If you’d spent the past six months marooned on a tropical island and tuned into the Penguins-Lightning game at St. Pete Times Forum on Thursday night, you’d have sworn you were watching an extension of last spring’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinals match-up. Employing their nettlesome 1-3-1 trap to perfection, coach Guy Boucher’s crew rode th [...]
Beware all you unsuspecting NHL clubs. The banged-up Penguins are finally getting healthy. With 20-goal man Tyler Kennedy returning to action (and Sidney Crosby sure to follow), the Pens spotted Colorado a 3-1 lead before roaring back to dismantle the Avalanche, 6-3, at CONSOL Energy Center.
Paced by rising star Matt Duchene, the frisky Avs p [...]
The Penguins have afforded Sidney Crosby all the time he needs. There are many documented cases of players around the NHL coming back to soon after concussions. It would be stupid to push Sidney Crosby back onto the ice too soon at a time when the Penguins are tied for the lead in the Eastern Conference and have lost the least amount of game [...]
Through the first 17 games of the season Paul Martin has, quite literally, served as the Penguins’ defensive anchor. He’s registered a team-worst plus/minus rating of minus-11—and it’s sinking fast. On a club packed with overachievers Martin sticks out like a sore thumb, for all the wrong reasons.
This could hardly be what Pens general manage [...]
In a battle for overall supremacy in the league standings, the Penguins overcame an early deficit and two no-goal calls to torpedo Dallas 3-1 Friday night before a sellout throng at CONSOL Energy Center. Pacing the Pens’ attack was ex-Star James Neal, who came back to haunt his former team with a pair of power-play goals.
“Of course when you [...]
For anyone who’s ever fancied himself as a closet general manager, Behind the Moves: NHL General Managers Tell How Winners Are Built is an absolute must read.
Frankly, I was floored by the depth and sheer volume of information packed into this brilliant, one-of-a-kind work. Nestled within its 252 crisply designed pages are five main parts: Th [...]
In this day and age of negativity, it is not often you get to witness the nicer side of sports. Thanks to Dick’s Sporting Goods and Jennifer Mercer and Matt Ciesluk of Catalyst Public Relations, I was able to witness the pure unadulterated joy that professional athletes can bring to children through the Pittsburgh Penguins’ parti [...]
Here’s a quick glance at how the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are doing. The Baby Pens have a record of 7-2-2, good for first place in the East Division (AHL Eastern Conference). Stats are updated through November 5, 2011.
Forwards and Defensemen
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Boasting an injury list that would keep a hospital staff fully employed, the plug ‘n’ play Penguins continue to find a way. Paced by Marc-Andre Fleury’s 24 saves and timely scoring from Chris Kunitz, the Steel City sextet staged a late rally at the Staples Center Saturday night to nip the Kings in a shootout.
The contest featured a match-up o [...]
In the wake of the post-lockout rule changes, there’s a popular notion that demon speed prevails in the new NHL. The Penguins certainly have subscribed to that theory. Over the past few summers they’ve allowed bigger players like Hal Gill and Mike Rupp to leave town, while adding a host of quick but vertically challenged skaters.
A note to th [...]