Back in 1991, Penguins coaching legend Bob Johnson was fond of saying it took contributions from all 28 of his players to bring the Stanley Cup to Pittsburgh. In the wake of the Pens’ 5-2 thumping of the visiting New York Rangers last night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, it’s safe to say the black and gold has a leg up on [...]
Not long ago the Penguins were the hottest team in the National Hockey League. Toast of the ‘Burgh. Winners of eight in a row and 14 out of 15. Before a season-ending loss to the Flyers in a meaningless game (for the Pens) splashed a little cold water on the flames.
That was then. This is now.
It’s a brand-new season. The Stanley Cup playoffs [...]
It was bound to happen. Sooner or later, the Penguins were going to lose a game. As inevitable as death and taxes.
Might even do them some good, heading into the Stanley Cup playoffs. Remind them of how much it stinks to wind up on the short end of the stick. Lord knows, they haven’t had much experience with it lately.
Still, I hate losing to [...]
It was a milestone game of sorts for our Pittsburgh Penguins. Skating before a raucous sellout crowd at the Verizon Center, the black and gold withstood a furious rally by the home-standing Capitals to pocket their eighth-straight win, courtesy of a stunning backhand tally by captain Sidney Crosby with a minute left in overtime.
Thursday nigh [...]
As a youngster growing up in Landshut, Germany, Tom Kuhnhackl had some awfully big skates to fill. His dad, Erich Kuhnhackl, was a larger-than-life figure (6’5” 213) who cut a wide swath across his country’s hockey landscape.
During a legendary career that spanned 19 seasons in Germany and two in Switzerland, the elder Kuhnhackl tallied an a [...]
When the Penguins went down by three goals to the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre last night, I found myself thinking strange thoughts.
Maybe it’ll be good for ’em to lose one, I reasoned. Get it out of their system before the playoffs begin.
The Penguins didn’t agree. Sparked by a typically grimy Patric Hornqvist tally and [...]