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@mariolemieux666 I thought TPB calling #16 "Darryl" was a sophisticated reference to Darryl Sittler (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darryl_Sittler), not a mistake.
1 year, 4 months ago on RECAP: Suddenly Sutter. PENS WIN.
@orby I thought Sid got his stick on it but would need to see it again. Does the league look at the goals again post-game? Sometimes I see the credit changed afterward.
1 year, 4 months ago on Mistake city: Root sports with a massive error
@kirk_75 @hrdinasnipples Well, that was premature of them, eh?
1 year, 4 months ago on Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 25 - Toronto Maple Leafs
The reason(s) the Leafs got a point is Pens weakness on PK and PP.
@kirk_75 @Jovi Not in the lineup for the shootout, either. Though can't argue with any of the picks, makes me wonder how G is.
Duper and some lucky bounces ;-)
@MMXcalibur @kirk_75 Go Leafs Go?
@Jovi @pensheart @kirk_75 I miss him, too. I like Hal for keeping enemy bodies away from the net.
@kirk_75 I miss Hal Gill
This is an ugly power play.
@MMXcalibur Good question/comment, just too common.
Why did van Riemsdyk get to stand in the blue paint...
Love that backward drift by Sid waiting for the puck from Letang.
1 year, 4 months ago on Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 23 - Tampa Bay Lightning
@firefox91 Vokoun made some good saves but also gave up some goals he shouldn't have. Defense also hasn't found its game.
1 year, 4 months ago on Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 22 - Montreal Canadiens
@LP66 @mahstah @FlowerPower I didn't notice him a lot (good) but noticed he had good positioning a few times. Agree on breaking up the passes. Once noticed someone got around him...can't recall the play. What I saw was mostly good.
@kirk_75 Hm. There may be some line in there where I'd rather see the great game than the shitty one. But tonight I'm on the crappy win makes me smile side.
@Mr. Confidence We had stretches of good offensive play. And I'm happy too that they finally won one on this road trip. Esp in Montreal. It's ugly but I'm a lot happier than if they'd lost.
@LP66 @pensheart Interesting choice, then. Of course, he'd be coming in cold.
I do wish Flower were in net right now.
@hrdinasnipples What a stupid penalty.
@LP66 So now it's a soccer game? ;-)
@MrsMcCheese I think he looked like he wanted to get it and get the point back.
What. just. happened?
Sid shoulda stopped in front of the net there.
@kirk_75 Glass called for playing hockey.
@PeteyB @FlyinPenguin trop soff
@FlyinPenguin @PeteyB "sucks"?
Icing the puck with ~8 secs. left led to this.
Ugh. Why can't Orpik move Prust out of there?
Amazing save, Vokoun!
NHIC: "Not much of a hold:"...I'll say. Even a little of a hold?
@akus Very deliberate bank shot by Kunitz off Price
Good save, Tomas!
@Mr. Confidence I don't "like" but it is true!
crap. got sloppy in our own end, then vokoun down. ugh
@Mr. Confidence OK, guess it's better to see this as funny. Enjoying the succession of crazy jackets in those cuts. Guy in 'em still a jerk.
What the hell is Don Cherry saying, that Crosby got concussions because he ran at guys? Er, he ran at Steckel's elbow? Poor sod sitting next to Cherry tries to correct him but to no avail. Wow, I don't see much of Cherry -- thankfully. He's a complete psycho.
Not a good penalty to take. Kill, kill, kill!
@iamjames426 Couple media outlets quoting Vokoun's stats in Montreal as better than Fleury's.
@FlyinPenguin High energy, though.
@FlyinPenguin @pensheart We have a piece called the Faucet?
Who did Moen undress there?
@Rage @pensheart Is this pessimism or realism? (I have to agree but wonder if that means I'm a bad fan.)
1 year, 4 months ago on Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 19 - Tampa Bay Lightning
If having a 2-goal lead is "very dangerous" for the Pens (per Mike Lange, some minutes ago), what is having a 3-goal lead?
What is with these forever shifts? C'mon coach.
1 year, 5 months ago on Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 17 - Philadelphia Flyers
Though Kunitz did give him a little teeny whack. Didn't send his head back though.
1 year, 5 months ago on Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 16 - Buffalo Sabres
@kirk_75 @FlyinPenguin Is that in the new rule book?
Crap. Only a matter of time with that pressure. Unlucky bounce. Would have to be Ott.
@akus @pensheart @plaid So they need a quick goal here to make up for the ones you missed.
@kirk_75 @pensheart @akus @plaid Want to see longer puck possession by the Pens in the Buffalo end -- unless we score right away.
@akus @plaid So we're doing okay this afternoon. Very curious to see how the third starts.
@hrdinasnipples Unlucky bounce off a Buffalo body.
Crap. Pens need to refocus now.
Did Tanner Glass skip the new-rule review session held after Sutter used the hand off the face-off? :-(
@hrdinasnipples Really no need for that.
@hrdinasnipples @pensheart @mad_scientist I saw that game on TV and noticed that! It must have been amazing to be there. I noticed Sid's reception that day was not entirely friendly, which disappointed me. I mean, he took the gold from us, but he's a Pen - and what did we expect him to do? About the Miller ovation, I thought Miller looked surprised at how enthusiasticallly the Pens fans acknowledged him for the Olympics performance.
@ChristopherVasquez There should be a sign-in link right above the comment window on the left-hand side, or if you click the "Post comment as ..." link on the bottom right of the comment window, you should also get a sign-in box. The sign-in box pops up. The trouble I had before is that either it wouldn't pop up at all, or it would pop up and close right away before I could type.
@mad_scientist Unfortunate that the Pens couldn't pile on a couple more before Hodgson scored or 1st period ended. I actually like Miller but not against us.
@hrdinasnipples @mad_scientist I was getting comments up until about 25 minutes ago. Then the comments stopped for like 20 mins. I couldn't get a login window to open so I could log in. Switched browsers from firefox to IE and finally got logged in. Wonder if others had trouble during the missing 17 minutes.
@mahstah Sad news.
1 year, 5 months ago on Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 14 - Ottawa Senators
@digiguin Those bobbleheads are way too cute to throw.
WTH? My video feed is a mintue behind. Neil sitting on top of Cooke for half a minute doing whatever? And Cooke's thrown out??
@digiguin @pensheart The only good thing is that it's mental, not a lack of skill.
1 year, 5 months ago on Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 13 - New Jersey Devils
@digiguin I remember that and would like NOT to see it again. I'm a bit worried though.
@digiguin They got a penalty for something said by somebody on the bench??
1 year, 5 months ago on Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 12 - New Jersey Devils
I'm trying to conjure image of those Bruins teams that can score 3 times in the last 4 mins....
@MrsMcCheese Pens looked really good in the first period but seem to have lost energy in the third.
NJ announcers: "Penguins coming unglued a little bit." It does look that way, unfortunately.
@akus Good point. Rather see a comeback win, of course. Love to see a shorty, but Devils are tough.
@HossaShersey @pensheart Not gonna trade him for that, but it's something for him to work on.
@HossaShersey Seriously think he could use an attitude/temper coach. Couldn't hurt.
@akus for us or them?
Fleury looked really awkward there.
Mario looks concerned. Me, too. Need more than 1-goal lead on NJ. ... as I was jsut saying...
@digiguin That's dangerous. Let's make em pay.
@akus You wear them both at once? Or change each period?
BortuzzO, stupid NJ announcers. No I.
@2PaekShakur Yep, working hard. Need more goals, though. That should be as much fun as being on the PK...
@akus Just touch the puck.
WTF. Looks ticky-tack .... but why risk it?
@2PaekShakur Need to play in NJ end to do this....
Good. Clarkson got away with one on Engelland earlier.
@akus @2PaekShakur I thought it had a freezer full of frozen pucks.
OK, I don't understand this rule Pens just broke. NJ player already moved the puck ahead. Not allowed to keep him from going after it?
@akus @pensheart I don't understand. Means it will be like this all game? Means that will be the deciding factor?
Argh. Are we back on the PK?
Followed the link from twitter. Enjoyed the read and your wit, including about stuff not that funny at the time (Letang leaving Greene to resuscitate himself and score; Despres' 2 penalties) and about stuff that was (Koons "taking" NBC's advice to Ovi). "Like".
1 year, 5 months ago on really, this shit again? well it worked out just fine.
Really good weekend for the Pens! A *lot* of things to like within those W's.
1 year, 5 months ago on Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 9 - Washington Capitals
@akus Great set-up by Sid!
Roughing in the last 2 mins. = Passion
@akus I was worried about that coming in, thought it might be having an effect this period already.
@akus I really wanna see us spend more time in their zone, not just get down and come back.
@2PaekShakur I'd like to see the Pens get some of the heat out of the kitchen, though.
@HossaShersey But can we call him something else besides "Big B--"? Actually, I haven't heard Bortuzzo's nickname. Is that it?
NBC pretending Verizon Center is Montreal? How loud is it, Doc?
Enough with the icings.
@Rage Others may not feel that way. Sensing an embracing-the-evil here....
Are the NHL commentators turning on the Caps now? Looks that way.
@Rage I like to save that word for the Ravens. I don't see it having the same flipped meaning as "bad".
@digiguin @pensheart Must mean NW of Washington, DC. Cryptic, idiocentric, or just idiotic comment by Doc.
Doc just called the Pens "evil-doers"? WTF?!
@HossaShersey @FindingNeo Great sang-froid by Voltron.
@HossaShersey What argument is that? What is Geno-AP?
What, Sid, no-look pass backwards?
Kunitz still under the weather, I see.
@HossaShersey Did Bylsma say Voky?
Ugh. What was 47's stick doing up there??
Great patience by Letang sizing up the situation, body on the ice, etc., and placing that shot!
@Larfleeze @pensheart Or irritates.
@Larfleeze And a make-up no-call on Carlson?
I'd like to see Vitale get one.
Did Cooke interfere?
@FlyinPenguin @mad_scientist @akus Exactly. Leave the stupid hitting to Ovechkin.
There's a hearty cheer in the Verizon center for that goal!
What happened to MAF there? Lost focus? Yay GENO!
1 year, 5 months ago on Gameday 5 - Ottawa Senators
I didn't know Engeland and Martin could skate that fast.
I thin I'm 20-some seconds behind Root Sports.
@The_Enantiomer If people can get scared out of being biased, those eyes ought to do it.
Good defense, boys, even with the game opened up, stayed on it.
Wow, Brooks. Nice save.
@mahstah Potentially dangerous move.
@hrdinasnipples We don't shine in that area overall, for sure. Some players are good, but overall, it hasn't been a strength the past few games.
@mahstah Just awful. Get Geno an attitude coach.
Incidental tackling of Neal....
@The_Enantiomer But he stood in a good place to help the play happen.
@Smitty That says it. Ugh.
1 year, 5 months ago on Gameday 4 - Winnipeg Jets
Could our positioning around the net be better? In this case, I mean their net.
Keep working, boys!
Neal - post.
Please not another 2nd period like Wednesday....
@The_Enantiomer So far....Oh-oh, frustrated Geno. Not good. Took a penalty.
@Guinning @pensheart I tuned into Root just in time to see Dan's interview with Dupuis. :-)
@Guinning Haha. Easy to like what TV has done in the first period! I'm listening to the Winnipeg feed, maybe I need to drop in on Root for a while.
Great save getting on the puck!
@dstritt I was wondering that, too
Yay Sid #2!
@plaid I mean, I don't "Like" that, but I agree!
1 year, 6 months ago on Gameday 3 - Leafs
@gpclay Would be nice, but don't wanna see intercepted pass attempts to Neal.
1 year, 6 months ago on Gameday 2 - Rangers
Rats...too much time left.
The Rangers also didn't learn all the new rules....
Tanger, don't lose your mind.
@Presidentjlh You mean, with the home fans booing their own team?
@Smitty I want to like this multiple times!!
More! Pour it on!
what did he do? cut to commercial...
1 year, 6 months ago on Gameday 1 - Flyers
This evening NPR's All Things Considered did a piece on NHL players playing in the KHL. It's a good topic, though not breaking news. Somehow (perhaps having to do wth the program being produced in DC) most of the piece centered on Alex Ovechkin and how dissatisfied he is with playing in Russia. The story link is below. Somehow the reporter couldn't discover that the reigning NHL MVP is in Magnitogorsk not having a bad time.
1 year, 7 months ago on NHL Games Cancelled Through December 30th
Maybe I've figured out why we're doing this painful review. It's like camp for fans. Preparation in case the Pens don't fix the problems that brought us last year's agonizing playoff experience. Though a pessimist by disposition, I don't think I can sustain this much cold objectivity...though well done. Need hope.
1 year, 11 months ago on Reliving the 2012 playoffs: GAME THREE EXCREMENT
This is an amazing post -- insightful, well-reasoned, eloquent, and passionate.
I was reading about those interviews and comments over the past week and feeling unhappy about it. Your piece puts them into the big picture of popular culture, which feeds and is fed by the dark side of sports, and calls out exactly what's wrong. Thank you.
2 years ago on Scott Parker is everything that is wrong with hockey... and society
Thank you. Just in time to see Geno. :-)
2 years, 1 month ago on Awardsday: 2012 NHL Awards | June2012
Out for worknonblog. Go Russia, go Geno!
2 years, 2 months ago on VIDEO: Malkin trolls the Fins with a hat trick at the World Championships | May2012
@MSFTW What about Quick vs. Varlamov?
@MSFTW MSFTW Agree, would rather they meet in a later round.
IIHF site says that next year's Worlds and 2014 Olympics rankings are already determined by IIHF 2012 results so far (and past (2?) years' results - admittedly, I don't understand the ins and outs of the calculations), and won't change as a result of today's gold medal game. USA will play Russia in the preliminary round of 2014 Winter Olympics.
http://www.iihf.com/competition/272/news/news-singleview-2012/recap/6979.html?tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=6249&cHash=8216ebf8aa: "Although the final points for the four teams involved in the medal games on Sunday are yet to be determined in the games for the gold and bronze medals, the outcome won’t change the positions of the teams in the new 2012 IIHF World Ranking."
USA vs. Russia in first round will be intense.
@NYinzer I hope not (Stall trade).
@PensAreYourDaddy Sorry, right, you said that above. The announcers were talking about Kharlamov during the Russian semi-final game.
@Pingvin @PensAreYourDaddy Petr Sykora wore 17 for the Pens when Geno arrived, so Geno took 71 at Pittsburgh.
Would Kovalchuk get 17 if he were at the Worlds? Still doesn't explain why Geno has 11. I've been wondering that, too.
Should help them. Hopefully not too much. I want to see Geno with the gold.
@NYinzer I'm hoping Russia wins. I've seen very few minutes of the matches, and none with Slovakia. How dangerous are the Slovaks?
Morning. Another nice article about Geno: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/i-dont-think-anybody-can-stop-him----malkin-soars-to-new-heights/article2438218/
@Adam12 I'm glad to be able to drop in here. I really appreciate the posts.
2 years, 2 months ago on Sidney Crosby at Kentucky Derby & LA Kings | May2012
It would be for Zero F---s Given, at times a popular concept on cblog.
Not sure why I'm still here after the end of the Pens season. It's only partly for playoff hockey comments. I have lurked through killer insect blog and Gladiator blog and the invention of a new hockey stat. This is an odd and interesting place.
Real (spam) email from NHL.com on Sunday - Subject: Hit the Course with the Latest Pittsburgh Penguins Golf Gear! Ouch. Thanks, NHL.
I was at work earlier and didn't vote on the buttons, but I think it would be nice to have a ZFG button.
thanks to cblog for being able to share your passion and perspective. really appreciate it.
oh, the last scene on the stream is breaking my heart.....titanic.
there were so many good moments this year, even great ones this week, though today is heartbreaking.
2 years, 3 months ago on THIRD PERIOD: One last charge | April 2012
I was about to suggest a silver-lining exercise to lift the gloom, but then the phantom penalty.
Still: how about ... PK so far so good....
2 years, 3 months ago on Playoff Gameday - Round One, Game Three - Flyers | April 2012
Why was Letang thrown out?
I hate being on the wrong end of stunned.
Big game on Sunday. Let's go, Pens! Do it!!
2 years, 3 months ago on THIRD PERIOD: Flyers refuse to go away | April 2012
what? empty net?
hockey gods need to LOVE PENS MORE!!!
i don't want reality unless reality contains a Pens win tonight - Go Pens!!
shit shit -- I can't take this -- shut up mike lange
just kill talbot and coutourier when they're on the ice
i wish mike lange had not sounded so admiring when the flyers tied the game
2 years, 3 months ago on SECOND PERIOD: Paul Martin comes up roses | April 2012
not sure avi in penguin hat is going to make anyone take me seriously
I'm not smiling right now tho.
@jco589 okay, will work on that
thank god for chris kunitz!
not talbot again.
crap - why can't we handle their power play
Wayne Simmonds believed the PM haters....yay.
2 years, 3 months ago on FIRST PERIOD: Everything on the line | April 2012
Get that puck out!!!
Talbot's just doing his job. I don't like it, but ... Pens need to do theirs.
Flyers using the mojo timeout?
@Ev0luTioN37 Thanks for the suggestions! I joined the Penguins Meet-up Group in DC today. They're meeting at The Mighty Pint for the game tomorrow. I also heard that Crystal City Sports Pub is a Pittsburgh-friendly sports bar, on the Virginia side of the river. Looking forward to trying different places during the playoffs. Go Pens!
2 years, 3 months ago on NHL 36: Bachelor Pens Fan Edition | April 2012
Preparation in the Northern Viriginia/DC area: any recommendations on a sports bar/restaurant to watch Pens Game 1 on Wed.? Looks like they won't be on my NHL Center Ice....