Sullivan Has Penguins Primed For Serious Second Half Run

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 […]

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All Star Gameday Live Thread

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.

during the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skill Competition at Bridgestone Arena on January 30, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The All-Star Skills Competition was actually pretty cool

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 […]


Looking for a Spring intern

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: – […]

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Evgeni Malkin’s Players Tribune fill in the blank is 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 […]

Game 48 Recap: A Simple Plan. Penguins win 2-0.

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.

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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.


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– 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.


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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:

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Thoughts: Game 47 – Slow Start Can’t Stop Malkin and the Penguins in 5-4 Win

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 […]


Thoughts: Game 46 – Resilient Pens Show Up to Beat Flyers, 4-3

Pens 4  Flyers 3 Record: 22-17-7, 51 pts Goals Daley (4) (PP) from Maatta, Kunitz Crosby (15) from Kunitz, Hornqvist Kessel (13) (PP) from Crosby, Hornqvist Kessel (14) from Hagelin, Lovejoy Penalties Cole (interference) – Unnecessary (steps up and knocks over Gagner skating towards him despite Gagner not having the puck) Daley (hooking) – Bad […]


Game 46 Recap: Walks like a sellout, quacks like a sellout. Pens win.

Let’s take a live look at Vox Media’s own Turtle Hughes after the Penguins’ big win against his beloved Flyers: Huge kudos to Mike Sullivan, who did something his predecessor could not in beating the gaggle of douches in orange. Probably a signature win for Sullivan, and just at the right time.  


GAMEDAY 46: Leaderless Flyers are still a joke, their fans forever awful

Philadelphia Flyers (20-16-8) at Pittsburgh Penguins (21-17-7) 7:00 PM EST – ROOT Sports CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania They haven’t skated over someone’s face or impaled anyone with a stick, nor has a fan drunkenly punched a 10-year old kid yet, so overall it has been a pretty uneventful season to this point for the Philadelphia […]


Thoughts: Game 45 – Pens Start Strong but Can’t Finish in 5-2 Loss to Blues

Blues 5  Pens 2 Record: 21-17-7, 49 pts Goals Kunitz (8) from Letang, Crosby Malkin (20) from Hagelin, Letang Penalties Daley (holding) – Bad (starts to lose Tarasenko skating around him in the defensive zone and uses his free hand to hold back Tarasenko for a penalty) Kunitz (roughing) – Inconsequential (gets into a shoving […]

Game 45 Recap: Way she goes. Pens fall apart in third period, lose.

The Greatest Show On Ice, the St. Louis Blues, were simply too much for the Pens on the second night of back-to-back job. It didn’t help anyone in the Milky Way Galaxy that Jeff Zatkoff got the start, but what are you gonna do. That’s the way the team is constructed. It has nothing to do with being lucky or anything.

When you have bad players in important positions, like goalie and defense (looking at you Ben Lovejoy), chances are it will be revealed. We will say this is probably a 2-2 game with MAF in net, Hagelin scores some goal, and the Pens win.

But that’s the way things have been going this season.