Player News - Penguins

Date: Team: Pos:

Brian Gibbons practiced on the Penguins' first line on Friday.

Pittsburgh moved Gibbons to the top line with Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby during Wednesday's game and it looks like they're sticking with that adjustment. This is a big opportunity for the 26-year-old rookie forward, who had five goals and 17 points in 41 games in 2013-14.
Apr 18 - 12:40 PM

Olli Maatta recorded an assist in his playoff debut on Wednesday.

Maatta assisted on Jussi Jokinen's first period goal. Maatta logged 17:11 minutes in Game 1 of the first round, including 1:22 minutes with his team shorthanded. He had nine goals and 29 points in 78 regular season games.
Apr 17 - 10:26 AM

Matt Niskanen had a goal and an assist in Pittsburgh's 4-3 victory over Columbus in Game 1 of the first round.

Niskanen had the best season of his career with 10 goals and 46 points in 81 games. With two points, he's already just one shy of his career-high in a single playoff run.
Apr 17 - 10:23 AM

Brandon Sutter netted the game-winning goal for Pittsburgh in Game 1 of their first round series.

This was Sutter's first postseason game-winning goal in 16 career games. Sutter isn't much of an offensive force, but he's a great third-line center and an important part of the Penguins' bid to win the Stanley Cup.
Apr 17 - 10:19 AM

Paul Martin had two assists in Pittsburgh's 4-3 win over Columbus in Game 1 of the first round.

Martin missed the better part of the regular season, but the big thing for Pittsburgh is that he's healthy now. He had two goals and 11 points in 15 games during the Penguins' 2013 playoff run.
Apr 17 - 10:15 AM

Brian Gibbons was moved up to the Penguins' top line during Wednesday's 4-3 victory over Columbus.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma wanted to take advantage of Gibbons' speed, which suits the play of Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby. Gibbons didn't end up getting a point, but that will change if he stays on the first line.
Apr 17 - 10:12 AM

Beau Bennett shrugged off Penguins coach Dan Bylsma's decision to demote him to the third line during Game 1 of the first round.

"It's not tough," Bennett said. "Honestly, in the playoffs, you leave your ego at the door. Whatever happens, you're trying to get 16 wins. That's the end goal." Bylsma liked how the switch worked out, so Bennett might end up staying on the third line for now. Bennett ended up with a power-play goal and got the primary assist on the game-winner with his new linemate, Brandon Sutter.
Apr 17 - 10:11 AM

Beau Bennett scored a goal and added an assist for Pittsburgh in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets to take a 1-0 series lead.

Bennett missed the better part of the season due to injury, but he's gotten healthy at the right time and seems ready to contribute to Pittsburgh's Stanley Cup quest. Brandon Sutter, Matt Niskanen and Jussi Jokinen also tallied for the Penguins in the victory while Evgeni Malkin and Paul Martin each registered a pair of helpers.

Marc-Andre Fleury was bailed out by his teammates Wednesday night as the Penguins came back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Columbus in Game 1 of their first round playoff series.

Fleury allowed three goals on 34 shots in the victory, but he got off to a rocky start as he was beaten three times in just over twenty minutes of action before settling down. It wouldn't be playoff season if there weren't some controversy surrounding the Penguins netminder, but he has the job locked down this year.
Apr 16 - 10:37 PM

Chris Conner (hand) has been sent to the AHL on a conditioning assignment.

Conner has four goals and five points in 14 games with Pittsburgh in 2013-14. He hasn't played since Dec. 31.
Apr 16 - 10:20 AM

Tomas Vokoun is serving as the Pittsburgh Penguins' third-string goaltender.

Vokoun completed a conditioning stint after missing the season due to a blood clot. If Marc-Andre Fleury struggles in the playoffs, Vokoun might find himself back between the pipes.
Apr 16 - 10:16 AM

Marc-Andre Fleury is hoping to avoid another postseason collapse.

Over the last few years, Fleury has gone through a disturbing pattern of putting up good numbers in the regular season, only to significantly drop off in the playoffs. If that trend continues, the Penguins will likely once again fall short of winning the Stanley Cup. "I know I can do it," Fleury said of bouncing back. "I know we have a solid team. I'll try my best to get to it again."
Apr 16 - 10:14 AM

Evgeni Malkin is still questionable for Game 1, but took a step in the right direction on Tuesday by officially returning to practice for the first time since sustaining a foot injury on March 23.

Malkin is close to returning, but Penguins coach Dan Bylsma would like to see how the superstar center feels on Wednesday before declaring him fit to play in the Pens’ playoff opener versus Columbus. "I can't say right now… but I feel great, I skated the full practice, and we’ll see (how the foot feels) tomorrow," said Malkin after Tuesday’s skate.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 15 - 6:21 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have sent Harry Zolnierczyk to the AHL.

Zolnierczyk was called up to participate in the Penguins' last two regular season games. He had two goals in 13 games with Pittsburgh in 2013-14.
Apr 15 - 10:45 AM

Chuck Kobasew will report to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Kobasew scored two goals in 33 games with Pittsburgh in 2013-14. He also has 11 points in 11 AHL contests.
Apr 15 - 10:44 AM


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