GAME DAY REPORT
FLEURY STARTING IN GOAL
Geno-vember with the snap shot
Kunitz's impression of a one-legged giraffe
Malkin and Letang look equally confused
Crosby with Orpik peering over his shoulder
MORNING SKATE INFO
All healthy players are on the ice at Nassau Coliseum for the Pens morning skate, plus forward Chuck Kobasew - who returned to full practice on Monday (he has missed the past 16 games and the entire month of November with a lower-body injury).
The Pens used the following workflow (Sam's trying to get this word to stick, so I'm using it to humor him). Since they did full-length rushes, the D rotated in sets of three. Zach Sill skated on the fourth line in place of Jayson Megna, who had been there the previous three games, for the second straight day.
DICK'S PLAYS OF THE WEEK
NEAL KEYS GENO-VEMBER
Overall, Malkin finished November with 25 points in 15 games, with his 21 assists being a career-high for a single month. He completed that page of the calendar by scoring a goal and three assists in Pittsburgh’s last game, a 5-1 win over Florida on Saturday, to put him one behind teammate Sidney Crosby in the NHL scoring race.
When that was brought to Malkin’s attention, he responded by thanking Neal and crediting the winger for his resurgence – as he was not producing the way he is capable of with him out. “’Nealer’ came back and I started playing better,” said Malkin.Full story. MALKIN NAMED NHL "FIRST STAR" OF WEEKThe NHL’s leading assist man and No. 2 point scorer, Malkin led the league last week in both assists (6) and points (9) as the Penguins posted an unbeaten 3-0-1 record.
Malkin turned in perhaps his best individual performance of the season against the Florida Panthers on Saturday, scoring a goal and adding three assists for a season-high four points in Pittsburgh’s 5-1 victory.--Sam Kasan
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GUERIN INDUCTED INTO USA HOCKEY HALL OF FAME
Guerin: Hockey Has Given Me Everything
Like many Americans during the 1980 Winter Olympic Games, a 9-year-old Bill Guerin watched the Miracle on Ice. He watched the United States upset the heavily vaunted Russians and go on to win the gold medal.
With a boyish gaze, Guerin imagined himself on the ice surface with USA across his chest in that glorious moment. It became his dream to represent his country as a hockey player.
Guerin lived his dream when he suited up for Team USA in three Olympic Games (1998, 2002, 2006), two World Cups (1996, 2004) and in World Junior competition. He won a sliver medal at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, Utah and gold in the 1996 World Cup.
“It was always a dream ever since I knew what USA Hockey was back in 1980 when the Miracle on Ice happened,” Guerin said. “I was fortunate enough to live out a dream. It’s always been an honor for me to represent my country in the game that I love so much.”
Guerin Used Olympic Disappointment as Motivation
Bill Guerin and Keith Tkachuk were packing to go to the 1992 Albertville Olympics when the phone rang in their room. The call was for Guerin. His life was about to change.
"They called me up and cut me," Guerin told NHL.com. "I don't know what the reason was."
For a preview of tonight's game click here. For a scouting report on the Islanders watch Michelle's video below.
START THE DAY
Good morning hockey fans. Tonight the Pens return to Nassau Coliseum for the first time since Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, when Brooks Orpik ended the series in Game 6 with an overtime tally. Here are some quick game notes for the matchup...
- The Penguins end their three-game road swing against the New York Islanders (TV: ROOT SPORTS; Radio: 105.9 the X) at Nassau Coliseum.
- A win tonight by the Penguins would allow them to equal their season-high four-game winning streak and it would give them a seasonbest five-game unbeaten stretch (currently 3-0-1).
- The Penguins enter tonight having gone 7-2-1 in their last 10 games.
- Tonight the Penguins are looking to post their first three-game road winning streak of the season.
- Pittsburgh is 17-5-1 in its last 23 overall meetings against the Islanders.
- The Penguins have won back-to-back games and five of their last six contests against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. During that time the Penguins have scored a total of 23 goals for an average of 3.8 per contest.
- Pittsburgh is 11-4-2 in its last 17 visits to Long Island.
Stick tap: Pens PR
Today, we are going to start the day with a phenomenal song with an even better video. This is Greg Laswell (with Sara Bareilles): "Come Back Down." The video is just awesome, using various beautifully shot scenes jarred together at a rapid pace on a journey through...everywhere. Just watch it.