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Sidney Crosby adds two assists in loss | 04/20/2014 10:36 AM
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Sidney Crosby had two assists in the Penguins 4-3 double overtime loss to Columbus Saturday.
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Crosby has three assists in two games but is a minus-two thus far. The NHL's Art Ross Trophy winner this season is the favorite for the Hart Trophy which is awarded to the NHL's most valuable player for the regular season.
Marcel Goc skates on his own for third time | 04/20/2014 10:27 AM
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Marcel Goc (ankle) managed to skate on his own Saturday for the third time.
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Goc suffered the injury on March 27. "He hasn't been deemed ready to return to a practice situation yet," coach Dan Bylsma said. Stay tuned.
Jayson Megna a healthy scratch Saturday | 04/20/2014 10:20 AM
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Jayson Megna was one of four healthy scratches for the Penguins on Saturday.
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The Penguins went with the same lineup as in Game 1 so Deryk Engelland, Robert Bortuzzo and Taylor Pyatt all sat out for the second game in a row.
Bylsma has no update on injured Brian Gibbons | 04/19/2014 11:18 PM
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No update was given on Brian Gibbons' status after Game 2 on Saturday night.
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Penguins coach Dan Bylsma had nothing to say after the double-overtime Game 2 loss to the Blue Jackets. The 26-year-old played 2:26 in the first period, but he made the most of his time, notching two goals. Gibbons appeared to hurt himself during a collision with Ryan Johansen around the 11:26 mark and played just five shifts. He had 17 points with the Penguins in 41 regular-season games.
Niskanen records second straight G, A in loss | 04/19/2014 11:08 PM
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Matt Niskanen notched a goal and an assist in the Penguins' 4-3 double-overtime loss to the Blue Jackets in Game 2 of the first-round series.
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With each game, Niskanen, an unrestricted free agent this offseason, is showing his worth and earning himself a better payday. The 27-year-old played 27:35 in recording his second straight power-play-goal-assist performance. Brian Gibbons, who left after playing just 2:26 in the first period, picked up the other two goals, his first-ever playoff markers. Gibbons notched the game's first goal at even strength and the second on the power play. Paul Martin, who logged 34:07, had two helpers, and so did Sidney Crosby, who finished with 30:34 in ice time.
Fleury makes 41 saves in Game 2, 2OT loss | 04/19/2014 11:07 PM
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Marc-Andre Fleury made 41 saves in Pittsburgh's 4-3 double-overtime Game 2 loss to the Blue Jackets.
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Impact
It's pretty clear that Fleury is not going to be a netminder who steals the Penguins any games. Sure, he made a number of athletic saves, but he also appeared lost on several chances and doesn't appear to be playing too confidently, either. Fleury posted a nearly identical save percentage in this one (.911) as he did in Game 1 (.912). The Penguins head to Columbus for Game 3, which will be on Monday. Fleury recorded a .905 save percentage on the road during the regular season, compared to .924 at home.
Brian Gibbons injured after hit on Johansen | 04/19/2014 8:23 PM
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Brian Gibbons was injured after he hit Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen.
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Gibbons scored twice -- his first postseason goals -- in a matter of 2:26 of ice time. He went to the dressing room after a hit on Johansen around the 11:26 mark and did not return to the bench for the second period. Gibbons had 17 points with the Penguins and 30 points in the AHL this season.
Marcel Goc (ankle) still unable to practice | 04/19/2014 12:52 PM
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Marcel Goc (ankle) hasn't been able to resume practices yet.
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Coach Dan Bylsma said Saturday that Goc hasn't received the green light to skate with his teammates. He hasn't played since Mar. 27 because of an ankle injury.
Matt Niskanen stays on Pens' No. 1 PP unit | 04/19/2014 12:47 PM
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Matt Niskanen practiced on the Penguins' top power-play unit in Saturday's pregame skate.
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Both of his points (one goal, one assist) came with the man advantage in Game 1. Kris Letang struggled in the playoff opener, which resulted in Niskanen's promotion during the contest.
Pens' fastest skater to stay on Kid's line | 04/19/2014 11:05 AM
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Brian Gibbons, described by Pittsburgh coach Dan Blysma as the Penguins' fastest skater, will remain on the team's No. 1 line with Sidney (The Kid) Crosby during the second game of Pittsburgh's playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets today.
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Blysma moved Gibbons to the top line with Crosby and Chris Kunitz, a game won 4-3 by the Pens. Blysma explained speed is a quality Crosby craves in his linemates. "Sid's a player who likes and needs his line and his linemates to force the other team with their speed and with getting on defensemen and being able to read off that," Bylsma said. "[Gibbons] forces other teams with his speed, forces them with the pressure he can put on the puck. Sid is able to read off that. That's something he's always wanted on his wings."
Brooks Orpik: Pens must stay focused at home | 04/19/2014 10:57 AM
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The Penguins have struggled at Consol Energy Center in the postseason and veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik sees a connection to their troubles in their new building and the Penguins' inability to control their emotions.
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"I don't think it's a reach," Orpik said. "We tend to play a little bit different at home for whatever reason. I don't know if it's the excitement of the crowd or trying to impress the crowd. You always hear the term `a good road game,' which you want to duplicate at home. It's more boring, responsible. I don't think we're the only team that's fallen victim to it, but it has shown in the last couple of years." The Penguins were 22-9 during the Sidney Crosby era in playoff games at Civic Arena. At Consol Energy Center, they are 8-8. "We can talk about it until we're blue in the face," Orpik said. "Every guy has to be more disciplined."
Penguins clearly miss Pascual Dupuis | 04/19/2014 10:53 AM
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The loss of right wing Pascal Dupuis (knee) has been a damaging blow to the Pens' penalty-killing unit.
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With Dupuis in the lineup, the Penguins killed 87.5 percent of their penalties, which was on pace to give Pittsburgh's its second-best penalty-killing season in franchise history. Without Dupuis, who sustained a season-ending injury Dec. 23, the Pens have killed just 82.5 percent of their penalties. The penalty-killing unit has deteriorated since the Olympics. "We were very good up until then," Craig Adams said. Adams said he believes the Pens' penchant for turning the puck over is the primary reason for the decline in penalty kill percentage. Defenseman Brooks Orpik's turnover led to Columbus center Mark Letestu's power-play goal in Game 1 of the first-round series Wednesday. "We aren't getting clears when we have the chance," Adams said. "There will always be times when it's a 50/50 situation and you get the puck out. But there have been times when we have clear control and we're still not getting it out. That's a problem."
Brandon Sutter's big goals expected by coach | 04/19/2014 10:08 AM
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Third-line center Brandon Sutter had the winning goal in Game 1, a 4-3 triumph over the Columbus Blue Jackets, when the Penguins' top four scorers combined for no goals and a minus-4 rating.
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Big goals from Sutter don't surprise Pittsburgh coach Dan Blysma. "When he's scored a goal, it's always been a big goal," Bylsma said. "He's right around the number he always seems to be at - 12 to 15 goals a year - but they always seem to be big goals." Eight of the Penguins' 12 points in Game 1 were produced by defensemen or forwards who finished the game skating on the bottom two lines. The teams meet again for Game 2 today.
Kris Letang disciplined by coach for mistakes | 04/19/2014 10:04 AM
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Penguins defenseman Kris Letang made a mistake and hurt his team by slashing Blue Jackets rookie Boone Jenner in response to a hit late in the second period Wednesday in the opener of their first-round playoff series.
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So Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylma confined Letang to the bench for nearly eight minutes after the expiration of his penalty. The Blue Jackets did not score on that power play, but Letang had two penalties, no shots and a minus-1 rating in the game. He also had a turnover that led to a short-handed goal by Derek MacKenzie that gave the Jackets a 3-1 lead earlier in the second period. The Penguins came back to win 4-3. "I think going into a series, there are certain players that you're looking to put a dent on and go after and forecheck and be physical on," Bylsma said. "Kris is one of those guys for our team. ... I didn't like the response from Kris. I think he got a message, whether it was . not playing or a nice talk. He got a message." Another might have been sent Friday, when Letang was demoted to the second power-play unit during practice. He was put on a pair with defenseman Paul Martin while Matt Niskanen and Evgeni Malkin worked the points with the first unit.
Brian Gibbons skates on Pittsburgh's top line | 04/18/2014 12:40 PM
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Brian Gibbons practiced on the Penguins' first line on Friday.
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Pittsburgh moved Gibbons to the top line with Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby during Wednesday's game and it looks like they're sticking with that adjustment. This is a big opportunity for the 26-year-old rookie forward, who had five goals and 17 points in 41 games in 2013-14.
Olli Maatta collects assist in playoff debut | 04/17/2014 10:26 AM
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Olli Maatta recorded an assist in his playoff debut on Wednesday.
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Maatta assisted on Jussi Jokinen's first period goal. Maatta logged 17:11 minutes in Game 1 of the first round, including 1:22 minutes with his team shorthanded. He had nine goals and 29 points in 78 regular season games.
Matt Niskanen helps lead Penguins past CBJ | 04/17/2014 10:23 AM
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Matt Niskanen had a goal and an assist in Pittsburgh's 4-3 victory over Columbus in Game 1 of the first round.
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Niskanen had the best season of his career with 10 goals and 46 points in 81 games. With two points, he's already just one shy of his career-high in a single playoff run.
Brandon Sutter scores game-winner Wednesday | 04/17/2014 10:19 AM
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Brandon Sutter netted the game-winning goal for Pittsburgh in Game 1 of their first round series.
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This was Sutter's first postseason game-winning goal in 16 career games. Sutter isn't much of an offensive force, but he's a great third-line center and an important part of the Penguins' bid to win the Stanley Cup.
Paul Martin gets two points in playoff opener | 04/17/2014 10:15 AM
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Paul Martin had two assists in Pittsburgh's 4-3 win over Columbus in Game 1 of the first round.
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Martin missed the better part of the regular season, but the big thing for Pittsburgh is that he's healthy now. He had two goals and 11 points in 15 games during the Penguins' 2013 playoff run.
Brian Gibbons moves to Penguins' top line | 04/17/2014 10:12 AM
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Brian Gibbons was moved up to the Penguins' top line during Wednesday's 4-3 victory over Columbus.
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Penguins coach Dan Bylsma wanted to take advantage of Gibbons' speed, which suits the play of Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby. Gibbons didn't end up getting a point, but that will change if he stays on the first line.
Beau Bennett fine with in-game demotion | 04/17/2014 10:11 AM
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Beau Bennett shrugged off Penguins coach Dan Bylsma's decision to demote him to the third line during Game 1 of the first round.
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"It's not tough," Bennett said. "Honestly, in the playoffs, you leave your ego at the door. Whatever happens, you're trying to get 16 wins. That's the end goal." Bylsma liked how the switch worked out, so Bennett might end up staying on the third line for now. Bennett ended up with a power-play goal and got the primary assist on the game-winner with his new linemate, Brandon Sutter.
Beau Bennett shines in win over Jackets | 04/16/2014 10:44 PM
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Beau Bennett scored a goal and added an assist for Pittsburgh in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets to take a 1-0 series lead.
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Bennett missed the better part of the season due to injury, but he's gotten healthy at the right time and seems ready to contribute to Pittsburgh's Stanley Cup quest. Brandon Sutter, Matt Niskanen and Jussi Jokinen also tallied for the Penguins in the victory while Evgeni Malkin and Paul Martin each registered a pair of helpers.
Marc-Andre Fleury wins in comeback fashion | 04/16/2014 10:37 PM
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Marc-Andre Fleury was bailed out by his teammates Wednesday night as the Penguins came back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Columbus in Game 1 of their first round playoff series.
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Fleury allowed three goals on 34 shots in the victory, but he got off to a rocky start as he was beaten three times in just over twenty minutes of action before settling down. It wouldn't be playoff season if there weren't some controversy surrounding the Penguins netminder, but he has the job locked down this year.
Chris Conner starts a conditioning stint | 04/16/2014 10:20 AM
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Chris Conner (hand) has been sent to the AHL on a conditioning assignment.
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Conner has four goals and five points in 14 games with Pittsburgh in 2013-14. He hasn't played since Dec. 31.
Tomas Vokoun starts playoffs as third goalie | 04/16/2014 10:16 AM
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Tomas Vokoun is serving as the Pittsburgh Penguins' third-string goaltender.
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Vokoun completed a conditioning stint after missing the season due to a blood clot. If Marc-Andre Fleury struggles in the playoffs, Vokoun might find himself back between the pipes.
Fleury aims to be solid in playoffs | 04/16/2014 10:14 AM
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Marc-Andre Fleury is hoping to avoid another postseason collapse.
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Over the last few years, Fleury has gone through a disturbing pattern of putting up good numbers in the regular season, only to significantly drop off in the playoffs. If that trend continues, the Penguins will likely once again fall short of winning the Stanley Cup. "I know I can do it," Fleury said of bouncing back. "I know we have a solid team. I'll try my best to get to it again."
Evgeni Malkin (Day-to-Day) practices Tuesday | 04/15/2014 6:21 PM
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Evgeni Malkin is still questionable for Game 1, but took a step in the right direction on Tuesday by officially returning to practice for the first time since sustaining a foot injury on March 23.
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Malkin is close to returning, but Penguins coach Dan Bylsma would like to see how the superstar center feels on Wednesday before declaring him fit to play in the Pens' playoff opener versus Columbus. "I cant say right now. but I feel great, I skated the full practice, and we'll see (how the foot feels) tomorrow," said Malkin after Tuesday's skate.
Penguins demote Harry Zolnierczyk | 04/15/2014 10:45 AM
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have sent Harry Zolnierczyk to the AHL.
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Zolnierczyk was called up to participate in the Penguins' last two regular season games. He had two goals in 13 games with Pittsburgh in 2013-14.
Chuck Kobasew will head to the minors | 04/15/2014 10:44 AM
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Chuck Kobasew will report to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
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Kobasew scored two goals in 33 games with Pittsburgh in 2013-14. He also has 11 points in 11 AHL contests.
Simon Despres heads to the AHL | 04/15/2014 10:42 AM
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Simon Despres has been sent to the minors.
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Despres has five assists in 34 games with Pittsburgh in 2013-14. He'll aide AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in its playoff run.
Evgeni Malkin questionable for Game 1 | 04/14/2014 9:53 AM
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Evgeni Malkin (foot) is questionable for Game 1 against the Blue Jackets on Wednesday.
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Malkin skated on Sunday but did not play in the season finale. "I don't have an expectation, nor do I have a definitive answer on what players will be available," coach Dan Bylsma said. Malkin ended the season with 23 goals and 72 points in 60 games.
Penguins recall Tomas Vokoun from minors | 04/14/2014 9:44 AM
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goaltender Tomas Vokoun from the minors.
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Vokoun was sent to the minors over the weekend and he was 1-1 with the Baby Pens. Look for Vokoun to be the third string goalie behind Marc-Andre Fleury and Jeff Zatkoff in the playoffs. He missed the entire season after he was diagnosed with blood clots in his pelvis during the off-season.
Lee Stempniak pots 12th goal of season | 04/14/2014 9:40 AM
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Lee Stempniak potted his 12th goal of the season on Sunday.
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Impact
Stempniak was dealt from the Flames at the deadline and while he saw plenty of action alongside Sidney Crosby, the Penguins will likely use him on the third line in the playoffs. Do not expect a lot from Stempniak if that is his role but he should average about .4 points a game so if you think the Penguins are going deep into the post-season, then he is worth a late selection.
| 04/14/2014 1:54 AM
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Chris Kunitz returned to action on Sunday April 13.
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| 04/14/2014 1:54 AM
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Chuck Kobasew was called up from the minors on Sunday April 13.
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| 04/14/2014 1:54 AM
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Brooks Orpik returned to action on Sunday April 13.
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Sidney Crosby wins second Art Ross Trophy | 04/14/2014 12:21 AM
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The 2013-14 regular season ended Sunday night with Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby capturing his second career Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's scoring champion.
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The Pens' superstar produced 104 points. Crosby, who won his first Art Ross in 2006-07, finished with 36 goals, an NHL-high 68 assists and 104 points -- besting Anaheim forward Ryan Getzlaf (31-56-87) and Philadelphia forward Claude Giroux (28-58-86). Crosby registered points in 60 of his 80 games, including 30 multi-point performances, and never went more than two consecutive games without a point. He posted four-point streaks of five or more games, highlighted by an eight-game run to open the season and a 10-game stretch in December. He also reached the 100-point milestone for the fifth time in his career. Only Mario Lemieux (10 times) has had more such seasons in Pens history. He also became the fourth player in Pens history to earn multiple Art Ross Trophies, following Lemieux (6), Jaromir Jagr (5) and Evgeni Malkin (2). His 17-point gap over Getzlaf marks the greatest differential for the League's scoring champion since 1998-99, when Jagr beat out Teemu Selanne by 20 points.
Pens lose in shootout; backup G plays well | 04/13/2014 10:35 PM
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Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff, getting a start in goal for the Penguins' regular-season finale, came out on the short end of a 3-2 shootout against the visiting Ottawa Senators Sunday night.
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Impact
Zatkoff was appearing in his 20th game of the season. He's unlikely to play in the playoffs unless first-stringer Marc-Andre Fleury is injured. Zatkoff finishes the season with a record of 12-6-2, a GAA of 2.61 and a save percentage of .912. Pittsburgh clinched the Metropolitan Division in early April but has not been satisfied with its game over the final two months of the season. Its top-ranked power-play unit hasn't been as effective in recent weeks because of injuries that have led to unfamiliar players (defenseman Brooks Orpik, for example) playing on the second unit. The Pens begin their opening playoff round against Columbus in Pittsburgh Wednesday night.
Jussi Jokinen notches a goal in Pens' SO loss | 04/13/2014 10:30 PM
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The Pittsburgh Penguins had a losing weekend to finish their regular season.
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They'll enter the playoffs this week after losing both of their weekend games. Sunday night, they dropped a 3-2 decision in a shootout to the visiting Ottawa Senators. Jussi Jokinen scored one of the Pens' goals, his 21st of the season. Lee Stempniak also scored for Pittsburgh, his 12th of the season.
Zatkoff will play between the pipes Sunday | 04/13/2014 12:29 PM
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Just to confirm, Jeff Zatkoff will start on Sunday.
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Impact
Marc-Andre Fleury will rest ahead of the playoffs. Zatkoff has a 2.66 GAA and a .911 save percentage in 19 games this season.
Tom Kuhnhackl struggling in the minors | 04/13/2014 9:29 AM
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Tom Kuhnhackl has struggled this season in the minors.
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Kuhnhackl looked to be a top prospect the year after he was drafted in 2010 but he has regressed since and had only eight goals in 48 games with the AHL Baby Pens before he was demoted to the ECHL six weeks ago. He has an NHL caliber shot but apparently is struggling with the rest of his game.
Jeff Zatkoff expected to start on Sunday | 04/13/2014 9:25 AM
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With the Pittsburgh Penguins likely sitting Marc-Andre Fleury on Sunday, look for Jeff Zatkoff to get the start.
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Zatkoff is having a nice season at the NHL level with a 12-6-1 mark to go with a 2.66 GAA and a .911 save percentage.
Marc-Andre Fleury struggles in OT loss | 04/12/2014 6:51 PM
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Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 21 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to Philadelphia on Saturday.
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The disappointing performance ended his three-game winning streak. It also lowered his save percentage to .915 and raised his goals-against average to 2.37.
James Neal racks up 3 points in OT loss | 04/12/2014 6:48 PM
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James Neal recorded a goal and two assists in Pittsburgh's 4-3 overtime loss to Philadelphia.
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He has three goals and three helpers in his past three games. Neal has amassed 61 points in 58 matches this campaign. Kris Letang notched a goal and an assist in loss, while Jussi Jokinen had the other marker.
Brooks Orpik won't play Saturday afternoon | 04/12/2014 1:45 PM
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Brooks Orpik won't be in Pittsburgh's lineup Saturday afternoon.
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He dressed Wednesday after he sat out Sunday's game with an undisclosed injury. It doesn't like his injury is anything serious and the Penguins could just be resting him for the playoffs. He is listed as day-to-day.
Chris Kunitz out Saturday, is day-to-day | 04/12/2014 1:42 PM
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Chris Kunitz won't play in Saturday's game versus Philadelphia.
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Coach Dan Bylsma said that Kunitz is day-to-day. He played Wednesday after sitting out last Sunday's contest with a lower-body ailment. His absence appears to rest-related and he's expected to be ready for the playoffs
Marc-Andre Fleury will face Philly Saturday | 04/12/2014 1:34 PM
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Marc-Andre Fleury will get the nod against Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon.
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That probably means that Jeff Zatkoff will play against Ottawa in Sunday's regular season finale.
Penguins summon Harry Zolnierczyk | 04/12/2014 12:55 PM
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Pittsburgh recalled Harry Zolnierczyk on Friday.
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He has two goals in 11 games with the big club this season. Zolnierczyk has 18 goals and 18 assists in 56 contests with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Penguins won't rush back Evgeni Malkin | 04/12/2014 12:51 PM
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Evgeni Malkin (foot) skated with team strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar before practice Friday.
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It's still unclear if he'll be able to play before the end of the regular season. "If [the best thing] is rest to get ready for the playoffs, then that will be it," coach Dan Bylsma said. "If we get an opportunity to get him back in a game, we'll take it. But we're not going to rush it back just to get him that 60 minutes of hockey." Malkin has been sidelined since Mar. 23 because of a hairline fracture in his foot.
Tomas Vokoun will start in AHL Friday night | 04/11/2014 12:35 PM
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Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) will play between the pipes in the AHL on Friday.
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Impact
Vokoun is on a conditioning stint as he attempts to return after dealing with blood clots in his pelvis. If he's healthy, he might serve as an insurance policy for Pittsburgh in the playoffs.
Tomas Vokoun might retire this summer | 04/10/2014 10:50 AM
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No matter what happens, there's a good chance that this will be Tomas Vokoun's (blood clot) last season.
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Vokoun acknowledged as much when he was talking about what role he might have with the Penguins if his current AHL conditioning stint goes well. "That's up to the coaches," Vokoun said. "When we talked back in January, I told them I'm open-minded. Regardless of what happened, I was 90 percent sure it was going to be my last season anyway. I'm here to help. It seems like the coaches and the management want me to be around. Whatever my role is, I'm fine either way." Vokoun is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has 300 wins, a 2.55 GAA, and .917 save percentage in 700 career games.
Kris Letang gets plenty of time in his return | 04/10/2014 10:48 AM
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Kris Letang (stroke) logged 22:30 minutes in his return on Wednesday.
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Impact
So much for easing Letang back into the lineup. He didn't mind the playing time though. "I felt pretty good," said Letang. "I had a lot of fun. It wasn't perfect structure-wise for me. I'm just happy to be on the ice. It's something I missed a lot. I'm glad to play with this bunch of guys in this dressing room. It was fun to be a part of." Letang's doctors feel that playing hockey won't increase his risk of a having another stroke, so as long as he feels up to it, the Penguins don't have to be careful with his workload.
| 04/10/2014 4:55 AM
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Chris Kunitz returned to action on Wednesday April 9.
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| 04/10/2014 4:55 AM
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Olli Maatta returned to action on Wednesday April 9.
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| 04/10/2014 4:55 AM
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Sidney Crosby returned to action on Wednesday April 9.
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| 04/10/2014 4:55 AM
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Brooks Orpik returned to action on Wednesday April 9.
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Marc-Andre Fleuy and Pens outlast Wings | 04/09/2014 11:36 PM
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Marc-Andre Fleury emerged from Wednesday's contest with a 4-3 victory over the Red Wings.
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Impact
Fleury stopped 34 of the 37 shots that Detroit steered his way, improving his record to 39-18-4 in the process. The veteran goaltender has seemingly made it through the entire season without a lengthy slump, leaving him with a 2.33 GAA and a .917 save percentage.
James Neal nets pair in win over Wings | 04/09/2014 11:29 PM
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James Neal registered two goals for the Penguins in a 4-3 shootout win over Detroit Wednesday.
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Despite playing an abbreviated schedule due to injury, the Pittsburgh forward has tallied 26 times on the season, 11 of which have come with the man advantage. Jussi Jokinen was the other goal scorer for the Pens in the victory.
Andrew Ebbett returns to the minors | 04/09/2014 1:05 PM
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Andrew Ebbett has been sent to the minors.
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Ebbett has an assist in nine games with Pittsburgh this season. The 31-year-old forward obviously didn't have any fantasy value in standard leagues in 2013-14 and we don't expect that to change in 2014-15.
Kris Letang (stroke) good to return Wednesday | 04/09/2014 10:57 AM
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Kris Letang (stroke) will return to the Penguins' lineup on Wednesday.
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Impact
Letang has been practicing for about a month now. He hasn't played since Jan. 27 after suffering a stroke and the fact that he's returning before the end of the regular season is remarkable. It wouldn't be surprising if his playing time is initially limited as the team looks to get him back into the swing of things before the playoffs start.
Evgeni Malkin has started skating | 04/08/2014 1:26 PM
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Evgeni Malkin (foot) has started to skate lightly.
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Impact
Malkin won't be back before the end of the regular season, but the real question is whether or not he will be available for Game 1 of the first round. Malkin is one of the best forwards in the world, so it would obviously be a big blow to the team if he isn't available.
Tomas Vokoun will go on a conditioning stint | 04/08/2014 1:18 PM
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Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) will report to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday to begin a conditioning stint.
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Impact
The future of Vokoun's playing career was put into question after suffering blood clots in his pelvis and even now it's not clear if he'll play in another NHL game. The Penguins plan to test him at the minor league level to see how his body responds and go from there. It's worth adding that the 37-year-old forward is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Brooks Orpik wants to remain in Pittsburgh | 04/08/2014 10:56 AM
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Brooks Orpik wants to remain a Penguin.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Impact
Orpik becomes an unrestricted free agent in July and has only called Pittsburgh home in his NHL career as he has played 701 games in the Steel City. He trails only Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Rick Kehoe in games played but at 33 and with the Penguins having a huddle of young defensemen ready to shine, his presence may no longer be needed. "I've thought about it a ton," Orpik said about his impending free agency. "I think that's just natural. It's always on your mind. But the only thing you can do about it now is to just try to have the same approach to games. I don't want to say it puts more pressure on you, but you're definitely aware of what your individual situation is." He has 13 points in 70 games as well as 217 hits and 140 blocked shots.
Jussi Jokinen records an assist Sunday | 04/07/2014 10:54 AM
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Jussi Jokinen had an assist in his return from an upper-body injury on Sunday.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
Jokinen missed a game due to the ailment. He has 18 goals and 54 points in 78 contests this season.
G Marc-Andre Fleury picks up shootout win | 04/06/2014 11:12 PM
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Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury continued his outstanding season to help the shortstaffed Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 in a shootout Sunday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Fleury made 39 saves in regulation and overtime before shutting out the Colorado players he faced in the shootout period. Fleury stopped 15 shots (five on power plays) in the first period and made another 12 saves in the second. The Pens were playing without several of their top players, including Sidney Crosby (upper body) and Chris Kunitz. Fleury has enjoyed a sensational season. He now has a GAA of .234 and a save percentage of .917. Pittsburgh (50-24-5) had already clinched first place in the Metropolitan Division and is second in the Eastern Conference. The Penguins have three games left, all at home.
Brandon Sutter scores two goals for Penguins | 04/06/2014 10:41 PM
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With all-stars such as Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz out of the lineup, the Penguins got a two-goal night out of center Brandon Sutter Sunday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Sutter scored the first two goals of the game in the Penguins' 3-2 shootout win over the Avalanche in Colorado. They were Sutter's 12th and 13th goals of the season. Jussi Jokinen had the lone goal in a shootout. Jokinen put a backhand over Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov in the second round. The Penguins played without a number of injured players, including Crosby, who missed his first game of the season because of an upper-body injury. Crosby leads the NHL with 102 points (36 goals, 66 assists).
James Neal records an assist Thursday | 04/04/2014 11:07 AM
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James Neal had an assist in Pittsburgh's 4-2 win on Thursday.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
Neal has been limited by injuries this season, but he's been great when healthy. He has 24 goals and 55 points in 54 games.
Paul Martin (hand) nets PPG in his return | 04/04/2014 11:01 AM
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Paul Martin scored a power-play goal in his return from a hand injury.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
Martin missed nearly two months due to the injury. He has three goals and 13 points in 34 games this season.
Sidney Crosby tops 100-point mark in win | 04/03/2014 11:09 PM
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Sidney Crosby had two assists in the Penguins' 4-2 win over the Jets on Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The two points help Crosby top 100 points for the first time since the 2009-10 season and fifth time in his career. The shoo-in for the Hart Trophy has points in six straight games, good for 36 goals and 102 points on the year. The goal scorers for the Penguins included Beau Bennett, Craig Adams, Paul Martin and Brian Gibbons.
Marc-Andre Fleury not good, but still wins | 04/03/2014 11:07 PM
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Marc-Andre Fleury made only 13 saves in the Penguins' 4-2 win over the Jets on Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Fleury wasn't asked to do all that much, and when he was called upon, he really wasn't all that impressive. He allowed both of the goals in the second period. Fleury has three wins over his last four games; altogether, he has a 2.35 goals-against average and .916 save percentage this season.
Evgeni Malkin should return before playoffs | 04/03/2014 5:42 PM
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Evgeni Malkin (foot) is projected to return before the playoffs begin.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
He has been sidelined with a hairline fracture in his foot since Mar. 23. That could make him available to return at some point next week.
Letang (stroke) continues to skate regularly | 04/03/2014 5:37 PM
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Kris Letang (stroke) did some penalty killing work in Thursday's morning skate.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
He has been skating regularly with his teammates, but it's unclear if he'll be available to play this year after he had a stroke in January.
Pens will get Paul Martin back on Thursday | 04/03/2014 1:58 PM
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Paul Martin (hand) will be back in the lineup Thursday versus Winnipeg.
Josh Yohe on Twitter

Impact
He was injured during the 2014 Sochi Olympics while playing for the United States and hasn't played for the Penguins since Feb. 7. Martin has 12 points in 33 games this season.
Lee Stempniak picks up an assist Tuesday | 04/02/2014 10:00 AM
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Lee Stempniak recorded an assist in Pittsburgh's 4-1 loss Tuesday night.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
Stempniak has three goals and nine points in 15 games with the Penguins. He's been playing on Pittsburgh's top line with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz.
Penguins drop to 8-8-2 since Olympics | 04/02/2014 9:58 AM
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The Pittsburgh Penguins are 8-8-2 since the Olympic break.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
They had such a big lead in the battle for the Metropolitan Division title that from a standings perspective, their mediocre play barely matters. However, at this rate they won't have much momentum going into the playoffs. The Penguins will start a difficult three-game road trip on Thursday that will include games in Winnipeg, Minnesota, and Colorado.
Marc-Andre Fleury shaky in Pens loss to CAR | 04/01/2014 11:36 PM
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Marc-Andre Fleury stopped just 24 of 28 shots on Tuesday night in a 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Thus snaps a two game winning streak where he stopped 60/62 shots over the weekend. Fleury is just 5-5-1 in his past 10 games despite a season record of 36-18-4 with a .916 save percentage and 2.36 goals against average.
Chris Kunitz scores 35th in Pens loss to CAR | 04/01/2014 11:24 PM
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Chris Kunitz scored the Pens' only goal, his 35th of the season, in the Pens' 4-1 loss to Carolina on Tuesday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Kunitz was set up by linemates Lee Stempniak and Sydney Crosby. The 34 year old is riding a four game point streak in which he has five points. This season, the power winger has 67 points through 74 games.
Sidney Crosby reaches 100 points on the year | 04/01/2014 7:59 PM
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Sidney Crosby tallied his 100th point of the season on Tuesday night, giving him 36 goals and 64 assists so far in 2013-14.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Only six players have accomplished this feat in the past seven seasons. Crosby has done it twice, Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin three times, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin as well as Nicklas Backstrom.
Sidney Crosby has green light to play in 82 | 04/01/2014 12:39 PM
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Barring an injury, Sidney Crosby will not get a game off before the end of the regular season.
Los Angeles Times

Impact
Crosby has a chance of playing in all 82 games for the first time in his career and after all the injuries he's endured, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma doesn't want to stand in the way of that. "I think Sid remembers too well not playing all the games in a season and, I think, cherishes playing every game," Bylsma said. "Whether it's 82 or 78, he's been there for us all year long. I got a plaque for playing all 82 games one time. I used it in the winter to make sure my tires didn't slide in the driveway."
Paul Martin practices, possible this weekend | 04/01/2014 10:31 AM
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Paul Martin (hand) took part in Monday's practice.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
"It was just good in general to be out with the guys," said Martin. "It's been a long couple weeks, so it's nice to see light at end of the tunnel and get back to practice and hopefully play soon." He's been out for 17 straight contests, but might be back this weekend. That being said, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma cautioned that there's no concrete date for his return yet.
Source: No discipline expected for Orpik | 03/31/2014 11:32 AM
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According to a source, Brooks Orpik won't face any discipline for his hit on Jonathan Toews.
Chicago Tribune

Impact
The Chicago captain was forced to leave Sunday's game with an apparent arm injury after he was nailed with hard check into the boards from Orpik. Orpik wasn't assessed a penalty on the play.
Simon Despres a healthy scratch against Hawks | 03/31/2014 10:17 AM
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Simon Despres was a healthy scratch against the Chicago Blackhawks S.unday
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
Just an FYI. He has five assists in 31 games this season, as well as a plus-five rating.
Joe Vitale skates on Sunday | 03/31/2014 10:14 AM
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Joe Vitale skated on Sunday but is still 'week-to-week' with a middle body injury.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
Vitale was injured 10 days ago. He has 14 points and 29 penalty minutes in 53 games.
Olli Maatta appreciates Friday's scratching | 03/31/2014 10:12 AM
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Olli Maatta was fine with being a healthy scratch on Friday.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
Maatta is only 19 and in his first year in the NHL. It has been a long season for him as he did not get an Olympic break as he won a bronze medal for Finland. "Sometimes when you watch the game from up top, you see different things," Maatta said. "You actually have more time than you think you have. When you see it up top, it's really good for you." Maatta was back in the lineup Sunday and played 20:47 minutes with one assist. He now has nine goals and 29 points with a plus-10 rating and deserves to be drafted in the late rounds next season in deeper drafts.
Pens G Marc-Andre Fleury stops 25 in victory | 03/30/2014 10:40 PM
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Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 25 shots in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 4-1 triumph over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks Sunday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
It was Fleury's second consecutive win after five starts in a row without a win. On the season, Fleury is 36-17-4 with a GAA of 2.33 and a save percentage of .917. The goalie made nine third-period stops to preserve a 2-1 lead. Fleury, who allowed five goals during a 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game against the Blackhawks at Soldier Field on March 1, earned his 36th win of the season and his second straight following a stretch of five winless starts. Pittsburgh, which has 101 points, extended its lead atop the Metropolitan Division to 15 points.
Sidney Crosby scores twice as Pens beat Hawks | 03/30/2014 10:27 PM
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Sidney Crosby scored a pair of goals in the final five minutes, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-1 victory over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Crosby's goals were his 35th and 36th of the season. His second goal was into an empty net. But the big news in this game was the Blackhawks' loss of their superstar captain, Jonathan Toews, who left in the second period after he was hit hard by Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik. Toews left the game favoring his arm. The other Pittsburgh scorers, by the way, were James Neal (24th) and Lee Stempniak (11th).
Kris Letang's return is still unknown | 03/30/2014 7:59 AM
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Kris Letang (stroke) still has no timetable for his return.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said that he chatted with Letang a few days ago and Letang said that he has good days and bad days. "I can be really dizzy," Letang said about his bad days. "Sometimes I have trouble walking, like, in a straight line. ... I have some vision things. Lights would bother me, stuff like that." It does not look good for the defenseman to return this season as the Penguins will not take any chances with their best offensive defenseman.
Chuck Kobasew tearing up the minors | 03/30/2014 7:52 AM
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Chuck Kobasew has been on a tear in the minors with seven goals and eight points in eight games.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
Kobasew was demoted after he was waived at the trade deadline and found there were no takers. He has not been discouraged by the demotion despite the fact that it's the first time in 11 years that he has played minor league hockey. He'll look to catch on with another NHL team in the off-season.
Penguins high on Josh Archibald | 03/30/2014 7:47 AM
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The Pittsburgh Penguins are quite high on winger Josh Archibald.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
Archibald was inked to a contract and played his first game in the AHL on Wednesday. Archibald scored 28 goals for the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 37 games this season. It was the second highest total in the nation, as John Gaudreau had 37 with Boston College. Archibald has scored once in three games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. "He's a real quick skater," baby Pens coach John Hynes said. "He's very competitive on the puck. He has the ability to score and make plays." Archibald was taken in the sixth round of the 2011 Draft but is now considered one of the best prospects in the Penguins chain.
Pens' Marcel Goc iffy for start of playoffs | 03/29/2014 11:05 AM
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Marcel Goc (ankle) may not be able to return to the Penguins for the start of the playoffs.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Goc suffered a foot injury during a game last Thursday and is definitely out for the remainder of the season. Penguins coach Dan Blysma admitted to feeling fortunate that Goc was only out for three weeks since the injury looked worse to him. With Goc out of the lineup, the Penguins are using forward Jussi Jokinen at center. He has been almost exclusively at left wing this season but has a history of playing center. Jokinen started between wingers James Neal and Beau Bennett against the Blue Jackets Friday night.
Marc-Andre Fleury snaps out of slump with win | 03/28/2014 9:55 PM
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Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 stops Friday night to seal a well-earned 2-1 victory over division-rival Columbus and help the Pens clinch a playoff spot.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Coming into this game, Fleury was playing his worst hockey of the season. He lost four straight and was yanked in his other appearance over the past five, but he was back to himself on Friday. On the season, Flower is 35-17-4 with a .917 save percentage and 2.35 goals against average.
Sidney Crosby and Pens clinch playoff spot | 03/28/2014 9:48 PM
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Sidney Crosby notched his league leading 63rd assist of the season on Friday night, helping the Penguins clinch a playoff spot by beating Columbus 2-1.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Crosby is on a three game point streak and has six points in his past five games. The Art Ross Trophy awarded to the NHL's top scorer is nearly inevitable, as Crosby is at 97 points on the season while second place Ryan Getzlaf is at 79 with 10 games to go. The Penguins have a 13 point lead on the 2nd place New York Rangers in the Metropolitan Division.
Maatta will spend Friday's game in press box | 03/28/2014 6:38 PM
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Olli Maatta will be a healthy scratch on Friday.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Impact
Maatta has no points and a minus-three rating in his last nine contests. He has nine goals and 19 assists in 72 contests in 2013-14.
Bennett gets put on Pittsburgh's 2nd line | 03/28/2014 6:35 PM
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Beau Bennett will play on the Penguins' second line on Friday.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Impact
Pittsburgh is dealing with a few injuries, so Bennett will get a chance to play alongside Jussi Jokinen and James Neal. Bennett has a goal and three points in 12 games this season.
Marcel Goc isn't likely to return this season | 03/28/2014 5:21 PM
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Marcel Goc is expected to be sidelined for three weeks due to a foot injury.
Penguins.nhl.com on Twitter

Impact
In other words, he won't return before the end of the regular season, but he should return during the first round of the playoffs. He will finish the 2013-14 campaign with 11 goals and 25 points in 74 games this season.
Taylor Pyatt scores in back-to-back games | 03/28/2014 10:45 AM
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Taylor Pyatt scored a goal in Pittsburgh's 3-2 loss to Los Angeles.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
Pyatt has found the back of the net in two straight games. He typically doesn't do much offensively though and only has five points in 48 contests this season.
Marcel Goc sustains lower-body injury | 03/28/2014 10:43 AM
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Marcel Goc suffered a possible ankle or foot injury during Thursday's game.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
The Penguins would only call it a lower-body injury and didn't provide any other details on Goc's status. He has two assists in 13 games since being acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 5.
Kunitz buries 33rd in loss to Kings | 03/27/2014 10:49 PM
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Chris Kunitz scored a goal for Pittsburgh in a 3-2 loss to Los Angeles Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Kunitz continues to add to his career-best goal and point totals, having now registered 33 and 63, respectively. Taylor Pyatt was the other Pittsburgh goal scorer in the defeat.
Jeff Zatkoff plays well in loss to Kings | 03/27/2014 10:46 PM
News
Penguins backup goaltender Jeff Zatkoff played well, but ended up on the losing end of a 3-2 decision against Los Angeles Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Zatkoff has been a pleasant surprise for the Penguins this season and has been more than capable when opportunities have presented themselves. He allowed three goals on 32 shots in this contest and saw his record fall to 12-5-1. His GAA is 2.58 and his save percentage is .915.
Paul Martin (hand) gets back to skating | 03/27/2014 1:21 PM
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Paul Martin (hand) has resumed skating.
Dave Molinari on Twitter

Impact
He's slated to have another X-ray on his hand this weekend. He suffered a broken hand during the Sochi Olympics, which required surgery to repair.
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