The Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins will be heading to the White House to be honored by President Obama. In a fit of coincidence, Obama welcomed the Penguins in his first year as president and will welcome the champions in during his final year at the White House. Obama said back in 2009, that it was a good time to be a Pittsburgh fan because of the Penguins and Steelers championships. The Penguins are visiting earlier because of the election in November.
In other Penguins news:
- The Pens are not worried about Marc-Andre Fleury’s performance writes Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Mackey points out that with Matt Murray’s injury sidelining him 3-6 weeks, Fleury is now the top netminder in Pittsburgh. Though he struggled against Detroit, giving up three goals on 19 shots, Fleury bounced back by producing a shutout against the Blackhawks. Though rusty, Fleury knows that it’s about getting back into a routine:
“I think it’s just getting back into game shape a little bit, getting the timing back. Over the summer, I do a lot of shots and drills. Then in the game you kind of stand there sometimes with nothing to do for awhile. You have to stay focused, with traffic and people crashing the net.”
- Fleury was outstanding during the Penguins 1-0 victory over Chicago. He stopped Tyler Motte twice on breakaway opportunities and notched 23 saves in the shutout. Scott Wilson notched the only goal for the Penguins early in the second period. Wilson has opened some eyes within the organization regarding his performance and head coach Mike Sullivan said that they are “trying to get him as involved as they can.” Last season, Wilson admitted that he was “uneasy” in camp and instead, feels more relaxed this season. Mackey notes that the positive results on the ice indicate his ease and comfort.