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Neal to Play for Canada at World Championships


Penguins winger James Neal has been added to Team Canada’s roster for the 2011 IIHF World Hockey Championships, taking place April 29 to May 15 in Kosice, Slovakia. "I’m excited," Neal said. "Any time you can play for your country it’s an exciting experience. I’m looking forward to getting over there and having some fun and keep the season going. To keep playing is good." Neal left Friday afternoon for Europe to join his Team Canada teammates in Slovakia. He’s using the international competition as a way to keep himself on the ice. "It’s a chance to keep going, keep playing, keep competing," Neal said. International competition is not new to Neal. He won a gold medal with Canada in the 2007 World Junior Championships in Sweden, and represented his country in the 2005 U-18 World Juniors and ’09 World Championships. "It’s another chance to put on the Team Canada jersey," Neal said. "To represent your country is an exciting experience. Any time you’re chosen for Team Canada you want to be a part of it.


Crosby: Symptoms recurred during comeback try

From NHL.com:   PITTSBURGH -- Penguins star Sidney Crosby is optimistic about returning fully healthy for next season, but acknowledges he recently had a setback in his recovery from a...

Penguins' current power play plan isn't working


Understatement of the year???? The Penguins score power-play goals about as often as coach Dan Bylsma tips his hand regarding lineup changes. Bylsma did, however, suggest that a lineup change was possible following Game 6. Does this mean that Eric Tangradi, who has been influential in the team's past two power-play goals, will play in Game 7 tonight against the Lightning? "That's a maybe," Bylsma said. Tangradi played in Game 4 because of left wing Chris Kunitz's one-game suspension. Tyler Kennedy's power-play goal happened largely because of Tangradi's ability to screen Tampa Bay goaltender Dwayne Roloson. In the regular season finale, another Tangradi screen helped Kennedy score a power-play goal at Atlanta.

NHL Playoffs 2011: 3 Changes Needed for Pittsburgh Penguins to Win Game


Not a huge fan of bleacher report as anyone can create a blog and post there and get picked up by Google news... but this guy agrees with me so I'm posting it ;) Basically replace Niskanen with Engelland, Replace Connor with Tangradi and Shake up the Powerplay by inserting more of Rupp & Asham to stir it up in front of the net.

Talbot had me cracking up on Orpik


Talbot had me cracking up on Orpik

More on 'coach' Crosby


Looks must be deceiving because Crosby certainly looked 10 shades of intense watching the game, but Granato said Crosby's comments were fairly few and far between and relatively light. "He mostly said things like, 'Tell the guys great job,' 'Tell the guys to keep 'er going,' 'Tell someone great play along the boards,' 'Tell someone great net-front presence,'" Granato said. "It was always positive."

Pens Rupp knows a good coach when he sees one


Eight years ago as a rookie on the New Jersey Devils, Rupp became a most unlikely Stanley Cup hero. A blue-collar banger, Rupp appeared in just four games that postseason. But in the biggest game of 2003, the late Pat Burns had his biggest player in the lineup. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Rupp rewarded his legendary coach by scoring what proved to be the game-winning goal in Game 7 of the Cup finals to give Burns his first and only championship. The Devils' opponents in that game? The Anaheim Ducks and Dan Byslma.

Letang's struggles must end for Pens to make run


Letang might be able to prevent an early exit if he can again be the All-Star player he was before Crosby was hurt -- or, even, the player whose playoff statistics a year ago eclipsed those for the entire regular season that preceded the playoff run. "He needs to be better," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said.

Not pens news, but just thought it was worth noting that Selanne got his first career fighting...


Not pens news, but just thought it was worth noting that Selanne got his first career fighting major.

Memo to the Pens: Sit Sidney Crosby

Sidney Crosby has hoisted a Stanley Cup and scored the dramatic gold-medal-winning overtime goal for Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. But now his career is complicated by other images: the two violent hits to the head that Crosby suffered in back-to-back games in January, hits that left him sidelined with a belatedly diagnosed concussion just as the 23-year-old Penguins superstar was riding a transcendent scoring streak unmatched in the NHL in 20 years. So the sight of Crosby finally returning to the ice in the past week for a few of Pittsburgh's morning team skates was encouraging progress. But that's all it should be allowed to be. There's a video and more at the link... Do you agree? I'm kind of on the fence... I don't TOTALLY disagree with this. BUT, if the doctors say there is no reason for concern and that him coming now isn't different from him coming back next season, then I am fine with him coming back now.

BC's Brian Gibbons Signs With Pittsburgh Penguins


"Gibbons, who attended the Penguins development camp in 2010, just completed his fourth season of collegiate hockey with Boston College. He finished his senior campaign with 18 goals and 51 points in 39 games. Gibbons, an Eagles assistant captain, was named All-Hockey East second team and Hockey East All-Tournament Team. Gibbons (5-foot-8, 165 pounds) has twice won the NCAA Division I ice hockey title during his Boston College career (2008, 2010). The Braintree, Massachusetts native played 160 career games with the Eagles, posting 56 goals, 108 assists and 160 points."

Cook: When he's ready, Penguins' Crosby must Play


"I'm pretty sure [Crosby] could lace them up tonight and play and be a force," he told the Post-Gazette's Shelly Anderson the other day. "He's just so much better than everyone else. He's just that talented."

Pittsburgh Penguins Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury


The turnaround came during that Nov. 12 game. Some fans, recalling how Fleury bounced back from a Game 5 blowout loss to Detroit in the 2009 finals when they cheered him wildly before Game 6, began chanting, "FLURRR-eee, FLURRR-eee." More and more fans picked up on the chant, and soon Consol began to sound as if it might during a playoff game. "I won't forget that," Fleury said.

The Sidney Crosby comeback question

Some great quotes here by teammates... and I'd like you to show me a guy who has more respect from his teammates than Sid. Asked if it is reasonable to expect that Crosby could come back and play like the best player in the game, Dupuis said flatly: "He will. The way I know him, the way everybody knows him on this team, you can expect that he will." Even coming off something like this? "He will," Dupuis repeated. "Just because he’s that kind of person. Talent doesn’t mean anything when you’re Sidney Crosby. It’s all about work ethic, all about dedication to the game. It’s all about wanting it, and he’s the kind of person that … I’m not worried at all."

Crosby Centers Fifth Line


Sidney Crosby is centering a fifth line between wingers Arron Asham and Eric Godard at th Penguins' morning skate at the St. Pete Times Forum. He did not practice with the five-on-four power play but worked a spot down low with the second unit during a five-on-three drill. He's skating strong, just as he has been in on-ice workouts separate from the club. Perhaps someone upstairs has noticed the occasion; there is a tremendous thunderstorm raging outside the arena. The sound of thunder and of heavy rain is apparent, and the lights inside the arena have flickered a few times.

Crosby, Letestu Skate 45 Minutes


Penguins centers Sidney Crosby (concussion) and Mark Letestu (believed to be shoulder) came off the Consol Energy Center ice 45 minutes before the team's game-day skate. They worked out on the ice at least 45 minutes with conditioning coach Mike Kadar. For Crosby, that's an upgrade. When he first got back on the ice less than two weeks ago, he only went 15 minutes. He also, according to coach Dan Bylsma, is doing rigorous off-ice workouts. It's not known when he might be cleared for full practice with the rest of the club. Contact would be a major step. The Penguins' upcoming skate in advance of tonight's game against New Jersey is optional.

Time Without Crosby Has Been Revealing for the Pens


"Once the Pittsburgh Penguins realized Sidney Crosby's concussion layoff would be an extended one, no doubt they began to worry about where they might finish in the Eastern Conference race. With less than two weeks remaining in the season, and with a 42-23-8 record, how's this for a possibility: First place. Their two-and-a-half months without hockey's best player have been troubling at times, controversial at others for the Penguins -- and, too, unexpectedly revealing." It goes on, pretty good summary of the Penguins post-Crosby concussion.

Crosby, Letestu skate early


Penguiins center Sidney Crosby just got off the ice at Southpointe, an hour before the rest of the team is scheduled to practice. We aren't sure how long he was skating, but he worked with conditioning coach Mike Kadar doing various shooting drills with cones. One of these days, Crosby, who is working his way back from a concussion, will join his teammates at practice, perhaps in no-contact mode, but it doesn't look like that will be today. While they were at one end of the rink, Mark Letestu skated on his own at the other end. Now that Crosby has retired to the locker room, though, Letestu is working with Kadar. Letestu is considered day to day because of what is believed to be a shoulder injury. Coach Dan Bylsma said Letestu went out with no gear when he skated Saturday. Today, he is in full gear.

Crosby back on the ice in Pittsburgh


Sidney Crosby made another step in his rehabilitation from a concussion Monday, as the Penguins' captain ran through on-ice drills at the team's practice facility in Canonsburg, Pa.

Dupuis' Sticky Situation


It's a light schedule this week, and someone from the Penguins organization apparently decided it was a good day for a prank. We weren't able to see this first-hand, but this is what we gathered from sources who shall remain unnamed: When winger Pascal Dupuis went to retrieve his shoes, he discovered someone had glued the bottoms of them together. He was able to pull them apart, but they were too much of a mess for him to use, especially on the carpet. We have no word on Dupuis' reaction or recourse, and our sources swore they weren't the perpetrators.

Report says Pacioretty has severe concussion


Seen this last night while watching the Wild game... Hurts to watch it.... But the reason I'm posting is to ask... Should Chara be suspended or is this just bad luck for Pacioretty... I'm not sure intent to injure was there.... if this was further down the ice this is just a rub against the boards.


Crosby Injury Taints NHL Season

Link to Article The quotes that stand out to me that I wanted to chat a little bit are... Concerning the NHL season The races in both conferences are as tight as they can possibly be because of...

David Steckel still sorry for Crosby hit


It's a conspiracy, Washington sent Steckel to the Devils to injure more of our players. Conspiracy I tell you!

Penguins F Kunitz on track to return by week's end


Kunitz maybe back as early as Wednesday Staal expected to play after taking a puck to the head last game Martin uncertain to play after being rocked in the last game

Hilary Duff Wants Husband, Pittsburgh Penguin Mike Comrie Traded


lol I forgot he was married to her... not much here, just gave me a chuckle.

Penguins' respect for Godard grows after fight against Haley


"I don't know if it was possible for Godsy to be any more respected in this room than he already was," left wing Mike Rupp said. "But if it's possible, than he is. He's like a brother." "Character-wise, I'm not surprised one bit that he did it," Goligoski said. "He's the ultimate team guy."

Front Line: Replacement Penguins


Pretty much directed towards fantasy hockey players... but those of you who don't play won't be hurt by giving it a read.


Points Missed Per Game Due to Injuries

If you're anything like me... this is going to frustrate you to no ends...  Don't hate me for this... What I've done is taken the Pens most notable injuries(I didn't include Comrie because there's...

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