Earlier in the season the Penguins lost six games in a row. All the talk around Pittsburgh was about how the Penguins wouldn’t make the playoffs and who should be traded. After losing the six in a row the Penguins went and won eight games in a row. Going into last game the Penguins had lost six playoff games in a row. The Flyers got [...]
Oh, I was embarrassed Sunday. I was extremely embarrassed when the NBC announcers were sticking up for Scotty Hartnell and claiming along with Hartnell that he was getting his hair pulled. I have never been more embarrassed for the NHL as a sport in my 37 years of watching hockey.
I’m not one to kick my team when they are down so no m [...]
Does anyone remember back in January when the Penguins lost six in a row and all you heard was about how the Penguins were done for the season? Right after that the Penguins won 8 games in a row. The Penguins also hold the longest winning streak in the NHL this year. They are a streaky team. One win turns this whole series around.
One ga [...]
The Penguins have tried to win it their way. The Penguins war of attrition has failed and it’s time to look at what does work. What has worked is the New York Rangers game plan. The Rangers are 6-0 against the Flyers this year and the most goals the Flyers have scored against them in a game is 3. There are a few simple changes Penguins [...]
The Penguins had seen the exact same scenario as what happened Wednesday before. Tell me if this sounds familiar. Exactly 10 days earlier on a Sunday afternoon the Penguins were playing the Flyers at the Consol. The Penguins got up two goals in the first five minutes, the crowd was bouncing of the walls. At the 4:58 mark the Flyers coach [...]
Don’t let these Flyers fool you. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren and coach Peter Laviolette have gone about rebuilding the team from the ground up. They started by removing the characters and keeping the players with character. In the off season they added and paid heavily for a player to come in that brought playoff experience. Not only did h [...]
The NHL is a game played by men. To ensure this the NHL has a strict rule that a player be the age of 18 or more before September 16th of the year of Entry Draft eligibility. For coaches and TV analysts the rules are a bit less strict.
This week in Penguins history started with NBC analyst Mike Milbury saying this about Sidney Crosby on a [...]
Sidney Crosby would be the first to tell you that even though he is at the top of the food chart in the NHL, he is always trying to diversify. Continually improving and learning from others is a large part of what makes him the best at what he does. Having over a year off, he has had a lot of time to watch others and add to his repertoire.
I would love to be telling you right now that Sidney Crosby is back to his old self and dominated the game. I would love to be telling you that Evgeni Malkin dominated the game and took a commanding lead in the point scoring race. I would hate to be one of those 300 reporters that wedged themselves into the visitors locker room at Madison Sq [...]
Over the years the Penguins, a team known for their great locker room chemistry, have gotten by without great line chemistry on the ice. Sidney Crosby, not unlike Mario Lemieux in his heyday, has seen players come and go on his line. Sometimes players don’t last 60 minutes as his winger. Evgeni Malkin on the other hand has found the per [...]