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 [...]
We’ve all heard the comparisons.
He’s the next Ken Dryden. A sure-fire NHL All-Star for years to come. Maybe even a future Hall of Famer.
The plaudits…and excitement…were understandable. Especially given the way Penguins rookie goalie Matt Murray wowed us down the homestretch and through the first couple of rounds of the playoffs.
So cool. S [...]
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 [...]
Like all sports, hockey’s a game of inches. A nudge of the puck…a bounce this way or that…often can determine the outcome of a game.
Such was the case with the Penguins’ 3-2 overtime loss to San Jose in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Minutes before Sharks rookie Joonas Donskoi tucked a perfectly placed wrister under the crossbar to send “t [...]
The history of the Pittsburgh Penguins is filled with anomalies and precursors.
Consider, for example, the strange case involving three of the team’s brightest stars—Michel Briere, Mario Lemieux, and Sidney Crosby. If you add the uniform numbers of Briere (21) and Mario (66), it equals Sid’s 87.
Stuff like that.
Along those lines, the paths [...]