Penguins coach, Ken Hitchcock, was all smiles after the Pens defeated the New Jersey Devils last night at Mellon Arena. The Penguins raped the Devils 7-2, thanks to their power-play, which was 5 for 7 on the night. The Penguins are coming off back-to-back wins, also shutting out the Blues 2-0 two evenings ago. The wins come after the Penguins were ridiculed by the media for their poor play.


"I don't give a fuck what the press says. We are a great hockey team and we have what it takes to compete with any team in the league. It just depends on which Penguins team decides to show up that night. We were due for an impressive win. We need to execute like that every night" said Hitchcock.
Through ten games, the Penguins are right at .500, and two points back of the Devils for 1st in the Atlantic division. The Pens brass expects the team to continue their recent success. The team has had good luck dressing 11 forwards and 7 defense. Evgeni Malkin has been taking additional shifts on the fourth line. The dynamic two-way Russian forward encompasses a 94 EN and 99 DU rating. Hitch feels that he should be able to handle 24-27 minutes a night. Alex Goligoski has been acting as the Penguins 7th d-man, and has been paired with Brian Campbell on the top power-play unit.
"I am really happy to have the opportunity to be playing with the team. Nothing felt better than scoring my first NEFHL goal last night, words can't describe it. I just hope the team feels that I am valuable enough to see some minutes every game." Said defenseman Alex Goligoski.

The Penguins suit up against the Florida Panthers on Sunday night. The Cats should prove to be a test for the Pens considering the talent they have on their team. The Panthers are also coming off a big win, which means their could be a lot of goals scored Sunday evening.