The Daily Bongo

Pens 2007-2008 Season

2007-2008 Stanley Cup Matchup
Game Date Matchup/Result Winner Score
1 Saturday, May 24, 8:00 pm et Pittsburgh Penguins @ Detroit Red Wings DET 0-4
2 Monday, May 26, 8:00 pm et Pittsburgh Penguins @ Detroit Red Wings DET 0-3
3 Wednesday, May 28, 8:00 pm et Detroit Red Wings @ Pittsburgh Penguins PIT 2-3
4 Saturday, May 31, 8:00 pm et Detroit Red Wings @ Pittsburgh Penguins DET 2-1
5 Monday, June 2, 8:00 pm et Pittsburgh Penguins @ Detroit Red Wings PIT 4-3
6 Wednesday, June 4, 8:00 pm et Detroit Red Wings @ Pittsburgh Penguins DET 3-2

2007-2008 Eastern Conference Final Matchup
Game Date Matchup/Result Winner Score
1 Friday, May 9, 7:30 pm et Philadelphia Flyers @ Pittsburgh Penguins PIT 2-4
2 Sunday, May 11, 7:30 pm et Philadelphia Flyers @ Pittsburgh Penguins PIT 2-4
3 Tuesday, May 13, 7:30 pm et Pittsburgh Penguins @ Philadelphia Flyers PIT 4-2
4 Thursday, May 15, 7:30 pm et Pittsburgh Penguins @ Philadelphia Flyers PHI 2-4
5 Sunday, May 18, 3 pm et Philadelphia Flyers @ Pittsburgh Penguins PIT 0-6

2007-2008 Semifinal Conference Round Playoff Matchup
Game Date Matchup/Result Winner Score
1 Friday, April 25, 7pm et New York Rangers @ Pittsburgh Penguins PIT 4-5
2 Sunday, April 27, 2pm et New York Rangers @ Pittsburgh Penguins PIT 0-2
3 Tuesday, April 29, 7pm et Pittsburgh Penguins @ New York Rangers PIT 5-3
4 Thursday, May 1, 7pm et Pittsburgh Penguins @ New York Rangers NYR 0-3
5 Sunday, May 4, 2pm et New York Rangers @ Pittsburgh Penguins PIT 2-3

2007-2008 First Round Playoff Matchup
Game Date Matchup/Result Winner Score
1 Wednesday, April 9, 7pm et Ottawa Senators @ Pittsburgh Penguins PIT 0-4
2 Friday, April 11, 7pm et Ottawa Senators Pittsburgh Penguins PIT 3-5
3 Monday, April 14, 7pm et Pittsburgh Penguins @ Ottawa Senators PIT 4-1
4 Wednesday, April 16, 7pm et Pittsburgh Penguins @ Ottawa Senators PIT 3-1

2007-2008 Atlantic division final results
Team GP W L OT PTS Home Away Div
PITTSBURGH 82 47 27 8 102 26-10-5 21-17-3 15-12-3
New Jersey 82 46 29 7 99 25-14-2 21-15-5 13-15-4
NY Rangers 82 42 27 13 97 25-13-3 17-14-10 20-7-4
Philadelphia 82 42 29 11 95 21-14-6 21-15-5 17-12-3
NY Islanders 82 35 38 9 79 18-18-5 17-20-4 15-15-2

Wednesday, June 4, 2008 -- Evening

It seems that someone out there used Photoshop to put Petr Sykora in the pose that Babe Ruth made famous when he called his homerun in one of the World Series games. I'm not sure who did it, but it's a great picture. Everyone has been talking about Sykora telling Pierre McGuire and his teammates that he would score in Monday's second OT period, and then he wound up actually making the winning goal in the third OT. It seems that Sykora has been getting ribbed alot about the call and the comparisons to Ruth. All in all this is an excellent photo!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 -- Late Evening

Evgeni Malkin was named one of the three finalists for the Hart Trophy today. The Hart goes to the most valuable player in the NHL. Alexander Ovechkin and Jarone Iginla were also nominated for the award.

Friday, April 25, 2008 -- Evening

Tonight was the first game in the semifinal round of the conference playoff matchup for the Pens and the New York Rangers. The game was played here in Pittsburgh, but I did not attend the game because I am recouperating from some minor hand surgery that I had yesterday. My left arm is in a sling, and I am planning on going to the second game on Sunday. However, I probably won't have alot of pictures from the game. This game generated a ton of press because Jaromir Jagr is back in Pittsburgh and playing in the playoffs. Unfortunately, he is playing against his former team. Jagr was nice though, and spent alot of time talking to the media about being back and Pittsburgh and why he left 8 years ago. The main reason was because Jagr knew that the team couldn't keep him and the other strong players on the team. Jagr thought that if he left, the other players could be kept. However, that wasn't the case. I love Jagr back when he played with the Pens, and I was upset when he left. However, I quickly got over it. I would love it if Jagr would come back to play with the Pens.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008 -- Early Afternoon

The Pens will be playing the Ottawa Senators tonight at 7:00 pm. I probably won't be getting home until late, so I won't post the recap and pictures from the game until Thursday evening. Bryan Murray, coach of the Senators, has been trying to rile up his team by lisping on Monday that the Pens deliberately lost the game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday so they would face the Senators. As most people have been saying here, someone should have made sure that Marc-Andre Fleury got the memo because he stopped all but one goal. It's just sour grapes on the part of Murray who is upset that his team has been the worst team in hockey since January. The Senators started the season red hot, but something has just gone wrong with the team. Also the Senators have had some recent injuries, like Daniel Alfredsson, which could impact their play even further. Everyone also keeps commenting on last year's playoffs. However, both the Senators and the Pens have changed since then. The Senators were hot and would kill every team in the Eastern Conference, and the Pens just made it into the playoffs and were inexperienced. Tonight's game should be a good one.

I just got a text message from the Pens saying that they will be broadcasting games one and two on a giant 12 foot by 16 foot LED screen outside of Mellon Arena at Gate 3. If you don't have tickets, you can still be there and watch. You can bring your own food too (which is cheaper than eating in the Arena).

Monday, April 7, 2008 -- Evening

The playoff schedule was released today. The Pens will be playing the Ottawa Senators here in PIttsburgh on Wednesday and Friday evening. Then the series moves to Ottawa for games three and four on Monday (April 14) and Wednesday (April 16). Then it's back to Pittsburgh on Saturday (April 19) for game 5, Ottawa on Sunday (April 20) for game 6, and back to Pittsburgh on Tuesday, April 22 for game 7 if needed.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 -- Late Evening

The Pens played the Philadelphia Flyers this evening in the last home game of the regular season. The next time I see the Pens it will be in the playoffs. The game tonight was a really rough game, with the Flyers being very physical. George Laraque got into a great fight with Riley Cote. The Flyers were all over Sidney Crosby, roughing him up. The Pens played well though, and Marc-Andre Fleury was phenomenal in goal. The Pens won with a final score of 4-2, and finish first in the Atlantic Division. Now if the Montreal Canadiens lose tomorrow, the Pens will be first in the Eastern Conference! I won't have my pictures ready until tomorrow.

Friday, March 28, 2008 -- Late Afternoon

Pens' playoff tickets went on sale to 2000 lucky buyers. The season ticket holders who signed up to pay as we go for the playoff tickets should get them in the mail sometime today or tomorrow.

Friday, March 14, 2008 -- Late Morning

Georges Laraque was suspended for three games for hitting Nathan Paetsch with an elbow in Wednesday's game against the Buffalo Sabres. I watched the replay of the incident, and it looks as if Laraque barely touched Paetsch. However, it seemed that Paetsch had taken a hard hit in the game before that, and he had probably suffered a slight concusion in that game. That would explain how such a slight touch from Laraque would end in Paetsch being knocked unconscious. The NHL, being the incompetent organization that it is in such matters, judges these things not on the type of blow, but on how badly hurt the person is. So when Jordan Staal is shoved head first into the boards, it results in a minor penalty because Staal didn't get hurt. Who cares that boarding someone head first is a potentially dangerous move. And if Laraque lightly brushes against someone with an elbow, and that person has a glass jaw, it's a hard penalty on Laraque. These things don't make any sense.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 -- Evening

Petr Sykora and Max Talbot are not going to be playing in tomorrow's game. Sykora has a sore back, and Talbot reinjured his high ankle sprain. It's not sure how long Sykora will be out, but Talbot says that he thinks he will be back soon. Marian Hossa won't be playing in tomorrow's game either, but he might be playing by Sunday's game. I know that I won't be going to the game tomorrow either because I'm still recouping from my flu.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 -- Evening

Today was quite a day on the Pens front. Today was trade deadline, and boy, did the Pens make a trade. It was just minutes before the deadline of 3 p.m. when the Pens announced that they were trading Colby Armstrong (Sid's best buddy on the team) and Erik Christensen for Marian Hossa. The Pens also got traded last year's first round draft pick, Angelo Esposito and a first round pick in the coming draft. We also got Pascal Dupuis and Hal Gill. The Pens had to call up Connor James and Nathan Smith from the Baby Pens. The Pens were short handed in tonight's game against the New York Islanders until the two made the three hour trip to New York. This is quite a trade, and it has been huge news both here in Pittsburgh and in the hockey world. It's obvious that the Pens are going to try to win the Stanley Cup this year.

Saturday, February 16, 2008 -- Evening

Kris Beech broke his right wrist in Thursday's game and is going to be out for the rest of the season. I think it's really ironic that we bring the loser Beech back, and after only a couple of games, he breaks his wrist. Life is ironic that way.

Sunday, February 10, 2008 -- Evening

Marc-Andre Fleury was sent down to Wilkes Barre on a conditioning assignment. That means that he should be back on the ice for the Pens sometime soon.

Thursday, February 7, 2008 -- Morning

Pictures and game recap from tonight's Pens vs. New York Islanders game will be posted Friday evening. Check the game recaps page for information on this season's home and away games.

Sunday, January 27, 2008 -- Late Morning

The Pens claimed Kris Beech off of waivers from the Washington Capitals yesterday. They have a shortage of centers with Sidney Crosby out for an extended period. It's funny that Beech is back because he used to be with the Pens in the 2003/2004 season. Beech was a tad of a disappointment, but times are deperate for the Pens.

The NHL Skills competition was yesterday, and the All-Star game is tonight at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 24, 2008 -- Evening

There is news on the Pens front over the past two days. First is that Tyler Kennedy will be out indefinitely with mononucleosis. It seems that the Pens just can't win this season. Either someone is getting injuried, or they are suffering from infection (as was the case with Ryan Malone) or illness. The only thing that we can hope si that things settle down over the next few months, and that the Pens are playing at full force later in the season, especially if the Pens get into the playoffs.

Other news is that the Pens will be starting the 2008-2009 season in Europe. The NHL will announce during the All-Star week that the Pens and the Ottawa Senators will start the season in Stockholm, Sweden. The games should be on the weekend of October 4 and 5, and games will be played on both days.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 -- Evening

The Pens released information about Sidney Crosby this afternoon. He has a high ankle sprain and will be out for six to eight weeks. That should mean that Crosby will be back in time for the playoffs. The news was considered worthy of a text alert from the Pens and a press conference. Because of the injury, Crosby will not be going to the NHL All-Star game next week, but in some good news, Evgeni Malkin was named as his replacement.

Monday, January 21, 2008 -- Early Afternoon

Pictures and game recap from tonight's Pens vs. Washington Capitals game will be posted Tuesday evening. Check the game recaps page for information on this season's home and away games.

Saturday, January 19, 2008 -- Evening

There were no further updates on Sidney Crosby today. They are going to reevaluate him earlier next week. It seems that the swelling is preventing them from giving an accurate prognosis. What they want to do is reduce the swelling and then give further information on the situation.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 -- Evening

I have finally finished my pictures from last night's Pens' page.

The Pens announced that two of their rookies will be participating in the YoungStars game. Those two are Tyler Kennedy and Kris Letang. Both players have been playing really well and deserve the honor.

Friday, January 11, 2008 -- Afternoon

Sergei Gonchar has joined Sidney Crosby on the NHL All-Star team. They are the only two Pens who have been named to the team.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008 -- Afternoon

Sidney Crosby has been named to the starting line for the 2008 NHL All-Star game. The game will be held in Atlanta on January 27. Crosby was the lead vote getter with 507,274 votes.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008 -- Morning

The Pens start their Florida road trip tonight, playing the Florida Panthers. The Pens don't have a very good record when playing in Florida, so if they come out with a couple of wins, that will be impressive. Maxime Talbot has been practicing with the team, and might be returning soon from his time off with a high ankle sprain. The big rumors swirling around the Pens deal with trade rumors. There has been alot of talk that the Pens are shopping around Jordan Staal, and the hot gossip is that they are looking at Marian Hossa. According to the Pens, that isn't true. We have until February 23 at 3 p.m. (the NHL trade deadline) to hear more rumors and maybe see a trade or two.

Sunday, January 6, 2008 -- Afternoon

The Pens have announced how they are handling the A that has been left empty with Gary Roberts out with the broken leg. Ryan Malone will wear the A at home. We already know that because Malone wore the A on Thursday and Saturday's games. Daryl Sydor will wear the A during away games.

Saturday, January 5, 2008 -- Evening

An update on the condition of Mark Bell. Bell plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs and fought with Ryan Malone on Thursday night. It didn't look like a serious fight, but Bell went directly to the locker room after the fight. I thought he just jarred something when he hit the ice. However, it appears that Malone rang Bell's bell, and broke Bell's orbital bone. It also seems that Bell has major swelling, and he's going to have to wait for the swelling to go down before they can do surgery. It's expected that he will have the operation early next week.

Friday, January 4, 2008 -- Evening

It seems that Mark Recchi has really been hot since he has gone to the Atlanta Thrashers. He has scored 12 points in the past 12 games. The thought that ran through my mind is that maybe Recchi's performance improved not because Recchi has improved, but the age of the team increased. I thought that I would check out the average ages of the team and found that my hypothesis does have some weight. The average age of the Thrashers team is 30.3 years while the average age of the Pens is 26.4 years. That's four years, and it possibly explains Recchi's improved performance. Eight of the Pens are over 30 compared to twelve of the Thrashers. Twenty of the 24 Thrashers are over 25 compared to fifteen of the Pens. So Recchi is doing better on an older team. That's not so surprising now, is it?

Thursday, January 3, 2008 -- Morning

Pictures and game recap from tonight's Pens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs game will be posted Friday morning. Check the game recaps page for information on this season's home and away games.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008 -- Afternoon

The time for the Pens' game this coming Saturday has been changed from 7:30 to 3:00. The reason is because of the Steelers playoff game that will be played in town at 8:00 the same night.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007 -- Late Afternoon

Bad news for Mark Eaton. The Pens' defenseman suffered a torn ACL when he was slew footed in Sunday's game. Eaton will be out indefinitely because a torn ACL is fairly serious.

Sidney Crosby was named Canadian Press male athlete of the year. This is in addtion to the Toronto Star's Lou Marsh Award as Canada's outstanding athlete earlier this month.

Friday, December 21, 2007 -- Early Morning

Pictures and game recap from tonight's Pens vs. New York Islanders game will be posted by Saturday morning. Check the game recaps page for information on this season's home and away games.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 -- Evening

Ryan Malone didn't play in yesterday's game because of flu like symtoms. It seems thought that he didn't have the flu, he had an infected cut in his leg. It seems that the infection was so bad that Malone developed flu like symptoms. Hopefully, Malone will get better soon. This type of infection can be quite serious.

Thursday, December 13, 2007 -- Late Afternoon

Pictures and game recap from tonight's Pens vs. Ottawa Senators game will be posted Friday evening. Check the game recaps page for information on this season's home and away games.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 -- Afternoon

Bad news for the Pens! Marc-Andre Fleury and Maxime Talbot both have high ankle sprains and will be out for several weeks. Fleury is scheduled to be out for 6-8 weeks while Talbot should be out an additional 2-4 weeks. The goaltending situation is looking bleak, but Michel Therrien said that the Pens aren't seeking another solution at this time.

Saturday, December 8, 2007 -- Late Evening

The Atlanta Thrashers claimed Mark Recchi today. That means that they will only have to pay half of his $1.7 million salary. The Pens will still have to pay the rest of his salary.

Thursday, December 6, 2007 -- Evening

The Pens played the Edmonton Oilers last night. Because the game was on the West Coast, the game started late and ran until midnight. The first two periods of the game did not look good, and I thought for sure that the Pens would lose. However, the team showed up to play in the third period. They scored four goals in the third to win the game. The final score was Pens 4, Oilers 2. Sidney Crosby had three assists and got the number one star in the game. The media and fans turned out for Crosby's first appearance in Edmonton since Crosby entered the NHL. That's how it is in most places where Crosby goes. The amazing part is how the kid handles himself with the media. He is always so poised.

Mark Recchi cleared waivers yesterday and wasn't picked up by any team. The Pens are going to send Recchi on paper to the minor leagues and then bring him back. On re-entry, a team could pick him up by just paying half his salary. The Pens would still have to pay the other half. They are hoping that with that tactic that Recchi will be picked up by someone. However, this really seems like the John LeClair incident last year. Recchi just doesn't realize that he is past it. His agent, Rick Curran, is blaming Michel Therrien for Recchi's woes, saying that Therrien didn't give Recchi a chance to play. What??? What planet was Curran on? Recchi was playing on the first line with Crosby, and was playing in the power play! Every time he would get on the ice at Mellon Arena, the fans would groan because it meant that we would be watching Recchi five paces behind everyone else, missing the puck, and just missing every play because his churning legs just weren't getting him to where he needed to go. It was a sad and pitiful performance. That's Recchi has been a healthy scratch over the past several games. It's nothing personal against Recchi. Even though I don't like him, it's because he's just not able to keep up with the young NHL.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007 -- Evening

The Pens played the Phoenix Coyotes this evening here in Mellon Arena. The game for the first two periods was fairly lackluster. The Pens only scored in the last seconds of the first period, and then there was nothing in the second period. The Coyotes tied things up at the start of the third, but fortunately, the Pens pulled ahead. I thought that Ilya Bryzgalov did a nice job in goal for the Coyotes. He made some really nice saves, and faced 33 shots. The final score was Pens 3, Coyotes 1. Check out my pictures of the game.

Other big news on the Pens front, Mark Recchi was placed on waivers today. There has been talk over the past few days that the Pens are going to try to trade Recchi. What was sad was that the Pens had a bobblehead night for Recchi last night. My boyfriend thought that Recchi would play, but I knew that Recchi just hasn't been playing up to potential. He is really showing his age. He was a healthy scratch yesterday, and as the team is traveling to Edmonton for a game tomorrow, they announced the waiver move. What does this mean? Well, another team has until noon tomorrow to pick up Recchi. If no one does, the Pens can either send him to the minors or keep him on the roster. This sounds like shades of John LeClair from last year. Sometimes you have to admit your age, and move aside.

Monday, December 3, 2007 -- Morning

Pictures and game recap from tonight's Pens vs. Phoenix Coyotes game will be posted Tuesday evening. Check the game recaps page for information on this season's home and away games.

Friday, November 30, 2007 -- Afternoon

Pictures and game recap from tonight's Pens vs. Dallas Stars game will be posted Saturday morning. Check the game recaps page for information on this season's home and away games.

Thursday, November 29, 2007 -- Evening

Interesting news on the Pens front. It appears that Mark Recchi may be looking for another team to play with. Recchi has been a healthy scratch in four of the last five game. Now I'm not sure what team will want to pick up Recchi because he hasn't been producing and he is getting on the old side. There may be a team though that is looking for some mature leadership. Recchi does try. It's just that trying isn't always enough. You need to succeed too!

Saturday, November 24, 2007 -- Late Evening

It was a glorious night at Mellon Arena tonight. The Pens played the Atlanta Thrashers. The analysts were right when they said that they thought the Ottawa Senators' game might have been a turning point for the Pens. Everyone seemed to want to come out to play. There was some talk about Dany Sabourin starting, but it was Marc-Andre Fleury in goal, and he played great this evening, earning a shutout. The Thrashers seemed to not be able to handle the Pens at all. Jordan Staal got his first goal since the beginning of October, and Fleury got a shutout. Mark Recchi was a health scratch again, and his churning old legs weren't missed. The Pens won with a final score of 5-0. Check out my pictures from the game. There were some Sidney Crosby fans sitting in the row in front of me. They came from around Toronto to see Crosby whoop some butt, and he did with a goal and an assist. They had some really neat signs which are in my pictures. Hope you guys come back for some more games!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007 -- Evening

It is time to vote for your favorite NHL star on the All-Star ballot. Both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are on the list for wingers, and Ryan Whitney is listed under defensemen. You have until January 2, 2008 to vote as many times as possible!

Sunday, November 18, 2007 -- Morning

As usual, the prarie dogs were out at last night's Pens' game. My boyfriend actually complained to the folks at the arena because we missed every goal because of the folks standing up in front of us. As he told the arena management, we didn't pay for our tickets to see someone's back. The problem is that the ushers at the arena are a bunch of goobers who are just there to watch the game. They let people go to their seats during the game, and don't say anything to people who stand up during play and won't sit down. Everyone in my area was yelling at the people to sit down, and they just gave us dirty looks. As the woman behind me said, they were premature standers--because they would stand anytime the puck came down to our end of the ice. While my boyfriend was in Dallas, he went to a Dallas Stars game, and he came home very disgruntled with Mellon Arena and the fans. As he said, during play, people didn't stand up, but kept their rears in their seats. I can only hope that the arena management does something to make the ushers actually do their job, but I'm not holding out hope.

Saturday, November 17, 2007 -- Morning

Pictures and game recap from tonight's Pens vs. New York Rangers game will be posted Sunday morning. Check the game recaps page for information on this season's home and away games.

Monday, November 12, 2007 -- Evening

Former Pen, Ron Francis, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this evening. He was joined by Scott Stevens, Mark Messier, Al MacInnis, and Jim Gregory.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007 -- Late Evening

The Pens have been holding tickets for student rush, and today was no exception. Two hundred tickets were available for the students, and the kids started lining up around noon. The Pens sent Maxime Talbot and Georges Laraque out to give the kids some pizza.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007 -- Morning

Pictures and game recap from tonight's Pens vs. Philadelphia Flyers game will be posted Thursday evening. Check the game recaps page for information on this season's home and away games.

Thursday, October 25, 2007 -- Late Evening

What a disappointing game this evening. The Pens played two great periods of hockey against the Toronto Maple Leafs. In the third period, things fell apart and the 1-1 time turned into a 5-2 loss for the Pens. Marc-Andre Fleury made some great saves, but that just wasn't enough. What irritated me was this guy in the stands who was yelling to pull the goalie after two goals. My gosh, they aren't going to win every game, and the goalie is going to let some pucks in. Even Martin Brodeur has losses. The major problem with the Pens is that they really are in a scoring slump. The wins have been coming when the defense plays above and beyond, and unfortunately, that wasn't happening this evening. After the game, Michel Therrien said that the guys just weren't playing up to snuff. One of the problems is Mark Recchi. Just because he has had a good past that doesn't mean that he isn't past it now. Unfortunately, he is very much past it. When he is on the ice he seems to be moving in slow motion. As one fan stated, Sidney Crosby looks like he has a ball and chain attached to his leg when Recchi is on the ice. Crosby makes the pass, but then his line mates just aren't stepping up to the plate. There was a scary moment this evening when Maxime Talbot went face first into the boards at the end of the first period. It was very scary looking, but he did get up to leave the ice. He didn't play after that, and I heard on the news that he had injured his neck. I will post the pictures for the game tomorrow evening.

Thursday, October 25, 2007 -- Early Evening

Pictures and game recap from tonight's Pens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs game will be posted Friday evening.

Saturday, October 20, 2007 -- Early Morning

The game recap and pictures and video from last night's Pens game have been posted.

Friday, October 19, 2007 -- Early Evening

Pictures and game recap from tonight's Pens vs. Carolina Hurricanes game will be posted by Saturday morning.

Friday, October 19, 2007 -- Late Morning

There are rumors that the Pens are looking for a vetern goalie to backup Marc-Andre Fleury. Although Fleury hasn't been exceptionally bad (in my opinion), he hasn't provided the Pens with the level of consistency that they expected from him this year. He has been letting in too many goals, and some of them have been because he hasn't been rebounding the puck properly or getting in the proper position. Of course, it doesn't help that the defensive guys aren't helping. Tonight the Pens will be playing the Carolina Hurricanes here at the Mellon Arena. I will have the game recap and photos posted by late tomorrow morning (if not earlier).

Thursday, October 18, 2007 -- Evening

The pictures and game recap from last night's Pens game have been posted.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007 -- Early Evening

Pictures and game recap from tonight's Pens vs. New Jersey Devils game will be posted Thursday evening.

Thursday, October 11, 2007 -- Evening

I have updated my game recaps page and uploaded my pictures.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007 -- Early Evening

Pictures and game recap from tonight's Pens vs. Montreal Canadiens game will be posted Thursday evening.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007 -- Evening

Sidney Crosby was practicing today after sitting out yesterday's workout. Crosby's right foot was bruised when he blocked a shot in Saturday's game. Quite a few people in Pittsburgh were concerned that he had broken something and that it was being kept quiet. After all, at the end of the last season, Crosby had a broken bone in his foot. All seems well this time, and the swelling is down. Tomorrow night the Pens will be playing the Montreal Canadiens here at home. I'll be at the game, but I probably won't be able to upload pictures until Thursday evening. Schoolwork has really put a crimp in my usual game blogging!

Saturday, October 6, 2007 -- Late Evening

Check out the game recaps for details and pictures of this evening's home game.

Thursday, October 4, 2007 -- Evening

The Pens have named their three alternate captains. Mark Recchi is a full time alternate. Sergei Gonchar will have the role of alternate during home games, and Gary Roberts will hold that role on the road.

Saturday, September 29, 2007 -- Late Evening

I was busy with other work, and haven't had a chance to post about yesterday's Pens game. The game was action packed with alot of goals. That's typically how exhibition games are. The final score was 6-5, but we all thought that the game was tied in the very last seconds when it looked like Evgeni Malkin had scored. Time had run out, and the goal was not allowed. Even though the Pens lost, the game was fun. Sidney Crosby scored two goals, and didn't appear to be bothered by a groin problem. I did take pictures of the game.

Friday, September 28, 2007 -- Morning

It's a hockey night in Pittsburgh! The Pens are playing the Buffalo Sabres in an exhibition game. Sidney Crobsy should be playing tonight even though he has been suffering from a sore groin this week. Everyone who follows hockey in this city has been concerned over the news of Crosby's groin issue. The same problem took him out of a few games last season. Supposedly, this injury isn't as severe. I should have a few pictures of the game tonight.

Thursday, September 6, 2007 -- Early Evening

Sometimes it's nice to have a PO Box address, and other times, it's not. Today was one of those days when it wasn't nice. 24 lucky season ticket holders had their Pens ticket package hand delivered by various members of the team. The local television stations were following Sidney Crosby as he delivered tickets to a few randomly selected fans. I received my package today. I wasn't expecting the huge book, but it was filled with the tickets, a DVD of the past season, two Pens' pins, and two nice pocket schedules.

2007 - 2008 Season Tickets Package

Sunday, September 23, 2007 -- Late Afternoon

The PIttsburgh Penguins had a town hall meeting on Thursday evening. I received tickets for the event, but I wasn't able to go because of excessive amounts of school work. However, it appears to have been a fun time. Sidney Crosby, Marc-Andre Fleury, Ryan Whitney, Jordan Staal, and Colby Armstrong were the players in attendance. Ken Sawyer and Ray Shero were also there. The players cracked some jokes and answered questions from the fans. The most telling piece was when Ken Sawyer said that the team hopes to put together a high cost team, but not with a high cost to ticket payers. I know that alot of the season ticket holders have been worried that the cost of tickets will make it impossible for long time fans to continue to get tickets. We will have to see how things play out in the end.

As for the new NHL uniforms, the players like that the material is lighter. However being water resistant means that sweat pours into the players' gloves and skates. All in all, most are complaining that the uniforms are not comfortable.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 -- Evening

News on the Pens front. First is that the Pens' outdoors game against the Buffalo Sabres sold out within 30 minutes. 42,000 tickets were sold out in that time, which is amazing. Also, good news! The NHL has decided to change its schedule for the next season. This means that the Pens will play every team in the NHL next season. Now that will be something to look forward to. Right now it really sucks that we don't get to see teams play in our city for years, and some cities don't get see our stellar players, like Sidney Crosby, often.

Saturday, September 8, 2007 -- Evening

The Pens are starting their training camp next Thursday (Sept. 13). They will start with physicals, and then move on to on-ice training at Southpointe next Friday. The Pens will be at Southpointe until Sept. 16. All of the practices there will be open to the public. The team moves to Mellon Arena for practices on Sept. 19, 20, and 27, and they will be open to the public too. It's on to West Point for additional training from Sept. 24 to 26. The regular season starts with a home opener on Friday, October 5 against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes have signed former Pens' goalie, Tom Barrasso as goalie coach for their minor league team.

Sunday, September 2, 2007 -- Evening

The Pens are going to unveil this season's new uniform. Ryan Whitney, Ryan Malone, and Maxime Talbot are going to be at the Galleria at Pittsburgh MIlls on Wednesday, September 5 at 6:30 a.m.

Saturday, August 25, 2007 -- Morning

Sidney Crosby has entered into a new line of business. Crosby has a clothing line deal with Reebok. The clothing line will just be available through three retail outlets in Canada. However, Reebok hopes to have distribution plans with some retail outlets in the US by 2008.

Monday, August 20, 2007 -- Evening

Sidney Crosby was in town today to instruct some kids attending the Pens Summer Hockey School. Crosby spent the time showing the kids various moves and signing autographs. I really admire Crosby because he genuinely seems to be a nice person. As Crosby said, he knew what it was like when he was a kid and got an autograph from a player. Crosby is just returning the favor. As I was watching the bit on the local sports station, I was struck by one comment that Crosby made. Crosby was asked how it felt to coach Mario Lemieux's son, Austin, at the camp. Crosby replied that he talks to him all the time at "home" so Crosby isn't intimidated. It's very obvious that Crosby does see Lemieux's home as his own, and the Lemieux family as an extension of Crosby's own.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007 -- Evening

Jordan Staal and Eric Staal are being given a plea deal. The charge is petty misdemeanor and will result in no jail charge.

Thursday, August 2, 2007 -- Early Afternoon

The Pens have announced their plan to provide tickets to those on the waiting lists. Starting next Monday, people on the waiting list can start to buy six and 12 game plans. If you aren't on the waiting list, you have to wait until Wednesday. Individual tickets are going on sale September 15. I'm not looking forward to a packed arena. Why you ask? Because that means that a tall person with a big head will more than likely be sitting in front of me. That always ruins my view of our goal--especially with the prarie dogs--the people who leap up out of the seats whenever someone gets close to the goal. When I take pictures during the game, I have to throw out quite a few because it's the back of a head or someone's huge broad back.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007 -- Evening

So there is alot of something being made out of the fact that Jordan Staal was arrested late Saturday/early Sunday morning for disorderly conduct. Staal was at a resort in Minnesota for a bachelor party for his brother, Eric. Well, the group was fairly noisy, and the police decided to take action around 3 a.m. Jordan was booked and released, but Eric was held overnight. The Staals' agent said that the brothers were there, but they had gone to bed. Jordan was charged with disorderly conduct and underage drinking. The Pens did not have an official comment. As Ray Shero said, they know that something transpired and are waiting for the legal system to take its due course. The agent, Rick Curran, said that he thinks the charges will be dropped or reduced.

Thursday, July 19, 2007 -- Afternoon

The Pens signed an extra, veteran goalie to the team with the signing of Ty Conklin to the lineup. He is expected to play with the Baby Pens. However, if needed, he can join move up to the majors. The Pens also announced their promotions. There are four bobbleheads on the scheduled, honoring Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, and Mark Recchi's 500th career goal last year.

Monday, July 16, 2007 -- Late Morning

Michel Therrien signed a one year contract extension with the Pens today. I thought that it would have been more than a year. It makes me wonder about the comments that some were making in the middle of the season that Ray Shero wasn't happy with Therrien and might want to replace him. Of course, Therrien will have two more seasons with the Pens.

Thursday, July 12, 2007 -- Evening

The Pens signed Colby Armstrong to a two year deal. Armstrong will make $1.2 million each season. Armstrong initially was going to go to arbitration, but accepted this deal to avoid the arbitration process.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 -- Afternoon

The NHL has released the upcoming season's schedule. The Pens have a few good games coming up. The home opener on October 6 is with the Anaheim Ducks. I'm really looking forward to the December 3 game at home against the Phoenix Coyotes. It will be my chance to get some pictures of the Great One, Wayne Gretzky.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007 -- Morning

Sidney Crosby signed a five year extension to his contract either late last night or early this morning. The deal is rumored to be at $9 million a year, but the official announcement doesn't mention any financial aspects.

Friday, July 6, 2007 -- Afternoon

Jocelyn Thibault has signed a one year deal with the Buffalo Sabres. I suppose that he was getting tired of playing second fiddle with the Pens and wanted to make something of his career.

Thursday, July 5, 2007 -- Evening

The Pens have re-signed Maxime Talbot and Erik Christensen today. Both of them got two year contracts. Christensen gets $750,000 for each year of the contract, and Talbot gets $650,000 the first year and $700,000 the second. Not a bad chunk of change. Meanwhile, Colby Armstrong has gone to arbitration. It doesn't mean that he won't sign with the Pens, but that he hasn't been happy with the offer so far. Usually players go to arbitration when they feel they aren't being offered what they are worth. I'm not a huge Armstrong fan, and personally, I wouldn't pay him much. In my opinion, Armstrong underperformed most of the time.

Monday, July 2, 2007 -- Morning

Some surprising news from the Pens front this morning. There were rumors from the local television stations (KDKA) that the Pens were going to sign Paul Kariya. I wondered about that because I think they get their rumors from a loser who is always wrong. Well, I was right. Kariya was signed by the St. Louis Blues. However, the Pens did make a signing. They signed Petr Sykora and Darryl Sydor.

Sunday, July 1, 2007 -- Late Afternoon

The Pens resigned Ryan Whitney to a six year contract. Whitney should make $24 million over the deal.

Thursday, June 28, 2007 -- Evening

The Pens are no longer accepting offers for full season ticket orders. 13,500 packages were sold so far. Part of the reason is that half-season ticket holders were being told they would have to upgrade to full season to retain their seating locations. The Pens wanted to keep some seats open for individual tickets and smaller plans like the six and 12 game plans. Also, the Pens said they want to keep some seats open for student rush. That's admirable, and shows that the Pens are thinking of the young fans who cant afford the expensive tickets.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007 -- Evening

Georges Laraque is actually okay, and will be ready for training camp. The MRI done today didn't show any damage. I think that Laraque was just being a big sissy.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007 -- Evening

In Pens news, the rookies got together for a training at Southpointe today. They will be returning for the rookie camp in September. Also, Georges Laraque injured his shoulder while doing some off season training. The rumor is that the injury occurred while Laraque was doing some weight training. Laraque is headed to Pittsburgh for evaluation by the team doctors. I was underimpressed with Laraque's performance with the Pens last season. After all, he was brought in to be an enforcer, and he didn't seem to enforce anything.

Monday, June 25, 2007 -- Evening

The Pens have made qualifying offers to the following players: Colby Armstrong, Ryan Whitney, Erik Christensen, and Maxime Talbot. No offers were made to Michel Ouellet, and he will become a free agent on July 1. I am so glad that Maxime Talbot is staying with my team because he is one of my favorites.

Saturday, June 23, 2007 -- Evening

I've been intensifying my study for the GRE because the test is only three days away, so I haven't been quick on commenting on the Pens draft yesterday. The Pens got another center Angelo Esposito as the 20th overall pick. Even though we really don't need another center, Esposito may have been a really good pick. Originally, he was slated to be one of the top picks in the draft, but Esposito didn't have a good rookie season in the Juniors. That brought him down abit, and put him within reach of the Pens. I believe that Ray Shero's philosophy is to take the best available, and then see how things develop, and that's what he did with Esposito. The kid does seem like a really good pick, so I'm not complaining. Also, Chris Thorburn was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers for a third round draft pick. Heres the complete list of list of Pens' picks. There were four centers and three defensemen in the mix with only one left winger.

Friday, June 22, 2007 -- Evening

Mark Recchi and Gary Roberts have signed on year deals with the Pens. Their deals are rumored to be $2 million and $2.5 million respectively. Both would have been free agents if they didn't sign by July 1.