7:55 AM EDT, Tue August 04, 2020
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Pens Points: Redemption

Pens Points: Redemption

Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/ There’s a recap of last night’s game, and both players and broadcasters are adjusting to the new normal of playoff hockey. All that and more in today’s Pens Points! Here are your Pens Points for this Tuesday morning... Looking for redemption, the Penguins clashed with the Montreal Canadiens last night in Game 2 of their play-in series. Captain Sidney Crosby got the scoring started early for the Penguins, with the team going up 1-0 after one period. For the majority of the contest, the game remained 1-0. Jason Zucker effectively put the nail...
8 hours ago
Game 2 Recap: Nothing easy. Pens grind out win to even series

Game 2 Recap: Nothing easy. Pens grind out win to even series

Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/ Despite Carey Price’s best efforts, the Pittsburgh Penguins score twice and hand on for dear life, winning 3-1 to even their five game series with the Montreal Canadiens Lineups Coach Mike Sullivan didn’t talk about any specific lineup changes because it turns out he didn’t make any. Same personnel and lines to start, down to Matt Murray in goal again for the Penguins. Lined up and ready for hockey. pic.twitter.com/3diwSugc8D— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) August 3, 2020 The Canadiens, as winners of Game 1, don’t change up la...
12 hours ago
Game 2 thread: Montreal Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Game 2 thread: Montreal Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/ Talk about the first playoff game as action unfolds with Pens’ fans here! Game 2 from the bubble is tonight. The Penguins and Canadiens clash again. Talk about the game with Pens’ fans here!
22 hours ago
Game 2 Preview: Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins 8/3/2020: lines, how to watch

Game 2 Preview: Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins 8/3/2020: lines, how to watch

Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/ The Pens and Habs are back at it for Game 2 of their best of five series Who: Montreal Canadiens (1-0) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (0-1)...The Pens remain as the “home” team for Game 2 and have last change for lines between whistles. Montreal gets this advantage for Game 3. When: 8:00 p.m. eastern How to Watch: If you’re in the Pittsburgh viewing area the game is on AT&T Sportsnet. If you’re in America but not local, the game is covered nationally on NBCSN. SN and TVAs in Canada. Opponent Track: Montreal is flying high off the 3-2 OT win on...
23 hours ago
What went wrong for the Penguins in overtime of Game 1?

What went wrong for the Penguins in overtime of Game 1?

Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/ Numbers in strength on defense disappeared quickly and just like that, the Canadiens lead the series 1-0. In a short five-game series, there’s not a lot of room for error. The Penguins found that out on Saturday night in Toronto, dropping the first game of their Qualifying series against the Canadiens. Trailing 2-0, the Penguins rallied back, forcing overtime. In overtime, what appeared to be a routine breakout for the Canadiens turned badly very quickly, and before you could blink your eyes, it was 3-2 Montreal and the Penguins now need to win...
Aug 3, 2020
Ranking the Penguins’ areas of concern going into Game 2

Ranking the Penguins’ areas of concern going into Game 2

Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/ There are definitely things to be concerned about, but which area is the most concerning? Okay so Game 1 did not go as planned for the Pittsburgh Penguins. They fell behind early, rallied to tie the game, then lost in overtime in a game full of missed opportunities and mistakes. Anytime you lose a playoff game — especially the first playoff game — to a lower-seeded team to fall behind in a series there is going to be an element of concern. That is especially true in a situation like this where it is only a best-of-five series and when losing...
Aug 3, 2020
Pens Points: A second chance for Pittsburgh against Montreal

Pens Points: A second chance for Pittsburgh against Montreal

Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/ The Pens and Canadiens have Game 2 tonight. Here’s the important news and notes to know It’s time for another game. It’s fun to have sports back...right? Analyzing the game Nick Suzuki had, including how he used deception and then speed and power to beat Matt Murray for a goal. [Habs Eyes on the Prize] It’s no secret that for the Canadiens to hang with the Penguins it means Carey Price is going to have to stand on his head. So far, so good for Montreal through one game. [EOTP] Mike Sullivan cited the Habs’ going low-to-high to generate...
Aug 2, 2020
Weighing options for Mike Sullivan’s post-Game 1 adjustments

Weighing options for Mike Sullivan’s post-Game 1 adjustments

Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Looking at what the Penguins can try to do better next game against the Montreal Canadiens After Saturday night’s Game 1 overtime loss to the underdog Montreal Canadiens, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan is going to have to go back to the drawing board. Major tweaks aren’t needed or helpful, and there’s no point to panic and make wholesale changes. The Pens controlled 60% of all shot attempts in the Game, firing 96 total towards Carey Price. They got 41 on goal. 5v5 scoring chances and high danger chances were 55.9% and 57.8%, respectively (according to...
Aug 2, 2020
Pens Points: Pickin’ up the pieces after an overtime loss

Pens Points: Pickin’ up the pieces after an overtime loss

Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/ The Pens look to bounce back after an OT loss in Game 1 against the Montreal Canadiens The Penguins have no other choice but to put yesterday behind them and get to work quickly after losing Game 1 in overtime against the Montreal Canadiens in a best of 5 series. The Pens’ power play was a major sore point in Game 1, only going 1-for-7 and missing out on an extended 5v3 advantage in a tie game in the third period that would come back to bite them. [Tribune Review] Meesh gives her thoughts on the first game as an in-person perspective on the...
Aug 2, 2020
Penguins/Canadiens Recap: Missed opportunities come back to bite Pittsburgh in 3-2 OT loss

Penguins/Canadiens Recap: Missed opportunities come back to bite Pittsburgh in 3-2 OT loss

Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/ Jack Johnson is -2, the Pens blow a 5v3 and a penalty shot and fall behind to Montreal in a short series Lineups The Penguins roll out as expected with the lines they have been using for most of the lead up to this first game. Ready for hockey.#LetsGoPens pic.twitter.com/7BvcyC4tk3— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) August 1, 2020 No surprises either for the Canadiens. La formation de ce soir.Tonight's roster.#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/bbkZBe4nyf— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) August 1, 2020 First period The Pens come out all...
Aug 1, 2020
Game 1 thread: Montreal Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Game 1 thread: Montreal Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports Talk about the first playoff game as action unfolds with Pens’ fans here! Here we go. The Pens quest for the Cup comes with a the start of a 19-step journey that poses the most unique and toughest challenges any team has had to face. Step one is tonight.
Aug 1, 2020
Matt Murray named starting goalie for Penguins in Game 1 vs. Montreal Canadiens

Matt Murray named starting goalie for Penguins in Game 1 vs. Montreal Canadiens

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports The Pens go with their experienced goalie for Game 1 The Penguins are going with experience with their starting goaltender decision. Coach Mike Sullivan said he wouldn’t name a starter until game day, and he stuck to his guns (as he usually does with public comments on lineups coming at the last minute possible) when he named Matt Murray his starting goalie for Game 1 against the Montreal Canadiens. “Matt has shown an ability to be at his best when the stakes are high,” Sullivan said in a video conference with the media. “And that should provide...
Aug 1, 2020
Game 1 Preview: Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins 8/1/2020: lines, how to watch

Game 1 Preview: Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins 8/1/2020: lines, how to watch

Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/ The Pens return to the ice tonight for the start of the playoffs in a surreal August season restart Looking at your phone or calendar or computer today, it is August. And there’s hockey. 2020 has been very unpredictable, but in all the mayhem the NHL returns in a bubble. We’ve known since mid-May the league was hoping for this format of a 24-team playoff and the plan was confirmed by the players on May 22nd, some 10+ weeks ago. And now, at long last, it’s here. So here we go. Who: Montreal Canadiens (31-31-9, 71 points, 12th place Eastern...
Aug 1, 2020
Pens Points: Buckle up, baby!!!

Pens Points: Buckle up, baby!!!

Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via HOCKEY IS BACK!!! It’s been 20 weeks since the last Penguins game against New Jersey on March 10th. That’s 144 days to be exact. But the wait is nearly over! The Penguins and Canadiens will play Game 1 of their best-of-five series this evening at 8 p.m. ET in Toronto, Ontario. Get up to speed with today’s Pens Points! Be sure to check back today on PensBurgh for the game preview and game thread like old times! Penguins News Michelle Crechiolo gives us her Pens Inside Scoop “3 Things” she had to report from yesterday’s final practice for the...
Jul 31, 2020
SBN Reacts: Penguins’ fans see playoff future as bright

SBN Reacts: Penguins’ fans see playoff future as bright

Photo by Harry How/ Could this be a year for a deep playoff run for the Pittsburgh Penguins? Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NHL. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Penguins fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. As the NHL prepares to restart the 2020 season, fans have reassessed where they think their favorite team stands. In the latest SB Nation Reacts survey, NHL fans were asked if they believe their favorite team is a serious championship contender. Or, if their team is no longer playing, who that fanbase will...