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Penguins' Colton Sceviour: Goals in back to back games
Sceviour scored a goal on three shots and had a pair of hits in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win over Washington.
Sceviour is making the most of his limited minutes in a bottom-six role, lighting the lamp for the second consecutive game. His rebound tally late in the first period tied the game 1-1. Despite the recent goal production, Sceviour has never topped 11 goals in a season and is not a fantasy option.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Evgeni Malkin: Forces OT with first goal of year
Malkin scored a goal on three shots Tuesday in a 5-4 overtime win over Washington.
Malkin lit the lamp for the first time this season with a one-timer from the top of the right faceoff circle late in the second period, a power-play tally that knotted the game at 4-4. It was also the first point of the season for the 34-year-old, who was minus-2 with seven shots in Pittsburgh's first three games.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Jake Guentzel: Finds net with man advantage
Guentzel had a goal and an assist along with four shots and two PIM in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win versus the Capitals.
Guentzel struck on the power play just under six minutes into the second period to pull the Penguins to within 3-2. He later assisted on Sidney Crosby's overtime goal. After being held without a point in the season opener, Guentzel has since hit the scoresheet in each of the last three games, totalling one goal and three assists.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Sidney Crosby: OT winner caps big night
Crosby registered a goal and two assists with three shots Tuesday in a 5-4 overtime win over the Capitals. He also dominated in the faceoff circle with 16 wins on 19 attempts (84.2 percent).
Crosby scooped up a rebound on the doorstep and outwaited Washington netminder Vitek Vanecek to deliver the overtime win just 71 seconds into the extra session. He also assisted on power-play goals by Jake Guentzel and Evgeni Malkin in the second period. The beat goes on for the 33-year-old superstar, who has three goals and five points through the first four games of the season.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Teddy Blueger: Ignites rally with SHG
Blueger scored a short-handed goal on his only shot and added an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win over the Capitals.
Blueger was sprung by a perfect pass from goaltender Casey DeSmith and scored on the backhand to draw the Penguins to within 4-3 late in the second period. It was the first of three unanswered goals for the Penguins, who erased a pair of two-goal deficits. The 26-yer-old Blueger has established himself as a fine bottom-six center and penalty killer but is not a fantasy option.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Casey DeSmith: Wins second straight vs. Capitals
DeSmith made 22 saves and chipped in with an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win against the Capitals.
It was a little shaky at times -- Tom Wilson's first of two goals went off, up and over DeSmith's shoulder and into the net -- but the 29-year-old emerged with his second win in a row against Washington. DeSmith also lobbed a perfect breakaway pass to Teddy Blueger for a short-handed goal in the second period that drew the Penguins to within 4-3. With Tristan Jarry struggling out of the gate, DeSmith could continue to push for starts.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Juuso Riikola: Injury details clarified
Riikola suffered an upper-body injury in Tuesday's game versus the Capitals.
Riikola was hurt some time during the second period and did not return to the contest. His status for Friday's game against the Rangers is to be determined. If Riikola is out, Cody Ceci will likely enter the lineup.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Marcus Pettersson: Dealing with upper-body injury
Pettersson is dealing with an upper-body injury, according to head coach Mike Sullivan.
Pettersson left Tuesday's game versus the Capitals after a hard hit from T.J. Oshie and the former did not return. It's unknown if Pettersson will be healthy in time for Friday's game versus the Rangers.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Juuso Riikola: Injured Tuesday
Riikola (undisclosed) did not join the Penguins on the bench to start the third period of Tuesday's game versus the Capitals.
It's unclear how Riikola got injured, as he didn't appear to leave the ice under unusual circumstances in the second period. Riikola joins Marcus Pettersson as injuries to the Penguins' defense Tuesday. If neither of them are ready go for Friday's game against the Rangers, Cody Ceci will likely rejoin the lineup after serving as a healthy scratch.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Marcus Pettersson: Exits after hard hit
Pettersson (undisclosed) left Tuesday's game versus the Capitals after a hard hit from T.J. Oshie.
Pettersson was injured in the second period. Oshie was initially given a major penalty, but a review allowed referees to downgrade it to a minor. Pettersson did not return for the start of the third period, and neither did Juuso Riikola, leaving the Penguins with only four defensemen to close out the game. The 24-year-old Pettersson fills a second-pairing role for the Penguins -- if he can't return by Friday's game versus Rangers, Cody Ceci may return to the lineup in his place.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Cody Ceci: Healthy scratch again Tuesday
Ceci is a healthy scratch and will not play Tuesday against Washington, Matt Vensel of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Ceci made his Penguins debut in the first game of the season, recording a hit and a blocked shot in 16:29 of ice time against Philadelphia. He'll spend his second straight game in the press box in favor of Chad Ruhwedel.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Zach Aston-Reese: Skating Tuesday
Aston-Reese (shoulder) was on the ice for Tuesday's morning skate in a non-contact jersey. Coach Mike Sullivan told reporters, "The fact that he's on the ice I think suggests that he's getting a whole lot closer. I can't give you a definitive date at this point because we don't have one."
It certainly seems Aston-Reese will be back on the ice ahead of his original mid-February timeframe. Whenever the winger is cleared to play, he will likely find himself filling a bottom-six role, though unseating Colton Sceviour or Teddy Blueger from the lineup could be a tall task.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Kasperi Kapanen: Will play Tuesday
Kapanen will be in the lineup against the Capitals on Tuesday.
Kapanen will be making his first appearance for the team this year after missing the first three contests while in the league's COVID-19 protocols. Originally, the team planned to have Monday off, but the ability to get Kapanen some ice time with linemate Sidney Crosby was likely too intriguing for coach Mike Sullivan to pass up.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Casey DeSmith: In goal Tuesday
DeSmith will get the starting nod at home against the Capitals on Tuesday.
DeSmith will be back between the pipes after stopping 20 of 23 shots in Sunday's clash with Washington. Starter Tristan Jarry has struggled to start the year and has never faced the Caps in his young career. If DeSmith puts together another strong outing Tuesday, he could make the case for increased minutes moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Frederick Gaudreau: Sent to minors
Gaudreau was demoted from the taxi squad to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Monday, Mike DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The 27-year-old winger spent all of last season with AHL Milwaukee, scoring 28 points in 42 games. Gaudreau will likely spent most of the 2020-21 campaign bouncing between the AHL and taxi squad as a depth forward.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Anthony Angello: Moves to minors
Angello was assigned to AHL Wilkes/Barre-Scranton on Monday, Mike DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Angello started the season on the Penguins' taxi squad, and he'll begin preparing for the AHL season. The 24-year-old spent most of his time in the minors last season, and he accrued 16 goals, nine assists and 55 PIM over 48 games.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Kevin Czuczman: Recalled to taxi squad
Czuczman was recalled from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to the taxi squad Monday, Mike DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
With Mike Matheson (upper body) on injured reserve, Czuczman will provide an extra body for Pittsburgh's blue line if necessary. The 30-year-old has played just 13 NHL contests, all coming during the 2013-14 season. It's unlikely he'll make his way into the lineup anytime soon.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Sam Lafferty: Drops to taxi squad
Lafferty was assigned to the taxi squad Monday, Mike DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Lafferty will need to be recalled before he can play his next NHL game. The 25-year-old forward suited up in each of the first three games of the year, but he logged just 3:08 of ice time in Sunday's win over the Capitals.... See More ... See Less
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