“I believe that we will make the playoffs.”
With a singular forceful statement, All-Star center Evgeni Malkin reflected the growing sense of optimism over the fortunes of our Pittsburgh Penguins. Almost overnight, it seems, they’ve transformed from a crew of rag-tag underachievers struggling to keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff chas [...]
With a couple of days between games and nothing in particular to write about, I thought I’d compare the Penguins’ stats under new coach Mike Sullivan to those compiled under former skipper Mike Johnston.
While the impromptu analysis didn’t expose anything earth-shattering, it did reveal a few surprises.
First, the expected. Based on the numb [...]
After watching Chicago’s dynamic rookie Artemi Panarin shred our Penguins to the tune of four goals over the past two nights, the difference between the organizations became painfully apparent. The Blackhawks sign studs like the undrafted Panarin. We sign duds who struggle to score.
Indeed, last night’s ugly 3-1 defeat in the Windy City serv [...]
It’s one of the golden rules. If you can’t say anything nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.
As our present Pittsburgh Penguins continue to reveal more flaws than a botched plastic surgery, it’s increasingly difficult for me to find positives to write about.
I suppose if you dig deep enough through the rubble of the team’s recent 3 [...]
In the wake of injuries to goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and winger Beau Bennett, the Penguins have recalled forwards Kevin Porter and Conor Sheary—along with goalie Matt Murray—from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
After skating through the opening two months of the season relatively unscathed, the Pens have been wracked by ailments of late. Pascal Dupuis [...]
Like many Penguins fans, I’ve spent a good part of the season trying to get a read on our team. Hardly an easy task, given last summer’s significant turnover and the black-and-gold’s streaky nature.
After waiting 25 games for the Pens to coalesce, I’ve concluded that the answer’s been right under our noses the whole time.
We’re WYSIWYG. What [...]
Thus far, the 2015-16 season hasn’t been especially kind to the Penguins. Or their stars.
Sidney Crosby? With points in each of his past five games—including a two-goal night against St. Louis—Sid’s on a bit of a roll. Yet our captain’s producing at a rate well below his customary clip.
Kris Letang? Sans the steadying presence of Paul Martin, [...]
Heading into Thanksgiving, our Pittsburgh Penguins may have discovered a winning recipe. Start with a generous portion of production from superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Skate hard for a full 60 minutes. Season with a total-team effort. And voila…a delicious 4-3 overtime victory over St. Louis.
A fortnight after serving up a turk [...]
It wasn’t a fancy pass. Or a sizzling shot. Or even a dazzling one-on-one move. On the contrary, the pivotal play of last night’s 2-1 Penguins loss to Columbus occurred midway through the second period when Blue Jackets villain Scott Hartnell barged into the slot and flattened glamour boy Beau Bennett.
A red-alert scramble ensued. The free-f [...]
From the moment he first skated onto an NHL rink as a callow 19-year-old, Marc-Andre Fleury flashed the extraordinary flexibility and cat-like reflexes that had pro scouts drooling. Attributes that encouraged then-Penguins GM Craig Patrick—seeking a franchise goalie—to trade up in the 2003 Entry Draft to take the Cape Breton marvel No. 1 over [...]