4:07 PM EDT, Fri May 27, 2016
PensBurgh 6 hours ago

Pens SCF Storylines: Three Scoring Lines FTW

Malkin's warmed up leftover wingers are not quite ready for the trash heap, eh? Going back to mid-March when a fairly serious Malkin injury signaled doom and gloom, Nick Bonino stepped in between Carl Hagelin and Phil Kessel, and a juggernaut was born. A speedster with skill + good two-way center + world-class scoring winger made for the best line in the NHL down the stretch. #Pens Hagelin, Bonino & Kessel have been the NHL's Heartbreak Kids since becoming linemates on March 13 pic.twitter.com/cF1ow6fCio — Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) May 19, 2016 They were clicking so well that when...
Pension Plan Puppets 8 hours ago

From the Branches: Kessel vs Reimer, who prevails?

With condolences to Achariya Phil Kessel has 18 points in 18 playoff games this season, and he gets to add to that total going forward. Look at that face! Phil Kessel on advancing to the Stanley Cup Final: "I don't even know what to say, I'm so excited." pic.twitter.com/UanYjWT6pG — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) May 27, 2016 Penguins 2 - Lightning 1 Penguins vs. Lightning Game 7 Recap: The Princes of Wales - PensBurghThe Pittsburgh Penguins are off to their 5th Stanley Cup Finals in franchise history after 2 goals from Bryan Rust pushes them to a 2-1 Game 7 win over the Tampa Bay...
Mile High Hockey 20 hours ago

Wednesday Playoff Thread - ECF Game 7 - 5/26/16

Good evening ladies and gentlemen! Just a few short hours from now we will know who joins San Jose to battle for the 2016 Stanley Cup. Will Tampa make a return trip or will true American hero Phil Kessel disappoint the fans of yet another team in blue? Btw, in case you've forgotten about filling out a playoff bracket, check it out again here. I don't know how but I somehow moved up from 60th to 14th thanks to the Sharks (right behind slamdunkthefunk!). Won't last long, I got no points left on the board so I'll enjoy it while it lasts. Just in case you're wondering, no play-in game for the M...
Pension Plan Puppets May 25, 2016

PPP After Dark: Hockey and Hoops

Whole lot of sports on tonight. Please sporps responsibly. Good evening Eastern/afternoon Pacific! It's time to settle in and enjoy some playoff games! In case you missed last night's episode of "Sports," here's a recap: The Eastern Conference Final is going to a Game 7. Phil Kessel is so good that no goalie can hope to contain him; not even his own. Mitch Marner is putting up video game numbers in the Memorial Cup. You may, however, offend some non-Leaf fans by expressing joy about this turn of events. Please politely ask your local non-Leaf fan for permission before discussing Mitch...
PensBurgh May 25, 2016

Netflix and Phil: Kessel and the Mystery of Clutch

Kessel has been huge for the Penguins this season. But could you call Kessel as a Penguin a "clutch" player. Well...that all depends... July 1st, 2015 The Pittsburgh Penguins made the biggest move of the 2015-2016 NHL season, sending Scott Harrington, Kasperi Kapanen, Nick Spaling, and 2016 first and third round draft picks for Tyler Biggs, Tim Erixon, and Phil Kessel.  I, for one, was thrilled.  Phil was my favorite non-Penguin player and I'm not sure how many worthless Maple Leaf games I've watched over the years just to watch him play. Immediately, the trade was met with cheers from...
Toronto Sun May 21, 2016
Rejuvenated Phil Kessel didn't fit Maple Leafs rebuild template

Rejuvenated Phil Kessel didn't fit Maple Leafs rebuild template

This is the best run of Phil Kessel’s hockey career — the best he’s ever shown.
PensBurgh May 21, 2016

The anatomy of a comeback that wasn't: how the Penguins almost tied the game last night

The Penguins almost eliminated a four goal deficit in the third period to tie Game 4 late, but fell just short, and now we're looking at a series tied at 2 games each, headed back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 With the Tampa Bay Lightning leading by a score of 4-0 to enter the 3rd period last night, no one expected the Penguins to almost come back and tie the game. The Penguins took advantage of score effects, and slowly chipped away at the lead. Phil Kessel gets the Penguins on the board. Just over a minute into the period, Phil Kessel ripped a goal past Andrei Vasilevskiy, and seeing 18:39...
Beaver County Times May 20, 2016
Madden: Hard to argue that Phil Kessel isn't best Penguin right now

Madden: Hard to argue that Phil Kessel isn't best Penguin right now

When winger Phil Kessel came to Pittsburgh, it was thought he would prosper because he wouldn’t have to be the Penguins’ best player.
Beaver County Times May 20, 2016
What to Watch For: Penguins vs. Lightning, Game 4

What to Watch For: Penguins vs. Lightning, Game 4

Three things to look for in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final.
Toronto Sun May 19, 2016
Carlyle: Penguins much better fit for Phil Kessel than Leafs [Video]

Carlyle: Penguins much better fit for Phil Kessel than Leafs [Video]

For the most part, Phil Kessel left Randy Carlyle grimacing more than smiling during their rocky times with the Leafs. But maybe, just maybe, a post-game incident involving the speedy winger Wednesday actually caused the former Toronto coach to grin.
National Post May 19, 2016

Phil Kessel now has the right amount of responsibility, on and off the ice, former Maple Leafs coach says

The shy winger don't have to occupy the media spotlight in Pittsburgh and he's not expected to carry the Penguins offence
PensBurgh May 19, 2016

Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Phil Kessel are special playoff performers

In the aftermath of last night's Game 3, including Phil Kessel's fantastic performance, the NHL's Public Relations arm dropped a bomb of a stat on us. Did You Know: @PKessel81 of the @penguins... pic.twitter.com/F6hQmvZ4s1— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 19, 2016 Bottom line: we should appreciate the past decade of Crosby and Malkin even more. And Phil Kessel should always be appreciated.
PensBurgh May 19, 2016

The Tampa Bay Lightning left Phil Kessel to lurk uncovered and he made them pay with a goal

Note to the Tampa Bay Lightning players: don't leave Phil Kessel unmarked in front of the net. If you do, he's probably going to score a goal. With an offensive zone face-off and a 1-0 lead in Game 3, the Penguins were looking to score another goal. A face-off win, a great cycle against the boards, and great pass all helped contribute to Phil Kessel making it 2-0. It all starts with Nick Bonino winning the draw. He had to tie up the Lightning player taking the draw a little bit, but it still resulted in a clean face-off win. The defenseman that Bonino won the puck to...
Pension Plan Puppets May 19, 2016

Thursday FTB: Phil thrills! But how is his breath?

"Nice guy. Trys hard. Loves the game." Phil! — Phil Kessel (@PKessel81) July 21, 2013 Phil Kessel, well known to be the guy with whom you can't win, is winning. Not only is he winning, but his line with Hagelin and Bonino are dominating in every measurable way. Domination. Kessel line is at 75%+ at evens. pic.twitter.com/3tsj0NMMcZ — James Mirtle (@mirtle) May 19, 2016 Phil was, sadly, too good for us. He was treated like shit, often mocked with flat out lies, because his awkward persona was better monetized for cheap ad revenue clicks on websites than attempting to understand...
PensBurgh May 19, 2016

Watch: Pierre McGuire and Phil Kessel together is the video we all need to see

In a post-game interview last night, NBC's Pierre McGuire talked to Phil Kessel. It was absolutely hilarious. It started with Pierre McGuire and Phil Kessel just talking about the game, the goals that he and his linemates have scored, and the series in general. And then it took a hilarious turn. Pierre asked Phil "How's your breath?" in regard to conditioning. Phil thought he was talking about the smell of his breath. LOL. These two laughing together forever and ever and ever please.

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