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It’s been several days since Boston swept our beloved Penguins from Stanley Cup competition. In my mind, here are seven factors that led to the defeat:
1. Sid’s Jaw—The fractured jaw Sidney Crosby sustained with a month to go in the regular season may have contributed more than any other factor to the Penguins’ undoing. The combination of the grueling playoff grind and a liquid diet—not to mention the Bruins’ rugged checking—left him looking gaunt and exhausted in the Conference Finals.
2. Easy Does It—Although the Islanders gave the Penguins some difficulty in the opening round, the black and gold had too easy a time with Ottawa. In particular, the goal-fests in Games 4 and 5 of the Conference Semifinals may have filled the Pens with a false sense of security and left them vulnerable to a tough team like Boston.
In stark contrast, the Bruins rallied from the brink of elimination in their first-round matchup with Toronto. Having stared adversity squarely in the eye a...
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The What's Next series is part of an ongoing look from the Pens Initiative staff taking a look at the Penguins UFAs, RFAs, and most polarizing personalities heading into the next season. We look at the year that was and the year coming and wonder: What's Next.I have written a lot about Tyler Kennedy for this website, on Twitter, and on Facebook. I have been a long-time...
As the Pittsburgh Penguins embark on an offseason that figures to include significant changes, coach Dan Bylsma insists the goalie position won't be one of them.
Bylsma called Marc-Andre Fleury ''a franchise goalie . . . this franchise's goalie'' on Sunday, one month to the day after Tomas Vokoun made his Penguins postseason debut in place of Fleury as Pittsburgh...
Even though most of the fan base has fired and traded everyone already, we still have to go back and properly look at everyone’s playoff performances. Despite the ugly sweep at the hands of Boston, there were 2 other rounds and a couple of bright spots along the way. When making your offseason opinions, don’t forget the Boston series was less than one-third of the playoffs ...
After the Pittsburgh Penguins fell 2-0 against the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference finals, it was clear that they had their work cut out for them. Game three brought a double overtime and an emotional loss for the Penguins, creating an even bigger challenge for the club. Game four did not turn out as [...]
The NHL first hosted the Winter Classic on New Year's Day 2008, as the Pittsburgh Penguins took on the Buffalo Sabres in front of 71,000 fans in Ralph Wilson Stadium. While the ice quality at that first Classic wasn't the greatest and the gameplay suffered some as a result, the event succeeded beyond the league's wildest imagination, and Sidney Crosby scoring the game...
Everyone, whether it's us, you, or a veteran journalist, can be made to look like a fool when it comes to predicting a playoff series or how a certain player will perform. We've learned this the hard way recently when the Pens' season and Stanley Cup hopes were annihilated within a calendar week.
But you know one thing everyone can agree on? Tomas Vokoun took away...
Our pain is over. The war that is the NHL Playoffs has chewed up and spat out another victim: The Pittsburgh Penguins. It’s hard in some ways to believe what has actually transpired. The Penguins were eliminated by the Boston Bruins in 4 games, getting swept for the first time since 1979 when the 3rd seeded Bruins swept the 8th seeded Pens.The strangest part of the Pens...
The popular belief lately has been that the blueprint to success is drafting that elite player atop the prospect heap. Without a doubt the Pittsburgh Penguins are the main root of the belief – and rightfully so. Drafting Marc-Andre Fleury; Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby; and Jordan Staal from 2002 to 2006 certainly bodes well [...]
Now we know that the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals will be the Boston Bruins going up against the Chicago Blackhawks, after Boston eliminated the Pittsburgh Penguins, Friday night.After the loss, the Los Angeles Kings, who were eliminated by the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night, offered to take the Penguins out for a beer, according to a tweet from the team's official Twitter account...
Really, we feel you can define the whole season by the nonsense at the trade deadline, because that's how everyone is going to define it, and that's what ultimately built the team that we got for the playoffs--the team we were "ride and die" with til the bitter end.
We have to wonder how much of the Bruins' fan/media jobbing is true--how much of the "...
I have one final prediction to make for the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs. That of the finals is still outstanding. I went 1-1 with my semi-final predictions, which makes it the worst success rate of any round to date at only .500. I picked Pittsburgh over Boston. Who would have predicted Sidney Crosby would be held with no points in the semi-finals? Was he healthy? I suppose...
Who will take home the hardware this year? Image credit: GotSports
Hart Trophy (MVP)
Alex Ovechkin, LW, Washington Capitals
John Tavares, C, New York Islanders
Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins
Winner: Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins. This was my preseason prediction, and I’m sticking to it. Yes, the Penguins were able to win without Crosby, but 56 points in...
While at my local pub in Boston watching the Bruins sweep the Penguins on Friday night, I told my buddy that it didn’t seem appropriate for me to get too excited. I take my sports fan-dom pretty seriously, and I don’t think I’ve really earned the right to celebrate and cheer for the Bruins as if I’ve been rooting for them all along. Earlier this season when the lockout...