of the defensive problems might be Schultz still getting his game back after the long absence.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 19, 2019, 07:04:18 PM
Real nervous right now as the Penguins get ready to take on the New Jersey Devils that they have not beaten yet this season. Pens have no room in the standings to have a bad game and not get some points

Murray also in net and he has to be good tonight
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 19, 2019, 07:15:03 PM
Why is it when Murray moves post to post ha makes himself so small and darn near lays his body down on the ice? He does that and the Devils score to take an early 1-0 lead
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 19, 2019, 07:22:32 PM
Pens get a huge break as they shouldíve been called for too many men on the ice. Refs huddled and said no and soon after ZAR scores off a nice setup from Crosby to tie this game up 1-1
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 19, 2019, 07:44:51 PM
Pens score on the power play to tie this game back up 2-2. Not sure who got the goal, Bjugstad with the shot of Guentzel maybe deflected it in front
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 19, 2019, 08:21:35 PM
Rust with the goal to make it 3-2 Penguins. Some really bad goals being given up by both goalies today
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 19, 2019, 08:43:04 PM
Ruhwedel scores to give the Penguins a 4-2 lead after two periods. Pens dominothat second period. Hereís to hoping it last for another 20 minutes!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 20, 2019, 05:02:03 AM
pens were able to pull out the win 4-3 last night. If you were looking for a good game for goalies, this was not it. Murray gave up 3 really bad goals and Kincade also for the Devils gave up 2 or 3 bad goals IMO. Luckily the Penguins had enough offense to pull out the win.

So now the Pens go from playing an almost last place team in the Devils to an almost first place team in the Sharks on Thursday.

Also don't look now but Crosby has quietly moved into a tie for 8th place with Stamkos in total points this season with 73. he is turning it on at just the right time. Hopefully he can keep it going
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 20, 2019, 06:29:39 AM
Thought Murray gave up a couple bad goals, too. On the plus side, in games against NJD this season, the Pens have generally looked old and slow, but not last night. They were skating right with them and dominating possession for long stretches. I think I like the roster right now except for the two centers playing out of position, Bjugstad and Bluegar, kind of looking lost at wing. I really like McCann who's fitting in nicely as 3rd center. Once Schultz fully reacclimates himself, the defense will be ok.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 20, 2019, 07:17:04 AM
Thought Murray gave up a couple bad goals, too. On the plus side, in games against NJD this season, the Pens have generally looked old and slow, but not last night. They were skating right with them and dominating possession for long stretches. I think I like the roster right now except for the two centers playing out of position, Bjugstad and Bluegar, kind of looking lost at wing. I really like McCann who's fitting in nicely as 3rd center. Once Schultz fully reacclimates himself, the defense will be ok.


if I have a choice between Blueger and Simon, I would want Blueger on wing. I think GMJR has one more trade in him and it might be either getting rid of Pearson or Simon. Pearson had a little jump in his step last night, but I think that will fade away fast. I also like ZAR on left wing on the second line with Malkin. I think he has fit in nicely with Malkin and Kessel.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 20, 2019, 01:59:16 PM
After he got settled after the trade, I thought Pearson was working very well with Malkin and Kessel. I don't honestly think Rutherford has to make any trades. I might prefer a better back up goalie than DeSmith, but the mgt and coaches seem to love him and Simon. I could see possibily a trade for a depth d-man given Maatta being out and down to only 1 extra D.

It must be silly season on 93.7 because I heard Cook talking about trading Kessel.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 20, 2019, 02:24:04 PM
After he got settled after the trade, I thought Pearson was working very well with Malkin and Kessel. I don't honestly think Rutherford has to make any trades. I might prefer a better back up goalie than DeSmith, but the mgt and coaches seem to love him and Simon. I could see possibily a trade for a depth d-man given Maatta being out and down to only 1 extra D.

It must be silly season on 93.7 because I heard Cook talking about trading Kessel.


I was actually listening to that also and someone called in to call him out on that and he backtracked and said he was talking about trading him in the offseason, not now, but that is not what he said to start. My point is, Cook knows nothing about hockey!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 21, 2019, 07:13:25 PM
I know Murray did not have a good game a few days ago but Iím kinda surprised the DeSmith is starting tonight against the Sharks
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 21, 2019, 07:15:03 PM
And the Sharks quickly take the lead less than a minute into the game as they got an early power play when Johnson gets called for tripping. Ugh!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 21, 2019, 07:31:53 PM
Kessel with another bad turnover instead of just dumping the puck in and the Sharks get a shorthanded goal to take a 2-0 early lead. Pens look like they are sleepwalking right now.

Kessel has been more of a liability lately than an asset. Him and Hornqvist are in some major slumps right now
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 21, 2019, 07:41:10 PM
I have no idea what the Penguins think they are doing. They are playing probably the worst game I have seen them play so far this season and we are only 13 minutes into the game and they give up another power play goal and are down 3-0

Just ugly
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 21, 2019, 08:48:04 PM
Pens down to the Sharks 3-0 after two periods
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 21, 2019, 10:32:30 PM
4 goals scored by the Sharks special teams - 3 power play goals and 1 short handed goal. Penguins had no answers tonight and just looked off all night. Over the past week this looks like a team that won't make the playoffs and if they do will be a first round out. Winning 6-5 or 5-4 or even 4-3 is not going to cut it these days in the playoffs. And their recent wins have been sloppy with so-so goaltending. Power play streaky and still giving up short handed goals will not scare any team. And their penalty kill has looked bad lately also

I still think GMJR will pull off something before or on Monday's trade deadline to shake up this team   
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 23, 2019, 08:27:28 PM
Crosby opens up the scoringin this sloppy Stadium Series game. Light rain and the ice is choppy but Crosby was able to score off a bad turnover from the Flyers. Pens up 1-0
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 23, 2019, 08:54:39 PM
Pens and Flyers tied 1-1 after one period. Simmonds went head hunting and took out Dumoulin late and he probably wonít return. Shoulder right to the head and it didnít look good. Letang also left early as he went down to the ice hardas he tussled with a Flyer
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 23, 2019, 09:32:25 PM
Pens are down to only 4 defenseman in this game but they are able to get the next goal from Schultz as the Pens lead now 2-1. Crosby and Hornqvist with the assists
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 23, 2019, 09:56:35 PM
Pens up 2-1 after two periods. Pens defense is holding up strong so far
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 23, 2019, 10:27:05 PM
Pens take a two goal lead as Malkin scores. Pens up 3-1
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: Bob.Gregg.WJPA.Radio on February 23, 2019, 10:59:38 PM
That's a terrible goal allowed by Murray to tie the game.  Maybe the worst he's given up in his career...
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: KidRaven on February 23, 2019, 11:00:08 PM
And they blow the 2 goal lead late as Flyers get a 4 on 3 PP goal (with their goalie pulled to make it 5 on 3) and then score with 15 seconds to go to tie it. Heading to OT.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 23, 2019, 11:01:41 PM
Murryjust possibly gives up the worst goal of his career when the Penguins couldíve got out with a 3-2 win instead he gives up a goal with 15 seconds left and this game is going to overtime. Just a puck thrown towards the net and it goes in.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 23, 2019, 11:04:30 PM
I donít know how these defenseman for the Penguins are doing it. Glad they get a few days off and they donít have to play again until Tuesday

Johnson, Shultz, Petterman And Ruhwedel deserve a lot of praise for tonight
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: KidRaven on February 23, 2019, 11:06:33 PM
Absolutely horrible loss.  Dominate OT and get chances all over the place.  Flyers get off one shot and win on another leaky goal. 

Disgusting.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 23, 2019, 11:07:44 PM
That loss just sums up the Pens season. 2 bad goals given up by Murray in the end and the Pens lose in overtime when they were up 3-1 late in the third period
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 25, 2019, 04:06:43 PM
From PG:

Quote
The Penguins added some muscle and depth on the back end Monday by trading for defenseman Erik Gudbranson from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Tanner Pearson.

Straight player-for-player, no draft picks or retained salary involved.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: KidRaven on February 25, 2019, 04:30:13 PM
From ESPN.com

4:10 p.m. ET: Defenseman Chris Wideman to the Penguins.

The deal:

Penguins get: D Chris Wideman

Panthers get: F Sebastian Dea

Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 25, 2019, 05:20:28 PM
Penguins get 2 bottom depth defenseman and did not have to give up anything to get them. Good trades IMO. Pearson just was not working out and Dea was just a Wilkes Barre guy IMO. He was never coming up here as long as Cullen and Bjugstad were here

Pens also reassign Blueger to WBS which IMO is a huge mistake. Blueger brings a lot more to this team than Simon does
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 25, 2019, 05:43:23 PM
Probably the only other 2 guys who don't have to clear waivers are ZAR and Wilson, both wingers. Bluegar is just a victim of too many centers on the team, imho. He might as well play big minutes at WBS rather than limited minutes with the Pens.

Wideman and Dea both UFAs at the end of the season, so that's a wash there and Wideman provides some experienced depth. Who knows maybe Gudbranson will turn out well like Hainsey and Daly.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 25, 2019, 09:43:56 PM
Gonna be very interesting to see how the Penguins do down the stretch run as the Capitals and Blue Jackets got significantly better. Columbus looks to be all or nothing this season as they gave up a bunch of picks and young talent. I guess we will see tomorrow night up close how it is working.

I guess it is also time to start scoreboard watching as Montreal and Buffalo are losing tonight which is good news for the Pens
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 26, 2019, 07:33:59 PM
Huge game for the Pens tonight as they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets. Getting close to do or die time for the Pens to make a move

Guentzel with a huge goal to give the Pens a 1-0 lead assists from Hornqvist and Crosby
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 26, 2019, 07:36:52 PM
But unfortunately Pens give up a goal quick as Columbus ties this up 1-1 but Sullivan is challenging for goaltender interference. IMO, Murray just does not look comfortable in the net right now

But it did look like a Columbus player clipped Murray's skate and might've knocked him off balance. Refs agree with the Pens on interference and the Pens still lead 1-0
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 26, 2019, 07:45:31 PM
McCann with a big goal to give the Pens a 2-0 lead late in the 1st

And right after it looks like Rust went hard into the boards after a hit and Rust gets up with a bad limp. Didn't look good and it should've been called interference on Columbus. Sometimes I wonder what the refs are looking at!
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 26, 2019, 08:20:23 PM
Good news is Brobvosky gives up a really bad goal to Malkin to give the Pens a 3-0 lead

Bad news is Murray gives up his own bad goal right over his glove to make it 3-1
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 26, 2019, 08:21:40 PM
Pens get a really bad break on the penalty kill as a puck deflects off Schultz's foot right to an open Blue Jackets player and they get a power play goal in only 10 seconds to make it 3-2 penguins. It's a game now
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 26, 2019, 08:36:04 PM
chad Ruhwhedel is out of the game now as he took a hit into the boards. looks like he took an elbow to the ribs

pens are just hanging on for dear life now as Columbus is dominating in offense and physicality
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 26, 2019, 08:47:21 PM
pens up 3-2 after 2 periods but Columbus has 1:48 let on their power play to start the third period

Definitely gut check time for the Pens 
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 26, 2019, 09:24:22 PM
Huge goal for McCann as he scores his second of the night with 6:20 left in the game. Simon and Schultz get the assists

Pens now up 4-2
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 26, 2019, 09:29:13 PM
huge penalty kill for the Pens as Cullen takes the penalty with 4 minutes left
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 26, 2019, 09:38:19 PM
Crosby gets an empty net goal and the Penguins will win 5-2. probably the most important game of the season as Washington, Carolina and Montreal were winning big. Pens needed this just to keep pace. Murray made a huge save with around 2 minutes left to keep that 2 goal cushion


Columbus dominated most of this game but only had 21 shots and IMO, they won't be going anywhere with Brobvosky in net
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 26, 2019, 11:06:24 PM
Nice team win for the Pens. McCann acquisition also looking very good.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 26, 2019, 11:43:41 PM
Thought McQuaid's hit on Rust was really dirty, shoving him into the boards. Plays like those are so dangerous. One of these days, a player is going to wind up with not just a concussion, but a broken neck. Maybe the league needs a black and white rule like for high sticks (doesn't matter how your stick got high enough to hit another player, you have to be in control of it all times) for shoving a player into the boards like that.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 27, 2019, 12:15:25 AM
Thought McQuaid's hit on Rust was really dirty, shoving him into the boards. Plays like those are so dangerous. One of these days, a player is going to wind up with not just a concussion, but a broken neck. Maybe the league needs a black and white rule like for high sticks (doesn't matter how your stick got high enough to hit another player, you have to be in control of it all times) for shoving a player into the boards like that.


Refs swallowed their whistles pretty much through the whole game so Columbus was getting away with a lot of dirty hits. I agree the hit on Rust should've been at minimum an interference call and could've easily been a boarding call like you stated. The Flyers on Saturday and Columbus today have been taking advantage of the non calls from the refs. NHL needs to step up and get on these refs but we know that will never happen 
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 27, 2019, 06:51:19 AM
McQuaid really should be suspended. Not only was that from behind, but McQuaid took at least a couple of strides toward Rust, then shoved him. McQuaid was so far away, it didn't look like Rust was even expecting contact. Hits like that are exactly why the NHL now has modified no touch icing.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: yannessa_is_god on February 27, 2019, 09:23:54 AM
Nice win but a weird game.

Columbus got the better of the play definitely, and had some really good chances (i.e. the pass pass pass 3 on 0 without getting a SOG) but simply did not generate enough offense and failed to capitalize on some of their grade A chances. Murray was not great although he did have that big save that hs alluded to late (I think on Atkinson) but otherwise was not the difference, either.

Like was mentioned Montreal and Carolina both won so Hurricanes move into Metro 3, Pens into WC2, and CBJ falls all the way from Metro 3 to first team out. Islanders lost their game to Calgary so they are in a 79 point tie in first with Washington, although they have two less losses and two less GP and thus are still in first. Both teams only 5 points ahead of Pittsburgh.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 27, 2019, 12:01:55 PM
McQuaid really should be suspended. Not only was that from behind, but McQuaid took at least a couple of strides toward Rust, then shoved him. McQuaid was so far away, it didn't look like Rust was even expecting contact. Hits like that are exactly why the NHL now has modified no touch icing.


Agree completely and I am surprised Sullivan didnít make more of a stink about it after the game to maybe get the NHL to look at it but as usual, not a word from the NHL

We should here shortly on a status about Rust and Ruhwedel as the Pens are getting ready to take the ice for practice
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 27, 2019, 04:32:33 PM
Rust, Ruhwedel out "longer term". Rust apparently won't need surgery to fix whatever ails him. Ruhwedel has a shoulder injury.

Simon moved up with McCann and Bugjustad. Bluegar likely to be recalled.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on February 27, 2019, 05:07:23 PM
Rust, Ruhwedel out "longer term". Rust apparently won't need surgery to fix whatever ails him. Ruhwedel has a shoulder injury.

Simon moved up with McCann and Bugjustad. Bluegar likely to be recalled.


I'm assuming we will see Simon up on the top line with Crosby sooner rather than later. I would disagree with that but we all know Crosby prefers Simon over Hornqvist on his line
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: bfgrad on February 28, 2019, 03:25:03 PM
Sullivan wants to get Hornqvist going and he seems to play best with Crosby, so I don't see a change there.
Title: Re: Pens 2018-2019 Regular Season Part 2
Post by: hs on March 01, 2019, 07:14:42 AM
Columbus beats the Flyers last night in OT so they once again pull 1 point ahead of the Penguins

2 huge games for the Penguins as they will play Buffalo tonight and then Montreal on Saturday. Buffalo for the most part, is out of the playoff race being 8 points behind but we all know how the Pens sometimes play against teams like this. Montreal is a point ahead of the Penguins and with the pens playing back to back with a depleted roster due to injuries, it's gonna take a lot of guts to pull off some wins