PLAYOFF GAMEDAY 3: New York state of mind. Pens head to MSG for Game 3.

Game 3: PENGUINS (1-1) at RANGERS (1-1) Eastern Conference First Round 7:00 PM EST – ROOT Sports Madison Square Garden – New York, New York It’s in our nature to look for exactly what went wrong after a Penguins loss. And while it was only one game, the deficiencies in Game 2 were fairly obvious. Those deficiencies: 1.) Way too much mixing and matching of line combinations...
Via The Pensblog
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Third-string goaltender Zatkoff unlikely hero for Penguins

PITTSBURGH (AP) It would have been easy for Jeff Zatkoff to go through the motions. Nobody would have blamed him really. Bumped out of the Pittsburgh Penguins backup goaltender spot by rookie Matt Murray over the winter, Zatkoff spent the last six weeks of the regular season a healthy scratch, arguably the two most dreaded words in hockey. It's not in Zatkoff's easygoing nature...
Via Associated Press
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Longpuck Pays Off For the Penguins

Perhaps the biggest surprise of Game 1 of the Penguins/Rangers series (Jeff Zatkoff’s sudden start aside) was the story of how a poor puck-possession team dominated a great puck-possession team. As I discussed in my series preview, the Rangers are not a good possession team. That wasn’t the case in game one. The Rangers stepped up on the Penguins, clogged the neutral zone up...
Via The Pensblog
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Game One Quick Cap: Pens get out of the gate with a win.

Pittsburgh – Jeff Zatkoff looks like he wants to be taken by Aliens before the game. Imagine if some guy told you in October that the Rangers and Penguins would be playing in the first round and that Game One would feature the battle of Jeff Zatkoff vs. Antti Ranta. Welcome to the playoffs. The yellow looked amazingly sharp. Well done. Unfortunately, the Pens didn’t change...
Via The Pensblog
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Henrik Lundqvist poked in the eye, replaced in Game 1

The Rangers/Penguins first-round playoff series already featured a third string goalie in Jeff Zatkoff. And now the backup goalie is getting work on the other side, as Henrik Lundqvist was replaced by Antti Raanta to start the second period of Game 1. Here’s why: Lundqvist was poked in the eye inadvertently by the stick of defenseman Marc Staal with under a minute left. And...
Via Puck Drunk Love
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Marc-Andre Fleury out with concussion

The underachieving Pittsburgh Penguins have been dealt another blow. Penguins general manager announced Tuesday that goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will miss at least the next one to two weeks after being diagnosed with a concussion. “I haven’t talked to the doctor yet. I don’t have any further information other than he was examined, and it was determined he was concussed...
December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins look to rebound against Montreal

Pittsburgh looks to rebound after their embarrassing loss to the Florida Panthers on Monday, Jan. 20. After a sloppy performance at home against the Florida Panthers.  Pittsburgh will look to rebound tonight, Jan. 22, against Montreal (27-17-5) on home ice.  Pittsburgh’s franchise-record 13-game home winning streak was snapped in the 5-1 loss on Monday, Jan. 20. Tonight, Pittsburgh...
January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Pens prep for long road trip

You could make the argument that the Penguins are the hottest team in the league right now. Banged up and without many of it’s normal starters, the Pens are a rag-tag combination of relatively untested young prospects, AHL call-ups, and bottom six role players.  Despite this, Captain Sidney Crosby has managed to lead the Penguins to six straight wins and 11 in 12 games. It’s...
December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins sign Jeff Zatkoff to extension

Zatkoff has been money during his tenure with the Penguins. Photo Credit: Rant Sports Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff parlayed his strong play into a brand new two-year contract extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The contract kicks in next season and has an average annual value of $600,000.  
Via The PensNation
December 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Get on up, it's Zatkoff time! By: @LuigiLemieux

Get on up, it's Zatkoff Time! Article by Kyle Fritz (@LuigiLemieux) for Pens Initiative It was late before the season began when we learned that Tomas Vokoun was in trouble. We had seen him get out of tough situations before, holding strong in front of perilous offensive attacks, and keeping our boys in games when things looked their bleakest. This time...
Via PensInitiative
November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

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