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Penguins Get Kessel

pp0529 What’s the old saying? Desperate times call for desperate measures? In the wake of last season’s disappointing finish—not to mention the recent announcement that owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle are looking to sell—the Penguins went all out to regain their luster. In the biggest trade of the summer Pens GM Jim Rutherford sent [...]

Penguins Stun Rangers 4-3

pp0525 Take that, New York. After playing the patsy in Game 1 of their opening-round matchup with the Rangers, the Penguins shoved back on Saturday night. Harkening back to their glory days, the Pens overcame adversity—not to mention atrocious officiating—to beat the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The pulse-pounding 4-3 victory snapped the Pens’ [...]

Penguins Show Heart

pp0522 I don’t know about you. But when Logan Couture misfired on his shootout attempt to clinch a win for the Penguins on Sunday, I stood and cheered. After all, victories have been hard to come by. So have heart-and-soul efforts. That’s precisely what we got against San Jose. Forced to skate with only five defensemen due to cap constraints and in [...]

Are the Penguins Primed for a Collapse?

pp0520 It was a pretty goal. Especially by recent black-and-gold standards. Beau Bennett cruised into the slot, gathered up a loose puck, and slipped it through the goalie’s five-hole. Problem is, it was Marc-Andre Fleury’s five-hole. Bennett’s wrong-way play seems to epitomize the plight of the Penguins, who’ve lost four straight. A team built to [...]

Penguins Update: The Small Dog Syndrome

pp0518 Ever observe the behavior of a little dog when it comes within close proximity to a bigger one? It yips. It yaps. It strains at the leash and gnashes its teeth. All the while the larger dog looks on with a mixture of bemusement and disdain. Like so many Chihuahuas having a conniption at the sight of a Rottweiler, the Penguins have adopted a [...]

Penguins Update: Lapierre Deal a Step in the Right Direction

pp0507 At the risk of mimicking that annoying blue jay perched on a branch outside your window that just won’t shut up, I’m once more going to expound on my favorite hockey subject. The Penguins need to get bigger. Especially up front. In a hurry. Last week’s games were a case in point. After delivering a superhuman effort to beat an infinitely larg [...]

Penguins Update: Hey Eb-bett!

pp0502 When Marcel Goc was sidelined recently with a foot injury, I knew without checking the news wire who the Penguins would recall. Hey Eb-bett! Yes, Andrew Ebbett. All 5’9” and 174 pounds of him. Heaven forbid the Pens bring up a forward with size (Adam Payerl) or sandpaper (Bobby Farnham) to fill in on the fourth line. Instead, they promote a g [...]

Penguins Report Card

00ppfront Few teams endured more upheaval over the summer than the Pittsburgh Penguins. In a shakeup of seismic proportions, the black and gold replaced their long-time coach and GM, allowed several key performers to depart through free-agency, and traded away a 40-goal man. It may have been worth it. While the 2014-15 NHL season is only a month old, t [...]

Penguins Deal Neal

pp0491 It didn’t take long for new Penguins GM Jim Rutherford to swing his first high-impact trade. On June 27 he pulled off a classic two-fer, shipping All-Star right wing James Neal to Nashville for right wing Patric Hornqvist and left wing Nick Spaling. The deal signals a significant shift in the Pens’ paradigm. “We wanted to change the mix of th [...]

Powder-Puff Penguins Putrid in 3-1 Loss

pp0483 I was searching for a word that best described the Penguins’ pathetic showing during Sunday night’s abysmal 3-1 loss to the Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Soft immediately came to mind. With a chance to wrap-up their second-round series and atone for a wretched showing in Game 5, the Penguins turned in one of the most [...]

            

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