It was a scenario with which the Pittsburgh Penguins have become all too familiar. The players skated onto the CONSOL Energy Center ice for the home opener knowing they’d face the improved Florida Panthers without superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Once again, the gritty, never-make-excuses Pens shrugged off the adversity and deliver [...]
After playing a quintessential road game for 55 minutes, the Penguins leaked for a late goal by rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and fell to the Oilers, 2-1, in a shootout.
Despite playing without superstar Evgeni Malkin, who was a late scratch due to an undisclosed lower-body injury, the Pens displayed surprising jump for a team playing its third [...]
Powered by five goals from five different players, the Penguins overcame an early surge by Calgary to dump the Flames, 5-3, Saturday night.
Playing before a packed house at the Scotiabank Saddledome, the Flames started like a house afire while the Pens appeared sluggish and disorganized. Fortunately, Marc-Andre Fleury was once again in top fo [...]
As season openers go, it wasn’t the prettiest of wins. Indeed, the Penguins blew a pair of two-goal leads while looking scrambled at times in their own zone. In the end, two special-teams goals by Matt Cooke and clutch goaltending by Marc-Andre Fleury—not to mention a pair of scintillating shootout tallies by Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin—wer [...]
As we count down the minutes and hours until the start of the 2011-2012 season tonight and get caught up in its excitement, it is important to look back and remember the human side of what happened during the 2010-2011 season. Of course there was the heartbreaking end to Mandi Schwartz‘s battle with cancer and the unspeakable tragedy o [...]
I would like to once again pronounce today, October 6th as the Official Wash Your Hockey Jersey Day! The Hockey Gods have assured me that no bad juju can come from washing your jersey on this day.
I Know Nothing: The Official Wash Your Hockey Jersey Day Edition
When I first learned that fellow PenguinPoop blogger Rick Buker had written a new book about the Pittsburgh Penguins, I must confess that I wondered what he could’ve found to write about. After all, his first book — “Total Penguins” — was 705 pages and covered just about everything you’d ever want to know about the team but was afraid to ask. [...]
It’s getting close to crunch time now as the first exhibition games are in the books,and opening day draws ever nearer. Any Penguin fan worth his salt has to be uber excited about the depth that Ray Shero has amassed for the upcoming season. Since we have all seen how devastating injuries can be to a hockey team over the long haul [...]
A little over a week ago, PenguinPoop’s Art Vandelay’s bachelor party started out on Pittsburgh’s north shore at the Tilted Kilt and somehow ended up in Montreal. He got to hang with Marc Andre Fleury and Kris Letang up at an Allan Walsh – Octagon Pro Training Camp at Lower Canada College. Vandelay was invited to th [...]
Like all Penguins fans, I anxiously awaited Sidney Crosby’s press conference at the CONSOL Energy Center on September 7. While I hoped to receive news that the iconic Pens’ superstar was given the green light to resume his career, I also harbored a ghastly fear that he might be announcing his retirement.
Recent hockey history is littered with [...]