Sunday, October 31, 2010

PENS top Canes 3-0. GOALS: P.DUPUIS(3,4) M.TALBOT(2). STARS: 3)S.CROSBY 2)P.DUPUIS 1)B.JOHNSON. Next game WED @DAL.

Friday, October 29, 2010

PENS fall to Flyers 3-2. GOALS: K.LETANG(3) T.KENNEDY(2). STARS: 3)LETANG 2)RICHARDS 1)GIROUX. Pens vs CAR SAT. STOP PENS 2end *FREE Pens Posters: reply YES

a house of horrors, at least let's hope not

With Halloween a few days away, a holiday which I do not particularly care for, the Pittsburgh Penguins play tonight against their cross state rivals, those freaky Flyers. Those dorks wear their scary faces year round, dontcha know. Take a look at Scott Hartnell.

Anyhow, to keep with the scare theme, how 'bout that Penguin goaltending? Marc Andre Fleury's performance is leaving many to scratch their head and ask, "wtf?", myself included. I've always liked MAF. When he's on his game he's a powerful goalie, but when he's off, he's way off and seems unable to get himself back on track.

Is this anything new? Not really. The year the Pens won the Stanley Cup MAF had the same horrendous start to his season. That said, he could be playing even worse now than he did that year.

Brent Johnson deserves his props, he's played outstanding in each of his starts, and has deserved that chance to get to start. However great he is currently playing, he will never be #1 goalie. Not going to happen. (no matter how hard my husband protests) Instead, will Fleury become the Pens version of Marty Turco? Oh gawd, I so hope not.

There was a reason MAF was drafted first overall in 2003 entry draft. It's not because he's a slouch. Sure there have been number one picks who didn't pan out thru their careers, but seriously I don't think he has been one of them. He'll always have his critics (and currently he he has LOTS of them), and he shut some of them up in game 7 in Detroit in June of 2009. In case you don't remember....



So yes, he is capable of greatness, currently said greatness is still on summer vacation, or something. Let's hope he's going to give us Penguins fans some tricks and treats tonight and tomorrow night... those of us who love our Pens do or die, aren't scared.

LET'S GO PENS!!!
LET'S GO PENS!!!
LET'S GO PENS!!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

PENS fall to Lightning 5-3. GOALS: C.ADAMS(1) M.COOKE(2) P.DUPUIS(2). STARS: 3)N.THOMPSON 2)D.ELLIS 1)M.ST LOUIS. Next game FRI vs Flyers.

Monday, October 25, 2010

PENS ALERT: LW Eric Tangradi & D Andrew Hutchinson re-assigned to WB/S. RW Arron Asham expected to return to lineup soon. Pens vs TB WED 7:30.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

PENS top Preds 4-3(OT). GOALS: E.MALKIN(3) S.CROSBY(5,6) K.LETANG(2-OT). STARS: 3)MALKIN 2)CROSBY 1)LETANG.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

PENS top Sens 5-2. GOALS: M.LETESTU(4) S.CROSBY(4) E.MALKIN(2) P.DUPUIS(1) K.LETANG(1). STARS: 3)JOHNSON 2)MALKIN 1)LETESTU. Pens @Preds THU 8pm.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Who believes in curses?

Not me for one. And through out sports history there have been many "proclaimed" curses. The most widely known one was of the Boston Red Sox selling Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. Some fans took it seriously, others looked at it as more of an explanation for the Red Sox lack of success.

But that's baseball, and this is hockey.

What brings all this up today is the fact that as of last week before the Penguins finally christened the new Consol Energy Center with the teams first win against the New York Islanders, some "fans" were crying that the new arena was a curse to the Pens. Seriously?

One proponent who uttered the "c" word was none other than Shawn Lavigne of XM radios Hockey This Morning. He mentioned it only in passing on his facebook page, and I was the first one to utter "NO". Then on Friday morning, during a call in to the show I made my statement in regards to my thoughts on any chances of a curse on the new building.

There isn't now, nor is there ever any kind of stupid curse.

Really, come on. We live in the digital age, not some back woods, voodoo infested area where witch doctors are making dolls out of Malkin (though this may be an explanation for Fleury's craptastic playing right now... just kidding) and sticking needles in his bum.

Superstitions are one thing, something alot of hockey players do have. Sid is known to have quite a few of pregame rituals that are more superstitions than anything else. Those I can kind of understand. Though him wearing the same cup he wore since juniors I think is a bit excessive. (In all fairness I don't know if he still wears it, but up until a couple years ago he did and the trainer had to keep repairing it, and no, I'm not going to wonder why, let's just assume he was outgrowing it or something.. ahem).

What it gets down to is that though I may think there are indeed hockey gods, and I mean that as in heaven on earth kinda thing. C'mon, you never thought Mario or Wayne was some sort of god? But in no way do I now or will I ever think there is any kind of curse on the CEC, or any other person or place.

Now cursing in an of itself... yeah, I understand that, especially when you lose.

Taking a few losses in stride, let's hope tonight's return to the home arena brings another win, and put to sleep all those talks of curses.

LET'S GO PENS!!!
LET'S GO PENS!!!
LET'S GO PENS!!!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

PENS top Flyers 5-1. GOALS: C.KUNITZ(2) M.LETESTU(3) S.CROSBY(2,3) M.COOKE(1-EN). STARS: 3)B.JOHNSON 2)K.LETANG 1)S.CROSBY. Next game MON vsOTT.

Friday, October 15, 2010

PENS top NYI 3-2(OT). GOALS RUPP(1) TANGRADI(1) GOLIGOSKI(3). STARS 3)COMEAU 2)TANGRADI 1)GOLIGOSKI. Pens vsPHI SAT 6pm.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

PENS fall to Leafs 4-3. GOALS: C.KUNITZ(1), M.TALBOT(1), S.CROSBY(1). STARS: 3)M.COOKE 2)L.SCHENN 1)C.MACARTHUR. Next game FRI 7pm vs NYI.

Tonight the Leafs

It's difficult to not look at the Penguins situation going into tonight's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs and think of it as a hot mess. Seeing as how it's only the fourth game into the current season, one just has to take it as it is and just go with it.

What makes it messy at this point is veteran D man Brooks Orpik, and new Pens acquisition Zbynek Michalek defenseman not playing tonight. Michalek hurt his shoulder in Mondays game against the New Jersey Devils after being hit into the boards. Orpik is dealing with an ongoing groin problem.

To fill their gap the Penguins recalled Andrew Hutchinson from Wilkes-Barre, and as such he will be making his NHL debut tonight... good luck kid.

For some unknown (yet maybe not unforseen by some) Mike Comrie has lost his position from the top lines, even after he's shared lines with both Crosby and Malkin in the preseason and the first couple games, he is listed as playing the fourth line tonight with Craig Adams and either Mike Rupp or Eric Goddard.

Who knows what is up with that... only time will tell.

These were the lines at this mornings practice...

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Eric Tangradi - Mark Letestu - Evgeni Malkin
Matt Cooke - Max Talbot - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Comrie - Craig Adams - Mike Rupp/Eric Godard

Fleury is the expected starter in net, with Torontos Jonas Gustavsson listed as probable for his first start of the season in goal.

At least the Penguins won Monday 3-1 in New Jersey Monday afternoon, now let's win one at home in the new digs, whadda ya say?

LET'S GO PENS!
LET'S GO PENS!
LET'S GO PENS!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

PENS beat Devils 3-1. GOALS: A.GOLIGOSKI(2), M.LETESTU(2), P.MARTIN(1). STARS: 3)P.ELIAS 2)M.LETESTU 1)B.JOHNSON. Next game WED 7:30 vs Toronto.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

PENS ALERT: Pens fall to Flyers 3-2. GOALS: T.KENNEDY(1), A.GOLIGOSKI(1). STARS: 3)T.KENNEDY 2)C.GIROUX 1)S.BOBROVSKY. Next game SAT vs MTL.

Game on! 2010-11 edition!

Photobucket

And so it begins, just as all great and wonderful things begin, with much anticipation and a whole lot of waiting. Yes my friends, hockey season officially starts today! Who cares if MLB divisional playoffs are under way, baseball is for the sedentary! Hockey is for those of us who can't sit still and like our action rough with a side order of nasty!

Not only do the Penguins get to open the NHL season at home, but they get to do so in the brand spanking new Consol Energy Center, and against those freakin' Flyers. I think it goes without being said how much we all hate them. :)

Tentatively the lines are set up for tonight as follows:

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Eric Tangradi - Mike Comrie - Evgeni Malkin
Matt Cooke - Mark Letestu - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp Rupp CraigAdams/Maxime Talbot - Eric Godard

Brooks Orpik - Zbynek Michalek
Ben Lovejoy - Paul Martin
Alex Goligoski - Deryk Engelland

I got a little snarky yesterday when I saw the Pens sent Tangradi to (of all places!) Wheeling. My mind just whirling and totally not understanding that move, until this morning I heard a rather logical explanation.

With the health of winger Arron Asham being questionable, and all NHL teams having to have their roster set by 3pm yesterday afternoon, Pittsburgh sent "Big Dog" Tangradi to the Nailers with the thought in mind if they needed him for tonight after putting Asham on IR (which they did) Tangradi would be a whole lot closer in West Virginia than all the way over in Wilkes-Barre.

Kris Letang is going to be a game time decision due to an illness.

Not a whole lot needs to be said, game time is just a few short hours away... I can barely stand it.. I've waited all these long weeks for the madness to start all over again... Mmmmm gawd, isn't it just wonderful :) (don't ask my husband, the self described hockey widower)

LET'S GO PENS!!!
LET'S GO PENS!!!
LET'S GO PENS!!!