They say confession is good for the soul. And I must confess, here and now, that I was not pleased with the moves made by Penguins’ GM Ray Shero over the summer. (It should be noted the last time I felt this way the Pens won the Stanley Cup.)
I grudgingly accepted the defection of one of my all-time favorites, Max Talbot, because I knew pluck [...]
It wasn’t supposed to be this easy for the Penguins. Not with top guns Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin out of the lineup and a murderous schedule that would wear out even the hardiest team of Alaskan sled dogs. But the plucky Pens continue to find a way. Powered by a three-goal third-period outburst and a pair of tallies by Jordan Staal, the [...]
In the wake of the Penguins’ 3-1 win over Montreal at CONSOL Energy Center Thursday night, Dan Bylsma had every reason to feel positively giddy. Not only did the black and gold prevail over a Canadiens club that has given his team fits the past couple of seasons, but they accomplished the feat precisely the way Bylsma draws it up on the chalk [...]
A night after suffering perhaps their most disheartening loss of the young season, the gritty Penguins rebounded with an inspired effort to defeat the Minnesota Wild 4-2.
The game marked a reunion of sorts. Minnesota GM (and former Pens executive) Chuck Fletcher hired ex-Pittsburgh assistant Mike Yeo, who dumped the Wild’s traditional trap in [...]
Following three dismal losses to open the season, Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel threw down the gauntlet for his struggling young team.
“If they think this [the move from Atlanta] gives them an excuse to fail,” he fumed, “they’ve got another thing coming.”
Apparently the Jets got the message. Playing before a frenzied sellout crowd at the MT [...]
Entering Saturday night’s contest at CONSOL Energy Center with Buffalo, the Penguins felt good about their chances. After all, the black and gold had dominated Lindy Ruff’s squad in recent seasons (15-4-1) and were riding a six-game winning streak against the Sabres to boot.
However, the Penguins shot themselves in the foot with a stinker of [...]
From the Pens site:
Local Police Officers to Collect For Fallen Officer Derek Kotecki’s Family Before Penguins’ Game Saturday
Local police officers will hold a collection to benefit the family of fallen officer Derek Kotecki before the Penguins’ game against Buffalo Saturday at 7 p.m. at CONSOL Energy Center.
Officer Kotecki, an 18-year pol [...]
A couple of weeks ago I started to write a piece about the offseason passing of three NHL players: Rick Rypien, Wade Belak, and Derek Boogaard. I waited to finish it because I felt I needed something to put everything into perspective. During a recent episode of “Coach’s Corner” Don Cherry referred to Stu Grimson, Chris Nil [...]
After playing four games against opponents who hardly could be considered bitter foes, the Penguins and their faithful were treated to their first honest-to-goodness rivalry game of the young season against the Washington Capitals. The fact that the Pens hadn’t beaten the Caps on home ice since December 27, 2007 only served to stoke the playo [...]
If you’re a Penguins fan with an insatiable appetite for hockey, I’ve got a book for you. Renowned hockey history blogger Joe Pelletier shares his favorite stories from the world of hockey in his brand new e-book, “Pucks On The ‘Net.”
Hot off the e-press, “Pucks On The ‘Net” features a collection of weird, wacky, and inspiring stories from th [...]