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THANKS!!! Best Pens coverage on the net. Stumbled on y'all during the magical finals run in 2008 and have stayed ever since.
3 weeks 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...)
1 month, 2 weeks 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
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.rinkotology.com/play/viewentry/206/1/
I dunno - that's a whole lotta wrath...
4 months, 2 weeks 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.
4 months, 2 weeks 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???
4 months, 3 weeks 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.
4 months, 3 weeks 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...
4 months, 3 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?
4 months, 4 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.
Whether or not he blows out in the corner, I think Vitale's jump gives the team and especially the crowd a huge boost. Plus, until teams figure out the lack of finish at least it makes them worry a little about the 4th line offensively
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/quick-cap-pens-even-it-up-1-1-msg-looms.html
YEEEEEAAAAAARRRGGGGHHHHHH!!!! LETS GO PENS!!!!
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
1992 baby! JR's stat line - 2G 0A, 0+/- 0pim Pens sweep the Cup Final over Chicago. I'm sure he's still tasting Jagr and Lemieux 22 years later!!!
LET'S GO PENS!!!
First "real" concert was Signals tour in 1982 at the Igloo. Third row center thanks to WDVE tickets won at 'Laser Rush' at Buhl Planetarium.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/it-is-way-too-early-to-be-calling-out-sidney-crosby.html
Greatest hockey quote evah
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/looking-back-at-the-4-pens-rangers-games-this-season.html
Digging the Pingu gif. So strange and awesome
Hate 'em both. Hated the Rags ever since they kept Mario out of the playoffs in 1986 and 1987. "1940!! clap clap clap-clap-clap" was such an awesome cheer pre-Messier. And the Phlyers? Soooooooo much hate it's almost hard to catalog it all. 2009 was like a cool drink of shutthehellup for all the decades of crap taken from Phlyers fans over the years.
If the Pens don't have Consol tickets waiting for Baby Ty for every remaining playoff game they're crazy. Buckle up, Baby!
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/series-recap-entitled-to-another-round.html
@PenGeno @gpclay (sorry, PITT fan here, but for others)
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
@Hibbits I would guess that Sid and Geno would GLADLY trade scoring for wins. Of course, this team won't go too far without them scoring, but as a team they really outplayed CBJ tonight
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/malkin-and-crosby-made-the-decision-to-play-together.html
@PenGeno We were stunned here in Central PA when he missed. <shakes head>
That baby better be in the house for any future playoff games at Consol (can we smuggle him into Nationwide???).
Craig Adams holy schnikies what a play on the ENG!!! Yeeeeeeeaaaaaaabbboooooouyyyyeeeeee
Not so nice by Scuds
Nice play by Letang
Decent period but they need to keep working in front. Replay shows that Geno's stick was being held by Tyutin when bryz let that fat rebound drop on Tanger's shot. Officiating seems off again - I have a feeling something let go early in the game will be called later to the disbelief of one of the fanbases. Would like to see more jump or battle from everyone.
Worst part for me is my wife and her family is from Columbus - my brother-in-law was at the game. They're pretty reserved but I know I'm gonna be hearing about this. Good news is I managed to refrain from texting him when they went up 3-0 so at least I won't get a <Nelson Munz> Ha-ha text back...
Definitely knew better than to pull that text trigger!
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/quick-cap-blue-jackets-stun-the-penguins-in-ot-series-tied-at-2-2.html
@Bing_87 Liked how later the high stick that cut Glass was an "offensive follow through" or whatever that bullshit rule is. Someday it will work in the Pens' favor I'm sure.
@Bing_87 We were knocking on wood all night for BOTH Errey and Steigy. WTF???
I'm feeling deja vu like 2011 Tampa Bay, although they won that Game 4 OT. Leading scorers that series? Asham, Talbot and Letang with 4 points apiece. Of course, Sid and Geno LITERALLY missed that series, unlike this one...
Best of three now fellas. Welcome to your nightmare (again).
Crazy part was that Johansen's pass ALSO hopped over Letang and Crosby's sticks as well (but not Dubinsky's...)
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/gif-marc-andre-fleury-with-a-huge-mistake.html
Sweet baby jesus that game sucked so hard. Game winner was weak as well (not to take anything away from Foligno. Hell of a shot but still)
@Billyho Well, I suppose the defense could score the PP goals (Ni$kanen, Martin) or the second unit could be the scorers. I agree that it is hard to fathom that their top four goal scorers could go cold and still have the Pens take the series. I think we have had a few posts from those guys too, so they're close. I don't see this CBJ team just laying down and rolling over, however; especially not at home. Tomorrow night will be a real dogfight but they can really put the clamps on the series with a win. DO IT!
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-three-pens-win-4-3.html
@JayJ32 Are hits in hockey scored like errors in baseball - that is, the home scorer making the calls? I agreed that CBJ was outhitting the Pens but it didn't seem like a 2-1 margin. I sensed homerism.
@pawsbyandmeowkin The Pens lead the series 2-1. Imagine how much worse you would feel if they were LOSING 2-1 heading in to Game 4 at Nationwide tomorrow...
@Adam Macino @PenGeno @Zhan Agree that Columbus is a decent team.
I swear the east-west and south-north passes have to stop. Crash the net sometime, or even drive it, and good things will start to happen.
As for lucky bounces, I thought they kind of evened out last night.
Finally, shouldn't they be able to take advantage of the Columbus D (read Johnson) crashing down low? Shouldn't there be an odd man break or two for the taking?
Not just that, but the losing team went up 3-1 each time and gave up three straight each time to lose
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/quick-cap-pens-storm-back-and-stun-the-jackets-4-3.html
Deserves has nothing to do with it. Isn't that the point of this article? First to four, and until CBJ gets there I don't give up.
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/joe-starkey-rails-into-the-penguins.html