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GAME NOTES By: Bob Grove

THE SERIES The Penguins and New York Rangers meet tonight for the first time this season, kicking off a home-and-home series that concludes Monday in New York. . . The Penguins have won four consecutive games against New York, outscoring the Rangers, 16-6, in the process. New York is 0-for-12 on the power play in those four games. . . Pittsburgh is 5-1-3 in its last nine games against the Rangers and 13-5-6 in its last 24 games. That gives the Penguins points in 19 of their last 24 games against New York. . . The Penguins have won six straight home games against New York and are 11-0-2 in their last 13. Their last regulation home loss to New York came on Jan. 19, 2006 (2-4). Over its last 28 home games against the Rangers, Pittsburgh has lost only five times in regulation (21-5-2). . . The Rangers are 3-for-54 on the power play over their last 12 games here (5.6 percent). . . The Penguins have scored first in seven of their last nine home games against New York. . . At Madison Square Garden, though, it’s been a different story lately. The Penguins are 0-5-3 in their last eight games in New York, matching their longest road winless streak against the Rangers. Pittsburgh also went 0-5-3 in New York from Feb. 1, 1970 to Dec. 22, 1971. . . The last time the home team lost in regulation in this series was Oct. 12, 2006, when the Penguins earned a 6-5 victory in New York. . . The Penguins have lost the series against the Rangers only once in the past 11 seasons, that coming in 2005-06 (3-5-0). . . After Monday’s game, the next game between the teams is set for Jan. 25 in New York. Their next game here is Feb. 12. . . The Penguins are 98-104-23-6 all-time against the Rangers, including a 54-45-14-2 mark at home.

After visiting Madison Square Garden Monday night, the Penguins will begin a three-game homestand by facing Colorado next Thursday. Pittsburgh will play Chicago one week from tonight and then host Carolina on Dec. 7. . . The Penguins have only 13 games in December, with eight of those being played at home. . . The Penguins won two of three games on their most recent road trip. After losing in Ottawa, 6-2, on Nov. 19, they earned a Sidney Crosby’s power play goal at 3:07 of 3-2 victory in Atlanta one week overtime beat Florida on Monday night. It was his ago tonight and then notched a 3-2 fifth career overtime goal to that point. overtime victory against the Panthers in Florida this past Monday. . . Sidney Crosby’s power play goal at 3:07 of overtime beat continued on page 43

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Florida on Monday night. It was his fifth career overtime goal to that point. Evgeni Malkin pitched in two assists, including on one Mike Rupp’s game-tying goal with 2:32 to play. The Penguins, who trailed 2-0 with 16 minutes to play in that game, led the NHL at that point with four victories achieved after trailing going to the third period. . . That victory left the Penguins 7-2 in their last nine overtime games. . . Martin Skoula had his first two-goal game in almost eight years in the win over the Thrashers . . . After going without a power play goal for eight games, the Penguins had scored on the man-advantage in four straight games heading into Wednesday’s matchup here against Montreal. . . The Penguins had lost 89 man-games to injury before playing the Canadiens. They also were 16-8 In the win over the Thrashers Martin Skoula had at that point, good enough for the his first two-goal game in almost eight years. top spot in the Eastern Conference and third place overall in the NHL. . . Jordan Staal and Matt Cooke both had four-game scoring streaks stopped by the Panthers. . . The Penguins were hoping to get Tyler Kennedy and Kris Letang back from injury soon. . . Staal won 10 faceoffs against both Atlanta and Florida.

THE RANGERS The Rangers played in Tampa Bay last night, and this game will conclude their threegame road trip. . . After hosting the Penguins on Monday, the Rangers are off until playing in Buffalo one week from tonight. . . New York has a home-and-home series coming up against the Islanders next month as well as one against Carolina. . . The Rangers whipped Columbus, 7-4, at home this past Monday as Sean Avery scored a pair of goals. The seven goals matched a season high and came after New York had been held to two or fewer goals in eight of its previous 10 games. . . New York trailed, 2-0, before storming back to beat the Blue Jackets. Marian Gaborik had two goals in that game to give him 18 on the season. . . That victory snapped a three-game home losing streak for the Rangers. . . Brandon Dubinsky (wrist) and Chris Drury (concussion) have been out of the New York lineup.

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NHL STANDINGS As of 11.25.09 EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS ATLANTIC

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

GF

GA

HOME

AWAY

L10

PITTSBURGH

24

16

8

0

32

74

68

7-4-0

9-4-0

5-5-0

NEW JERSEY

21

14

6

1

29

58

48

5-4-0

9-2-1

7-2-1

PHILADELPHIA

21

12

8

1

25

73

59

8-3-1

4-5-0

6-4-0

NY RANGERS

23

12

10

1

25

72

65

7-5-0

5-5-1

4-6-0

NY ISLANDERS

24

9

8

7

25

67

74

5-2-2

4-6-5

4-4-2

NORTHEAST

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

GF

GA

HOME

AWAY

L10

OTTAWA

21

12

6

3

27

66

62

9-3-3

3-3-0

6-3-1

BUFFALO

20

12

6

2

26

54

50

7-3-2

5-3-0

4-5-1

BOSTON

23

11

8

4

26

57

58

6-5-2

5-3-2

5-2-3

MONTREAL

24

12

11

1

25

62

69

7-5-1

5-6-0

5-4-1

TORONTO

22

4

11

7

15

57

82

2-6-3

2-5-4

3-4-3

SOUTHEAST

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

GF

GA

HOME

AWAY

L10

WASHINGTON

24

13

5

6

32

85

73

7-2-3

6-3-3

5-3-2

TAMPA BAY

21

9

5

7

25

56

63

5-0-4

4-5-3

5-2-3

ATLANTA

20

10

7

3

23

71

61

4-5-2

6-2-1

5-3-2

FLORIDA

22

10

9

3

23

62

71

3-5-2

7-4-1

6-2-2

CAROLINA

23

5

13

5

15

53

83

5-5-2

0-8-3

3-5-2

CENTRAL

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

GF

GA

HOME

AWAY

L10

CHICAGO

22

15

5

2

32

70

49

10-2-1

5-3-1

8-1-1

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WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS

NASHVILLE

22

13

8

1

27

53

57

8-3-0

5-5-1

8-2-0

COLUMBUS

23

12

8

3

27

72

84

6-2-2

6-6-1

5-3-2

DETROIT

22

11

7

4

26

68

64

7-2-2

4-5-2

6-3-1

ST. LOUIS

21

8

9

4

20

50

54

5-8-1

3-1-3

3-4-3

NORTHWEST

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

GF

GA

HOME

AWAY

L10

COLORADO

24

14

7

3

31

74

71

7-2-0

7-5-3

4-5-1

CALGARY

22

13

6

3

29

69

62

6-5-0

7-1-3

6-2-2

VANCOUVER

23

12

11

0

24

67

60

8-3-0

4-8-0

5-5-0

EDMONTON

24

10

11

3

23

72

75

8-4-1

2-7-2

3-5-2

MINNESOTA

22

8

12

2

18

54

68

6-3-0

2-9-2

5-3-2

PACIFIC

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

GF

GA

HOME

AWAY

L10

SAN JOSE

25

16

5

4

36

85

62

7-0-2

9-5-2

6-1-3

DALLAS

23

11

6

6

28

70

65

5-3-3

6-3-3

5-4-1

LOS ANGELES

24

13

9

2

28

73

75

5-4-1

8-5-1

5-5-0

PHOENIX

24

13

10

1

27

59

59

7-5-0

6-5-1

4-5-1

ANAHEIM

22

8

11

3

19

63

75

6-7-0

2-4-3

4-5-1

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LEAGUE LEADERS As of 11.25.09

RNK

NAME

GP

G

1 2

Anze Kopitar, LA Marian Gaborik, NYR Joe Thornton, SJ Corey Perry, ANA Dany Heatley, SJ Brad Richards, DAL Zach Parise, NJ Patrick Marleau, SJ

24 21 25 22 25 21 21 25

14 18 7 13 18 7 13 14

RNK

NAME

GP

G

1

Dany Heatley, SJ Marian Gaborik, NYR Jarome Iginla, CGY Alex Ovechkin, WAS Steven Stamkos, TB Patrick Marleau, SJ Ryan Malone, TB Rick Nash, CBJ

25 21 22 18 21 25 21 23

18 18 16 16 15 14 14 14

RNK

NAME

GP

G

1 2

Joe Thornton, SJ Tomas Kaberle, TOR Ryan Getzlaf, ANA Brad Richards, DAL Mike Green, WAS Tomas Plekanec, MON Anze Kopitar, LA Martin St. Louis, TB

25 22 22 21 23 24 24 21

7 2 4 7 3 5 14 5

RNK

NAME

GP

1 2 3

Dany Heatley, SJ Marian Gaborik, NYR Scott Hartnell, PHI Ilya Kovalchuk, ATL Steven Stamkos, TB Milan Hejduk, COL Raffi Torres, CBJ Mike Fisher, OTT

25 21 21 14 21 22 21 21

18 18 7 13 15 10 9 10

RNK

NAME

GP

G

1 2 3 4 5

Matt Carle, PHI Zach Parise, NJ Chris Pronger, PHI Dustin Penner, EDM Pavel Kubina, ATL Michael Cammalleri, MON Alex Goligoski, PIT Christian Ehrhoff, VAN

21 21 21 24 19 24 20 23

2 13 4 13 3 12 6 5

4

7

3 5 6

4 6

6

POINTS A PTS 19 14 25 15 10 21 14 13

33 32 32 28 28 28 27 27

GOALS A PTS 10 14 7 10 9 13 8 13

28 32 23 26 24 27 22 27

ASSISTS A PTS 25 22 22 21 21 19 19 19

32 24 26 28 24 24 33 24

+/- PIM 5 8 5 4 5 4 15 7

6 4 6 24 20 2 4 4

+/- PIM 5 8 1 10 4 7 9 -11

20 4 28 14 10 4 14 20

+/- PIM 5 -6 3 4 3 8 5 -1

6 6 29 2 16 10 6 4

POWER PLAY GOALS G A PTS +/- PIM 10 14 10 8 9 7 4 11

28 32 17 21 24 17 13 21

PLUS/MINUS A PTS 12 14 14 13 7 9 8 10

14 27 18 26 10 21 14 15

5 8 E 1 4 5 -2 7

20 4 22 27 10 8 10 13

+/- PIM 18 15 13 12 11 11 11 11

10 4 30 4 18 12 6 10

SOG SPCT PPG PPA SHG SHA 73 76 55 78 70 74 95 73

19.2 23.7 12.7 16.7 25.7 9.5 13.7 19.2

4 7 2 2 9 2 2 4

10 3 12 5 4 11 7 5

0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1

0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0

SOG SPCT PPG PPA SHG SHA 70 76 67 101 67 73 62 90

25.7 23.7 23.9 15.8 22.4 19.2 22.6 15.6

9 7 4 4 6 4 4 3

4 3 3 5 4 5 2 6

1 0 0 0 1 1 0 2

0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0

SOG SPCT PPG PPA SHG SHA 55 39 46 74 71 57 73 70

12.7 5.1 8.7 9.5 4.2 8.8 19.2 7.1

2 1 2 2 1 1 4 3

12 13 7 11 9 7 10 10

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

SOG SPCT PPG PPA SHG SHA 70 76 50 51 67 64 35 66

25.7 23.7 14.0 25.5 22.4 15.6 25.7 15.2

9 7 6 6 6 5 5 5

4 3 2 3 4 3 2 1

1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

SOG SPCT PPG PPA SHG SHA 32 95 48 81 37 85 28 46

6.3 13.7 8.3 16.0 8.1 14.1 21.4 10.9

0 2 1 4 2 3 1 2

4 7 6 5 1 2 4 9

0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

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PITTSBURGH PENGUINS Active Players As of 11.25.09

#

Player

POS

HT

WT

#

Player

1

POS

Brent Johnson

G

6’ 3”

199

25

Max Talbot

3

Alex Goligoski

D

5’ 11” 180

26

Ruslan Fedotenko

LW

6’ 2”

195

5

Deryk Engelland

D

6’ 2”

202

27

Craig Adams

RW

6’ 0”

197

6

Ben Lovejoy

D

6’ 2”

215

28

Eric Godard

RW

6’ 4”

214

7

Mark Eaton

D

6’ 2”

204

29

Marc-Andre Fleury

G

6’ 2”

180

9

Pascal Dupuis

RW

6’ 1”

205

41

Martin Skoula

D

6’ 3”

225

11

Jordan Staal

C

6’ 4”

220

44

Brooks Orpik

D

6’ 2”

219

C

HT

WT

5’ 11” 190

12

Chris Bourque

LW

5’ 8”

178

55

Sergei Gonchar

D

6’ 2”

211

13

Bill Guerin

RW

6’ 2”

220

71

Evgeni Malkin

C

6’ 3”

195

17

Mike Rupp

C

6’ 5”

230

87

Sidney Crosby

C

5’ 11” 200

24

Matt Cooke

LW

48

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NEW YORK RANGERS Active Players As of 11.25.09

#

Player

POS

HT

WT

#

Player

POS

HT

WT

4

Michael Del Zotto

D

6-0

191

24

Ryan Callahan

RW

5-11

188

5

Dan Girardi

D

6-2

210

30

Henrik Lundqvist

G

6-1

195

6

Wade Redden

D

6-2

212

33

Michal Rozsival

D

6-2

205

10

Marian Gaborik

RW

6-1

200

34

Aaron Voros

LW

6-4

215

12

Ales Kotalik

RW

6-1

225

38

Pa Parenteau

LW

6-0

198

16

Sean Avery

LW

5-10

195

40

Stephen Valiquette

G

6-6

210

18

Marc Staal

D

6-4

209

42

Artem Anisimov

C

6-4

194

20

Vinny Prospal

21

Christopher Higgins

22

Brian Boyle

C

6-2

198

81

Enver Lisin

RW

6-2

200

LW

6-0

205

87

Donald Brashear

LW

6-3

237

C

6-7

252

97

Matt Gilroy

D

6-1

201

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PITTSBURGH PENGUINS Active Players As of 11.25.09

Brent Johnson 1

Alex Goligoski 3

Deryk Engelland 5

Ben Lovejoy 6

Mark Eaton 7

Pascal Dupuis 9

Jordan Staal 11

Chris Bourque 12

Bill Guerin 13

Mike Rupp 17

Matt Cooke 24

Max Talbot 25

Ruslan Fedotenko 26

Craig Adams 27

Eric Godard 28

Marc-Andre Fleury 29

Martin Skoula 41

Brooks Orpik 44

Sergei Gonchar 55

Evgeni Malkin 71

Sidney Crosby 87


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NEW YORK RANGERS Active Players As of 11.25.09

Michael Del Zotto 4

Dan Girardi 5

Wade Redden 6

Marian Gaborik 10

Ales Kotalik 12

Sean Avery 16

Marc Staal 18

Vinny Prospal 20

Christopher Higgins 21

Brian Boyle 22

Ryan Callahan 24

Henrik Lundqvist 30

Michal Rozsival 33

Aaron Voros 34

Pa Parenteau 38

Stephen Valiquette 40

Artem Anisimov 42

Enver Lisin 81

Donald Brashear 87

Matt Gilroy 97


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Penguins Profile

MARK EATON By: Mark Madden

In his first two seasons as a Penguin, Mark Eaton totaled just 71 games because of significant injuries. Many called him injury-prone. This season, however, Eaton has been anything but. On defense, in fact, Eaton morphed into the last man standing. While Alex Goligoski, Sergei Gonchar, Kris Letang, Jay McKee and Brooks Orpik all missed time with various levels of physical damage, Eaton played all of the Penguins’ first 24 games. The Delaware native played his usual steady style while providing the Penguins’ D with veteran glue. Eaton had two goals and three assists after 24 games, including a goal in the Penguins’ epic 6-5 overtime win against Boston on Nov. 14 at Mellon Arena. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound Eaton found himself sharing the blue line with a host of call-ups from the Pittsburgh’s WilkesBarre/Scranton farm club, including Deryk Engelland, Nate Guenin and Ben Lovejoy. The adjustment appeared minimal as the Penguins stood 16-8 after a 3-2 OT win at Florida on Nov. 22. “I don’t think [adjusting] takes too long, and I don’t think it’s really an excuse we can use,” said Eaton after helping to defeat the Bruins. “We have practice time, and we’ve all played together in training camp. Down in Wilkes-Barre, they pretty much play the same system we do, so it’s not really an Mark Eaton’s steady style of play netted him two goals and three assists in the Penguins first 24 games. adjustment, just a matter of executing a little better.” As for helping the new defensemen, Eaton said, “The biggest thing is communicating out on the ice. Talking. Be your partner’s eyes if he’s the guy back on the puck. Let him know what the play is.

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“If they have any questions for the guys who are more experienced, we’re happy to answer. But we keep it pretty simple.” Eaton has always kept it simple. Being solid and consistent has provided him with a 10-year NHL career and respect throughout the league. Eaton, 32, won’t feel the need to change his game in anyone’s absence. “I don’t think there’s any more pressure,” Eaton said about being the foundation of the Penguins’ injury-riddled defense corps. “You don’t want to step outside the realm of your capabilities. What you do is, you make sure you do what you can do better than ever. It’s up to everyone to step up their game a little bit to fill the void.” The win over Boston was perhaps the season’s most exciting game, and Eaton played a big part. His goal nine minutes into the third period gave the Penguins a 4-3 lead. Pittsburgh ultimately won, 6-5, in OT as Bill Guerin forged a tie with .4 seconds left in regulation and Pascal Dupuis netted in extra play. Eaton’s goal came on a one-time shot from the high slot. He received a pass from Sidney Crosby after joining the rush as a trailer. “At practice, we talked about the D getting more involved, being that fourth attacker,” Eaton said. “With the skilled guys we have, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll get the puck if you get into a lane. You’ve just got to get yourself into a shooting Eaton’s goal nine minutes into the third period of the game against Boston gave the Penguins a 4-3 lead. position. They’ll make the great play.


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“I was fortunate the pass came slow enough that I was able to open up and one-time it. [Boston’s Tim] Thomas is a good-enough goaltender that if I stop that, then try and shoot, he’s going to be in a lot better position. My best chance is to unload it right away.” The victory came right in the middle of the Penguins’ injury woes and ended a four-game losing streak. “It’s a huge win,” Eaton said. “The ups and downs of this game — you couldn’t compare it to too many. To tie it up at the end — you The defense proved they can contribute offensively against felt that had to be a Boston when both Eaton and Jay McKee recorded goals. backbreaker, to allow a goal with .4 seconds left. From the start of overtime we were all over it, and Duper finished it off. It felt good.” Defenseman Jay McKee scored the Penguins’ first goal, going backhand after a nifty move. It was McKee’s first in 65 games. Eaton scored four times in last year’s playoffs, but is hardly renowned as a big scorer. McKee’s goal gave him a funny feeling nonetheless, especially when Eaton hit the post in the second period. “[McKee] scored a beautiful goal, and I hit a post in the second,” Eaton said. “I was like, ‘Jay, imagine if we’d score in the same game.’ And it ended up happening.”

Mark Madden hosts a radio show 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WXDX-FM (105.9).



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