Thoughts: Round 1 Game 2 – Pens Allow 3 Goals in 4:14 as Rangers Tie Series at 1

Rangers 4  Pens 2 Series: Tied at 1 Goals Kessel (1) (PP) from Daley, Bonino Kessel (2) (PP) from Bonino, Malkin Penalties Hornqvist (roughing) – Inconsequential (gets tied up with Zuccarello in front of the Rangers net and they each get a minor penalty) Dumoulin (hooking) – Bad (loses his positioning on Miller in the […]


PLAYOFF GAMEDAY 2: Passing the eye test. Pens look to go up 2-0.

Game 2: RANGERS (0-1) at PENGUINS (1-0) Eastern Conference First Round 3:00 PM EST – NBC CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA The Penguins won Game 1 largely in part because of fantastic goaltending from Jeff Zatkoff, and some very oppurtunistic goal scoring. New York controlled possession for the almost the entire game, but were […]


Longpuck Pays Off For the Penguins

Perhaps the biggest surprise of Game 1 of the Penguins/Rangers series (Jeff Zatkoff’s sudden start aside) was the story of how a poor puck-possession team dominated a great puck-possession team. As I discussed in my series preview, the Rangers are not a good possession team. That wasn’t the case in game one. The Rangers stepped up on […]

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VIDEO: Penguin fan takes advantage of moment of Silence

The Penguins had a moment of silence for Ed Snider and one fan had his playoff moment: It’s a really bullshit thing to do…but he isn’t wrong. As you can imagine, Flyers blog went out of their fucking minds: If one person makes a fanbase then the Flyers are in big trouble.    


Hitchhikers Guide To Penguins/Rangers: PLAYOFF GAMEDAY 1. The Matchups.

Game 1: RANGERS at PENGUINS 8:00 PM EST – USA, ROOT Sports CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA It’ll be the third postseason meeting between these two teams in the last three seasons, and this one feels a lot different than the previous two. This time around the feeling is the Pens clearly have the […]


Thoughts: Pens/Rangers Season Series Recap and Takeaways

We covered the fact that it was a weird regular season and the Pens/Rangers series certainly fell in line with that. The Pens went 3-1 against the Rangers this season, but each game definitely told a story of its own. Game 53, Feb 10th in Pittsburgh – Rangers 3 Pens 0 Goals: None The Pens […]


Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Penguins/Rangers series: A hero will be born

This is the time of year when a run-of-the-mill hockey player can reach heroic and legendary status. Max Talbot is the perfect example. Heading into the 2008-09 playoffs, Talbot hadn’t scored more than 12 goals in a season. 12 goals in 82 games is no joke, but when you show up in the playoffs and […]

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) takes the ice for an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Sunday, April 3, 2016 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Hitchhikers Guide To Pens/Rangers: Statistical Breakdown

As I wrote today’s statistical preview of the Penguins first round series against the New York Rangers I couldn’t help but hearken back to the article I wrote last year on the subject. I had to chuckle at this synopsis in the preview: For as good as they’ve been defensively, the Penguins simply must find a way […]


Thoughts: A Quick Look Back at the Pens 2015-16 Regular Season

What a crazy, ridiculous regular season. From pure hope in the preseason after the summer Kessel trade, to apathetic hopelessness during the end of the Johnston era, to pure joy as Sullivan closed out the regular season. Seriously – what a crazy, ridiculous regular season. Preseason The first preseason game was not televised. The only […]