RECAP: GAME 29. Welcome back, Columbus.

The Pens have a new rival. It was born in the playoffs last season thanks to the new alignment and playoff structure, and it’s exactly what the system is designed to breed. It is pretty much impossible to get up for every single game in an 82-game season, so these games born in bad blood are […]


What the hell happened: Jackets win Injury Bowl

This was a great game to watch, but imagine how much better it would have been if both teams had their full complement of players. Pens are without Maatta, Crosby, Kunitz, etc. The Jackets are missing Horton, Hartnell, Ryan Murray, etc. The bad blood overfloweth in this game, too. It’s a sign of great games […]


RECAP: GAME 28. The flames of Hell

It doesn’t matter who you’re playing — you do not want to be down 1-0 less than a minute into the game. And you really don’t want to be down 2-0 before the 10-minute mark of the first period. Even though the Flames clawed back and got one of those goals back, they were playing […]


Sidney Crosby out this weekend, and be careful saying as to why

Let’s see. 1. There is a disease that is going around the NHL called ” the Mumps ” 2. One of the symptoms of the disease is swelling of the face. 3. Sidney Crosby showed up this morning looking like this: After the Penguins said he would play, they have decided to sit Crosby out: […]


Despres Making the Most of his Playing Time

There was a brief instance in the Rangers game on Monday night that gave me a stark realization about the play and progression of Simon Despres. With the Penguins having just mounted a comeback to tie the game late in the third, Despres was put in an awkward position in the neutral zone. The puck […]


RECAP: Game 26. Pens lose 4-3 in Overtime One thing you can count on when the Penguins and Rangers get together is a wild time. The Rangers paid the Penguins back for that wild shootout win in this one. Calvin Klein scored the OT classic goal, and the Rangers got a much-needed extra point. If you’re into silver linings, the Penguins battled […]