Before I begin, let me be clear. There’s absolutely no official basis for what you’re about to read. I don’t have any inside sources. Or connections to the Penguins. Nothing other than my instincts and fertile imagination to draw from.
Here goes. I can’t help but feel there might be a Reverend in the Penguins’ f [...]
According to the Holy Bible, Sunday is a day of rest.
It appears our Pittsburgh Penguins heeded that time-honored spiritual truth yesterday afternoon at PPG Paints Arena. While the Detroit Red Wings came ready to play—the black and gold appeared to take the day off en route to a dismal 5-2 defeat.
“They outcompeted us,” said Pens forward Tom [...]
At first blush, there wasn’t a whole lot in the Penguins’ 2-1 overtime loss to Columbus to write about. Indeed, the Pens’ lone goal occurred at 6:13 of the second period on a seemingly innocuous Ian Cole shot from the point that hugged the ice and somehow escaped the detection of Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.
Sometimes you need to loo [...]
I had my lead-in for last night’s Penguins-Jets game all but written.
In deference to the upcoming Academy Awards, I’d nominated Marc-Andre Fleury for Best Performance by a Losing Goalie. Perfectly fitting, given that “Flower” literally stood on his head to make 44 saves. None more spectacular that his sensational glove save on Nikolaj Ehlers [...]
Maybe my title—lifted from an old James Bond flick—isn’t politically correct. Especially given the heightened intrigue and tension present between east and west in our world today. But it sure was nice to see Evgeni Malkin back in the Penguins’ lineup last night.
Like a giant Sukhoi Superjet swooping in from Moscow’s Sheremetyovo Internationa [...]
While serving as Buffalo’s goaltending coach in the early 2000s, Jim Corsi sought to devise an accurate barometer for measuring a goalie’s true workload. Reasoning that his netminders had to physically react to a broader range of on-ice stimuli than merely shots on goal, Corsi decided to track missed shot attempts and blocked shots as well.