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The Penguins are going to round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. And every member of Pens Nation should write Brandon Sutter a thank you letter. I'll get it started... Dear Brandon,  Thank you for stepping onto the ice for every game and putting in a full effort. You skated hard, put your body on the line to block shots and throw hits to stop the opponent. Your ability to adapt to line changes, be incredibly versatile and be the centrepiece of the penalty kill have made this team tougher to play against. You finished this series with 3 goals, 2 assists, and a plus-6 rating...that's a determined, confident hockey player if you ask me. And check it out, your teammates think so too... "The guy's been huge. He goes out there now thinking he can be the guy who changes the game." - Tanner Glass "He's been dominant." - Beau Bennett "He excels at both ends, and you saw it again tonight. He turns his defense to offense as well as anyone. He...

Sidney Crosby’s Mean Girls Burn Book

As the world celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the modern day classic “Mean Girls,”  lets take a look to see who made it into Sidney Crosby’s “Burn Book.” Click the image below to get started.  CLICK THE IMAGE TO GET STARTED

Are the Penguins Jelling at the Right Time?

Maybe it’s too early to ponder that question. There are a lot more games to be won before the Penguins can dream about hoisting the Stanley Cup. Yet there are reasons to believe. Remember Game 3, when the Pens were reeling from an overtime loss and Columbus had them in an early hole? Instead of folding like a cheap suit, our boys stung the Blue Jackets with a third-period rally...

Pittsburgh Penguins: Three Things that Must Continue in Round Two by @griffTHW

For a second consecutive year, the Penguins squared off against what most would consider a largely inferior first round opponent.  That's not meant as a knock on Columbus, a team clearly in store for an incredibly bright future.  It's just that the Blue Jackets figured to find themselves outmatched in terms of skill and experience, to struggle with a Pens team that...

Evgeni Malkin’s Hat Trick Saves Penguins From Epic Collapse (Video)

The Columbus Blue Jackets staged a furious comeback in Game 6 of their Stanley Cup playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night. They’d be heading for a Game 7 if it wasn’t for Evgeni Malkin. The Penguins assistant captain put on a show in the game’s early stages, needing just two periods to score three goals and put his team ahead 4-0. Each goal was highlight...

Malkin's big night pushes Penguins forward

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A sure-fire sign you've had a good night in the Stanley Cup Playoffs? Mario Lemieux waiting near the locker room entrance yelling your name. Fifteen minutes or so after the handshakes that followed a wildly entertaining series with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Lemieux raised his fist and said, "Geno!" Geno -- or Evgeni Malkin, as he's known on the...

Pittsburgh Penguins Will Face New York Rangers in Second Round of 2014 Playoffs

Photo Credit: Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press After defeating the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 7 of the first round of the NHL playoffs, the New York Rangers will now have to face the Pittsburgh Penguins, who defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in 6 games. Believe it or not, this is the first time these teams have met in the postseason since the 2007-08 season. The Penguins won that...

Changing Up the Lines: Changing the Penguins' Fortunes? by @DXTraeger

Lost in the shuffle of Evgeni Malkin's game 6 heroics are the in-game adjustments made by head coach Dan Bylsma that enabled the Pittsburgh Penguins to finish off the pesky Columbus Blue Jackets and advance to the second round of the NHL playoffs.That's right: "Bylsma."  "Adjustments."Prior to Saturday night's 3-1 victory in game 5, the two words...

One Out of Two

    This week, I wrote an article tilted, "Seeing the Big Picture." In that article, I called out the Penguins' top stars in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. As we know, before last night, Crosby and Malkin had zero goals through five games and the Penguins needed production from these two to advance to the next round.    Clearly Malkin got the memo as he...


Joe Starkey is the new preeminent calculator of the Penguins fan base’s feelings. Don’t know what to feel? Read everything Joe Starkey says, and he”ll tell you what to experience. Based on his column last week, we ran some metrics, and here is today’s Joy Meter.   The Joy Meter Metric of the Penguins fan base as of April 30th, 2014 5 out of 10. The Penguins won the series...

Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 Game 6 VS Blue Jackets

Evgeni Malkin broke out of his scoring drought with a hat trick against the Columbus Blue Jackets.   Malkin scored 9:11 into the 1st period, and  at 11:13 to give the Penguins a 2 to nothing lead after the first 20 minutes.   Thirty-four seconds into the 2nd period Brandon Sutter made the score 3 to nothing.   Malkin got the hat trick to make it 4-0 after the second period...

Series Recap: Penguins too strong for Columbus

The Jackets gave it a great run, but at the end of the day people were only rooting for them because they hate the Penguins. When the time came, a second-rate team with second-rate players like Brandon Dubinsky couldn’t run with the big boys. It doesn’t matter what is on your tombstone; it only matters that you are in the ground. Best Performance   Paul Martin Averaged 27...

VIDEO: A Huge ‘YES!’ Chant Breaks Out At NHL Game

At Saturday’s Pittsburgh Penguins NHL playoff game, the crowd broke into a big YES chant. You can check out a video of this below:

RECAP: GAME SIX. Pens win 4-3, advance to Round 2.

The 5th Line. Maybe that’s where the good players were. Jacket fans stood for the opening, and then Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby put them in their seats. They stood united, but they fell one after the other. Their dreams of seeing another unlikely playoff win faded like a spring sun in ****** Ohio. The Jackets definitely made it a game late, but they still ended up on the...

Penguins vs. Rangers: Round Two Preview

The Penguins face off against the Rangers in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Winner of this series moves on the the Eastern Conference Finals. Below is a quick Preview of what to expect. Schedule Game 1 5/2/2014 @ Pittsburgh – 7:00 est Game 2 5/4/2014 @ Pittsburgh - 7:30 est Game 3 5/5/2014

QUICK CAP: #BattleOn no more. Pens win 4-3, win series.

Most people will view this game as the Jackets never giving up and fighting till the end. That isn’t what happened. This game was over in the second period. It was 4-0.  The 5th Line quit, and so did their team. But with 10 minutes left, Columbus decided to try hard. The Penguins lost two players, though, including Brandon Sutter. And then, for the first time in these playoffs...
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