Penguins Game Four Loss: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

In the wake of the Penguins’ maddening 4-3 overtime loss to Columbus in Game 4, I decided to summarize the team’s Jekyll-and-Hyde performance by breaking it down into three categories: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. THE GOOD – The First Period (or at least the first 11 minutes): The Pens looked fast, crisp and confident as they bolted to a 3-0 lead within a five-minute span...
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Thoughts: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game 3 – Pens 4 Blue Jackets 3

Pens 4  Blue Jackets 3 Pens lead the series 2-1. By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Orpik (1) from Bennett, Martin Sutter (2) from Martin, Bennett Stempniak (1) from Kunitz, Crosby Jokinen (2) from Maatta, Malkin Pens vs. Blue Jackets, first to 3 loses. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) Game 3 Leaders Shots: Neal (7) Missed Shots: Crosby (3) Blocked Shots: Martin (4) Hits: Kunitz...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Update: What a Comeback

WOW. That was my initial reaction to the Penguins’ stunning 4-3 win over Columbus in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Monday night. After spotting the Blue Jackets an early two-goal lead, the Pens erupted for four goals in the final 20 minutes and change to snatch a dramatic victory from the jaws of certain defeat. Just as important, the Pens displayed remarkable...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Round One, Game Three: Penguins vs. Blue Jackets Recap

Three goals. Two minutes and 13 seconds. That was the difference between me and many others going from condemning the team to hell to excitedly keyboard smashing with our Paul Steigerwald sized boners. Goals off of deflections by Brandon Sutter and Jussi Jokinen as well as a wrist shot from Lee Stempniak gave the Pens…
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Fleury, 3-goal flurry lead Pens past Jackets, 4-3

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Brandon Sutter, Lee Stempniak and Olli Maatta scored in a span of 2:13 of the third period to revive the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night. Pittsburgh took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven playoff series thanks to the goals on three consecutive shots. Brooks Orpik added a goal in the final seconds of the second...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Need More From Their Best

from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, • Neither Crosby nor Malkin has scored in the Penguins' past six playoff games. In that span, which is more like seven games when overtimes are weighed, they have combined for five assists. • In playoff series in which the Penguins were eliminated since winning the Cup in 2009 — not including 2011, when Crosby...
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Thoughts: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game 2 – Blue Jackets 4 Pens 3 (2OT)

Blue Jackets 4  Pens 3 (2OT) Series tied at 1. By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Gibbons (1) from Niskanen, Crosby Gibbons (2) (SH) from Martin, Orpik Niskanen (2) (PP) from Martin, Crosby Why didn’t you keep him safe, Sutter?!? (Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo) Game 2 Leaders Shots: Neal (7) Missed Shots: Letang, Martin (3) Blocked Shots: Martin (5) Hits: Vitale (8) Ice Time...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

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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6 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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7 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

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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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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7 days ago  |  Discuss

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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7 days ago  |  Discuss

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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9 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...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

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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11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Importance of Brandon Sutter

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16 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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16 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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17 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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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Bylsma wants replay expanded to review goalie interference

Coach Dan Bylsma most assuredly would have liked center Brandon Sutter's goal to count Thursday at Consol Energy Center. After some reflection, however, Bylsma refused to blame the officials for the ruling. Rather, he wouldn't mind seeing certain decisions taken out of their hands. “I think the goalie interference call is way too difficult for the referees to judge in...
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24 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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26 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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27 days ago  |  Discuss

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