Saturday, November 29, 2008

Picture This - 11-30-08

Another Sunday and another group of photos from several generous EN readers:

-Ian DeArdo with last night's national anthem:


-Lowell Murray with his Pensblog jersey last night:


-Tim Kaminsky from Friday's game in Buffalo:

Pens Pregame 1

Pens Pregame 2

Pens Pregame 4


-Dan Levy from Wednesday's game on Long Island:


(We don't care if it's fuzzy. A picture of Pat Sajak at an Islanders game might be the greatest photo we've ever had a reader send us.)





-C.J. Romano's friend spotted the world's finest anthem singer and butt-cut in the stands for the home opener in October:




-The Penguins demoted forward Janne Pesonen to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL after the game.

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night. Sidney Crosby stinks.

-The Newark Star-Ledger's recap.

-Crosby overwhelmed the Devils last night.

-Eric Godard is not Atkins friendly.

-Is Mike Yeo responsible for the Penguins' power-play issues?

-Icethetics ranked the Penguins' third jersey (right) as the best in the league.

-The Penguins have done a good job of recognizing youth hockey in Western Pennsylvania.

-Leave it to Don Cherry to have a problem with Evgeni Malkin scoring a hat trick against the Islanders:

-We assume Cherry missed the Penguins-Blues game from a few weeks ago when Malkin did dish a pass to one of Cherry's heartthrobs, Jordan Staal, for an empty netter:

-Adam Berkhoel made 44 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a who fell 4-3 in overtime at Norfolk.

-The AHL Penguins collapsed in the third period.

-Aaron Clarke and Nick Johnson each had a goal and an assist for the Wheeling Nailers who beat the Elmira Jackals, 5-2.

-Through Friday, former Penguins forward Aleksey Morozov is leading the KHL in scoring with 41 points. Jaromir Jagr is fifth with 34 points. Fire Craig Patrick.

Atlantic Division

-Freddy Meyer had a two goals and an assist for the Islanders in a 4-2 defeat of the Senators.

-The Islanders will not send 2008 first-round pick Josh Bailey (right) back to his junior team.

-Also included in that link is news of the Islanders recalling goaltender Yann Danis from Bridgeport of the AHL and demoting former Pittsburgh Forge goaltender Peter Mannino. Additionally, defenseman Bruno Gervais was put on injured reserve.

-As you can tell, the Islanders wore their dazzling throwback jersey's last night.

-Islanders defenseman Thomas Pock was put on waivers for the purpose of sending him to Bridgeport. (Note towards the bottom.)

-The Devils are the new Penguins.

-An illness pretty much benched Devils forward Dainius Zubrus in the third period in Pittsburgh last night.

-New Jersey forward Jay Pandolfo hasn't had to worry about defense as much this season.

-Should former Flyers forward Reggie Leach be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame?

-HA! HA! HA! HA!

Northeast Division

-The Bruins might be for real. David Krejci and Blake Wheeler each had a goal and an assist for the Bruins who dispatched the defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings, 4-1. Goaltender Manny Fernadez made 29 saves for the Bruins. Boston chased Detroit goaltender and former Penguin Ty Conklin after he gave up three goals on nine shots.

-Defenseman Aaron Ward suffered a leg injury last night.

-The first day of the Brian Burke era was a good one. Nikolai Antropov and Dominic Moore each had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs who beat the Flyers, 4-2.

-A day after some in Canada compared him to Barack Obama, Burke pretty much compared himself to the Pope.

-By the way, "Superman" was introduced as the Maple Leafs' new overlord.

-Andrei Kostitsyn had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens who edged the Sabres, 3-2.

-Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside Out, the Montreal Gazette's fine hockey blog, has perhaps the stat of the night: The Canadiens' all-time record vs. the animal kingdom so to speak.

-Canadiens forwards and former Penguins Alex Kovalev (right) and Robert Lang were reuinted on a line last night.

-For some reason, someone decided to ask Flyers executive/Ed Snider's caddy Bobby Clarke about the abilities of Senators forward Jason Spezza. Clarke, the amazing hockey mind who compiled that amazing Flyers' team of 2006-07 that went 22-48-12, basically said he wouldn't want him on his team.

Southeast Division

-Lightning forward and Gary Roberts says there's something that can be learned from watching a game from the press box.

-Roberts played his first game after missing four games due to an "upper-body" injury. Also, the Lightning demoted defenseman Matt Smaby and forward Jason Ward to Norfolk of the AHL.

-Carolina's top line of Tuomo Ruutu, Sergei Samsonov (right) and Eric Staal has developed some chemistry.

-Hurricane defensemen Tim Gleason (leg), Dennis Seidenberg ("lower-body") and forward Scott Walker ("lower-body") are all dealing with injuries.

-As if the Capitals didn't have enough injury problems, rookie defenseman Karl Alzner is dealing with an undisclosed ailment.

Central Division

-Rick Nash had two goals and Steve Mason made 26 saves for the Blue Jackets in a 3-0 shutout of the Capitals.

-Nash stepped up big time last night.

-Predators forward Steve Sullivan practiced with his team for the first time since February 2007.

Northwest Division

-Shawn Horcoff had a goal and two assists for the Oilers in a 4-2 win at St. Louis.

-Mikko Koivu scored two goals and an assist for the Wild in a 6-2 win at Nashville. Minnesota set a franchise record by scoring five power-play goals. This game had four fights.

-Two goals from Wojtek Wolski and three assists from Marek Svatos helped the Avalanche edge the Lightning, 4-3. Lightning forward Ryan Malone had a goal and an assists. He has a four-game goal-scoring streak and a five-game point-scoring streak. Fire Ray Shero.

-Miikka Kiprusoff made a "whopping" 17 saves for the Flames in a 3-1 win against the Canucks.

-Colorado captain Joe Sakic is out indefinitely due to a back injury. Additionally, defenseman Adam Foote (right) was put on injured reserve due to a neck injury and defenseman Aaron MacKenzie was recalled from Lake Erie of the AHL.

-The Wild is like France. It hates Americans.

Pacific Division

-Alexander Frolov, Patrick O'Sullivan and Jarret Stoll each had a goal and an assists for the Kings who thumped the Blackhawks, 5-2.

-Two goals by Joe Pavelski helped the Sharks edge the Coyotes, 3-2. San Jose has won seven consecutive games.

-The Ducks recalled defenseman Brett Festerling and demoted goaltender David LeNeveu to Iowa of the AHL.

-Anaheim defenseman Bret Hedican will return to Carolina today for the first time since leaving the Hurricanes in the offseason.

-The Coyotes demoted forward Garth Murray to San Antonio of the AHL.

-Stars defenseman and former Penguin Sergei Zubov is dealing with some sort of undisclosed ailment.

-Sharks forward Jonathan Cheechoo (right) is dealing with an "upper-body" injury. (That photo is from last season and isn't his current "upper-body" injury. As far as we know.)

-With Cheechoo out last night, Sharks forward Riley Armstrong, the brother of Thrashers forward and former Penguins forward Colby Armstrong, made his NHL debut.

(Photos: Crosby-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images; Bailey-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Kovalev-Rick Stewart/Getty Images; Samsonov-Tom Mihalek/Associated Press; Foote-Jeff Gross/Getty Images; Cheechoo-Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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