Winning With WInnik, Pens' PK and This & That by @ChicksDIgHockey


~ * ~ Daniel Winnik has been a welcome surprise in a tough season. When the Pens aggressively pursued him, I admit I wasn’t sold. I didn’t really see what was so special about him. 

Allow me to wipe the egg off my face. I love him. 

He was an immediate upgrade on the PK. He’s a big body who is aggressive and talented at taking away chances, even in big ice situations like Sunday’s OT penalty kill.

He looked to be a solid 3rd or 4th line addition, but when injuries and illness rained down, Winnik got the chance to skate on the first line with Crosby. He did well!  He’s a puck-possession guy who can skate and his size seems to afford Sid the space to do his thing.

I’d be surprised if his time on the first line lasts but it shined a light on what Winnik brings. When Letang went out with a concussion, Winnik also made it known to coach Johnston that he had practiced as a defenseman in Toronto and would be willing to help if needed. 

He’s quite the smart acquisition. Winnik brings character and versatility. He’s a skilled defensive forward who is a top notch penalty killer. He brings a toughness and options at a time when the Penguins need both. 

Five Times Evgeni Malkin Was Brilliant with Media and Didn’t Get Enough Credit by @wutendeskind

Evgeni Malkin is great with reporters, even if he'd rather have you believe otherwise. 

TRP: A Quick One by @LCJS

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This is Three Rivers Philosophizer - A weekly review of stuff that is going on in my brain... at least the stuff that has to do with hockey. If you don't like it, I don't blame you.

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#TBT Classic Mike Lange Calls by @kjcmalakai

Last Tuesday night, legendary broadcaster Mike Lange was honored by the Penguins for his 40 years of calling Penguins games.  This is perfect timing, because this serves as a distraction from the recent spotty play of the Penguins. (Have yinz heard about the cap problems and not being able to dress a full team for tonight?)  Instead, I decided to go through YouTube and find some Mike Lange calls from classic Penguins games when the team was actually playing good hockey.

What are your favorite Mike Lange moments?  Here are some of mine.

1)  The Penguins win their first Stanley Cup against the Minnesota North Stars.

2)  The Penguins win their second Stanley Cup and go back to back against the Chicago Blackhawks.

3)  Mario Lemieux scores 5 goals against the Philadelphia Flyers in the Penguins' first playoff berth since Lemieux's arrival.

4)  Mario Lemieux scores 5 goals against the New York Rangers as the Penguins set an NHL record 16th straight win.

5)  Mario Lemieux returns from retirement against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

6)  The Penguins beat the Washington Crapitals in a 4 overtime game on a goal by Petr Nedved.

7)  Frank Pietrangelo makes "The Save" against the New Jersey Devils.

8)  Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Detroit Red Wings and the Penguins win their third Stanley Cup.

The NHL Isn't Fun by @Nick422

It's another night of NHL action.  Fans are settling in to arenas, dropping hard coin to watch what's supposed to be a fun, exciting product.  Instead they're liable to be treated to another 1-0 snoozer.  This is bad.  This is pathetic.  This needs to change.

Playoff Primer #1: The Differences Between the Regular Season & Playoff Hockey by @DXTraeger

The Penguins WILL adapt their play-style....because it's the playoffs.
 **This is the first of four articles that will run between today and the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 15th.  The articles will hopefully familiarize Penguins fans with the nuances of post-season hockey and lead to better viewing/watching experiences as the team strives toward its fourth championship.**

Morning Drive: Radio:PI 3/24/15

Morning Drive brings you the latest episode of the Radio:PI Podcast Network for easy access.  This morning: Radio:PI

Kris Letang: Perseverance in a Career Year by @ChicksDigHockey

Kris Letang is the Penguins’ 2015 nominee for the Masterton award which recognizes sportsmanship, perseverance and dedication to hockey. He was nominated last season as well after missing a significant amount of time due to a stroke he suffered in January  2014. The work-up to discover the source of the stroke led to the discovery of a hole in the septum of Kris' heart. While the hole wasn’t large enough to necessitate closure, one could certainly understand if Letang never played another shift in the NHL or, at the very least, dialed down his level of compete.

Instead, he is having another season worthy of Norris trophy consideration.

Keeping Passion in Your Relationship (with your hockey team) by @wutendeskind

I have had relationships shorter than hockey seasons.

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