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Penguins Fizzle, Senators Sizzle in Game 1

682760678_slide (1) We’re No. 2 and We Try Harder. The popular catchphrase, once the hub of a clever ad campaign run by Avis Rent-A-Car in its war with giant rival Hertz, seemed an altogether appropriate theme for the Penguins’ disappointing 2-1 overtime loss to Ottawa last night. Assuming the role of Avis, the Senators outskated, outworked…heck…pretty much out [...]

Playoff Preview: Penguins Can’t Afford a Letdown

627883136_slide Has it really been ten years since Ottawa schooled an up-and-coming Penguins team in the opening round of the 2007 playoffs? I guess so. Heck, Colby Armstrong, Ryan Malone, Max Talbot and Ryan Whitney—young guns back then—have all retired from the NHL. That doesn’t seem possible, does it? Enough musing. Suffice it to say, there’s a wee bit of [...]

Penguins Stun Capitals 2-0 in Game 7

681693758_slide The benumbed expression on the faces of the Washington Capitals as they lined up for the traditional post-series handshake pretty much said it all. After stumbling through the previous two contests in zombie-like fashion, the real Pittsburgh Penguins showed up last night at the Verizon Center in DC. Indeed, for the first time in a good, long [...]

A Message for the Penguins: Get Back to Basics

680516378_slide A year can do a lot to your memory. Especially when you get to be my age. I’m trying to part the haze and remember how the Penguins played last spring. Every once in a while an image pops through. Fast comes to mind. Jet fast. And precise. I recall us advancing the puck with a combination of crisp, tape-to-tape passes. If we dumped the puck [...]

Capitals Rout Penguins, Knot Series at 3-3

680527592_slide Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse for our Penguins, they did. In a stinko performance, the likes of which hadn’t been seen since Mike Sullivan took over as coach, the Pens were throttled by Washington in Game Six. The disheartening 5-2 defeat evened the Second Round series at 3 games apiece and set up a Game Seven showdown in [...]

Penguins Playoff Update: Adjustments Needed

679778006_slide Playing the right way. It’s a catch phrase coach Mike Sullivan often uses during his postgame comments to describe a Penguins victory. One we haven’t heard in a while, and with good reason. Even though “Sully’s” troops have won seven of 10 playoff games this spring, it’s almost in spite of the way they’ve played rather than because of it. Whi [...]

            

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