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His number #44 will hang from the CEC rafters someday, rest assured.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/farewell-brooks-orpik.html

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@Kilihan Perhaps not coincidentally, Pouliot was drafted with the pick the Pens got from trading Jordan Staal to Jim Rutherford's Canes.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/mike-johnson-is-the-penguins-new-coach.html

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Anyone else on the coaching staff get fired?

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/tweetcap-everything-is-happening.html

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@pawsbyandmeowkin I don't think it hasn't been an entertaining series.  Maddening, yes, but entertaining.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-six-pens-lose-everything-on-the-line-tuesday-night.html

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Uninspired hockey breeds losses.  The Penguins are masters of this Jekyll-and-Hyde-style of looking great when they are on a mission and looking terrible when they play like they have in the last two games, and really it's been a long time since they've put in a consistent string of playoff games that make them look like the Stanley Cup contenders we all think they are.

If the Penguins think they'll win Game 7 with the same piss-poor attitude they've been coming with over the last year-plus of playoff hockey that was evidenced tonight, in Game 5, in several games of the Columbus series, and in the Conference Finals last year, then we're all in for a disappointment.  Of course, even if they win Game 7 and move on, they could be just delaying the inevitable.  I'm sure no one wants to hear doom and gloom in the shadow of this game and with another chance to advance on Tuesday, but I've seen enough of this team to know there's not a lot to be optimistic about.  

Maybe I'm wrong, and maybe the Rangers have been more motivated than the Pens over the last two games.  All I can say here is that I won't get too geared up for Game 7 because I've seen the other shoe drop enough times in the last 72 hours to be confident that they'll bring the same kind of inspired performance they had in Games 3 and 4 where they tore the Rangers apart in such a fine manner that gave us hope that this team had turned a corner.


Go Pens.  Pens in 7.  DO IT.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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@dmilesend Why not? Gotta get some goals.  Not that the Pens seem likely to score enough to make it back in this.

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

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@dmilesend The good news is there will be fewer people to boo the Pens.

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

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@PenGeno Hard to excited when your team's down three on a 4-on-3 PK.

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

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Yikes Scuderi.  When will he be benched?

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

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@Mr. Confidence Hard to fall on the ice all the time when you're averaging two-plus minutes of ice time per period.

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

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need a goal here

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

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@PenGeno @The66thDopefish Well this powerplay might help (yeah right)

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

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Penguins getting chances, if they can get one before the period ends, that might have a chance to get back in this.

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

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Bad sign: 18-71-36 out there.

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

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@Bing_87 No but maybe it'll start during the third period

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

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Why's Scuderi out there?

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

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@PenGeno Yup, dragging their asses.  Those two (him and Jussi) find ways to drag their asses at the worst times.

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

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looked like Zuccarello was offside?

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

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Boy, Bob Cole is losing it.  Thinks this was already the elimination game for the Rangers, then noted Game 5 is at "Consolidated Center".

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

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Looks like Bort will be back Friday.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/gif-orpiks-last-shift.html

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Or how about the Joe Vitale Drinking Game!

Joe Vitale falls to one knee: take a sip of beer
Joe Vitale falls to both knees: take a gulp of beer

Joe Vitale falls on his face: chug a beer

Joe Vitale falls and the Penguins go offside: take a shot of rum

Joe Vitale turns the puck over: take a shot of vodka

Joe Vitale gets a point: drink everything in your house because it will never happen again

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/joe-vitale-fell-6-times-in-game-2.html

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Watching the highlights on NHL.com, you'd think the Rangers had a ton of chances and shit luck, and the Penguins had a couple of chances and buried them.  I don't entirely buy the argument that the Rangers were done in by fatigue; the Penguins just wanted it more last night.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/quick-cap-the-captains-log-pens-beat-listless-rangers-2-0.html

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@dmilesend Goes to show what responsible team defense and teamwork can do.

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

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@Mr. Confidence @axelflowAs long as the powerplay is uninterrupted, it should all count as goals on one powerplay.

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

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So do we all still think Sid's out of sorts?

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

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Geno with the trick shot

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

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@Bilbo Gibbons Nah, that's too easy for him.

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

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60 minutes guys...play all out

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

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JUUUUUUICE

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

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@Mr. Confidence Luckily, he's fine.  Another Penguins power-play, looks like.

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

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Big save Lundqvist

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

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@Mr. Confidence Were you doing the VLC streaming? 

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

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There's basically two schools of thought on this: there's Pensblog's and HCDB's view, that Sid's not the only person on this team and he shouldn't be expected to carry the team or its offense every single game; then there's the position of the growing vocal minority that Sid should be scoring at this, the most important time of the hockey season.  Both sides have valid points, but it's about time we looked at the facts: when Sid's held off the scoresheet, no points at all, the Penguins win just under three-tenths of their games, while when Sid doesn't score but gets assists, the Penguins winning percentage doubles:


2014 no points: 22G, 3W-29L
2014 no goals at least 1 point: 35G, 26W-9L

2013 no points: 14G, 7W-7L
2013 no goals at least 1 point: 19G, 14W-5L

2012 no points: 9G, 3W-6L
2012 no goals at least 1 point: 10G, 7W-3L

2011 no points: 30G, 12W-18L
2011 no goals at least 1 point: 26G, 17W-9L

2010 no points: 6G, 1W-5L
2010 no goals at least 1 point: 13G, 7W-6L

2009 no points: 28G, 9W-19L
2009 no goals at least 1 point: 33G, 19W-15L

2008 no points: 16G, 6W-10L
2008 no goals at least 1 point: 35G, 23W-12L

2007 no points: 21G, 6W-15L
2007 no goals at least 1 point: 31G, 20W-11L

2006 no points: 22G, 0W-22L
2006 no goals at least 1 point: 26G, 6W-20L

total no points: 168G, 47W-121L (.279 win %)
total no goals at least 1 point: 228G, 139W-89L (.610 win %)

(Data compiled from hockey-reference.com)


Sid's offensive output drives the Penguins, and this is a well-known fact.  If their opponents shut him down, it's on the other Penguins and the coaching staff to find offense elsewhere.

3 months, 2 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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@BillyBoy123 Crosby's gotta be injured.  Either that, or his defenders are all over him. He's talented enough to still be able to play, but he's not getting the looks or the space to do something.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-one-blueshirts-win-3-2-in-ot-lead-series-1-0.html

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Not Paul Martin!?

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

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@dmilesend As long as it's the Penguins with four, I'll be down with that.

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

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The Conference Finals could end up the same way it did last year.  So much for parity.

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

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So I don't know what happened, whether it was injuries or running out of gas or both, but this team is terrifying when the ice tilts against them.  They lose all sense of playing responsible defense and teamwork goes right out the window.  I'm hoping that's not an issue against PHI/NYR, but the playbook is definitely out against Disco and the lack of defensive tenacity.

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

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@Bing_87 Yup. No Vitale though.

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

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Blue Jackets made it tough, but this is always how it was going to end.

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

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Father Time has definitely made his presence felt in this third period.

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

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@PenGeno I think they're just trying to get away with as few injuries as possible at this point.

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

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Close one for Kunitz, yikes.

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

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@axelflow @The66thDopefish@PenGenoThen again, CBC is all doom and gloom, said his ankle "wobbled". So I dunno.

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

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@axelflow @The66thDopefish@PenGenoCertainly no twist to the ankle.  Maybe a freak ligament injury? But I'd be willing to wager just a tweak of some sort, nothing a little ice, massage, and rest couldn't help.

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

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@axelflow @PenGeno https://t.co/zX15DRa21J

Here's a Vine of his injury.  Looks harmless? He just kinda bounces into the wall, goes down favoring his right leg.

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

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@Bilbo Gibbons Twisted ankle, CBC says.

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

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