Hockey players are famously superstitious. Many suffer from triskaidekaphobia—a fear of the number 13. Fortunately, the Penguins aren’t among them. On the contrary, 13 players have captained the black and gold on a full-time basis. Penguins superstars captured the Art Trophy 13 times. So perhaps it was fitting that the Pens snapped their wors [...]
It’s the halfway point of the Penguins season and right now the Penguins are in the midst of one of their biggest downturns in recent history. They say you can learn from the past so we’ve put together a group of long time Penguins fans, one of whom who wrote a couple books on the Pens, to review how the Penguins season has shape [...]
Following a typically strong start to the 2011-12 campaign, the Penguins have stumbled along at an unsightly 13-13 clip since the end of October. As the season reaches the halfway mark, the Pens suddenly find themselves in a dogfight to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot.
So what’s wrong? The most obvious answer to what’s ailing the Pens is [...]
In the wake of the Penguins’ recent loss to the Flyers, I was struck by the pronounced difference in the makeup of the teams. While the Pens’ lineup was generously stocked with 30-somethings (nine to be exact), Philly featured a bevy of talented young forwards who are in their early twenties, including NHL scoring leader Claude Giroux, Sean C [...]
For the third time during the course of the Pens-Flyers rivalry, the momentum shifted with the arrival of a superstar. Sidney Crosby would lead the Penguins to a third Stanley Cup—and become a lightning rod for Philadelphia fans’ hatred and jealousy.
As if scripted, “Sid the Kid” received a rude welcome from the Flyers. On November 16, 2005, [...]
I wrote this piece just after the Matt Cooke suspension was assessed. Unfortunately, my day jobs sometimes get in the way, I didn’t finish in a pertinent time frame. Well, Todd Bertuzzi has opened the door for me to submit my thoughts again.
The punishment that Matt Cooke got for his flagrant violation is appropriate. What Matt Cooke did w [...]
With Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin out, you may think the Penguins GM Ray Shero should waive the white flag and live to fight another day. I’m willing to bet there is a locker room full of Penguins that would not agree with this sentiment. I also believe Shero still has a few cards left up his sleeve.
For the right price, just about [...]
I’ve never been much for the idiom “Is the glass half empty or full?” The glass is always full, it’s just a matter of what’s in it. When the Pittsburgh Penguins take the ice tonight for the third time in a row without the services of both Sidney Crosby & Evgeni Malkin, Penguins’ GM Ray Shero will have [...]
Trying to figure out what is wrong with the Penguins is like trying to figure out why people search for the closest parking spot when they go to work out. Ray Shero probably gave up his pension fund for the two new defensive players that were going to be the answer to all of the Penguins problems. He also filled in the offensive gaps with a [...]
Is Evgeni Malkin disgruntled with the Pittsburgh Penguins management right now? Yes he is, even more so than Sidney Crosby was a few years ago when the Penguins traded Crosby’s best friend on the team Colby Armstrong. The Penguins have not been able to sign Malkin’s best friend and mentor on the team, a guy who took Malkin under h [...]
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Game 3: Away - 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Game 4: Away - 7:30 p.m. May 22
Game 5: Home - 7:30 p.m. May 24
Game 6: Away - May 26, TBD*
Game 7: Home - May 28, TBD*