A month into the 2016-17 season, our Pittsburgh Penguins are in a good spot. The defending champs are perched atop the Metropolitan Division with a sparkling 6-2-1 record and 13 points—tied for third-most in the NHL overall.
With three wins in come-from-behind fashion, they continue to display the remarkable resilience that propelled them to [...]
I was scanning the Penguins’ playoff scoring stats this morning and noticed some familiar names at the top of the list. Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Nick Bonino, Phil Kessel and Kris Letang.
Wait a minute. Nick Bonino? How’d he get in there?
I must confess. After my initial excitement over the mid-summer trade that brought the former Boston [...]
To respond or not to respond. That is the question. Is it better to turn the other cheek and count on the protection of NHL referees? Or should the Penguins recall Tom Sestito from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the express purpose of pummeling Washington bad boy Tom Wilson?
I’m paraphrasing Shakespeare. But it’s a real issue. One our [...]
It was bound to happen. Sooner or later, the Penguins were going to lose a game. As inevitable as death and taxes.
Might even do them some good, heading into the Stanley Cup playoffs. Remind them of how much it stinks to wind up on the short end of the stick. Lord knows, they haven’t had much experience with it lately.
Still, I hate losing to [...]
As a youngster growing up in Landshut, Germany, Tom Kuhnhackl had some awfully big skates to fill. His dad, Erich Kuhnhackl, was a larger-than-life figure (6’5” 213) who cut a wide swath across his country’s hockey landscape.
During a legendary career that spanned 19 seasons in Germany and two in Switzerland, the elder Kuhnhackl tallied an a [...]
It ain’t supposed to happen. Not in today’s National Hockey League. One dominated by gargantuan goalies in oversized pads who take away the bottom half of the net simply by dropping to their knees.
Our Pittsburgh Penguins have been positively offensive. I’m not referring to on-ice behavior (fourth fewest penalty minutes in the league). I’m t [...]