The NHL arrived in Sin City last night with predictable glitz and fanfare. The Vegas Golden Knights officially revealed their picks last night at the NHL Awards Show before a hometown throng at T-Mobile Arena.
Under the direction of owner William Foley and general manager George McPhee, the Golden Knights plucked 30 players from their NHL bre [...]
The Penguins released their Protection List for the upcoming Expansion Draft.
Opting to protect eight skaters and a goalie, the black and gold shielded forwards Sidney Crosby, Patric Hornqvist, Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin, defensemen Brian Dumoulin, Kris Letang, Olli Maatta and Justin Schultz, and goalie Matt Murray.
Players in the first a [...]
“We could have clubs for the next eight or nine years like this.”
Venerable Eddie Johnston, then the Penguins’ senior advisor, uttered those words shortly after the team won the Stanley Cup back in 2009. How prophetic he was.
However, for the longest time—through an unending string of playoff disappointments—it seemed the promise of those day [...]
“He’s done three things tonight I’ve never seen him do before.”
Those words were uttered by good friend and Wright’s Gym member Dave Karpinski, shortly after Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby narrowly missed cashing in last night with an improbable, corkscrewing effort.
I readily agreed. It seemed to me Crosby was inventing a new move nearly [...]
Unlike the king-sized catfish that landed with a splat on the otherwise pristine Bridgestone Arena ice before the opening faceoff, the Penguins let Game Three of the Stanley Cup Final wriggle off the hook.
It was theirs for the taking. After scoring the opening goal on a hustling second-effort tally by Jake Guentzel—his 13th of this magical p [...]
Somebody up there likes us. An awful lot.
I can find no other plausible explanation for how the Penguins defeated Nashville last night in Game One of the Stanley Cup Final before 18,618 hand-wringing patrons at PPG Paints Arena.
It sure as hell wasn’t due to a heroic effort on the part of the home team. In all my years of watching Penguins ho [...]