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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A Super Fix for the NHL’s Schedule by @disgruntledbill

12:00:00 PM 1
Did you watch the NHL’s All Star Game? Honestly, I didn’t. I did tune in for the NHL’s skills competition though. The All Star game is a tough sell, even among the die hard NHL fans, present company included.

In order to allow you to (not) watch the All Star Game the NHL cleared their schedule. No games were played Friday January 26th, Saturday January 27th, or Sunday January 28th

Arggghhh-Star Pirates 

Last week the NFL played their version of the All Star game too, the Pro Bowl. There were no playoff NFL games because it’s the week between the conference final and the “big game”.

Recap: last week you had a choice between watching the All Star NHL game or the Pro Bowl. Those are incredibly weak offerings.
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Monday, January 29, 2018

Legends Never Die by @MedinaMarie_PI

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It may seem like a blink of an eye, but 28 years have passed since the announcement that Jaromir Jagr has been drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Since then, the man, the myth, the legend that is Jags has gone on to have an illustrious and record setting career in the NHL.
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Sprong to get the Pouliot Treatment? by @MedinaMarie_PI

12:08:00 PM 3
Much to the dismay of  the Pittsburgh Penguins' fan base, Daniel Sprong has been sent back to Wilkes Barre to play in the AHL. As expected, many became #MadOnline.

"How could they do this to him?"
"He is what this team needs!"
"He is better than Sheary! Sheary should be benched!"
"Get rid of Reaves, keep Sprong up!"
"He NEEDS to play with Crosby!"
"He is being wasted just like Pouliot...."
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Monday, January 22, 2018

Zayne McIntyre is Kryptonite to the WBS Pens by @disgruntledbill

12:00:00 PM 4
The Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins season long eight game winning streak came to a screeching halt last Friday, against the Providence Bruins. The Pens were shut out 1-0 despite third string goalie Anthony Peters making 43 saves. Zane McIntyre, a 25 year old goalie in his third AHL season, made 28 saves in the win.

This guy is going to be a huge problem this postseason. 

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Comic! Top Cheese - Blooming in the Desert by @ryank_119

5:42:00 PM 4

This clearly isn't The Phil but I thought you would enjoy a peek at Flower in Vegas.
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A Milestone Night by @MedinaMarie_PI

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(Photo credit: NHL.com/Penguins)
The Pittsburgh Penguins continued their energy burst coming off their bye week with a convincing 5-2 victory versus the New York Rangers Sunday January 14. Not only did the win extend their current winning streak to four games, it also became a night of milestones for a few of the players.

Phil Kessel had a banner night. With his power- play goal in the second period, he became just the third American-born player in NHL history to hit the 20-goal mark for ten consecutive seasons. He falls in line with fellow Americans Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks) and Keith Tkachuk (retired). That goal would also notch Kessel his 700th career point in the NHL.

Carl Hagelin also had himself a milestone evening. His assist on a goal by fellow Swede, Patric Hornqvist, gave Hagelin his 200th career point. He would also score an empty net goal during that same contest.

To finish off the night, Dominik Simon earned himself his first NHL goal. He has been finding a lot of chemistry on the wing with Sidney Crosby, and has been getting some great scoring opportunities as of late. It was only a matter of time before it paid off.

The Penguins will head to their annual West Coast swing to take on the Anaheim Ducks, LA Kings, and San Jose Sharks later this week. Make sure to take a little nap to prepare for late night hockey.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Phil - 3-019 Iceburgh by @ryank_119

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But then there's the pressure of not falling down the arena stairs during intermission.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Former Penguins Named to Team Canada

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Around lunch time today Team Canada's Olympic group was named and it sported three former Penguins. Not that guy.  Nope, not him either.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A Trade the Penguins Wont Make by @Nick422

12:00:00 PM 4
The Penguins head in to the bye week on a good note, with back-to-back wins including an impressive come back win over one of the hottest teams in the league.  It doesn't hide the fact that the Penguins are still flawed.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Two Familiar Faces on Team USA by @disgruntledbill

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What would it take to root for Chris Borque?

When the term “Penguin killer” is tossed around, Borque’s name has to be top of the list. Rooting for Chris Borque, the Hershey Bear makes a vein budge on my head.  Borque has spent eight of the past 10 seasons playing with the Bears.  My phone autocompletes “Chris Borque” with “sucks”.

Chris Borque happy makes me unhappy. 

Borque has been a member of Bears teams that have ruined my spring and eliminated Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins from the postseason in 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2016. To add insult to injury, Borque has won the Calder Cup with Hershey in 2006, 2009, and 2010 and seems to consistently be a point per game player in the AHL. He is elite in the American League, yet just not able to stick around in the NHL.  

Just a quick friendly reminder the WBS Penguins have still never won the Calder Cup.  Disgusting.
I couldn’t root for Chris Borque the Washington Capital either. I was indifferent to Borque the Bruin and Borque the Woflpack (Wolfpacker?)(solo wolf?). I pretended like the man didn’t exist during his brief stint with Pittsburgh where he played in 20 NHL games during the 2009-2010 seasons.  

He forever and always will be a Hershey Bear to me, burying shots from the point on the powerplay into the back of the WBS net.

Rooting against Chris Borque will be tough this February. The roster for Team USA’s Men’s hockey team has finally been announced and the absence of the NHL at this year’s Olympics has opened the door for Borque on the team. I’ll be rooting for Team USA as always….and begrudgingly Chris Borque.

Borque isn’t the only former Penguin to make the cut for Team USA. Defenseman Noah Welch has also made the team. Welch played for WBS from 2005 to 2007 and made it into 28 games with Pittsburgh. He has been playing in Europe since 2011. He was well liked during his two years in WBS and was essentially a pre-Ben Lovejoy, Ben Lovejoy. They are both Ivy League nice guy stay at home defenseman types. He also (like Lovejoy just did) notably donated his brain for concussion research way back in 2009.

WBS has made some really boring hockey cards over the years. 

Chad Kolarik has also made team USA. Kolarik only played 35 games with WBS in 2013 on a team that reached the Eastern Conference Final. After leaving WBS, Kolarik bounced around the AHL and has ben playing overseas in Germany for the past 5 seasons. Only the diehards will remember he was even on the team 5 years ago.

Welch is an easy guy to root for. It’s just too bad he’s on a team with Chris Borque.

The rest of Team USA can be viewed here.
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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

41 down, 41 to go by @MedinaMarie_PI

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(Photo Credit: Boston Herald)
Half of the NHL regular season has come and gone. A win on January 2, 2018 versus Philadelphia kept the Penguins out of the Metro Division basement, but the team continues to struggle when it comes to stringing wins together.
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Monday, January 1, 2018

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