The late Barclay Plager, noted St. Louis villain and early Penguins tormentor once said, “It’s not who wins the fight that’s important, it’s being willing to fight. If you get challenged and renege, everyone wants to take a shot at you.”
He didn’t know it at the time. But “Barc the Spark” could’ve been addressing our present-day Pens. The one [...]
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. Skate hard for a full 60 minutes. Season with a total-team effort. And voila…a delicious 4-3 overtime victory over St. Louis.
A fortnight after serving up a turk [...]
Here’s a look at how former Penguins have performed thus far in 2015-16. Stats reflect games played through Friday, November 20.
James Neal leads the expatriate Pens with nine goals. Neal, Jarome Iginla, Lee Stempniak, and ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr each have 15 points. Stempniak paces the ex-Pens in assists (11).
Matt Niskanen and 2007 dra [...]
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 [...]
Our Pittsburgh Penguins are in a state of flux. The team’s up for sale. Superstars are struggling to score. Players are airing their gripes to the press. Rumors are swirling anew that coach Mike Johnston’s job may be in jeopardy.
Heck, it’s downright depressing if you’re a Pens fan.
Searching for a bright spot? How about the play of Brian Dum [...]
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 [...]
It wasn’t a fancy pass. Or a sizzling shot. Or even a dazzling one-on-one move. On the contrary, the pivotal play of last night’s 2-1 Penguins loss to Columbus occurred midway through the second period when Blue Jackets villain Scott Hartnell barged into the slot and flattened glamour boy Beau Bennett.
A red-alert scramble ensued. The free-f [...]
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 [...]
From the moment he first skated onto an NHL rink as a callow 19-year-old, Marc-Andre Fleury flashed the extraordinary flexibility and cat-like reflexes that had pro scouts drooling. Attributes that encouraged then-Penguins GM Craig Patrick—seeking a franchise goalie—to trade up in the 2003 Entry Draft to take the Cape Breton marvel No. 1 over [...]