A year can do a lot to your memory. Especially when you get to be my age.
I’m trying to part the haze and remember how the Penguins played last spring. Every once in a while an image pops through.
Fast comes to mind. Jet fast. And precise. I recall us advancing the puck with a combination of crisp, tape-to-tape passes.
If we dumped the puck [...]
Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse for our Penguins, they did.
In a stinko performance, the likes of which hadn’t been seen since Mike Sullivan took over as coach, the Pens were throttled by Washington in Game Six. The disheartening 5-2 defeat evened the Second Round series at 3 games apiece and set up a Game Seven showdown in [...]
Playing the right way.
It’s a catch phrase coach Mike Sullivan often uses during his postgame comments to describe a Penguins victory.
One we haven’t heard in a while, and with good reason. Even though “Sully’s” troops have won seven of 10 playoff games this spring, it’s almost in spite of the way they’ve played rather than because of it.
It was a night of surprises.
After missing Game Four with a concussion, captain Sidney Crosby made a triumphal return to the Penguins’ lineup, by all appearances fit as a fiddle and rarin’ to go. On the flip side, slumping Capitals counterpart Alex Ovechkin was unceremoniously dropped to the third line by his coach, Barry Trotz.
The end resul [...]
A win is a win.
If I’ve heard that adage once, I’ve heard it a thousand times. And I certainly won’t disagree.
Still, while our Penguins have captured a remarkable seven of nine playoff contests thus far, they haven’t earned many style points along the way.
With an extra day between games and a little time to kill, I thought I’d share some nu [...]
They say all is fair in love and war. Perhaps in hockey, too.
Two nights after Washington kayoed our captain, Sidney Crosby, in dastardly fashion, the Penguins resorted to a little chicanery in Game 4 to ensure a win.
With two minutes remaining and the locals clinging to a precarious 3-2 lead, forward Nick Bonino bought a bogus high-sticking [...]