Thoughts: Game 23 – Malkin Carries Pens to a Point in 3-2 (SO) Loss

Oilers 3  Pens 2 (SO) Record: 13-8-2, 28 pts Goals Malkin (10) unassisted Malkin (11) (PP) from Letang, Crosby Penalties Scuderi (tripping) – Bad (loses Nugent-Hopkins skating past him on the outside and goes down to trip him to prevent a scoring chance) Clendening (slashing) – Unnecessary (misses the puck when Draisaitl lifts his stick, […]

Game 23 Recap: A tale of two teams. Oilers pull out extra point

Watch these two clips.

The first was the Penguins on their bench at some point in the first period:

Now, watch this from the Oilers side. This comes during OT. The Oilers call a timeout to set up their powerplay:

The Oilers coach, Todd Mclellan, is laughing with his team. The Oilers are loose, their body language is just so much different than the Penguins.

While the Oilers didn’t score, they did end up winning in the shootout. Two teams, organizations headed in different directions it feels.


COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 23:  David Savard #58, Ryan Johansen #19 and Artem Ansimov #42 react as Brandon Dubinsky #17, all of the Columbus Blue Jackets, celebrates after scoring the game tying goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in Game Four of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nationwide Arena on April 23, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Incredible reactions by Columbus fans regarding the Dubinsky/Crosby incident

Honestly all that was missing from Dubinsky/Crosby was Scott Hartnell coming off the bench and hitting Crosby with a steel chair while Johnny Torts held Mike Johnston back. In case you didn’t see it: The NHL department of safety, otherwise known as Brian Burke’s family tree met with Dubinsky on Saturday. After probably high-fiving Dubinsky, […]


Thoughts: Game 22 – Hockey is Ugly. Pens Lose 2-1 in OT.

Blue Jackets 2  Pens 1 (OT) Record: 13-8-1, 27 pts Goals Malkin (9) (PP) from Crosby, Kessel Penalties Cole (hooking) – Bad (gets caught flat-footed as Foligno skates past him and puts his stick into Foligno’s hands for a hook) Malkin (slashing) – Stupid (gets pushed around in front of the Blue Jackets net, then […]


Game 22 Recap: Ohio sucks. Pens lose in OT.

  What a game. This was that really good shit that reminds you why you got addicted in the first place. NHL games night in and night out get really stale without the kind of playoff fire that this game had. What made it a playoff-like atmosphere? Blue Jackets fans obviously can’t be happy when […]


Thoughts: Game 21 – Rift Between Pens and Blues Ends with 4-3 (OT) Win

Pens 4  Blues 3 (OT) Record: 13-8-0, 26 pts Goals Crosby (4) from Dupuis Crosby (5) (PP) from Malkin, Letang Lovejoy (2) from Perron, Letang Malkin (8) from Kessel, Lovejoy Penalties Cole (holding the stick) – Unnecessary (puts his left arm in front of Backes and grabs his stick as they’re trying to get to […]


The Perfect Power-Play Breakout

The Penguins power-play hasn’t been all that good this season and that might be the understatement of the century. On a roster oozing with talent, it’s almost inconceivable that the Penguins have struggled as much as they have with the man-advantage. Between early season coaching decisions to split up one of the best scoring duos […]


Penguins Fall to 11th on Forbes’ Annual List Of NHL Team Valuations

Today Forbes released their annual list of the NHL’s most valuable teams. The New York Rangers are at the top of that list for the first time since 2004, coming in with a value of $1.2 billion. According to Forbes… “The Rangers generated the most revenue ($229 million) in the league during the 2014-15 season, cashing in on […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 08:  Penguins alumni Bryan Trottier waves to the crowd during the pre game ceremony to celebrate the final regular season game at Mellon Arena on April 8, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Penguins defeated the Islanders 7-3.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Must-read of the week (and year): Bryan Trottier’s letter to his younger self

The Players Tribune has had some of the best pieces of the year. But Bryan Trottier’s letter to his younger self might top them all. Especially if you grew up a Penguin fan. Trottier’s letter is riddled with incredible Penguin stories. On Badger Bob; Your coach in Pittsburgh will be “Badger” Bob Johnson. Appreciate this […]


Thoughts: Game 20 – Unfortunate Bounces Lead to Unfortunate 3-1 Loss for Pens

Sharks 3  Pens 1 Record: 12-8-0, 24 pts Goals Kessel (7) (PP) from Hornqvist, Crosby Penalties Hornqvist (interference) – Unnecessary (skates along the blue line and collides into Braun to take him down as Braun is backing up into that same area with Malkin carrying the puck) Kunitz (interference) – Unnecessary (lets his skate hit […]


Thoughts: Game 19 – Offense is Fun. Pens Win 4-3.

Pens 4  Avalanche 3 Record: 12-7-0, 24 pts Goals Perron (3) from Cole, Bennett Malkin (7) (PP) from Letang, Kessel Kunitz (3) from Bonino Crosby (3) from Dupuis, Cole Penalties Hornqvist (roughing) – Inconsequential (gets into a scrum with McLeod and several other players that leads to each team getting a minor) Bennett (high-sticking) – […]


Game 19 Recap: The West is the best to beat on. Pens win again.

It’s kind of shitty to say, but who knows if the Penguins are really playing better. It looks like it — they’ve scored eight goals since being shut out last Saturday night — but is it really true? The Avs are now four games under .500. The Wild didn’t have Zach Parise in their lineup. Or maybe […]


Thoughts: Game 18 – Malkin Leads the Way to Pens 4-3 Victory

Pens 4  Wild 3 Record: 11-7-0, 22 pts Goals Perron (2) from Malkin, Letang Bennett (3) (PP) from Malkin, Hornqvist Malkin (5) (PP) from Letang Malkin (6) from Kessel, Clendening Penalties Clendening (holding) – Unnecessary (lets a puck get past him in the neutral zone and ends up getting his hand/stick wrapped up around Bulmer […]

Game 18 Recap: Malkin, a man of his word. Pens beat Wild 4-3

Leadership is a big subject everywhere. We’ve always heard about it since we were kids. We hear about it at work. A leader is a lot of things to different people. But in our view a leader is someone that speaks the truth and then delivers on those very truths.

Evgeni Malkin did that tonight. He had a hand in every Penguins goal, scoring two himself and recording the primary assist on the other two by Beau Bennett and David Perron.

Here are the Primetime highlights:

  • The biggest story in this game, other than Evgeni Malkin’s life-changing puck drag, is the Maatta injury and Mike Johnston’s old man jam reaction. The Maatta play was no question dirty, but it was the worst possible sequence.

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  • A Wild player was going for a change at the same moment Maatta is getting jobbed.
  • The Wild’s backup goalie is anticipating the change and he opens the door. Awful stuff. Still a dirty play. Maatta had to be taken to the hospital on a stretcher.

  • Which reminds us of this clip…

  • Old Man Jam:

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  • David Perron is weird:

  • Adam Clendening with 11 minutes of puck moving. Great stuff. He set up a goal with a beautiful 81-foot pass. Rob Scuderi probably threw up.
  • Party Hard feels stale already. Pens should play HBK’s music after goals.

  • How about we just fix the players we have on the current roster?

Peace. Meesh up next.