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RICK BUKER – Pittsburgh Penguins – PenguinPoop Blog

RICK BUKER



Check out some of Rick’s online stuff:

Radio Live Sport – New Zealand:  Sidney Crosby’s Latest Return (starts 6:20 mark) 03/18/2012
Radio Live Sport – New Zealand:  Sidney Crosby’s Return  11/28/2011
Newstalk 570 WKBN:  Interviewed by Mike Romigh 11/21/2011
Pittsburgh Trib-Review:  Newsmaker: Rick Buker 11/12/2011
Podcast:  LCS Hockey Radio Show from 10/15/2011
Podcast:  LCS Hockey Radio Show from 4/9/2011

About Rick:

As a kid growing up in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, I was an avid baseball and basketball fan. I recall my grade-school buddies talking about Penguins players like Glen Sather, Ron Schock, and “Bugsy” Watson, but I paid little attention to hockey until I was in my teens.

When I was 15 years old I had emergency surgery to remove a ruptured appendix. During my two-week stay in St. Clair Hospital my grandmother, Miriam Arbuthnot, came to visit me every day. She brought me a bunch of sports magazines to help pass the time.

One of the magazines was a 1972-73 hockey annual. It featured complete statistics for all the NHL teams—including the Penguins. As I poured over the stats I became really intrigued. I especially loved the names of French-Canadian players like Jean Pronovost.

It just so happened that one of the TV networks televised a Penguins-Bruins game while I was in the hospital. I remember there was a big brawl involving two of our players, Duane Rupp and Darryl Edestrand. In an instant I was hooked.

I began to follow the Penguins religiously. In the early 1990s I decided to try and write a book about the team. I started doing research at the Carnegie Library during my spare time, combing through old microfilm files of newspaper articles.

Slowly but surely I began to fashion what eventually became my first published book—Total Penguins—a comprehensive team history featuring season-by-season summaries, player profiles and stats, bios on all of the coaches, general managers and owners, and lots of photos from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette archives.

In 2010, I was fortunate to get a publishing deal for a second book, 100 Things Penguins Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die. It’s chock-full of bios, stories, and anecdotes from the team’s rich and colorful history.

Since then I’ve been blogging for PenguinPoop, writing game summaries, player profiles, commentaries, and history pieces. It’s truly a labor of love.

Be sure to check out Rick’s new book, “100 Things Penguins Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die” at TriumphBooks.com. It features 296 pages of bios, stories, anecdotes and photos from the team’s colorful past in a compelling, easy-to-read style. Whether you’re a die-hard booster from the days of Jean Pronovost or a big fan of Sid and Geno, this book is a must have for any true Penguins fan.

Don’t forget to check out Rick’s first book, “Total Penguins,” at TriumphBooks.com. A complete and comprehensive book on the team’s rich and storied history, it’s filled with season-by-season summaries, player profiles and stats, bios on coaches, general managers and owners, photos from the “Post-Gazette” archives, and much, much more.

 Total Penguins

Rick’s books also are available at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and at Barnes and Noble bookstores.

All Articles:

pp0458 Penguins Game Four Loss: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Posted on Apr 24th, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 4 Comments

In the wake of the Penguins’ brutal 4-3 overtime loss to Columbus in Game 4, I decided to summarize the team’s Jekyll-and-Hyde performance by…

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pp0457 Penguins Update: Sid and Geno by the Numbers

Posted on Apr 23rd, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 7 Comments

There seems to be a growing perception among Penguins fans that superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin haven’t done much in the playoffs since…

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pp0456 Penguins Update: What a Comeback

Posted on Apr 22nd, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 6 Comments

WOW. That was my initial reaction to the Penguins’ stunning 4-3 win over Columbus in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Monday…

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pp0455 Game Two Loss a Microcosm of What Ails the Penguins

Posted on Apr 20th, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 9 Comments

There’s an old saying—idle hands are the devil’s workshop. It also applies to the Penguins when they play with a lead. Who knows what evil…

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pp0454 Penguins Update: Time to Sit Scuderi

Posted on Apr 17th, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 19 Comments

Few decisions in sports are more gut-wrenching than choosing whether or not to bench a time-honored veteran. But the Penguins face such a dilemma…

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pp0453 Penguins Golden in 4-3 Win

Posted on Apr 17th, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 1 Comment

In the hit movie Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks’ character famously uttered the phrase, “Life is like a box chocolates. You never know what you’re…

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pp0450 Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets 2014 Playoff Predictions

Posted on Apr 16th, 2014 - By PenguinPoop - 2 Comments

The Pittsburgh Penguins start the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs against a Columbus Blue Jackets team who have played in the NHL for…

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pp0406 Ex-Penguins Update: April 14, 2014

Posted on Apr 14th, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

Here’s a quick glance at how former Penguins fared during the 2013-14 regular…

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pp0445 Penguins Dodge a Bullet

Posted on Apr 12th, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

At least one good thing resulted from the Penguins’ sloppy 4-3 overtime loss to archrival Philadelphia in the latest installment of the…

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pp0444 Up-and-Down Penguins Hard to Predict

Posted on Apr 8th, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

As the star-crossed 2013-14 season mercifully draws to a close, there’s one question on the mind of every black-and-gold fan. Are the Penguins…

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pp0443 Penguins Update: Where Have You Gone Harry Z?

Posted on Mar 27th, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 8 Comments

When Penguins GM Ray Shero acquired Harry Zolnierczyk from Anaheim last summer for minor-league defenseman Alex Grant, I thought it was a terrific…

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pp0442 Penguins Update: Stempniak Provides a Spark

Posted on Mar 27th, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Lately the Pittsburgh Penguins haven’t had a whole lot to write home about. The black and gold is mired in an ugly 2-4-1 funk. They’re a mediocre…

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pp0441 Sweet Georgia Brown: Penguins on Shaky Ground

Posted on Mar 21st, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 17 Comments

During each of the past three seasons the Pittsburgh Penguins rocketed through March and April, only to pull an el foldo in the playoffs. This year…

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pp0440 Penguins Try Everyman Approach: Add Goc and Stempniak

Posted on Mar 6th, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 4 Comments

What a difference a year makes. Eleven months ago Penguins fans were dancing in the streets following GM Ray Shero’s blockbuster deadline deals…

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pp0439 Penguins Update: A Tale of Two Cities

Posted on Mar 2nd, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

Celebrated author Charles Dickens opened his classic novel, A Tale of Two Cities, with the famous phrase, “It was the best of times, it was the…

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pp0438 Penguins Update: Prelude to the Playoffs?

Posted on Feb 22nd, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 4 Comments

In the wake of Team USA’s heartbreaking loss to Team Canada on Friday, a buddy of mine shook his head and muttered, “The damn Penguins lost…

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00ppfront Baby Penguins Update: February 19, 2014

Posted on Feb 19th, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (28-19-2-3) presently are in fourth place in the AHL East Division, five points behind first-place Binghamton.…

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00ppfront Penguins Update: Miracle on Ice

Posted on Feb 14th, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

No game in hockey history packed as much drama—or carried greater significance—than Team USA’s timeless 4-3 victory over the Soviet Union at…

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pp0437 Ex-Penguins Update: Olympic Break

Posted on Feb 10th, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 11 Comments

Here’s a quick glance at how former Penguins are faring at the Olympic break. Stats include games played through Saturday, February 8,…

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pp0436 Penguins Update: Get Well Soon Tanger

Posted on Feb 7th, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Perhaps no player in recent memory has elevated passions around these parts more than Kris Letang. Ironic, given that the ultra-skilled Penguins…

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pp0435 Penguins Answer the Bell

Posted on Feb 6th, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

It’s hard to say whether the Penguins have what it takes to win the Stanley Cup. Conventional wisdom says GM Ray Shero has some holes to…

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pp0434 Penguins Update: The Juice is Loose

Posted on Feb 3rd, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 1 Comment

When Ray Shero acquired Jussi Jokinen from Carolina at last season’s trade deadline it barely caused a stir. After all, the Pens' GM had already…

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pp0433 Penguins Update: Too Many Vets Spoil the Stew

Posted on Jan 26th, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 11 Comments

As I watched the Penguins take one on the chin last night at the hands of the Dallas Stars, I couldn’t help but note that for the second time in…

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pp0431 Is the Penguins’ Defense Good Enough?

Posted on Jan 25th, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 5 Comments

Back in 1973 the Philadelphia Flyers drafted defenseman Larry Goodenough with their second-round pick. Cleverly nicknamed “Izzy,” Goodenough…

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pp0419 Penguins History: Paul Baxter

Posted on Jan 18th, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Few Penguins players past or present created more of a stir on the ice than Paul Gordon Baxter. A born-again Christian who embraced the spiritual…

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pp0418 Penguins Update: Hot ‘n’ Not

Posted on Jan 11th, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

Here’s a quick glance at who’s hot (and who’s not) for the Penguins over their last ten games leading up to Saturday's contest with Calgary.…

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pp0417 Baby Pens Update: January 10, 2014

Posted on Jan 10th, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (20-11-1-3) presently are in second place in the AHL East Division, three points behind Binghamton. Stats include…

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pp0416 Penguins Update: Time to Dial Back Fleury’s Starts?

Posted on Jan 8th, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 5 Comments

Through the first few months of the season Marc-Andre Fleury was a virtual brick wall in the Penguins’ net. Gone was the tentative, skittish goalie…

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pp0415 Penguins Update: Simon Sez…Despres Needs to Play

Posted on Jan 7th, 2014 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

There’s no denying it. The Pittsburgh Penguins enjoy a wealth of riches when it comes to defensemen. Thanks to the drafting and bold maneuvering of…

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00ppfront Ex-Penguins Update: December 30, 2013

Posted on Dec 30th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 8 Comments

Here’s a quick glance at how former Penguins are faring at the halfway mark of the season. Stats include games played through Sunday, December 29,…

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pp0414 Penguins History: Nick Harbaruk

Posted on Dec 21st, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Few players have overcome greater obstacles to play in the NHL than former Penguin Mikolaj Nicholas “Nick” Harbaruk. Born in Nazi-occupied…

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pp0413 Penguins Update: Injuries a Blessing in Disguise?

Posted on Dec 18th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 8 Comments

It's safe to say the Penguins have endured more than their share of hardship this year. With key performers such as Paul Martin and Rob Scuderi…

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pp0412 Penguins Show Lots of Heart

Posted on Dec 15th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

I’ve written on numerous occasions that the Penguins need to be bigger and tougher in order to compete for the Stanley Cup. While I still feel the…

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pp0411 The Jagr Saga: Time for Penguins Fans to Bury the Hatchet

Posted on Dec 14th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 7 Comments

When New Jersey winger Jaromir Jagr stepped onto the ice last night at CONSOL Energy Center, I was hoping against hope that the partisan crowd would…

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pp0410 Penguins Update: The Boston Massacre

Posted on Dec 8th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 18 Comments

More than any Penguins’ defeat in recent memory, last night’s gut-wrenching 3-2 loss at the hands of the Big, Bad Bruins at TD Garden left a bad…

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pp0409 Penguins Update: Niskanen’s Dangerfield Days Are Over

Posted on Dec 7th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 3 Comments

Perform a quick scan of Pittsburgh Penguins statistics and you’ll notice a surprising number. Perched atop the list in plus/minus rating is Matt…

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pp0408 Penguins Update: Nothing the Maatta with Olli

Posted on Dec 6th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

When Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero selected defenseman Olli Maatta with the 22nd overall pick at the 2012 Entry Draft, it’s safe to say he was…

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pp0407 Penguins Update: Air Malkin Takes Flight

Posted on Dec 1st, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Contact Pittsburgh International Airport and have them clear the runways. Better warn NHL scoring leader Sidney Crosby to step aside, too. There’s…

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pp0406 Ex-Penguins Update: November 30, 2013

Posted on Nov 30th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 1 Comment

Here’s a quick glance at how former Penguins are faring throughout the NHL. Stats include games played through Friday, November 29,…

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00ppfront Penguins Update: Despres Returns; D’Agostini Waived

Posted on Nov 27th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

It’s getting so you can’t tell who’s on the ice and who’s in the hospital ward for the Penguins these days. In rapid succession the club lost…

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pp0405 Penguins Update: First Quarter Report

Posted on Nov 19th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

As the Penguins round the quarter pole of the 2013-14 season, I thought it might be an appropriate time to review the Top Five Pluses (and Minuses)…

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00ppfront Baby Penguins Update: November 18, 2013

Posted on Nov 18th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Here’s a quick glance at how Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is faring. The Baby Pens (10-3-0-2) are tied for first place in the AHL East Division. Stats…

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00ppfront Ex-Penguins Update: November 16, 2013

Posted on Nov 16th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

Here’s a quick glance at how former Penguins are faring throughout the NHL. Stats include games played through Friday, November 15,…

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pp0404 Penguins an Easy Opponent?

Posted on Nov 14th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 8 Comments

There was a time in the not-too-distant past when Pittsburgh Penguins opponents hated visiting the Steel City. Not only would they have to face a…

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pp0403 Penguins Update: It’s Early But …

Posted on Oct 18th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 8 Comments

… the Penguins remind me an awful lot of last season’s Stanley Cup winners, the Chicago Blackhawks. They’re playing with the same mix of speed,…

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00ppfront Penguins Update: Facing Flyers May Not Be Fun

Posted on Oct 16th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 1 Comment

When the Penguins and Flyers resume the Commonwealth Cold War in Philadelphia on Thursday night, it’ll be the definitive case of two foes headed in…

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pp0402 Penguins History: Toughest Fighters

Posted on Sep 12th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

For my fourth and final installment on the toughest Penguins ever, I’ve listed the guys I’d most want to have with me if I were entering a dark…

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pp0400 Penguins History: The Pests

Posted on Sep 11th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

The Penguins have employed their share of pests—the thorn-in-the-side guys who make a living out of irritating the opposition. Here are my top…

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pp0401 Penguins History: The Dirty (Half) Dozen

Posted on Sep 10th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

The Dirty (Half) Dozen features the Penguins players who were most likely to stray over the boundaries of fair and gentlemanly play. Needless to say,…

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pp0399 Penguins History: Hardest Hitters

Posted on Sep 7th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

A while back I noticed that Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had asked the readers of his blog to list their toughest Penguins of…

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pp0398 Penguins Update: Bylsma Gets a “Therrien Chip”

Posted on Aug 15th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 1 Comment

As a hockey fan who’s grown disenchanted with the Pittsburgh Penguins’ erratic team defense—particularly during the playoffs—I’ve often…

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shero2 Penguins Set After Free-Agent Flurry

Posted on Jul 6th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 8 Comments

It didn’t take Penguins general manager Ray Shero long to wrap up his summer’s work. During the four short weeks that passed since the black and…

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00ppfront Penguins Update: Rating Ray’s Trades

Posted on Jun 25th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Recently, the Penguins Ray Shero was named General Manager of the Year. Long regarded as one of the top executives in hockey—if not the entire…

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pp0397 Penguins Okay with Second Best

Posted on Jun 15th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 22 Comments

After reading Phil Krundle’s passionate, well-thought, and superbly crafted feature on the state of the Penguins (and coach Dan Bylsma), I almost…

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29 Marc Andre Fleury (G, PIT) Penguins Update: Fleury, Fleury?

Posted on Jun 12th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 4 Comments

I know it seems like I have a vendetta against Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Honestly, I don’t. But I was checking out some stats and stumbled…

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Sidney Crosby Face Shield Penguins Update: No Joy in Mudville

Posted on Jun 10th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 8 Comments

It’s been several days since Boston swept our beloved Penguins from Stanley Cup competition. In my mind, here are seven factors that led to the…

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pp0350 Penguins Update: Bylsma Pushes the Right Buttons

Posted on May 10th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 5 Comments

There’s an old adage in sports—ride the horse that brung ya.’ (Or something like that.) Thank goodness Penguins coach Dan Bylsma paid it no…

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pp0387 Penguins Replace Fading Flower for Game 5

Posted on May 8th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 12 Comments

Before I begin, I must confess that it pained me to write this piece. The last thing I want to do is be hard on a player—in this case Penguins…

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pp0379 Are Penguins Doomed to Repeat History?

Posted on May 4th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 14 Comments

During a recent interview with Craig Adams, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette asked the Penguins forward if he thought history might play…

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Morrow Penguins Penguins Update: No To-Morrow for Brenden

Posted on Apr 27th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 4 Comments

With all due respect to Jarome Iginla, Jussi Jokinen, and Douglas Murray, my favorite Penguins acquisition at the 2013 trade deadline was Brenden…

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Jussi Jokinen No Jokin[en]: Penguins’ Jussi for Real

Posted on Apr 13th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

When Penguins GM Ray Shero acquired veteran Jussi Jokinen from Carolina at the trade deadline for a conditional draft pick it almost seemed like an…

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images[1] Ex-Penguins Update: April 6, 2013

Posted on Apr 6th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Here’s a quick glance at how former Penguins are faring throughout the NHL. Stats are updated through Friday, April 5. Forwards and…

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pp0366 Penguins History: Pat Boutette

Posted on Apr 6th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 1 Comment

As a rookie hopeful fresh out of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Pat Boutette received a baptism by fire … from his own teammate. While trying…

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malkin Penguins Need Malkin More Than Ever

Posted on Apr 4th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 1 Comment

There’s a rather ominous Bible verse in the book of Hosea that warns, “… they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.” While I…

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pp0361 Penguins Update: A Funny Thing Happened on the Road to the Cup

Posted on Mar 29th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 6 Comments

It sure is a wonderful time to be a Penguins fan. With a little help from friends Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz, Sidney Crosby has reestablished…

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Coach Bylsma Penguins Update: Lose One for the Gipper

Posted on Mar 27th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 1 Comment

As he lay dying of pneumonia in 1920, Notre Dame All-American George Gipp called to his coach, Knute Rockne, who was keeping a vigil by his bed…

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shero2 Penguins Update: Shero Paves the Way for a Stanley Cup

Posted on Mar 25th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Say this about Penguins GM Ray Shero. He sure doesn’t wait for an invitation to join the party. In a pair of bold moves that preempted the…

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pp0111 Penguins Update: Time to Trade Malkin?

Posted on Mar 23rd, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 25 Comments

There was a time when the thought of trading superstar Evgeni Malkin would’ve seemed so preposterous that it wouldn’t have entered my mind. After…

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eaton Penguins Update: Eaton at Home on Penguins’ Defense

Posted on Mar 16th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

The Penguins didn’t hold a special press conference to announce his signing. Nor did his arrival on February 25 create a huge media buzz. Yet when…

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bob paradise Penguins History: Bob Paradise

Posted on Mar 16th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

It might come as a surprise for Penguins fans to learn that a Hall-of-Fame defenseman skated for the team in the mid-to-late 1970s. No, it wasn’t…

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Kunitz Celebration Black-and-Gold Update: Penguins Show Tons of Heart in Victory Over Philly

Posted on Mar 9th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

They say confession is good for the soul. If so, I must confess here and now that this isn’t my favorite Penguins team. I think they’re too…

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No Vokoun Penguins’ Defense Rests

Posted on Feb 23rd, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

Is it me, or did the Penguins’ 6-5 loss to Philadelphia Wednesday night look eerily familiar? It was almost as if we entered a space/time vortex…

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Jordan Staal Ex-Penguins Update

Posted on Feb 16th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Here’s a quick glance at how former Penguins are faring throughout the NHL. Stats are updated through Friday, February 15. Forwards and…

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Moe Mantha Pittsburgh Penguins History: Moe Mantha

Posted on Feb 3rd, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

He was involved in two of the highest profile trades in Penguins history. What’s more, he’s ranked sixth on the team’s all-time list of highest…

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Coach Bylsma Plug ‘N’ Play Penguins Too Predictable?

Posted on Jan 26th, 2013 - By Rick Buker - 4 Comments

For the past couple of seasons I’ve watched with increasing alarm as the Penguins have downsized (and defanged) in order to better fit Dan…

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Shero Penguins Free-Agent Plans Go Pfft

Posted on Jul 6th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 8 Comments

It wasn’t supposed to work out this way. Thanks to a pair of bold trades by Penguins GM Ray Shero at the Entry Draft that freed up millions in…

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00ppfront Penguins Update: Malkin the Magnificent

Posted on Jun 21st, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Back in 1963 Avis was determined to pry rent-a-car sales away from its giant rival Hertz. So president Robert C. Townsend devised a catchy new slogan…

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Neal & Niskanen Penguins Update: History Repeating Itself

Posted on Apr 26th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

In nature everything runs in cycles. Seasons change from winter to spring to summer to fall, and back again. The same holds true in sports.…

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00ppfront Penguins Must Wait ‘Til Next Year

Posted on Apr 23rd, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 18 Comments

As a long-time Penguins fan, writing the summary for yesterday’s Game 6 loss to the Flyers was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. It…

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00ppfront Flyers Throttle Penguins 5-1, Advance to Second Round

Posted on Apr 22nd, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 34 Comments

The Sports Illustrated jinx is alive and well. Seven days after SI posed the question—“Who Will Stop the Penguins?”—on the cover of its April…

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00ppfront Flower Powers Penguins Past Flyers 3-2

Posted on Apr 21st, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 5 Comments

During the first four games of their incendiary opening-round series, the Penguins and Flyers provided enough fireworks to rival any Fourth of July…

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00ppfront Penguins Show Heart, Destroy Flyers 10-3

Posted on Apr 19th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 5 Comments

The objective in any survival situation is to adapt, adjust, and overcome. With their playoff lives on the line the victory-starved Penguins achieved…

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00ppfront Penguins Get an ‘A’ for Atrocious

Posted on Apr 16th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 19 Comments

I’ve been a die-hard Penguins fan for nearly 40 years. During that span there have been precious few times—especially since the arrival of Mario…

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00ppfront Flyers Outclass Penguins 8-4

Posted on Apr 15th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 12 Comments

Prior to the “Battle of Pennsylvania,” Flyers forward Scott Hartnell boldly proclaimed, “It’s going to be a bloodbath.” The Philly…

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00ppfront Can the Penguins Beat the Flyers?

Posted on Apr 14th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 5 Comments

After watching Philadelphia cut through the black and gold like a knife going through a tub of warm butter in Games 1 and 2, the question on…

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00ppfront Flyers Torch Penguins 8-5 in Barnburner

Posted on Apr 14th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 3 Comments

It’s no secret the Penguins and Flyers have one of the most heated rivalries in all of sports. But they also play some incredibly entertaining…

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00ppfront Penguins Update: Flyers A Lot Like Smokin’ Joe

Posted on Apr 12th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

The recently departed Joe Frazier was one of the greatest heavyweight boxing champions of all-time. Known as Smokin’ Joe for his relentless…

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00ppfront Flyers Feast, Penguins Fizzle in Game 1

Posted on Apr 12th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 4 Comments

One of these days the Penguins are going to figure out how to play 60 minutes of solid hockey against the archrival Flyers. Steel City fans better…

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Penguins Flyers Rivalry The History of the Penguins vs Flyers Rivalry in Six Easy Steps

Posted on Apr 10th, 2012 - By PenguinPoop - 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered how the bitter rivalry between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers got started?  Published author &…

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00ppfront Pittsburgh Penguins vs Philadelphia Flyers 2012 Playoff Predictions

Posted on Apr 9th, 2012 - By PenguinPoop - 10 Comments

We have a saying here at PenguinPoop that “We have more hockey knowledge in our body than you have in your entire pinky“, that just being a…

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00ppfront Malkin Gets 50, Penguins Dump Flyers 4-2

Posted on Apr 7th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 1 Comment

For a game that was meaningless in terms of its impact on the standings, Saturday afternoon’s contest between the Penguins and Flyers sure caused a…

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00ppfront Penguins Crunch Rangers 5-2, Clinch Fourth Seed

Posted on Apr 6th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 3 Comments

The Penguins passed a big test against the Rangers as they tuned up for the Stanley Cup playoffs at CONSOL Energy Center on Thursday night. Fueled by…

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00ppfront Penguins Update: Quote of the Week

Posted on Apr 4th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 4 Comments

In the wake of the Penguins-Flyers game-ending brawl on Sunday—which featured a heated verbal exchange between Philly coach Peter Laviolette and…

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00ppfront Crosby Nets Two as Penguins Bop Bruins 5-3

Posted on Apr 4th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

While it wasn’t exactly an ode to better puck management, the Penguins rebounded from a galling loss to the Flyers to whip the equally tough…

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00ppfront Flyers Rally, Smoke Sputtering Penguins 6-4

Posted on Apr 1st, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

In all likelihood the Penguins and the Flyers will clash in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs during the very near future. If Sunday’s…

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00ppfront Penguins Doin’ Fine without Jagr

Posted on Mar 31st, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

As our Penguins prepare to battle archenemy (and likely first-round playoff opponent) Philadelphia on Sunday, I thought it might be a good time to…

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00ppfront Crosby, Penguins Carve Up Sabres 5-3

Posted on Mar 31st, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Fresh off a pair of dismal losses to the New York Islanders, the Penguins traveled to Buffalo to take on the Sabres at First Niagara Center on Friday…

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00ppfront Bailey, Okposo Power Islanders Past Penguins 5-3

Posted on Mar 30th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

In the wake of his team’s sloppy 5-3 loss to the Islanders on Tuesday, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma clearly wasn’t a happy camper. He made it plain…

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00ppfront Penguins Update: Bylsma a Dapper Dan

Posted on Mar 29th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 1 Comment

To say Dan Bylsma has accomplished a lot during his three-plus seasons as Penguins coach would be an understatement roughly the size of Texas. In his…

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Shack Penguins History: Eddie “The Entertainer” Shack

Posted on Mar 28th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

He wasn’t the best player to don a Penguins jersey. Not by a long shot. But few players in the history of the National Hockey League ever generated…

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00ppfront Islanders Ice Penguins 5-3

Posted on Mar 28th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 1 Comment

“There are three kinds of lies,” celebrated 19th-Century author Mark Twain was fond of saying. “Lies, damned lies, and…

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00ppfront Penguins Rebound, Whip Devils 5-2

Posted on Mar 25th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

As they prepared to square off at CONSOL Energy Center for Sunday night’s tilt, both the Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils felt they had…

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00ppfront Penguins Update: Fleury’s Got Hart

Posted on Mar 25th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Lately, the CONSOL Energy Center faithful have taken to chanting “MVP” whenever Penguins superstar Evgeni Malkin torches an opposing goalie with…

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00ppfront Senators Chill Hot Penguins 8-4

Posted on Mar 25th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

Entering Saturday night’s contest with the Penguins at Scotiabank Place, the backpedaling Ottawa Senators had lost three straight, including an…

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Sidney Crosby Penguins Maul Predators 5-1

Posted on Mar 23rd, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 1 Comment

When the Nashville Predators rolled into town to take on the Penguins in a big cross-conference tilt on Thursday evening, all eyes were focused on an…

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00ppfront Penguins Update: Cooke Reclaims Lost Season

Posted on Mar 22nd, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

When Penguins winger Matt Cooke received his team’s Masterton Trophy nomination last Saturday, it provided a well-deserved moment of vindication.…

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James Neal Hat Trick Big Guns Roar as Penguins Pound Jets 8-4

Posted on Mar 21st, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Two days after swallowing perhaps their most bitter defeat of the season at the hands of archenemy Philadelphia, the Penguins vented their…

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00ppfront Flyers Stun Penguins 3-2 in Overtime

Posted on Mar 18th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

Just when it seemed as if the Penguins might never lose another game, the bottom fell out against the archrival Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on…

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00ppfront Penguins Update: Dupuis Simply Super

Posted on Mar 18th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

I’ll never forget the day (Feb. 26, 2008 to be exact) when the Penguins acquired Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis from Atlanta at the trade deadline…

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00ppfront Piping-Hot Penguins Demolish Devils 5-2

Posted on Mar 17th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Entering Saturday’s matinee contest with New Jersey on St. Patrick’s Day, the Penguins could be forgiven if they were hoping for a little luck…

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00ppfront Should the Penguins Call Up Steve MacIntyre?

Posted on Mar 15th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 7 Comments

I was mulling over the Penguins’ huge division rivalry game versus the Rangers tonight at Madison Square Garden when a thought popped into my head.…

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Cunnyworth Penguins History: Randy Cunneyworth

Posted on Mar 14th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

During the mid-1980s, then-Penguins general manager Eddie Johnston worked hard to build a competitive team around budding superstar Mario Lemieux.…

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00ppfront Penguins Update: Adams a Keeper

Posted on Mar 12th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

You won’t find Craig Adams on any All-Star ballots. Nor will you see his name listed among the NHL scoring leaders—or among the top Penguins…

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00ppfront Penguins Win Ninth in a Row: Blast Bruins 5-2

Posted on Mar 11th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 1 Comment

As the old saying goes, “the bigger they are the harder they fall.” The adage certainly held true during Sunday afternoon’s matinee battle…

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Penguin vs Panthers Mixing it Up Penguins Trim Panthers 2-1 on Neal’s Shootout Winner

Posted on Mar 10th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Missing three regulars on defense, the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame a spirited effort by the Florida Panthers—not to mention a superb 33-save…

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00ppfront Dupuis Shines as Penguins Rake Leafs 3-2

Posted on Mar 8th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

With temperatures hovering magically at 66 degrees, the Penguins unveiled a magnificent statue of their owner and all-time greatest player, Mario…

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00ppfront Penguins Nip Coyotes 2-1

Posted on Mar 6th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

In a battle of two of the NHL’s hottest teams, the Pittsburgh Penguins rode another stellar effort by goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to a crisp 2-1…

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00ppfront Penguins Rocky Mountain High in 5-1 Win

Posted on Mar 4th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Entering Saturday night’s contest at the Pepsi Center (a.k.a. “the Can”) both the Penguins and the Colorado Avalanche were on a bit of a roll.…

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00ppfront Inspired Penguins Dim Stars 4-3

Posted on Mar 1st, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Throughout Dan Bylsma’s tenure as coach the Penguins have displayed unflinching character in the face of overwhelming adversity. As so it was…

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00ppfront Penguins Deadline Deals: Doozies ‘n’ Duds

Posted on Feb 29th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 18 Comments

Although it’s a little bit after the fact, here’s a quick sampling of the Penguins’ five best (and worst) deadline deals. The trades had to…

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00ppfront Penguins Stand Pat at Trade Deadline

Posted on Feb 28th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 1 Comment

Sometimes in hockey it’s the trades you don’t make that can best help your team. And so it was with Penguins general manager Ray Shero. As the…

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00ppfront Penguins Starch Blue Jackets 4-2

Posted on Feb 26th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Entering Sunday afternoon’s contest with Columbus at CONSOL Energy Center, the Penguins were keenly aware of their recent penchant for tanking in…

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00ppfront Super Geno Powers Penguins Past Lightning 8-1

Posted on Feb 25th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

Look … up in the sky. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s “Super Geno!” Okay, maybe likening Penguins center Evgeni Malkin to Superman…

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Bob Lang Penguins History: Robert Lang

Posted on Feb 22nd, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

As a member of the illustrious draft class of 1990 that included Penguins prodigy Jaromir Jagr, Robert Lang was projected to be a star. Indeed, the…

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00ppfront Penguins Flower Power Stymies Rangers

Posted on Feb 22nd, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Entering Tuesday night’s contest between the Penguins and Rangers at CONSOL Energy Center, much of the pre-game buzz focused on Rangers goalie…

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00ppfront Buffalo Shuffles Past Penguins 6-2

Posted on Feb 19th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Fresh off an emotional victory over Philadelphia the day before, the Penguins traveled north to take on the slumping Buffalo Sabres with high hopes…

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00ppfront Penguins Cooke Crumbles Flyers 6-4

Posted on Feb 18th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Once upon a time the Penguins used to come down with a strange malaise called the “Philly Flu” whenever they traveled cross state to take on…

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00ppfront Penguins Fall 2-1 in Battle of the Birds

Posted on Feb 16th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

It’s hard to imagine that a team blessed with elite players such as Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, and Bobby Ryan could be on the outside of the NHL…

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00ppfront Penguins Update: 3rd Annual Paul J. Sciullo II Memorial Alumni Game

Posted on Feb 14th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

The 3rd Annual Paul J. Sciullo II Memorial Alumni Game will be held at McKnight Center (Shadyside Academy) in Fox Chapel on Saturday, February 18…

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00ppfront Penguins, Letang Lance Lightning 4-2

Posted on Feb 12th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 1 Comment

Who said Penguins can’t fly? Certainly not the Tampa Bay Lightning. Entering Sunday night’s contest at CONSOL Energy Center on a red-hot 7-1-2…

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00ppfront Penguins to Bolts: Let’s Make a Deal

Posted on Feb 12th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 9 Comments

With the NHL trade deadline looming just around the corner, I was scanning the Penguins’ roster this morning and thinking of ways to improve the…

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00ppfront Malkin Shines as Penguins Thrash Jets 8-5

Posted on Feb 11th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

The last time Winnipeg visited the Steel City on March 5, 1996, Petr Nedved scored four goals to lead the Penguins to a 9-4 rout of the Jets. On…

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Jimmy Johnson Penguins History: Jim Johnson

Posted on Feb 9th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

It’s somehow fitting that former Penguins defenseman Jim Johnson played his college hockey for the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. Indeed,…

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00ppfront Penguins Pay a Price; Fall to Habs in a Shootout

Posted on Feb 8th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Entering Tuesday night’s contest at the Bell Centre, the Penguins had a chance to accomplish something they’ve never done during their 45-year…

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00ppfront Devils Deflate Penguins 5-2

Posted on Feb 5th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

In 1978 rocker Bruce Springsteen collaborated with Jersey shore pal Southside Johnny Lyon on the tune Trapped Again. Although “the Boss”…

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00ppfront Penguins Rattle Bruins 2-1

Posted on Feb 4th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Entering Saturday afternoon’s matchup of Eastern Conference heavyweights at TD Garden, both Pittsburgh and Boston were experiencing goal-scoring…

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00ppfront Toronto’s MacArthur Parks Penguins 1-0

Posted on Feb 2nd, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

Just when it seemed the high-flying Penguins might never lose, Toronto snapped the black-and-gold’s eight-game winning streak Wednesday night in a…

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00ppfront Penguins Burn Leafs 5-4 in Shootout

Posted on Feb 1st, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

I’ve pretty much given up trying to come up with superlatives to describe the Penguins’ 5-4 shootout win over Toronto at CONSOL Energy Center on…

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pp0420 Penguins All-Star Memories

Posted on Jan 29th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Most Penguins fans are familiar with the All-Star exploits of Steel City superstars like Mario Lemieux. Indeed, those of us who are old enough will…

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Rupp Penguins History: Duane Rupp

Posted on Jan 27th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 4 Comments

Next to Ron Stackhouse, perhaps no Penguin was less appreciated in his time than defenseman Duane Rupp. Ironically, the fans’ dissatisfaction…

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00ppfront Penguins Roll (to) Lucky Seven Against Blues

Posted on Jan 25th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Hockey games can be an awful lot like shooting craps, especially when they go into overtime or a shootout. Games are won and lost on a single shot or…

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00ppfront Penguins Malkin-ize Capitals in OT

Posted on Jan 22nd, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 3 Comments

Ever since they were drafted No. 1 and No. 2 overall in 2004, Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin have provided an intriguing contrast in styles—both…

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00ppfront Jeffrey and Malkin Shine: Penguins Beat Habs in a Thriller

Posted on Jan 21st, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 1 Comment

In the midst of a roller-coaster season filled with desperate lows and equally dizzying heights, one thing about the Pittsburgh Penguins is certain.…

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00ppfront Penguins Topple Mighty Rangers 4-1

Posted on Jan 20th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 5 Comments

It’s hard to believe that scarcely seven days ago observers (like me) were ready to shovel dirt on the Penguins following their sixth-straight…

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00ppfront Penguins Edge ‘Canes 2-1 in Shootout

Posted on Jan 18th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

The Penguins continued to distance themselves from an ugly six-game slide with a crisp 2-1 shootout win over Carolina at CONSOL Energy Center on…

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Keith Mccreary Penguins History: Keith McCreary

Posted on Jan 17th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

One of the earliest Penguins heroes, Vernon “Keith” McCreary typified the teams of the late 1960s and early 70s. While hardly a star, he was a…

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00ppfront Malkin, Penguins Short Circuit Lightning 6-3

Posted on Jan 15th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

The Tampa Bay Lightning entered Sunday afternoon’s contest with Pittsburgh lugging an unsightly six-game losing streak. If Guy Boucher’s crew was…

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00ppfront Penguins Bust Out Against Panthers 4-1

Posted on Jan 14th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Hockey players are famously superstitious. Many suffer from triskaidekaphobia—a fear of the number 13. Fortunately, the Penguins aren’t among…

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00ppfront Pittsburgh Penguins First Half of the 2011/2012 Season Report

Posted on Jan 13th, 2012 - By PenguinPoop - 2 Comments

It's the halfway point of the Penguins season and right now the Penguins are in the midst of one of their biggest downturns in recent history.  They…

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00ppfront Capitals Blank Penguins 1-0

Posted on Jan 12th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

The weather in Pittsburgh has been unseasonably warm in the New Year, with temperatures hovering around 50 degrees. It's a pity the same can’t be…

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00ppfront Senators Rout Reeling Penguins 5-1

Posted on Jan 11th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 5 Comments

Entering Tuesday night’s contest with Ottawa at CONSOL Energy Center, the Pittsburgh Penguins were in desperate need of a win. After climbing to…

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00ppfront What’s Ailing the Penguins?

Posted on Jan 8th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Following a typically strong start to the 2011-12 campaign, the Penguins have stumbled along at an unsightly 13-13 clip since the end of October. As…

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00ppfront Tumbling Penguins Drop Fourth in a Row

Posted on Jan 7th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

For the past 11 days Dan Bylsma has patiently awaited the victory that would move him past Michel Therrien on the Penguins’ all-time list for…

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00ppfront Hot Rangers Melt Slumping Penguins 3-1

Posted on Jan 7th, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

When the Penguins and New York Rangers clashed at CONSOL Energy Center on Friday night, it was a definitive case of two teams headed in opposite…

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Battleship Kelly Penguins History: Battleship Kelly

Posted on Jan 3rd, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 5 Comments

In the annals of Penguins history, perhaps no player cultivated a more fearsome reputation—or earned a more colorful nickname—than left wing Bob…

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00ppfront Penguins Update: Don’t Forget the Kids

Posted on Jan 2nd, 2012 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

In the wake of the Penguins’ recent loss to the Flyers, I was struck by the pronounced difference in the makeup of the teams. While the Pens’…

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00ppfront Devils Sting Slumbering Penguins 3-1

Posted on Dec 31st, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Perhaps it was fitting that the Penguins closed out 2011 the way it began—with a disappointing 3-1 loss. After all, the year was none too kind to…

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Pens vs Flyers Jagr, Talbot Silence Penguins 4-2

Posted on Dec 30th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 3 Comments

Through the years Pittsburgh fans have become accustomed to watching Jaromir Jagr score big goals. So it was nothing new, really, to see No. 68 find…

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pp0421 Penguins-Flyers Rivalry Part 6: Sid versus Richy (2005-present)

Posted on Dec 29th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 3 Comments

For the third time during the course of the Pens-Flyers rivalry, the momentum shifted with the arrival of a superstar. Sidney Crosby would lead the…

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pp0422 Penguins-Flyers Rivalry Part 5: Eric Lindros and the Legion of Doom (1994-2005)

Posted on Dec 28th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Following a sorry sixth-place finish in 1991-92, the Flyers acquired the rights to phenom Eric Lindros from Quebec. Slowly but surely “the Next…

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Pens vs Canes Pumped-up Penguins Steamroller ‘Canes 4-2

Posted on Dec 28th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Contests between the Penguins and the equally swift Carolina Hurricanes usually feature lots of end-to-end action and plenty of shots. This time,…

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pp0423 Penguins-Flyers Rivalry Part 4: Super Mario and “the Streak” (1984-1994)

Posted on Dec 27th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

The Penguins were on life support when they drafted Mario Lemieux with the first overall pick in the 1984 Entry Draft. Although No. 66 would…

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pp0425 Penguins-Flyers Rivalry Part 3: Rise of the Broad Street Bullies (1972-1984)

Posted on Dec 26th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

The Pens-Flyers rivalry heated up during the early ‘70s, due in no small part to the emergence of “the Broad Street Bullies.” Armed with…

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pp0432 Penguins-Flyers Rivalry Part 2: The Early Years (1967-1972)

Posted on Dec 25th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

The seeds for “the Battle of Pennsylvania” were sown perhaps as far back as the mid-1960s. Upon learning of the National Hockey League’s…

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pp0424 Penguins-Flyers Rivalry Part 1: Roots (1925-1967)

Posted on Dec 24th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

Separated by only 300 miles of rolling Pennsylvania hills and grasslands, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are worlds apart in terms of culture. Situated…

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00ppfront Penguins Ground Jets 4-1

Posted on Dec 24th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

In certain parts of Canada the good citizens bid you a Joyeux Noel rather than a Merry Christmas. So it seemed altogether appropriate that the…

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00ppfront Penguins Update: Kunitz Solid Gold

Posted on Dec 23rd, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

When the Penguins signed Chris Kunitz to a two-year contract extension on October 13 worth $7.45 million, a hockey buddy of mine shook his head and…

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00ppfront Memories of a Penguins Fan: My First Hockey Hero

Posted on Dec 21st, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

As a kid growing up in suburban Pittsburgh I was an avid sports fan. My dad Jim Buker had played baseball and basketball at Oliver High School. He…

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Pens vs Hawks Penguins Beat Blackhawks 3-2 in a Barnburner

Posted on Dec 21st, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 1 Comment

It’s a darn shame the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks meet only once a year. Games between the two clubs invariably feature superb skill…

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00ppfront Penguins Update: Make Way for Despres

Posted on Dec 18th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

During the first half of the 2011-12 season the Penguins have suffered enough injuries to keep a hospital staff fully employed. Given the hailstorm…

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00ppfront Hungry Senators Hammer Penguins 6-4

Posted on Dec 17th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 1 Comment

During the first meeting between the Penguins and the Senators in Pittsburgh three weeks ago, Sidney Crosby initiated a nasty skirmish with feisty…

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pens vs wings Red Wings Checkmate Penguins 4-1

Posted on Dec 14th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

During the Dan Bylsma era, Penguins fans are accustomed to seeing the home team post some gaudy numbers on the CONSOL Energy Center shot clock.…

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100 Things Penguins Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die More Book Signings: 100 Things Penguins Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die

Posted on Dec 13th, 2011 - By PenguinPoop - 0 Comments

  On Saturday evening, December 17, Rick Buker will be signing copies of his latest book, 100 Things Penguins Fans Should Know and Do Before…

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00ppfront Penguins Profile: The King of Engelland

Posted on Dec 11th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 3 Comments

To say Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland came up the hard way would be a vast understatement. Indeed, the rugged rearguard’s path to the National…

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00ppfront Penguins Flatten Islanders 6-3

Posted on Dec 11th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 4 Comments

Fresh off a pair of disappointing losses to Boston and Philadelphia, the Penguins entered Saturday night’s contest with the improving New York…

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00ppfront Flyers Topple Sid-less Penguins 3-2

Posted on Dec 9th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

In an effort to fare better in their quest for a Stanley Cup, the Philadelphia Flyers made wholesale changes over the off-season. Philly GM Paul…

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9schin Penguins History: Ken Schinkel

Posted on Dec 6th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

During the Penguins’ early years the Civic Arena faithful didn’t have a whole lot to cheer about. One of the few bright spots on an otherwise…

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Pittsburgh vs. Boston Bruins Overpower Penguins 3-1

Posted on Dec 6th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Entering Monday night’s battle between Eastern Conference heavyweights at CONSOL Energy Center, both Pittsburgh and Boston were riding hot streaks.…

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00ppfront Baby Penguins Update

Posted on Dec 4th, 2011 - By PenguinPoop - 0 Comments

Here’s a quick glance at how the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are doing. The Baby Pens have a record of 12-7-5, good for a first place tie in the…

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00ppfront Penguins Circle the Wagons, Hold Off Hurricanes 3-2

Posted on Dec 4th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

In a game packed with all the drama of a classic shoot ‘em up Western, the Penguins overcame penalty woes and a furious last-minute barrage by…

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00ppfront Penguins Clip Capitals 2-1

Posted on Dec 2nd, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 5 Comments

Change is good, they say. So perhaps the Penguins felt heartened when they gazed at the Washington bench Thursday night at the Verizon Center and saw…

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00ppfront Rangers Chill Hot Penguins 4-3

Posted on Nov 30th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

The Penguins undeniably were excited about playing their first, honest-to-goodness division rivalry game of the season when they faced the New York…

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00ppfront Justice is Served, Penguins Nip Canadiens 4-3 in OT

Posted on Nov 27th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

Hockey players are taught from the time they lace up their first pair of skates to “play to the whistle.” Following the old adage to the hilt,…

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00ppfront Penguins Update: He’s Baaaack

Posted on Nov 26th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 1 Comment

It’s been a thrill to watch him again, hasn’t it? To see the Penguins’ center dangle with the puck in the slot, work the half-wall on the power…

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Pens vs Ottawa Penguins Paste Senators 6-3

Posted on Nov 26th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Just a few short seasons ago the Penguins and the Senators were one of the NHL’s marquee match-ups. It was Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Sergei…

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Penguins vs Blues Penguins Sing the Blues, Fall to St. Louis 3-2

Posted on Nov 24th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 1 Comment

Skating before a capacity crowd at CONSOL Energy Center on Thanksgiving Eve, the Penguins seemed anxious to get into the holiday spirit. So much so…

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00ppfront Penguins Update: Neal Deal a Steal

Posted on Nov 23rd, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

When Penguins general manager Ray Shero acquired promising power forward James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen from Dallas last February for Alex…

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Sidney Crosby's Return Sid Sizzles, Penguins Fry Islanders 5-0

Posted on Nov 22nd, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 3 Comments

The moment all of Pittsburgh—if not the entire hockey universe—anxiously awaited finally came to pass on Monday evening. After missing 61 games…

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00ppfront Ex-Penguins Update

Posted on Nov 20th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Here’s a quick glance at how former Penguins are faring around the league. Stats are updated through November 19, 2011.    Forwards…

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00ppfront Panthers Pounce on Skidding Penguins 3-2

Posted on Nov 20th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Each year the Penguins invite the fathers to join their sons on a road trip. And while the “Dads’ Trip” is undoubtedly one of the most popular…

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00ppfront Bolts Zap Punchless Penguins 4-1

Posted on Nov 18th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

If you’d spent the past six months marooned on a tropical island and tuned into the Penguins-Lightning game at St. Pete Times Forum on Thursday…

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Penguins vs. Avalanche Penguins Bury Avalanche 6-3

Posted on Nov 16th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

Beware all you unsuspecting NHL clubs. The banged-up Penguins are finally getting healthy. With 20-goal man Tyler Kennedy returning to action (and…

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00ppfront Penguins Need More from Martin

Posted on Nov 13th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 6 Comments

Through the first 17 games of the season Paul Martin has, quite literally, served as the Penguins’ defensive anchor. He’s registered a team-worst…

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Matt Cooke Stars Neal to Penguins 3-1

Posted on Nov 12th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

In a battle for overall supremacy in the league standings, the Penguins overcame an early deficit and two no-goal calls to torpedo Dallas 3-1 Friday…

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00ppfront Book Review of “Behind the Moves: NHL General Managers Tell How Winners are Built”

Posted on Nov 11th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

For anyone who’s ever fancied himself as a closet general manager, Behind the Moves: NHL General Managers Tell How Winners Are Built is an absolute…

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00ppfront Baby Penguins Update

Posted on Nov 6th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Here’s a quick glance at how the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are doing. The Baby Pens have a record of 7-2-2, good for first place in the East…

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00ppfront Plug ‘N’ Play Penguins Crown Kings 3-2

Posted on Nov 6th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

Boasting an injury list that would keep a hospital staff fully employed, the plug ‘n’ play Penguins continue to find a way. Paced by Marc-Andre…

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00ppfront Penguins Update: Size Matters

Posted on Nov 5th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

In the wake of the post-lockout rule changes, there’s a popular notion that demon speed prevails in the new NHL. The Penguins certainly have…

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00ppfront Sharks Put the Bite on Penguins 4-3

Posted on Nov 4th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Okay, so it ain’t exactly “the Streak,” when the Penguins went a dismal 0-39-3 in Philadelphia over an infamous 15-year stretch. But the black…

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pp0428 Penguins History: Colin Campbell

Posted on Nov 2nd, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

It’s somewhat ironic that former Penguin Colin Campbell earned lasting fame while serving as the NHL’s czar of discipline. After all, the rugged…

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00ppfront Ex-Penguins Update

Posted on Oct 31st, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 4 Comments

Here’s a quick glance at how former Penguins are faring around the league. Stats are updated through October 29, 2011. Forwards and…

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00ppfront Maple Leafs Topple Penguins in a Thriller

Posted on Oct 30th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

In a game befitting a clash of Eastern Conference titans, the Penguins and Maple Leafs put on a show Saturday night for the 19,526 fans in attendance…

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Penguins vs Islanders 10/27/2011 Penguins Catch a Wave, Surge Past Islanders 3-2

Posted on Oct 28th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 1 Comment

During the course of Thursday night’s telecast of the Penguins-Islanders game, it was duly noted that the black and gold hadn’t earned a comeback…

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00ppfront Fleury Ices Islanders as Penguins Prevail 3-0

Posted on Oct 26th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 4 Comments

To borrow a refrain from an old Aerosmith tune, the Penguins’ train kept a rollin’ at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Tuesday night. Buoyed by…

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00ppfront Penguins Update: In Shero We Trust

Posted on Oct 23rd, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

They say confession is good for the soul. And I must confess, here and now, that I was not pleased with the moves made by Penguins’ GM Ray Shero…

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00ppfront Penguins Bedevil New Jersey 4-1

Posted on Oct 23rd, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

It wasn’t supposed to be this easy for the Penguins. Not with top guns Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin out of the lineup and a murderous schedule…

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Asham 700 Penguins Near Perfect in 3-1 Win Over Montreal

Posted on Oct 21st, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

In the wake of the Penguins’ 3-1 win over Montreal at CONSOL Energy Center Thursday night, Dan Bylsma had every reason to feel positively giddy.…

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00ppfront Gritty Penguins Conquer Wild 4-2

Posted on Oct 19th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

A night after suffering perhaps their most disheartening loss of the young season, the gritty Penguins rebounded with an inspired effort to defeat…

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00ppfront Jets Soar Past Penguins 2-1

Posted on Oct 18th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Following three dismal losses to open the season, Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel threw down the gauntlet for his struggling young team. “If…

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Penguins vs. Sabres Oct 2011 Sabres Surprise Sloppy Penguins 3-2

Posted on Oct 16th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Entering Saturday night’s contest at CONSOL Energy Center with Buffalo, the Penguins felt good about their chances. After all, the black and gold…

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Malkin vs Ovechkin Capitals Clip Penguins in OT

Posted on Oct 14th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 3 Comments

After playing four games against opponents who hardly could be considered bitter foes, the Penguins and their faithful were treated to their first…

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Pucks on the Net Book Review: Pucks On The ‘Net

Posted on Oct 13th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

If you’re a Penguins fan with an insatiable appetite for hockey, I’ve got a book for you. Renowned hockey history blogger Joe Pelletier shares…

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Penguins vs Panthers Penguins Tame Panthers 4-2

Posted on Oct 12th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

It was a scenario with which the Pittsburgh Penguins have become all too familiar. The players skated onto the CONSOL Energy Center ice for the home…

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00ppfront Oilers Slip Past Penguins 2-1

Posted on Oct 10th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

After playing a quintessential road game for 55 minutes, the Penguins leaked for a late goal by rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and fell to the Oilers,…

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00ppfront Penguins Douse Flames 5-3

Posted on Oct 9th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Powered by five goals from five different players, the Penguins overcame an early surge by Calgary to dump the Flames, 5-3, Saturday…

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00ppfront Penguins Nip Canucks in Shootout, 4-3

Posted on Oct 7th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

As season openers go, it wasn’t the prettiest of wins. Indeed, the Penguins blew a pair of two-goal leads while looking scrambled at times in their…

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100 Things Penguins Fans Should Know Book Review: 100 Things Penguins Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die

Posted on Oct 4th, 2011 - By Phil Krundle - 2 Comments

When I first learned that fellow PenguinPoop blogger Rick Buker had written a new book about the Pittsburgh Penguins, I must confess that I wondered…

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00ppfront Crosby Update: Penguins Patience a Virtue

Posted on Sep 8th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

Like all Penguins fans, I anxiously awaited Sidney Crosby’s press conference at the CONSOL Energy Center on September 7. While I hoped to receive…

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00ppfront Slap Shot: Who Were Those Guys?

Posted on Aug 19th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 6 Comments

Having cut my hockey teeth during the heyday of goon-squad hockey back in the 1970s, I’ve always had an affinity for the movie Slap Shot. With…

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pp0426 Penguins History: Demolition Durby

Posted on Aug 14th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 3 Comments

As a young hockey fan, I’ll never forget the day in January of 1974 that the Penguins acquired tough guys Steve Durbano and Bob “Battleship”…

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pp0429 Penguins History: Kjell Game

Posted on Aug 5th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Following nine seasons in his native Sweden, Kjell Samuelsson ventured across the pond to join the New York Rangers in 1985-86. Standing 6’6” and…

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00ppfront Penguins Free-Agent Update: Rupp Leaves Big Hole

Posted on Jul 4th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 1 Comment

Although Mike Rupp’s departure didn’t receive much fanfare, losing the big forward to the Rangers creates an even bigger hole in the Penguins’…

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00ppfront Penguins Free-Agent Update: Good Riddance

Posted on Jul 2nd, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 6 Comments

When I first learned that the Penguins were entertaining the idea of bringing Jaromir Jagr back to the ‘Burgh, I must confess to having mixed…

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00ppfront Penguins Free-Agent Update: Au Revoir

Posted on Jul 1st, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 3 Comments

Lost amid the turmoil of the Jaromir Jagr “my heart’s in Pittsburgh but my wallet’s in Philly” fiasco, Max Talbot signed a five-year deal…

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00ppfront Lightning Oust Penguins 1-0

Posted on Apr 28th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 4 Comments

Backed by the shutout goaltending of 41-year-old marvel Dwayne Roloson and a timely tally by Sean Bergenheim, the Lightning staved off a late charge…

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00ppfront Penguins Bylsma Needs to Earn His Spurs

Posted on Apr 27th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 9 Comments

I know it’s probably considered heresy in these parts to criticize Penguins coach Dan Bylsma. After all, the guy won a Stanley Cup in his first…

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00ppfront Lightning Down Penguins to Force Game 7

Posted on Apr 26th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 4 Comments

Paced by Dwayne Roloson’s sparkling 27-save performance and clutch goal scoring, Tampa Bay outslugged the gritty Penguins 4-2 to force a…

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00ppfront Amped-up Lightning Demolish Penguins 8-2

Posted on Apr 23rd, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 9 Comments

With their playoff backs to the wall, the Lightning’s big guns sprang to life to power Tampa Bay to an 8-2 rout of the Penguins. Simon Gagne,…

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00ppfront Penguins Fourth Line Hauls the Freight … and More

Posted on Apr 21st, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 8 Comments

When Penguins general manager Ray Shero inked Arron Asham to a free-agent deal last summer, he wasn’t necessarily expecting big numbers. Indeed,…

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00ppfront Penguins Catch Lightning in a Bottle

Posted on Apr 21st, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 1 Comment

James Neal scored 3:38 into the second overtime Wednesday night to propel the Penguins to a dramatic 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay. Thanks to Neal’s…

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00ppfront Bounce Back Penguins Top Lightning 3-2

Posted on Apr 19th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 7 Comments

What a difference a game makes. A mere 72 hours after a sloppy, disjointed effort in Game 2 that had Steel City fans (and their coach) scratching…

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00ppfront Penguins Playoff Update: Time for a Cool Change (or Two)

Posted on Apr 16th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 14 Comments

Being tied 1-1 with Tampa Bay after two games is hardly reason to push the panic button. And I’m certainly not advocating any kind of sweeping…

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00ppfront Lightning Singe Penguins 5-1

Posted on Apr 16th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 1 Comment

To borrow a refrain from an old Sam Cooke tune, “Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This.” And so it was for the Penguins in Game 2 of their…

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00ppfront Fleury Paces Penguins to 3-0 Win Over Lightning

Posted on Apr 14th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Heading into Wednesday night’s encounter with Tampa Bay, Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury didn’t have particularly fond memories of his last…

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penguinpoop pittsburgh tampa Pittsburgh Penguins vs Tampa Bay Lightning Playoff Predictions

Posted on Apr 12th, 2011 - By PenguinPoop - 10 Comments

The PenguinPoop prediction debate is on.  For the first time that I can remember one of our writers is saying they think the opposing team will…

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00ppfront Penguins Torch Thrashers 5-2

Posted on Apr 11th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

The Penguins wrapped up the regular season Sunday afternoon with a 5-2 victory over Atlanta at Philips Arena. It was the fourth straight win for the…

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00ppfront Penguins Pay Back Islanders 4-3

Posted on Apr 9th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 1 Comment

Entering Friday night’s contest against the Islanders at Nassau County Coliseum, the Penguins had two goals. First and foremost, they needed a…

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00ppfront Dupuis Nets Two as Penguins Defeat Devils

Posted on Apr 6th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Pascal Dupuis scored two goals, including an empty-netter with a minute left to play, to pace the Penguins to a 4-2 victory over New Jersey. The win…

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00ppfront Penguins Rally Past Panthers 4-2

Posted on Apr 3rd, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Buoyed by Brent Johnson’s 28-save performance and timely goals from Tyler Kennedy, Pascal Dupuis, Zbynek Michalek, and Craig Adams, the Penguins…

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00ppfront Lightning Zap Penguins 2-1

Posted on Apr 1st, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

In what amounted to a dress rehearsal of their opening-round playoff series, the Penguins dropped a hard-fought 2-1 decision to Tampa Bay at the St.…

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00ppfront Losing Dustin Jeffrey Hurts

Posted on Mar 31st, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 3 Comments

Dustin Jeffrey didn’t anticipate being an important cog in the Penguins’ machine this season. Indeed, the 23-year-old center figured to spend the…

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00ppfront Penguins Fall to Philly 5-2

Posted on Mar 30th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

In a battle for Eastern Conference supremacy, the Flyers rallied from an early one-goal deficit to down the Penguins 5-2. The loss snapped the…

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00ppfront Penguins Flatten Florida in Shootout

Posted on Mar 27th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Buoyed by a sensational 37-save effort by Marc-Andre Fleury, the Penguins overcame another sluggish start to edge the Florida Panthers 2-1 in a…

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00ppfront Streaking Penguins Dump the Devils

Posted on Mar 26th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Beating the nettlesome New Jersey Devils at their own game, the Penguins rode a 21-save shutout performance by Marc-Andre Fleury to a crisp 1-0…

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00ppfront Kunitz Leads Penguins Past Flyers

Posted on Mar 25th, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 7 Comments

Chris Kunitz beat Sergei Bobrovsky for the game-winner during a shootout to pace the Penguins to a 2-1 victory over Philadelphia. The win pulled the…

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pp0430 Penguins History: Dave Schultz – If I Had A Hammer

Posted on Mar 23rd, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

During the summer of 1977, popular enforcer Bob "Battleship" Kelly signed a free-agent deal with Chicago, leaving the Penguins without a protector.…

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Penguins Clip Red Wings in a Shootout

Posted on Mar 22nd, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 2 Comments

It wasn’t the prettiest of wins--certainly not one Dan Bylsma and the Penguins’ coaching staff will use for instructional video. However, given…

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Rangers Power Past Penguins

Posted on Mar 21st, 2011 - By Rick Buker - 0 Comments

Taking full advantage of overlapping third-period penalties, the Rangers rode a pair of power-play goals to a 5-2 victory over the Penguins before a…

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