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 [...]
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 [...]
How do you like our chances?
The question’s been posed to me dozens of times over the past few days by friends and fellow hockey fans.
I tell ‘em the truth. I don’t know. Honestly, I don’t.
To me, the upcoming Penguins-Capitals series is too close to call. And, as much as I hate to write this being an ardent Pens fan, the outcome truly could [...]
“I don’t even know how to assess it,” said Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, when asked about his team’s incendiary 8-7 overtime triumph over Washington last night before an amped-up capacity crowd at PPG Paints Arena.
That’s okay, Mike. I’m not sure I can describe it, either. Except to say that in my 40-plus years of watching Penguins hockey, I’ [...]
The National Hockey League confirmed last night what Pittsburgh Penguins fans already knew. Jim Rutherford, who did a masterful job of transforming a shopworn black-and-gold team into Stanley Cup champions, was named General Manager of the Year in a vote of his peers at the league’s Annual Awards banquet in Las Vegas.
With typical modesty, t [...]
It ain’t over till it’s over.
Whether the Washington Capitals used that time-honored Yogi Berra-ism as motivation to claw back from the brink in their second-round series with the Penguins is anybody’s guess. But they sure played like it in Game 5.
From Alex Ovechkin’s clutch game-opening goal and two-point performance to a bounce-back 30-sav [...]