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Penguins Playoff Update: Love for the Reverend Part II

He’s the Rodney Dangerfield of the Penguins’ defense. Close your eyes and you can picture him standing before his teammates in the locker room. Dressed in a dark suit, tugging on his tie. Eyes bulging. Sweat pouring from his brow. I’ll tell ya’ I don’t get no respect. Actually, it’s been a season of quiet vindication for Ben Lovejoy. Followin [...]

Penguins Push Capitals to Brink

Vying for control of their second-round series, the Penguins and Capitals served up a taut Game 4 thriller last night before a sellout throng at Consol Energy Center. Indeed, the Pens’ 3-2 overtime victory was packed with enough plot twists and momentum shifts to do Alfred Hitchcock proud. The opening scene bore an uncanny resemblance to the [...]

Penguins Recall Sestito and Oleksy

The Penguins recalled left wing Tom Sestito and defenseman Steve Oleksy from their Wilkes-Barre/Scranton farm club yesterday. Conventional wisdom suggests that Pens coach Mike Sullivan will replace Kris Letang (suspension) and Bryan Rust (lower-body injury) in tonight’s Game 4 with Justin Schultz and Oskar Sundqvist. Each has been a healthy s [...]

Murray Epic in 3-2 Penguins’ Win

It certainly didn’t unfold the way Mike Sullivan and the coaching staff envisioned. For the better part of last night’s Game 3, the Pittsburgh Penguins were outshot, outworked, outhustled, outhit and outplayed by the Washington Capitals. Indeed, nearly everything about last night’s 3-2 victory over the Caps was ugly. From Tom Kuhnhackl’s off- [...]

Penguins Playoff Update: Bonino a Go-to Guy

I was scanning the Penguins’ playoff scoring stats this morning and noticed some familiar names at the top of the list. Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Nick Bonino, Phil Kessel and Kris Letang. Wait a minute. Nick Bonino? How’d he get in there? I must confess. After my initial excitement over the mid-summer trade that brought the former Boston [...]

Turnabout is Fehr Play; Penguins Beat Capitals 2-1 in Game 2

Throughout the regular season, the Pittsburgh Penguins displayed a remarkable resilience under coach Mike Sullivan. That uncanny ability to turn the page was on full display during Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal clash with Washington on Saturday night. Forty-eight hours after dropping Game 1 in heartrending fashion, the Pens reb [...]


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