TWEETCAP: Islanders take Round 1

When you look back on this game as a whole, it actually was one of the more entertaining games of the season.  Early goal aside, the Pens looked like dog **** in the first period, but then pulled it together the rest of the way and eventually were able to earn a point out of it.  Round 2 tonight should be just as entertaining, presuming Johnny Boychuk doesn’t hit someone tire...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 18 – Isles blow lead but hold off Pens in 5-4 (SO) final

By:  Meesh Shanmugam NY Islanders 5  Pens 4 (SO) Record: 13-3-2 Goals Sutter (6) from Martin, Downie Comeau (5) from Kunitz, Maatta Spaling (3) from Hornqvist, Malkin Hornqvist (10) from Malkin, Ehrhoff Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Letang (hooking) – Bad (loses the puck in the defensive zone and hooks Cizikas back to keep him away from it) Bortuzzo (fighting...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 18. The Battle Begins

For the first time in so long the Islanders haven’t started 3-13. In fact, they are really good. The core of the Islanders are still mostly around from when they took the Penguins to six games in a tough playoff series a few years ago. But after last years debacle, they needed to prove they can play with the Penguins. And they did. The Islanders are no question for real. They even...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 18, Penguins vs. Islanders Recap by @DXTraeger

The Pittsburgh Penguins opened a home-and-home series with the New York Islanders on Friday night at the Consol Energy Center.Lineup changes for the Penguins included Robert Bortuzzo dressing for Simon Despres, and Zach Sill remaining in the lineup to occupy the void left by Pascal Dupuis's deep vein thrombosis health scare.Pittsburgh won its previous contest with the Islanders...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

What the hell happened: Isles win round 1

Last time we saw the Islanders they weren’t quite ready for primetime. In this one they looked ready to challenge the Penguins for the division lead all season long. The used a three-goal outburst to take a 3-1 lead early. They also led 4-2 at one point. But give the Penguins credit, they battled back and were able to tie the game with under 10 minutes to play. THREE THINGS 3....
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 15 – Dupuis Scores, Greiss Saves, Leafs Lose, Pens Win 2-1

By: Meesh Shanmugam Pens 2  Maple Leafs 1 Record: 11-3-1 Goals Dupuis (5) from Ehrhoff, Sutter Dupuis (6) from Crosby, Bortuzzo Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Downie (hooking) – Unnecessary (hooks (extended stick-lift?) Kadri going into the Penguins zone despite Kadri going in 1-on-2 and being well-defended) Malkin (hooking) – Unnecessary (whacks Kessel...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 14. Rangers win 5-0.

This was just “one of those games.” We mentioned last week how when the Pens’ current streaks ended (wins and PK), they would come crashing down like that scene in Inception. And it happened. No one should be surprised.   The Game in three GIFs - Tanner Glass made his first NHL play in 45 years. Congrats to him and his family: - What in the **** was Robert Bortuzzo doing...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 14 – Pens lose 5-0 to Rangers in lackluster effort

By:  Meesh Shanmugam Rangers 5  Pens 0 Record: 10-3-1 Goals None Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Crosby (tripping) – Stupid (tries to tie up Zuccarello in the defensive zone and jams his stick into Zuccarello’s skates, taking him down) Hornqvist (roughing) – Stupid (puts an extra shove on Brassard in front of the ref after already knocking him down to...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 13 – Crosby sets up everyone in Pens 6-1 win over Sabres

By: Meesh Shanmugam (Sorry for the delay!) Pens 6  Sabres 1 Record: 10-2-1 Goals Letang (2) from Crosby, Hornqvist Hornqvist (8) (PP) from Letang, Crosby Letang (3) from Martin, Crosby Hornqvist (9) (PP) from Kunitz, Crosby Bortuzzo (1) from Crosby, Kunitz Malkin (6) from Comeau, Letang Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Malkin (hooking) – Good (hooks Girgensons...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

SNAPSHOT: Penguins start road trip with solid win

Thomas Greiss has started two games. Both have featured the Penguins going up in dominating fashion, and then falling off in the third period. The first game didn’t end well. This one did. Save about 10 minutes in the third period, and this was actually a completely dominating win for the Penguins. The Penguins power play scored once, but it was the mere threat of it that basically...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Gameday 11: Pittsburgh Penguins at Minnesota Wild

Pittsburgh Penguins (7-2-1) at Minnesota Wild (7-3) 8:00 PM – ROOT Sports Xcel Energy Center – St Paul, Minnesota The Penguins will begin a five-game road trip tonight in Minnesota against the Wild.  This game will feature the best offense in the NHL vs. the best defense in the NHL.  Minnesota’s offense shouldn’t be taken lightly, however.  They’re averaging a ridiculous...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

How Will the Penguins Replace Olli Maatta?

By now, we are all familiar with the fact that Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta is expected to miss a month of hockey action after electing to have a tumor (that could potentially be cancerous) from his thyroid. What we don’t know is exactly how the Penguins will attempt to replace him. Robert Bortuzzo Set […] The post How Will the Penguins Replace Olli Maatta? appeared...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Update: Ivory Soap Defense Won’t Leave a Mark

Back in the day, Ivory Soap boasted that it was so pure it wouldn’t leave a bathtub ring. As presently constructed the Penguins’ defense could make a similar claim. It won’t leave a mark. Losing rugged Robert Bortuzzo to injury certainly hasn’t helped. But GM Jim Rutherford has purposely constructed a defense that’s built for the Autobahn, not net-front gridlock. It reminds...
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October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins Update: When Push Comes to Shove

Noted philosopher and poet George Santayana once wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” There’s another famous quote, one uttered by hockey legend Conn Smythe. “If you can’t beat ‘em in the alley, you can’t beat ‘em on the ice.” Don’t count the black and gold among the teams that subscribe to Smythe’s time-honored mantra. For...
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October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Preseason Game 1 – Pens Fall to Red Wings, 2-1

By: Meesh Shanmugam *Preseason Intro* Welcome back everyone! With a new season, new coach, new GM, and new hope (at least temporarily), I’ll be working on some new formats for the postgame thoughts before the regular season arrives. Ideas and suggestions are very much encouraged; let me know what you want to see and read about! Goal assessments and descriptions will return when...
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September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Announce Roster For First Preseason Game

Photo Credit: The Penguins have announced their lineup for Monday night’s preseason home game against Detroit. Goaltenders 29 Marc-Andre Fleury G 60 Matt Murray G Defensemen 4 Rob Scuderi D 7 Paul Martin D 33 Reid McNeill D 41 Robert Bortuzzo D 44 Taylor Chorney D 47 Simon Despres D Forwards 13 Nick Spaling F 16 Brandon Sutter F 17 Blake Comeau F 19 Beau...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 5 Between the Penguins and Rangers

By: Casey Johnston (@PensNationCasey) I said heading into this series between the Penguins and Rangers that the key to success for the Penguins would be Sidney Crosby adding some goals to the assists he racked up during the Columbus series and Evgeni Malkin building on the brilliant performance he had to close out that series.  Crosby ended that series with six points, all assists...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

TWEETCAP: One Minute Left in the Rangers Season, Maybe

Usually it takes at least a Letang turnover, but Pens fans were pissed from the jump in this one.  Brooks Orpik was inserted back into the lineup in favor of Bobby Bortuzzo, much to the chagrin of anyone who has seen Rob Scuderi take a shift this postseason.   And rightfully so, Orpik didn’t even come close to making it through the game while almost every Ranger scorning chance...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins Defense Stands Tall

Having posted consecutive shutouts against the stubborn New York Rangers, Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has received tons of praise, and deservedly so. “Flower” is enjoying by far his best postseason since 2009, when he helped the Pens win the Cup. The oft-maligned defense deserves some love, too. As a group they’ve been nothing short of sensational. Collectively, they’ve...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Sidney Crosby snaps goal-less drought

Sidney Crosby ended his 13-game goal-less drought in the second period of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2-0 victory at Madison Square Garden Monday night. The Penguins have a 2-1 series lead over the New York Rangers. Crosby called for the puck as he streaked up the ice and shot a laser through the legs of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. “When a guy like that has space and has speed...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins shutout Rangers in Game 3 – Knee-Jerk Reactions

  By Joe Depto (@JoeDepto)   - The Rangers got a much better performance out of the ailing Ryan McDonagh in Game 3, but they didn’t nearly enough from their defense tonight. Girardi’s first two periods were better than anything the Rangers received from him in game 2′s shutout loss to Pittsburgh, but his third period felt frantic and positionally pliable. The Rangers didn’t...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 2 Between the Penguins and Rangers

By: Casey Johnston (@PensNationCasey) Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals was a back-and-forth game in which both teams spent considerable amounts of time controlling the play.  The Rangers, however, controlled the beginning when they jumped out to a 2-0 lead and the end when they scored the game-clinching goal in overtime.  The Penguins had their moments as well such...
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Regular Season Recap: Pens vs NY Rangers

Pens-Rangers in Review By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Here’s a game-by-game recap of my thoughts posts vs. the Rangers, with a series preview at the end. Game 16: Rangers win 5-1 The first matchup caught the Pens by surprise. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Goals: Letang (PP) Good: Brandon Sutter – Played well on the PK and drew a penalty. Noteworthy: Evgeni Malkin – Drew...
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

QUICK CAP: Joy of Suck. Pens take 3-2 series lead.

The Penguins did something different in Game 5. Shockingly, probably to Dan Bylsma, it worked. The Penguins played Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby together for most of the game. This disabled the Blue Jackets’ targeting of Sidney Crosby with Brandon Dubinsky and forced Columbus to do something different. IMAGINE THAT. Three things that worked - The insertion of Marcel Goc and...
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April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

It's Time To Win A Robert Bortuzzo Jersey From PI and @TotalSportsEnt

Last Sunday, we revealed the rules for the Pens Initiative/Total Sports Enterprises Easter Egg Hunt. Simply put, all you had to do was look for all-capitalized words while reading Pens Initiative articles throughout the week. Today is the day that you can tell us what those Easter Eggs were and enter yourself to win an autographed Robert Bortuzzo jersey, courtesy of the folks at...
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April 20, 2014  |  Discuss
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