Game 17 Recap: Let the dumpster fire keep us warm. Devils smoke Penguins 4-0

Trying out video recaps with NFL primetime music. Here is what happened in this one: The Penguins had a players only meeting after the game: Sure seems like a closed-door meeting for the Penguins. No shortage of things to discuss. — Dave Molinari (@MolinariPG) November 15, 2015 It gets worse...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Update: Love for the Reverend

It ranks among the most unpopular—and controversial—deals in recent Penguins history. To the extent that GM Jim Rutherford felt compelled to absolve himself of sole responsibility, stating that a push for the trade came from above. An organizational decision. Heck, JR stopped just short of calling the swap a mistake. Yes, I’m referring to Simon Despres for Ben Lovejoy. Before...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 10 – Backup Flower Does the Job in Pens 4-3 Win.

RECAP (There’s no recap post. That’s all you get. Insert your own Backdraft reference here.) THOUGHTS Pens 4 Sabres 3 Record: 6-4-0, 12 pts Goals Dupuis (1) from Crosby, Lovejoy Hornqvist (1) from Crosby, Maatta Lovejoy (1) from Malkin Malkin (4) (PP) from Hornqvist, Kessel PenaltiesLovejoy (hooking) – Good (hooks up Schaller to prevent a partial breakaway scoring chance...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Lovejoy, Malkin lift Penguins over Sabres 4-3

PITTSBURGH (AP) Evgeni Malkin scored his fourth of the season on the power play, Jeff Zatkoff made 50 saves in his season debut and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Thursday night. Pascal Dupuis, Patric Hornqvist and Ben Lovejoy all scored their first of the season and Malkin added an assist for Pittsburgh. The Penguins earned their third straight victory,...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 9 Recap: Marc-Andre Too Good. Pens win 3-1.

A tradition like no other: Via @Gerbo3 Call it a comeback. Because the Pens haven’t had a third-period comeback since 1965. It also is officially time to pump the brakes on the Fire Mike Johnston train. The Pens have two back-to-back wins against playoff teams in playoff-like games. Like it or not, while the...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 6 Recap: Malkin nets OT winner after crazy third period

The best news coming out of this game is that Malkin, Crosby, and Kessel all scored. The worst news is that they are probably going to have to do that very, very often while the rest of the team gets their **** together and that Lamar Odom is still alive. The Pens are now riding a 3-game winning streak, and they’ve only given up 11 goals through 6 games. Jagr v. Crosby Those...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 2 – Phil is the Only Thrill in 2-1 Loss

Coyotes 2  Pens 1 Goals P. Kessel (1) unassisted PenaltiesHornqvist (goalie interference) – Unnecessary (goes to the net and extends his arms into Richardson, which knocks Richardson over into Smith)Note: Smith definitely sold the call, but I’m not sure a call is even made if Hornqvist doesn’t extend his armsBennett (interference) – Stupid (skates to the offensive blue...
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October 11, 2015  |  Discuss

GAMEDAY 1: Pens open the season in Dallas against the Stars

Pittsburgh Penguins (0-0) at Dallas Stars (0-0) 8:30 PM EST – ROOT Sports American Airlines Center – Dallas, Texas We made it. Just like when AMC airs the edited version of The Big Lebowski for four straight weeks, preseason hockey is just the worst. Sure, it’s cool because it’s hockey and hockey is good, but it just isn’t the same as the real thing. * – Side note...
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October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Season Preview: Ben Lovejoy – Joe vs The Volcano

Ben Lovejoy as a Tom Hanks movie In this version, Lovejoy actually jumps into the volcano. Last Season Recap PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 29: Ben Lovejoy #12 of the Pittsburgh Penguins looks on against the San Jose Sharks at Consol Energy Center on March 29, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images) It isn’t Ben Lovejoy’s fault he has become a...
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October 04, 2015  |  Discuss

PRESEASON GAMEDAY 3: Pens at Detroit

It’s hard not to read too much into preseason games. The Pens toasted the Canes 7-3 Tuesday night in Pittsburgh. Kessel and Crosby looked sharp, the young guys did some stuff, even Gonch got in on the scoring. I can’t recall the last time we were all collectively invested in a preseason game and overwhelmingly excited about the result. On the flip side, even if the Canes brought...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Preseason Game 1 – Pens play Blue Jackets. No one sees it.

Pens 1  Blue Jackets 0 (SO) With no broadcast/stream to work with, here’s a rough shell of the postgame thoughts posts you will see from me in the future. Goals NoneShootout winner – Bennett Penalties Perron (hooking) – Unnecessary (Bourque described the play as Perron forechecking and hooking Jared Boll. He continued on to say, “and that’s not a good penalty by David...
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September 21, 2015  |  Discuss

2015-16 Penguins Line-up Predictions

It is this time of year when the sunlight wains more and more at the end of a workday, pumpkin everything starts appearing, Wal-Mart has had X-mas stuff out for 6 weeks, and we all start gearing up for hockey. One of the more fun things to talk about before all the camps, cuts, and practices is what the actual Penguins line-up will look like. I asked our staff what they think and...
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September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Penguins' Lovejoy eyes fresh start after team's quick exit

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy wasn't interested in rehashing his team's abrupt end to last season.In fact, Lovejoy admitted that he spent three weeks this summer in New Hampshire just letting both his mind and body heal as he did his best to remove himself from last season's first-round loss to the New York Rangers. While intent on focusing on the Penguins' upcoming...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: ECQ Game 4 – Offense stays quiet as Pens lose 2-1 to Rangers in OT

By: Meesh Shanmugam Rangers 2  Pens 1 (OT) Series: NYR leads 3-1 Goals Hornqvist (2) from Lovejoy, Crosby Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Downie (interference) – Unnecessary (takes three extra strides to hit Girardi behind the play after he passes the puck away) Comeau (hooking) – Unnecessary (tries to stick-check Stepan twice in the neutral zone and the...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game One. Rangers lead series 1-0.

Dark cloud: The Pens are three losses away from the season being over. Silver lining of the dark cloud: The Penguins played their strongest game in about a month. It has been a weird season, so when we say we feel some positive things about a playoff loss, it doesn’t feel that strange. The Penguins had some fight in them, the Rangers interfered with the rest. But the Rangers...
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April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

SERIES PREVIEW: Rangers vs Penguins. Against the odds.

There’s no use previewing this series, right? Conventional thinking can wrap up this traditional #1 seed vs. #8 seed matchup with two quick points. 1. The Penguins collapsed during the final month of the season under the weight of playoff pressure, injuries, and Ben Lovejoy. They are the classic example of a team “backing into the playoffs.” 2. The Rangers are the favorite...
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April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 81 – Pens continue to slide in 3-1 loss to Islanders

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Islanders 3  Pens 1 Record: 42-27-12 Goals Scuderi (1) from Crosby, Martin Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Downie (clipping) – Bad Call (hits Hickey behind the net on his hip as Hickey jumps up into the air and then falls down in...
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April 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 80 – Pens fall apart in stunning 4-3 (OT) loss to Senators

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Senators 4  Pens 3 (OT) Record: 42-26-12 Goals Crosby (28) from Hornqvist, Martin Bennett (4) from Cole Hornqvist (25) from Crosby, Scuderi Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Lapierre (high-sticking) – Bad Call (lifts the stick of Pageau...
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April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 79. Collapse almost complete. Pens lose in Philly, face playoff-like game Tuesday

On February 18th, the Penguins were 19 points ahead of the Ottawa Senators. On Tuesday night, the Senators can tie them in the standings. The next three games will decide whether or not the Penguins make it to the dance. PDOlol numbers mean nothing. Probability means nothing. Now it’s all about winning out and having some semblance of momentum going into the playoffs. The Senators...
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April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 77 – Pens lack talent, energy, effort in 4-1 loss to Flyers

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Flyers 4  Pens 1 Record: 42-24-11 Goals Crosby (26) from Hornqvist, Cole Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Spaling (cross-checking) – Unnecessary (cross-checks VandeVelde in the back twice as the puck is against the boards and the second...
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April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 74 – Pens look lost in 5-2 loss to Hurricanes

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Hurricanes 5  Pens 2 Record: 40-23-11 Goals Sutter (17) from Crosby, Lovejoy Cole (5) from Adams, Bennett Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Lapierre (roughing) – Inconsequential (gets into a little shoving match with Malone in front...
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March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Key Observations heading into game 74 between Penguins and Hurricanes

  By Annie Shean (@JustPuckIt) The Penguins are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss against the St. Louis Blues Tuesday evening at home. Since the Penguins have only 11 healthy forwards the plan was to utilize Derrick Pouliott in an occasional forwards roll, however when defenseman Christian Ehrhoff was lost to injury 5:07 into the game that went out the window. The game appeared to...
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March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Feature Friday: Ben Lovejoy

  Throughout the 2014-2015 NHL season, I’ll be posting player features each Friday. This week, we’re going to take a look at Ben Lovejoy. By: Melissa Esing (Off_thePost)   Photo Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images   Back in February 2013, the Penguins sent Ben Lovejoy to Anaheim for a 5th round pick in the 2014 draft. Within 98 NHL games with Pittsburgh, he registered four...
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March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

The Steve Downie penalty powerball – 3-17-2015

Changing it up. Ben Lovejoy probably will never score a goal. How to play: 1. Download our Pensblog App. And send us your guess for the time and period Steve Downie will take a penalty. 2. Or you can tweet your guess @pensblog( time, period)#SteveDowniepenalty. 3. The format, based on the picture below is as follows: 13:51, 2nd per. Using this screenshot, the goal...
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March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

The Ben Lovejoy Powerball – 3.15.15 – Ides of March

How to play: 1. Download our Pensblog App. And send us your guess for the time and period Ben LoveJoy will score a goal. 2. Or you can tweet your guess @pensblog( time, period)#BenLovejoyPowerball. 3. The format, based on the picture below is as follows: 13:51, 2nd per. Using this screenshot, the goal is scored at 13:51 of the second period. NOT 6:09 of the second...
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March 15, 2015  |  Discuss
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