The Penguins have faced two great teams in the Chicago Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals and felt the unpleasant sting of a loss in both games. The shootout loss to Chicago was huge for the struggling Blackhawks who, before the win, were four points out of a playoff spot. The Penguins showed that they aren’t done with this season despite facing adversity through injuries and suspensions recently. The Pens battled back from deficits twice. Pittsburgh still managed to squeeze out a point. Matt Cooke, who made his return to the ice that game even had a shorthanded goal, proving that he can be a playmaker without playing dirty, which is what Pens and hockey fans like to see. Brett Sterling scored the other goal for the Pens in the 3-2 loss and has earned a point in each of the five games he has played in for the Penguins since being called up. The Pens have proven that even without their superstars they can be agressive and Ã‚Â competitive.
Alex Ovechkin shoots on Marc-Andre Fleury. Ovechkin was named second star of the game and Fleury was named third star.
Something they showed in theirÃ‚Â excruciatingÃ‚Â loss to the rival Washington Capitals on Monday. Not for lack of opportunities and physical effort, the Penguins got shut out at home. Capital’s captain the Chernobyl Hockey Miracle, I mean, Alex Ovechkin had the only goal of the intense battle between these two top teams. Marc-Andre Fleury and Michal Neuvirth put on a clinic in fantastic saves on Monday night, each with impressive game-saving and game-changing saves in net. Neuvirth was named first star of the game and Fleury was named third star, respectively. The Penguins were gritty and physical and impressive despite their inexperienced lineup. Jordan Staal stepped up as a reliable and dominant force for the Penguins and will hopefully continue to maintain that role on the team in the future.
And now onto the good news! We have two new players and I couldn’t be more excited. The Penguins have acquired forward James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen from the Dallas Stars for defenseman Alex Goligoski.Ã‚Â Goligoski, affectionately known as “Gogo” to fans, will undoubtedly be missed but the two new acquisitions are very exciting. Neal, a left winger standing at 6’2″, had 39 points and 21 goals with the Stars. The Pens need a forward that can put up numbers like that in the absence of Evgeni Malkin and captain Sidney Crosby among the other top scorers out with injuries. Although it’s tough to see Goligoski go, adding Niskanen to the D-corps should be good for the team and will be exciting to watch.