“Where the hell have you been Jimmy Braddock?”
Actor Paul Giamatti, playing the part of fight manager Joe Gould in the movie Cinderella Man, exclaimed those very words after watching his down-but-not-out fighter dismantle No. 2 heavyweight contender Corn Griffin.
I would imagine coach Mike Sullivan uttered a similar phrase on the Penguins’ be [...]
…the tough get goin.’ At least according to the old adage.
It’s crunch time for our Penguins…in more ways than one. Over the next eight days, the black and gold play a murderous stretch of five games. All on the road. Starting Wednesday night with the Winnipeg Jets.
Yes, those Winnipeg Jets. The ones who kayoed star defenseman Justin S [...]
As is my custom on weekends, I went to the Pennsbury Pub and Grille yesterday afternoon to watch the Penguins take on the visiting Sabres.
In stark contrast to my previous game-time visit to the Pub, when the Pens’ fortunes took a downturn the instant I showed up, I think I may actually have helped our cause in some cosmic sort of way.
You s [...]
Over the years, the Penguins have featured dozens of foreign-born players representing a virtual smorgasbord of nationalities.
Czechs, Finns, Germans (Tom Kuhnhackl), Italians (Nelson Debenedet), Latvians (Peter Skudra), Lithuanians (Darius Kasparaitis), Poles (Nick Harbaruk), Russians, South Koreans (Jim Paek), Slovaks, Swedes and Ukrainians [...]
Call me a “Nervous Nellie.” But when Tampa Bay rookie Adam Erne cruised down the slot unmolested and hammered the puck past Penguins goalie Matt Murray to break a scoreless tie early in the second period last night, I looked to the heavens and thought, here we go again.
After all, our guys haven’t exactly been lighting it up lately.
Thank go [...]
It was right around this time last season when the Penguins received a divine bit of inspiration, wrapped in the guise of a devastating injury.
Remember? March 11, 2016 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. Evgeni Malkin was checked awkwardly into the end boards during second-period action by Blue Jackets bruiser Dalton Prout and came away favorin [...]