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Hornqvist Paces Penguins Victory

The date may not live in infamy. But Friday, June 27, 2014 was nonetheless a bellwether day in Penguins history. Barely three weeks into his new job, Pens GM Jim Rutherford swung his first major trade. He dealt James Neal—former 40-goal man, big and ornery, bomb of a shot—to Nashville for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling. “We wanted to chang [...]

Penguins’ Possession Numbers Dip

While serving as Buffalo’s goaltending coach in the early 2000s, Jim Corsi sought to devise an accurate barometer for measuring a goalie’s true workload. Reasoning that his netminders had to physically react to a broader range of on-ice stimuli than merely shots on goal, Corsi decided to track missed shot attempts and blocked shots as well. L [...]

Penguins Kunitz Thrives in New Role

Back in mid-January, I suggested in one of my follow-up comments that the Penguins consider moving Chris Kunitz at the upcoming trade deadline. To digress for a moment, I’ve been a huge Kunitz fan ever since he arrived from Anaheim in a trade for Ryan Whitney back in February 2009. They simply don’t come any tougher or grittier. Or classier, [...]

Fleury Shines as Penguins Bop Blues

I must admit. Watching last night’s Penguins-Blues game on the big screen TV at the Pennsbury Pub and Grille, I was pulling like mad for goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to do well. “I hope ‘Flower’ gets a shutout,” I repeated at least three or four times to my good friend, Dave Yelich, in an obvious breach of sports etiquette. Fleury almost did, too [...]

Kessel, Penguins Get Revenge

He’s the second-leading active goal scorer among American-born players. One with a history of livin’ large on a big stage. Yet Penguins winger Phil Kessel inexplicably was passed over when the United States team was assembled for the World Cup tournament last summer. Bad idea. Especially for Columbus skipper John Tortorella, who coache [...]

Penguins Tame Predators 4-2

Sidney Crosby had a choice. He could’ve taken the day off after jetting from Los Angeles, where he helped pace the Metropolitan Division to victory in last weekend’s NHL All-Star game. Standard procedure for most participants. Or he could join his teammates for a Monday afternoon practice. Sid chose the latter. His black-and-gold teammates ha [...]


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