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Penguins Push Capitals to Brink

Vying for control of their second-round series, the Penguins and Capitals served up a taut Game 4 thriller last night before a sellout throng at Consol Energy Center. Indeed, the Pens’ 3-2 overtime victory was packed with enough plot twists and momentum shifts to do Alfred Hitchcock proud. The opening scene bore an uncanny resemblance to the closing act of Game 3. Dominant once...
Via PenguinPoop
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Trevor Daley Impresses, Adds Another Storyline for Penguins

Despite the mockery, criticism and in some cases flat-out blind hatred for Penguins’ general manager Jim Rutherford, the veteran GM knew he had to stay the course. He had a plan in mind, which would require patience, to turn the vanilla Penguins into a speedy offensive juggernaut. One of the initial steps to this plan was unloading Rob Scuderi but no one imagined this kind of return...
Via The Hockey Writers
4 hours ago

Thoughts: Round 2 Game 4 – No Letang, No Problem. Pens Beat Caps in OT for 3-1 Series Lead.

Pens 3  Caps 2 (OT) Series: Pens lead series 3-1. Goals Daley (1) from Hornqvist, Crosby Cullen (3) from Kuhnhackl, Dumoulin Hornqvist (5) from Sheary, Dumoulin PenaltiesHagelin (interference) – Unnecessary (knocks Oshie over near the boards after the puck was played past both players along the boards)Hornqvist (tripping) – Overly Aggressive (tries to get a puck in between...
Via The Pensblog
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tom Sestito Could Help the Penguins Win the Series

Hockey today is a lot different from what it used to be 30 years ago. It has even changed a lot over the course of the last five years. Fights have plummeted, there are less incidents requiring the league to engage supplemental discipline and the enforcer type-of-hockey-player is a threatened species, a dinosaur from the olden days. Tom Sestito is a relic in the Penguins system and...
Via The Hockey Writers
1 day ago

Number 30 by @_MAF29

So, you may have noticed there is a goalie in the Pittsburgh Penguins' crease, not named Marc-Andre... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Via PensInitiative
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Starting Murray is the right call for Penguins, even with Fleury ready to go

It’s not exactly a goaltending controversy, but the Pittsburgh Penguins have a decision to make going forward. Marc-Andre Fleury, who started 58 games during the regular season, has been cleared to return to action after suffering a concussion in late-March, but youngster Matt Murray is having the best post-season of any Penguin. And after an other-worldly Game 3 performance by...
Via The Hockey News
1 day ago

Penguins Recall Sestito and Oleksy

The Penguins recalled left wing Tom Sestito and defenseman Steve Oleksy from their Wilkes-Barre/Scranton farm club yesterday. Conventional wisdom suggests that Pens coach Mike Sullivan will replace Kris Letang (suspension) and Bryan Rust (lower-body injury) in tonight’s Game 4 with Justin Schultz and Oskar Sundqvist. Each has been a healthy scratch since suiting up in the series...
Via PenguinPoop
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kris Letang gets one-game suspension for high hit on Marcus Johansson

Yesterday, we took a quick look at Kris Letang’s “dangerous” hit on Marcus Johansson. Here is a video of the incident if you have yet to see it: I don’t think it was intentional by any means, but it is one of those hits that needs to be removed from the game. It is dangerous and really serves no purpose in hockey. It is definitely not a head shot but it did have some...
Via Puck Drunk Love
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Playoffs Breakdown: Game 8 – Penguins 3, Capitals 2

By: @chetstead   Marc-Andre Fleury returned from injury, but Matt Murray all but assured that Fleury would remain on the bench for the rest of this series. Murray made 47 saves and the Pens beat the Caps despite being outplayed through large portions of the game. The Pens withstood a furious late-game rally from the Caps and eked out a one-goal victory. The Penguins’ victory...
Via The PensNation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rookie goaltender Murray stealing the show for Penguins

PITTSBURGH (AP) Matt Murray isn't in the mood to think about what it all means, this ride that he's on. The NHL's best team on the other side of the ice. His mentor watching from bench. An arena chanting his name. For the moment, there is only the next game, the next shot. That's all that concerns the Pittsburgh Penguins rookie goaltender. Not the ripple effects his playoff run...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jim Rutherford's Additions Proving Important To Penguins Success By @WilliamAHirsch

Associated Press Penguins fans have been conflicted over the last few months about the moves... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Via PensInitiative
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pierre McGuire inexplicably gives Penguins’ Matt Cullen a butt slap

Pierre McGuire is an enigma. He’s well-known in hockey circles. He had a disastrous stint as coach of the Hartford Whalers. He also suffers from extreme overexposure working practically every night of the first two rounds of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs for NBC Sports Group. And while hockey fans do their best to tolerate McGuire’s omnipresence, they find behavior as we’re...
Via Awful Announcing
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Washington Capitals Preview: Rnd 2, Game 3 Notes

By Larry Snyder The Pittsburgh Penguins, whose defensemen accounted for 13 of the team’s 24 blocked shots in their 2-1 victory over the Caps Saturday, battle this evening against the Washington Capitals at Consol Energy Center. The opening faceoff in primetime is 8:00 p.m. The Black and Gold’s leader in playoff points is Evgeni Malkin with three goals and six assists for a total...
Via The PensNation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins vs. Capitals: What We’ve Learned So Far

The Penguins and Capitals head back to Pittsburgh tonight in a series that’s deadlocked at 1-1 but could easily be 2-0 in either direction. In game one of this series, the Penguins got off to a hot start and struggled to find their way as the game wore on. A flurry of bad exits out of the defensive zone and some costly turnovers in the extra period cost them a game they could have...
Via The Pensblog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins: How Olli Maatta’s injury changes the defense

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ started their second round series against the Washington Capitals relatively healthy with only starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury absent. However, just two games into the series, that has already changed. Pittsburgh defenseman Olli Maatta is likely to be out with a concussion following a blindside hit by current Capitals (and former Penguin) defenseman...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Questionable hits turning up heat between Penguins, Capitals

PITTSBURGH (AP) The number of hits the Washington Capitals have tried to level on Pittsburgh Penguins through two contentious games in the Eastern Conference semifinals is not a surprise. The nature of those hits? Well, that's another matter. Tom Wilson's run-in with Conor Sheary's knee in Game 1 cost the Washington forward a couple grand in fines. Brooks Orpik's elbow to Olli...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Round 2 Game 2 – All’s Fehr in the Playoffs. Pens Tie Series at 1.

Pens 2  Caps 1 Series: Tied at 1. Goals Hagelin (2) from Bonino, Cole Fehr (2) from Malkin, Kunitz PenaltiesLovejoy (slashing) – Good (slashes Kuznetsov driving to the net in a 2-on-1 situation as he tries to get back coming off the bench to help out after Malkin turned the puck over in the neutral zone to cause the 2-on-1 during a line change…and he breaks up the scoring chance...
Via The Pensblog
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Hit on Maatta, late shoves put Caps' Orpik under microscope

WASHINGTON (AP) During their back-to-back Stanley Cup final runs in 2008 and 2009, the Pittsburgh Penguins knew all about what Brooks Orpik can do. The rugged, bruising defenseman's ability to play on the edge was a big part of the Penguins' playoff success for a long time. With Orpik on the other side of its series with the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh was on the receiving...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Brooks Orpik lays a high and late hit on Olli Maatta

There have been a few ugly hits in this year’s playoffs, but this one from Brooks Orpik on Olli Maatta may the worst of the bunch. Orpik with a completely unnecessary, dangerous hit pic.twitter.com/ctlPfDT7ZM — Sons of Penn (@SonsofPenn) May 1, 2016 Another angle: possible reasonable explanations: has a bet going to see what it takes to get suspended in the playoffs...
Via Puck Drunk Love
4 days ago  |  Discuss

How Pens-Caps can determine if Crosby or Ovechkin is better

For the first time since 2009, the NHL’s biggest stars — Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin — will meet in a postseason series. The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins open their second-round series on Thursday night in what many feel is a de facto conference championship, as these teams finished 1-2 in the East but because of the NHL’s asinine playoff system, this is...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL postseason Round 2 quick hits: Capitals vs. Penguins

VitalsPittsburgh: 48-26-8 regular season, 4-1-0 in five games played in Round 1Washington: 56-18-8 regular season, 4-2-0 in six games played in Round 1Season SeriesPittsburgh took three of five contests during the 2015-2016 campaign, including a 4-3 overtime victory at the Verizon Center on April 7.Playoff HistoryThe most recent postseason meeting between these teams was in 2009...
Via Yardbarker
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Sidney Crosby: I don't score the way Alexander Ovechkin does

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals are going to face off in Round 2 of the NHL Playoffs, which will set the stage of reigniting the longtime rivalry between Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. While the rivalry has lost steam in recent years, both Crosby and Ovechkin are still elite players. Crosby led the Penguins in scoring this season with 36 goals and 85 points...
Via Puck Drunk Love
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Conor Sheary the Pittsburgh Penguins long-term answer at left wing?

It’s not common that undrafted, undersized college free agents are able to make it to the NHL. It is even less common when an undrafted, undersized college free agent is able to play on the top-line of one of the league’s best teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs during his rookie season. Pittsburgh Penguins’ winger Conor Sheary has defied the odds. The 23-year-old, who appears...
Via isportsweb.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Pittsburgh Penguins can advance to round 2

The Pittsburgh Penguins are just one win away from eliminating the New York Rangers from the playoffs and advancing to the second round. Game 5 on April 23 is their next chance to do just that and they’ll be playing at home. They won the last two games, both on the road at Madison Square Garden, and split the two games they played at home thus far in the series. However, there’s...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss
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