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@PenGeno Well it was good to see that he could skate off the ice and he was released from the hospital.  Hopefully this'll be one of those relatively quick-to-recover-from concussions and he'll be able to help the Penguins in the playoffs.

1 day ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-75-pens-get-some-breathing-room-with-a-big-win.html

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Does anyone believe this team isn't snakebitten? It feels like the roster hasn't been 100% healthy in years.  It's good to see the offense actually doing something, but Letang being out is really gonna suck.  Hopefully he'll be fine.

1 day, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-75-a-good-day-to-go-to-a-gun-bash-pens-host-coyotes.html

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@Dr. Confidence @Who Really Cares Depending on how long this has been a problem, perhaps Johnston's mood has been a problem in the locker room?

2 days, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-74-what-is-the-excuse-this-time-pens-get-trounced-5-2.html

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@Con_Soul11 This lie-in-wait-like-a-snake-in-the-grass mentality is disconcerting if true, which I doubt that it is.  The Capitals might squeeze into the playoffs at this rate, and the Penguins only hope then is that Ottawa hits a wall in April.

3 days, 4 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-74.html

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@Hibbits In fairness, Dupuis is paid to score first/second-line points, and Bennett isn't.  But yeah, it's hard to see anything positive from him when he's playing <10 minutes when everyone's healthy and ruining offensive zone rushes when he does get the puck.

3 days, 4 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-74.html

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@brendannn @The66thDopefish He's apparently with the Hartford Wolf Pack.

3 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-74.html

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LOL, way to break up an offensive rush, passing off your own guy's skate.

3 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-74.html

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@PenGeno Four minutes to get three goals.  Totally doable.

(in another universe)

3 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-74.html

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@PenGeno I've had to refresh to get some comments to load.  The game stream is also being fluky, so who knows.

3 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-74.html

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@brendannn @PenGeno I think Sidney Claus is gonna bring us all a lump of coal at this rate.

3 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-74.html

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Most obvious playoff prognostication: Letang tries to generate offense by pinching, gets burned, costs Penguins at least one game.

3 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-74.html

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@Who Really Cares I think the goal here (no pun intended) will be to get another goal or two and get some confidence back in their sticks.

3 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-74.html

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@Who Really Cares I think it was the Canes that decided to wear the home whites.

3 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-74.html

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@axelflow The worst part is that even if they fell out of the playoff picture they traded their first-rounder to Edmonton for David Perron so they couldn't even get a sniff at a chance at a lottery pick.

3 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-74.html

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Jesus, these Penguins are horrible at backchecking.  I don't blame Letang for pinching and trying to get offense going; I do blame Perron for floating back into the defensive zone.

3 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-74.html

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@rudiad When you've got wastes of bodies like Bennett out there eating minutes and killing the offense, you're gonna have a bad time.

3 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-74.html

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All the chances in the world matter not if the chances aren't going in.

3 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-74.html

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Unreal save by Ward.

3 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-74.html

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Ugh, there's that lackluster backchecking.

3 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-74.html

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What's this, a home team wearing white? Awesome.

3 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-74.html

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@Bing_87 Geno's hat trick was the second best game of that postseason.

3 days, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-74.html

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@dvo There is gratefully a lot of money coming off the books next year. About $15 million?

3 days, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-74.html

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@BillyBoy123 This is so optimistic it hurts.  I'd hate to set myself up for disappointment with expectations like these.

4 days, 5 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-73-a-blue-blue-blue-blue-christmas-pens-fall-in-ot.html

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@LoranMannIsTheMan @Con_Soul11 Reality check: this team is not a Cup contender, despite the likely playoff berth.   When they get defense, they get no offense, and vice versa.  This can't happen if they're to be successful in the playoffs and they can't beat anyone convincingly right now.

5 days, 2 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-73-a-blue-blue-blue-blue-christmas-pens-fall-in-ot.html

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@sweens Or they could take the "Keep it simple, stupid" route and score goals.

5 days, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-73.html

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If you're the Maple Leafs, you're gonna lose a seven game series to St. Louis all the time.

5 days, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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@Craig Ross @The66thDopefish Look, I know you have a giant Crosby hateboner but that doesn't change the fact that if this team had its roster in proper shape, it would help the whole team from top to bottom.

1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-72-the-penguins-are-a-mess-win-3-1.html

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The Penguins aren't any more a mess than Arizona, Edmonton, San Jose, Buffalo, or Toronto.  They've just run into a rough patch scoring-wise which has been amplified by the absence of key players.  Those other teams I just mentioned can't even make the playoffs when they're healthy.

1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-72-the-penguins-are-a-mess-win-3-1.html

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It must be nice to have that many fans on the road.

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

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ffffff

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

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A holding penalty in the Penguins favor? Am I dreaming?

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

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@cwb2208 Go Expos!

1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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I was looking for links to the Pens' organizational roster and found this among the first five links from March 2001: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/rosters/pitorg.htm

The flashbacks D:

1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-71-the-collapse-of-the-penguins-stars-win-2-1.html

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Woof, the sky really is falling huh? People are actually suggesting that Crosby and/or Malkin be traded like this is an EA NHL game and it wouldn't be more painful to actually trade them IRL.  It seems like it was only yesterday that people wanted Letang and MAF gone to the highest bidder.  It's interesting to observe fans taking the same attitude we usually perceive of front offices of sport and corporate companies, the "what have you done for me lately?" mentality when I have always held to the notion that the players are really treated like cogs in a machine to be swapped around whenever they're no longer useful.

I want the Penguins to win just as much as anyone else, but I'm also realistic when it comes to Cup expectations.  Thirty teams set out to win the Cup every year but out of the last 10 Cup Finals played there have been sixteen unique teams involved (out of a possible twenty).  For the League as a whole, this is good business, so it's not going to change anytime soon.

1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-71-the-collapse-of-the-penguins-stars-win-2-1.html

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@LP66 @Farnsworth Wait, why would they give an established, proven head coach a longer leash than one who hadn't coached in the NHL until this season? Sounds backwards to me.

1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-71-the-collapse-of-the-penguins-stars-win-2-1.html

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"Too lazy to gif it, but ROOT showed the Penguins doing some drill with their sticks upside down. Seemed pretty bizarre."

Can you blame them for trying to find new ways to score goals?

1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-71-the-collapse-of-the-penguins-stars-win-2-1.html

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@Vlad2222 First of all, this is the third four-game losing streak the Penguins have had this season.  And it should go without saying that they scored more than two goals in all but two games of those other eight.  They can't score two goals in four games right now.

Last year they had no worse than a three-game losing streak.
In '12-'13 they had one four-game losing streak, in the ECF against the Bruins.

Losing streaks don't build character and teamwork any better than winning streaks.  Maybe it's just an issue of luck that they're not getting goals? Maybe they'll turn it on in the playoffs? Who knows.

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

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@dvo Even before the lockout, powerplays were still coming at a rate of probably 40% more than what they are this year.  I'm half-tempted to go digging through hockey-reference.com and compose charts of power-play opportunities, but at a glance you have to go back at least thirty years to see PPO rates as low as they are these days.  If the NHL wants goal scoring rates to go up, issuing more penalties is the first thing to look at.

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

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Even if it was revealed that there is a conspiracy to penalize the Penguins at a higher rate than other teams...what difference will it make? The league wouldn't give them the goals, wins, points, draft picks, money, vouchers for free Big Macs for life, whatever compensation could be imagined to make up for the refs being so shitty.  At the end of the day, the refs suck, they always suck more and more as the season wears on, and nothing is going to change it except a culture change amongst the referees, which as Staff pointed out is probably a very tight-knit group.

Nothing changes the fact that the Penguins aren't putting the puck in the net and that is regardless of any power plays they would/should/could be getting under fairer circumstances.  A better team would say, "No one wants us to win, so FUCK IT, let's go do it anyway!"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCxkEPlVLzs

1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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@MoonSloth @The66thDopefish @PenGeno If it were up to me I'd like to see (a.) one 10 minute period of 4-on-4 then 10 minute periods of 3-on-3 until there's a winner; no shootouts (sorry), and (b.) no more back-to-back games

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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@MoonSloth @PenGeno @Statuesque God of War There are plenty of Let's Play videos that would be even less interesting if that were the case.

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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@PenGeno I hope they go with 4-on-4 for 5 minutes then 3-on-3 for 5 minutes.

Of course, I generally never lasted after the first five, but these guys are professionals so I'm sure they'll be fine.

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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