After watching the Penguins clinch their tenth-consecutive playoff berth with a 5-0 drubbing of the New York Islanders on Saturday, I couldn’t help but reflect on last year. When we squeaked past a woeful Buffalo Sabres squad on the final day of the regular season to literally crawl into the playoffs on our belly.
Now we enter the [...]
It wasn’t all that long ago that the New York Rangers had the Penguins’ number. Especially goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
How times have changed.
Exuding a grit and resilience that’s come to typify their efforts under Mike Sullivan, the Penguins overcame two deficits on Sunday–not to mention tired legs–to beat New Yor [...]
After absorbing a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of nettlesome New Jersey on Thursday night, the Penguins desperately needed a bounce-back effort against the Red Wings yesterday afternoon.
They got one…in spades.
Sparked by five-point performances from Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel and Carl Hagelin’s two-goal game, the Pens erupted for a seas [...]
Here’s a look at how former Penguins have performed thus far in 2015-16. Stats reflect games played through Thursday, March 24.
Jaromir Jagr and Jussi Jokinen pace the ex-Pens in points (56). James Neal leads in goals (29), followed by Jagr (24). Jokinen tops the black-and-gold alum with 40 assists.
Among other notables, Jarome Iginla and Jor [...]
I’ll be honest. Jim Rutherford wasn’t my choice to succeed Ray Shero as the Penguins’ general manager back in the summer of 2014.
I’m not sure he was the Pens’ top choice, either. The club was considering associate GM Jason Botterill and analyst Pierre Maguire, among others, before JR emerged—seemingly from left field—to win the job.
Now? It [...]
As I took my seat at the Pennsbury Pub and Grille last night to view the Penguins-Capitals game on the big screen, I felt an odd blend of excitement tinged with trepidation.
Scarcely 24 hours earlier, I watched our Pens clobber a very good Flyers squad. Heading into the weekend, I confided to a hockey buddy that I’d be happy if we got two poi [...]