The benumbed expression on the faces of the Washington Capitals as they lined up for the traditional post-series handshake pretty much said it all.
After stumbling through the previous two contests in zombie-like fashion, the real Pittsburgh Penguins showed up last night at the Verizon Center in DC. Indeed, for the first time in a good, long [...]
It was a night of surprises.
After missing Game Four with a concussion, captain Sidney Crosby made a triumphal return to the Penguins’ lineup, by all appearances fit as a fiddle and rarin’ to go. On the flip side, slumping Capitals counterpart Alex Ovechkin was unceremoniously dropped to the third line by his coach, Barry Trotz.
The end resul [...]
Those who live by the sword die by the sword.
It’s a Biblical warning to those who use violence as a means to an end.
While our Penguins generally are model citizens when it comes to matters of on-ice decorum, they’ve engaged in their own form of risky behavior over the past couple of seasons.
Indeed, there’s something downright dangerous ab [...]
To borrow from the theme song to the old tearjerker “Love Story,” where do I begin?
I have so many impressions of the Penguins’ stunning 6-2 conquest of Washington at the Verizon Center last night…not all of them good.
Guess I’ll start at the beginning. How we survived another hellish first period, when the Capitals piled up an astounding 35 [...]
“You guys wanna play?” snapped Penguins coach Mike Sullivan. “Then get the puck in deep.”
The object of “Sully’s” ire, according to NBCSN’s between-the-benches guy Pierre McGuire? … The Pens’ newly constructed third line of Scott Wilson, Conor Sheary and Nick Bonino.
Apparently the troubled trio got the message, loud and clear. Minutes [...]
No offense to the good citizens of Ottawa, or their hockey team. But every time I ponder the second-round playoff matchups in the Eastern Conference, I see red. Senators red.
In one bracket, you have the Penguins and the Capitals duking it out. Arguably the two best teams in the league, they were the two top point-getters in the National Hock [...]