We’ve got a fight on our hands. A full-blown brawl, in fact.
Looking every bit our equal, the Nashville Predators—fueled by a lethal combination of timely scoring and clutch goaltending—toppled our Penguins, 4-1, in Game Four to even the Stanley Cup Final series at 2-2.
So much for those victory parade plans, at least for the near future.
Unlike the king-sized catfish that landed with a splat on the otherwise pristine Bridgestone Arena ice before the opening faceoff, the Penguins let Game Three of the Stanley Cup Final wriggle off the hook.
It was theirs for the taking. After scoring the opening goal on a hustling second-effort tally by Jake Guentzel—his 13th of this magical p [...]
I confess. When the Penguins beat Nashville in Game Two on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final, I started feeling giddy about our chances to repeat as champions.
Then I was reminded that the last team to have a shot at winning back-to-back Cups had gone up 2-zip as well. Indeed, the Detroit Red Wings defeated our Pens [...]
Go back in time with me to the night of October 30, 1974. Considered on the downside of a brilliant boxing career, 32-year-old Muhammad Ali faced heavyweight champ George Foreman, a murderous puncher who’d kayoed 37 of 40 professional opponents.
Few gave Ali a chance against the powerful Foreman, undefeated and seven years his junior. Those w [...]
Somebody up there likes us. An awful lot.
I can find no other plausible explanation for how the Penguins defeated Nashville last night in Game One of the Stanley Cup Final before 18,618 hand-wringing patrons at PPG Paints Arena.
It sure as hell wasn’t due to a heroic effort on the part of the home team. In all my years of watching Penguins ho [...]
It was Thursday, April 13. While working the evening shift at Wright’s Gym, I intermittently glanced up at the Chicago-Nashville hockey game on the big screen TV behind the front desk. Much to my surprise, the visiting Predators shutout the heavily favored Blackhawks, 1-0.
Like many fans, I’d envisioned the high-flying ‘Hawks soaring through [...]