The seeds for “the Battle of Pennsylvania” were sown perhaps as far back as the mid-1960s. Upon learning of the National Hockey League’s ambitious plan to expand from six to 12 teams, Senator Jack McGregor and Peter Block lobbied hard to secure a franchise for the Steel City. Meanwhile, Philadelphia virtually was handed a team because it was [...]
Separated by only 300 miles of rolling Pennsylvania hills and grasslands, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are worlds apart in terms of culture. Situated along the Delaware River, Philadelphia’s origins are deeply rooted in the American Revolution. The “City of Brotherly of Love” boasts of iconic symbols of freedom like Independence Hall and the L [...]
In certain parts of Canada the good citizens bid you a Joyeux Noel rather than a Merry Christmas. So it seemed altogether appropriate that the Penguins ushered in the holidays with an impressive 4-1 victory over Claude Noel’s Winnipeg Jets on Friday night.
The last time the Penguins visited the ‘Peg, they were guilty of taking their hosts too [...]
When the Penguins signed Chris Kunitz to a two-year contract extension on October 13 worth $7.45 million, a hockey buddy of mine shook his head and lamented, “Why overpay for Kunitz?”
I quickly came to “Kuny’s” defense. I told my friend the 32-year-old is bomb proof. Night in and night out he plays with jam, banging along the wall, mucking in [...]
As a kid growing up in suburban Pittsburgh I was an avid sports fan. My dad Jim Buker had played baseball and basketball at Oliver High School. He passed his love of sports on to his first son.
Not coincidentally, my favorite sports were baseball and basketball. During the summer I had a transistor radio glued to my ear, eagerly following the [...]
It’s a darn shame the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks meet only once a year. Games between the two clubs invariably feature superb skill play, gut-wrenching momentum swings, and the riveting intensity of a Stanley Cup Finals matchup.
Tuesday night’s contest at the CONSOL Energy Center was no exception. Playing arguably their finest [...]
During the first half of the 2011-12 season the Penguins have suffered enough injuries to keep a hospital staff fully employed. Given the hailstorm of misfortune, one has to wonder if the club inadvertently invoked some ancient curse by building CONSOL Energy Center on the site of a Native American burial ground.
The defense has been hit part [...]
Jason Williams scored his first goal as a Pittsburgh Penguin 2 minutes into the game blasting a shot from the blue line past Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller tonight and the Penguins never looked back. Four minutes later Pens Simon Despres scored his first ever NHL goal and a few minutes after that Evgeni Malkin scored his first of thre [...]
A piece was written last week like none that I have recently read. It recounts and pays tribute to Yaroslavl Lokomotiv, the KHL team that was lost in a tragic place crash this September.
The details and perspectives offered are like none gained in any of the other pieces written on this tragedy. I warn you, some parts of the piece are very [...]
During the first meeting between the Penguins and the Senators in Pittsburgh three weeks ago, Sidney Crosby initiated a nasty skirmish with feisty Ottawa winger Nick Foligno. While the Pens shrugged off the incident as one of those things that occur during the heat of battle, the Sens were hardly in a forgiving mood.
“The rules are very clear [...]