“We could have clubs for the next eight or nine years like this.”
Venerable Eddie Johnston, then the Penguins’ senior advisor, uttered those words shortly after the team won the Stanley Cup back in 2009. How prophetic he was.
However, for the longest time—through an unending string of playoff disappointments—it seemed the promise of those day [...]
Buried deep within the Penguins’ glorious Game Five victory over the Predators on Thursday night is a most disturbing pattern. One I feel compelled to write about in hopes of dispelling any bad juju or lingering negative mojo.
Go back with me eight years, if you will, to June of 2009. Led by superstar Pavel Datsyuk and perennial Norris Trophy [...]
“He’s done three things tonight I’ve never seen him do before.”
Those words were uttered by good friend and Wright’s Gym member Dave Karpinski, shortly after Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby narrowly missed cashing in last night with an improbable, corkscrewing effort.
I readily agreed. It seemed to me Crosby was inventing a new move nearly [...]
It’s the white elephant in the locker room. One that simply won’t go away.
Who should start in goal for the Penguins in Game Five, incumbent Matt Murray or veteran Marc-Andre Fleury?
Pens coach Mike Sullivan went to great lengths to absolve Murray of any blame for his team’s recent losses in Nashville.
“We haven’t lost games because of our g [...]
We’ve got a fight on our hands. A full-blown brawl, in fact.
Looking every bit our equal, the Nashville Predators—fueled by a lethal combination of timely scoring and clutch goaltending—toppled our Penguins, 4-1, in Game Four to even the Stanley Cup Final series at 2-2.
So much for those victory parade plans, at least for the near future.
Unlike the king-sized catfish that landed with a splat on the otherwise pristine Bridgestone Arena ice before the opening faceoff, the Penguins let Game Three of the Stanley Cup Final wriggle off the hook.
It was theirs for the taking. After scoring the opening goal on a hustling second-effort tally by Jake Guentzel—his 13th of this magical p [...]