PENGUINS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Creative Rutherford, blunt Sullivan key Penguins' turnaround

PITTSBURGH (AP) The door closed and Mike Sullivan started to talk. Over the course of the next 10 minutes, the Pittsburgh Penguins coach laid out for rookie goaltender Matt Murray why veteran Marc-Andre Fleury was starting Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals even though Murray's rapid maturation was one of the reasons Pittsburgh found itself two wins from a spot in the Stanley...
Via Associated Press
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Radio: PI Post Game - Penguins Eliminate Lightning ECF Game 7 5/26/16

Your Pittsburgh Penguins are headed to the Stanley Cup Final for the fifth time in franchise ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Via PensInitiative
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Playoff Preview: Jaws Alert

I confess. I don’t know a whole lot about the Penguins’ opponent for the upcoming Stanley Cup Finals. A quick scan of the San Jose Sharks’ roster tells me they’re for real. Their postseason stats literally leap off the computer screen. Captain Joe Pavelski tops all NHL playoff scorers with 13 goals. Logan Couture leads the way in points (24) and assists (16). Venerable...
Via PenguinPoop
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rookie Helps Lead Penguins to the Finals for the First Time Since 2009

Matt Murray was the unsung hero last night as the Penguins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 to move on to the Stanley Cup Finals against the San Jose Sharks on Monday. Murray, the 6 foot 4 inch, 178 lbs goalie from Thunder Bay, Ontario, who was drafted by the Penguins in the third round, 83rd overall, in the 2012 entry draft was only 21 when the playoffs started. Young or not, he...
Via The Hockey Writers
12 hours ago

Crowns and Clowns ECF: Penguins vs. Lightning by @Medina_Marie17

How are you feeling Pens Kingdom? Has your heart beat returned to somewhat normal? Are you still... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Via PensInitiative
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Three reasons the Penguins are a lock to win the Stanley Cup

The San Jose Sharks and the Pittsburgh Penguins will face off in this year’s Stanley Cup Final. The two teams enter the Final with very different stories and backgrounds, but both are more than capable of claiming the title. However, here are three reasons why the Penguins win the Cup: 1. Crosby and Malkin are gaining momentum Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have been the faces...
Via Puck Drunk Love
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins F Nick Bonino celebrates playoff progress with baby photos

In the social media age, many people mark their baby's growth over the first year of life with monthly photos in decorative onesie. Some even pose babies next to the same stuffed animal each month to show how much the baby grew. But Pittsburgh Penguins forward Nick Bonino has a unique twist on that trend.He is marking the Penguins' progress through the playoffs with photos of his...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rust, Penguins Kayo Lightning in Game 7

Lord Stanley, here we come. Or, as inimitable Penguins play-by-play announcer Mike Lange once chirped, “You can spit-shine your shoes. We’re going dancing with Lord Stanley.” The Penguins edged the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1, last night in a pulsating Game 7 that virtually throbbed with passion and intensity. Indeed, the 18,638 Consol Energy Center faithful stood in unison...
Via PenguinPoop
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins force game 7 at home

After a tough loss in game five on May 22, the Pittsburgh Penguins needed to win in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. And now they’re headed to game seven. The Penguins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 on May 24 to force another game. Like any other game this team has won, it was a group effort led by their stars. Captain Sidney Crosby scored the game winner in the second...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

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 PenaltiesMalkin (slashing) – Stupid (gets slashed by Callahan and immediately retaliates with an even harder slash to Callahan for a penalty) Forward Thoughts Remember back in the...
Via The Pensblog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Playoff Update: The Comeback Kids?

The time for a more traditional post had long since passed when I got to wondering. How many times in Penguins history has the black and gold rallied from a 3-games-to-2 deficit to win a series? I decided to do some digging. The Pens have rallied from 3-2 series deficits (or worse) to win six times in their storied history. Coincidence or not, they accomplished the feat each time...
Via PenguinPoop
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Newest Fan: The Heartbreak Kid

The Pittsburgh Penguins strongest line so far this post-season has been Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel. With the production they have been producing, it was only natural that there was a nickname that would be devised. The HBK line. The name has taken off like wildfire, so it was only fitting that WWE star Shawn Michaels who is also nicknamed HBK (The Heartbreak Kid) be...
Via Beyond The Benches
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: ECF Game 5 – Pens Fail to Protect Leads as Tampa Bay Takes a 3-2 Series Lead.

Lightning 4  Pens 3 (OT) Series: Lightning lead series 3-2. Goals Dumoulin (1) from Rust, Kunitz Hornqvist (7) from Hagelin, Maatta Kunitz (4) from Malkin PenaltiesMalkin (unsportsmanlike conduct) – Inconsequential (gets slashed by Carle and then engages with him in the offensive zone to force a whistle as both players get sent to the box)Letang (slashing) – Overly Aggressive...
Via The Pensblog
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to start Game 5

PITTSBURGH (AP) Marc-Andre Fleury is back on the job for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Coach Mike Sullivan said Sunday that Fleury will start Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final on Sunday night against Tampa Bay. This will be Fleury's first start of the postseason. He last started on March 31 before being sidelined with his second concussion of the season. Fleury played the third...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Murray or Fleury? Penguins weighing options in goal

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan has been stressing for weeks his team has multiple goaltenders capable of taking the franchise to the Stanley Cup. Might be time to find out if he's right. Rookie Matt Murray's precocious postseason play came to a sudden and abrupt halt in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday night. Sullivan pulled the 21-year...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Brian Boyle mocks Kris Letang’s attempt to draw a penalty

The rivalry between Brian Boyle and Kris Letang is heated, but also extremely entertaining. After the two were sent to the box with matching roughing penalties, Boyle took the opportunity to mock Letang’s attempt to draw a penalty. Without context, that’s a pretty weird video of Boyle. Still, he’s not totally wrong as Letang has been a bit theatrical at times in the series...
Via Puck Drunk Love
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: ECF Game 4 – Pens Comeback Attempt Falls Short as Lightning Tie Series at 2.

Lightning 4  Pens 3 Series: Tied 2-2. Goals Kessel (8) from Bonino, Dumoulin Malkin (4) from Cole Kunitz (3) (PP) from Schultz, Sheary PenaltiesHagelin (tripping) – Stupid (gets hit by Killorn in the neutral zone and then puts his stick behind Killorn’s leg and pulls him down away from the puck in retaliation)Team/Crosby (too many men) – Stupid (Crosby jumps onto the ice...
Via The Pensblog
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Phil Kessel razzed by Penguins with mouthwash bottle on locker (pic)

Phil Kessel has found himself the victim of some razzing over a humorously awkward interview he had recently with NBCSN’s Pierre McGuire. During the post-game chat, McGuire asked the Pittsburgh Penguins star an oddly phrased question — “How’s your breath?” — which left Kessel believing it was being suggested that his breath stunk as opposed to an inquiry about his...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins analyst Phil Bourque calls Milbury and Roenick’s comments “appalling”

NHL on NBC analysts Jeremy Roenick and Mike Milbury have had a controversial week, with Roenick questioning Sidney Crosby’s work ethic right before he scored an overtime game-winner and Milbury saying if you’re going to hit someone from behind, to make sure you give them a concussion. Pittsburgh Penguins’ radio analyst Phil Bourque appeared on Yahoo/Sportsnet’s Marek vs....
Via Awful Announcing
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Phil Kessel doesn't get Pierre McGuire question about breath

Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer. NBC hockey analyst Pierre McGuire found this out the hard way when he interviewed Penguins right winger Phil Kessel Wednesday night. Pierre McGuire asked Phil Kessel about his conditioning and Kessel thought Pierre was referring to his bad breath. pic.twitter.com/AWxmxMq5uo — Grady S (@GradySas) May 19, 2016 Asking a hockey player...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Did Sidney Crosby slew foot Cedric Paquette?

The Tampa Bay Lightning imploded in the third period, allowing the Pittsburgh Penguins plenty of time and space which led to numerous goals. Lightning fans weren’t too happy and they weren’t too pleased with what might have been a slew foot from Sidney Crosby on Cedric Paquette. Slew foot or just Crosby losing his balance?
Via Puck Drunk Love
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeremy Roenick picked a bad night to question Sidney Crosby’s work ethic

Former NHL All-Star Jeremy Roenick has a knack for saying things that have a way of coming back to haunt him. On Monday night, he may have set a new record courtesy of Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. During the second-period intermission of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Pittsburgh, Roenick offered a scathing criticism of Crosby’s work ethic. The criticism...
Via The Comeback
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Phil Kessel's Rebirth With The Pittsburgh Penguins

Phil Kessel was the man in the spotlight during his time with the Toronto Maple Leafs and tried to make the most of it. He had several successful seasons with the club (despite a poor showing in the standings) and was the Maple Leafs' only 80-point threat since Mats Sundin. For fans of the Maple Leafs, Kessel will always be remembered as the player who was traded for Tyler...
Via The Sports Quotient
13 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL postseason quick hits: Eastern Conference Final

Postseason VitalsPittsburgh: 8-3-0 in 11 games in the playoffsTampa Bay: 8-2-0 in 10 games in the playoffsHistory of the MatchupThe Lightning defeated the Penguins in a seven-game first-round series in 2011, their only time meeting in the playoffs. During the 2015-16 regular season, the Bolts won the three-game series.Squad Similarities Through the PlayoffsDepth, on both offense...
Via Yardbarker
15 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Penguins eliminate Capitals thanks to Nick Bonino's OT game-winner

The Stanley Cup Playoffs stayed up to its usual, crazy standards Tuesday night, after the Pittsburgh Penguins eliminated the Washington Capitals 4-3 in overtime. The Penguins had a 3-0 lead with just over six minutes to go in the second period. They appeared to be in great shape there and have the game in the bag, but the Capitals stormed back thanks to goals by T.J. Oshie, Justin...
Via The Comeback
18 days ago  |  Discuss
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