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 [...]
He doesn’t have the highest profile among Penguins’ defensemen. Nor the greatest potential.
Perhaps the highest pain threshold. Indeed, while his defensive mates have fallen to the right and left, Ian Cole’s stood in the breach each and every game since the start of the regular season. Seventy-seven and counting.
Durable as scrap iron. Stead [...]
It didn’t show up on the score sheet. And it definitely won’t make a short list of Sidney Crosby’s career highlights. Unlike his fabulous one-handed goal against Buffalo on Tuesday night.
But Crosby’s pushback during a first-period scrum against Ottawa last night spoke volumes of his character and leadership. Not to mention his banged-up team [...]
It’s safe to say last night’s 3-1 victory at KeyBank Center in Buffalo was a bit of a mixed bag for our Penguins.
On the good news side of the ledger, our guys moved into second place in the Metro Division and clinched their eleventh-straight playoff berth.
The bad news? Jake Guentzel, hotter than a proverbial Fourth of July firecracker, suff [...]
As is my custom on weekends, I went to the Pennsbury Pub and Grille yesterday afternoon to watch the Penguins take on the visiting Sabres.
In stark contrast to my previous game-time visit to the Pub, when the Pens’ fortunes took a downturn the instant I showed up, I think I may actually have helped our cause in some cosmic sort of way.
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I hope last night’s 4-1 loss to Chicago at the United Center wasn’t somehow symbolic. Like in the Miss America pageant, when last year’s honoree hands her crown to the latest winner.
Unfortunately, that’s what it felt like. A changing of the guard…or passing of the Cup, if you will. The King is dead, Long live the King.
Talk about two teams [...]