Penguins Playoff Update: The Tom Wilson Dilemma

To respond or not to respond. That is the question. Is it better to turn the other cheek and count on the protection of NHL referees? Or should the Penguins recall Tom Sestito from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the express purpose of pummeling Washington bad boy Tom Wilson. I’m paraphrasing Shakespeare. But it’s a real issue. One our Penguins need to address. To back up a step...
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6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Time to Change Gears on the Blue Line by @BrianK_PI

The Penguins defensemen did not have one of their better games this season in Pittsburgh's 4-3 OT... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Capitals Nip Penguins 4-3 in OT

Paced by T.J. Oshie’s first playoff hat trick and a 42-save performance by Braden Holtby, the Washington Capitals drew first blood in their Eastern Conference Semifinals tilt against our Pittsburgh Penguins. Oshie’s game winner at 9:36 of overtime was pure hustle. Picking off an errant Trevor Daley outlet pass, No. 77 sliced through the Penguins’ zone, swooped around Brian...
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Pittsburgh Penguins: Maatta, Mistakes and Not Panicking

The Pittsburgh Penguins dropped a tough one last night, an overtime loss to the Washington Capitals in Game one of the Eastern Conference semi-finals. If last night’s contest was a preview of things to come throughout this series, hockey fans in general are in for a treat. Fans of these specific teams are in for a long, stressful series and particularly for Penguins fans right...
Via The Hockey Writers
13 hours ago

Penguins-Caps is going to be a hell of ride

This is the series most fans of hockey wanted to see. Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and two teams that hate each other. At their best, each team is evenly matched, though the Caps have performed better this year during the regular season. In the first game of their playoff series, the two teams showed nothing has changed. Though the Penguins have recently dominated this series, the...
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Watch Penguins’ Bonino undress the Capitals defense to set up Lovejoy goal

Pittsburgh center Nick Bonino was one of the most effective Penguins forwards in the first round, registering five assists in five games against the New York Rangers, and he wasn’t about to let the Washington Capitals slow him down in Game 1 of the second round. With the Penguins down 1-0 midway through the second period, Bonino picked up a puck in the Pittsburgh zone before making...
Via The Hockey News
15 hours ago

Wilson's knee-on-knee hit on Sheary may get closer look

WASHINGTON (AP) Tom Wilson's knee-on-knee hit on Conor Sheary knocked the diminutive Pittsburgh Penguins forward out of Game 1 temporarily but could cost the Washington Capitals bruiser much more time in the second-round series. Wilson sent Sheary helicoptering to the ice with his left knee 4 minutes into the third period of the Capitals' 4-3 overtime victory Thursday night. Sheary...
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How Pens-Caps can determine if Crosby or Ovechkin is better

For the first time since 2009, the NHL’s biggest stars — Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin — will meet in a postseason series. The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins open their second-round series on Thursday night in what many feel is a de facto conference championship, as these teams finished 1-2 in the East but because of the NHL’s asinine playoff system, this is...
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Radio:PI Penguins/Capitals Series Preview with @CourtneyCSN

Radio:PI Post Game takes to the airwaves after every post season match up for your immediate... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Washington Capitals: Predictions From The Experts

By Larry Snyder The long-awaited rematch from 2009 drops the puck Thursday, April 28 at the Verizon Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals gather at center ice at 8:00 p.m. in Game 1 of the Second Round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Washington goaltender Braden Holtby allowed just five goals in six contests against the Flyers and posted a .968 save percentage...
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Can the Penguins Conquer the Capitals?

Get ready boys and girls. Buckle up. The thrill ride’s about to begin. Our Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals are set to renew one of the most bitter (and one-sided) rivalries in Stanley Cup history at the Verizon Center on Thursday night. Dino Ciccarelli. EJ versus Schony. Frankie (Leroux’s) rush. Starting in 1991, the Pens and Caps have squared off seven times...
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NHL postseason Round 2 quick hits: Capitals vs. Penguins

VitalsPittsburgh: 48-26-8 regular season, 4-1-0 in five games played in Round 1Washington: 56-18-8 regular season, 4-2-0 in six games played in Round 1Season SeriesPittsburgh took three of five contests during the 2015-2016 campaign, including a 4-3 overtime victory at the Verizon Center on April 7.Playoff HistoryThe most recent postseason meeting between these teams was in 2009...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Sidney Crosby: I don't score the way Alexander Ovechkin does

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals are going to face off in Round 2 of the NHL Playoffs, which will set the stage of reigniting the longtime rivalry between Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. While the rivalry has lost steam in recent years, both Crosby and Ovechkin are still elite players. Crosby led the Penguins in scoring this season with 36 goals and 85 points...
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Pittsburgh Penguins Roundup: Fleury, Murray, Sheary, Kessel, And More

By Larry Snyder The Pittsburgh Penguins reported Monday goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is still dealing with concussion symptoms. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound netminder from Sorel Quebec told Michelle Crechiolo on the team’s website, “It’s one of the toughest things I’ve been through. It’s some good days (where) you think you’re back. And some bad days (where) you think it...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins goaltender Fleury still dealing with concussion

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury skated alongside some of his teammates on Monday, but says he's still dealing with concussion symptoms and is uncertain on when he will return. Fleury hasn't played since sustaining his second concussion of the season on March 31. He skipped Pittsburgh's first-round win over the New York Rangers and appeared to experience...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

At ease in Pittsburgh, Kessel making impact for Penguins

PITTSBURGH (AP) Phil Kessel speaks in a polite whisper, as if he's worried talking too loudly might inadvertently attract the spotlight and well, he doesn't want that. The Pittsburgh Penguins forward dealt with it plenty during six bumpy seasons in Toronto, where he served as the flashpoint for an underachieving franchise no matter how many goals he scored or All-Star teams he...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Conor Sheary the Pittsburgh Penguins long-term answer at left wing?

It’s not common that undrafted, undersized college free agents are able to make it to the NHL. It is even less common when an undrafted, undersized college free agent is able to play on the top-line of one of the league’s best teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs during his rookie season. Pittsburgh Penguins’ winger Conor Sheary has defied the odds. The 23-year-old, who appears...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Round 1 Game 5 – Pens Vanquish King Henrik and the Rangers to Advance to Round 2.

Pens 6  Rangers 3 Series: Pens win series, 4-1. Goals Hagelin (1) from Kessel, Bonino Kessel (3) (PP) from Crosby, Letang Rust (1) from Daley, Cullen Cullen (2) from Rust, Kuhnhackl Sheary (2) from Crosby Rust (2) from Malkin PenaltiesMalkin (tripping) – Unnecessary (leans into E. Staal as they’re racing for a puck and takes him down…should have been called interference)Letang...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins impress in Round 1

Third time really is the charm. After falling at the hands of the New York Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist the past two seasons, the Pittsburgh Penguins sent the Blueshirts packing after just five games. Lundqvist, who has been arguably the best goaltender in the league over the course of his career, has been a Penguins killer in past playoffs. During the last two post-seasons, the...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Pittsburgh Penguins can advance to round 2

The Pittsburgh Penguins are just one win away from eliminating the New York Rangers from the playoffs and advancing to the second round. Game 5 on April 23 is their next chance to do just that and they’ll be playing at home. They won the last two games, both on the road at Madison Square Garden, and split the two games they played at home thus far in the series. However, there’s...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pensblog Telestrator: Conor Sheary is More Than Just Speed

One of the most pleasant surprises of this playoff run has been the play of Conor Sheary. The most oft-used adjectives that people throw out there in regards to Sheary’s game adequately describe his speed, resiliency in the tough areas of the ice, and ability to stick handle in a phone booth. While these are certainly adequate compliments to an exciting young player, I think there’s...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Go Back To Basics In Game 3

At the end of game one, I remarked how I expected the Penguins to adjust to the Rangers neutral zone tactics and ultimately return to their possession-dominant ways in this first round Eastern Conference series. What I did not expect was the Penguins laying an egg in game two. Coming off of a contest where they abandoned virtually every aspect of what made them great in the Mike...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Letang viciously slashes Stalberg, won’t be suspended

Out of all of the playoff series happening, the most cordial of the bunch seems to be the Penguins and Rangers. The tenor of the series may have just changed with Kris Letang’s slash on Viktor Stalberg in Game 3. When watching it in real time, it doesn’t seem too bad. The replay shows a completely different story. Letang takes a second and makes the decision to follow through...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Henrik Lundqvist poked in the eye, replaced in Game 1

The Rangers/Penguins first-round playoff series already featured a third string goalie in Jeff Zatkoff. And now the backup goalie is getting work on the other side, as Henrik Lundqvist was replaced by Antti Raanta to start the second period of Game 1. Here’s why: Lundqvist was poked in the eye inadvertently by the stick of defenseman Marc Staal with under a minute left. And...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL postseason opening round quick hits: Rangers vs. Penguins

VitalsNew York: (46-27-9) 3rd in Metropolitan DivisionPittsburgh: (48-26-8) 2nd in Metropolitan DivisionSeason SeriesThe Pens won three of the four tilts against the Rangers this season, including a 3-2 overtime victory in the series finale at Madison Square Gardens March 27.Looking at the MatchupEven with the Pens entering the playoffs on a hot streak, the health of their goaltenders...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

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