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@PenGeno  hahaha 

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@PenGeno  that is so dirty. 

2 days, 14 hours ago on

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@TieManna  I will definitely sign your jersey. 

2 days, 15 hours ago on

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@TieManna  I'm not sure Crosby said anything about it. I can't find anything and my guess is he didn't. But everyone knows that was a disgusting thing to do. Hopefully Neal knows too. He's just going to have to correct himself and live that down for the long term. It's too bad too, because now he is a player who knees other players in the head. 

2 days, 15 hours ago on

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@TieManna  "I think it's hilarious I hear that stuff from Philly. It's comedy to me to be honest with you. They're probably involved in that stuff more than any team in the league and they're the ones always talking about it. I guess I'm not apologetic. I was trying to win a faceoff and if I caught his wrist, then I caught his wrist. He seemed to play okay so I couldn't have hurt him that bad." -Sidney Crosby. October, 2012

2 days, 16 hours ago on

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@TieManna  You must have blocked out last year, when the Flyers didn't qualify for the playoffs, and the Penguins advanced to the conference finals.... Remember, last year? The year before this one? 

2 days, 16 hours ago on

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@TieManna  You have your years all wrong. This is actually 2014. 

2 days, 16 hours ago on

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@Crosberries86  Irrelevant. 

2 days, 16 hours ago on

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@Paul Martins Summer PuCk  He's a well-trained asshole though, isn't he? 


He's got his whole asshole game trained on a focused vector toward Crosby's balls. CBJs really, really, really need Crosby to freak out or their series plan is largely compromised. Crosby has to understand that and be excellent about it. 

2 days, 16 hours ago on

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I absolutely LOVED Crosby skating away from Dubinsky after whistles. I almost loved it more than the individual Pens goals. He needs to be doing that. It's awesome. If Crosby can just take whatever Dubinsky dishes out and respond with his all-around game instead of freaking out, the rest of the Pens will notice and we'll be sitting pretty. Neal and Letang and the other players who spazz out and who we need not to spazz out will potentially not actually spazz out. The way to respond to shenanigans is not to retaliate in kind but to win the darn game. I'm not about the whole "we need to show them that we won't be pushed around by pushing them around" thing. I'm more about the "we need to show them that they will lose" thing. 


Like the NJD-PHI series in 2012. The same actually terrible Flyers team that squashed the Penguins that year didn't have anything on the Devils in the next round because the Devils were about playing hockey and not about being dumb jerks like the Penguins were. Only real spazz last night on the Penguins team was Letang. Crosby probably made him coffee this morning and a talk, and they're prob working on one-timers today. 

2 days, 17 hours ago on

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Why does he have to be such a heartbreakingly beautiful man. 

2 days, 17 hours ago on

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@PenGeno  He can't handle the pressure, is the only reason I can think of .

2 days, 19 hours ago on

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Let's all name our children "Bennett Sutter (and then our last names)."

3 days, 4 hours ago on

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@PenGeno  BEAU BENNETT!! I'm allllll about this guy. He will continue to come up large all playoffs. 

3 days, 4 hours ago on

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Let's admit that Dubinsky's "dirty" play is merely strategic, and Sid did a good job dealing with it and ignoring it for the most part, which is what he should do, really. 

3 days, 4 hours ago on

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@St Thomas @TimStPierre  That's interesting. Looks like you've been posting on this site for one week and four days. That's 11 days for you mathematically challenged, self-proclaimed Chiarelli haters. 

3 days, 12 hours ago on

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@jprepo1 @St Thomas  shhhh he's in character. Just play along. 

3 days, 12 hours ago on

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@SutterBuckFutter  oh the nyr faithful fellate him for certain. You checkin the wrong video sites. 

3 days, 12 hours ago on

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@Bing_87  for everyone except Fleury

3 days, 12 hours ago on

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@PenGeno  Also, the grading rubric is based on statistics that can be heavily determined by linemates' performances, and also luck. So if in previous seasons he had Dupuis shoving it down opposing throats and generally contributing to a higher ratio of shots for to shots against in fifty different ways, this season Crosby has been watching Gibbons get annihilated or sneak between grown men's legs, tutoring Stempniak, back-checking, taking defensive zone faceoffs, killing penalties more than usual, and chillin in the cut with Kunitz or feasting on Power Plays (PP production is not included in these grades).  


In other words, a few issues that immediately come to mind (where this rubric isn't so good for totalizing player evaluations) are:


1) Crosby faced tougher competition

2) with lower quality linemates

3) But still put up 1.3 PPG on a Mr. potato head line, on a team whose goals/60 mins dropped from 3.38 last year to 2.95 this year and whose core Dmen were on an ER carousel for the bulk of the season. 

3 days, 12 hours ago on

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@PenGeno  SMALL mirrors? Boooooring

3 days, 13 hours ago on

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@SutterBuckFutter  Goc is just a huge upgrade over basically anyone in our bottom 6 in every aspect. 

3 days, 13 hours ago on

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@PenGeno  This was in relation to the player's own performance over a previous time interval; in some cases compared with the first half of the season and in others with the same player's previous three seasons. 

3 days, 13 hours ago on

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@Mr. Confidence  I trust you've been using it in a manner inconsistent with its labeling. 


(purple DRAAAANK.) 


Go Pens! CBJ, they 'bout to find yo body. 

3 days, 15 hours ago on

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@Whistler  My soul is prepared.


Ask yourself, do you seek the Cup of Stanley for His glory, or for yours? 

3 days, 17 hours ago on

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@Bing_87  more love

3 days, 19 hours ago on

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@Rick_City  I'd love Bennett - Sutter - Megna

4 days, 12 hours ago on

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That poor cat. 

4 days, 14 hours ago on

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I hope that when the series concludes and they're shaking hands, Iceburg the penguin is shot out of that mustachioed old man cannon. 

4 days, 14 hours ago on

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@PenGeno  Pens totally just sent Kobasew, Despres and Zolnierczyk to WB/S today. Weirdos. 

4 days, 17 hours ago on

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@PensAreTheBest  You thought that, with your brain? 

4 days, 18 hours ago on

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@Mr. Confidence  yes they assembled him out of spare body parts and bits of my old car. You can tell he's not human because his name is an anagram for "player."

1 week, 2 days ago on

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@Craig Ross  Cherry yes, apple no. If you'd kindly invent a blackberry turnover, I would greatly appreciate it. Yo moms said your baking skills have greatly improved, so I expect a good fucking turnover. How does saturday 9am sound? That should give you enough time. private message me your address. 

1 week, 3 days ago on

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@SutterBuckFutter shooooooot I thought he was CummScruRuePaulinMontreaL.... who have I been instant messaging all these months then? 

1 week, 3 days ago on

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Things to remember: 


1) #Pens Shero: Hockey didn't cause this stroke. He's at no further risk to suffer a stroke playing hockey than going to grocery store.


2) (also from Ray Shero:) “We have assurance, and he has assurance, that hockey did not cause the stroke. Playing tonight vs. playing in October or 10 years from now it’s going to change that. Resting and playing xBox isn’t going to make him better,” said Shero.

“I’m not implying that he plays xBox.”


3)Therefore, Letang plays xBox


4) Letang is the Pens' xBox-factor. 

1 week, 3 days ago on

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@Bilbo Gibbons  Alas, 2008 playoff Fleury will never be seen or heard from again....

1 week, 3 days ago on

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@Bilbo Gibbons  I prefer 2008 playoff Fleury. 1,000 times better than scary 2009 Fleury. 

1 week, 3 days ago on

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@Farnsworth  REALLY, you hate Emrick!? Doc is my favorite national broadcaster and it isn't even close. My best pairing for national TV is Emrick and McGuire, hands down, no contest, not even close. 


I get that people hate on McGuire because he's so weird and earnest, but it's clearly out of limitless love for the game, and he's well-connected, well-informed and smart. I actually like that he's weird. He's real as hell. 


There is no touching Emrick. People are irritated by his sudden swings in pitch and volume, but no one can match his knowledge, his poetry, his humor, or his intensity. 


There is nothing redeeming about Steigerwald and Errey except familiarity (and Errey). 


Lange is a local god. It's very difficult to compare local broadcasting with national because it's almost a different form, but Lange and 29er with Errey between the benches would be fantastic. All NHL market local broadcasts are probably worth checking out. 


But seriously, Emrick. 

1 week, 4 days ago on

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@ENDO3320  (because no one holds ROOT accountable, like you said, and because Paul Martin is so awesome he doesn't need to body check.)

1 week, 4 days ago on

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Good for him! Man, Saad and Gibson went in 2011 draft after Pens' 1st rd pick Joe Morrow but before Pens' 2nd rd pick Scott Harrington. 

1 week, 4 days ago on

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@ENDO3320  Haha accountability, haha Martin body check

1 week, 5 days ago on

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three-piece suit, head wound. 

2 weeks, 1 day ago on

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BEAAAAUUUUUU BENNETT!! Expect more from him. I'm allll about Beau Bennett. 

2 weeks, 2 days ago on

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@cblack66  I'm confused. How are legal/borderline/illegal hits relevant? If the league thought Orpik or Kronwall were dirty players they'd suspend them (a little). I was saying that Kronwall and Orpik were similar players. That the media doesn't persecute Orpik because he's a Penguin and they don't lay off Kronwall because he's a Red Wing. And I was arguing that Kronwall does not get away with it. Like Orpik, Kronwall executes borderline checks in observance of the rules, is not suspended, refuses to fight, is retaliated against and concussed, and is also subjected to attempts at public humiliation. Also Kronwall has never been suspended or fined as far as I know. Kronwall has also never ever fought in the NHL. 


And then, if I remember correctly Orpik has actually said to the press he thinks fighting should be eliminated from the game. NO ONE says that. Players do not say that. Orpik said it. The only possible media vendetta I could see developing would be constructed on the part of those who support fighting in the NHL; one where the situation is weirdly boiled down to:


1) Siding with Orpik's style of play is siding against fighting.


2) Agreeing that Orpik should not have to fight is to acknowledge that fights aren't necessary.


3) Opposing Orpik is the best way to support the importance of fighting in the NHL because if players like Orpik don't fight and enforcers are being phased out, who will? 


Therefore Milbury. Therefore other manifestations of idiocy that have to do with the fight and how 'important' it is. When Olczyk say's he's disappointed in the lack of response, what does he mean? He means he is disappointed that the two teams did not 'address' the 'issue' with fighting. Milbury and Olczyk aren't attacking Orpik. They are BEGGING him to fight. Oh please, Mr. Orpik sir, please fight, please. They're crying inside. 

2 weeks, 4 days ago on

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@Animals  OH duh also he refuses to fight. 

2 weeks, 4 days ago on

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@Animals @dannyjimmy  Wait, what does Kronwall get away with? He's widely considered a top dirty player (even though he isn't), people demand that he should be suspended even when he shouldn't (he never has been), and he was recently taken out of a game on a stretcher while commentators decided he got a taste of his own medicine (that he deserved to have an immobilized neck, etc.), meanwhile he is targeted by players on opposing teams for executing legal hits, and players HAVE been suspended for retaliatory viciousness against him (Stewart, McLeod, etc?). I see a lot of parallels and not a lot of differences in terms of league decisions, public perceptions, and false controversy.


The Wings as ambassadors thing I don't get and have to dismiss. 

2 weeks, 4 days ago on

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@Animals  I don't think Orpik gives a flying fuck what Olczyk Jones or Milbury say. 


Especially when it is this incredibly asinine. No one really cares, really. Not even the Blackhawks or their fans. O, J and M are vacant angry losers sitting around discrediting themselves because they suddenly have a reason to discuss something other than game highlights, which they don't seem to enjoy strangely. It's like they're working against their will. All that happens is more viewers take them less seriously. 


Also, if you're Brooks Orpik, you don't really want out of Pittsburgh or out of the game because of Olczyk and Milbury do you? That's kind of lame, man. Too sof'. 


I just have even less respect for the people responsible. And to be fair, Milbury, like Orpik, is a guy who will take a hard shot at you when he gets the chance because that's his job. It's such an important part of the broadcasting game he plays. There's only one way to respond to that kind of thing. 



2 weeks, 4 days ago on

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Oh, those two cutie pies. 

2 weeks, 5 days ago on

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@Bing_87 @dannyjimmy  I feel it in my BEAUnes!

3 weeks, 1 day ago on

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Beau Bennett is back so we're good. I'm telling you, he's coming large. 

3 weeks, 1 day ago on

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