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@Ungaba No, it's not crazy, because seven years is forever in the world of free agency and salary caps.  In fact, of all the players who played in that game for both teams, only three are still Penguins (Malkin, Letang, Scuderi) and four are still Devils (Elias, Greene, Zajac, Zubrus).  There's even a Devil that's a Penguin now (Martin).

17 hours, 53 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/tbt-that-one-game-brooks-orpik-played-on-the-fourth-line.html

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So if Crosby comes back tonight, the only guys left out (that will be back) are Malkin and Comeau, right? Probably means ArcobeLOLo and Sill will go back down?

(Really butthurt that Maatta is out for the year. ugh)

1 day, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-48-pittsburgh-penguins-at-washington-capitals.html

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I'd be more pleased if the Pens could beat a better team with this lineup, but five different goal scorers? There's the depth scoring everyone's always talking about.

2 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/what-the-hell-happened-penguins-gut-out-victory-without-crosby-and-malkin.html

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@Bing_87 The Blackhawks are admirable as fuck.  Who wouldn't like them?

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-46-chicago-blackhawks-at-pittsburgh-penguins.html

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I think the most telling angle was from overhead looking towards the goal.  In slow-motion, you could tell the angle of the puck changed, ever so slightly, particularly after it hit Bergeron's stick.

At the end of it, whatever.  It's bullshit that at a nationally televised WEDNESDAY NIGHT HOLY SHIT RIVALRY game NBC couldn't get cameras at every angle, and with the refs being as inconsistent as they have always been I wouldn't even assume that they'll be "owed" a goal somewhere, but the Pens'll just have to make it up by stealing a point/game from the Bruins down the road.

3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-40.html

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Apropros of nothing, I was just wondering if Mark Recchi should be in the Hall of Fame.  The answer is yes.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-40-boston-bruins-at-pittsburgh-penguins.html

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If a player had Lemieux's stats today...that's the output of like TWO first-line NHLers these days.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/check-out-the-penguins-from-the-1989-panini-sticker-book.html

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Penguins who have worn #39
Mike Needham (1993-1994) 81g, 14p
Joel Bouchard (2003) 7g, 1p
Jon Sim (2004) 15g, 5p
Chris Minard (2008) 35g, 5p
Luca Caputi (2010) 9g, 3p
Brad Thiessen (2012) 5g, 3-1-0
Harry Zolnierczyk (2014) 13g, 2p
Total (by non-goalies) 160g, 30p


Probably as inauspicious a list of players who've worn any number for the Penguins.  As long as he stays healthy though, he should easily have more points than all of them combined by the end of the season.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/david-perron-will-play-tonight.html

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Lots of news: http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=744905&navid=DL|PIT|home

Ehrhoff, Martin, Adams out, Pouliot will play tonight, might feature on the second PP unit.

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

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I've been wanted to throw this out there for a while: oye Comeau va.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/gameday-31-colorado-avalanche-at-pittsburgh-penguins.html

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@Vlad2222 When Craig Adams is on the top line, then you can head for your bunker.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/locker/mumps-test-continue-for-penguins-fleury-maatta-and-bortuzzo-test-for-illness.html

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@Zhan I guess it isn't surprising that the only guy who can ever stay healthy on this team is the one who plays some of the fewest minutes.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/gameday-30-tampa-bay-lightning-at-pittsburgh-penguins.html

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I wanted to add, but ran out of time:

I'm sure it is just as frustrating for the team as it is for us that this team can't stay healthy for long enough to build sufficient cohesion and teamwork to make the results go along with the talent, but at some point someone has to take responsibility for the constant loss of personnel.

Excluding the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season (when they were 26th), the Penguins have been in the top ten of man games lost overall since 2010.  Who's accountable for this?

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/beau-bennett-has-the-mumps-concern-as-he-visited-childrens-hopsital.html

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Of course it's Beau Bennett who gets the mumps...not someone who's been playing, but Beau "The Injury Bug" Bennett.

Additionally, are the Penguins going to fire their medical staff at some point? I realize the mumps issue isn't exclusive to the Penguins, but between the unending injuries the team has faced over the past three to five years and the continual botching of varying diagnoses from Malkin to Crosby and everyone in-between...exactly whose job is it to keep this team healthy and in one piece for an entire season?

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/beau-bennett-has-the-mumps-concern-as-he-visited-childrens-hopsital.html

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@SuperDuper They said Bortuzzo in the post: "The bottom line is that Simon Despres has been more physical than any other defenseman the Penguins have iced this season. Despres has dished out 83 even-strength hits so far this year, that’s 50 more than second place Bortuzzo/Ehrhoff have. But more importantly, Despres has eaten 58 hits this year, again a number higher than any other defenseman on the roster."

OMG

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/despres-making-the-most-of-his-playing-time.html

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@imonlybleeding This is just a quick recap; they typically post a full recap the next day.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/what-the-hell-happened-pens-top-sens-3-2.html

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That Ehrhoff goal was about as "BURIES IT" as you can get.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/what-the-hell-happened-pens-top-sens-3-2.html

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@cblack66 I mean, considering the young guys they've got coming along, and they have a kid named Lemieux...they're gonna be trouble in 3-5 years.  They just need some defense.

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/gameday-10-buffalo-sabres-at-pittsburgh-penguins.html

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I can't get too excited for beating a team without (at least) three of its best players, but two points against a playoff-caliber Western Conference team is well worth it.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-9-pens-beat-kings.html

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JUST saw the Goc goal.  That there was some passing!

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/gameday-5-philadelphia-flyers-at-pittsburgh-penguins.html

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Well, it'll be an interesting third period! Getting a little chippy...

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

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That Dallas team was a year removed from winning the Stanley Cup.  Still looked pretty good on paper.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/three-things-to-watch-for-dallas-stars.html

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Penguins PK spends too much time skating around...

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

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@Bing_87 @chrisl Tanner...Tiffany...Beau...

*rips open envelope*

Name three things made of glass.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-1-pens-win-6-4.html

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@jammonstrald @The66thDopefish Losing two goal leads is not very encouraging however.

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

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@dmilesend He's turning into a very good defenseman.

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

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@jammonstrald We'll see how the next two periods go.

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

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He dumped the puck in! GET THE TASER

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

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Ryan Kesler's beard is already in postseason form.

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

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@brendannn I'm really disappointed with Getzlaf's shooting tonight. #earlyNHLseasongripes

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

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@PenGeno Hakuna Maatta!

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

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Duuuuuuuuuuuuuupes

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

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

7 months 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.

7 months, 1 week 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?

7 months, 3 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.

8 months, 3 weeks 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.

8 months, 3 weeks 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.

8 months, 3 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.

8 months, 3 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.

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

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