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Rick Buker – Pittsburgh Penguins – PenguinPoop Blog

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Penguins Beef Up

pp0530 Back in 1984 Wendy’s fast-food restaurant struck advertising gold with the catchphrase, “Where’s the beef?” The clever lament could apply to our recent Penguins squads, too. According to James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail, the Pens (with an average weight of 199.6 pounds) were the 25th heaviest team in the NHL to start the 2014-15 season. Th [...]

Penguins Get Kessel

pp0529 What’s the old saying? Desperate times call for desperate measures? In the wake of last season’s disappointing finish—not to mention the recent announcement that owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle are looking to sell—the Penguins went all out to regain their luster. In the biggest trade of the summer Pens GM Jim Rutherford sent [...]

Baby Pens Update: Final 2014-15 Stats

00ppfront The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins finished the 2014-15 AHL regular season with a record of 45-24-7 under coach John Hynes, good for 97 points and second place in the East Division. Rookie goalie Matt Murray led the league with 12 shutouts, a microscopic 1.58 goals-against average, and a sparkling .941 save percentage. Fellow rookie Conor She [...]

Penguins Fall Short in Game 5

00ppfront I was hoping against hope our Penguins would win Game 5 of their first-round series against the Rangers. If not for themselves, then for goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. No one deserved a victory more. The willowy native of La belle province made 34 saves in a courageous performance that lit up the Madison Square Garden ice. Alas, it wasn’t enough. [...]

Penguins Give Their All

pp0528 Determined to even their series with the nettlesome New York Rangers, the Penguins played 60 minutes of passionate, playoff-style hockey last night at the CONSOL Energy Center. Actually, 63:14 to be exact. Unfortunately, their best wasn’t good enough. Three-plus minutes into overtime Rangers rookie Kevin Hayes poked a loose puck past Marc-An [...]

Slow Start Dooms Penguins

pp0527 In the wake of Saturday’s scintillating victory over the Rangers, I was afraid the Penguins might be too fired up for the start of Game 3. I envisioned one of those first periods where the Pens come out in a ball of fury and outshoot the opposition, say 17-3, but don’t score any goals. Then the other club gets a lucky bounce and it’s all down [...]

Penguins Update: Cole a Keeper

pp0526 Jim Rutherford drew tons of criticism for his moves at the trade deadline. Clearly feeling the heat, the venerable GM felt compelled to defend the deals in an April 14 interview with Jason Mackey of the Tribune Review. While promising Simon Despres may prove to be the fish that got away, JR partly redeemed himself by plucking Ian Cole from t [...]

Penguins Stun Rangers 4-3

pp0525 Take that, New York. After playing the patsy in Game 1 of their opening-round matchup with the Rangers, the Penguins shoved back on Saturday night. Harkening back to their glory days, the Pens overcame adversity—not to mention atrocious officiating—to beat the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The pulse-pounding 4-3 victory snapped the Pens’ [...]

Ex-Penguins Update: Final 2014-15 Stats

pp0523 Here’s a look at how former Penguins performed during the 2014-15 season. Marian Hossa (Chicago) topped the scoring list with 61 points, while Jarome Iginla (Colorado) led the way with 29 goals. Former draft pick Jake Muzzin (Los Angeles) paced the defensemen with 10 goals and 41 points. (more…)

Penguins Update: Press Reset

00ppfront Suppose you’re out bowling with your buds and a pin falls on its own. What do you do? Press the reset button, of course. That’s what the Penguins need to do. Press reset. Bulldoze the previous 79 games of this turbulent and, at times, misbegotten season into the Mon and start over. Or, as the late Bob Johnson so eloquently put it after New Je [...]

            

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