The National Hockey League confirmed last night what Pittsburgh Penguins fans already knew. Jim Rutherford, who did a masterful job of transforming a shopworn black-and-gold team into Stanley Cup champions, was named General Manager of the Year in a vote of his peers at the league’s Annual Awards banquet in Las Vegas.
With typical modesty, t [...]
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 [...]
The time for a more traditional post had long since passed when I got to wondering. How many times have the Penguins rallied from a 3-games-to-2 deficit to win a playoff series?
I decided to do some digging. The Pens have overcome 3-2 series deficits (or worse) to emerge victorious six times in their storied postseason history. Coincidence o [...]
Back in the day, before the evils of smoking were fully understood, a popular cigarette brand used to boast, “Tareyton smokers would rather fight than switch!”
Mind you, I’m not trying to start a battle among Penguins faithful. But I thought I’d revisit my “Murray or Fleury” query from May 18.
I’ll ask again. Should the Penguins switch goali [...]
Leave it to lucky No. 13.
With the stealth of a black (and gold) cat slipping from the shadows at the bewitching hour, Nick Bonino materialized–seemingly out of nowhere–to score the series-winner last night in Game 6 before an anxious throng at Consol Energy Center, effectively pounding a wooden stake through the Washington Capita [...]
It ain’t over till it’s over.
Whether the Washington Capitals used that time-honored Yogi Berra-ism as motivation to claw back from the brink in their second-round series with the Penguins is anybody’s guess. But they sure played like it in Game 5.
From Alex Ovechkin’s clutch game-opening goal and two-point performance to a bounce-back 30-sav [...]