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Saturday, November 30, 2013

This Week in Penguins History by @RobUllman

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The @wbspenguins Quarter Season Report Card by @h_p_hockey

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Following a 3-1 loss to the Adirondack Phantoms last night, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (WBS) finished up the first quarter of the 2013-14 season with a 12-5-0-2 record, good for second place in the American Hockey League’s (AHL) East Division. The WBS Pens sit 4th in the Eastern Conference and 6th in the AHL after 19 of 76 games played.

For a daily look at the Pittsburgh Penguins top minor league affiliate, look no further than Highland Park Hockey! Follow @H_P_Hockey on Twitter for all the latest breaking news, injuries, call ups, game previews, recaps, practice updates and more! 


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The Time When Crosby Scored His 700th Point: Pens/Bolts Recap by @ChicksDigHockey

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Today the Pens won 3-0 over Tampa Bay in the Sunshine State. I felt cheated that Steven Stamkos wasn’t in the game. You will recall, he fractured his femur in a game in Boston requiring placement of a rod to stabilize the fracture.
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Friday, November 29, 2013

Getting to Know the New Guys on the Penguin's Bench by @ChicksDigHockey

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The injuries to the Pens are downright depressing. However, as true fans, we owe it to the team to stand beside them thru thick and thin….right?

We also need to support the AHL guys who are called up. One way to do that is to learn their numbers….and names. I think I’ve found a way to help you do that. It’s called PENGO (sort of BINGO but for the hockey crowd)

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Why a Penguins' Fan Should be Thankful by @griffTHW

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On a day that most pause to appreciate what they are thankful for, we thought it appropriate to take a step back and examine a few things Pens' fans have been blessed with.  Because, while there are certainly far more important things in life that shouldn't be taken for granted, there's nothing wrong with a club's fan base recognizing all their beloved team has provided for them over the years.

So, with that in mind, we present three reasons Pittsburgh Penguins' fans should be thankful:

Skill, Talent and Firepower


In Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh employs arguably the greatest player of a generation.  Yet, three individuals in franchise history have captured more scoring titles than Sid.  And, while that might not be the case if it weren't for Sidney's superfluous injury history, it's still mind-boggling to think that one club has been spoiled with such a plethora of high-end talent.

Indeed, between Mario Lemieux (6), Jaromir Jagr (5), Evgeni Malkin (2) and Crosby (1), Penguins have captured the Art Ross Trophy on 14 occasions in the last 25 yearsFourteen!  What makes that number even more astonishing is the fact that the next closest team, the L.A. Kings, collected three.  And all three of those came courtesy of Wayne Gretzky nearly twenty years ago. 

Clearly, the Penguins' reign on scoring supremacy is something any Pittsburgh fan should be thankful for.  Whether it came courtesy of Lemieux and Jagr winning 11 point races in 14 years or Malkin and Crosby teaming up for three in the last seven campaigns, Pens fans have been treated to some of the most entertaining, dominant players the game has ever known for nearly a quarter of a century.

A Winning Culture


Sure, there have been some dark ages; remember, for example, when Dick Tarnstrom led the squad in scoring with 52 points as the Pens finished the 2003-'04 season with the NHL's worst record? 

Furthermore, there have been heartbreaking setbacks such as the embarrassing sweep at the hands of the Bruins in last year's Eastern Conference Final.

But, for the most part, this has been an incredibly competitive club for well over two decades.  From the powerhouse, Mario Lemieux-led teams of the early '90s to today's club that is expected to compete for the Cup annually, there's not much more that a fan could ask for (especially in the current parity filled, salary cap era).

In fact, dating back to the end of the Oilers' dynasty (1990), only the Red Wings (4) have captured more Stanley Cups than the Penguins' three championships.  Throw in an extra trip to the Cup Final and three more appearances in the Conference Final and it's clear that Pittsburgh has found its share of postseason success over the years.

And that's not likely to change any time soon.  With an elite core locked up for the foreseeable future, this club will be competitive for years to come.  Does that guarantee Stanley Cup glory?  Of course, not.  But with Ray Shero at the helm, Pens' fans can surely look forward to another decade of exciting hockey in which their squad finds itself on the short list of teams most likely to compete for the Cup.

And there aren't many clubs in such an ideal situation.

Mario Lemieux


Forget the jaw-dropping talent.  Forget the scoring titles and the Stanley Cups.  Because Mario Lemieux actually saved the Pittsburgh Penguins...three times.

After rejuvenating a floundering franchise upon first coming to Pittsburgh in 1984, Lemieux became the face of the Penguins as he developed into one of the greatest stars the game has ever seen.  Eventually, he led the Pens to the pinnacle of the sport in the early '90s, helping the club capture hockey's Holy Grail in back-to-back seasons. 

Years later, when the organization once again fell on hard times in the late '90s, Mario (who was actually the Pen's largest creditor) once again rescued the team in intriguing fashion by purchasing the club out of bankruptcy:

"Lemieux's purchase of the Penguins...was a watershed in professional sports, marking the first time a former professional athlete has exchanged a portion of his salary for ownership of a team. It also is a fascinating tale of how a man with neither a high school degree nor much business experience used his connections, fame and fortune to rescue a franchise for which he won two Stanley Cups and earned distinction as one of the greatest hockey players ever." - Thomas Heath, on Lemieux's purchase of the Penguins
It also served as a valuable learning tool for Lemieux as he transformed from athlete to businessman.  Because, in reality, the acquisition provided only a temporary solution for keeping the Penguins in Pittsburgh.  As a result, it set the stage for Mario to eventually free the Penguins from the imminent threat of relocation for good.

Because, in 2007, a real possibility existed that the Penguins would pack up and move to Kansas City.  Without a new arena, the franchise once again found itself in financial dire straits, helpless to support the cost of running an NHL organization.  It took an eleventh hour effort, but Lemieux's group managed to strike a deal with politicians that would eventually lead to the construction of CONSOL Energy Center, a home worthy of what is now one of the NHL's most successful franchises.

But, without Mario Lemieux, that deal never would have been struck; and that is something Pens' fans can be eternally grateful for.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Penguins as Thanksgiving Food by @ExcitedBobErrey

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It's Thanksgiving Day, and there's a lot to be thankful for as fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and that's not even including Randy Carlyle having no clue how to coach a hockey team! Mario Lemieux saved the franchise from bankruptcy then helped get Consol Energy Center built to ensure the team has a place to play for years to come. Two of the best players in the world, and the current 1-2 in the Art Ross scoring race, play in black and Vegas gold. Ray Shero is the reigning GM of the year, and the ownership is right at the top of the league. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there, and this week for the holiday it's a Thanksgiving inspired read: What Thanksgiving food would players on the Penguins be?


Turkey -- Sidney Crosby

The turkey dominates the dinner table, sitting front and center, and is the main attraction to the Thanksgiving feast. Sound a bit like #87?  Sidney Crosby has been the center of attention since before he was even drafted, with Wayne Gretzky predicting that Sid the Kid would break his records before his career was over. Through all the attention and the hype, Crosby has been nothing if not dominant throughout the entirety of his career and has earned being the center of attention.

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"Morning" Drive: 412 Sports Talk with Mayor Elect Bill Peduto!

A Silly Recap: #Penguins beat the #Leafs 6-5 by @ryannoble66

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Last night in Pittsburgh the Penguins defeated the Maple Leafs by a score of 6-5. The Toronto Maple Leafs are learning that the 4-1 lead is the worst in hockey... For them anyways. The Pens looked incredible at times and awful at others. Apparently, that was enough to scrape out a win last night,

This recap will be brief due to the Holiday. Lets make this one fun. Everyone have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

First Period

Chris Conner scored first for the Penguins giving the Pens a 1-0 lead just before the two minute mark of the first. Ebbett and Sutter both got assists. 

5:01 into the period Despres took a interference call that would put the Leafs on the powerplay. 8 seconds into the PP, James van Riemsdyk would score to tie the game 1-1. Dion Phaneuf would get the first assist and his forehead got the second assist.
11:41 seconds into the period Nazem Kadri would score to make it 2-1 for the Leafs. Here is a shot of Kadri after the goal.. 

That would be it for the first period. The leafs would go into the first intermission with a 2-1 lead.

Second Period

13 seconds into the period Van Riemsdyk would score his second goal of the game increasing the leafs goal to 3-1. It is his 11th goal of the season. 

Flower would be pulled after allowing 3 goals on 11 sshots. He didn't look good in net but did look awesome smashing sticks on his way to the locker room... (Everyone breath) Here comes Zatkoff...

31 seconds later Pin Up model Phil Kessel would increase the Leafs lead with a snap shot. Luckily for the Leafs, nobody could blow a 4-1 lead, right? RIGHT?!?! Here is what Phil had to say.. 


Carl Gunnarsson would take an interference call against Kunitz at the 8:17 mark of the period and The Pens would make them pay. 10 seconds in Malkin would score his 5th of the season. Letang(2) got an assist and so did Crosby(19).

Peter Holland would take a call 14:45 into the period putting the Pens on another PP. Not long into the PP Kris Letang would score his 5th of the season as Pens fans everywhere praised their favorite blue liner. Assists would go to Neal(7) and Kunitz(12).

The bad news was with 5 seconds left in the Period the Leafs would push back a little when Tyler Bozak would score to increase the buds lead to 5-3. The good news is that this was the last shot on goal until the shootout. Yeah, there is still another period and an overtime period. You can LOL at the Leafs. 

Third Period

3:46 into the period Neal would score on the PP to crawl closer to the Leafs making the score 5-4. Malkin and Letang both were credited with assists. 

LEAFS HAVEN'T GOTTEN A SHOT ON NET YET....

7:41 into the 3rd Malkin would tie the game 5-5. Crosby and Kunitz both got assists. 

LEAFS STILL HAVEN'T GOTTEN A SHOT.

Time passes....

STILL NO SHOTS...

The period ends with a score of 5-5. LEAFS STILL WITH NO SHOTS LOL...

Overtime

we managed not to get scored on early in OT this time. I credit that to THE LEAFS NEVER GETTING SHOTS!

Pens got 2 shots but couldn't score.. We are headed to the shootout.

SHOOTOUT

Both Sid and Geno would score in the shootout and the Leafs would get shots on net but not score. Zatkoff did it! PENS WIN! 

Notes

  • Pens outshot the Leafs 48-24
  • Letang got 3 points (1G;2A)and only turned over the puck one time. We love him, right?!
  • Pens were 3-5 on the PP and 1-3 on the PK. 
  • Pens won 38 of 68 faceoffs
  • Toronto HATES 4-1 leads. 
The Pens next game is Friday at 4pm in Tampa Bay.
#LetsGoPens

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pens Need Black Friday by @Nick422

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Hooooo boy.  So... once again we, as Penguins fans, find ourselves rooting for the walking wounded.  No Martin, Bennett, Scuderi, Glass, and others.  Now the Pens icescape is littered with names we've barely seen.  Not much to give thanks for as a fan.  Is it time to make some deals?

Miss Me Yet?


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Special Thanksgiving Eve "Light The Lamp Contest: Win a Sidney Crosby Bobblehead

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Happy Thanksgiving Eve Pittsburgh Penguins fans. Tonight the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at Consol Energy Center. Since it's Thanksgiving we wanted to show are appreciate and thanks to our readers and visitors. This site wouldn't be up without you guys. (For the most part). 
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Morning Drive: The League Thanksgiving Edition

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Penguins @ Boston Recap by @ryannoble66

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Last night the Pittsburgh Penguins were defeated by the Boston Bruins at TD Garden by a score of 4-3 in overtime. This was the second match up between these teams of three this season.

First Period

If you looked at the shots from the first period you would think that the Penguins had the majority of the momentum in this period. Sadly that wasn't the case. It would be the Bruins that opened the scoring in this game when Loui Eriksson scored his fifth goal of the season. The play started after the Pens had a couple decent shots on net. Orpik fanned on the puck and.. well, this happened. 
Great work by Orpik... Two on Ones work better going the other way though.. That would put the Bruins up 1-0.

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I'm Grateful For Kris Letang's Hair by @ChicksDigHockey

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I work so hard at appearing to be a serious hockey fan. It is, after all, difficult for a woman to be taken seriously as a knowledgeable fan in a sport like hockey. I study the power play, I learn the goalie’s GAA and save percentage but every now and then, the silly fan girl inside me emerges and I just have to give in to my hormones. That’s when I realize, this Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for Kris Letang’s hair. 

When others are cutting their hair short or embracing the legendary mullet, Letang lets his grow and flow from beneath his Bauer helmet, often distracting me from the fact that he doesn’t belong on the top power play unit. Even when my beloved Pens aren’t doing well, there’s always Letang’s hair. I shamelessly admit I have, on occasion imagined brushing his hair from my face ; )  Wouldn’t you love to eavesdrop during those times he huddles with fellow French Canadian Marc-Andre Fleury speaking in their native tongue? I imagine the conversation goes something like this:

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Morning Drive: Case and Point 11/25/13

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sidney Crosby Scores Game-Tying Goal With 0.3 Seconds Left

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The Pens didn't win the game, but they still got a point thanks to yet another epic goal scored by Sidney Crosby. He has more than a handful of these in his career. Just sit back and watch greatness.

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Don't Underestimate Beau Bennett... Or His Absence by @PandaPSU

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(Photo courtesy of SI.com)
I guess you could say Beau Bennett has been a bit of an overachiever. He was born in the NHL hotbed (not really) of Gardena, CA, and while everyone knows California really is not known for their hockey, not many people know that only 29 players who were born in California went on to have an NHL career. In similar fashion to the Pittsburgh area with Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr, hockey did not take off in California until Wayne Gretzky was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in 1988. Beau Bennett was born in 1991, right when things were really surging in the area. In 2009, he joined the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) to play for the Penticton Vees. He played on the top line and got off to a hot start before leaving the team to represent the USA at the World Junior A Challenge. He ended up winning a gold medal before coming back to Penticton to help lead his team to a deep playoff run. He tied for the league lead in points with 120 (41 G, 79 A), and won the BCHL's Rookie of the Year Award.

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"Mad Monday" with @MadChad412 (Pens Suck When the Other Team Score first, Tanner Glass Most Improved Player on the Team, and More!)

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Welcome to another edition of "Mad Monday".  Coming into today, the Pittsburgh Penguins are back in first place and went 3-1 since last Monday. Hard to be mad about anything involving your favorite team during a span like that, especially considering the teams that they played during that four-game stretch.

The loss in Saturday night's game to the Montreal Canadians was frustrating to say the least. The Pens failed to capitalize on two early power-plays and missed a ton of opportunities throughout the game. Turnovers continue to be the Pens' worst enemy as well.
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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Penguins @ Canadiens Recap by @ryannoble66

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Even with a late push in the 3rd period the Montreal Canadiens managed to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins on home ice last night by a score of 3-2. Carey Price continues to make his bid for the starting spot on Team Canada's roster at the upcoming Olympics while Marc-Andre Fleury.

First Period

This period was a battle of goaltending. Both Flower and Price were both very busy stopping all 12 shots that were fired at both ends.

That was not the only impressive thing in this game. Like him or not, P.K Subban and Markov were incredible. Say what you will about PK, but man did he own Crosby last night. It seems like getting under Sid's skin is still his kryptonite. That is not to say that Sid didn't get his share of chances, but he no doubt didn't control his game or composure they we have seen recently. He also looked like he never took a faceoff in his life. Subban, though hated can't be over looked. As the one Canadian here in the PI family I no doubt would have him on my drawn up Team Canada roster... Yeah, I still dislike the guy.. But if you think he isn't a solid player you are probably lying to yourself. And that's okay because he is a goof..

Though there were many chances in the period, this might have been the closest of the first as the clock was winding down.

The period would end goalless. 0-0

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Pascal Dupuis in the New "Pure Hockey" Commercial. Hilarious Stuff

Islanders @ Penguins Recap by @ryannoble66

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Last night the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the New York Islanders 4-3 after Sidney Crosby scored his 250th goal of his career with 1:16 remaining in the third period. Not terrible for a game that going into fans were asking "How will Zatkoff play?" and "Will Malkin finally score?"

Before we jump into the game, BEST IN THE WORLD!


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Return of The Incredible Malk by @LCJS

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16 games.

That is a long time to go without scoring a goal.

Well, that's not entirely true.  Craig Adams or Tanner Glass can go 16 games without lighting the lamp and nobody would really notice.  After all, they're not really paid to score goals.  Their job is to play that gritty game that true fans of the sport love.

Evgeni Malkin, on the other hand, IS paid to score goals; and for the past 16, Geno couldn't take his 8.7 million-a-year salary and buy one.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Get on up, it's Zatkoff time! By: @LuigiLemieux

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Get on up, it's Zatkoff Time!

Article by Kyle Fritz (@LuigiLemieux) for Pens Initiative



It was late before the season began when we learned that Tomas Vokoun was in trouble.

We had seen him get out of tough situations before, holding strong in front of perilous offensive attacks, and keeping our boys in games when things looked their bleakest.

This time it was different. The enemy was not wearing an opposing sweater, it was much more serious than that. Vokoun was back at battle with a familiar foe. The same blood clot issue that had caused him to miss a significant amount of time back in 2006 was wreaking havoc yet again. All of the sudden our rock solid number two, that had turned into a solid number one goaltender in the wake of a second playoff fall-from-grace of Marc-Andre Fleury, was gone for what could have been not only the season, but possibly his career.

This meant that our goalie situation was about to change dramatically. Our number two as it turned out became Jeff Zatkoff, the 26 year old American goaltender from The Motor City.


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Pens Light Em UP Contest. Win a Free Shirt of Your Choice from @TheClassyYinzer

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OK Pens fans, here's the deal. Pens play the Islanders tonight. Big time rivalry game and we had Pens Initiative want to give away a prize. The Classy Yinzer  has teamed up with our site for the contest tonight and the winner will be able to pick a free t-shirt of their choice for the prize. 

The contest is simple. Tell us who the first Pittsburgh Penguin will be to score the goal and at what time in the game they will score, time expired in the period, same as the box score. Example: (Crosby, 12:38 1st period) Closest to the actual time will win. 

Just player name and time in comments and we will contact the Twitter so leave your real name and/or Twitter handle so we can contact you for your information to mail you your free t-shirt.

To browse the t-shirts, go the Classy Yinzer's website. http://madeyoulook.spreadshirt.com/hockey-C109134/p2


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Morning Drive: Radio:PI 11/21/13

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Last night on Radio:PI Brian Blystone and Mad Chad broke down a much more successful week for the Pens, talked the status of the team with Josh Yohe of the Trib, and brought you Mike Lange's top five goal calls for the week.





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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Penguins and Capitals Renew a Rivalry by @griffTHW

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Ahh, Penguins-Capitals; one of the NHL's most intriguing rivalries.  The made-for-television drama created by pitting two of the world's greatest players against one another never fails to capture the imagination of the hockey community.

It was no different last night as the two entered the contest near the top of the league's scoring race.  Indeed, Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeni Malkin found themselves sitting second and fourth, respectively, in the league's assist column.

What's that?  Not the two you were thinking of? 

Well, with all do respect to Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin and the hockey world's insatiable thirst for arguably the two greatest players on the planet to go toe-to-toe, there's more to it than Sid and Ovie. 

Because, in reality, this is a rivalry rooted in the old Patrick Division, a hatred formed in the mid-'90s as the two squads seemingly met almost annually in the postseason.

So, with that spirit in mind, we decided to revisit three of the greatest moments in the Pens-Caps storied history.  Assuming, of course, you're a fan of the Penguins.

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Penguins @ Capitals Recap by @ryannoble66

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Last night the Pittsburgh Penguins played their best game of the season to earn a huge win over the Washington Capitals by a score of 4-0. Fleury was a monster in net, Sid was Sid and even Dan Bylsma looked like he had coached an NHL game before. In what was the most important game of the season everybody stepped up. Plus, it always feels good getting a W from this guy... 

Not a handsome man... Anyways lets get to the game... WAIT!! 

Caps fans get dressed for the game. 
Okay, NOW lets get to the game! 
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Dead Man Walking by @ExcitedBobErrey

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Some of the biggest questions about the Pittsburgh Penguins during an offseason filled with uncertainty didn't even pertain to the players on the ice. The moment the Pens finished Game 4 against Boston without a goal and the ECF against the Bruins without a win, many fans began to wonder: Would Ray Shero bring back Dan Byslma, and should he be allowed to come back after another disappointing playoff exit? While the first question was answered with a contract extension that showed more faith in Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle's financial commitment than Bylsma's coaching ability, the answer to the second question will only come with time. However, that doesn't mean that talk about Bylsma's future is premature or reactionary. It's a completely warranted debate given the postseason debacles of the past few years.

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Morning Drive: 412 Sports Talk 11/20/13

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Last night on 412 Sports Talk hosts Mad Chad and Mike "Buzz saw" Asti sat down with TribLiveRadio's Dom Errico to discuss the Pittsburgh Power, talked the Steelers big win and previewed the Penguins/Capitals.






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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Amazing Passing leads to amazing goal scored by Sidney Crosby

A Very Special Chris' Corner by @ChrisRBarron

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Today we have a very special Chris' Corner - its PENS game day here in the nation's capital!  Check out this week's Chris' Corner as Chris talks about game day superstitions, what he wants to see from the Pens tonight, and how the Pens match up against the Capitals!


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We Asked for This by @Nick422

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The Penguins have had a bit of a rough stretch.  It's amplified the pre-season concerns of a thin team without much depth on scoring or on toughness.  It's a little rough to watch as a Penguins fan and as such we're all searching for answers.  The odd part of this?  This is all "our" fault.

Can You Name More than Two?
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Morning Drive: Case and Point 11/19/13

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Penguins' PK is OK by @ChicksDigHockey

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It wasn’t all that long ago that penalty killing wasn’t given that much consideration. The philosophy was just keep the other team from using their man advantage to score. The PK is more than boxing out the middle portion of the ice.  Special teams play has received more emphasis over the years. The ability to kill penalties figures in contract offers as well as trades.

When the Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009, they had the 8th ranked penalty kill in the league. In three full seasons under head coach Dan Bylsma, the Pittsburgh Penguins never had a penalty killing group that finished the year outside of the NHL's top-ten units…until 2013. In 48 games played, they allowed 34 PPG.   
                                2009-10 9th (84.1%)
                                2010-11 1st (86.1%)
                                2011-12 3rd (87.8%)
                                2013 (48 games) 25th (79.6%)

If you believe the power play makes a difference you have to believe the penalty kill matters as much or more. Positional penalty killing is based on conventional numerical systems such as the 1-2-1(diamond), 2-2 (box), or unconventional systems such as the 1-1-2. To be successful at the penalty kill set-up you need players who are willing to block shots, a strong defenseman in front of the net and a quick, agile goalie.

Tony Granato has managed the PK under Bylsma. He was the skipper when the PK was on top and at the helm when it fell short. His penalty killers have drank his ‘first eight seconds’ Kool-Aid .  Their philosophy is that after the initial dump they have eight seconds to force a turnover and clear the puck down the ice. Granato’s system  relies on intense video analysis, even in between periods on team  iPads  to scout tendencies and strategy. In short, he tailors the PK to the team they are playing rather than having a more global plan. The 8 second plan works until it doesn’t.

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Ducks @ Penguin Recap by @ryannoble66

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Last night Brian Gibbons (hockey superstar) and the Pittsburgh Penguins hosted the Anaheim Ducks. The Penguins won the game 3-1 in Pittsburgh thanks to a goal and an assist from Gibbons in his NHL debut and an incredible night from Marc-Andre Fleury who finished the night with 27 saves.
Brian Gibbons 1G/1A 1st star of the game
(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

First Period

Unlike most recent games, the Penguins did not look good in the first period. Based on our recent record one couldn't help but think that that was a good thing. The Ducks really came out hard and looked like the stronger team out shooting the Penguins 12-3. If it was not for Flower and some HUGE saves this game would have looked much different. Whats worse, is not only did we only manage to land 3 shots on Ducks goaltender Fasth, but we didn't get our first on net until the 18 minute mark which was our reminder that there was actually fans watching inside Consol Energy Center. Weather they were excited cheers or sarcastic, it was nice hearing you guys/girls! 

The first period ended shortly after goalless. THANK GOODNESS! 
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Monday, November 18, 2013

"Mad Monday" with @MadChad412 (Time for Some Changes)

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Welcome back to another edition of "Mad Monday". Unfortunately, this week's column will be just as gloomy as last weeks. Last week I wrote about how the way the Pens are put together under the current salary cap that they can't afford to have Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby go into slumps at the same time. We saw what happens when they do during the Eastern Conference Finals last year against the Boston Bruins.

Well it's happening right now and the results are similar. The Pens have last four of their last five and have failed to score more than one goal in all but one of those games. Malkin hasn't scored a goal in 13 games and Crosby has one goal in his last ten games. The Pens record in those five games; just 5-5.

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Is it time for “Disco” Dan Bylsma to Stop Dancing? by @PandaPSU

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When Ray Shero called on the services of Dan Bylsma in February of 2009, he was rather desperate. The Pens were mediocre. Their record was 27-25-5, and they were fighting for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. For a team that took the Detroit Red Wings to six games in the Stanley Cup Finals the year before, the Pens were clearly underachieving. It was obvious that the message of then coach, Michel Therrien, was becoming a bit stale and a big change was necessary. Bylsma brought in his high tempo approach to help guide the Pens to an 18-3-4 record in the final 25 games of the regular season, and of course ultimately to their third Stanley Cup for the franchise in June of that year.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Penguins @ Devils Recap by @ryannoble66

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Last night in New Jersey Marty Brodeur and the Devils defeated the Penguins by a score of 4-1. Marty B looked incredible. You might not have noticed that he is the Devils back up goalie. At times I wished that they had Corey Schneider in net instead but clearly that might not have solved the problem. Loses are never easy, especially when they come from this fan base.. Okay, that is a stretch but I needed to find a way to slip this in..

  First Period

Don't be shocked when you read this, I know it will be shocking (looks for sarcastic font) byt the Penguins for the most part dominated the majority of the first period, I know it sounds CRAZY! We out shot the Devils 10-3 and outside a tripping call to James Neal we managed to stay out of the box.

The Devils would be able to get on the score board first with 19 seconds left in the period when Andy Greene took a wrist shot that trickled through Fleury to put the Devils up 1-0.


Yes, that was Letang that was weak on the puck...

Second Period

The Penguins did not wait long into the second period to tie the game up when Chris Kunitz would rush put his breakaway attempt past Marty B who failed on the poke check. It was Kunitz's 9th goal on the season. 


 The rest of the period was goalless.  The devils managed to get the majority of the chances and goals in this period out shooting the Penguins 10-6. The period ended 2-1 for THE DEVILSSS.... (puddy voice)
Oh, Flower did do this.



Third Period

Much like the first period, the Penguins saw more chances and got more pucks on Marty B but that was not enough. They managed to outshoot the Devils 12-9 but it was the Devils who managed to keep putting pucks in the net. 14:06 in the period when PENS FAVORITE JAROMIR JAGR (#FanExplosion) scored to put the Devils up 3-1. (I wont add a GIF to avoid angry E-Mails about how much Jagr sucks...)

at 18:43 the Devils would put the final nail in the coffin when Jagr would put in his second of the night into an empty net to make it 4-1. And that would be the final goal of the game. 

The Penguins again found a way to get the majority of the chances and shots on net in this game and again could not capitalize. We can keep blaming hot goalies until we go blue in the face but eventually we gotta look into what else is responsible for our loosing so much. I know it is fun to blame hot back up goalies, and it is SUPER FUN to blame Kris Letang, but we are not scoring goals. One goal a game is obviously not enough when we are letting in at least one weak goal a game. We need our big guys to step up. I know, Kris Letang sucks (sighs) but Geno hasn't scored in what, almost forever? This is not just one persons fault or one goalie out playing us. This is us as a team not scoring goals even though we are getting chances. Is it bad luck? Who knows. Definitely not Dan Bylsma....

Our next game is Monday against the Anaheim Ducks at 7:30 in Pittsburgh.

#LetsGoPens

Notes

  • The Penguins were 0 for 4 on the power play.
  • We had the edge in faceoffs winning of 45. (Crosby was %77 on faceoffs)
  • We had 8 blocked shots (3 by Letang)
  • We managed to only give the puck away 5 times. Not good but not our worst effort. And only 1 was Letangs fault. 
  • Jagr was responsible for %68 of Pens fan explosions last night. Letang had the rest... 
 

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