Game 43 Recap: Same Old Song. Pens lose in OT.

So, that game was interesting. Mike Sullivan, to his credit, has undone the Mike Johnston 2-1 hockey and has opened up the 4-3, 5-4 hockey. Here’s the thing, though, the result is the same. A loss. The Penguins’ offensive talent will now keep them in games, but their defense is so horrid, it all offsets. There […]


Thoughts: Game 42 – Another Point Bites the Dust, Pens Lose 3-2 (OT)

Hurricanes 3  Pens 2 (OT) Record: 20-16-6, 46 pts Goals Letang (3) from Maatta, Crosby Kunitz (6) from Crosby, Hornqvist Penalties Daley (interference) – Bad (reaches out across Versteeg to stop him from getting to a rebound and takes Versteeg down away from the puck) Cole (slashing) – Stupid (slashes Hainsey as they skate behind […]

Game 42 Recap: Tropical Depression. Pens fall in OT.


This Game as a Gif

We’re in the middle of January now. From here to the trade deadline are the dog days of winter. We have no stats to back this up, but we feel this to be the most important stretch of any NHL season. It’s basically like saying a true judgment of character is what you do when no one’s watching. Carolina has a couple of games in hand, but they are no joke. Pens and Flyers play probably 10 times between now and mid-April. You can see the standings; what a logjam.

For the game itself, what else would you expect from a regular-season game in Carolina?

Although Carolina seems to have sucked forever now, they always give the Penguins a game.

Going into the game, there was a 100% chance that Eric Staal was gonna score, and he did. The Canes also got a goal off a horseshit deflection that snuck in OVERTOP of MAF. Kris Letang scored on the 2009 Caps Overtime Goal Play to make it 2-1. That all happened in the second period.

After Kevin Porter dumped the puck in for the 15th time, we decided to look up some great moments in Carolina history:

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Then came the third period. The Pens tied it.

And then came the 3-on-3 OT, and this tweet sums up the buildup to the OT nicely:

Jordan Staal ruined the OT by having Malkin hook him behind the net.

The ref said “Malkin” when assessing the penalty. Then went to the number:


The Good

Chris Kunitz scored his monthly goal, so people can pretend he is good again. ROOT Sports should make a tribute video for every time he scores.

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$4.0 million.


The Bad

David Perron.

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Two predictions for David Perron in 2016:

1. Mike Sullivan tries to kill him.

2. He signs with some bullshit team over the summer and scores 25 goals next season.

He might be one of the most miserable players we’ve seen in a Penguins uniform in a long, long time.


The Ugly

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The Defense

Do us a favor. Get every advanced stat you have that tells you the Penguins are “fine defensively.” Print them out, roll the papers up real tight, walk to your garage, get in your car, start it, and then sit there and die.

The Penguins defense is ugly. They get beat in transition, they struggle to get pucks out, etc. Ben Lovejoy continues to play 17+ minutes a night.

The state of the defense is going to cause Jim Rutherford to make a panic move. Just wait; it’s coming.


Thoughts: Game 41 – Fleury Continues to Dazzle in Pens 3-1 Win Over Montreal

Pens 3  Canadiens 1 Record: 20-16-5, 45 pts Goals Hornqvist (9) (PP) from Kessel, Malkin Rust (1) from Bonino, Dumoulin Fehr (5) (SH) (EN) unassisted Penalties Dumoulin (tripping) – Careless (tries to shove Byron in the back and loses his balance, getting his stick into Byron’s skates as he puts his hands and stick down) […]


Game 41 Recap: No one hit the powerball, Steelers won, and the Pens too

What a time to be alive. 1. No one hit the powerball. The Jackpot next Wednesday is 1.3 billion. 2. The Penguins waltzed into Montreal and got two huge points. Goals by Hornqvist, Byran Rust, and the empty netter. Elite goal by Bryan Rust:   3. The Steelers won the most insane playoffs games in […]

January Outlook for Secondary Market Pittsburgh Penguins Tickets

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Thoughts: Game 40 – Even Fleury Can’t Save Pens in 3-1 Loss

Blackhawks 3  Pens 1 Record: 19-16-5, 43 pts Goals Malkin (19) (PP) from Kessel, Letang Penalties Fehr (interference) – Overly aggressive (chases down Garbutt on a 2-on-1 rush and knocks him down into the net) Bonino (hooking) – Lazy (tries to lift the stick of Desjardins getting a loose puck and doesn’t move his feet […]


Sidney Crosby will not be at the NHL All-Star Game again this year

Despite being the face of the league, Sidney Crosby was not selected for the NHL All-Star Game. Arguably the best hockey player on the planet for the last ten years, Crosby has only played in one All-Star Game in his career due to various reasons. Last season, Crosby was suspended one game for no-showing due to an […]


Thoughts: Game 39 – Pens Put Together Encouraging Effort Despite 3-2 (OT) Loss

Blackhawks 3  Pens 2 (OT) Record: 19-15-5, 43 pts Goals Crosby (12) from Perron, Letang Letang (4) from Crosby Penalties Letang (hooking) – Good (gets his stick into Hossa’s gloves to stop a chance with Hossa wide open in front with the puck after Cole stepped up and missed the puck) Letang (interference) – Unnecessary […]

Game 39 Recap: Framing the Defense. Pens squeak out point in thrilling OT loss

If Dean Strang and Jerry Buting were as bad as the Penguins defense can be sometimes, the only murder show you’d be watching on Netflix would be the Office. ( Because it murdered humor) Eat a sac.

The Penguins got a big point late, otherwise this would have been a shitty loss, especially going into Chicago tomorrow night.

We can’t state this enough, every game is just so huge. Here are the latest standings:

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Last year on Jan 5th the Penguins had 53 points. They finished with 98. 90 points is usually a make or break for the playoffs, you get where we are going with this.

Massive two points on the line in Chicago Wednesday night.

Things people will be talking about

Crosby’s back, jack.

Here’s a live look at Sidney Crosby and the NHL scoring leaders:

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A chunk into the third period, Crosby injected life back into the game with a snipe job and then almost brought the city to its knees 10 seconds later:


Crosby is cured of the Mike Johnston blues. Been fun to watch these last couple of games.

Kris Letang…has been outstanding

We’d have to go back and check, as if we give a fuck, but this is probably the first time we’ve said something nice about Kris Letang since he signed his contract. Even though he took a penalty, he was really good in this game. Letang fans like to say ” take the good and the bad,” what they forget is that he actually needs to do good stuff.

Right now he is. He tied the game with a simple, yet nasty shot, and he almost won it in a crazy OT session. We’ll take this Letang all day.

Bonus stunned gif:

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Ben Lovejoy, Ian Cole. Just not good.


But seriously, the Penguins defense. Horrific at times. Ben Lovejoy isn’t good. He never was good, he’ll never be good. He was on the ice for two goals for this one. Kane turned Lovejoy into a Pixar movie for the first goal. The second goal was probably his fault too.

As for Ian Cole, he’s the real life version of Ken Kratz’s narrative in “Making of a Murderer.”

( two references, and so many more to come.)

Corey Crawford highlights


Corey Crawford getting ready to make a big save.



But Crawford standing tall.

David Perron might be the new Tyler Kennedy

David Perron has a case of the Tyler Kennedys right now. Everything’s going wide.

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Perron had a couple actually decent plays in this game. He had a sick saucer pass that somehow Crosby didn’t score on. Dude can’t catch a break.

3 ON 3 OT

We should just probably take video of the entire OT because it was really, really good. Fleury and Crawford both made unbelievable saves. Malkin, Crosby, Toews, Kane, Hossa, Letang, Kessel all had chances.

So of course some dude no one has ever heard of before goes thriller on MAF:


Still a good point.



– Close to a half million Blackhawks fans were in attendance.

– Then the Pens got a power play. And then that got taken away because everyone is in love with Jonathan Toews.


– Have to admire the last of the hold-out yinzers who still boo Hossa. What a player.

– Quick turnaround tomorrow night.


Thoughts: Game 38 – Pens Start 2016 Right with 5-2 Win over Isles

Pens 5  Islanders 2 Record: 19-15-4, 42 pts Goals Kessel (12) from Cullen, Malkin Crosby (10) (PP) from Malkin, Letang Crosby (11) (PP) from Letang, Malkin Cullen (4) (SH) from Letang, Maatta Hornqvist (8) from Dumoulin Penalties Sheary (hooking) – Overly Aggressive (tries to lean into Strait as they battle for a puck and falls […]


Thoughts: Game 37 – Pens Show Signs of Life to End 2015 with 5-2 Win.

Pens 5  Red Wings 2 Record: 18-15-4, 40 pts Goals Hornqvist (7) (PP) from Malkin, Letang Letang (2) (PP) from Malkin, Hornqvist Crosby (9) from Perron Malkin (18) from Kessel, Hornqvist Letang (3) (EN) from Bonino Penalties Letang (cross-checking) – Inconsequential (jostles with Glendening as they skate up ice and each gets a penalty) Letang […]


Thoughts: Game 36 – Pens Still Looking for Results after 3-2 (SO) Loss to Leafs

Maple Leafs 3  Pens 2 (SO) Record: 17-15-4, 38 pts Goals Kunitz (5) (PP) from Crosby, Malkin Crosby (8) from Dumoulin Penalties Malkin (hooking) – Stupid (slashes Phaneuf’s stick, which doesn’t get called, then hooks Phaneuf’s right arm back so Phaneuf gets turned to the side and draws a penalty) Letang (roughing) – Inconsequential (stands […]

Recap Game 36: 2015 Comes to a miserable end.UPDATED: 2015 isn’t over just yet. Pens fall to Leafs

EDIT: Totally forgot that the Penguins play the Wings tonight. Whoops.


This ref summarizes 2015 in one GIF:

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Things everyone will be talking about from this game

– The Penguins make another shit goaltender look amazing.


Last night Jonathan Bernier gave up six goals on 15 shots. In three of his last five games his save percentage is sub .890. In this game, his save percentage in this game: .951.

The Penguins had 41 shots, but Bernier trended against everything you know about him and played like 1986 Patrick Roy.

– Too many odd man breaks against.

This from War on Ice.

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Minutes of the game are on the bottom. Scoring chances on the left. Everything was close until about halfway in the third period. You can see that the Leafs climbed a good bit about around the 50 minutes mark, which included the Penguins powerplay, which about sums things up.

With the Penguins defense the way it is, there is nothing you can do. It’s bend but don’t break. And thank god for…

– Matt Murray saving the day

Murray did his best MAF impression, and kept the Penguins alive. He made his best save about eight minutes into the third period. The once lifeless Daniel Winnik, had a scoring chance right on the doorstep while shorthanded. Murray did this:

In the shootout Murray looked like Steven Avery and the Leafs won.

– Dion Phanuef made Mike Babcock mad

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Dion Phanuef sucks. He was up to his old tricks in this one. He wore Crosby and Malkin like a suit. Then he took some bizarre penalty. Mike Babcock wasn’t happy.

– Kris Letang Quiet Room Trip ™

Letang got boarded, again. Here’s the Sportsnet panel talking about it:

Some people didn’t like Darren Pang’s comments about the hit, but we think it’s fair. Real issue is at this point Kris Letang’s brain is going to be the star of “Concussion 2″ yikes.

– Crosby scored a nice goal, and had an assist. Here is a live reaction from Consol:

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– Standings:

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2016 should be something. Thanks to everyone who still bothers to read us for whatever reason. Hope 2016 is great for you.


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