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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Kris Letang Masterton Finalist by @ChicksDigHockey

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The NHL announced today that Kris Letang, along with Goaltenders Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild and Andrew Hammond of the Ottawa Senators, is a  finalist for the 2014-15 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.  The Masterton is awarded "to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey." 

Letang is the Penguins' Masterton Trophy candidate for the second consecutive season, his latest nomination coming just 15 months after suffering a stroke in January 2014. He lifted his game to new heights in 2014-15, anchoring the Pittsburgh blueline and posting single-season career highs in goals (tie, 11), assists (43) and points (54) despite missing 13 games due to injury. Letang led the Penguins in average ice time per game (25:29), nearly three minutes more than any other player on the roster, and tied for second on the club in plus-minus (+12). He also was the only blueliner in the NHL to post a five-point game in 2014-15 (five assists vs. WPG on Jan. 27). (NHL)


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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Good, The Bad and The Wishful

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Now that the Penguins' season is done and their lockers have emptied, the focus of everyone's attention has turned to the off-season and where the team should go from here. While that is fun to do, and we will certainly cover it here at PensInitiative.com as well, the season that is worth a brief look back as well.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Offseason Primer by @BrianK_PI

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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.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

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

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

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Ringling Bros Presents: The Pittsburgh Penguins

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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.

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

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

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Monday, April 20, 2015

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

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

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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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TRP: Game 2 - Pittsburgh at New York by @LCJS

Friday, April 17, 2015

Morning Drive: Radio:PI 4/16/15

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

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Game 1 of Penguins vs Rangers: a ("The Simpsons") Recap by @DXTraeger

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This series's underdog, Santa's Little Pittsburgh Penguins
(photo from Fox's "The Simpsons")
With last year's playoff series firmly etched into the mind of players and fans alike, the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers kicked off their first round Stanley Cup Playoffs series on Thursday night.

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It’s that time of the year again…..Are you ready for the Atom-Bomb Bikini Playoff Challenge? 
Enter to win prizes and prove your hockey expertise!

Our very own artistic genius is at it again. Rob Ullman has made his predictions for round one of the playoffs. Instead of doing them in boring bracket form…..yawn….he gives you his prediction with Team Pinup Girls! 

Here’s how to play: pick the teams you think will advance to the final four, the conference champions, and the eventual Stanley Cup winner. One point for each correct final four pick, two for each final two pick, and three for picking the champs. Whoever has the most points when that cup is hoisted in June will win the big prize! 


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