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 [...]
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 [...]