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My Penguin history goes back the whole way to December 18, 1971.  It was the first game I ever attended and even though the Pens lost to the Boston Bruins, I was hooked.  Getting to see Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito play live was an amazing experience.   We went back to the Christmas Day game vs. Montreal which ended in a 4-2 Penguin victory thanks to Les Binkley’s stellar performance in goal.  Guy LaFleur and Yvan Cournoyer added to the star power that was Montreal then.  Back at that time, the average attendance per game was 10,000 and sellouts were few and far between. 

The next year we bought partial season tickets and the highlight of that Fall was the November 22, 1972 game versus the hated St. Louis Blues.  In this game the Pens trailed 4-3 going into the third period, and then scored 7 third period goals including the NHL record 5 goals in 2 minutes 7 seconds – a record that will probably never be broken.  People were literally dancing in the aisles over the excitement that third period generated – final score 10-4 when we walked out of the Civic Arena.  We started sitting in section C22 and our tickets were $5.50 per game. 

By 1975, the balcony seats had been installed at the Arena so we moved there and became the only people to ever own the rights to section E11 row F of the Civic Arena seating.  From that point on we kept our season tickets – the 1983-84 season attendance dropped to an average of 6800 per year. 

Once Lemieux was drafted in 1984 attendance started to rise to its present day sellout levels at Consol.  The All-Star game was hosted in 1990 and Lemieux scored four goals.  We stayed at the Chatham Center hotel the night of the game and our son was able to get signatures from Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretsky, Paul Coffey, Rick Tocchet, and Joe Sakic to name a few. 

1991 ushered in the year of our Stanley Cup win with a huge group of us heading for the airport to celebrate the Penguin victory.  The remaining history from that Cup to the current team’s Cup win in 2009 and the end time of the Civic Arena in 2010 has been the start of a new epic Penguin era.

Our seats in Section 207 at the Consol Energy Center serve as our home in our new facility.  It’s been an amazing journey being in love with the Pittsburgh Penguins and hockey, and I’m looking forward to our first Stanley Cup win at the Consol.


Pittsburgh Penguins vs NY Rangers 2015 Playoff Predictions

Posted on Apr 16th, 2015 - By PenguinPoop - 5 Comments

Here we go again, It's the Pittsburgh Penguins facing off against the New York Rangers for the eight playoff game in a row for the Penguins.  Since…

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Pittsburgh Penguins vs NY Rangers 2014 Playoff Predictions

Posted on May 2nd, 2014 - By PenguinPoop - 3 Comments

It's the Pittsburgh Penguins facing off against the New York Rangers for the first time as Metropolitan division foes.  Since the last time the…

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Penguins Fans: Winning the Stanley Cup Isn’t Easy

Posted on May 1st, 2014 - By Horse - 1 Comment

For all of you ‘so-called’ Penguin fans who want to continually criticize the Penguin organization and players for not winning the Stanley Cup…

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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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Pittsburgh Penguins vs Boston Bruins 2013 Playoff Predictions

Posted on May 28th, 2013 - By PenguinPoop - 64 Comments

Saturday, the Penguins & Bruins throw down in the first all black & gold NHL Eastern Conference Finals game since 1992 when the Penguins…

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Pittsburgh Penguins vs Ottawa Senators 2013 Playoff Predictions

Posted on May 13th, 2013 - By PenguinPoop - 3 Comments

There are many questions the Penguins need to answer going into round two against the Ottawa Senators.  The biggest question is who's going to be…

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Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders 2013 Playoff Predictions

Posted on Apr 29th, 2013 - By PenguinPoop - 10 Comments

When the puck drops Wednesday night in downtown Pittsburgh you can throw the 15 game win streak, the finishing first in the Eastern Conference and…

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Penguins Should Learn From the Devils

Posted on May 12th, 2012 - By Horse - 3 Comments

I hope that the Penguins management team had a close eye on the Flyer-Devils series.  The Devils put on a clinic as to how to win a playoff…

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Horse: Should There be Changes in the Penguins Future?

Posted on Apr 28th, 2012 - By Horse - 5 Comments

Over the next week or so each of us here at PenguinPoop will be taking a hard look at whether or not the Pittsburgh Penguins organization needs to…

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The Penguins Need a Quick Adjustment

Posted on Apr 16th, 2012 - By Horse - 6 Comments

I have been a Penguin fan for 40 years.  I have had season tickets for 37 years. Watching the performance of this team in game 3 has to be the low…

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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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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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2011 NHL Playoff Predictions

Posted on Apr 13th, 2011 - By PenguinPoop - 1 Comment

We thought we would post some of our emails that are going back and forth here at PenguinPoop about how we think the playoffs will go down.  We are…

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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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Next Four Penguin Games – A Litmus Test

Posted on Mar 17th, 2011 - By Horse - 0 Comments

The play of the Penguins over the next four games should give us a very good idea of how they might fare in the playoffs.  Rangers and Devils at…

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Pens Lucky to Have Bylsma – Not Boudreau

Posted on Feb 8th, 2011 - By Horse - 0 Comments

I am so glad that Dan Bylsma is the coach of the Penguins and not Pillsbury Dough Boy Bruce Boudreau.  He doesn't know how to keep his mouth shut…

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Penguins Need to Spend Less Time in the Penalty Box

Posted on Jan 14th, 2011 - By Horse - 1 Comment

The Penguins have played 45 games this season.   They have played two with their full lineup.  They have still managed to hold a position near the…

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Pittsburgh Penguins First Half of the Season Report

Posted on Jan 6th, 2011 - By PenguinPoop - 14 Comments

When the horn sounded at the end of last nights game, it marked the end of the first half of the season for the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The Penguins…

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PenguinPoop Photos: The Winter Classic a Weekend to Remember…

Posted on Jan 3rd, 2011 - By superpooper - 4 Comments

Sorry you haven't heard from any of us over the weekend. We said we were going to party like rock stars and here is a photo blog of the proof. We…

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Malkin is on Board for the Penguins

Posted on Dec 21st, 2010 - By Horse - 8 Comments

I just talked to a media relations director with the Penguins and you will never believe what he told me.   He had a conversation with Malkin…

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Is It Time to Consider Trading Malkin?

Posted on Dec 17th, 2010 - By Horse - 18 Comments

Is it time to consider trading 71?  I never thought that I would be able to consider this as a possibility.  After watching the winning streak, the…

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The Penguins Are Back Where They Belong

Posted on Nov 28th, 2010 - By Horse - 0 Comments

     The Penguins enjoyed a fine Thanksgiving weekend picking up four points over two inferior opponents.  It wasn't long ago that they were a…

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Are the Pittsburgh Penguins a .500 Hockey Team?

Posted on Nov 4th, 2010 - By Horse - 3 Comments

As of November 4th, the Penguins are a .500 hockey team.  With the way that they have played so far this season, they are lucky to be at .500.  To…

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The Penguins Will Get Better

Posted on Nov 1st, 2010 - By Horse - 2 Comments

The Penguins are 6-5-1 through their first twelve games.  They have been short of a completely healthy lineup by at least two players and as many as…

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The NHL’s Eastern Conference

Posted on Oct 25th, 2010 - By Horse - 0 Comments

As we near the end of the first month of the season, let's take a look at the Eastern Conference.  Fifteen teams, eight will make the playoffs and…

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Penguins Cannot Afford Home Losses

Posted on Oct 14th, 2010 - By Horse - 0 Comments

     For just the fourth time in Penguin history, the Pens have started the season 0-3 at home.  The other three times that happened, it was…

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The Stanley Cup Blues

Posted on May 25th, 2010 - By Horse - 1 Comment

The day after the Penguins were eliminated from the playoffs by the Canadiens, I was disappointed and upset.  Over the next few days, my mood…

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Ray Shero Pittsburgh Penguins Contracts and the 2010 NHL Free Agent Market

Posted on May 20th, 2010 - By PenguinPoop - 13 Comments

Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero has a lot of work ahead of him in the NHL free agent market trying to put together a team that has the best chance…

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Penguins/Canadiens – Game Seven

Posted on May 11th, 2010 - By Horse - 12 Comments

The Montreal Canadiens have forced a Game Seven.  You have to give them credit.  Once they got behind, facing elimination, they played their best…

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Penguins Win in Six

Posted on May 9th, 2010 - By Horse - 5 Comments

Game Six at the Bell Center.  The Penguins have a chance to close out another series on the road.  One thing we know for sure -- they've done it…

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Penguins Need A Positive Push

Posted on May 7th, 2010 - By Horse - 5 Comments

With a chance to take a stranglehold in this series and 20 minutes to play in Game 4, the Penguins lost their way.  A stat that is often looked at…

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Penguins’ American Coach Has Been Very Successful

Posted on May 5th, 2010 - By Horse - 1 Comment

The Penguins needed Gorges and Gill in the penalty box at the same time, a fresh sheet of ice, and a 5 on 4 man advantage to score a goal against…

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Penguins Need To Be Better At Home

Posted on May 3rd, 2010 - By Horse - 0 Comments

Five home games into the 2010 playoffs and the Pens are 2-3 against inferior opponents. Hopefully this is a trend that will not continue. It took…

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Pittsburgh Penguins vs Montreal Canadiens Playoff Predictions

Posted on Apr 29th, 2010 - By PenguinPoop - 70 Comments

This has all happened before... In 1998 the exact same group of teams from the Eastern Conference made it to the Stanley Cup playoffs. The exact…

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Penguins Powerplay Improves While Yeo is Absent

Posted on Apr 28th, 2010 - By Horse - 0 Comments

Playoff success is often determined by the play of the special teams.  The Penguins penalty killing, which was a strength all year, did not do well…

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Craig Adams is an Important Role Player for the Penguins

Posted on Apr 26th, 2010 - By Horse - 1 Comment

To win in the playoffs, all hands have to be on deck.  With one series complete, the Pens have already used seven defensemen, 14 forwards, and one…

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As Predicted, Penguins Defeat Ottawa in Six

Posted on Apr 23rd, 2010 - By Horse - 1 Comment

Many people, including myself, predicted that the Penguins would win this series in six games.  So why should we be surprised when that is going to…

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Will Fedetenko Be Needed Again by the Penguins?

Posted on Apr 21st, 2010 - By Horse - 1 Comment

Ruslan Fedetenko, a career playoff overachiever, was benched after Game One.  It was the right move by Coach Bylsma.  He had a sub-par season, the…

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Penguins Are A Good Road Playoff Team

Posted on Apr 17th, 2010 - By Horse - 1 Comment

I just finished watching the Boston-Buffalo game.  Five series have two games completed and all five are 1-1.  In two of the other three the…

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Penguins Have to Make Some Changes

Posted on Apr 15th, 2010 - By Horse - 0 Comments

The Stanley Cup Playoffs 2010 are underway.  Four games were played on Wednesday night.  The only road team to lose, the Red Wings, was the one…

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Memories of the Mellon Arena

Posted on Apr 9th, 2010 - By Horse - 2 Comments

    The Mellon Arena/Civic Arena/Igloo has hosted its final regular season hockey game.  The Penguin management did a tremendous job…

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Are the Capitals That Much Better Than Everyone Else?

Posted on Apr 4th, 2010 - By Horse - 3 Comments

I want to give the Capitals their due as they are a very good hockey team.  They have so much talent all through their line-up.  The only weakness…

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Penguins’ Warts Continue to Surface

Posted on Apr 1st, 2010 - By Horse - 4 Comments

If anyone believes that the Penguins were out-worked Wednesday night by the Lightining, think again.  The Lightning did NOT have to work to win that…

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Will the Penguins be Ready for the Playoffs?

Posted on Mar 29th, 2010 - By Horse - 1 Comment

In February of last year we had a very talented, under-achieving tenth place hockey team.  A team that had been to the Stanley Cup Finals the…

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How good are the Penguins?

Posted on Mar 22nd, 2010 - By Horse - 1 Comment

Since October we have talked about lack of focus and lack of consistency. Two problems that have certainly plagued the Penguins. Giveaways and…

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Penguins Should Finish Strong

Posted on Mar 19th, 2010 - By Horse - 0 Comments

Even though the road trip wasn't a total success, at least it ended on a positive note.  They needed to acquire a minimum of five points on the trip…

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Can the Penguins Beat the Devils?

Posted on Mar 15th, 2010 - By Horse - 1 Comment

If we take a look at the first five meetings this season the answer is a resounding NO.  An aggregate score of 17-3 tells the story of the total…

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Which Penguin Forward Will Be First in the Pressbox?

Posted on Mar 5th, 2010 - By Horse - 0 Comments

With the trade deadline acquisitions, Ray Shero has given Dan Bylsma and staff a good problem -- 7 NHL defensemen and 13 NHL forwards.  Beyond the…

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Penguins Final 20 Regular Season Games

Posted on Mar 4th, 2010 - By Horse - 1 Comment

The final 20.  How teams play over the last quarter of the season is usually a solid indicator of how they will play during the playoffs.  The…

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A Vote for Olympic Hockey

Posted on Feb 25th, 2010 - By Horse - 3 Comments

I really enjoy watching Olympic hockey.  As a hockey fan, I don't know how you couldn't.  The games are fast-paced, the skill level is awesome, the…

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Penguins Must Use Olympic Break as Gut-Check Time

Posted on Feb 14th, 2010 - By Horse - 1 Comment

The Olympic break is here leaving 20 games in the regular season for the Penguins.  Here's hoping it gives each player plenty of time to look in…

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Penguins MUST Improve Defensive Play

Posted on Jan 23rd, 2010 - By Horse - 2 Comments

The Penguins are 6-10-0 in their last 16 games.  They are giving up goals at an alarming rate.  58 in this span of games for a 3.63 goals…

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Penguins Revamped Powerplay Will Produce

Posted on Dec 20th, 2009 - By Horse - 0 Comments

Even though the powerplay was 0-5 against Buffalo, I like the new setup.  The puck movement is much better.  I've really felt all along that Crosby…

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Fighting Flyers Fail Again

Posted on Dec 16th, 2009 - By Horse - 0 Comments

You have to wonder what made the Flyers think that they could beat the Penguins by intimidating them.  Ashem, Cote and Carcillo "three very talented…

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Penguins Winning Ways

Posted on Dec 13th, 2009 - By Horse - 3 Comments

The Penguins have a record of 22-10-1.  One point behind the Capitals, and even with the Devils in the East.  When you look at all of the things…

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Penguin Lineup Must Simplify Approach

Posted on Nov 13th, 2009 - By Horse - 1 Comment

Injuries or no injuries, the Pens need to play smarter hockey.  Actually when you are short bodies, the simple approach is better.   Clear the…

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NHL Eastern Conference Early Review

Posted on Oct 19th, 2009 - By Horse - 2 Comments

         The hockey season is now three weeks old, and we have gotten a glimpse of how teams are shaping up for the 09-10 campaign.  Some…

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Emperor Penguin Crosby Leads the Way

Posted on Sep 16th, 2009 - By Horse - 7 Comments

  First game of the pre-season.  Three days into training camp.  We get an immediate look at what makes a winning team led by can't shoot,…

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Pittsburgh Penguins: A Championship Season

Posted on Jun 14th, 2009 - By Horse - 2 Comments

What a fabulous finish to a fabulous hockey season.  Stanley Cup #3!!  I'll never forget the day that truly started us on this journey -  Draft…

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Penguins/Red Wings for ALL the Marbles

Posted on Jun 10th, 2009 - By Horse - 5 Comments

Max Talbot flipped the puck to center ice as the clock ticked to zero.  "Meet me in the schoolyard for all the marbles on Friday night in…

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Penguins Big 3 are the Keys to Victory

Posted on Jun 6th, 2009 - By Horse - 1 Comment

As a 35+ years Penguin fan, there is only one thing I truly need to witness -- that is the Penguins skating around the Mellon Arena ice with the…

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The Penguins Must Change the Script

Posted on Jun 3rd, 2009 - By Horse - 2 Comments

After three games of the Stanley Cup finals, Red Wings - Penguins II has the same results as last year.  Game 4 is where the Penguins have to change…

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Every Penguin Must Answer the Bell

Posted on Jun 2nd, 2009 - By Horse - 2 Comments

In order to win the Stanley Cup, every player on the team has to contribute their fair share.  Everyone must do what the team needs them to do and…

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Stanley Cup Finals – Predictions – Pittsburgh Penguins vs Detroit Red Wings

Posted on May 28th, 2009 - By PenguinPoop - 5 Comments

With the Penguins ready to roll into the Stanley Cup Finals we thought it was time we came together here at PenguinPoop and put down our predictions…

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The Penguins Have Broken Another Goalie

Posted on May 25th, 2009 - By Horse - 2 Comments

It appears that the Penguins have broken another goalie.  First Varlamov.  It took a few games.  And now Ward.  It took one game.  I don't…

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Star Power Takes Over – Penguins Are 2 Wins from Cup Finals

Posted on May 22nd, 2009 - By Horse - 0 Comments

Heading into last night's game against the Hurricanes, Sidney Crosby held the playoff scoring lead by one point over teammate Evgeni Malkin.  Crosby…

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Penguins Win, But Can Play Better

Posted on May 19th, 2009 - By Horse - 2 Comments

It's always nice to win a hockey game when you are not at your best.  Especially if it is Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.  As we have said…

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NHL Conference Finals – Predictions

Posted on May 17th, 2009 - By PenguinPoop - 7 Comments

With the Penguins ready to roll into round three of the playoffs in their third race for 4, we thought it was time we came together here at…

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Fleury Made the Difference in Game 7

Posted on May 14th, 2009 - By Horse - 0 Comments

Before this epic battle took place, as we tried to find a potential difference-maker in this series, we looked to the goaltenders.  Fleury would…

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Varlamov Vs. Fleury – Crunching the Numbers

Posted on May 13th, 2009 - By Horse - 3 Comments

This series has been everything and more than it was hyped up to be.  As a hockey fan, watching these games makes you see why you love the sport. …

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Crosby Deserving of the Title Superstar

Posted on May 9th, 2009 - By Horse - 2 Comments

At the start of the Pens-Caps match-up, I wrote a piece about the superstars playing in this series.  As one might have expected, one man again has…

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Fleury – Pens Goalie Needs to be the Best Player on the Ice

Posted on May 7th, 2009 - By Horse - 5 Comments

The Pens are back in the series.  Many feel that they should be ahead in the series except for the play of one man.  Apologies to 8 but Varlamov…

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Penguins to Turn Series Around Wednesday Night at Mellon Arena

Posted on May 5th, 2009 - By Horse - 5 Comments

As soon as the game ended last night, I started to write my piece for PenguinPoop.   I was going to write about all the bad things that happened. …

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Penguins Power Play: Yeo Can’t Make it Go

Posted on May 3rd, 2009 - By Horse - 5 Comments

 Back in late January, I asked Dave Molinari what qualified Mike Yeo as a power play coach.  He said that it is hard to characterize a coach's…

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Superstars Crosby, Malkin, Ovechkin and Semin on the same sheet of ice

Posted on Apr 30th, 2009 - By Horse - 3 Comments

There are four series left in the march to the Stanley Cup.  It is safe to say that the spotlight will be on the Penguins vs. the Capitals.  The…

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Bring on the Caps!!

Posted on Apr 29th, 2009 - By Horse - 5 Comments

The Penguins bags were packed and headed for Boston, but Eric Staal and the Hurricanes had other ideas.  How would you like to be a New Jersey…

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The Better Team Won the Series

Posted on Apr 26th, 2009 - By Horse - 4 Comments

We said from the start that the Penguins were the better team.  The better team won the series.  Even though the Flyers don't think so.  They say…

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Back to Bylsma Hockey

Posted on Apr 24th, 2009 - By Horse - 3 Comments

After the end of the first period, I thought if that is all the Flyers have to offer the series is over.  Biron came up big and the period ended…

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Wrap It Up in 5

Posted on Apr 22nd, 2009 - By Horse - 6 Comments

At 7:02 P.M. on Tuesday night, STH35  received a text message from Got Malkin.  It simply read, "Fleury - Shutout".  The result wasn't exact, but…

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Win as a Team, Lose as a Team

Posted on Apr 19th, 2009 - By Horse - 4 Comments

Win as a team, lose as a team.  Hockey is very often a game of mistakes and today the Penguins made their fair share.   Just as we want to praise…

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The Trade Deadline Acquisitions

Posted on Apr 18th, 2009 - By Horse - 7 Comments

What can you say about the job that Ray Shero did to make the Pens a playoff hockey team? Chris Kunitz. new daddy -- what a presence on the ice! This…

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A great performance to start the Stanley Cup playoffs

Posted on Apr 16th, 2009 - By Horse - 4 Comments

There is nothing better than watching the Flyers get beat and lower themselves to the thugs that they are. They took so many bad penalties that even…

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