During each of the past three seasons the Pittsburgh Penguins rocketed through March and April, only to pull an el foldo in the playoffs. This year Dan Bylsma’s crew seems to be trying a totally different approach—play as poorly as possible in the stretch run and hope to heat up in the postseason.
With a 5-4-2 record since the Olympic break, [...]
What a difference a year makes. Eleven months ago Penguins fans were dancing in the streets following GM Ray Shero’s blockbuster deadline deals for Jarome Iginla, Jussi Jokinen, Brenden Morrow, and Douglas Murray.
And this season? Not so much.
Shero tried to add some glitter. He vigorously pursued Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler, only to be rebuffed. [...]
Celebrated author Charles Dickens opened his classic novel, A Tale of Two Cities, with the famous phrase, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” It sounds like he was describing the present state of Penguins hockey.
On one hand, the Pens remain perched atop the leaderboard of a weak Eastern Conference. However, in the wake of [...]
In the wake of Team USA’s heartbreaking loss to Team Canada on Friday, a buddy of mine shook his head and muttered, “The damn Penguins lost again.” His eyes widened as he caught his mistake, and he quickly corrected himself. But the analogy was made.
He was right, too. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear I was watching a replay of our season-e [...]
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (28-19-2-3) presently are in fourth place in the AHL East Division, five points behind first-place Binghamton. Stats include games played through Tuesday, February 18, 2014. (more…)
No game in hockey history packed as much drama—or carried greater significance—than Team USA’s timeless 4-3 victory over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. Indeed, Sports Illustrated magazine rated the “Miracle on Ice” as the top sporting event of the 20th Century.
Waged on February 22, 1980 amid Cold War tensions, the contest [...]
Perhaps no player in recent memory has elevated passions around these parts more than Kris Letang. Ironic, given that the ultra-skilled Penguins defenseman generally is a soft-spoken guy who shuns the limelight and prefers to let his play on the ice do the talking.
Now comes the truly shocking news that the 26-year-old has suffered a stroke. [...]
It’s hard to say whether the Penguins have what it takes to win the Stanley Cup. Conventional wisdom says GM Ray Shero has some holes to fill—especially on the third line. While the team’s championship pedigree may be in question, its heart and soul are not.
The Penguins displayed plenty of both against a surprisingly spirited Buffalo squad a [...]
When Ray Shero acquired Jussi Jokinen from Carolina at last season’s trade deadline it barely caused a stir. After all, the Pens’ GM had already amped our emotions to a fever pitch by trading for Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, and Douglas Murray.
These days Iginla, Morrow, and Murray are skating for other teams. And Jokinen? Heading int [...]