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Penguins Are Playoff Ready

The Penguins took the ice for practice one day before Game 1of their first round playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and it's remarkable to see a the Consol ice covered in healthy players. Kris Letang has played three games in a stunning return after suffering a stroke and looks to be back in top form. Beau Bennett recently returned and has seen a lot of time...
Via Puckrant.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 82 – Senators 3 Pens 2 (SO)

Senators 3  Pens 2 (SO) By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Jokinen (21) (PP) from Kunitz, Letang Stempniak (12) from Bennett, Gibbons Stats Shots: Stempniak (4) Missed Shots: Kunitz (4) Blocked Shots: Scuderi (4) Hits: Megna (5) Ice Time: Martin (26:00) … Zolnierczyk (10:29) Faceoffs: Jokinen (15/22) … Megna (1/9) CF% Rel: Glass (+28.1%) … Pyatt (-21.1%) Bleed, Chris...
Via The PensNation
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 81 – Flyers 4 Pens 3 (OT)

Flyers 4  Pens 3 (OT) By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Jokinen (20) from Neal, Gibbons Neal (27) from Crosby, Letang Letang (11) from Neal, Niskanen Even Megna was contributing to the craziness. (Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo) Stats Shots: Neal (9) Missed Shots: Stempniak (4) Blocked Shots: Jokinen, Scuderi (2) Hits: Bortuzzo (5) Ice Time: Crosby (26:18) … Engelland (7:04) Faceoffs...
Via The PensNation
6 days ago  |  Discuss

A Look at Pittsburgh versus Columbus This Season ☆

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets will meet in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Penguins won the season series against Columbus 5-0. Here is a look back at those games. November 1, 2013: Pens win 4-2 in Pittsburgh. Our recap: “Really bizarre game. The Blue Jackets aren’t as bad as the game seemed, but, really, try telling anyone that the...
Via The Pensblog
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Will Face Columbus Blue Jackets in First Round of 2014 Playoffs

Credit: Peter Diana/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette When the Columbus Blue Jackets moved to the Eastern Conference this season, many fans thought that a rivalry between Columbus and the Pittsburgh Penguins could happen eventually. After the Penguins swept the season series against Columbus (5-0), no one really thought it felt like a rivalry this year. Well, it may just happen this week....
Via The PensNation
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Bring on the Rangers: Flyers beat Pens in OT, lock NYR matchup

The Flyers celebrate after Mark Streit's overtime game-winner against the Penguins. The win locks down third place in the Metropolitan Division, sealing a playoff matchup with the New York Rangers. (Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com) The Flyers assured a playoff matchup with the Rangers on Saturday, following a 4-3 overtime win over Pittsburgh. The win gives the Flyers a 4-1 series...
Via Flyerdelphia
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 80 – Pens 4 Red Wings 3 (SO)

Pens 4  Red Wings 3 (SO) By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Neal (25) (PP) from Crosby, Martin Neal (26) (PP) from Niskanen, Martin Jokinen (19) from Letang, Niskanen SO Winner: Jokinen Sometimes you’re just lying around and someone rudely slides a puck at you. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Stats Shots: Neal (6) Missed Shots: Crosby, Kunitz, Maatta (2) Blocked Shots: Glass...
Via The PensNation
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Down On The Penguins

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Penguins have become a mediocre hockey club, 11-9-2 since the Olympic break, including their 4-3 shootout home win Wednesday night against the Detroit Red Wings. They are ready to do another quick exit from the playoffs, perhaps even a one-and-done. Marc-Andre Fleury will wilt again under the pressure. The rest of the team will...
Via Kukla's Korner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

QUICK CAP: Mike Babcock starts the mind games. Pens win 4-3 in a shootout

The Penguins won 4-3 in a shootout, but that is far from the most important thing that happened. After the game, Mike Babcock got everyone all jammed around with this quote about the Penguins…  ” ...you can tell they are always talking to the referees so they must think there should be penatlies called all the time.” In all honestly these quotes were blown a little out of...
Via The Pensblog
10 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) ...
Via The PensNation
13 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...
Via The Pensblog
13 days ago  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 77. Penguins beat Jets 4-2. ☆

The score was 2-2, and it was the third period. The Professional Defenseman, Paul Martin, stepped up. He found an opening, and then James Neal found him. Goal. Penguins took the lead 3-2 and went on to win the game. This wasn’t an important game at all, but for some reason Paul Martin’s third-period goal was exciting. He should call a players-only meeting to discuss how awesome...
Via The Pensblog
16 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%...
Via The PensNation
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 75 – Pens 4 Blackhawks 1

Pens 4  Blackhawks 1 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Neal (24) from Jokinen, Bortuzzo Stempniak (11) from Niskanen, Kunitz Crosby (35) from Kunitz Crosby (36) (EN) from Maatta, Bennett Shero seems to have found gold in Lee Stempniak. (Joe Sargent/Getty Images) Stats Shots: Crosby (8) Missed Shots: Neal (2) Blocked Shots: Scuderi (4) Hits: Pyatt (6) Ice Time: Niskanen (21...
Via The PensNation
19 days ago  |  Discuss

QUICK CAP: Pens give Hawks the business, 4-1 ☆

As far as the Penguins are concerned, the story of this game was them holding their own against an elite team and exacting revenge for that snowy game at Soldier Field. And the Pens got some of their swag back, now having won two straight with 7 games remaining in the season. As far as the NHL is concerned, the story of this game may be whatever news comes out about the Jonathan...
Via The Pensblog
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Hockey Hilarity: What Were the Pittsburgh Penguins' PR Folks Thinking?

Image c/o of GeekTyrant. Friday funnies brought to you straight from hockey’s own players, media personnel, and broadcast botches. We’ll be mucking it up every week right here, examining puck ups, puns, tweets, and more! Earlier this week, the Pittsburgh Penguins wanted to do something that I guess they thought would be a lot of fun for their fans by hosting a Q & A session...
Via Flyerdelphia
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins’ #AskNeal Turns Into Hilarious Disaster

Oh, Twitter, how you never cease to entertain us. We’ve seen some bad social media marketing attempts, like the Toronto Maple Leafs “Sea of Blue” disaster, so it’s amazing that people haven’t learned a few lessons by now. Thankfully for us, they haven’t. The Pittsburgh Penguins social media had the bright idea to create an #AskNeal hashtag game, where loving Penguins...
Via Around The Rink
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Hang James Neal Out to Dry by @ChicksDigHockey

From time to time NHL teams will loosen their belt and allow fans brief access to a player on social media. Yesterday, the Penguins featured such an event with #AskNeal People were invited to submit questions on Twitter for Neal to then answer during a predetermined period of time.Go ahead, read the rest »
Via PensInitiative
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Observations Heading Into Game 73 Between the Penguins and Kings

By: Casey Johnston (@PensNationCasey) Penguins Are Not Allowed to Be Healthy The Penguins are leading the NHL in man-games lost due to injury by pretty big margin.  Just as James Neal and Chris Kunitz return and Kris Letang is cleared to play, Evgeni Malkin goes down for 2-3 weeks with a foot injury.  It’s poor timing for the Penguins as Malkin was coming out of his scoring drought...
Via The PensNation
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 72 – Coyotes 3 Pens 2

Coyotes 3  Pens 2 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Jokinen (18) (PP) from Neal, Crosby Pyatt (3) from Scuderi, Despres Stats Shots: Neal (6) Missed Shots: Maatta (2) Blocked Shots: Gibbons, Maatta (3) Hits: Bortuzzo (6) Ice Time: Crosby (23:23) … Glass (7:35) Faceoffs: Goc (14/20) … Crosby (12/26) Guys, how do we celebrate a goal? (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Quick...
Via The PensNation
25 days ago  |  Discuss

QUICK CAP: Coyotes fugly. Yotes get huge win for playoff hopes 3-2.

The Coyotes need all the points they can. The Penguins are just trying not to lose anymore players. The Penguins had plently of chances in this game, but the will just wasn’t there. The Coyotes used a late second period goal by Mikkel Boedkerto jump ahead 3-2, and they held the fort for the third period. The Penguins looked out of sync, and that was to be expected after news broke...
Via The Pensblog
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Go Ahead, Ask Jame Neal Anything

from ThePensBlog, If we had to describe the Penguins twitter account in a phrase, it would be “out of touch with reality.” To further that point, the account asked for questions for James Neal. Yikes. continued
Via Kukla's Korner
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Predictably the Penguins twitter #askneal campaign is a disaster

If we had to describe the Penguins twitter account in a phase, it would be “out of touch with reality.” To further that point, the account asked for questions for James Neal. Yikes Have you always wanted to know Nealer's favorite thing about Geno? Ask him this (or anything else) using #AskNeal! pic.twitter.com/fyg3p5wRPR — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) March 24, 2014...
Via The Pensblog
26 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...
Via The PensNation
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Top Reads: Crosby leadership, Brooks Orpik subtweeter, the NHL and Neal

- Good read from Mark Madden, “But Crosby recently counseled Malkin about his disappointment at the Sochi Olympics. That’s being a different sort of captain, and it can only help.” [ Timesonline ] - Great leadership by Crosby, by contrast, here is ****** leadership from Brooks Orpik. In a decent Rossi piece from late last week about getting the Penguins off their game, Orpik’s...
Via The Pensblog
27 days ago  |  Discuss

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