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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Crowns and Clowns Week 2 by @MedinaMarie_PI

What a whirlwind of a week! I don't know about any of you fans, but these come-from-behind wins are already giving me fits. Admittedly, having only a few games to work with for this weeks column
did not give me much to go on in the way of content at least where the Penguins are concerned. This is why some aspects outside of the team have been added and deserving so.

Therefore, starting in November, Crowns and Clowns will be compiled from two weeks worth of games in order to have a bigger sample size. With that said, here is what I have come up with for Week #2.


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High King - The Kid Returns:

Oct. 25th's game against the Florida Panthers was already a game highlighted on the calendar. It brought Jaromir Jagr back to Pittsburgh (as a member of the Panthers) in the 50th anniversary season and got fans and media alike discussing whether or not his jersey should be retired in Pittsburgh once he leaves the game for good. All of that was overshadowed come game time when number 87 took the ice.

He was back. Sidney Crosby had returned.

After missing the first six games due to a concussion sustained on Oct. 7th, Crosby would elevate his team (down 2-0 most of the way through the second period) to a 3-2 victory over the Cats. His power play goal at 13:41 of the second period opened the scoring and the Panthers would have no answer for the rest of the game. He would finish with roughly eighteen minutes of ice time and register four shots.

Oh Captain, our Captain, you wear the Crown again.

King- Craig Anderson:

(Photo credit: @Snakebite350 via Twitter)
Although the High King crown was bestowed upon Sidney Crosby (mainly because he is on the home team), a second King slot has been added in place of Prince. The Penguins do not face off against the Ottawa Senators until Dec. 5th, however, Sens goalie Craig Anderson deservingly takes the second title.

Just days after the NHL held their "Hockey Fights Cancer" night, Senators GM Pierre Dorion announced that Anderson's wife, Nicholle, was diagnosed with cancer and that the goalie would be taking a leave of absence from the team in order to be with her.

Soon after the announcement, the Senators other goalie, Andrew Hammond, sustained a groin injury and is to be out at least a week. Knowing that his team needed him, Nicholle encouraged and persuaded her husband to re-join the team.

With his wife's diagnosis heavy on his heart, and playing against a hot Oilers team, Anderson would dig deep and help bring his team to a 32-save shut out victory. At games end, he was swarmed by his team in congratulations and supportive hugs and head taps. He was then announced as the number one star of the game. You can watch everything unfold in the clip below.

We wish Craig and Nicholle all the best in her fight. We may be on different sides, but in the end, it is all one hockey family.

(Photo credit: Patrick Smith/ Getty Images Sport/ Getty)
Duke - Mr. 300:

With his second goal against the Philadelphia Flyers on Oct. 29th, Evgeni Malkin became a member of a very exclusive club- The Top 6 Club. His 300th career goal puts him in 6th place in the list Penguins All-Time leading scorers. He could very well break into the top four by mid-season.

Congratulations on another milestone, Malkin, and we hope for many more.


The Bozo - Salty Flyers Fans:

For a short time on Saturday Oct. 29th, the Philadelphia Flyers held a 2-0 lead. In typical fashion when getting their hopes up, chants of "Crosby Sucks" began to ring out from the bright-orange clad fans in their arena. I would recap everything Crosby has accomplished in the past 11 seasons but that would take a very long time. 

After the 5-4 loss (one of those goals coming from soon-to-be 40 year old, Matt Cullen), the Penguins social media team decided they wanted to rub some of those salty tears into the Flyers fan's wounds. Here's how:

Yes, they are right. Sidney Crosby sucks so bad. Take your jingle hat and go sulk under your last Stanley Cup banner...the one dated 1975.

The Simpleton - Patrick McGrath:

Most hockey fans will agree that they like a good, spirited fight. It can breath life into a team needing a boost when losing in a big game. Eventually though, spending too much time in the sin bin can, and will, end up hurting your team.

Case and point, Wilkes-Barre/ Scanton's Patrick McGrath.

In seven games, McGrath has 30 minutes of "shame time" including two fighting majors. In the new AHL rules regarding fights, if a player gets 10 fighting majors they will face a one-game suspension. At this rate, McGrath could see that come to pass by the end of 2016.

(Photo credit: Wilkes Barre Times- Leader)
Now, that's not to say McGrath is a bad hockey player. He earned a full spot in the WBS roster this year, his skating has improved and had an assist in the Baby Penguin's game versus Syracuse on 10/29.

McGrath is a no-nonsense kind of player. He goes full bore in everything. That Irish temper though makes Tom Sestito look tame. He will not be doing himself, or his team, any favors if he can't keep himself out of the penalty box and he is now beginning to admit that.

Let's get that fire under control, McGrath. A good win leaves a bigger bruise than any right hook ever could.

The Jester -  Brian Dumoulin:

Although he had a couple bad games, that is not what puts him on this list. The Penguin's held their annual Halloween party recently and with that comes quite a bit of creativity when it comes to costumes for couples.

For the most part, the couples within the Penguins organization seemed quite happy with their costume choices (which can be seen below in Honorable Mention). One player did not, at least from the photo that was used for almost every article regarding the party. That player would be the one wearing jersey #8.

Dumoulin clearly is none to enthused by his character, Lumiere from Disney's Beauty and the Beast, but you could at least fake it for the picture. Give him some credit though as he went along with the idea even if he didn't like it. Not every man can pull off a bright, mustard- yellow unitard after all. Just remember everyone: Happy Wife (or girlfriend), Happy Life.

Honorable Mention - Halloween Costumes to delight us all:

Below are some of the Halloween costumes worn by Penguin's players and around the NHL. They might all be grown men, but when it comes to Halloween, they are just a bunch of little kids at heart.

(Going L-R)

  • The Kunitz family as Frankenstein and his bride
  • Kris Letang as Bill Turner and wife, Katherine, as a mermaid.
  • Conor Sheary, Bryan Rust, Scott Wilson and their significant others as Mario Cart characters
  • The Fleury's as elderly people
  • Tom Kuhnhackl and girlfriend as pirates
  • Derrick Pouliot and his girlfriend as Squints and Wendy Peffercorn in the movie "The Sandlot"

  • Matt Duchene and his mate as Bugs and Lola Bunny from Space Jam
  • Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel as Germans celebrating Oktoberfest
  • P.K. Subban as Prince
  • Erik Karlsson and his wife portray The White and Black Swan
  • Jonathan Huberdeau making the most of his injury, as Elliot and ET.

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