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Final Four: Vote on the best Penguins team in history

Final Four: Vote on the best Penguins team in history

Photo by Bruce Bennett/ It’s getting towards the end, your vote counts to pick the best Pens team ever! See who is still in the running Our quarterfinal round has concluded, and now we’re down to the Final Four of our Penguins Madness tournament to decide which team is the best the franchise has ever had. Needless to say, it’s a battle of super-heavyweights at this point. Each of these teams winning two rounds of competition and looking to advance to our hypothetical finals. Last round we saw two Stanley Cup champions lose (the 1991 and 2017 teams) which just speaks to the strength...
18 hours ago
Let’s look at the VERY random names on this autographed Penguins jersey I own

Let’s look at the VERY random names on this autographed Penguins jersey I own

Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Studios/ Remember these players? Sure you do. While the 2019-20 NHL season remains on hold am going to spend my Tuesday’s sharing random stories or pieces of hockey memorabilia that I own. This is story time with Gretz. Was never much of an autograph collector growing up because I was never really in a position to actually collect autographs. Despite that, there is still one piece of hockey merchandise from my teenage years that is hanging in my basement bar that has several of autographs on it. Random autographs. Very random autographs. From...
Mar 30, 2020
How would the Penguins be right now in a normal world?

How would the Penguins be right now in a normal world?

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports A look at where the Pens might be if the NHL season wasn’t paused due to the coronavirus How would the Penguins be looking right now in a world where there was no COVID-19 epidemic and life was more “normal”? It’s a trivial thought given the gravity and seriousness of the world at large, but hey, this is a hockey blog that is for trivial thoughts and distractions. The Athletic’s Dom Luszczyszyn has been using his model to simulate games and Pittsburgh was sitting at 47-24-7 with 101 points. Yesterday would have been a Pittsburgh-Philadelphia...
Mar 28, 2020
Join the official Pensburgh EASHL team!

Join the official Pensburgh EASHL team!

Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Any gamers out there? Calling all gamers. With the way things are going across the world, staying at home is the safest and smartest way to get through these next few weeks of uncertainty. And one way to fill the void of sports and entertainment is to merge both worlds on EA Sports NHL 20. And now there is an official Pensburgh club on NHL 20’s EASHL! It’s a public team so anyone can join from anywhere, and as long as two or more players are online, you can play as a team online in 3vs3 or 6vs6; playing goalie is always an option as well. I created...
Mar 28, 2020
The 5 weirdest Pittsburgh Penguins injuries/maladies ever

The 5 weirdest Pittsburgh Penguins injuries/maladies ever

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Sunburns, mumps, weight training accidents, getting hurt celebrating a goal — this team has dealt with it all To be a Pittsburgh Penguins fan or player is to know pain, joy and tremendous highs and lows. The Pens over the past 5-10 seasons, from year-to-year, have either been one of the healthier teams in the league, or one of the most injured. This year, it was the latter. But hockey is a contact sport, get 40 guys out there chasing a hard puck with blades on their feet and sticks in their hands and chaos is bound to ensue. With this latest pandemic...
Mar 28, 2020
Looking back at Mario Lemieux’s last goal in the NHL.

Looking back at Mario Lemieux’s last goal in the NHL.

Photo by Linda Cataffo/NY Daily News Archive via Come for Mario’s last goal. Stay for Sidney Crosby’s first big monent. It was a hockey night in Pittsburgh back in 2005. It was Sidney Crosby’s first game against his childhood team, Montreal. Crosby suited up next to one of his childhood idols, Mario Lemieux. Crosby’s father, Troy, was in the house and he was also drafted by the Canadiens in the 1984 NHL Draft, the same year Mario went first overall to the Penguins. It was one night after losing to the Atlanta Thrashers! So many great sights to behold - all brought to you by Mike...
Mar 27, 2020
Sidney Crosby Takes Part in Zoom Conference Call During League Stoppage Due To Coronavirus

Sidney Crosby Takes Part in Zoom Conference Call During League Stoppage Due To Coronavirus

Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via The Penguins captain spoke to the media about the current state of things. Yesterday afternoon, Sidney Crosby took part in speaking to the media along with other Metropolitan Division players. The Carolina Hurricanes’ Jordan Staal, the New York Rangers’ Marc Staal, and the Philadelphia Flyers’ Claude Giroux all took part in offering their thoughts on the current status of the league, with play suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak. NHL players, they're just like us. They use Zoom! pic.twitter.com/skv5hFuLav— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) March...
Mar 26, 2020
Quarterfinal Round: Vote on the best Pittsburgh Penguins team ever!

Quarterfinal Round: Vote on the best Pittsburgh Penguins team ever!

Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Studios/ Our March Madness-style tournament moves on to the next round with the 8 best teams in Pens’ franchise history Let’s move along on our voting of the best team in franchise history since the matchups we had earlier this week are all like 95%-5% so we can go ahead and consider that closed. The closest vote we had was in Part 1 where there was an upset with the 1995-96 Conference Finals team of the Lemieux-Francis-Jagr Score Lords days knocking off the 2007-08 Stanley Cup Finals team 55%-45%. Here are the matchups for the quarterfinals with...
Mar 26, 2020
Pens Points: An Uncertain Future

Pens Points: An Uncertain Future

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports The season is still on hold, but news is still trickling out. Here are some Pens Points with the most recent news on the NHL and the season’s future... As junior hockey leagues like the OHL, WHL and QMJHL cancel the rest of their seasons entirely, the starting date of when the NHL could resume their regular season remains shrouded in uncertainty. [NHL] We do know, however, that the league has postponed the NHL Scouting Combine, the NHL Awards ceremony, and the NHL Draft. [NHL] Dallas Stars executives Jim Lites and Jim Nill have both taken a 50% pay cut...
Mar 25, 2020
Jim Rutherford gives updates on Penguins and Jake Guentzel

Jim Rutherford gives updates on Penguins and Jake Guentzel

Photo by Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire via The Pens general manager gives the latest about what the Pens are up to with the NHL season on hold Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford spoke to the media for the first time in a while to give some general updates about the team status as they endure, as we all do, the current pause in normal activities. On the current situation: "I view the big picture as the priority now ... My priority is my family, but the Penguins family is also very important to me, all the workers, all of our fans and our whole community ... We live in a great city....
Mar 25, 2020
Breaking down the goal barrage that won the Penguins first Stanley Cup

Breaking down the goal barrage that won the Penguins first Stanley Cup

Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Studios/ An eight goal outburst propelled the Penguins to their first Stanley Cup and a spot in the NHL history books. With NHL Network set to show the Penguins first Stanley Cup win from back in 1991 against the Minnesota North Stars, now seems like a good time to look back and fondly remember the eight goal explosion that led the Penguins to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. The Penguins were the heavy favorites heading into this series but fell behind twice in the series by dropping Games 1 & 3 before reeling off three straight to win...
Mar 24, 2020
Closing the book on the Penguins’ CHL prospect’s seasons

Closing the book on the Penguins’ CHL prospect’s seasons

Photo by Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire via Now that the Quebec season is over, we look at how it went for Samuel Poulin and Nathan Legare The unfortunate but inevitable news of official cancellations hit recently with the Canadian Juniors announcing their 2019-20 seasons are over. With that in mind, the Penguins have a couple of high-end prospect and since there’s nothing else going on in the hockey world right now, we might as well check in and close out the books and see how they did. Related: 2019 Pensburgh Top 25 Under 25 list There were only three top Pens’ prospects in the...
Mar 24, 2020
Happy anniversary to Mario Lemieux’s 1,000th career point

Happy anniversary to Mario Lemieux’s 1,000th career point

On this day in 1992 Mario Lemieux joined the 1,000 point club Here is an interesting one to look back on. On this day (March 24) in 1992 Pittsburgh Penguins legend and hockey icon Mario Lemieux made some history by joining the 1,000 point club in a 4-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. On its own that is a noteworthy accomplishment. At the time he was just the 36th player in NHL history to reach the 1,000 point mark, and even today it is a milestone that only 90 players have ever reached. What makes Lemieux’s journey to 1,000 points so incredible is that he reached...
Mar 23, 2020
You can still watch some Penguins hockey games on real life TV channels this week

You can still watch some Penguins hockey games on real life TV channels this week

Photo by Bruce Bennett/ NBCSN and NHL Network are bringing back some good memories this week even though the NHL season is on hold The Penguins and the NHL (and, well, basically the world) might be on shutdown mode right now due to the coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean you can’t watch Pens games this week! Here’s a schedule this week of games that will be on TV if you’re working or stuck at home and itching to have some Pens hockey back in your life. ...Maybe we should live-watch one of these games together, with a game thread and everything? Even recap it afterwards? Sounds...
Mar 23, 2020
Penguins Madness: Voting on Pittsburgh’s best team ever, part two

Penguins Madness: Voting on Pittsburgh’s best team ever, part two

Photo By Dave Sandford/ Jump on in and help us decide what the best Pens team in history If you missed part one you can check it out here. Today we’ll carry on for the second half of last four opening round matchups, which are still open for voting. #3 The Cup champion 2016 team vs. #14 the 2006-07 team —Sullivan’s ultimate buzzsaw or the fresh-faced Crosby/Malkin/Staal team that didn’t know any better? Photo by Bruce Bennett/ Once Mike Sullivan got setup, his team was basically unstoppable. In a short mid-season stretch, Jim Rutherford made...