Pens 2 Hurricanes 1 (SO) Record: 28-19-7, 63 pts Goals Kessel (16) from Cullen, Hagelin SO Winner: Letang Penalties Hornqvist (tripping) – Careless (gets tripped/knocked over and falls to the ice, then reaches out with his stick and trips Slavin for a penalty) Daley (hooking) – Lazy (stays flat-footed in front of the Penguins net […]
Phil Kessel Timeline:
The final stat line on Kessel: 19 minutes, 7 shots, 1 goal. 10 instances of him trying to catch his breath on the bench. ROOT is trying to push hard on the attempted shots movement thing, but we aren’t buying that. Attempted shots are the same thing to us as “attempting to get out of bed.” You either do or you don’t.
REST OF THE GAME
It was a cold Friday night in Pittsburgh, so chances are if you were in the Pittsburgh area watching the game you were bundled up nice and warm and you probably fell asleep at points. It was a really, really boring game.
The Canes tied it with under five minutes to play. They owned a lot of the third period.
The game slipped into 3-on-3 OT and as usual it was high entertainment. Cam Ward was unrealistic at points. He robbed Hagelin and Crosby
Fleury made a save here and there and Phil Kessel looked like he was going to die.
You don’t realize how dumb the shootout is until you’ve seen 3-0n-3. Fleury and Ward went to work. It all came down to Letang:
The return of the old school “Legame”
Good two points for the Pens.
This is how a conversation would go if you had a friend that loved Ben Lovejoy: Bob Errey: Ben Lovejoy has had a really good game here tonight. Paul Steigerwald: Pardon me…Who’s having a really good game? Bob Errey: Ben Lovejoy. Paul Steigerwald:..**reads commercial**
Pittsburgh Penguins (27-19-7) at Carolina Hurricanes (24-21-9) 7:00 PM EST – ROOT Sports PNC Arena – Raleigh, North Carolina
Do less, Penguins. So just think, you could hire all your friends as associate GM’s, hire a peewee coach, trade some prospects for horrible players, try to kill Rob Rossi after a game and you would only be half as bad as the real GM of the Penguins. Good times.
Rangers 3 Pens 0 Record: 27-19-7, 61 pts Goals None Penalties K. Letang (high-sticking) – Careless (battles with Klein for a loose puck in the Rangers zone and lifts his stick into Klein’s face) Notable Forwards WBS Players ↔ – The lack of goals is obviously a disappointment, but the WBS lines still looked good […]
The only good thing about this 3-0 Penguin loss is that it was probably was more of a blimp in the pattern, then an indication of how things are going to go. Under Mike Johnston, if the Pens were down 2-0, they had no chance at coming back. Under Mike Sullivan you almost feel like it is expected they comeback.
Sullivan had a really good quote after the game:
Sullivan says Penguins need to learn to play in low-scoring games. Cautions against becoming high-risk by forcing offense in games like this
— Angie (@acarducci) February 11, 2016
That’s exactly what happened in this game. The Penguins have been shredding teams with offense, but when they ran into the King and all his men they struggled to find anything. The loss sucks, because losing the Rangers is the worst. But hearing Mike Sullivan say that tells you he’s so much more aware of what the hell to do than Mike Johnston. Again, hard to believe Mike Johnston was actually an NHL coach, and people thought it was a good idea. ( Still can’t get over it.)
You also have to factor in the Penguins are playing without Evgeni Malkin, and Phil Kessel has shown up in February as many times as that groundhog.
Speaking of which…
Where is Phil Kessel?
Last five games:
Kessel has made some nice passes, but he wasn’t really brought here to make sick saucer passes. He makes 8.8 million dollars. His cap hit is 6.8 million. Kessel has four goals since the year 2016 started. And in one game he had two of those four. He’s streaky, but so is your cat’s memory.
And he isn’t exactly making up for it with great defensive play. NBCSN caught this moment:
Hopefully when Malkin gets back he can get Kessel going, but right now Kessel is fighting it.
The Curse of Dominic Moore
At the time we said this about that trade:
To date, since that trade the Penguins have played a team with Moore on it ( including playoffs) 46 times not counting tonight. It feels like Moore’s teams are like 45-1 against the Penguins and Moore has 15 goals and 40 points.
In reality he only has four goals in now 47 games, and his teams are like 26-20 against the Pens. No idea why it feels worse. He is 4-0 in the playoff against them, but still it feels weird. Moore of course scored in this game, look at his face when he shoots this puck:
It’s like he scream ” DICK” before he shoot it. This goal made it 2-0 at the point of the third period where it really just felt like the game was over.
Andrew W goal-less
Based on the PSAMP movement, the Penguins flew Andrew WK in, and set him up with the Arena organ, and apparently gave him a mircophone in the stands to sing the “Party Hard” song:
Please score pic.twitter.com/PrfRiqtcIY
— nicholas anthony. (@psamp) February 11, 2016
And the hockey gods had other ideas.
– Boring, boring game.
– Trevor Daley got hurt.
-What makes this season unique compared to other Penguin seasons is that we’ll see the Penguins win one game and be on cloud nine. And then lose and game, and be worried as fuck that they might not make the playoffs
New York Rangers (30-18-5) at Pittsburgh Penguins (27-18-7) 8:00 PM EST – NBCSN CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA The first few dreadful months of this season are becoming an afterthought lately thanks to some signature wins and the unrealistic play we’ve seen from Sidney Crosby. Tonight, the Pens have a chance to make another statement when […]
Pens 6 Ducks 2 Record: 27-18-7, 61 pts Goals Kunitz (10) from Letang, Crosby Sheary (3) from Letang, Maatta Hagelin (5) from Kessel, Dumoulin Crosby (23) unassisted Crosby (24) from Kunitz Maatta (6) from Crosby, Hornqvist Penalties Letang (boarding) – Bad Call (leans into Silfverberg’s side and gets tangled up with his arm, sending him […]
We’re getting to the point now where we’ll soon be past the “Man, the Penguins look completely different under Mike Sullivan” phase. We’re not exactly sure what the next phase will be, but it’s just great to be pumped about the Penguins again. It doesn’t hurt when they score three goals in the first period […]
Anaheim Ducks (25-18-7) at Pittsburgh Penguins (26-18-7) 7:00 PM EST – ROOT Sports CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA The Pens return home Monday night after a weekend in Florida that could end up being looked back on as a defining moment in their season.
Pens 3 Panthers 2 (OT) Record: 26-18-7, 59 pts Goals Letang (8) from Crosby, Hornqvist Crosby (22) from Letang, Daley Letang (9) (PP) from Crosby, Daley Penalties Hagelin (hooking) – Careless (loses the puck to Campbell behind the Panthers net and turns to keep up with Campbell, putting his stick across Campbell’s midsection and pulling […]
For the 18 people that still read this blog, you know we struggle with Kris Letang. From the haircuts, to the turnovers, to the composure level, he is just a hard player for us to rally behind. But here’s the thing. The beauty of being a fan of your team allows you to do a 180 […]
Lightning 6 Pens 3 Record: 25-18-7, 57 pts Goals Hornqvist (11) from Kunitz, Pouliot Crosby (21) from Kunitz, Hornqvist Cullen (6) from Kessel Penalties Letang (roughing) – Stupid (takes a high elbow to the face from Filppula during a puck battle, then retaliates by dropping his stick and pushing Filppula in the back twice, then […]
Pittsburgh Penguins (25-18-7) at Florida Panthers (31-15-5) 7:00 PM EST – ROOT Sports BB&T Center – Sunrise, Florida
Here’s how the game went in one pic: It felt like the Pens had no chance in Hell of winning this game. People were freaking out that Malkin was out for maybe two games and that Eric Fehr is gonna be out for a month. It’s far from the end of the world. The Florida […]
Pittsburgh Penguins (25-17-7) at Tampa Bay Lightning (28-18-4) 7:30 PM EST – ROOT Sports Amalie Arena – Tampa, Florida
Three games into this season was all it took for people to begin calling for Mike Johnston’s job. Three games, three straight losses. Perhaps someone should have listened.
Pens 6 Senators 5 Record: 25-17-7, 57 pts Goals Cullen (5) from Hagelin, Dumoulin Letang (7) from Crosby, Kunitz Kunitz (9) unassisted Crosby (18) (PP) from Letang, Malkin Crosby (19) (PP) from Kessel, Malkin Crosby (20) from Kunitz, Hornqvist Penalties Kuhnhackl (embellishment) – Bad Call (grabs the arm of Cowen as Cowen is holding him […]
Remember back when the Penguins got Phil Kessel over the summer and everyone thought there would be games like 6-5 every night. And then Mike Johnston ruined hockey for half the year? Knowing the NHL like we think we do, this game is probably a foreshadowing of what the next 33 games are going to […]
It’s a different kind of #jagrwatch on the Pensblog today. THIS DATE IN 1991:
Ottawa Senators (23-21-6) at Pittsburgh Penguins (24-17-7) 7:00 PM EST – ROOT Sports CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA It took about four months but the Pittsburgh Penguins seem to finally be rounding into a team that is ready to take a serious run at the playoffs.
So back in 2010 we, Rick City, and Stephen S started talking about making a story about Sudden Death II. When we (Derek and Adam) started the blog long ago, we did a story called “Jobbers.” We always wanted to do another story. By then we had become friends with Stephen S. What people don’t […]