Win an Autographed Robert Bortuzzo Jersey in PI's Easter Egg Hunt!

How would you like to own an autographed Robert Bortuzzo jersey?As part of our month-long birthday celebration - and thanks to the generous folks at TSE (@totalsportsent on twitter) - Pens Initiative is giving our faithful readers the chance to win exactly that.Go ahead, read the rest »
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3 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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9 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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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 78 – Wild 4 Pens 0

Wild 4  Pens 0 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals None Neal argues with Cooke about whether his linemates are AHL or ECHL quality. (Bruce Kluckhohn/Getty Images) Stats Shots: Neal (5) Missed Shots: Crosby, Niskanen, Pyatt (2) Blocked Shots: Bortuzzo, Despres, Scuderi (2) Hits: Glass (4) Ice Time: Martin (23:09) … Megna (11:01) Faceoffs: Sutter (9/17) … Crosby (5/17) CF...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Bortuzzo makes push to be on Penguins' playoff blue line

Two mysteries exist on the Penguins blue line: Will Kris Letang play again this season, and who replaces him during the playoffs should he not be available? Robert Bortuzzo has made a case to be that man. The physical Thunder Bay, Ontario, native was used as the Penguins' No. 6 defenseman against the Jets in Winnipeg on Thursday and is receiving rave reviews from assistant...
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11 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...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 74 – Pens 2 Blue Jackets 1

Pens 2  Blue Jackets 1 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Kunitz (34) from Crosby, Engelland Bennett (2) from Bortuzzo Fleury has earned several wins but finally actually got one. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) Stats Shots: Crosby (6) Missed Shots: Bennett, Jokinen (2) Blocked Shots: Scuderi, Bortuzzo, Orpik (2) Hits: Orpik (5) Ice Time: Orpik (25:48) … Megna (8:21) Faceoffs...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 73 – Kings 3 Pens 2

Kings 3  Pens 2 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Pyatt stunned himself with that goal. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Goals Kunitz (33) from Megna, Crosby Pyatt (4) from Gibbons, Goc Stats Shots: Niskanen (7) Missed Shots: Niskanen (3) Blocked Shots: Bortuzzo, Neal (2) Hits: Bortuzzo, Glass, Kunitz, Orpik (5) Ice Time: Crosby (25:48) … Adams (8:07) Faceoffs: Goc (6/8) … Crosby...
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19 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...
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21 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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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 67 – Flyers 4 Penguins 3

Flyers 4  Pens 3 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Orpik (2) from Bortuzzo, Vitale Niskanen (10) from Scuderi, Jokinen Megna (5) from Gibbons Stats Shots: Malkin (5) Missed Shots: Crosby, Pyatt (3) Blocked Shots: Entire Defense (2 each) Hits: Bortuzzo (5) Ice Time: Niskanen (27:11) … Pyatt (8:34) Faceoffs: Sutter (4/6) … Goc (2/8) These 1-on-1 pics shouldn’t exist several...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Feature Friday: Robert Bortuzzo

By: Melissa Esing (@Off_thePost) Photo Credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images     Throughout the 2013-2014 NHL season, I’ll be posting player features each Friday. This week, we’re going to take a look at Robert Bortuzzo.    Every year within the NHL, a player can either progress and improve themselves or regress. Pittsburgh Penguins’ defenseman, Robert Bortuzzo, in a sense...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 60 – Penguins @ Blackhawks

Blackhawks 5  Penguins 1 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) *Sorry for the delayed post, travel and trades have kept me distracted* It started as such a promising weekend… (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo) Goals Neal (22) unassisted Stats Shots: Neal (7) Missed Shots: Jokinen (2) Blocked Shots: Despres, Sutter (2) Hits: Bortuzzo (6) Ice Time: Niskanen (25:35) … Engelland (7:58...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins’ Robert Bortuzzo and Predators’ Colin Wilson in bloody ice brawl (VIDEO)

A first-period brawl between Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and Nashville center Colin Wilson Tuesday night left both skaters a bloody mess.Both Bortuzzo and Wilson were hit with five-minute majors for fighting in the final minute of the first period.The bare-knuckled bout was a draw, but the Penguins skated away with a 3-1victory.
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Pens’ Robert Bortuzzo, Preds’ Colin Wilson pound each other into a bloody pulp (video/photos)

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and Nashville Predators winger Colin Wilson dropped the gloves during the first period of Tuesday night’s tilt between the teams. And while many now abhor the act of brawling in the NHL game nowadays, this savage display of on-ice ultraviolence hearkens back to the days of old, when fighting was […]The post Pens’ Robert Bortuzzo...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Hockey Fight Between Penguins, Predators Quickly Turns Bloody (Photo)

Although Tuesday night’s fight between Robert Bortuzzo and Colin Wilson wasn’t lengthy, it sure was bloody. Bortuzzo and Wilson traded blows for only a few seconds during the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators, but it was enough to mangle the faces of both combatants and create some extra stain-removal work for the teams’ equipment staffs. The scrap...
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Hockey Fight Produces Bloody Awesome Photo

Credit: Mark Humphrey, AP Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo dropped the gloves with Predators forward Colin Wilson in the first period of last night’s game in Nashville and it turned into a bloody mess. Fortunately, nobody was seriously hurt and Mark Humphrey of the Associated Press was able to snap this awesome photo to capture the violent bout. [Deadspin] Article found on...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 59. Pens lose to Habs 6-5 in shootout.

  Best thing to come out of Sochi may be the notion Evgeni Malkin is in a "dark place." In the grand scheme of things, this could be our generation’s "dying alive." We'll see if it has legs.   Bylsma said this game may have been the first time the team playing the previous night had the advantage. On the other hand, the Penguins still...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Hockey Fight Of The Week: Zack Smith vs Robert Bortuzzo

The NHL is about to go dark. With many NHL players heading to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the skaters have just…
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 56 – Penguins vs Senators

Penguins 2  Senators 1 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Gibbons (3) (PP) from Maatta, Jokinen Neal (18) from Bortuzzo, Malkin Quick Summary (Credit: @JustPuckIt) 1st GA faults: Maatta 1st GF contributions: Sutter, Jokinen, Maatta, Gibbons 2nd GF contributions: Malkin, Bortuzzo, Neal Good: Maatta, Fleury, Sutter, Malkin, Neal, Gibbons Noteworthy: Martin Bad: Niskanen Other...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins beat Senators, 2-1, in overtime

James Neal had not scored a goal in eight games. For a guy who hits the net as frequently as he does, it probably felt as if it were eight weeks. Maybe eight months. So, when Neal got a Robert Bortuzzo rebound on his stick in the second minute of overtime Monday night at Consol Energy Center, he might have been tempted to rifle it toward the Ottawa net and simply hope it would...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Like a Mup (Part One)

By Annie Shean (@JustPuckIt) You know the song and the joke about “light a mup” – but one afternoon while wanting to stab my eyes out on a support call I was hit with an idea. Wait, what if there was a Muppet doppelganger for some of the hockey players in the NHL? Thus, “Like a Mup” was born. Because there are endless possibilities, this is only the first part of the series...
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February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

#Penguins Fights #15-20 Recaps by @evil_shero

Troy Bodie vs Robert Bortuzzo (2-0)Dec 16, 2013 1pd 15:062013-2014 Regular SeasonThis fight transpired when Bodie rubbed Borts out on the corner and finishes with a forearm shiver on his head. Bortuzzo chases him to the slot and tosses the mitts. Bobby Bo hits Bodie with a large right to start the bout maybe before Bodie knew what was going on. Bodie returns with a big bomb that...
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January 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 48 Preview – Penguins and Capitals

By: Casey Johnston (@CaseyR82) Last Game for the Penguins:  Saturday, a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames.  People may look at the score and say that the Penguins played down to their opponent, but that would be unfair to Flames goalie Reto Berra, who faced 26 shots on the night.  The Penguins especially challenged Berra in the first period where he faced 13 shots, including two...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 47 – Penguins @ Flames

Penguins 2  Flames 1 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Kunitz (24) from Bortuzzo Niskanen (6) from Glass Goal Assessment First Goal For (Kunitz) When the Penguins flip the puck into the Flames zone, Shane O’Brien gloves it down in his zone and starts to skate it behind his own net. He passes the puck back to the left corner of the zone to Dennis Wideman to start their...
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January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

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