For our Pittsburgh Penguins, the first day of free agency was a far cry from last summer. Remember? When GM Jim Rutherford sent shock waves through the NHL by acquiring Phil Kessel from Toronto as the centerpiece of a stunning six-player deal?
Of course, the team’s situation is as different as night and day, too. Last year the locals we [...]
I can write this now without fear of jinxing our guys. Throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs and, especially, during the Finals, I’ve felt an odd sense of calm. As if our Penguins were somehow predestined or preordained to win the Cup.
A notion reinforced yesterday morning at church. Following the service, I stopped to greet associate pastor an [...]
Like all sports, hockey’s a game of inches. A nudge of the puck…a bounce this way or that…often can determine the outcome of a game.
Such was the case with the Penguins’ 3-2 overtime loss to San Jose in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Minutes before Sharks rookie Joonas Donskoi tucked a perfectly placed wrister under the crossbar to send “t [...]
There’s an old axiom in baseball. You win with pitching, defense, and timely hitting.
Translated for hockey? Defense, clutch goaltending, and timely scoring. Which the Penguins got—in spades—during last night’s thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over San Jose in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Indeed, the Pens delivered a classic postseason pe [...]
A buddy and I were rehashing the Penguins’ scintillating Game 2 triumph over Tampa Bay when the subject turned to goalie Matt Murray.
My friend commented that Murray seemed “off.”
Not that the kid didn’t tough it out and make some huge saves. He’s got a wonderful mental makeup—a resilience between the pipes that his teammates rever [...]
He’s the Rodney Dangerfield of the Penguins’ defense. Close your eyes and you can picture him standing before his teammates in the locker room. Dressed in a dark suit, tugging on his tie. Eyes bulging. Sweat pouring from his brow.
I’ll tell ya’ I don’t get no respect.
Actually, it’s been a season of quiet vindication for Ben Lovejoy. Followin [...]