Offseason Primer by @BrianK_PI

With the way the Pittsburgh Penguins limped to the finish line, going 4-9-2 over their last 15 games and clinching a playoff berth on the last day of the regular season, the fact that they were knocked out of the playoffs by the Presidents' Trophy winning New York Rangers in five games should have come as little of a surprise. The way the series played out should, as Pens managed to hold the Rangers, the third highest scoring team in the league at 3.02 goals/game, to just 11 goals through 5 games. Marc-Andre Fleury is virtually the entire reason for this, and after years of sub-standard performances in the playoffs, these last two years he's finally been able to stand tall and provide excellent goaltending. Unfortunately his teammates weren't, as the offense has become a shell of their former selves. The Pittsburgh Penguins, as recently as last season, used to be a team that could have benefited from a net front presence but still was able to fill the opposition's net with the best of them. Yet they've increasingly become a team that absolutely needs a net front presence for any chance to score. Worst of all, a power play that routinely has featured Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang among others has completely disappeared. Since December 7, the power play has ranked just 29th in the league. That, simply, is completely unacceptable.

Even though the season has ended far earlier than the fans and organization would have liked, the offseason only truly begins for the players and fans as the organization has a lot of work ahead of them. And the "them" refers more to the positions in the organization, not the people who currently fill them. After the break, a look at how the offseason  could, and in my opinion should, unfold.

Morning Drive: Radio:PI Post Game 4/22/15

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Ringling Bros Presents: The Pittsburgh Penguins

For an organization that had once, not too long ago, prided itself on being one of the classiest in hockey, the Penguins have come to the point where they're dominating hockey news not for what has happened on the ice but for a personal tiff between their general manager and a local columnist. It has to be considered a low point for a franchise that has been setting new low points all year long. The team greatly embarrassed themselves last offseason during the search for a new GM and head coach, and they haven't even waited for the season to finish before getting started this year.

Morning Drive: Radio:PI Post Game 4/20/15

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ANOTHER RECAP: Penguins Drop a Sleeper to the Rangers, 2-1 by @wutendeskind

Shots: 26 New York Rangers – 24 Pittsburgh Penguins
Shot Attempts: 51 Pittsburgh Penguins – 44 New York Rangers
Scoreboard: 2-1, New York Rangers

Game 3 of Penguins vs Rangers: a (Scanners) Recap by @DXTraeger

This is me, and this is my brain during the Stanley Cup playoffs
(photo from the movie "Scanners") 
**Note: be sure to check out my colleague Olivia's recap on this game as well.  Our plan is to exponentially increase our recaps as the Pens win games in the post-season, so stand by for our 32,768 recaps when Pittsburgh wins the Stanley Cup in June**

The Pittsburgh Penguins, fresh off of their 4-3 victory against the New York Rangers on Saturday night, looked to take the lead in the two teams' opening round series during Monday night's Game 3 at the Consol Energy Center.

I Love It When They Chant "Crosby Sucks" and This & That by @ChicksDigHockey

(via Penguins)
*~ I love it when opponents chant "CROSBY SUCKS". The NYR crowd managed several rounds of the popular chant at the garden and were especially vocal during Saturday’s Game 2....until he scored  twice.
I hope they do it every game! In fact, I’d be all for chanting it at CEC!! It ignites Crosby.
 Match meet gasoline!!
Sid is such an intense perfectionist that I think he views it as a challenge to elevate his game. Crosby netted two goals in that game and Geno seemed in favor of him adding the EN at the end for a hatty.....but it was not to be. 

Morning Drive: Radio:PI Post Game 4/18/15

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Game 2 of Penguins vs Rangers: a ("VICTORY IS MINE!") Recap by @DXTraeger

The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers squared off Saturday night at the appropriately named Madison Square Gardens for their second game of their opening round series.

The Rangers used a strong first period to take a 2-0 game lead, and would hold on to take a 1-0 series advantage.

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