When I heard the announcement on the nightly news last summer that the Penguins had signed defenseman Chad Ruhwedel, I confess that I mistakenly thought the sports anchor pronounced his name “root weevil.” As in the detestable garden pest.
I soon learned the Pens’ newest d-man hailed from a strange spot for a hockey player, too. Southern Cali [...]
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 [...]
Something old, something new. Something borrowed, something blue.
You might be wondering what the heck an olde English bridal rhyme has to do with hockey.
Guess it kind of reminds me of our Penguins. A true mulligan stew of superstars, grinders, castoffs and kids. Beautifully seasoned and stirred by head chefs Jim Rutherford and Mike Sullivan [...]
Lord Stanley, here we come.
Or, as inimitable Penguins play-by-play announcer Mike Lange once chirped, “You can spit-shine your shoes. We’re going dancing with Lord Stanley.”
The Penguins edged the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1, last night in a pulsating Game 7 that virtually throbbed with passion and intensity. Indeed, the 18,638 Consol Energy Ce [...]
Displaying remarkable resilience, the Tampa Bay Lightning overcame a two-goal deficit and a pair of late-period tallies to defeat the Penguins, 4-3, in overtime last night at Consol Energy Center.
In the process, the Lightning ended the Pens’ 46-0 streak when leading after two periods and took a 3-games-to-2 lead in their Eastern Conference F [...]
It may be a bit of an understatement to suggest that things didn’t go well for our Penguins last night. Indeed, after watching them stumble to a 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Consol Energy Center, one might be tempted to ask if the magic dust has worn off our glorious postseason run.
Yes, the boys rang u [...]