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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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Thoughts: Game 79 – Pens Continue Dominance with 6-2 Win over Flyers

Pens 6  Flyers 2 Record: 46-25-8, 100 pts Goals Crosby (33) (PP) from Kessel, Letang Bennett (6) from Sheary, Schultz Hornqvist (21) unassisted Hagelin (12) from Bonino, Letang Fehr (7) from Cullen, Kuhnhackl Fehr (8) (SH) (EN) from Cullen Penalties Cole (interference) – Overly Aggressive (knocks over MacDonald in the Penguins zone anticipating a pass […]

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Tears of the Flyers: Flyer fans react to beating by Penguins

Flyer fans were all charged up for this game. Then their team took a major whooping. First let’s stop by Broad Street hockey, and see what they are up to. Sick burn out of the gate.   Crosby makes it 1-0. #herecometheflyers Seems like something a misogynist would say in our opinion. The replies to […]

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VIDEO: Wayne Simmonds intent to injure ignored by everyone

How is no one talking about this more? A brief summary of what happened. With the game well in hand, Wayne Simmonds skates by the Penguins net and uses his stick to slash the neck of Matt Murray. Extremely dangerous play: via GIPHY No penalty on the play, and Wayne Simmonds will probably not be […]

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Thoughts: Game 78 – Pens Clinch Playoff Spot with 5-0 Win over Isles

Pens 5  Islanders 0 Record: 45-25-8, 98 pts Goals Sundqvist (1) (SH) unassisted Hornqvist (20) (PP) from Schultz, Crosby Cullen (14) from Kuhnhackl, Fehr Kessel (26) (PP) from Letang Kuhnhackl (5) from Cullen, Schultz Penalties Crosby (slashing) – Bad (loses Nielsen entering the Penguins zone for a semi-breakaway and gives him a slash across the […]

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QUICK CAP: Playoffs. 10 Straight years

Three months ago, hell maybe even three weeks ago, this didn’t seem like a realistic outcome. But the Penguins are going back to the dance for the 10th straight year. They dismantled the Islanders on their home ice 5-0. Matt Murray with his first career shutout. Phil Kessel scored again, Justin Schultz, Matt Cullen, Oscar […]

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VIDEO: Ian Cole vs Matt Martin

Ian Cole didn’t like Matt Martin’s hit on Justin Schultz. So he fought him. Give Cole credit for having the guts, and staying up but this didn’t go well. The Ref’s face says it all:

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Marc-Andre Fleury out with a concussion

And things were going so well. We’ve been down this road before. Hopefully Marc-Andre Fleury can recover quickly. It looks like it will be the Matt Murray experience until then.

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Thoughts: Game 77 – One Step Closer to Home Ice, Pens Win 5-2.

Pens 5  Predators 2 Record: 44-25-8, 96 pts Goals Kessel (24) from Schultz, Bonino Kessel (25) from Daley, Sundqvist Letang (16) (PP) from Kunitz, Crosby Hornqvist (19) (PP) from Daley, Letang Bonino (8) from Hagelin, Cole Penalties Hagelin (tripping) – Careless (reaches out with one hand on his stick to try to stick-check Ribeiro and […]

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QUICK CAP: All Hail Jim Rutherford and the second place Pittsburgh Penguins

The month that everything came up Jim Rutherford. We don’t watch the Bachelorette, but she’s in Pittsburgh this season. We assume she’ll be picking Jim Rutherford. We don’t watch Game of Thrones but we assume Jim Rutherford traded for one of the characters, and the character killed everyone he or she had to. The GM […]

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Letang’s Run One For The Ages

Kris Letang isn’t the type of player who performs well with a leash. That shouldn’t surprise anyone. Letang’s flair, his skating ability, and his general offensive prowess demand creativity. Why would anyone want to put a cap on a skill set like Letang’s? The only person with the answer to that question is former head […]

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Thoughts: Game 76 – Hockey is Weird. Pens Beat Sabres in a Shootout, 5-4.

Pens 5  Sabres 4 (SO) Record: 43-25-8, 94 pts Goals Lovejoy (4) from Rust, Kuhnhackl Sheary (6) from Crosby Kuhnhackl (4) (SH) from Cullen, Letang Bonino (7) (SH) from Hagelin SO Winner: Kessel Penalties Hagelin (hooking) – Overly Aggressive (battles in the corner with Girgensons for a loose puck and pulls his stick across the […]

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Quick Cap: Comeback in city. Pens storm back from trailing 3-0.

The Penguins were down 3-0. Luckily, the Sabres were coached by someone who is used to blowing huge leads in Pittsburgh. The Penguins stormed back faster than Wendy Bell drives past KFC, to win 5-4.   How the Penguins came back The first period was a disaster. You can tell by the look on the usually […]

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Ethan Prow A Steal For Jim Rutherford

  Jim Rutherford got a head start on free-agency this summer by making a sneaky-good signing this morning out of NCAA Division 1 hockey. Both Bob McKenzie and Elliotte Friedman reported this morning that Ethan Prow, unrestricted collegiate defenseman and captain of St. Cloud State Huskies, inked a two year entry level deal with Pittsburgh […]

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GAMEDAY 76: Buffalo talking proud. Pens host the Sabres at CONSOL.

SABRES (31-35-10) at PENGUINS (42-25-8) 7:30 PM EST – NBCSN CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA What more can you say that hasn’t already about the Penguins right now? They’ve won eight of their last nine, going 11-4 in their last 15. Sidney Crosby has 22 points in those 15 games. Kris Letang has been unreal. Phil […]

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Thoughts: Game 75 – Weekend Hockey is the Best Hockey. Pens Beat Rangers 3-2 (OT).

Pens 3  Rangers 2 (OT) Record: 42-25-8, 92 pts Goals Cullen (13) from Pouliot, Daley Kessel (23) from Hagelin Crosby (32) from Letang, Kessel Penalties Letang (slashing) – Stupid (steps up and slashes Nash across the wrist after Nash had played the puck away) Bonino (tripping) – Careless (reaches for a poke check on Brassard […]

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