Player News - Penguins

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Sidney Crosby scored a goal in an 8-5 win against Ottawa on Monday.

Crosby has been on fire to start the season with 17 goals and 27 points in 20 contests. His marker on Monday also extended his point streak to five games. Just keep in mind that his current 23.9 shooting percentage is likely to decline significantly as the season drags on.
Dec 6 - 11:25 AM

Chris Kunitz recorded an assist in the Penguins' 8-5 win against Ottawa on Monday.

Kunitz was playing in his second game since returning from a lower-body injury. He has two goals and 12 points in 20 contests in 2016-17.
Dec 6 - 11:23 AM

Matt Cullen scored a goal in the Penguins' 8-5 win over Ottawa on Monday.

This is the second straight game where Cullen has found the back of the net. He has six goals and 12 points in 26 contests this season.
Dec 6 - 11:22 AM

Evgeni Malkin scored a goal and registered two assists in the Penguins' 8-5 win over Ottawa Monday night.

Malkin is on a six-game point streak. Phil Kessel also recorded a goal and two helpers Monday night. Justin Schultz had his third goal and eighth assist of 2016-17. Sidney Crosby and Matt Cullen each found the back of the net. Ian Cole assisted on two of the Penguins' eight goals.
Dec 5 - 10:26 PM

Bryan Rust had a hat trick and registered an assist to lead the Penguins in an 8-5 victory over Ottawa Monday night.

Rust's hat trick was an unusual one. He got his first goal just 1:45 minutes into the game, but then didn't find the back of the net again until the third frame. His second marker was scored on a penalty shot and then he completed the hat trick with an empty netter at 17:32 of the third period. On a team with quite a bit of offensive talent - as tonight's game displayed - Rust is not known for his goal scoring touch. In fact he had just eight goals in 77 career NHL games prior to Monday's efforts.
Dec 5 - 10:24 PM

Marc-Andre Fleury kicked out just 12 of 16 shots before being pulled in Pittsburgh's 8-5 win over Ottawa on Monday.

Fleury lasted 27:08 minutes before he was replaced by Matt Murray. Murray helped settle things down for the Penguins by turning aside 17 of 18 shots to facilitate the Penguins' comeback win.
Dec 5 - 10:14 PM

Tom Kuhnhackl will be a healthy scratch in Monday's game against the Ottawa Senators.

This will be his second straight game in the press box. The 24-year-old has just one goal and three assists in 18 games. Jake Guentzel and Steve Olesky will also be scratched on Monday night.
Dec 5 - 6:43 PM

Marc-Andre Fleury will be the Penguins' starter on Monday.

Fleury is going for his third straight victory. He has a 3.27 GAA and .904 save percentage in 17 contests in 2016-17.
Dec 5 - 12:23 PM

Nick Bonino has three goals this season with two coming in his last two games.

The forward has 10 points in 25 games after an outstanding playoff last season where he had 18 points in 24 games playing alongside Phil Kessel and Carl Hagelin. He currently isn't playing with them but his average of .4 points per game is just slightly below his norm.
Dec 5 - 9:35 AM

Phil Kessel has been playing on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin of late.

Kessel has eight goals this season with four finding the back of the net in the last six games. He played a lot last season with Malkin but the chemistry was not there. Thus far this season, the story has been different and Kessel is starting to shoot more. "I thought he was on the puck," coach Mike Sullivan said of Kessel, who picked up his first multi-goal game of the season. "He’s a threat. He’s got such a great shot. Whether it’s off the rush, underneath the hashmarks as part of the cycle game. I thought he did a better job of tonight of participating in that aspect of the game. We preach to this team all the time that we have to be a team that can generate offense different ways."
Dec 4 - 8:57 AM

Marc-Andre Fleury gave up three goals on only 31 shots Saturday night, but it was enough to give the Pittsburgh Penguins the edge in a 5-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

It is probably not time to start considering Fleury again, however. After losing six in a row, he got a ton of help on the other end of the ice to post a 6-2 win Thursday night over the Stars. In that game, he had a .943 save percentage. Saturday night against the Wings, he could muster only a .903 and owes a lot of credit to his shooters.
Dec 4 - 12:03 AM

Phil Kessel scored twice, including the game-winning goal at the 10:54 mark of the third period, as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-3 Saturday night.

Kessel’s goal was part of four unanswered in the third period as the Penguins entered the period with a 3-1 deficit. Kessel also scored the first Penguins goal in the second period. Carl Hagelin had assists on both markers.
Dec 3 - 9:50 PM

Thomas Di Pauli underwent successful back surgery, and will be lost for 10-12 weeks.

Tough blow for the defender, who missed the beginning of the season with a long-term lower body injury. Through eight games this season, the 22-year-old has one point (a goal).

Jake Guentzel, Tom Kuhnhackl and Steve Oleksy will be scratched against Detroit on Saturday.

Through five games so far, Guentezel has been good with three goals and four points. Which is the same amount of points Kuhnhackle has posted in 18 games. Clearly, one youngster is a bit more valuable than the other.
Source: Wes Crosby
Dec 3 - 5:47 PM

The Penguins will give Marc-Andre Fleury a second straight start on Saturday against the Red Wings.

Fleury is now 7-5-3 with a .904 save percentage and a 3.29 GAA after his win over Dallas on Thursday. He's been better against Eastern foes this season, going 4-2-1 with a .910 save percentage and a 3.07 GAA. Maybe don't look at his Western numbers.
Dec 3 - 3:56 PM


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