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Friday, October 13, 2017

Hornqvist: The Heartbeat of the Penguins Lineup by @MedinaMarie_PI

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(Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Post Gazette).
It didn't matter how fans enjoyed Wednesday October 10th's game versus the Washington Capitals- be it in person at the Capital One Center, watching on television or listening on the radio- the fact that Patric Hornqvist was back on the bench and ready to finally start the season made everyone feel...different.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Now Let's Play by @Nick422

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The day everyone either awaited or feared arrived.  The Penguins were going to meet with Donald Trump in the White House.  It was a polarizing moment that, sexist comment about Amanda Kessel aside, went about as smoothly as it could have gone.

It was a controversy weeks in the making.  Everyone had an opinion.  You were either "stick to sports" or "don't normalize this behavior."  Externally the lock room was committed to the company line, "It's not about politics" as we further delved in to a world where "not about politics" no longer became an option.

But banner raisings, blow out losses, and finally victories kept pushing aside the fact that the Penguins, really, just wanted to play hockey.  Tone deaf or just not wanting to rock the boat, it's hard to say.  Hockey, by nature, is a game of the upper crust.  The cost of equipment makes it hard for anyone but those with a desire, and money to burn, to become a player and become accepted.

It spun narratives, one way or the next, as these situations are wont to do.  "Sidney Crosby is a racist."  seemed to be a popular overture, a new take on "Sidney Crosby is a whiner" that really isn't much better or factual.

Finally it came to a head.  As Trump complimented Crosby, Malkin, Kessel (ugh), and even brought up NAFTA to Ron Burkle, the Penguins escaped without any scrapes.  While faces can tell a story (take time to read everyone's face in the photo above) there were no signs of boats rocking, with the only potential "Actually" coming from Mike Sullivan after the fact:

Fortunate to escape being used as pawns as the NBA and the NFL have been by the current administration (perhaps the "this isn't political" comments were made to dull that possibility) the Penguins now move on to hockey and a three-peat.

Gone is the controversy.  Gone is the fear that they'll be tainted.  Vanished is the worry that they'll unwittingly partake in some sick endeavor brought up by what ever thought enters the mind of someone at a mic.

All that's left is sport.  And thank God for that.  It's a great day for hockey, now let's play.
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Friday, October 6, 2017

Every Blackhawks Goal Set to Yakety Sax by @nick422

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The Penguins lost last night.  Badly.  There's really no other way to put it.  When you're beaten that badly all you can do is laugh, unless you're the Penguins I suppose.

Let's all laugh.

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Dealing With Loss: 5 Positives to Take From That Drubbing by @ToonsBrian

11:20:00 AM 0

Things don't always go your way in life, love, war or sport. Exhibit A would be Thursday night's beat down of the Pittsburgh Penguins handed out by the Chicago Blackhawks. Any rationally-thinking human adult realizes this and acts accordingly.

For Blackhawks fans, this was a perfect game. For our fellow Pens fans, not so much.

For those of you who may simply find yourself struggling with dealing with the atrocious performance of our Penguins, allow me to offer 5 positives things we can all (well, most of us) take away from last night's game.
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Pouliot: He Didn’t Waive Good Bye by @disgruntledbill

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All of the pressure was on Derrick Pouliot. He was taken in the first round, chosen 8th overall. He was picked by the Pittsburgh Penguins at a draft in Pittsburgh. Oli Maatta (taken 22nd) and Matt Murray (taken 83rd) were both drafted after Pouliot in his draft year.  Given his higher draft spot, Pouliot was expected to be better than those two players. He was expected to have carved out a roster spot in Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, these lofty expectations for Pouliot left many fans very disappointed.
It's weird not to see Mike Johnston in this photo. 

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The Phil - 007 Scratch That by @ryank_119

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Raise it up! Raise it up to the rafters and make room for another one!

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Penguins Trade Derrick Pouliot

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We all kind of waited for this moment and finally it came as the Penguins shipped woe begotten defender Derrick Pouliot to hockey Siberia and the Vancouver Canucks.

In return the Penguins pick up a 4th round pick in the 2018 draft and 24 year old, 6'5" 213 lbs defender Andrey Pedan.  Let's take a look at some Pouliot highlights.







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