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Thoughts: Game 32 – Hockey and Panthers make Downie go crazy in Pens 3-1 win

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Pens 3  Panthers 1 Record: 22-6-4 Goals Spaling (5) from Downie, Goc Pouliot (1) from Downie, Spaling Crosby (10) from Letang, Despres Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Harrington (high-sticking) – Careless (tries to lift his stick...
Via The PensNation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 31 – Fleury outlasts Pickard as Pens beat Avs 1-0 in OT

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Pens 1  Avalanche 0 Record: 21-6-4 Goals Comeau (11) from Malkin, Scuderi Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Despres (interference) – Unnecessary (cross-checks McLeod in the back and knocks him over before the puck gets there for interference...
Via The PensNation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 31, Penguins vs. Avalanche Recap by @DXTraeger

Missing from this picture are the Penguins' outstanding Third JerseysThe Pittsburgh Penguins hosted the Colorado Avalanche tonight, with the Pens enjoying their fourth consecutive game at home.Lineup changes for the Penguins included Sidney Crosby returning to the ice after missing time with the mumps, Beau Bennett missing his second straight game (mumps), and after numerous call...
Via PensInitiative
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Key Observations – Pens Vs Blue Jackets

By: Gemma Fagan (@gcfagan86) Saturday’s match up against Columbus will mark the first time the Pens venture back to Nationwide Arena since their six-game playoff series against the Blue Jackets last postseason. The last time these two foes met, the Pens were nearly left with egg on their face, and were lucky to escape after blowing a 4-0 lead going into the third period of Game...
Via The PensNation
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 28 – That’s Per Year, Pens beat Flames 3-1

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Pens 3  Flames 1 Record: 19-6-3 Goals Comeau (9) from Malkin, Bortuzzo Letang (5) from Despres, Spaling Klinkhammer (4) from Downie, Malkin Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Megna (roughing) – Inconsequential (gets into a scrum with...
Via The PensNation
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Bobblehead Theatre

PITTSBURGH BOBBLEHEAD THEATRE – EP. 1 One standout this season has been the emergence of defenseman Simon Despres. Much of his development can probably be attributed to his increased playing time under head coach Mike Johnston. But with his inflated workload many people are asking–How do you pronounce Simon anyway? We here at The PensNation don’t have any answers for the...
Via The PensNation
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Despres Making the Most of his Playing Time

There was a brief instance in the Rangers game on Monday night that gave me a stark realization about the play and progression of Simon Despres. With the Penguins having just mounted a comeback to tie the game late in the third, Despres was put in an awkward position in the neutral zone. The puck had been contested and ended up on his stick in the face of some high pressure from...
Via The Pensblog
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 25 – Everybody hurts, Pens lose to Canucks, 3-0

By: Meesh Shanmugam Canucks 3  Pens 0 Record: 17-6-2 Goals None Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Comeau (boarding) – Stupid/Careless/Reckless (shoves Tanev in the back right in the numbers so he goes face-first into the boards in the offensive zone) Downie (delay of game) – Careless (tries to flip the puck out of the zone before he gets hit in the defensive...
Via The PensNation
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 19 – Pens can’t figure out Isles, again, in 4-1 loss

By:  Meesh Shanmugam NY Islanders 4  Pens 1 Record: 13-4-2 Goals Malkin (8) from Hornqvist, Spaling Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Downie (fighting) – Inconsequential (gets into a fight with Hamonic after a few shoves; bad situational penalty since the Pens were in the offensive zone, but inconsequential in results) Maatta (hooking) – Overly aggressive...
Via The PensNation
26 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 on...
Via PensInitiative
November 21, 2014  |  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...
Via The Pensblog
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Feature Friday: Simon Despres

Throughout the 2014-2015 NHL season, I’ll be posting player features each Friday. This week, we’re going to take a look at Simon Despres. Photo Credit: Claus Andersen/Getty Images Every year, it’s on-and-off with defenseman Simon Despres. At age 23, we’re used to his presence in the line up for quite some time, simply to fill a hole. Then, he’s right back on the bus to...
Via The PensNation
November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Hockey Fights of the Week: 11/3 – 11/9

We haven’t hyped up our first installments of Hockey Fights of the Week this year because the action within didn’t deserve an abundance of praise. We’ve seen some good fights, but it’s doubtful that any of the early scraps would be included in our recap of the year’s best. Thankfully, that all changes this week. This time it was difficult to select just five and we feel...
Via Bloguin Best
November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Hockey Fights of the Week: 11/3 – 11/9

We haven’t hyped up our first installments of Hockey Fights of the Week this year because the action within didn’t deserve an abundance of praise. We’ve seen some good fights, but it’s doubtful that any of the early scraps would be included in our recap of the year’s best. Thankfully, that all changes this week. This time it was difficult to select just five and we feel...
Via Puck Drunk Love
November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Evander Kane Lands Wicked Right In Fight With Simon Despres

  Evander Kane is named after Evander Holyfield, according to the Pittsburgh Penguins TV guys so if you’re Simon Despres and you’re going...
Via Busted Coverage
November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 6 – Pens Haze Greiss By Blowing Two-Goal Lead in 4-3 (OT) Loss to Red Wings

By: Meesh Shanmugam Red Wings 4  Pens 3 (OT) Record: 3-2-1 Goals Dupuis (2) from Comeau Maatta (1) from Comeau, Malkin Kunitz (3) from Despres Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Goc (hooking) – Lazy (doesn’t keep his feet moving as Jurco skates to the slot, forcing him to hook Jurco as the puck gets there for a penalty) Comeau (holding) – Overly aggressive...
Via The PensNation
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 5. Johnston loses his first chess match.

Coming into the game people may have been thinking they would see a brawl-filled game with tempers flaring and people getting hit by chairs. Instead, they got a chess match between two smart coaches. And Craig Berube went all checkmate in Mike Johnston’s perfect hair. Berube had the Flyers trap the **** out of the Penguins and basically told a national TV audience what he was...
Via The Pensblog
October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 5 – Pens Dress Well and Play Sloppy in 5-3 Loss to Flyers

By: Meesh Shanmugam Flyers 5  Pens 3 Record: 3-2 Goals Spaling (1) from Ehrhoff, Comeau Dupuis (2) from Martin, Malkin Goc (1) from Spaling, Downie Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Despres (interference) – Stupid (was about to win a race for a puck and decided to ignore the puck and hit Couturier for interference) Despres (fighting) – Inconsequential (was...
Via The PensNation
October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Simon Despres blows up Sean Couturier, Umberger vs Despres fight

Tonight, I was watching the Flyers and Penguins game. Check out this clean, hard hit.In my opinion, this is a thing of beauty. Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Simon Despres absolutely blows up Sean Couturier with a shoulder-to-shoulder hit. The video from this angle doesn't do a good job of showing it. Of course you have the obligitory fight between R.J. Umberger and Despres.
Via Goon's World
October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

@Penguins Fights: @Despres747 vs. @JVReemer21

Simon Despres vs James Van Riemsdyk Oct 11, 2014 3pd 19:27 2014-2015 Regular Season Not much of a battle but I'm liking this mean streak Despres has been on. After winning a preseason bout with Jason Zucker Despres took matters into his own hands after JVR sat on him after a lazy hit. JVR is not much of a scrapper and I think Despres was counting on it after getting hit with...
Via PensInitiative
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 2 – Pens Powerplay Dominates in 5-2 Win Over Leafs

By: Meesh Shanmugam Pens 5  Maple Leafs 2 Record: 2-0 Goals Hornqvist (2) from Ehrhoff Crosby (3) (PP) from Hornqvist, Letang Kunitz (1) (PP) from Crosby, Malkin Malkin (1) (PP) from Letang, Crosby Sutter (2) from Martin, Malkin Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Letang (delay of game) – Careless (throws the puck over the glass in the defensive zone) Downie (high...
Via The PensNation
October 12, 2014  |  Discuss

RECAP: GAME 1: PENS WIN 6-4.

No one had any idea what to expect from opening night. Then they introduced Mike Johnston:   @TPBadam he looks so locked in he’s like an astronaut from the 50s — F Shawn (@RealFShawn) October 10, 2014 You don’t do something like that unless you are one solid son of a *****. Welcome to the Mike Johnston era. Number-one thing to know about this game The Penguins’ system...
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October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Preseason Game 3 – Pens Get Their First Win, 3-2 in OT Over the Wild

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 (in...
Via The PensNation
September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

RECAP: THIRD PRESEASON GAME

Preseason games are especially hard to watch. It feels even worse this preseason. But the Penguins are getting some good stuff from third liners and their young D. Some ****: Five biggest things about this game Bennett – Sutter All good things for this line. In the first period, they had a few shifts keeping the puck deep and cycling. Beau Bennett has easily been the Penguins’...
Via The Pensblog
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins edge Wild 3-2 in overtime in pre-season road loss

Wild want to be tougher to play against, even if it means throwing their weight around. Pre-season hockey is sort of like mad-scientist experiment.  Coaches put together lineups mixed with NHL veterans, prospects and minor league journeymen.  Chemistry is mostly trial-and-error or just pure dumb luck.  Beyond the occasional goon wanting to make a name for himself, the scraps...
Via State of Hockey News
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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