For our Pittsburgh Penguins, the first day of free agency was a far cry from last summer. Remember? When GM Jim Rutherford sent shock waves through the NHL by acquiring Phil Kessel from Toronto as the centerpiece of a stunning six-player swap?
Of course, the team’s situation is as different as night and day, too. Last year the locals w [...]
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Triumph Books have teamed up once more to produce a gem of a commemorative book. Striking Gold: The Penguins’ Amazing Run to the 2016 Stanley Cup expertly chronicles the Pittsburgh Penguins’ recent Stanley Cup season in a style that’s eye-catching, entertaining and informative.
Experience the Pens’ drive to the [...]
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 [...]
Put the champagne back on ice. Cancel those victory parade plans. The Penguins’ must wait a couple more days for another shot at hoisting Lord Stanley’s glittering chalice.
In the Game 5 battle of young goalies, San Jose’s Martin Jones reigned supreme. Imitating his former Kings mentor, Jonathan Quick, the first-year starter made 44 saves—inc [...]
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 [...]
There’s an old axiom in baseball. You win with pitching, defense, and timely hitting.
Translated for hockey? Defense, clutch goaltending, and timely scoring. Which the Penguins got—in spades—during last night’s thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over San Jose in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Indeed, the Pens delivered a classic postseason pe [...]