Share with your Friends

(Page 152 of 322)
NHL Insider

More focus required for Penguins after blowout losses

Thursday, 04.04.2013 / 1:05 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Panic is a strong word in sports, far too strong to describe the emotional state of the Pittsburgh Penguins right now.

Alarmed works. Startled, anxious and worried all fit as well.

Though one forgettable, streak-busting blowout loss was almost expected after a perfect March, a second straight no-show 24 hours later at Madison Square Garden means it is look-in-the-mirror time for the Penguins.

"Everybody is telling us we're good and we're going to win, maybe it got to our head a little bit," Penguins wing Pascal Dupuis said following the 6-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday at the Garden.

The Penguins have been outscored 10-2 by the Sabres and Rangers this week. They gave up nine goals in the 11 games before that.

Penguins move on after remarkable streak ends

Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 11:38 AM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

The Pittsburgh Penguins are prepared to move on in the aftermath of having their 15-game winning streak come to end on Tuesday in a loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

The Penguins, playing without their injured captain and NHL scoring leader Sidney Crosby for the first time this season, dropped a 4-1 decision to the Sabres at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

"The effort was not where we wanted to be, not where we can have it," said Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who relieved Tomas Vokoun after the Sabres' fourth goal. "We have been playing some great hockey, and [Tuesday] didn't seem like our best effort."

The loss to Buffalo was Pittsburgh's first setback since Feb. 28 and marked the first time in 12 games that the Penguins yielded more than two goals. Buffalo's triumph also snapped Pittsburgh's back-to-back-to-back shutouts against the New York Islanders, Winnipeg Jets and Montreal Canadiens.

The Penguins share the NHL's second-longest streak at 15 games with the 1981-82 New York Islanders. Pittsburgh fell two wins short of matching the League record it set in 1993 with a 17-game streak.

Rangers face home-and-home test against Penguins

Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 11:30 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Marian Gaborik spoke in a soft and quiet tone, but his message should resonate loud and clear as the New York Rangers head into a showdown Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"We can't be spooked by them," Gaborik said quietly after practice Tuesday. "We can't give them too much respect."

Easier said than done, even with Sidney Crosby out of the lineup when the Rangers and Penguins begin a home-and-home at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN). They also play Friday at Consol Energy Center (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US), where newly acquired forward Ryane Clowe likely will make his Rangers' debut.

Though the Rangers' lineup may be slightly different because of trade deadline moves, they figure they can't be spooked or afraid of giving Pittsburgh too much respect provided they play the same way they did in the final 40 minutes of their 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.

Current Pens similar but different from '92-93 club

Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 4:44 PM / NHL Insider

Chris Adamski - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Part of a two-time defending Stanley Cup champion roster that included five surefire future Hall of Fame members, Bob Errey this week took a moment to recall the feelings associated with playing for the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins.

"It just seemed winning came too easy," said Errey, now the television color analyst for the team.

"It was just so much fun. I remember the team just felt invincible."

For 17 consecutive games in March and April of that season, it was.

Almost exactly 20 years after those dominating Penguins established the NHL record for consecutive victories, the 2012-13 Pittsburgh team is working on eclipsing it.

Stepan's big night eases sting of alma mater's defeat

Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 12:49 PM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

From a team standpoint, Derek Stepan's two-goal performance Monday night against the Winnipeg Jets couldn't have come at a better time. He scored the game-winner and helped provide a big two points for a New York Rangers team that had been shut out in its previous two games.

From a more personal standpoint, the breakout game helped take some of the sting off a difficult week for Stepan's alma mater, the University of Wisconsin.

The first blow for the Badgers came March 22, when Wisconsin's men's basketball team was upset by Mississippi in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Despite being ranked fifth in the West Region, Wisconsin dropped a 57-46 decision to 12th-seeded Ole Miss after finishing second to Ohio State in the Big Ten Conference tournament.

Jets know it's time to step up

Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 9:38 AM / NHL Insider

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- In a season in which the Southeast Division is ripe for the taking, the Winnipeg Jets have been trying to give it away over the past week.

The trend continued Monday at Madison Square Garden. Staked to an early lead, the Jets faltered on the power play and watched a 2-1 lead against the New York Rangers turn into a 4-2 loss, their third in a row and sixth in the past nine games.

Even with that extended slide, the Jets were in control of the division after a 4-1 road victory against the Carolina Hurricanes last Tuesday. The Jets held a six-point lead on the Hurricanes, who had played three fewer games at the time, but that lead has become more precarious after losing to the Rangers.

Sid's scoring missed, but Pens have vets to fill void

Monday, 04.01.2013 / 4:55 PM / NHL Insider

Chris Adamski - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- During the Pittsburgh Penguins' first practice since Sidney Crosby was lost for an indefinite period of time because of a broken jaw, it was learned the player who will replace the National Hockey League scoring leader as their first-line center is Tyler Kennedy.

It was also learned there is no shortage of players who will replace Crosby's role as team leader.

Former Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla's first practice with the Penguins was overshadowed by the news that Pittsburgh's captain was not on the Consol Energy Center ice.

"It's definitely terrible to lose Sid," said Iginla, who made his Penguins game debut during the same Saturday game in which Crosby was struck with a puck in his mouth about 90 seconds in. "I was really looking forward to being in the same locker room with him, playing on the same team and stuff.

"Hopefully he'll be back sooner than they say and be back for the playoffs and he'll be flying."

Multiple players said that over the previous 24 hours they had visited Crosby at a hospital a few miles down Forbes Avenue from Consol Energy Center, where Pittsburgh has won 12 in a row. The Penguins' overall 15-game winning streak is tied for the second-longest in NHL history.

Leopold ready to bring veteran know-how to Blues

Monday, 04.01.2013 / 11:35 AM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - Correspondent

When Jordan Leopold dozed off for his pre-game nap Saturday afternoon, he did so as a member of the Buffalo Sabres. Waking up was a different story.

It began a 24-hour whirlwind that saw Leopold change teams in a split second. But the newest St. Louis Blues defenseman has been through this routine before, with it being his sixth National Hockey League stop.

The 32-year-old Leopold, traded by the Sabres to the Blues for a 2013 second-round pick and a conditional 2013 fifth-round pick (that can turn into a fourth-round selection should the Blues win a playoff round), got the call from Buffalo general manager Darcy Regier prior to the Sabres facing the Washington Capitals.

"I was pre-game napping yesterday to get ready and play the Capitals," Leopold said after flying in and taking a physical. "I woke up and got a call from Darcy Regier and (he) quickly said, 'I ended up trading you.' … I really didn't sleep (Saturday) night. I think I finally dotted out about 1:30 (a.m. local time). I got up at 4:30 (a.m.). It wasn't a good, quality night of sleep. After two short flights, here I am."

GM Holland has blue print for Red Wings' defense

Sunday, 03.31.2013 / 1:00 AM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

DETROIT -- When Nicklas Lidstrom speaks, young defensemen listen.

That's why Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland used the "Nicklas Listrom card" when making a sales pitch to coveted 23-year old college free-agent defenseman Dan DeKeyser.

Holland just handed the phone to Lidstrom, the retired Red Wings captain and defenseman who now lives in Sweden but happened to be visiting Detroit with his family to start a vacation.

DeKeyser, who grew up a Red Wings fan in the Detroit suburb Macomb, couldn't believe it.

"He just told me about the organization and how special of a place it is to play," said DeKeyser, who went through his first NHL practice Saturday afternoon with Lidstrom watching from the bench. "They have a great management team and a locker room full of great guys. He said it would be a fun place to play, so I took his word for it."

Iginla feels like rookie again in debut for Penguins

Saturday, 03.30.2013 / 7:02 PM / NHL Insider

Chris Adamski - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- The veteran of 1,220 NHL games felt like he was an 18-year-old rookie all over again.

Jarome Iginla
Right Wing - PIT
GOALS: 9 | ASST: 13 | PTS: 22
SOG: 103 | +/-: -6

Jarome Iginla said the emotions and mindset associated with making his Pittsburgh Penguins debut Saturday afternoon were unlike anything since the first game of his career 17 years ago. Saturday was his first game playing for any NHL team other than the only team he'd known, the Calgary Flames.

"You know what, I was trying to think of it, and the closest thing to it was like my first game," the 35-year-old said after Pittsburgh defeated the New York Islanders, 2-0, for its 15th consecutive victory.

"You're literally all the way back to when I was 18 when you're trying to stay calm. And we had an afternoon game that game, too, and you're trying not to be too excited or too nervous, and then I tell myself, 'I've played lots of games. Relax.' But it's different.

First | Prev | 152 | 153 | 154 | 155 | 156 | 157 | 158-163 | Next | Last



Quote of the Day

We don't know how long Carey will be out, but for us, it's business as usual.

— Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien on goaltender Carey Price, who is on injured reserve with a lower-body injury
World Cup of Hockey 2016