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Penguins Wrap: Crosby Dazzles; Injuries & a Sour Finish



Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby, Marcus Pettersson

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Pittsburgh Penguins’ 5-3 victory in Columbus Tuesday was their fifth victory in a row and put them two games above .500, matching their high-water mark for the season.

Too bad for them they didn’t get the rest of the week off.

They followed that win over the Blue Jackets with a dismal showing in a 5-2 loss to New Jersey, then dropped the latest in a series of close games against Carolina to take a two-game losing streak into their game against defending Stanley Cup champion Vegas this evening at PPG Paints Arena.

Here’s a look back at the up-and-down week of the Pittsburgh Penguins:


Erik Karlsson is convinced that, while the Penguins’ team defense has been pretty good lately, there’s still room for improvement.

The Penguins have been doing a lot of things right lately, but there’s at least one thing they can change that could make them even more formidable.


The Pittsburgh Penguins are the oldest team in the NHL, and it just might be that their game truly is maturing, too. Kris Letang notes that “we’re not 25 anymore.”

Evgeni Malkin has been having the best season of his career on faceoffs, and it isn’t even close.

Reilly Smith doesn’t participate in practice, but no one is concerned. Or upset.

Former Penguins goaltender Tom Barrasso is inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame.


Sidney Crosby’s 13th career hat trick carries the Penguins to a 5-3 victory in Columbus.

The Penguins overcome a sluggish start against the Blue Jackets to extend their winning streak to five games.

Jonathan Gruden is recalled from the Penguins’ farm team in Wilkes-Barre, but his stay in the NHL is brief.

Matt Petgrave, the player whose skate caused the lethal cut to former Penguins prospect Adam Johnson’s neck during a pro game in England was arrested on charges of suspicion of manslaughter.


Mike Sullivan says that the Penguins’ refusal to panic was a significant factor in their victory over the Blue Jackets.

Give the Penguins’ veteran core credit for making adjustments that helped the team to pull out of its early-season doldrums. (+)

Rickard Rakell, still looking for his first goal more than a month into the season, isn’t sure he knows what the problem is, but he’s convinced that he knows what it isn’t.

Forwards Evgeni Malkin and Matt Nieto don’t participate in the Penguins’ practice, but it turns out that there’s no cause for concern.


The Pittsburgh Penguins’ five-game winning streak comes to a screeching halt against New Jersey.

The Penguins’ grades for the New Jersey game were a lot like their performance.

What’s in a (nick)name? Well, when it comes to fourth-line center Noel Acciari, a pretty good indication of what fuels him on game days.


The loss to New Jersey revealed what seems to be a significant shortcoming for the Penguins.

Sidney Crosby has a pretty simple explanation for how the Devils were able to defeat the Penguins.

Goalie Alex Nedeljkovic, in Wilkes-Barre on a conditioning stint, does something special in his first game back in the American Hockey League.


Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: The Pittsburgh Penguins lose a close game to the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Penguins invariably play well against the Hurricanes, but there’s a reason they never seem to beat them anymore.

Defenseman P.O Joseph is held out of his sixth consecutive game, but it’s not for the reason many believed.

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11 days ago

They’re stupid can’t they see the thing needs to be blown up and rebuilt. They are too old and not very tough plus they play too undisciplined to beat the good teams. It’s over for the core.

James Smith
James Smith
10 days ago
Reply to  Clyde

Have you lost your damn mind?

Robert Shoemaker
Robert Shoemaker
10 days ago
Reply to  Clyde

Cannot argue most of those points, but there aren’t many people out there who want 4 future hall of famers traded in order to watch a team rebuild for years.

This team is very frustrating, but i would still rather watch them vs watching a team like the sharks.

Last edited 10 days ago by Robert Shoemaker
10 days ago

Another option is to look at what the Capitals did; they sold off some of their vets and brought in a new coach that was familiar with the younguns. Backstrom might be done due to hip injury. This is a retool on the fly. I expected them to be out of the playoffs this year, it’s amazing Dubas gave them Sandin…. the Caps are looking pretty good now.

Robert Shoemaker
Robert Shoemaker
10 days ago
Reply to  Deppert

The tricky part will be because of the no trade lists most of the guys have on this team. If Kyle does decide to go in that direction this season, although i doubt he will, Guentzel would fetch a huge return.