What a difference a game makes. A mere 72 hours after a sloppy, disjointed effort in Game 2 that had Steel City fans (and their coach) scratching their heads, the gritty, never-say-die Penguins rebounded to throttle the Lightning 3-2.
It was clear from the opening faceoff the Pens had regained their focus. Skating with a knife-blade edge, the [...]
The Penguins game plan for tonight’s 7:38PM tip off in Tampa should be a simple one. Stop Tampa Bay from scoring in the first period. To do this the Penguins need to play strict defense, Kris Letang can’t be pinching in taking chances until later in the game.
Last game, Tampa Bay had 20 shots on goal, Fleury only stopped 16 of [...]
Being tied 1-1 with Tampa Bay after two games is hardly reason to push the panic button. And I’m certainly not advocating any kind of sweeping changes. But I have a couple suggestions for coach Dan Bylsma that might help the Penguins’ cause.
First and foremost, I’d bench Chris Conner in favor of Eric Tangradi. It’s nothing personal. Conner’s [...]
To borrow a refrain from an old Sam Cooke tune, “Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This.” And so it was for the Penguins in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series with Tampa Bay. Playing before another packed house at CONSOL Energy Center, the Pens out-shot the Lightning (36-21), out-hit them (36-27) and, for good measure, won t [...]
The Penguins proved on Wednesday night that hockey is a team sport. You play as a team, you win as a team. The Penguins organization has put together a group of characters who are a team on the ice, a family off the ice. Game one didn’t just show the grit and determination of the Pittsburgh players. It also showed a group of players tha [...]
Heading into Wednesday night’s encounter with Tampa Bay, Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury didn’t have particularly fond memories of his last playoff game. Not after leaking for four goals on 13 shots during a do-or-die Game 7 versus Montreal—an outing that contributed to a precipitous early-season decline.
It was a far different Fleury who m [...]
We thought we would post some of our emails that are going back and forth here at PenguinPoop about how we think the playoffs will go down. We are doing this informally, so some of us are only talking about the first round Eastern Conference, while some of us talk about both conferences and who will win the cup. Enjoy.
If you are interest [...]
Some people say Summer is the best season. Some say Spring or Fall. My favorite season is hockey playoff season.
The Penguins will be playing their first playoff game tonight in the Consol Energy Center and at the same time will be playing their first playoff game ever against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Here is the Penguins proposed lines ton [...]
The PenguinPoop prediction debate is on. For the first time that I can remember one of our writers is saying they think the opposing team will win. Some are saying the Penguins are underdogs and some are saying they think the Pens fans think that Tampa will be a pushover.
We have a saying here at PenguinPoop that “We have more hockey know [...]
The Penguins wrapped up the regular season Sunday afternoon with a 5-2 victory over Atlanta at Philips Arena. It was the fourth straight win for the piping hot Pens, who enter the Stanley Cup playoffs on a roll.
“We have had a great year, but we wanted to go into the playoffs a hot team,” said defenseman Ben Lovejoy, who picked up three assis [...]