Let’s go back in time. To Sunday, June 12, 2016. Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Up 3-games-to-2 on the San Jose Sharks, our Pittsburgh Penguins had snatched a 1-0 first period lead on a power-play goal by Brian Dumoulin. Employing their withering puck-possession style to perfection, they dominated the first-period shot clock, 9-4.
I don’t know about you. But watching our Penguins get skewered yesterday afternoon by the Minnesota Wild was tougher for me to swallow than a leftover turkey sandwich without the mayo. Especially after the Pens had demolished a very tough Rangers squad only two days earlier in arguably their finest effort of the season.
Indeed, the team’s pl [...]
A month into the 2016-17 season, our Pittsburgh Penguins are in a good spot. The defending champs are perched atop the Metropolitan Division with a sparkling 6-2-1 record and 13 points—tied for third-most in the NHL overall.
With three wins in come-from-behind fashion, they continue to display the remarkable resilience that propelled them to [...]
The Penguins re-signed defenseman Justin Schultz to a one-year deal, general manager Jim Rutherford announced today.
Schultz, who made $3.9 million last season while splitting time between Edmonton and Pittsburgh, will earn $1.4 million during the coming season.
The bargain signing reinforces a Pens defense thinned by the departure of Ben Lo [...]
The National Hockey League confirmed last night what Pittsburgh Penguins fans already knew. Jim Rutherford, who did a masterful job of transforming a shopworn black-and-gold team into Stanley Cup champions, was named General Manager of the Year in a vote of his peers at the league’s Annual Awards banquet in Las Vegas.
With typical modesty, t [...]
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 [...]