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SidTheKid
01-06-2009, 03:58 PM
THE FUNDAMENTALS
Pittsburgh Penguins (19-17-4-42) vs. Atlanta Thrashers (13-22-5-31)

Where: Mellon Arena
When: Tuesday, January 6, at 7 p.m.
Radio: WXDX Radio, FM 105.9
TV: FSN Pittsburgh, the game will be broadcast in HD, available on Armstrong 179, Atlantic Broadband 782, Citizen 737, Comcast 226/774, DISH 428 and DirecTV 659.
*View FSN's HD Broadcast Schedule here
Season Series: Pittsburgh leads 2-0-0. Pittsburgh is 2-0-0 at Philips Arena this season with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory Nov. 20 and 6-3 win Dec. 18. This will be the first meeting between the two teams at Mellon Arena.

PENGUINS PROJECTED LINES
Forwards
Kennedy-Crosby-Dupuis
Fedotenko-Malkin-Sykora
Talbot-Staal-Cooke
Godard-Jeffrey-Satan

Defense
Orpik-Whitney
Eaton-Boucher
Scuderi-Letang

Netminder
Fleury

KEYS TO VICTORY
Play with Desperation: The Penguins showed an early season knack for playing well with their backs against a wall. Pittsburgh notched a number of come-from-behind victories in game's that seemed over. Pittsburgh needs to harness that same desperate mentality to break out of its losing ways. With the Penguins now sitting on the outside of the playoffs, the time for talking is over. Pittsburgh must make something happen now.

Shoot: One promising sign from Pittsburgh's loss to New York on Monday was its willingness to get the rubber on net. The Thrashers have given up more goals than any team in the league and have the worst-ranked defense. If the Penguins can generate a lot of opportunities, chances are they'll bury a few.

LOWDOWN ON THE THRASHERS
Two seasons ago, the Thrashers were on top of the world. Atlanta went 43-28-11 for 97 points en route to the winning the Southeast Division. However, the Thrashers hit rock bottom last season. Head coach Bob Hartley was fired after six games and replaced by general manager Don Waddell. The team imploded, dropping 21 points in the standings and traded away its top player - Marian Hossa. Atlanta committed to a youth movement in the offseason and built around its cornerstone - Ilya Kovalchuk.

Waddell tapped John Anderson as the Thrashers new head coach. Anderson is a players’ coach who had success the past 13 years with the Chicago Wolves, Atlanta’s top minor-league affiliate. Anderson has won five championships during that stretch, including last season. Atlanta had a rough start to the season, going 2-7-2 out of the gate. It looked like the beginning of a long season until they ran off five consecutive wins. However, the Thrashers followed that winning streak with a 2-9-2 stretch and have hovered near the Eastern Conference basement since.

If we lost to Atlanta tonight I'll go crazy :mad:

jzelenda
01-06-2009, 04:48 PM
If we lost to Atlanta tonight I'll go crazy :mad:


Agreed, and since I have to listen online tonight, I'll have this site up too checking in. I'm going to foreshadow that Armstrong will have a banner night against us... I can just feel it, he'd love to show them up about what exactly they gave up....:cry:

PittBeatWV
01-06-2009, 04:57 PM
I'm seriously thinking about not watching - I don't think I can take it.

jzelenda
01-06-2009, 05:03 PM
I'm seriously thinking about not watching - I don't think I can take it.


Luckily I'm in Nebraska, and haven't convinced myself to pony up the money for NHL Center Ice package yet... I'll listen online and watch whatever is on VS.

They better come out with some fire tonight, otherwise I fear the season could be in jeapordy...

ShaunRiching9
01-06-2009, 07:55 PM
we better win this game or i am gonna change my sig and avatar

jzelenda
01-06-2009, 08:28 PM
game time. here we go!

SidTheKid
01-06-2009, 08:32 PM
I'm not going to be able to watch so give me some updates if they score or not.

jzelenda
01-06-2009, 08:35 PM
You got it, as I hear/read them I'll update you.

SidTheKid
01-06-2009, 08:39 PM
You got it, as I hear/read them I'll update you.

Thanks man.

jzelenda
01-06-2009, 08:44 PM
Armstrong-Fedotenko Fight

edit** Fedotenko is hurt from the fight and won't return.

SidTheKid
01-06-2009, 09:04 PM
Armstrong-Fedotenko Fight

edit** Fedotenko is hurt from the fight and won't return.

Can anything go right with this team? :pity:

jzelenda
01-06-2009, 09:10 PM
Sykora redirected a Whitney shot-pass, powerplay goal, Penguins 1 Thrashers 0

jzelenda
01-06-2009, 09:20 PM
End of Period 1, Pens 1 Thrashers 0

jzelenda
01-06-2009, 09:55 PM
Sykora steal shoots and scores Pens 2 Thrashers Goose-egg 13+ Mins into the 2nd period

jzelenda
01-06-2009, 10:01 PM
We rolling now baby! Malkin shoots, Crosby redirects, Pens 3 Thrashers El Zilcho. 15+ mins in the 2nd!

jzelenda
01-06-2009, 10:06 PM
End of the 2nd Pens 3 Thrashers 0
Pens goals
Sykora, Sykora, Crosby
Malkin 3 assists

jzelenda
01-06-2009, 10:24 PM
Start of the 3rd, Dupuis is hurt/out.

jzelenda
01-06-2009, 10:47 PM
Atlanta Goal
Pens 3 Atlanta 1
Kovalchuk shot

Hold on... don't blow this lead...

jzelenda
01-06-2009, 11:01 PM
Atlanta Goal
Pens 3 Atlanta 1
Kovalchuk shot

Hold on... don't blow this lead...

That's the game folks! Pens 3 Thrashers 1
Finally a "W" and a decent offensive performance! Now build on it!:clap:

ShaunRiching9
01-06-2009, 11:06 PM
thank god, sucks that dupois and feds are both out but thanks for the updates jzelenda

PittBeatWV
01-06-2009, 11:12 PM
Fedotenko may have gotten hurt, but he laid-out Colby. A solid right straight to the chops... damn!

Dupuis left with an injury as well... ugh...

Fleury was brilliant tonight.

Nice win - something to build on for a three game road trip.

jzelenda
01-07-2009, 12:16 AM
thanks for the updates jzelenda

No prob, I was listening on the internet, checking my fantasy team stats anyway, might as well.

SidTheKid
01-07-2009, 10:54 AM
Great win for this team now let's take this and get on a roll :clap: