When Penguins general manager Ray Shero inked Arron Asham to a free-agent deal last summer, he wasn’t necessarily expecting big numbers. Indeed, the peppery winger had tallied just 82 goals over 10 NHL seasons. However, Shero was intrigued by Asham’s toughness … not to mention a strong postseason performance with the Flyers the previous sprin [...]
James Neal scored 3:38 into the second overtime Wednesday night to propel the Penguins to a dramatic 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay. Thanks to Neal’s heroics, the Pens snatched a commanding 3-1 lead over the Lightning in their opening-round playoff series.
For most of the opening 40 minutes it appeared that the Pens would coast to an easy win. Th [...]
The three words that describe the Penguins special teams are as follows, and I quote, Stink, Stank, Stunk. Laugh as you may about the old chestnut “decline the powerplay”, but according to the numbers the Penguins stand a better chance of scoring if they’re at even strength.
The reason Tampa Bay’s powerplay works and [...]
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 [...]