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 [...]
…the tough get goin.’ At least according to the old adage.
It’s crunch time for our Penguins…in more ways than one. Over the next eight days, the black and gold play a murderous stretch of five games. All on the road. Starting Wednesday night with the Winnipeg Jets.
Yes, those Winnipeg Jets. The ones who kayoed star defenseman Justin S [...]
As is my custom on weekends, I went to the Pennsbury Pub and Grille yesterday afternoon to watch the Penguins take on the visiting Sabres.
In stark contrast to my previous game-time visit to the Pub, when the Pens’ fortunes took a downturn the instant I showed up, I think I may actually have helped our cause in some cosmic sort of way.
You s [...]
Over the years, the Penguins have featured dozens of foreign-born players representing a virtual smorgasbord of nationalities.
Czechs, Finns, Germans (Tom Kuhnhackl), Italians (Nelson Debenedet), Latvians (Peter Skudra), Lithuanians (Darius Kasparaitis), Poles (Nick Harbaruk), Russians, South Koreans (Jim Paek), Slovaks, Swedes and Ukrainians [...]