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 [...]
Something old, something new. Something borrowed, something blue.
You might be wondering what the heck an olde English bridal rhyme has to do with hockey.
Guess it kind of reminds me of our Penguins. A true mulligan stew of superstars, grinders, castoffs and kids. Beautifully seasoned and stirred by head chefs Jim Rutherford and Mike Sullivan [...]
The time for a more traditional post had long since passed when I got to wondering. How many times have the Penguins rallied from a 3-games-to-2 deficit to win a playoff series?
I decided to do some digging. The Pens have overcome 3-2 series deficits (or worse) to emerge victorious six times in their storied postseason history. Coincidence o [...]
From behind his mask, Penguins goalie Matt Murray watched as Alex Killorn raced toward him at top speed. The Lightning forward had blown past Murray’s teammate, Brian Dumoulin, at the Tampa Bay line to gain free and clear access to the Pens’ net. The Thunder Bay native was the only obstacle between Killorn and a certain go-ahead goal.
They’re 8-2 in the playoffs. Three-and-oh against our Penguins during the regular season, including a 5-4 overtime victory on January 15. Fifteen goals for in those three wins.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are for real. And they figure to present a most formidable obstacle in the upcoming Eastern Conference Finals.
To back up a step, the Penguins [...]
It ain’t over till it’s over.
Whether the Washington Capitals used that time-honored Yogi Berra-ism as motivation to claw back from the brink in their second-round series with the Penguins is anybody’s guess. But they sure played like it in Game 5.
From Alex Ovechkin’s clutch game-opening goal and two-point performance to a bounce-back 30-sav [...]