during Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated the Sharks 3-2.

Penguins Continue to Find Ways to Be Fast

If you read the analysis of hockey pundits across North America leading up to the Stanley Cup final, you’d have walked away with the impression that the San Jose Sharks are all seven foot tall monsters. Words like power, heavy, and physicality were prevalent around the scouting report for the western conference champions. Those adjectives […]

Gameday_FINALS_002

PLAYOFF GAMEDAY: Blood in the water.

Game 2: SHARKS (0-1) at PENGUINS (1-0) Stanley Cup Final 8:00 PM EST – NBC CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA The Pens stormed out of the gate and took command of Game 1 right from the start. After one period, shots were 15-4 and the scoreboard was 2-0. The Sharks are one of the […]

535924286-e1464656410424

Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary Made History Last Night

Check out this from the NHL PR Department: So in the NHL-era of Stanley Cup competition, Rust and Sheary are the only two rookies to open the scoring for a Stanley Cup Final. Somewhere* Dan Bylsma is rolling over in his grave**. *-Buffalo **-Buffalo

Postgame_R4G1

Thoughts: SCF Game 1 – Three Wins Away; Pens Sneak Past Sharks in Game 1 Win.

Pens 3  Sharks 2 Series: Pens lead 1-0. Goals Rust (6) from Schultz, Kunitz Sheary (3) from Crosby, Maatta Bonino (4) from Letang, Hagelin Penalties Cole (hooking) – Bad (loses Karlsson entering the Penguins zone and hooks across the front of his chest to pull him back) Malkin (slashing) – Inconsequential (gets into a shoving […]

What you’ll remember: Game 1. Eat Shit, Paul Martin.

Number one thing – The Game winner

The Paul Martin era in Pittsburgh was one that was conflicted. There are a lot of people that really liked him. There were a lot of people that hated him. And others were indifferent. Even on our blog, it was pretty split. But the one undeniable truth about the Paul Martin era was that it was riddled by baffling playoff  performances.

Flash forward to Monday Night, May 30th. 2-2 game. Late third period. Paul Martin has played a stellar game. He actually blocked a shot with his body, he almost checked someone. But with less than four minutes to play, Paul Martin fell asleep:

2016-05-30 23_52_59

Nick Bonino is just one of those guys that is simply always at the right place at the right time. Non-concussed Letang with a just disgusting pass. Right in Paul Martin’s mouth. Just glorious. This pic says it all:

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 30: Nick Bonino #13 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates after scoring a third period goal against Martin Jones #31 of the San Jose Sharks (not pictured) in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 30: Nick Bonino #13 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates after scoring a third period goal against Martin Jones #31 of the San Jose Sharks (not pictured) in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 12.41.22 AM

Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 12.42.15 AM

Second biggest thing- Bryan Rust

Two part night for Bryan Rust.

  1. He fucking scored another goal. First of the game.
  2. He got murdered by Patrick Marleau

The Marleau hit is a strange one. It’s def a headshot, but slowed down it was more or less Marleau’s back that did the damage:

2016-05-31 00_09_36

Not sure what to make of it.

Third – Matt Murray again

in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The biggest thing we’ll take away from these playoffs is Matt Murray’s ability to make the next save. There was a time, in the second period that this game was on the ropes. Matt Murray gave up two goals, but he didn’t give up that crippling third one. The nets just feels so much different with him in it.

Just note there will be a lot of PGH media members down playing what Murray is doing, because Marc-Andre Fleury is a good guy. But when you think about this run Murray’s top of the mountain.

Other things to remember

  • Vintage Ben Lovejoy game. At fault for the game-tying goal. Massive bad penalty in the third period.
  • Kris Letang’s pass to Nick Bonino should have a bridge named after it.
  • Joe Thornton punched Evgeni Malkin in the head.
  • Brent Burns is a psycho.
  • Connor Sheary with his first goal since the Rangers series.
  • One point for Crosby. Sneaky good game from him. Look at this pass he made to Hornqvist in the third period:

2016-05-31 00_33_46

 

  • Something about Crosby in this series that just feels like he is going to just go nuts.
  • Still kind of think Martin Jones sucks, but whatever.
  • Max Talbot was at the game, people cheered about it. He’ll be playing hockey in Russia next season so yea that’s where he is at.

 

Pics

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 30: The Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks stand on the ice during player introductions prior to Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 30: The Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks stand on the ice during player introductions prior to Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 30: Fans enter Consol Energy Center prior to Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 30: Fans enter Consol Energy Center prior to Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 30: Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks looks on prior to Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 30: Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks looks on prior to Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 30: Tomas Hertl #48 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates with Joonas Donskoi #27 after scoring a second period goal against Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins (not pictured) in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 30: Tomas Hertl #48 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates with Joonas Donskoi #27 after scoring a second period goal against Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins (not pictured) in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 30: A young Pittsburgh Penguins fan gestures during the first period in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 30: A young Pittsburgh Penguins fan gestures during the first period in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 30: Tomas Hertl #48 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates with teammates after scoring a second period goal against Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins (not pictured) in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 30: Tomas Hertl #48 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates with teammates after scoring a second period goal against Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins (not pictured) in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 30: Patrick Marleau #12 of the San Jose Sharks scores a second period goal against Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 30: Patrick Marleau #12 of the San Jose Sharks scores a second period goal against Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 30: Nick Bonino #13 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates after scoring a third period goal against Martin Jones #31 of the San Jose Sharks (not pictured) in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 30: Nick Bonino #13 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates after scoring a third period goal against Martin Jones #31 of the San Jose Sharks (not pictured) in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 30: Nick Bonino #13 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates with Phil Kessel #81 after scoring a third period goal against the San Jose Sharks in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 30: Nick Bonino #13 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates with Phil Kessel #81 after scoring a third period goal against the San Jose Sharks in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 30: Bryan Rust #17 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates with Evgeni Malkin #71 after scoring a first period goal against Martin Jones #31 of the San Jose Sharks in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 30: Bryan Rust #17 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates with Evgeni Malkin #71 after scoring a first period goal against Martin Jones #31 of the San Jose Sharks in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 30: Conor Sheary #43 of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores a first period goal against Martin Jones #31 of the San Jose Sharks in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 30: Conor Sheary #43 of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores a first period goal against Martin Jones #31 of the San Jose Sharks in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 30: Conor Sheary #43 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Patric Hornqvist #72 celebrate Sheary's first period goal against the San Jose Sharks in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 30:  Bryan Rust #17 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates with Justin Schultz #4, Evgeni Malkin #71, and Ian Cole #28 after scoring a first period goal against the San Jose Sharks in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 30: Bryan Rust #17 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates with Justin Schultz #4, Evgeni Malkin #71, and Ian Cole #28 after scoring a first period goal against the San Jose Sharks in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 30:  Ian Cole #28 of the Pittsburgh Penguins falls to the ice against Melker Karlsson #68 of the San Jose Sharks during the second period in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 30: Ian Cole #28 of the Pittsburgh Penguins falls to the ice against Melker Karlsson #68 of the San Jose Sharks during the second period in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 30:  Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins makes a save against Joonas Donskoi #27 of the San Jose Sharks during the second period in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 30: Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins makes a save against Joonas Donskoi #27 of the San Jose Sharks during the second period in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 30:  Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins looks on during the third period against the San Jose Sharks in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 30: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins looks on during the third period against the San Jose Sharks in Game One of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on May 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Gameday_FINALS_001

PLAYOFF GAMEDAY: Ready to dance.

Game 1: SHARKS at PENGUINS Stanley Cup Final 8:00 PM EST – NBC CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA At no point this season — certainly not any time before the month of March — did a Playoff Gameday post for the Stanley Cup Final seem fathomable. But here we are, a mere four wins […]

photo-1

@Jeremy_Roenick is super sad about Penguin fans being mean to him

Jeremy Roenick went on the Fan Morning show for some reason and it turned emo real quick: “They have to listen to the context of the comments,” Roenick said. “By no means would I ever, ever, ever compare Jonathan Drouin to Sidney Crosby. I mean, you’ve got to be an idiot (to do that)…Mike [Milbury] […]

in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on May 26, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

How Mike Sullivan Ruined Tampa’s Stretch Pass

Through the first five games of the Eastern Conference final, the Tampa Bay stretch pass had given the Penguins complete fits. Although the Penguins controlled the majority of shot-attempts and scoring chances through those first five games, Tampa boasted an extremely gaudy shooting percentage, and their forwards had been sprung into the Penguins zone in […]

Gameday_R3G7

PLAYOFF GAMEDAY: Hangin’ by a moment

In “Armageddon,” Liv Tyler makes Bruce Willis promise that he will come back from his space mission to blow up an asteroid and save humanity. Five hours later, after Jerry Bruckheimer went through six orgasms, Bruce Willis had to explain to Liv Tyler via video conference that he would have to stay behind and blow […]

Postgame_R3G6

Thoughts: ECF Game 6 – Pens Find a Way to Head Back to Pittsburgh for Game 7.

Pens 5  Lightning 2 Series: Tied at 3. Goals Kessel (9) (PP) from Crosby, Malkin Letang (2) from Sheary, Bonino Crosby (6) from Hornqvist Rust (3) from Kunitz, Maatta Bonino (3) (EN) from Lovejoy Penalties Malkin (slashing) – Stupid (gets slashed by Callahan and immediately retaliates with an even harder slash to Callahan for a […]

TAMPA, FL - MAY 24:  Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins makes a kick save against J.T. Brown #23 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on May 24, 2016 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Jason Behnken/Getty Images)

Murray Christmas and see you Thursday Night

In Matt Murray’s first playoff start he walked into MSG and gave the Penguins the lead in what was a close series to that point. In round two he looked the President’s Trophy winning Capitals and the eye and pooped in their face. He then was benched, stunningly, after one game where the goals against […]

Gameday_R3G6

PLAYOFF GAMEDAY: It’s do-or-die time tonight in Tampa.

Game 6: PENGUINS (2-3) AT LIGHTNING (3-2) Eastern Conference Final 8:00 PM EST – NBCSN Amalie Arena – Tampa Florida If you’re watching the Penguins in a vacuum, then you may be saying to yourself, “If the Penguins lose tonight it will be their 7th defeat versus a lower seed since 2009.”

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 22:  Tyler Johnson #9 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates with his teammates after scoring the game winning goal in overtime against Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Final with a score of 4 to 3 during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on May 22, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)

Mike Sullivan’s curious Game 5

Mike Sullivan has made all the right moves. Every which way. Until Sunday night. 1. He played Marc-Andre Fleury. Even though Matt Murray had almost little to no fault in Game 4. 2. He rode with the lifeless Beau Bennett for some unknown reason. This wasn’t the Mike Sullivan we’ve seen for the last four months. […]

Gameday_R3G5

PLAYOFF GAMEDAY: Get your pitchforks ready! Pens head home for Game 5.

Game 5: LIGHTNING (2-2) at PENGUINS (2-2) Eastern Conference Final 8:00 PM EST – NBCSN CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA The Lightning needed a quick start in Game 4. A large portion of their gameplan was counting on the Penguins to beat themselves at some point –they needed that to start showing some dividends. […]

Quantcast