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 […]
The Penguins enter the the 2nd half of the NHL season clinging to the final spot in the NHL’s wild card position courtesy of a nice three game win streak to close out the first half. After a tumultuous start to the Mike Sullivan era, the Penguins have righted the ship and are playing some […]
The John Scott All-Star Game story will be the subject of a movie; there’s no question. So we’re getting ahead of the pack here and have already secured the cast:
We think the All-Star Game format was spectacular, but we don’t know the psychological factors that are influencing our decision.
The All Star Game is being live streamed on NBCsports.com. Malkin and Letang will play in the first game. Actually looking forward to this game for some reason.
We don’t know about you, but growing up NHL fans, watching the All-Star Skills Competition was always a major highlight. Because of technology now, we get to see players every night that 20 years ago we’d only get to see during the playoffs. Over the years it has lost it’s luster. But for some reason […]
We’re looking for a spring Intern to help with daily posts, some original post ideas, and to make fun of people on the internet. Apply here: Thepensblog@gmail.com Your application needs the following: – A homemade gif – Example of previous writing ( if not make one up) – Whatever else to make it interesting. Perks: – […]
A stunning development overnight showed a local Pittsburgh man discovering advanced stats showed the Penguins are better under Mike Sullivan than Mike Johnston: It is also being reported that advanced stats improve when a team is scoring more goals, playing better defense, getting Sidney Crosby to stop playing like a dick, and winning more games. […]
The Skills Competition is actually more fun to watch than the All-Star Game.
This is just amazing:
Everyday the Players Tribune gets better and better. Today is no different. They handed Evgeni Malkin a blank card with some questions. And the answers were amazing. [ The Players Tribune ] Malkin’s answers were very interesting and his handwriting is actually really good too. His most interesting answer was that he thought Patrick Marleau […]
Really good piece on Phil Bourque by Dave Molinari. Bourque goes into detail about how he is dealing with memory loss now thanks to a ton of concussions in his career. “There have been big gaps the last six or eight months,” he said. “Sometimes you think, ‘Well, geez, am I just tired, or have […]
Pens 2 Devils 0 Record: 24-17-7, 55 pts Goals Crosby (17) (PP) from Hornqvist, Letang Kessel (15) from Hagelin, Pouliot Penalties Crosby (holding) – Stupid (hits Henrique in the offensive zone to knock him off of the puck and then grabs Henrique’s stick and holds onto it after the hit) Letang (holding) – Careless (loses his […]
There is going to be a subset of people that are going to start accusing others of leaving the Penguins for dead back in late December.
No one left the Penguins for dead earlier this season.
They were dead.
But here we are at the all-star break, and the Penguins have crawled out of the shit tunnel they were in and have placed themselves into a realistic place to make the playoffs.
Tons of credit to everyone but Jim Rutherford, really. Because he still sucks.
Mike Sullivan has waltzed into Pittsburgh and gotten Crosby and friends back on track.
We were listening to the Sullivan post-game presser until Tim Benz asked a question, but Sullivan credited Crosby for getting his game back. You’d be a giant spaz if you think Sullivan hasn’t had a lot to do with getting 87 back on track.
It’s hard to say if Sullivan did a great job unraveling the stupid plans Mike Johnston had, or if he just fixed everything by keeping the Penguins’ new plans simple.
Whatever that answer is, it doesn’t really matter. Winning games is all that matters. And Sullivan has the Penguins doing that.
Snore Fest 2016
Literally four things happened in this game:
1. Crosby scored:
2. Kessel scored:
3. The Devils hit the post once.
4. The Devils hit the post again.
That’s it. If you didn’t watch the game, that’s all that happened. The Devils seem to have some random players assembled, and they just dick around the entire game. Not clue how they’ve won any games at all.
– Matt Cullen seeing unlimited time. And you know what? He deserves every minute.
– It’s hard to remember one shift Kuhnhackl had. That’s not a job on him either way.
– Patric Hornqvist plays so fucking hard. Inspirational player in our opinion.
– Hagelin, man.
— thom byrne (@thombyrne11) January 27, 2016
The return of Shero
Ray Shero was back in CEC in this one. The Pens had a tribute for him, which was nice. Jim Rutherford probably had Nam-like flashbacks of the Staal trade. No word yet if Ron Burkle took time away from sniffing Puff Daddy’s sac and eating to see it.
Picture: Ron Burkle after eating two stacks of his own money.
Craig Adams retired
This game was so boring, Craig Adams retiring became a headline. Big goal in game 7 against the Caps.
Adams’ Hall of Fame ceremony has already been held:
New Jersey Devils (25-19-5) at Pittsburgh Penguins (23-17-7) 7:00 PM EST – ROOT Sports CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
Pens 5 Canucks 4 Record: 23-17-7, 53 pts Goals Malkin (21) (PP) from Letang Malkin (22) unassisted Malkin (23) from Kessel, Daley Rust (2) from Kuhnhackl Crosby (16) from Hagelin, Letang Penalties Dumoulin (tripping) – Bad (loses his balance and falls, which leads to him getting his stick into McCann’s skates and taking him down […]
So Evgeni Malkin is pretty good. Ryan Miller lol.