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Pens end losing streak, extend Nashville’s to four games

Nov 15, 2013, 9:29 PM EDT

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The Pittsburgh Penguins broke their three-game slump at the expense of the Nashville Predators by a score of 4-1 on Friday, extending Nashville’s losing streak to four games.

It was also a night in which some struggling Penguins bounced back. James Neal scored his first goal of 2013-14, possibly showing that he’s over the injury issues that have limited him to just four games. Evgeni Malkin looked strong and Pascal Dupuis ended his month-long goalless nightmare.

The Predators must feel like the ultimate rebound generator right now. The Winnipeg Jets had lost seven of nine before trampling Nashville 5-0. New Jersey just ended a slump of its own before beating the Predators. The New York Islanders’ only win in their last six games came against Nashville and now Pittsburgh broke its dry spell tonight.

Nashville isn’t just losing; the Predators are getting pummeled. They’ve been outscored 17-2 in their last four games. Even golden rookie Seth Jones seems to be struggling; he played in less than three minutes in the first period and didn’t log his usual hefty amount of ice time (17:23 overall).

Considering the big changes in Buffalo and Florida this past week, Preds head coach Barry Trotz and maybe even GM David Poile might be feeling the heat.

  1. sjsharks66 - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Hats off to Glass for the way he acted after the fight. True class right there. Hate seeing players getting injured like that. Still love fighting though.

    • bencia823 - Nov 16, 2013 at 1:20 AM

      as a pens fan, I disagree. It was nice that he checked on Nystrom, but punches to the back of the head are illegal in cagefighting. Glass continually aimed for the back of the head and landed the KO to the back of the head while Nystrom’s vision was blocked by his helmet.

      • c9castine - Nov 16, 2013 at 1:37 AM

        those guys aren’t throwing cruise missiles. they are carpet bombs. and punches are thrown to the head in every single fight in the history of hockey fights i dare you to find me one where there isn’t a fist headed toward a skull in a hockey fight. helmet or no helmet, fists go there all the time.

      • bencia823 - Nov 16, 2013 at 1:43 AM

        @c9castine: Punches/elbows/kicks/knees are also thrown to the head in every MMA fight, yet it’s illegal to hit the back of the head in that setting. It’s one thing if you are aiming for the chin but the guy moves, it’s another thing if you are directly aiming for the back of the head. Feel free to watch MMA, then come back and tell me if you think that rule takes the excitement out of fighting.

      • c9castine - Nov 16, 2013 at 2:11 AM

        MMA sucks thats why i watch hockey. so, lets separate that right away. which kills your point. what also kills your point is he hit him in the side of the head, behind the ear, as both were tugging each other back and forth. which may i point out, is not something done in Naked Male Fighting.

      • bencia823 - Nov 16, 2013 at 3:24 AM

        well I apologize. I didn’t realize I was talking to a fight expert who refers to MMA as naked male fighting. Had I known that, I would have probably mentioned that behind the ear = back of the head.

  2. slysipops - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:32 PM


  3. steelers88 - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    The role players NEED to step up on the Penguins. Brandon Sutter to me has been a disappointment since he came to the Penguins(though he did score tonight). Losing Jordan Staal, Matt Cooke, and Tyler Kennedy didn’t help. I bet if Ray Shero had to do it again he would have traded Letang and signed Staal. The defense has not been the problem this year the offense has been the problem.

    • cheesesteak75 - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      Didn’t they win 4-1, and role player, Glass, get in a fight and beat the snot out of a guy? What game did you watch?

    • bencia823 - Nov 16, 2013 at 1:23 AM

      He offered Staal a bigger contract than the one he signed in Carolina…
      Having guys like Sutter, Bennet, Kobasew, D’agostini, Adams, Vitale, and Glass isn’t too bad for a group of bottom 6 forwards

    • c9castine - Nov 16, 2013 at 1:44 AM

      guys we couldn’t pay anymore. they flourished here and after some years chose to go elsewhere and get paid. which is great. kobasew is a 550K player. bennett a 2nd year player under a million. dagositini a 550K player.

      use your head.

  4. pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Happy to see us get a win. Whether it’s against a good or bad team you’ll gladly take the two points…points in October-December means just as much as they do in March and April. LETS GO PENS

    Tho I’m surprised they didn’t a give Zatkoff the start tonight and have Fleury play Jersey tomorrow night.

    • stakex - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:35 AM

      While Jersey is playing a bit better of late, on the season they are scoring at the same pace Nashville is (Nashville actually has one more goal in the same amount of games)… so it really doesn’t matter who gets the start in which game.

      • chanceoffleury - Nov 16, 2013 at 1:17 AM

        But Jersey is a division game, Nashville is not.

  5. damyourestupid - Nov 16, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    You made about the same comment in every pens or preds post and still your comment has no point. First of you all aware this is the NHL and not UFC right? Secondly punches to the back of the head are illegal in the UFC not all mma leagues. Just because the UFC finds punches to the back of the head to be illegal does not mean the NHL has to as well. Lastly nystrom took a solid body check from glass and decided to go after him, glad the guy is ok but he got what he deserved

    • Eric Broz - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      Under the Unified Rules of MMA, Section 15, Part A:

      The following acts constitute fouls in a contest or exhibition of mixed martial arts and may result in penalties, at the discretion of thereferee, if committed:

      Line XI: Striking to the spine or the back of the head.

      So your “just UFC not all MMA leagues has no weight. All sanctioned fights in all states that have legalized MMA follow the Unified Rules.

      All that being said, this is the NHL. No such rule exists.

      • johninpa - Nov 16, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        So it’s okay to okay to beat a guy to a bloody pulp, just don’t hit him in the back of the head or the spine? Are you trying to say that MMA fights are somehow more “humane” than a hockey fights? I’m not crazy about hockey fights, but understand their place in the sport. Having said that, I don’t get and don’t like MMA. A brief hockey fight, even with a hit to the back of the head, pales in comparison to the brutality of some MMA fights.

  6. prov1x - Nov 16, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    We’ll……that escalated quickly

  7. steelers88 - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Last night was one of the rare times this year that the role players stepped up and actually played well.

    • curioustraveler13 - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      As usual your wrong again. Tanner glass has been playing great all season. Same goes for Adams. Vitale has been playing his role as 4th line center very well and adds speed on the 4th line. While sutter has struggled at times during this season he still has more points this year the Jordan staal who plays more minutes then sutter. D’avosyini is like Tyler Kennedy, inconsistent and hard to trust defensively at times.

      • drone501 - Nov 16, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        does anyone know when scuderi is coming back.

      • curioustraveler13 - Nov 16, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        I heard 3-4 months after his surgery which was a week or 2 ago.

  8. damyourestupid - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    I don’t recall saying anything about being in the states. You’re aware that there are countries outside of the united started, right?

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 16, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      Not aware of the united started. Is that near Pittsburgh?

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