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Offseason Primer by @BrianK_PI

With the way the Pittsburgh Penguins limped to the finish line, going 4-9-2 over their last 15 games and clinching a playoff berth on the last day of the regular season, the fact that they were knocked out of the playoffs by the Presidents' Trophy winning New York Rangers in five games should have come as little of a surprise. The way the series played out should, as Pens managed...
Via PensInitiative
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Fall Short in Game 5

I was hoping against hope our Penguins would win last night’s Game 5 for goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. No one deserved a victory more than “Flower.” The willowy native of La belle province made 36 saves in a courageous performance that lit up the Madison Square Garden ice. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. At 10:52 of overtime the Rangers Carl Hagelin curled off the end-boards with...
Via PenguinPoop
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: ECQ Game 5 – This is the end. Pens lose 2-1 (OT), lose series 4-1.

By: Meesh Shanmugam Rangers 2  Pens 1 (OT) Series: NYR wins series, 4-1 Goals Spaling (1) from Downie, Crosby Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Spaling (Tripping) – Overly aggressive (puts his stick down on the stick of St. Louis to pin it down, but then hits his leg and skate to take him down for a trip) Winnik (holding) – Unnecessary (wraps his right arm...
Via The PensNation
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 5 Between the Penguins and Rangers

By: Nick Richter (@PensNation_Nick) The Pittsburgh Penguins have their back against the wall. Lose and the season’s over… Win and live to fight another day. Pittsburgh has overcome a 3-1 series deficit twice in team history to a team in red, white, and blue… Albeit it was the early 90’s and it wasn’t the Rangers, but the Washington Capitals. Sure, past history has no implication...
Via The PensNation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Can the Pittsburgh Penguins save their season?

The Pittsburgh Penguins are on their last legs. After a 2-1 loss against the New York Rangers, the Blueshirts lead the series 3-1 and the Pens need to win game five on Rangers’ ice to keep their playoff dreams alive. The big question is do the Pittsburgh Penguins have what it takes to hang with the Rangers? If Pittsburgh […] The post Can the Pittsburgh Penguins save their...
Via Along the Boards
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A local blogger is trying to get Pierre McGuire removed from the air because he thinks he is helping the Rangers.

We cannot stand DK on Pittsburgh sports. We feel he has become nothing but a shill for the Penguins. We’re fans of the Penguins and all but this is extreme, and embarrassing:    Yikes! The Penguins have a video staff we’re pretty sure so wouldn’t they be able to find it themselves? Secondly, to assert, that a broadcaster’s body language causes Steve Downie to get called...
Via The Pensblog
1 day ago  |  Discuss

REAL: Local nanny charged with stealing stuff from Chris Kunitz’s house

WPXI broke this story on Thursday afternoon. We saw that Chris Kunitz’s babysitter was being charged with robbery and just couldn’t believe Sidney Crosby would do such a thing. But it turns out it’s Kunitz’s nanny stealing some earrings. We won’t have any more on this story as it develops.  
Via The Pensblog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Maxim Lapierre is a Fraud

This is the kind of shenanigans that disgusts me. It should disgust other NHL hockey fans as well.There's no way around it, Maxim Lapierre of the Pittsburgh Penguins is a fraud and a disgrace to the game of hockey. Lapierre should be ashamed of himself after this lackluster acting job that drew a power play. If I was a GM in the NHL I wouldn't employ a player like this.If you watch...
Via Goon's World
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Give Their All

Playing far and away their best game in over a month, the Penguins produced 60 minutes of passionate, playoff-style hockey last night at the CONSOL Energy Center. Actually, 63:14 to be exact. Unfortunately, their best wasn’t good enough. Three-plus minutes into overtime Rangers rookie Kevin Hayes poked a loose puck past Marc-Andre Fleury from a goal-mouth scramble to hand New York...
Via PenguinPoop
2 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Rangers Can’t let up Against Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Paul Martin (7) fights for control of the puck with New York Rangers’ Derick Brassard (16) during the second period of Game 2 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Saturday, April 18, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) It just a few short hours the New York Rangers will face the Pittsburgh Penguins for the fourth game of...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh columnist criticizes competitor for reporting Penguins’ GM’s profane criticisms

Shortly after Reds manager Bryan Price’s expletive-filled rant (which showed a grave misunderstanding of the media), a Pittsburgh newspaper columnist is taking heat for relaying the profane criticisms he received from Penguins’ general manager Jim Rutherford Monday night. Rob Rossi of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wrote Monday that Rutherford addressed him in “an obscenity...
Via Awful Announcing
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford allegedly confronted Pittsburgh Tribune-Review columnist Rob Rossi outside an elevator on Monday night

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford allegedly confronted Pittsburgh Tribune-Review columnist Rob Rossi outside an elevator on Monday night. Rossi recounted the confrontation:After exiting a media elevator and while walking with other reporters to the Penguins’ dressing room, Rutherford addressed this columnist, a frequent critic since his hiring last June, in an...
Via Bob's Blitz
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Ringling Bros Presents: The Pittsburgh Penguins

For an organization that had once, not too long ago, prided itself on being one of the classiest in hockey, the Penguins have come to the point where they're dominating hockey news not for what has happened on the ice but for a personal tiff between their general manager and a local columnist. It has to be considered a low point for a franchise that has been setting new low points...
Via PensInitiative
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins: dominated in game three

Coming off of an impressive game two win, the Penguins returned to Consol Energy Center looking to build off of their momentum. This wasn’t the case Monday night however. The New York Rangers dominated the Penguins and put on a defensive clinic in the process. Pittsburgh spent much of the first and second period in their own zone trying to fend off relentless pressure from the...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins GM to columnist: ‘You’re a (expletive) jerk’

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford allegedly confronted Pittsburgh Tribune-Review columnist Rob Rossi in a Consol Energy Center elevator on Monday night. The Pens’ first-year GM apparently is unhappy with some critical columns Rossi has penned about the team over the past several months and finally decided enough was enough, letting the writer have it...Read More...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Sources: Jim Rutherford will be removed as GM this offseason 

Now, we don’t get spoon-fed our info like others in town: But we’ve confirmed that Jim Rutherford is out as GM the minute the season ends, unless the season somehow ends in a Cup run. According to at least two people with knowledge of the situation, Rutherford will be asked to resign to avoid public perception that the Penguins will have fired their second GM in as many seasons...
Via The Pensblog
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: ECQ Game 3 – Slow start (again) dooms Penguins in 2-1 loss to Rangers

By: Meesh Shanmugam Rangers 2  Pens 1 Series: NYR leads 2-1 Goals Hornqvist (1) from Crosby, Cole Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Cole (cross-checking) – Unnecessary (cross-checks Glass in the back on top of the crease while the puck is out at the point) Martin (cross-checking) – Unnecessary (cross-checks Zuccarello directly in the back as he’s trying...
Via The PensNation
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Sidney Crosby locked out of Penguins dressing room before Game 3 (Video)

Sidney Crosby was accidentally locked out of the Pittsburgh Penguins dressing room prior to Monday night's Game 3 of their first round playoff series against the N.Y. Rangers.The door opened eventually, but what a weird situation. First the Penguins spell Crosby's name wrong on the cover of their game program, and now this. Is this any way for them to treat their captain? Talk...
Via Holdout Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Need to Win Game Three to Build Momentum

The Pittsburgh Penguins celibate a goal by Chris Kunitz as New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist (30) and Dan Girardi (5) react during the third period of Game 2 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Saturday, April 18, 2015, in New York. The Penguins won the game 4-3. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) The Pittsburgh Penguins entered their first round series with the...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Sidney Crosby scores two, Penguins tie series 1-1

View image | The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 4-3 on Saturday night to take game two even the best-of-seven series at one game apiece heading back to Pittsburgh. Anybody that read my preview of this series from a Penguins’ fan perspective knows that I am equally shocked that the Penguins managed to […] The post Sidney Crosby scores two, Penguins...
Via Along the Boards
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins: much improved in game two

After a devastating 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers in game one on Thursday, the Penguins responded nicely Saturday evening. Marc Andre Fleury was nothing short of sensational in game one and he again performed at a high level in game two. Despite his defense disappearing at key times, Fleury has been solid for the Penguins. Both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin played great games...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Stay Confident and Stick to their Guns in Playoffs

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) battles for the puck as Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian (47), left winger Johan Larsson (22), and goaltender Anders Lindback (35) defend during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Buffalo, N.Y. Pittsburgh won 2-0. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert) The New York Rangers are the postseason favorite to represent...
Via The Sports Journal
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins: playoff preview, first round

The regular season has come to a close and the Penguins have squeaked into the playoffs as the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. They have drawn a tough matchup as they will face their division rival, the New York Rangers. New York is coming off of a strong season having won the President’s trophy, which is awarded to the team with the most points in the regular season. It will...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins recalled Scott Wilson from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Scott Wilson returns to NHL. (Photo/USA TODAY Sports)The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Scott Wilson from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) on Tuesday, April 14. Wilson is making his second trip up to the National Hockey League (NHL) this season after being recalled prior to Christmas. His NHL debut didn’t go as planned, suffering...
Via Mill City Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

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