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. Season with a total-team effort. And voila…a delicious 4-3 overtime victory over St. Louis.
A fortnight after serving up a turkey in New Jersey, the Pens gave the [...]
It’s a question asked by virtually every Penguins fan. What’s wrong with Sidney Crosby?
A prickly one, to be sure. With no easy answers.
Heck, this was supposed to be a breakout season for Sid. Especially with sniper Phil Kessel rolling into town to ride shotgun. Instead, the Nova Scotia native’s been held off the scoresheet a stunning 13 ti [...]
Leave it to Penguins star Evgeni Malkin to put a new spin on an old Teddy Roosevelt quote. Rather than “speak softly and carry a big stick,” as the former U.S. President was fond of saying?
How about speak loudly and carry a big stick.
Days after expressing his disappointment with the team’s dismal play, Malkin paced the re [...]
The Mike Johnston Watch has officially restarted. Indeed, in the wake of Saturday’s dismal 4-0 drubbing at the hands of New Jersey—one of the worst inflicted on a Penguins team in years—MJ may want to dust off his resume. Or deny any association with the team.
Talk about lifeless. The Penguins could’ve saved ownership some bucks by seeking a [...]
Few jobs in professional sports come with more pressure—and less security—than coaching in the National Hockey League. Indeed, the average tenure of an NHL head coach is 2.4 years, according to a 2014 study published by Peter Tanner on FiveThirtyEight.
Coaching our Penguins? Given the expectations that throb like an extended hangover in the [...]
It sure was nice to watch forward Eric Fehr make his black-and-gold debut Saturday night. The Winkler, Alberta native didn’t disappoint, notching a goal and an assist to propel the Penguins to a 4-0 victory over Toronto.
A key free-agent pick up, Fehr missed the first 10 games of the campaign due to off-season elbow surgery. Initially expect [...]
A springboard game.
That’s what NBCSN analyst Pierre McGuire called Wednesday’s impressive 3-1 Penguins victory over a very good Capitals team on the road.
Pierre may be right. A hockey team in search of an identity may have, indeed, found one.
It wasn’t so much that the Penguins won as how they won. After failing to convert on an extended 5 [...]
To everything there is a season.
While it may seem odd to open a blog post with a Bible verse (Ecclesiastes 3:1), it is appropriate. Everything in our world runs in cycles. The four seasons, for example. Winter, spring, summer, and fall. A time to plant and a time to harvest.
The same holds true for hockey teams. They run in cycles, too. Ther [...]
It’s bound to happen. Sooner and later, a puck will glance off of Patric Hornqvist and skitter across the goal line. Or Kris Letang will laser one in from the top of the circle. Or Evgeni Malkin will curl off the half-wall and rip one home.
Yes, eventually the black and gold will score a power-play goal.
In the meantime, our beloved “Boys of [...]
After watching the Penguins’ big guns struggle to produce through the early going, I’d like to pose a question.
Is it time to split up Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel?
I know. To even suggest such a move smacks of panic. Not to mention cruel and unusual punishment. After all, Sid’s waited his whole career—or at least since Marian Hossa l [...]