Dan Bylsma Does Some Power Play Tweaking

The Penguins hit the ice for practice this morning and Dan Bylsma made another little adjustment that may improve an already stunning power play. To start game one, Bylsma had Beau Bennett playing on the first line with Crosby and Kunitz and Brian Gibbons playing on the third with Brandon Sutter and Lee Stempniak. After a not so great first period by his team, he switched Gibbons...
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Thoughts: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game 1 – Pens 4 Blue Jackets 3

Pens 4  Blue Jackets 3 Series: Pens lead 1-0 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Jokinen (1) from Malkin, Maatta Bennett (1) (PP) from Niskanen, Martin Niskanen (1) (PP) from Malkin, Crosby Sutter (1) from Bennett, Martin Stats Shots: Kunitz, Maatta, Malkin (4) Missed Shots: Niskanen (3) Blocked Shots: Scuderi (3) Hits: Stempniak (4) Ice Time: Martin (23:51) … Vitale (9:18...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Off with a bang: High-scoring nail-biters dominate playoffs' first day

The NHL playoffs are all about tight-checking, low-scoring hockey. Whatever ... Six teams combined for 23 goals, 51 turnovers and lots of hurried heartbeats on the opening night of the postseason. By the time it was over, Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop was researching herbal remedies, Pittsburgh's Brandon Sutter was shouting redemption, Anaheim was breathing a sigh of relief while...
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All the Right Moves - Penguins Take Game 1

The Penguins kicked off the 2014 playoffs last night against the Columbus Blue Jackets and it was anything but an easy game. Both teams played extremely physical, all but six players had at least one hit in the game 1 battle. The Penguins had to play catch up for most of the game and at one point were down 3-1. But the team rallied and were able to win it 4-3. Here's what...
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Penguins rally to escape with a victory in Game 1 against Columbus

Evgeni Malkin dumped a puck early. A third-liner scored the go-ahead goal late. The Penguins held onto a lead. This was not a perfect opening to the Stanley Cup playoffs, but it provided a look at how things are different with these Penguins. Start, as veteran winger Craig Adams did, with the lead that was protected after center Brandon Sutter scored what proved to be the final...
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Dale Weise, Brandon Sutter Give Canadiens, Penguins Game 1 Wins (Video)

The first night of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs provided all the drama and intensity you would expect. The Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning started the party with Game 1 of their first-round series Wedesnday in Florida, and every fan — even those taking selfies — got their money’s worth. The two teams combined for nine goals in nearly 80 minutes of hockey. Montreal...
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Good showing not good enough for CBJ

PITTSBURGH - It remains possible, maybe even likely, that a couple of the eight first-round series in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs will be total duds. Pittsburgh-Columbus will not be one of them. One game is in the books, and it went in the favor of the home team. The Penguins dominated the third period and used a Brandon Sutter wrist shot to secure the winning margin in...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins nip Blue Jackets 4-3 in series opener

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Brandon Sutter scored on a wrist shot from the left circle 8:18 into the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins rally for a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night. Beau Bennett and Matt Niskanen scored power-play goals 45 seconds apart in the second period, erasing Pittsburgh's...
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QUICK CAP: Pens win Game One 4-3

Pens got goals from their PP, and Columbus was still somehow hanging in there. But the third period was where the legs fed the wolf, and the Jackets fell off the face of the Earth. THREE STARS 3. Sergei Bobrovsky – If he makes another save here or there, the Jackets steal this one. If it wasn’t already known, Game One showed this series will only last as long as Bob does. 2...
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Penguins Regular Season Goal Assessment

Regular Season Goal Assessment By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) As we say goodbye to another regular season, we say goodbye to the first full 82-game season where I could test out my goal assessments. [The results of last year’s in the shortened season can be found at The Hockey Writers.] I limited the final results to players who played at least ten games, but I have everyone...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Close-out 2013-14 Regular Season

The Penguins completed the 2013-14 regular season with a 3-2 shootout loss against the Ottawa Senators. A few players including Sidney Crosby, Marc Andre Fleury, Brandon Sutter, and Matt Niskanen sat out tonight's game to get some rest as the Pens will start their first round playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday. After a fairly slow start to the game...
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Three Observations Heading Into Game 81 Between the Penguins and Flyers

By: Casey Johnston (@PensNationCasey) Sutter Stepping Up The 2013-14 season has not been a banner year for Brandon Sutter.  In his second season with the Penguins, Sutter has lost Tyler Kennedy and Matt Cooke, he’s playing against weaker competition for the first time since his rookie season with the Carolina Hurricanes, and he’s seen time on the fourth line.  He’s spent...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Importance of Brandon Sutter

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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 79 – Pens 3 Avalanche 2 (SO)

Pens 3  Avalanche 2 (SO) By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Sutter (12) from Glass, Niskanen Sutter (13) (PP) from Jokinen, Neal SO Winner: Jokinen The Penguins have three #1 centers? What? (Chris Schneider/AP Photo) Stats Shots: Ebbett (4) Missed Shots: Neal (4) Blocked Shots: Ebbett (4) Hits: Glass (5) Ice Time: Martin (27:36) … Megna (6:52) Faceoffs: Ebbett (5/10) ...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

RECAP: GAME 79: Penguins beat Avalanche 3-2 in shootout. ☆

This was the Penguins’ lineup on October 21, 2013, against the Avs: The big names missing are Kris Letang and James Neal. Dupuis was playing. The Penguins lost that game 1-0 on home ice, going 0 for 7 on the power play. This was the lineup Sunday night in Colorado: We were quick to write off this game due to injuries, and just because the Pens won doesn’t change that for us...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

QUICK CAP: Rocky Mountain Surprise. Penguins B team beat AVs 3-2. ☆

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 39 of 41 Avalanche shots. Brandon Sutter scored twice, and the Penguins beat the Avs in a shootout 3-2. This was a meaningless game for the Penguins, therefore it really is a meaningless win. This was a bad loss for the Avlanche, however. They are in a battle for home-ice with the Blackhawks, and that extra point would have been huge. Good to see Semyon...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 76 – Hurricanes 4 Pens 1

Hurricanes 4  Pens 1 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Kunitz (35) from Stemniak, Crosby This…this isn’t good form. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Stats Shots: Neal (6) Missed Shots: Maatta, Megna, Neal (2) Blocked Shots: Gibbons, Maatta, Sutter (2) Hits: Orpik (5) Ice Time: Orpik (21:33) … Pyatt (10:28) Faceoffs: Adams (6/7) … Sutter (7/19) CF% Rel: Neal (+29.8%...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Explanation and Effect of the Overturned Goal

Depending upon who you talk to Brandon Sutter may or may not have scored the would be game-tying goal in the 3-2 loss to Los Angeles last night. For example, take the two of the three players directly involved in the play… Sutter on his close call: “I was pretty surprised… I definitely got pushed into the net… I have no idea how they didn’t call it a goal.” — Pittsburgh...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Quick Cap: Pens slide continues with 3-2 loss to Kings

The Penguins surrended the first two goals, then came back, only to lose 3-2 on a third period goal by Drew Doughty. It really wasn’t a well played game, although it had some good spurts. The story of the game was this:   The Kings took seven penatlies, and the Penguins could get anything home on the powerplay. Meanwhile, the Kings went 1 for 3 on the powerplay. The other story...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 70 – Pens 4 Lightning 3 (OT)

Pens 4  Lightning 3 (OT) By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Crosby (34) (PP) from Malkin, Zatkoff Malkin (22) (PP) from Niskanen, Crosby Malkin (23) from Jokinen Neal (23) (PP) from Malkin, Crosby Stats Shots: Malkin (5) Missed Shots: Kunitz (3) Blocked Shots: Glass (2) Hits: Glass (4) Ice Time: Niskanen (24:44) … Pyatt (10:22) Faceoffs: Crosby (18/27) … Goc (7/15) Future...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 69 – Red Wings 5 Pens 4 (OT)

Red Wings 5  Pens 4 (OT) By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) **PS – Tailgate/meetup at the Melody Lot (above where Mellon used to be) around 9am before the Tampa Bay game on Saturday.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions** Goals Stempniak (10) from Kunitz, Bortuzzo Malkin (20) from Neal, Jokinen Malkin (21) (PP) from Neal, Jokinen Adams (4) from Sutter, Gibbons Stats...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

TPN RADIO: Welcome Back, Evgeni Malkin!

Tune in at 10:00 tonight and subscribe to the show on iTunes. Twitter: @ThePensNation, @PensNation_Andy, @PensNation_Nick, @HockeyMeesh, @PensNationCasey  Guest: Jesse Marshall from Faceoff-Factor (@JmarshFoF) The Topics (Les Sujets) Is Evgeni Malkin back to form? Advance stats nerds unite! Brandon Sutter and the third line wingers. Pens/Wings craziness.
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Observations Heading Into Game 69 Between the Penguins and Red Wings

By: Casey Johnston (@PensNationCasey) Sutter Not a Shutdown Center? Lyle Kossis over at Pensburgh wrote a feature about Dan Bylsma and matchups, specifically the use of Brandon Sutter vs. Jordan Staal.  His finding was that Staal had been used in a shutdown role every year of Bylsma’s tenure while Sutter was only used in that role during his first season as a Penguin.  It’s...
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March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 66 – Flyers 4 Penguins 0

Flyers 4  Pens 0 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals None Stats Shots: Despres (5) Missed Shots: Engelland, Niskanen (2) Blocked Shots: Orpik (7) Hits: Glass (7) Ice Time: Niskanen (23:05) … Megna (11:48) Faceoffs: Goc (6/12) … Sutter (3/10) Malkin looks up to find his next giveaway… (Paul Bereswill/Getty Images) Quick Summary Good: Glass, Maatta Noteworthy: Despres,...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Ducks fall short to Penguins in shootout

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- A game that was billed as a potential Stanley Cup preview was lacking some of playoff-type atmosphere. The score, a 3-2 shootout win by the Penguins, might have shown otherwise but it was really the Ducks' game to lose. The Ducks spent the better part of the game pelting the Penguins with shots but had only two goals to show for it. Instead, it was Brandon...
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March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

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