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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.

3 days, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/what-the-hell-happened-pens-fall-on-the-isle.html

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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

3 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/what-the-hell-happened-pens-fall-on-the-isle.html

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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...

3 days, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/what-the-hell-happened-isles-win-round-1.html

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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 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/pascal-dupuis-out-six-months-with-a-blood-clot-in-his-lung.html

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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...

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/fancystats-through-13-games.html

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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?)

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/fancystats-through-13-games.html

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@Billyho @pawsbyandmeowkin Don't you mean WYLD STALLYNS (or maybe WYLD STALLYINZ???)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-1-pens-win-6-4.html

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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.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/eight-years-later.html

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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...)

3 months, 1 week 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

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Whoops my bad I see now GWG only count extra if OT, SCG or SCWG

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.rinkotology.com/play/viewentry/206/1/

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I dunno - that's a whole lotta wrath...

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/video-watch-milan-lucic-cry.html

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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

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/video-watch-milan-lucic-cry.html

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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.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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It's always real over at Puckhuffers

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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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...)

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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+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???

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/maf-vs-lundqvist-in-game-7s.html

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Definitely the plan for tonight. My 75yo mother in law even noticed the favoritism in Sunday nights broadcast

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/maf-vs-lundqvist-in-game-7s.html

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And have the Rags wear Capitals sweaters...

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/maf-vs-lundqvist-in-game-7s.html

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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.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/quick-cap-rangers-force-a-game-six-on-sunday.html

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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...

6 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

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@Bing_87 I just like shouting "JUICY" whenever he gets near the puck.  Surely that's worth a contract?

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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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.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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+10

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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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

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/quick-cap-pens-even-it-up-1-1-msg-looms.html

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YEEEEEAAAAAARRRGGGGHHHHHH!!!! LETS GO PENS!!!!

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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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!!!

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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LET'S GO PENS!!!

LET'S GO PENS!!!

LET'S GO PENS!!!

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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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.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/it-is-way-too-early-to-be-calling-out-sidney-crosby.html

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Digging the Pingu gif. So strange and awesome

7 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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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.

7 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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If the Pens don't have Consol tickets waiting for Baby Ty for every remaining playoff game they're crazy. Buckle up, Baby!

7 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/series-recap-entitled-to-another-round.html

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@PenGeno @gpclay  (sorry, PITT fan here, but for others)


PENN STATE!

7 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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@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 

7 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/malkin-and-crosby-made-the-decision-to-play-together.html

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@PenGeno  We were stunned here in Central PA when he missed.  <shakes head> 

7 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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That baby better be in the house for any future playoff games at Consol (can we smuggle him into Nationwide???).

7 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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Craig Adams holy schnikies what a play on the ENG!!! Yeeeeeeeaaaaaaabbboooooouyyyyeeeeee

7 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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JUICY!!!!!!

7 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!

7 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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Not so nice by Scuds

7 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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Nice play by Letang

7 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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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.

7 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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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!

7 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/quick-cap-blue-jackets-stun-the-penguins-in-ot-series-tied-at-2-2.html

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@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.

7 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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@Bing_87 We were knocking on wood all night for BOTH Errey and Steigy.  WTF???

7 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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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...

7 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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AAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGHHHHHH


Best of three now fellas.  Welcome to your nightmare (again).

7 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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Crazy part was that Johansen's pass ALSO hopped over Letang and Crosby's sticks as well (but not Dubinsky's...)


7 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/gif-marc-andre-fleury-with-a-huge-mistake.html

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