Elation. Relief. The purest of joy.
Those were my emotions as I raced through the Pennsbury Pub and Grille last night like a little kid who’d just gotten that special toy he wanted for Christmas, fist pumping the air and high-fiving friends in frenzied celebration.
“God bless Chris Kunitz,” I yelled. “Sign him to another three-year deal!”
In a taut, white-knuckle thriller played before an anxious overflow crowd of 18,610 at PPG Paints Arena, the Penguins overcame injuries and adversity to edge Ottawa, 1-0, and even the Eastern Conference Final matchup at one game apiece.
It was playoff hockey at its finest as the Pens, backs to the wall, authored an effort worthy of defending [...]
We’re No. 2 and We Try Harder.
The popular catchphrase, once the hub of a clever ad campaign run by Avis Rent-A-Car in its war with giant rival Hertz, seemed an altogether appropriate theme for the Penguins’ disappointing 2-1 overtime loss to Ottawa last night.
Assuming the role of Avis, the Senators outskated, outworked…heck…pretty much out [...]
A year can do a lot to your memory. Especially when you get to be my age.
I’m trying to part the haze and remember how the Penguins played last spring. Every once in a while an image pops through.
Fast comes to mind. Jet fast. And precise. I recall us advancing the puck with a combination of crisp, tape-to-tape passes.
If we dumped the puck [...]
They say all is fair in love and war. Perhaps in hockey, too.
Two nights after Washington kayoed our captain, Sidney Crosby, in dastardly fashion, the Penguins resorted to a little chicanery in Game 4 to ensure a win.
With two minutes remaining and the locals clinging to a precarious 3-2 lead, forward Nick Bonino bought a bogus high-sticking [...]
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 [...]