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@BigPen596 @Bing_87 @Who Really Cares I disagree but only by degrees - Phlyer fans are really the worst. Plus the Phlyers knocked Mario out of his first playoffs in the 88-89 season AND in his first retirement season in 96-97. Not to mention the 0-42-3 record in the Spectrum from 1982-1989 (I think). And 2000 with Keith Primeau in 5OT (which meant back to back OT losses in a series the Pens led 2-0 AFTER TAKING TWO IN PHILLY but went on to lose in six). And 2012. And Claude Giroux, Hartnell, Rinaldo, etc. I don't like hating (karma and all) but man it is sweet when the Phlyers don't make the playoffs or go out...
1 day, 5 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-playoffs-game-1-rangers-hold-on-win-2-1.html
In the NHL timing is EVERYTHING. Down by a goal in the third, a Pens player would have to be knifed at center ice to draw a penalty. Refs don't want to "influence the outcome of the game" after all!
1 day, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-playoffs-game-1-rangers-hold-on-win-2-1.html
Been like this for 20 years (I will hate hate HATE the Devils until I die for foisting this on the world). Only way they could keep up with those early 1990s Penguins teams. The 1992-93 team scored five or more goals in THIRTY-FOUR games that year, and the scored four goals in a shit-ton more. They AVERAGED almost 4.4 goals per game. The Islanders showed the way to beat such a team (and it took an OT game 7 and the end of Kevin Stevens' career to win it) and the Devils perfected it.
Chorney was shocked that Tanner Glass plays in the NHL and was too slow to touch that puck...
1 day, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-playoffs-game-1-rangers-hold-on-win-2-1.html
1995 and 1996 never left!
My late father always said if you injury a player while committing a penalty, you should be out as long as the injured player is - even if you ended his career.
This. Someone (NHL Network I think) actually blamed Crosby and said given the Rags setup on the ice he should have had Broussard. Hell of a turrible rebound for Fleury to give up tho
This is the worst rule ever! CONTROL YOUR STICK! Who needs to follow through above shoulder level? Stupid stupid stupid rule and that's even with it occasionally benefitting the Pens.
Bennett and Downie should trade sweaters - can you imagine how confused the refs would be??
2 days, 5 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/playoff-gameday-1-do-it.html
Just gotta say I love the playoffs - not a shitty game to be found (minus Pens losses of course) and I am flipping between second period of Wild-Blues and Ducks-Jets just getting ready to drop! Woooooo
BTW the penalty on Chorney had to have him thinking "Holy shite is Glass slow - a real NHL player would have reached that puck no problem!"
Nah we were already married :) turned her into a Pens fan though (she grew up in Cbus)
2 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
Except for the Conference Final in 1996 that Panthers team may have been the worst Stanley Cup finalist ever. What a travesty that was...
Literally LOLed on the bus just now
Puttin' on the foil!
Yeah, you want some?!?
2 days, 11 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
I remember that Jagr game - we were heading east on the Turnpike and I was afraid of losing the Pens Radio Network so we pulled over near Somerset with ten minutes left in the game. When Jagr scored the tying goal we celebrated but were still tight. When he got the winner we jumped out of the car and capered like fools screaming at the top of our lungs. Good times and damn but Straka was great as long as he was healthy (not often)
@PenGeno @Ungaba @LP66 @Komrade Konfidence @Bing_87 +1000 for the Great White North reference! SCTV ruled.
3 days, 6 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
I blame the Kevin Stevens face plant gif for this loss. Best team in franchise history but never the same after that hit. Surprised you didn't include 1975 or 1982. What a terrible season this turned out to be.
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-81-the-final-countdown-pens-host-the-isles-with-playoffs-on-the-line.html
@PenGeno @gpclay This commercial played every other break during the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals run (and I think maybe 2009 too). The tension was so high and then this commercial would come on and it would all melt away...
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-74-what-is-the-excuse-this-time-pens-get-trounced-5-2.html
Personally, I think this is the only thing that can save this team:
@Who Really Cares 1996 Markus Naslund for Alex Stojanov
Not saying it is anywhere near the same but a good example of not giving up too soon on a struggling young player.
@Who Really Cares Almost felt like a 1988-1989 or 1992-1993 game! I went back and looked and one of those years (I think 1988-1989 when Lemieux exploded) and the Penguins had something stoopid like 25 games where they scored five of more goals...
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-67-pens-blow-lead-then-recover-win-6-4.html
@40yearsafter @lilgov Bortswursts love it!
@Zhan @Hibbits Weird officiating = "typical NHL officiating" sadly
@LoranMannIsTheMan @PenGeno @dvo Gotta get them at 2:15 a.m. after a hard night of getting ripped. Preferably in the Strip District location but Oakland can suffice if you are in that part of the city at that time. Otherwise... meh. Still better than many other concession offerings at the three parks in the Burgh tho.
My father always said that if you injure a player while committing a foul/penalty, you should be suspended for as long as her or she cannot play. If you end their career, you're done too....
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/ryan-suter-said-his-headshot-on-steve-downie-was-an-accident.html
Absolutely. Seeing the Pens in these "thirds" just screams win to me...
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-37-happy-new-year.html
Although I do have to say that a lot of times you EARN penalties through hard sustained work in the offensive zone and there wasn't a whole lot of that either night.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/what-the-hell-happened-pens-fall-on-the-isle.html
Lots of slashing all over the ice by the Isles and no calls. Very strange. But they definitely wanted these games more - they were flying and we (especially Sid) looked flat
Terrible no call on the Malkin hit - should have been interference if nothing else. Puck was nowhere near him. Guess the NHL doesn't give a damn about protecting their best players. Say what you want about the NFL, but at least they seem to recognize that QBs are the stars and are trying to protect them...
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/what-the-hell-happened-isles-win-round-1.html
Seems like this franchise has a long history of tough physical issues - Briere, Mario's Hodgkins and back issues, Sid's concussion, Vokoun, Maata and now this. Hope Pascal gets well and lives a long and fruitful life after this...
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/pascal-dupuis-out-six-months-with-a-blood-clot-in-his-lung.html
True! I recall seeing an article stating that if Sid's points were normalized for the different leagues he and Mario/Gretzky played in, his stats were right up there with those guys...
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/fancystats-through-13-games.html
I wonder if anyone ever goes back and runs advanced numbers on prior seasons? I would love to see this compared to, say, the 1992-93 Pens team that scored almost 100 more goals than they gave up, won the President's Trophy and finished with a .708 "points %" (I know, David Volek and game 7 but still...) Or 88-89 when Mario scored 199 points with Rob Brown and a collection of left wingers. (Errey? Stevens?Cunneyworth?)
@Billyho @pawsbyandmeowkin Don't you mean WYLD STALLYNS (or maybe WYLD STALLYINZ???)
6 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-1-pens-win-6-4.html
THANKS!!! Best Pens coverage on the net. Stumbled on y'all during the magical finals run in 2008 and have stayed ever since.
7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/eight-years-later.html
If they finish out of the playoffs this year, I think they will look back at the past couple of weeks and the four or five games they had under control but let slip away as the difference (although it is tough to highlight only one stretch of losses as the particular reason...)
8 months ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/august-2014/neil-walker-back-out-of-the-lineup-pirates-hope-jeff-locke-can-help-stem-pitching-woes.html
Whoops my bad I see now GWG only count extra if OT, SCG or SCWG
10 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.rinkotology.com/play/viewentry/206/1/
I dunno - that's a whole lotta wrath...
11 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/video-watch-milan-lucic-cry.html
Best. Moment. Evah.
I laughed until I cried watching da big bad broons go down in seven at home! Only silver lining this year was watching them lay maybe a bigger egg than the Guins this year (up 3-2 after 5 and losing games 6 and 7). Loved how the linesman looked like a prison guard looking the other way when Marchand sticks the shiv in
He looked tentative and slow. A couple of times he blew easy little plays and I almost swore it looked like he was throwing games.
11 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
It's always real over at Puckhuffers
That one hurt ONEMILLION times worse than this (islanders 1993 that is; Islanders 1975 was just a little before my one although Islanders 1982 is when I mark my fandom - hey, screw the islanders anyway...)
+10 for the Gunner references! I'm a little too young for 1960 but the decade of the 1970s was wall-to-wall Buccos for me! Maybe we need to break out some 'Green Weenies' to shake at the Rags???
11 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/maf-vs-lundqvist-in-game-7s.html
Definitely the plan for tonight. My 75yo mother in law even noticed the favoritism in Sunday nights broadcast
And have the Rags wear Capitals sweaters...
Do you think it is the socioeconomic status required to afford tickets for the playoffs? Or maybe the structure of the arena? The Igloo seemed like it was always pretty loud.
11 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/quick-cap-rangers-force-a-game-six-on-sunday.html
In Staal's defense (did I really just type that???) on this play I think his initial intent was to slash Crosby's stick and when Crosby fell he hit 'im in the noggin. So still a penalty but a tiny amount less of a douchebag move. I have been amazed for going on 30 years now at how much the refs let opponents get away with on the Lemieux-Jagr-Crosby-Malkin's of the world (see 1996 Florida Panthers). It's almost like they hate them for being so much more talented than the average NHL'er...
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/video-boos-rain-down-on-rick-nash-and-marty-st-louis-during-third-period.html
@Bing_87 I just like shouting "JUICY" whenever he gets near the puck. Surely that's worth a contract?
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
Not sure how I feel about it but Adams is not going anywhere unless he gets hurt. Veteran leadership Cup winner smarts 4th line/PK specialist etc etc etc. Comventional wisdom says he plays and no coach ever got fired for doing what CW says to do. There isn't anyone clearly better than him although a Gibbons-Vitale-Megna fourth line might at least make the Rahgs sweat with their speed and jump.