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RECAP: Game Four. It’s almost over. Pens lose in OT. Still winless in OT at Consol in playoffs.

The Mellon Arena isn’t around anymore, but the playoff ghosts of the old barn still haunt CONSOL Engery Center. The Penguins fell to 0-5 all-time in overtime at the new shack. In the process, they’ve moved one step closer to the brink of elimination — nay, they are on the brink of elimination. PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 22: Kevin Hayes #13 of the New York Rangers celebrates...
Via The Pensblog
April 23, 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...
Via The PensNation
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: Penguins Drop a Sleeper to the Rangers, 2-1 by @wutendeskind

Shots: 26 New York Rangers – 24 Pittsburgh Penguins Shot Attempts: 51 Pittsburgh Penguins – 44 New York Rangers Scoreboard: 2-1, New York Rangers Game 3 of Penguins-Rangers found the Penguins struggling with familiar foes: line changes; stick penalties; shot generation; and Marc Staal’s advanced knowledge of the new NHL rulebook, which the Penguins cannot seem to...
Via PensInitiative
April 20, 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...
Via The Pensblog
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...
Via The Pensblog
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...
Via The PensNation
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...
Via The PensNation
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...
Via The Pensblog
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...
Via The PensNation
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...
Via The PensNation
March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP 73: A Blue, Blue, Blue, Blue Christmas. Pens fall in OT.

Take this one with a grain of salt, because having Evgeni Malkin in the lineup completely changes the dynamic of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Still. The Pens have now lost 10 of their last 16 at home. They’re 1-4-1 in their last six games. The problem lately had been slow starts, and it didn’t change here. And despite only registering three shots in the first, they were able to...
Via The Pensblog
March 25, 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...
Via The PensNation
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...
Via The Pensblog
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...
Via The Pensblog
March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

The Ben Lovejoy Powerball – 3.14.15 – New rule for today.

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...
Via The Pensblog
March 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 67 – Pens avoid embarrassment with 6-4 win over Oilers

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. Pens 6  Oilers 4 Record: 39-18-10 Goals Sutter (14) (SH) from Winnik, Lovejoy Sutter (15) from Downie, Winnik Perron (16) from Crosby, Letang Crosby (23) (PP) from Letang, Malkin Downie (12) from Lapierre, Spaling Hornqvist (23) from Crosby, Perron Click...
Via The PensNation
March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

The Ben Lovejoy Powerball – 3.12.15 – Free to play now

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...
Via The Pensblog
March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Love'n Lovejoy, Fleury, Hornqvist and This and That by @ChicksDigHockey

~In February of 2013, the Pens sent Ben Lovejoy to Anaheim for a 5th round pick in the 2014 draft….ouch. In 98 NHL games with the Penguins during parts of five seasons, he had four goals, 25 points and 63 penalty minutes along with a plus-20 rating. He also had two assists and four penalty minutes in nine career Stanley Cup Playoff games. He wasn’t much of a defenseman. Spent...
Via PensInitiative
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the Rangers should trade Dan Girardi this summer

There are precious few quality defensemen that become available in the National Hockey League. It’s why defensemen like James Wisniewski, Ben Lovejoy(!), Marek Zidlicky and Braydon Coburn all fetched far more than any of them should have done at the trade deadline. Most of them still have their uses for sure, but the prices that Read more → The post Why the Rangers should trade...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

The Ben Lovejoy Powerball – 3.9.15

How to play: 1. Download our Pensblog App. And send us your guess for the time and period Ben LoveJoy will score a goal. The guess can only be submitted via our app. 2. Entry to the game is $1, and can be purchased via the app. 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...
Via The Pensblog
March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Colligan: 5 Questions on Lovejoy, Cole and Playoff Hockey

This a column by Mike Colligan that appears every Monday morning on The Pensblog. You can find more of Mike’s work at his site, ColliganHockey.com. (1) What should we make of the Ben Lovejoy trade? The Pittsburgh Penguins don’t match up well against big, physical teams.  Don’t let their Saturday night (Sunday morning) overtime victory against Los Angeles fool you. The Kings...
Via The Pensblog
March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Gameday 64: West Coast Swing Continues, Pens face the league-leading Ducks.

Pittsburgh Penguins (36-18-9) at Anaheim Ducks (42-17-7) 10:00 PM – ROOT Sports Honda Center, Anaheim, California The Pens couldn’t pull out a victory against the lowly Avalanche and now their road trip rolls through Anaheim and the league-leading Ducks. Anaheim has strung together four consecutive wins and have also taken seven of their last eight.  They have allowed just...
Via The Pensblog
March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 63. Penguins drop 3-1 decision to Avs

We should be used to this by now, and we are. Things happen off the ice, like trades, that get us all revved up, and then the Pens answer the excitement with a dud of a game. The Pens are a good team because they played like balls and yet were still in the game until late in the third period when Gabriel Landeskog did Derrick Pouliot’s taxes for him: It was the first game with...
Via The Pensblog
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 63 – Sluggish start dooms Pens in 3-1 loss to Avs

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. Avalanche 3  Pens 1 Record: 36-18-9 Goals Malkin (27) unassisted Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Comeau (interference) – Stupid (cross-checks MacKinnon under the chin away from the puck and knocks him over for an interference call...
Via The PensNation
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 63 Between the Penguins and Avalanche

By: Andy Hughes (@PensNation_Andy) The NHL trade deadline has officially passed as we can now move on. This is the 2014-15 Pittsburgh Penguins team we will see this postseason, whether you like it or not. The Penguins acquired defensemen Ian Cole and Ben Lovejoy while giving up Simon Despres to Anaheim and Robert Bortuzzo to St. Louis. A seventh-round pick was also sent to the...
Via The PensNation
March 04, 2015  |  Discuss
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