Thoughts: Game 61 – Pens finally beat Caps 4-3 in penalty-filled game

By: Meesh Shanmugam **Sorry for the long delay on this one. Blame llamas, dresses, narwhals, or whatever else you’ve seen on tv.** Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Pens 4  Capitals 3 Record: 35-17-9 Goals Hornqvist (19) from Malkin, Perron Sutter (13) (SH) unassisted Crosby (20) (PP) from Malkin, Kunitz...
Via The PensNation
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

March of the Penguins

By: Joe Guzy Brandon Sutter and his teammates celebrate a well-timed shorthanded goal against the Washington Capitals. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) You know the playoffs are creeping up when writers all around Pittsburgh break out one of the most cliche titles of all time. The Pittsburgh Penguins have set themselves up for a good month. Under a microscope, the Penguins...
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss

What The Hell Happened: Penguins hang on, win 4-3 and avoid season sweep by Caps

It was only a matter of time before the real Braden Holtby showed up. The Penguins lit Holtby up for four goals on 26 shots, which is huge, being that they had only scored one goal in their previous 91 shots against him. More importantly, the Penguins reminded not only the Capitals, but maybe even themselves that they actually can play against the Metro division big boys. Also,...
Via The Pensblog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Malkin's 3 assists lead Penguins past Capitals 4-3

WASHINGTON (AP) Sidney Crosby scored his 20th goal of the season, Evgeni Malkin added three assists, and the Pittsburgh Penguins held on to beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 on Wednesday night, averting a sweep of the season series. Patric Hornqvist, Brandon Sutter and Chris Kunitz also had goals for Pittsburgh, which has won three straight and leads Washington by three points for...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 59 – New lines, new result, Pens beat Blues, 4-2

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 4  Blues 2 Record: 33-17-9 Goals Comeau (13), unassisted Hornqvist (16) (PP), from Crosby, Letang Comeau (14) from Despres, Malkin Sutter (12) from Comeau, Perron Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Pouliot (tripping) – Overly aggressive...
Via The PensNation
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Reacquiring Jordan Staal Would Be a Smart Move by the Penguins

View image | Pittsburgh’s fan base has been divided since Josh Yohe from “Trib Total Media” reported that the Penguins are interested in reacquiring center Jordan Staal from the Carolina Hurricanes – divided into two camps: The ones who are absolutely enthusiastic about the possibility to see Jordan Staal playing in Black & Gold again, and the ones...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 60 Between the Penguins and Panthers

By: Andy Hughes (@PensNation_Andy) Tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers will be the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 60th game of the season. After going through a rough patch of games recently, the Penguins picked up a nice victory last night in St. Louis against a good team in the Blues. Blake Comeau scored two goals in the win while Patric Hornqvist and Brandon Sutter added...
Via The PensNation
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins down Blues to snap losing streak behind Comeau's 2 goals

  Blake Comeau had two goals and an assist to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins past the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Saturday night. Patrick Hornqvist and Brandon Sutter also scored for the Penguins, who snapped a three-game skid. Sidney Crosby got his 40th assist on Hornqvist's goal. Pittsburgh is 12-4-2 against Western Conference teams and 5-1-1 in its last seven road games. Playing in...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 58 Between the Penguins and Blues

By: Annie Shean (@JustPuckIt) Tonight will be the first  matchup this season between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the St. Louis Blues. Last season the Blues swept the two-game series in tight games, where they won 3-1 in goals. The Blues had a 5-1 win over Boston last night and are sitting in second place (80 pts) for the Western conference, while the Penguins are coming off a...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Gameday 58: Pens get another crack at the Metropolitan Division

Columbus Blue Jackets (25-27-3) at Pittsburgh Penguins (32-16-9) 7:00 PM – ROOT Sports CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA   The Columbus Blue Jackets come to town currently in sixth place in the Metropolitan Division, 12 points from a playoff spot, and 20 points behind the third-place Penguins.  However, the Pens have been so awful in divisional play that Blue Jackets actually...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Brandon Sutter Has Not Been Good

The 2015 NHL Trade Deadline is set for 3 p.m. on March 2, however that date doesn’t mean much to Jim Rutherford who has already executed four trades in his short tenure as Penguins general manager.  The Penguins are once again atop the Metropolitan, and would have to experience a colossal collapse to fall out of the playoff picture, but if we have learned anything from...
Via The Pensblog
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Line Production: Even Strength last 10 games is sad.

Via Dobber’s. This is line production at even strength for the last 10 games: 1. Where would the Penguins be without David Perron? 2. Remember that faction of the fanbase that didn’t like the Brandon Sutter contract? We get it now. 3.  Really not enjoying the Mark Arcobello era.
Via The Pensblog
25 days ago  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 48. Disarray in D.C.

Sometimes there is no silver lining. Sometimes there is just a giant mess. Sometimes you just get your ass kicked. The Penguins waltzed into Washington fresh off a nice win against Winnipeg. They leave Washington in maybe their worst state yet. The only word that we can think of to describe this game is this: disarray. By the end of the game, the Penguins were jumping on people...
Via The Pensblog
January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 48 – Pens look lifeless in 4-0 loss to Washington

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. Caps 4  Pens 0 Record: 27-13-8 Goals None Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Sill (fighting) – Inconsequential (fights Wilson off of a neutral zone faceoff and they each receive a fighting major) Perron (goalie interference) – Unnecessary...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

What The Hell Happened: Penguins gut out victory without Crosby and Malkin

A few years ago when Kris Letang got knocked out of a game against Dallas with a concussion, it stopped his great season in its tracks. Maybe, after getting knocked out of last Tuesday’s game against the Flyers the universe reset Letang. Probably not, but holy **** Kris Letang had 5 assists in this game, and that is remarkable. Letang helped on goals by Nick Spaling, Steve Downie...
Via The Pensblog
January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Should the Pens take a chance on The King of Leadership?

So look who is on waivers, Mike Richards. [ ESPN ] Richard’s contract is completely insane. Richards, who turns 30 next month, has five more years after this season on a deal which carries a $5.75 million cap hit. His deal pays him $7 million this season, $6 million next season, then $5.5 million in 2016-17, $4.5 million in 2017-18, and $3 million each of the last two years. So...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Fancy Stats, Goals, and Goal Assessments through 46 Games

By: Meesh Shanmugam In a never-ending quest to find and improve ways to judge players, here’s a side-by-side look at Corsi, Fenwick, Goals For, Goals Against, and my Goal Assessments for the Penguins through 46 games this season. This post will be mostly colorful numbers to look at, but I’ll throw in a few observations after the numbers. (I did a similar post in the offseason...
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January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

The Ryan Kesler Rumors and Other Daily Updates: March 2

The Pittsburgh Penguins are increasing their pursuit of Ryan Kesler, and it looks like they are ready to make an offer. The proposed deal has Ryan Kesler going to the Penguins in return for Brandon Sutter, two draft picks (a first and a third it looks like) and the Canucks choice of a defenseman between Simon Despres or Brian Dumoulin. On the heels of the Ryan Miller trade...
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January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Andrew Shaw And His Waterbottle Are The Latest To Troll Pierre McGuire During Pregame Interview

The past few weeks haven’t been too kind to Pierre McGuire, as a couple of players have gone out of their way to troll the hockey analyst during his pregame duties. First, it was Beau Bennett making funny faces behind Pierre as he interviewed Brandon Sutter, now we have Andrew Shaw taking a wetter approach Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
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January 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Penguins’ Beau Bennett Hilariously Photobombs Pierre McGuire

NBC’s Pierre McGuire was trying to conduct a pre-game interview with Brandon Sutter when his teammate Beau Bennett decided to have a little fun at Pierre’s expense. Well done, Beau. [@PeteBlackburn] The post Penguins’ Beau Bennett Hilariously Photobombs Pierre McGuire appeared first on Diehardsport.
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January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Beau Bennett Does Not Appear To Enjoy Pierre McGuire’s Presence

The Penguins are playing host to the Boston Bruins in this week’s edition of the NHL’s Wednesday Night Rivalry in Pittsburgh. Pens’ forward Beau Bennett was seated near Pierre McGuire as the NBC analyst interviewed Brandon Sutter prior to the game, and Bennett did a good job summing up how most people feel about Pierre Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Sutter's goal lifts Penguins over Hurricanes 2-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) Brandon Sutter scored the game-winning goal in the final two minutes, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Wednesday. Sutter, acquired from the Hurricanes in a 2012 trade, scored his eighth of the year, while Beau Bennett, playing for the first time in 16 games, set up both Penguins' goals. Chris Kunitz also scored his 11th for the...
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December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

More Penguins players being tested for mumps

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins just can't seem to shake the mumps. The team sent backup goaltender Thomas Greiss and forwards Brandon Sutter and Steve Downie home from Florida on Monday to undergo testing for the virus. All three will remain in isolation until the test results are known. Teammates Sidney Crosby, Beau Bennett and Olli Maatta have already dealt with the illness...
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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Downie, Sutter and Greiss Being Tested For Mumps

Downie, Sutter and Greiss will be tested for mumps *sigh*— Pens Initiative (@PensInitiative) December 22, 2014 As reported from multiple sources, Steve Downie, Brandon Sutter and Thomas Greiss are all going to miss tonight's match-up against the Florida Panthers because they are being tested for mumps.Reactions were as expected.Is it a good or bad thing that I know way more about...
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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

What The Hell Happened: Pens beat Lightning in what could be first of many matchups

View image | Depending on what your personal outlook on the Eastern Conference is the Penguins and Lightning are probably at least two of the best four teams. So don’t be surprised if these two teams meet again. In this game the Lightning came out flying, but the Penguins got elite goaltending from Marc-Andre Fleury, and they were able to get some goals from...
Via The Pensblog
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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