GAME DAY REPORT
Celina Pompeani and Sam Kasan bring us the latest from Madison Square Garden as the Penguins get ready to take on the Rangers tonight in NYC. --Michelle Crechiolo
Head coach Mike Johnston said Beau Bennett had a “great weekend” with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, collecting an AHL-career-high four assists in their 5-4 overtime win over Syracuse on Sunday after recording one helper in their 6-4 victory over Binghamton on Saturday.
That marked the 22-year-old’s first game action of the season after suffering a lower-body injury during training camp on Sept. 26 that had an original six-week timetable for recovery.
“I talked to (WBS head coach) John Hynes, and he had a real good weekend in Wilkes,” Johnston said after Monday’s practice. “Not just the points last night, but just how he played overall. We were happy with his play.”
Johnston added that they were going to have another discussion that day and evaluate where Bennett was at. Well, it looks like he’s in a good place, because on Tuesday, the team recalled Bennett from WBS.
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Pens captain Sidney Crosby spoke with reporters before tonight's game against the Rangers. --Michelle Crechiolo
QUOTE 'EM--Sam Kasan
Pens defenseman Olli Maatta skated on his own this morning at Madison Square Garden for the first time since having surgery to remove a tumor on his neck. Great to see him out there.--Michelle Crechiolo
PENS SKATE PHOTOS
Pens making the long trek to the ice from the locker room. Seriously, it's quite a hike.
Two tough guys having a chat
Fleury making quite the fashion statement with his yellow glove and blocker and white pads
The door got stuck at yesterday's Southpointe practice, so I had to run over and let these guys off. #MeeshSavesTheDay
Last year's scoring champ Sidney Crosby currently leads the NHL with 24 points in 13 games. No big deal.
Simon Despres looks in awe of Evgeni Malkin
Marcel Goc currently leads the Pens with a 56.6-percent success rate on faceoffs
Impressive form by new dad Christian Ehrhoff--Michelle Crechiolo (captions) and Sam Kasan (photos)
MORNING SKATE INFO
The Penguins, to the shock of no one, are sticking with the same lines/D-pairs they've been using. When you win seven in a row, why make a change. The workflow...
BEHIND ENEMY LINES --Sam Kasan
DIGITAL PREVIEW--Sam Kasan
SCOUTING THE RANGERS --Sam Kasan
START ME UP
Good morning hockey fans. Tonight the Pens bring their 7-game winning streak to New York for a Second Round playoff rematch with the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Here are some game notes to get you ready for the action...
- The Penguins play the fourth game of their season-long five-game road stretch against the NY Rangers (TV: ROOT SPORTS; Radio: 105.9 the X) at Madison Square Garden.
- Pittsburgh is 3-0 thus far on its road swing, guaranteeing itself a winning trip.
- Pittsburgh is 5-0-1 this season on the road. The Penguins are the only NHL team that has yet to lose in regulation on the road.
- This marks the first time that these two teams have met since the Rangers eliminated the Penguins with 2-1 win in Game 7 of the Second Round this past spring at CONSOL Energy Center.
- The Penguins are 10-4 in their past 14 regular-season visits to Madison Square Garden.
- Pittsburgh is 10-2-1 in its last 13 games against the Rangers regardless of location.
- In addition to its seven-game winning streak, Pittsburgh is unbeaten (7-0-1) in its last eight games.
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Pens are in the Big Apple. Welcome to New York. Right T.Swizzle? --Sam Kasan