Minor league report - Nailers fall to Royals, 3-2

By Seth Rorabaugh about 21 hours ago

Goaltender Franky Palazzese made 36 saves for the Wheeling Nailers (10-8-1-0) in a 3-2 road loss to the Reading Royals Sunday.

Center Matia Marcantuoni recorded two assists for Wheeling.

The Nailers’ next game is Friday at home against the South Carolina Stingrays, 7:35 p.m.

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Minor league report - Penguins win 10th straight at home, beat Bears, 3-2

By Seth Rorabaugh 1 day ago

Goaltender Tristan Jarry made 25 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (16-2-0-0) in a 3-2 home win against the rival Hershey Bears Saturday. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has won all 10 of its home games this season.

Defenseman Tim Erixon recorded two assists for the Penguins while centers Jean-Sebastien Dea, Kevin Porter and defenseman Niclas Andersen scored goals.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday at home against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 p.m.


Goaltender Brian Foster made 28 saves for the Wheeling Nailers (10-7-1-0) in a 6-3 home loss to the Brampton Beast.

Wheeling’s next game is Sunday on the road against the Reading Royals, 4:05 p.m.

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Oilers 3, Penguins 2 (shootout)

By Dave Molinari 1 day ago

A quick look at the Penguins’ 3-2 shootout loss to Edmonton at Consol Energy Center Saturday night:

*** Matt Hendricks and Jordan Eberle of the Oilers beat Penguins goalie Jeff Zatkoff during the shootout, while David Perron and Sidney Crosby of the Penguins couldn’t score on Edmonton goalie Anders Nilsson.

*** The loss tainted a sensational performance by Evgeni Malkin, who scored both of the Penguins’ goals – including one of the most breathtaking of his career. In the first minute of the second period, Malkin chased down Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom at center ice and stole the puck from him before wheeling back into the offensive zone. He executed a 180-degree turn as Edmonton’s Mark Fayne approached him in the right circle, then whipped a high backhander past goalie Anders Nilsson from inside the right dot. “Sometimes, my backhand doesn’t work,’ Malkin said. “Tonight, it worked.”

*** Malkin has seven goals in the past six games, and has scored each of his team’s past four. “He’s been on quite a tear,” left winger Chris Kunitz said. “For a team that doesn’t score many goals, he seems to be a part of almost every single one of them. It would be nice if the rest of us would kind of chip in and help.”

*** The Penguins had another listless start, and the Oilers built a 2-0 lead in the first 7 ½ minutes of play. “Every game, we start slow,” Malkin said. “I don’t know why.”

*** Center Sidney Crosby played and said he had no problems 24 hours after being cross-checked in the back of the neck by Columbus center Brandon Dubinsky. “I was happy that I felt good today and was able to play,” he said. Crosby declined to weigh in on whether the one-game suspension Dubinsky got was adequate punishment. “That [ruling] really didn’t change anything for me, to be honest,” he said.

*** Malkin finished with 11 of the Penguins’ season-high 41 shots on goal.

*** The Penguins had a five-on-three power play for 56 seconds later in the second period, but failed to manufacture the goal that would have broken a 2-2 tie. “It would have been good to put one in on that five-on-three,” Crosby said. “That’s usually the difference in a game.”

*** The Penguins are 8-0-3 in their past eight games against the Oilers.

*** Edmonton played without two of its most dynamic young forwards, franchise center Connor McDavid and right winger Nail Yakupov, both of whom are injured.

*** Malkin got his second goal on a power play, which means the Penguins have a man-advantage goal in six consecutive games.

*** Zatkoff stopped his first NHL penalty shot at 4:56 of the third period, denying Benoit Pouliot after he had been tripped by Penguins defenseman Kris Letang. Pouliot tried to slip a one-handed shot into the net, but Zatkoff extended his left leg and got his skate on the puck to keep it out.

*** The Penguins are off until Tuesday, when they will open a four-game road trip in San Jose. They will not play at home again until Dec. 11, when Los Angeles will visit Consol Energy Center.

*** Penguins right winger Beau Bennett was credited with nine hits, a career high.

*** Each of the Penguins’ past three games has gone to overtime.

*** Crosby got an assist on Malkin’s second goal to extend his scoring streak to a season-high five games.

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Blue Jackets 2, Penguins 1 (overtime)

By Dave Molinari 2 days ago

A quick look at the Penguins’ 2-1 overtime loss to Columbus at Nationwide Arena Friday night:

*** Columbus winger Cam Atkinson scored the game-winner at 2:42 of overtime, beating goalie Marc-Andre Fleury on a rebound from inside the right circle, but the dominant storyline was a cross-check Columbus center Brandon Dubinsky delivered to the back of Sidney Crosby’s neck with 80 seconds left in the second period. The league’s Dept. of Player Safety has scheduled a hearing for Dubinsky Saturday.

*** Crosby left the game, but returned after going through the league’s concussion protocol, and general manager Jim Rutherford was adamant that he believes the cross-check merited more than the two-minute penalty Dubinsky was assessed. “Those are the kind of hits a player can be hurt real bad with,” he said. “We have the player lying on the ice, and it’s only a two-minute penalty. This is what we would hope there would be a little stiffer penalty on.” Rutherford said he had not ruled out contacting the league, although the NHL reviews every incident that might merit a fine or suspension without involvement from any team.

*** Crosby obviously did not see the cross-check, since it was delivered from behind, so he really couldn’t say much about the sequence. “There was a battle in front. I guess he cross-checked me in the back of the head,” Crosby said. “He was behind me, and I felt it.” He added that, “it didn’t feel like” two minutes were sufficient punishment.

*** Penguins coach Mike Johnston, on the cross-check: “The referees, they see it like I do – live. It’s a quick reaction to whatever they see. But when you look at it again, it looked bad.”

*** Atkinson’s game-winner – set up by a pass from Dubinsky – soured a sensational night for Fleury, who made 41 saves. “[Fleury] did a great job,” Crosby said. “He kept us in the game.”

*** Evgeni Malkin opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 9:15 of the third period, so the Penguins lost for the first time this season when taking a 1-0 lead. They had won the previous nine.

*** The Penguins protested that Blue Jackets winger Scott Hartnell interfered with Fleury just before Ryan Johansen scored the first Columbus goal, but their challenge was denied.

*** Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist was one of the few who didn’t think the game got especially nasty as it moved along. “I don’t think so,” he said. “Obviously, there were a lot of emotions out there and a lot of intensity. It was just a physical game.”

*** The Penguins have a man-advantage goal in each of the past five games.

*** Crosby, on the Penguins’ sluggish start: “As it went along, we seemed to get our feet under us and get settled a little bit more. We know that, especially here, they come out hard and quick. We still can do a better job of getting to our game a little earlier.”

*** The Penguins lost for the first time in five overtime games this season, while Columbus had a game go past the third period for the first time in 2015-16.

*** Defenseman Ben Lovejoy, on the Penguins’ performance: “We came out with a very poor effort. They were better in a lot of facets of the game. The score was close because [Fleury] was amazing.”

*** Johnston, on the Penguins-Blue Jackets rivalry: “Every game we’ve played them … they’re all intense battles. It’s nice to see the intensity, the rivalry, the passion in the game. That’s the way they’re going to be played.”

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Minor league report - Murray, Penguins shut out Bruins, 3-0

By Seth Rorabaugh 3 days ago

Goaltender Matt Murray made 29 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (15-2-0-0) in a 3-0 home shutout of the Providence Bruins Friday. It was Murray’s third shutout of the season.

Left winger Kael Mouillierat had a goal and an assist for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while left winger Conor Sheary and center Dominik Simon also scored goals.

The Penguins’ next game is Saturday at home against the rival Hershey Bears, 7:05 p.m.

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