NHL zeroing in on expansion decision so stay tuned

PITTSBURGH – The time is nigh, which means there won’t be too many more sleeps before we find out whether the NHL will expand to Sin City or Quebec City, or both, or neither, in time for the 2017-18 season. In his pre-Stanley Cup final state of the union address, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said he expects the executive committee will make an expansion recommendation to the...
Via The Hockey News
1 hour ago

Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. San Jose Sharks: Predictions From The Experts

By Larry Snyder The National Hockey League is down to two squads in the quest for the championship. The opening match-up of the Stanley Cup Finals features the Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks tonight at 8:00 p.m. in the City of Bridges. Special teams play could tip the balance in the finals. Head coach Mike Sullivan talked with Michelle Crechiolo on the team’s website...
Via The PensNation
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Defense could play a huge role in who wins the Stanley Cup

Despite not meeting up more than twice during regular-season play, the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins have quite a bit in common. They are both fast teams with offensive depth and strong special teams. They both have relied on young goaltenders to keep them in pivotal postseason games. Both have stepped up against steep competition to punch their tickets into the Stanley...
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2016 Stanley Cup final preview: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. San Jose Sharks

SERIES STARTS: Monday, 8 p.m. ET, in Pittsburgh. THE PENGUINS WIN IF… Pittsburgh’s game is built on speed and they have plenty of it. The Penguins have been most successful during the post-season when games have opened up, and that’s exactly the style they’ll want to play in the final. Coach Mike Sullivan’s Penguins showed during the Eastern Conference final that when...
Via The Hockey News
6 hours ago

Pondering Kessel’s Snub by Team USA

This past Friday, Team USA announced their World Cup of Hockey roster. One of the omissions from Team USA is Pittsburgh Penguins All-Star forward Phil Kessel. That’s not a misprint folks, Kessel was indeed left off of Team USA’s roster. Whether you like him or not, Kessel is one of the best American-born forwards in the game of hockey. I don’t get it, when your home country...
Via The Hockey Writers
7 hours ago

Hello, Old Friend by @BrianK_PI

Paul Martin and the Pittsburgh Penguins have made the Stanley Cup Finals and will take on, well,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Via PensInitiative
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Speedy pace of the Penguins-Sharks Stanley Cup Final

After Game 1 of the Western Conference Final, Sharks head coach Pete DeBoer commented that his team and the opposing St. Louis Blues were “feeling each other out” at the start of the tilt.That “get-to-know-you period” probably won’t be a luxury this time around, as San Jose has left behind the gritty Blues and now faces a speedier product in the Pittsburgh Penguins.In fact...
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Will Penguins’ patchwork defense corps be their Achilles’ heel in the final?

PITTSBURGH – This thing is going six or seven games. That’s the consensus among hockey pundits. The Stanley cup final between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins is so evenly matched that few if anyone can imagine a short series. Both teams have tremendous star power at forward. Both teams have steady, confident young goaltenders. Both teams get contributions from all...
Via The Hockey News
8 hours ago

Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. San Jose Sharks Preview: SCF Game 1 Notes

By Larry Snyder The Pittsburgh Penguins, who have an all-time home record of 8-3 in the Stanley Cup Finals, open Game 1 of the 2016 Final this evening against the San Jose Sharks. The National Hockey League conference champions come together with the referee at center ice at 8:00 p.m. The Boys of Winter split their two-game regular season series. The Sharks collected a 3-1 victory...
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Sidney Crosby’s long road back to the Cup

The NHL Marketing Department finally had its wish fulfilled as Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are back in the Stanley Cup Final. In the days leading up to Game 1, there is no shortage of story lines. You have the “Can the Sharks finally do it?” angle, the Thornton vs. Kessel angle (commonly referred to as the LOL Bruins angle) and a litany of other talking points...
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Breaking down the Stanley Cup Final special teams matchup

The performance of a team's special teams units can completely change the game. Cashing in on the opposition's penalty at the perfect time can shift momentum. Killing off a penalty at a crucial time of the game can get the home crowd on its feet. While every play means so much in the playoffs, every play means that much more with the Stanley Cup on the line. Special teams will...
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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...
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2 days 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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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7 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...
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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...
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9 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...
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9 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...
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10 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....
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10 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. — Grady S (@GradySas) May 19, 2016 Asking a hockey player...
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11 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...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

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