Why did Malkin Only Play 14 Minutes in Game 4?

After the Penguins lost game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the default trend was to say "Pittsburgh's top guys need to be more involved". True enough, but to involve them we're always told the big time players should get more ice time in big time games. The more meaningful the game, the more Crosby … Continue reading Why did Malkin Only Play 14 Minutes in Game 4?

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Should Malkin Play Less?

The Pittsburgh Penguins have forced a game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals. This is largely on the fact that their star players suddenly got some production in a dominant game 6 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. With Sidney Crosby having scored the team's three game winning goals this series, the focus has … Continue reading Should Malkin Play Less?

So You Think You Can Fix The Pens Power Play

Have you ever been asked the question "if you had one wish, what would it be"? Well, I've finally got an answer for that. It would be to never ever have to read a tweet that says all the Penguins power play has to do is shoot the puck. It's not going to help. They've … Continue reading So You Think You Can Fix The Pens Power Play

Malkin Should Go On Third Line

I said a while ago┬áthe Penguins depth players are every bit as good as those crucial role guys from the '90 and '91 cup years. That makes the Malkin conundrum a little easier. With Malkin out of the lineup, most players on the roster have thrived and many players have developed that all important intangible: … Continue reading Malkin Should Go On Third Line

My Penguins Season In Writings

Being a casual fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins during their first Cup runs 26 years ago and a huge fan since The Draft, it was my great pleasure to cover the team as a blogger this entire season for both Let's Talk Pens and Tough Call. For those of you who just started to follow … Continue reading My Penguins Season In Writings

Pens PP Benefits From Blown Review On New Year’s Eve

  http://youtu.be/lHRI_nE7SVw The Pittsburgh Penguins battled to a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on New Year's Eve. Down 2-0 after one period, the Pens power play got them rolling in the first minute with a goal by Patric Hornqvist. The goal was reviewed and upheld after a coach's challenge even though it shouldn't … Continue reading Pens PP Benefits From Blown Review On New Year’s Eve

The Pittsburgh Penguins In A Nutshell

The Pittsburgh Penguins had a much needed result last night and I don't just mean the win. The power play went 50% (2/4), they won two thirds of face offs, and they came alive with 5 goals, including winning the second period 4-0. This allowed them to actually relax in the third and cruise to … Continue reading The Pittsburgh Penguins In A Nutshell

Johnston Out, Stars Slowly Brightening In Pittsburgh

  The Pittsburgh Penguins took giant leaps this weekend in their effort to "turn their year around". Friday night the Penguins gave the red hot Los Angeles Kings all they could handle, finally succumbing in a shootout to the Pacific Division leaders. In a fast paced, open game with lots of scoring chances, the only … Continue reading Johnston Out, Stars Slowly Brightening In Pittsburgh

This Could Be The Night We Remember The Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins had a five game win streak earlier this season. They've managed to play .500 hockey before and since that streak to sit 15-10-2. This is despite a noticeable decline in goals per game, power play percentage, and point production from stars such as Crosby, Kessel, and Letang. Many have seen the record … Continue reading This Could Be The Night We Remember The Penguins

What’s Wrong With Sidney Crosby? Your Point of View

There's been a lot of talk in the sports reporting world about the decline of NHL superstar Sidney Crosby. An uncharacteristically slow start to the year point wise for the Cole Harbour native has excited the North American sporting press because it's been the source of countless two paragraph click bait articles as an easy … Continue reading What’s Wrong With Sidney Crosby? Your Point of View