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 […]

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 13: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers talks with referee Ghislain Hebert #22 after being hit by a shot by Carl Hagelin #62 during the third period at Madison Square Garden on March 13, 2016 in New York City. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Penguins/Rangers series: Who to hate

Hey, look, it’s the Rangers. And with that, we get reintroduced to not only one of the worst fan bases in sports, but one of the worst subsets of the humanity: New Yorkers. Over the years, our hatred has probably shifted more to the Flyers and Capitals. But let’s not kid ourselves; the Rangers are […]


Rewind: The 2008 Penguins-Rangers playoff series

You know what’s sad? This happened 8 years ago. That in itself isn’t sad, but the fact that someone who was 10 at the time is now 18 and getting STD’s. Someone who was 4 at the time and doesn’t even remember anything about it is now 12, has the Internet, and can read this. […]


Is that Marc-Andre Fleury’s music?

Take this with the tiniest grain of salt, but could it be? After some very light investigative work, this guy seems legit… The Pens announced today that they’re going with the Pittsburgh-gold jerseys in round one, so if MAF is ordering new helmets for rush delivery… h/t to Joe Guzy (

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This is going to be interesting: Pens call up Tristan Jarry

It wasn’t clear after Saturday if Matt Murray was hurt and would miss time, but maybe it is now. Many ways to look at this, but we’ll wait for the Penguins to announce why before we panic. Matt Murray was hurt in this collision yesterday: Jeff Zatkoff relieved Murray yesterday. Jarry’s stats: Wilkes Barre clinched […]


Thoughts: Game 82 – Who Cares, It’s Playoff Time!

Flyers 3  Pens 1 Record: 48-26-8, 104 pts Goals Bonino (9) from Hagelin, Kessel Penalties Lovejoy (holding the stick) – Overly aggressive (wraps his arm around the stick of Cousins in front of the net so he’s unable to do anything in front) Sheary (embellishment) – Bad Call (gets slashed by Schultz and drops to […]


GAMEDAY 82: All she wrote. Pens end the regular season in Philly.

PENGUINS (48-25-8) at FLYERS (39-27-14) 3:00 PM EST – ROOT Sports Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA The Penguins needed all 82 games to earn their way into the playoffs last season. It took a win over the lowly Buffalo Sabres in the final game to make it in. The final game of this season […]

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VIDEOS: The steps are alive in D.C. tonight

  The look on that guy’s face is magical: Gotta wonder if his homophobic rhetoric comes back to bite him if this video surfaces at the workplace. For some unknown reason, we respect the girl’s decision to wear a flower headband.  


Mike Sullivan and the Art of Pressure: Part 1

  There’s no gimmick around the Penguins recent run of shellacking opponents in five and six goal performances. There’s no smoke and mirrors behind the Penguins gaudy puck possession numbers. What head coach Mike Sullivan has done is quite simple: evaluate your roster, instill discipline, back that up with video analysis, and play to your […]


Thoughts: Game 80 – Pens Spot Ottawa 3 goals and Still Win 5-3.

Pens 5  Senators 3 Record: 47-25-8, 102 pts Goals Hornqvist (22) from Bonino, Schultz Crosby (34) from Hornqvist, Letang Hagelin (13) from Bonino Hagelin (14) from Bonino Crosby (35) (EN) from Letang, Kunitz Penalties Lovejoy (hooking) – Bad (loses Hoffman bursting past him for an open lane to the net and hooks him trying to hinder […]


Quick Cap 80: Just win, baby.

This was billed as NorrisMania. Letang vs. Karlsson. Letang was more noticeable and had the better game overall, but that’s not gonna sway people from giving Karlsson the Norris. Can’t really blame them, though.