The Penguins fell just short of a clean sweep of their swing through Western Canada last night, dropping a taut 4-3 decision to Calgary in a shootout.
“I felt like we had our chances,” said Sidney Crosby, who snapped a seven-game goal drought with his league-best 35th tally of the season. “But it was a pretty good hockey game both ways.”
Coached by Clark Donatelli, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins presently are in first place in the AHL Atlantic Division with a record of 41-17-3 and 85 points—best in the league. The Baby Pens have scored 205 goals (fifth most in the league) and allowed 146 (third fewest).
Tom Kostopoulos leads the Baby Pens with 45 points. The veteran capta [...]
It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. Not according to my admittedly flawed crystal ball.
Starting with a physical clash with the revenge-minded Winnipeg Jets, the Penguins by all rights should be struggling on this road trip. Not thriving.
Road weary, rather than road warriors.
Instead, they’ve won five in a row to pull within a point of t [...]
From opposite sides of the ice, the two players glided toward the faceoff circle. Knees flexed, bent over at the waist, sticks resting across their legs. One clad in Pittsburgh gold, black and white. The other in blue, orange and white.
Eighty-seven vs. ninety-seven. The Old Kid vs. the New Kid. Sidney Crosby vs. Connor McDavid.
The much ant [...]
Over the course of their storied 50-year-history, the Penguins have iced all sorts of hockey teams. From the sublime to the hapless…and worse.
They’ve literally come in all shapes and sizes. Different colors, too. Until January 1980, the team sported Columbia blue, navy blue and white.
Thus, I decided to break with the present and write [...]
“Where the hell have you been Jimmy Braddock?”
Actor Paul Giamatti, playing the part of fight manager Joe Gould in the movie Cinderella Man, exclaimed those very words after watching his down-but-not-out fighter dismantle No. 2 heavyweight contender Corn Griffin.
I would imagine coach Mike Sullivan uttered a similar phrase on the Penguins’ be [...]