Congrats Orpik, Pens Head To Sunshine State

U.S.A. D-man Brooks Orpik

U.S.A. D-man Brooks Orpik

Assuming everyone watched the Winter Classic and stuck around for the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team presentation, you all know that defenseman Brooks Orpik will represent the Penguins in Vancouver two months from now.  Quite an honor, and well deserved, for the San Francisco, Calif. native.

Pittsburgh’s own and current Tampa Bay Lightning power forward Ryan Malone will also wear the Red, White, and Blue in February.  It is a unique dynamic to have future teammates battle this weekend.

Tomorrow’s 3 p.m. contest in Tampa will be the second time the two have met this year.  The Penguins delighted the home crowd by handing the Lightning a 4-1 defeat on Oct. 17.  Russian Olympic blueliner Sergei Gonchar earned the game’s first star with a goal and an assist.

The opposition’s view: http://boltsbythebay.com/

On Saturday, the Pens will visit Miami to face the Panthers for the fourth and final time this season.  In the first meeting,

U.S.A. F Ryan Malone

U.S.A. F Ryan Malone

Pittsburgh earned a 3-2 shootout win at home in late October, followed by a 3-2 overtime victory for the visiting Penguins in late November.  On Dec. 12, the teams went to overtime for the third consecutive time with the Pens prevailing for the third time, 3-2, in the Igloo.  Any bets on what the score will be after Sunday’s 5 p.m. game?

The opposition’s view: http://therattrick.com/

Other notes: Entire U.S. Olympic team listed in NHL.com article … Kind of cheesy, but I thought the way the team was unveiled was pretty neat … Is Malone the first Pittsburgh-area hockey Olympian? … Hope you watched the World Junior Game between the U.S. and Canada last night, quite a thriller … Let’s Go Pens!

Topics: Brooks Orpik, Hockey, Olympic Hockey, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ryan Malone, U.s.a. Hockey

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