Thoughts: Game 8 – Phil! Pens Survive Predators in 2-1 (OT) Win.

Pens 2  Predators 1 (OT) Record: 4-4-0, 8 pts Goals Kunitz (1) from Malkin, Cullen Kessel (3) from Malkin Penalties Dupuis (holding) – Careless (gets his stick under the left arm of Jackman and ends up pulling him back as he chases the puck) Malkin (tripping) – Unnecessary (kicks the back of Ekholm’s right skate […]


Game 8 Recap: Penguins pull one out in Nashville. Win 2-1 in OT

This was a strange a game. The Penguins played a good two road periods. Then they got their doors blown off in a crazy third period that saw them get outshot 17-5. But thanks to Marc-Andre Fleury, the Penguins got to OT, and used their star power to cash in. Phil Kessel went through the […]

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Phil Kessel just smoked the Predators in OT 3-on-3

It was the Penguins first 3-on-3 OT game ever. And Phil Kessel made it a memorable one. About a minute into OT Kessel took a puck from his own blue line, flew past two Predators players, and sent the Penguins on to Washington with a win.

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What They Said: Pens Vs. Stars

Well that was about as much fun as amateur dental surgery, wasn’t it?? Two thoughts 1) The Stars are good, the Pens are not…right now 2) Listen to most guys who know hockey, and they say to give a team until (American) Thanksgiving.  Columbus already jumped the shark on this season.  Should the Pens follow […]


Thoughts: Game 7 – Back to the Future: Fire Everyone, Pens Lose to Stars Again

Stars 4  Pens 1 Record: 3-4-0, 6 pts Goals Bonino (1) unassisted Penalties Perron (boarding) – Unnecessary (shoves Eakin sideways into the boards to finish his hit a little excessively) Hornqvist (delay of game) – Careless (gets control of the puck just inside the Penguins blue line and tries to flip it up the boards […]


Game 7 Recap: Pens destroyed by Stars 4-1.

This game was a big early season test. After their slow start the Penguins got three wins, and everything seemed to be getting better. Oops, and back to the drawing board. We said it in our previous three caps, wins are great, but the Penguins just don’t look right. Tonight was confirmation. The Stars are […]

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What They Said: Pens Vs. Panthers

So Sid went to the “Daniel Sprong School for Offense” over the weekend and shot erreytime he had a stick on the puck, Phil! with a goal, the team nearly blows the game, but Malkin posts one in overtime as the Pens win their third straight.  Wooooo But enough about what I think.  What did Panthers fans say??? […]


Thoughts: Game 6 – Crosby, Kessel, Malkin, Oh My! Pens win 3-2 (OT).

Pens 3  Panthers 2 (OT) Record: 3-3-0, 6 pts Goals Crosby (1) (PP) from Malkin, Letang Kessel (2) from Scuderi, Crosby Malkin (3) (PP) from Letang, Crosby Penalties Bonino (hooking) – Unnecessary (tries to reach in front of Jagr to keep him from getting the puck and wedges his stick in between Jagr’s body and […]


Game 6 Recap: Malkin nets OT winner after crazy third period

The best news coming out of this game is that Malkin, Crosby, and Kessel all scored. The worst news is that they are probably going to have to do that very, very often while the rest of the team gets their shit together and that Lamar Odom is still alive. The Pens are now riding a 3-game […]


VIDEO: Crosby looking “morose” on bench

We’ve always enjoyed reading and hearing what Elliotte Friedman has to say. His is a unique voice in hockey journalism, and it’s a good time. The one thing we’ve always hated, though, is national journalists and broadcasters taking a quick glimpse at the Penguins and seemingly knowing everything that’s wrong with the team. They write […]


What They Said- Pens Vs. Leafs

At least they didn’t lose to this team. Unlike Columbus. For about thirty five seconds, I thought the Pens were going to run away with this one.  Then it turned into the most boring game of the season.  Either the Pens are still really struggling to score or Mike Babcock is really underpaid. I know […]


Waits of up to 30 minutes to get into Consol Energy Center this season

If you are planning on going to Penguins games this season make sure you leave yourself plently of time. In the first three home games this season we’ve observed lines of up to 30 minutes to just get into the door. The problem? Metal Detectors have been installed: The Penguins issued a release stating, “The […]

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Thoughts: Game 5 – Flower > Leafs. Pens win 2-1.

Pens 2  Maple Leafs 1 Record: 2-3-0, 4 pts Hidden Stat: The Pens are undefeated (2-0) when hosting opponents who have won in Columbus the previous night. Goals Malkin (2) unassisted Maatta (1) from Plotnikov, Scuderi Penalties Malkin (interference) – Careless (skates through the neutral zone watching the puck in the defensive zone and ends […]


Game 5 Recap. Concern is one of the three rivers. Pens win 2-1.

There will be some advanced-stats junkie selling you some things after this game. Don’t buy it. After the first period, this game turned into an almost unwatchable affair. We’re starting to think all the change of personnel for the Penguins might be to blame for this. Until we get to the 10- or 15-game mark, this […]


GAMEDAY 5: Turning a over a new leaf. Pens host Toronto at CONSOL.

Expect to hear a lot about Phil Kessel today. Rightfully so, the Pens winger will be the center of discussion as the Toronto Maple Leafs visit CONSOL  Energy Center for their first meeting with the Penguins since GM Jim Rutherford rescued Kessel from his broken marriage with the Leafs, exporting him back to his native […]

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I got you bro. The slow-motion high five you can’t turn away from

Well, hey. At least these bros are cheering. We guess. There is so much going on. No one really talks about what this video should really be focused on: Chris Kunitz actually throwing a body check. Underrated thing in the video is the little girl’s face behind the guys in the front row. Complete […]


Mike Johnston Follows Back UPDATE: Not anymore

When he came to Pittsburgh, Mike Johnston was said to be a student of the game.  And that does appear to be even more true today. Check out HCMJ’s Twitter page: Mike Johnston likes his system like he likes his pictures of women. Exposed. He was probably just searching out some coaching tips on back […]


What They Said: Pens Vs. Sens

Wooooo So that’s what it feels like to get a win.  Hmmmm.  That was a nice one last night, and to tell the truth it could have been 5-0 easy.  Let’s just forget that the Sens were playing their second game in a row (if you can count Columbus as an actual professional team at this point) […]


Thoughts: Game 4 – Scratch Scuderi, ???, Profit. Pens win 2-0.

Pens 2  Senators 0 Goals Malkin (1) from Hornqvist, Letang Sprong (1) from Cullen, Porter Penalties Cullen (holding) – Unnecessary (hits Prince in the corner of the defensive zone, then pins him against the boards so Prince can’t skate away while controlling the puck) Clendening (interference) – Unnecessary (knocks the puck away from Lazar, but […]