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Penguins Show Grit in OT Loss

At first blush, there wasn’t a whole lot in the Penguins’ 2-1 overtime loss to Columbus to write about. Indeed, the Pens’ lone goal occurred at 6:13 of the second period on a seemingly innocuous Ian Cole shot from the point that hugged the ice and somehow escaped the detection of Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. Sometimes you need to loo [...]

Penguins Jolt Jets in OT

I had my lead-in for last night’s Penguins-Jets game all but written. In deference to the upcoming Academy Awards, I’d nominated Marc-Andre Fleury for Best Performance by a Losing Goalie. Perfectly fitting, given that “Flower” literally stood on his head to make 44 saves. None more spectacular that his sensational glove save on Nikolaj Ehlers [...]

Penguins Update: Rating Rutherford’s Trades

With the NHL trade deadline fast approaching, I thought it’d be fun to glance in the rearview mirror and do a quick summary of general manager Jim Rutherford’s trades since he arrived in Pittsburgh. Of course, the ratings are completely subjective, based on the observations of yours truly. Feel free to chime in if you disagree. Minor-league [...]

From Russia with Love: Malkin Leads Penguins Assault

Maybe my title—lifted from an old James Bond flick—isn’t politically correct. Especially given the heightened intrigue and tension present between east and west in our world today. But it sure was nice to see Evgeni Malkin back in the Penguins’ lineup last night. Like a giant Sukhoi Superjet swooping in from Moscow’s Sheremetyovo Internationa [...]

Penguin Call-Ups Doing the Job

Let’s play a guessing game. We’ll call it “Name That Penguin.” Ready? Who’s scored eight goals and 12 assists (20 points), registered a plus-11, and leads the team with 64 penalty minutes this season? Stumped? I’ll give you a hint. The answer’s more it than individual. Kind of an on-ice kolkhoz, or collective, if you will. If you guessed “Rec [...]

Baby Penguins Update: February 11, 2017

Led by coach Clark Donatelli, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins presently are in first place in the AHL Atlantic Division with a record of 35-11-3 and 73 points—best in the league. The Baby Pens have scored 170 goals (second most in the league) and allowed 118 (fourth fewest). Rookie Jake Guentzel leads the way with 21 goals and 42 points—se [...]


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