The Radio PI Podcast Network

Nick Case with Case and Point Sports every Monday. The League with Brian and TJ every Tuesday. Mad Chad and Mike "The Buzzsaw" Asti every Wednesday. Radio PI convering the Penguins every Thursday.

Celebrate PI's Birthday Month!

The year has gone by so quickly and we invite you to celebrate with us. Stay tuned for contests with great prizes for lucky readers throughout the month of April!

3rd Annual Hockey Kicks Cancer

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Writer of the Month: Jim Meinecke

When not being Mario Lemieux's best friend, Jim is a full time writer for PensInitiative. He's interviewed Mike Lange and Joe Battista and has become quickly one of our most popular writers.

Rob Ullman

This week in Penguin's history with illustrator Rob Ullman. Check out his store under SHOP for hockey, comics, and pinups.

Chris' Corner

Chris Barron looks at the hot topics around the NHL and shares his perspective. It's alot like Coach's Corner but the views aren't from a paranoid Xenophobe.

The Pittsburgh Penguins: No Heart, No Balls by @ExcitedBobErrey

No Magical Wizard Can Fix What Ails This Penguins Team

The Pittsburgh Penguins, at least the version that won the Stanley Cup in 2009, were not only a young team but one known for having a great locker room presence. Such a great presence that veteran Billy Guerin, a noted prankster, could fit right in and provide a needed leadership presence. The team was a young, tight-knit group that played a tough, rugged game under Michel Therrien and continued to compete their hardest when Dan Bylsma took over. Those 2007-08 and 2008-09 teams overcame the odds and doubts to win back-to-back conference titles and a Stanley Cup.


However, it seems that the locker room culture that was a such a integral part of those Penguins teams making SCF appearances has disappeared along with the team's ability to win playoff series. Michel Therrien has long since moved on, and it seems that many of the defensive teachings that made such an impact on that young team have gone with him. Defensive breakdowns have happened with varying frequency for the Penguins over the years, but bringing in Jacques Martin was supposed to fix those issues. The foundation for a strong team defense was supposed to be put in place, and that foundation certainly wasn't supposed to be crumbling around them against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Defenders are giving Blue Jackets players almost free reign through the slot, with Jack Johnson going so far as to taunt the Penguins through the media about how much space he had. A poor effort on the backcheck certainly hasn't helped, nor has the team telegraphing extremely low-chance passes the Blue Jackets have been able to transition the other way and attempting lazy behind the back passes to nobody in particular.

Penguins V. Bluejackets Recap by @pghgirl15222



I am not a huge believer in curses, but I am starting to believe in the dreaded 3-1 lead curse. It struck again last night in Columbus as the Pittsburgh Penguins were defeated by the Blue Jackets 4-3 in overtime.


The Penguins started the game off right in the first period, leading 3-0 after goals from Craig Adams, James Neal, and Chris Kunitz. The Penguins seemed to scale back and play largely on defense after that. In total the Penguins were out shot 46-25, and it showed. 

Why Blaming Fleury is the Wrong Easy Answer by @PandaPSU

(Photo courtesy of the sportingnews.com)
For 59 minutes and 38 seconds, Marc-Andre Fleury was playing one of the best playoff games of his career. After misplaying the puck on an ill-advised play behind the net, his entire fortune changed. He proceeded to let in a gimme shot by Nick Foligno and just like that the series was tied 2-2. For fans, it is a tough pill to swallow because the Pens were 22 seconds away from having a strangle hold on the series. The easy thing to do is to blame Fleury and call for Zatkoff, Vokoun, Hartzell, anyone but 29. As horrendous as those two goals were, if the Pens had won last night, it would have simply further masked the deeper issues with this team.

Morning Drive: Radio:PI Postgame 4/23/14

Last night on Radio:PI Postgame hosts Mike "Buzz Saw" Asti and Nick Case took a look at the horrible, gut wrenching Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.  And by not just making fart noises into the mic, they did more than the Penguins most of the game.

Marc-Andre Fleury Misplays A Puck at the End of the Game, Costs Pens The Lead/Game

The Pittsburgh Penguins were about to win the game. The Columbus Blue Jackets were down 3-2 and had their goalie pulled in desperation. The Blue Jackets were bringing all night, outshooting the Pens 41-24 in regulation. Up until the last 24 seconds of the game, Marc-Andre Fleury was simply brilliant, stopping 39 of 41 shots. But then......this happened.

Learn From It by @Nick422

Monday night the Pittsburgh Penguins pulled off what seemed to be one of the most improbable playoff wins in franchise history.  Dead in the water for the first 39 minutes of game action, an unlikely hero emerged and the Penguins fought back to win 4-3 in a stunning display of offensive burst.

Is that good?

(Russell LaBounty/USA Today)

Daniel Carcillo Scores Against The Flyers, Trolls All of Philadelphia



Nothing says NHL playoffs quite like the Philadelphia Flyers losing. The New York Rangers defeated the Flyers in game three Tuesday night and now lead the series 2-1. In perhaps the biggest troll move of the playoffs Daniel Carcillo, ex-Flyer, scored the Ranger's fourth goal of the game and proceeded to taunt the Flyers' entire fan-base in Philly. Hilarity ensured as some guy in a Claude Giroux jersey was super butthurt and flipped Carcillo the double-bird. Never change Philadelphia, never change. Put a smile on your face as you go to sleep tonight Pens' fans.

Jack Johnson Continues To Run His Mouth About the Pens


It seems that at least one player always seems to have a need to run his mouth in professional sports. If you look through the history vaults, you will see countless examples of players trash-talking to the media, and most of the time it has come back to bite that player in the ass. (See Jeremy Stevens, of the Seattle Seahawks, leading up to Super Bowl XL.)

This Week in Penguins History by @RobUllman


Rob Scuderi is Missing by @ChicksDigHockey




I’m looking for Rob Scuderi. HAS ANYONE SEEN ROB SCUDERI??

There’s a guy wearing #4 for the Penguins who kinda looks like Scuds but if you watch him play, you know right away he’s an impostor. This guy stood next to the post Saturday night and watched a puck go in the net and was totally ineffective in the neutral zone. This #4 took minor penalties in 3 straight games. So, clearly not Scuderi. 
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