Friday, December 19, 2014

RECAP: What's a Tanner Glass? Pens WIN



     July 1, 2014 was a rough day for the New York Rangers. Other than being the New York Rangers, they made one huge mistake. The Rangers signed our leftovers and bottom six hero Tanner Glass to a three year year, $4.35 million dollar deal with an AAV of $1,450,000. LOLOLOLOLO. On July 1st, the Pittsburgh Penguins inked Blake Comeau to a 1 year 700k deal. The stat comparison for this season is absolutely hilarious. Tanner Glass has played in 24 games, recorded one assist, is a -9 out there (because + / - is everything to you people), and has recorded 19 shots on net. As of December 13, Glass was becoming a pretty regular healthy scratch in New York... now let's compare those numbers to our own Blake Comeau this season. This season, Comeau has played in 30 games, recorded 11 goals and 8 assists, three game-winning goals, and has a +/- of 7 (because you guys care so much). Blake Comeau has filled in on the top six this season, doing whatever he can to fulfill his role while injuries and mumps have stricken the Penguins. Why does this matter? Because Blake Comeau once again made a significant impact last night, scoring the only goal in overtime for a 1-0 Penguins win. That was Comeau's 10th goal at home, which by stats and math is ten more than Tanner Glass has all season. 

anthem pic

   Since there is not much to write in terms of game recap and scoring.... so shots in the first period were 8 for the Pens 7 for the Avs.

 Second period was a shot-fest as the Pens recorded 16 shots and the Av's 15. Bobby Farnham fought Cody McLeod so there was that. A few good scoring opportunities including a missed deflection by Hornqvist but #YOLO. 

 Third period was all Penguins just being absolutely dominant and cycling the puck in the Av's zone. The Pens looked like they were about to win this game a few times in third, including a great slapshot from Rob Scuderi but it missed the net lolollolo. Penguins would outshoot the Av's 19-7

  Blake Comeau scores his 10th goal at home, third GWG of the season and Rob Scuderi gets an assist. Jesus. What a game. Pens go on to outshoot the Avs by a total of 48 to 29, absolutely dominant and come away with the two points in a December game!! (#82And0).

(thanks for the gif @Penguins)

3rd star: Calvin Pickard (48 saves .979 sv %)

2nd: Marc-Andre Fleury (29 saves, shutout, 1.000 obv.)

1st: Blake Comeau (overtime winning goal) 
 Game Notes

  • Marc-Andre Fleury's sixth shutout of the season (career high) and it's December...
  • In Fleury's last 12 starts, he is 9-1-2
  • Christian Ehrhoff left the game early due to injury, so expect an update on that
  • Jeff Zatkoff was reassigned after Thomas Greiss's mumps test came back negative
  • Penguins 4th line was very solid, creating chances, cycling and forcing turnovers
  • Unreal game for Kris Letang, just didn't show on the stat sheet
Next game: Saturday home against the Florida Panthers at 7PM.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Gameday 31. Pens vs. Avalanche

Consol Energy Center - 7 PM
TV: ROOT Sports
Radio: 105.9 The X

Tonight, the Pittsburgh Penguins faceoff against the Colorado Avalanche from Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. #MumpsGate is in full effect, so who knows if the Avalanche will even show up, hopefully Sid gives Danny Briere the mumps. The Penguins will also be wearing Pittsburgh Gold tonight, so bring an extra pair of pants.

Lines: (Daily Faceoff)

Malkin - Crosby - Hornqvist 
Comeau - Sutter - Downie 
Spaling - Goc - Rust 
Farmham - Ebbett - Adams

Martin - Letang 
Ehrhoff - Harrington 
Scuderi - Despres 


Tanguay - Duchene - Iginla 
Landeskog - Mackinnon - O'Reilly 
McLeod - Talbot - Briere 
Eversberg - Cliche - Holden 

Hejda - Johnson 
Guenin - Barrie 
Stuart - Redmond


  • In a shocking turn of event for the degenerates in the Pens Die Hard Page, Marc-Andre Fleury's mumps test came back negative. *Maury voice* You DO NOT have the mumps.

  • Thomas Griess however, isn't so lucky. He is currently in isolation and is being tested for the mumps, take that how you want. 
  • Crosby is a game time decision tonight after missing 3 games due to his case of the mumps. He took part in the morning skate today, so it's looking like he will end up being in the lineup. 
  • The Avs come into tonight sitting in last place in the Central, with a record of 10-13-7.
  • Max Talbot returns to Pittsburgh tonight. He has scored 2 goals and 4 assists through 30 games played. 

  • The Pens will probably lose 2 more players to mumps, 3 players to the swine flu, and 3 other players to some new unknown disease before game time, so who knows what the Pens lines will actually look like tonight.

Go Pens

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

RECAP - What's a Bryan Rust? PENS WIN



    Well it's only fair to start with who the Penguins were missing this game to make the win even more satisfying. Ready? Beau Bennett (lower-body), Robert Bortuzzo (undisclosed), Sidney Crosby (mumps), Pascal Dupuis (chest), Chris Kunitz (foot), Olli Maatta (upper-body), Zach Sill (upper-body), and Scott Wilson (leg). So although the last two names aren't huge important factors, it just shows how bad the injury woes for Pittsburgh are.   Despite the injuries and all that has happened with this team over the last 48 hours, including Crosby's "official" mumps diagnosis, Bennett showing mumps symptoms and being around kids at Children's Hospital, and news of Maatta potentially being out long term, the Penguins did not seem phased. Two call-ups Bryan Rust and Bobby Farnham played a huge role in the 4-2 victory over the Bolts, as well as star goalie and the one you all love to hate, MAF. Either way, here's more...

  To start, the reason the Lightning did not win 43-4 was because of MAF in the first period. Tampa Bay came into this game with the second highest goals for in the NHL, and clearly showed how they put up that number in the first. The Bolts outshot the Penguins 12-5 in the first, with many of Pittsburgh's shots coming towards the end of the period. Fleury and the Pens weathered the storm for about the first 16 minutes as the Penguins were still trying to #GetToOurGame. The Penguins struck first with under a minute left in the period. It was a short-handed goal scored by Brandon Sutter in which he got the puck, flipped it past the hulk of a defenseman Victor Hedman, and sniped Bishop top-left corner, although it bounced off the knob of his stick, it was still a pretty goal. Sutter's 7th from Scuderi. About 25 seconds later, the Lightning did cash in on the powerplay with Jonathan Drouin getting his second of the year on a tap in off a rebound shot by Tyler Johnson. 1-1 going into the second.

(thanks @Penguins for the GIF) 

  To begin the second period, there was a rare Evgeni Nabokov sighting! Ben Bishop was apparently hurt near the end of the first period and would not return. Not saying that sparked the Penguins but good lord the rest of the game was all Pittsburgh. The next goal was something that if you heard in October "Rust from Ebbett" you'd want to inflict pain on yourself and stare up at the Hockey Gods and ask why. Sure enough, that was indeed what happened. Nabokov went to play the puck, Bryan Boyle mishandled it, Ebbett got the puck behind the net and fired to Rust who was just chilling by by himself about ten feet out and fired it past Nabokov. Rust's first NHL goal from Ebbett. Good lord. 2-1 Pens. 

  The next goal would be a #Downie316 specialty. A powerplay goal as well. Malkin throws it to Hornqvist who's camping by the bottom left of the right circle, who fires a wrap-around on Nabokov, in which Steve Downie was there in front to tip in the garbage in front of the net. Honestly, just a great hockey goal. Downie his 5th from Hornqvist and Malkin. 

  About eight minutes in Brian Dumoulin gets his 1st NHL goal, which was great to see after a few recent shitty performances on his part. Spaling gains the zone and shoots a weak shot on net hoping for a rebound, it goes to the right side boards and was chased down by #Downie316, who goes behind the net and fires the puck to Dumoulin who blasts it off a Lightning skate behind Nabokov for a 4-1 lead. Dumoulin's 1st from Downie and Spaling. 

  The Bolts would add one late as Nikta Kucherov finally got his goal after being robbed by Fleury like 9,000 times earlier in the game. It was not Fleury's fault as Paul Martin made an awful turnover which Kris Letang could not recover and sent Kucherov on a mini breakaway. Whatever. Horn sounds 4-2 Pens with basically AHL'ers playing. 

*Note Farnham never appeared on the score sheet but he was playing some gritty hockey which greatly helped the Penguins and forced some turnovers by Tampa. A great game by him*

3rd star: Brian Dumoulin (1 goal)

2nd star: Bryan Rust (1 goal)

1st star: Steve Downie (1 goal, 1 assist)


  • After being outshot 12-5 in the first, Pens finished being outshot 30-26, what a bounce back
  • Penguins once again had more than one powerplay chance going 1/4 on it, Pens now 2nd in NHL on powerplay behind the Washington Crapitals 
  • Lightning 1/3 on their powerplay
  • Penguins have been physically dominant last few games, outhitting Tampa 34, 26
  • Penguins blocked 20 shots to Tampa's 11, pretty impressive
  • Spaling took a puck off hand / wrist area but later returned, who knows at this point

Next game: Thursday 7PM @Consol Energy Center against the subpar Colorado Avalanche 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Gameday 30. MASH vs Lightning

7:00 p,m,  Corporate Entitlement County Club
ROOT Sports.  105.9 The X

The Tampa Bay Lightning make their first appearance in Consol Energy Center this season.  The Penguins look too rebound after a thrilling 4-3 shootout loss to Columbus on Saturday.  Not too many losses can be considered thrilling but that game was something else.  Too things we are expecting to see tonight.  1) A Penguin to lose a limb or contract a life threatening disease.  2) The Penguins to lose 6-0.  Tonight lineup is absolutely brutal.  Tampa Bay comes into tonight 1 point behind the Penguins for the top spot in the East.  If the Penguins were healthy this game would be something else.  Hopefully everyone going to the game wears a Hazmat suit to the game.  #LightAMump

Pens lines via Daily Faceoff
Evgeni Malkin-Brandon Sutter-Patric Hornqvist
Blake Comeau-Marcel Goc-Steve Downie
*Starts to cry*
Nick Spaling-Craig Adams-Bobby Farnham
*Reaches for bleach*
Rob Klinkhammer-Andrew Ebbett-Bryan Rust

Paul Martin-Kris Letang
Christian Ehrhoff-Brian Dumoulin
Rob Scuderi-Simon Despres

Marc Andre Fleury

Lightning Lines Via Daily Faceoff
Valtteri Filppula-Steven Stamkos-Ryan Callahan
Alex Kilhorn-Tyler Johnson-Nikita Kucherov
J.T. Brown-Cedric Paquette-Jonathan Drouin
Brenden Morrow-Brian Boyle-Brett Connonly

Victor Hedman-Anton Stralman
Jason Garrison-Andrej Sustr
Matt Carle-Mark Barberio

Ben Bishop

  • Really don't expect those to be the lines the Pens roll with tonight.  Highly doubt Sutter/Malkin play together with the number of people the Pens have out.
  • Pretty excited to see Jonathan Drouin TBH
  • Robert Bortuzzo is day-to-day with an injury.  Brian Dumoulin replaces him.  Scott Harrington was recalled.
  • Beau Bennett has symptoms of the mumps.
  • Tampa has some kind of team.  My word.

Do It

Go Pens

Sunday, December 14, 2014

RECAP - Letang is GOD. Pens fall 4-3



Nationwide Arena goin' up on a Saturday

    Wow. What a game of hockey. Another game without Sid (precautionary), Downie drop kicks someone, a few good scraps, Pens storm back, Comeau gets his first road goal of the year, the refs try to ruin the game with some absolutely atrocious penalties, Letang is god, Greiss can't do shootouts, and yet the Pens steal a point in Columbus. Here's some more....

    For starters, the 5th line really brought it tonight in CBJ lolololo. Although the term "Fifth Line" really bothers us, they do have a fan base. The arena was actually loud with multiple "C-B-J" chants, which in terms of loudness, Consol could never match during the regular season. However, Pens fans traveled nice, so proud of you guys. In terms of the game, about a minute and a half into the contest, Ehrhoff takes a holding penalty which leads to a powerplay goal by Nick Foligno 3:02 in the first. Pens looked pretty sloppy with some horrible passes and spending much time in their own end. Honestly, the rest of the period was just one big penalty. Either way, Steve Downie is a world champion and MVP at life. 

  Blake Comeau snipes Sergei Bobrovsky with about five minutes left in the second. His first road goal of the season. Other than that snipe, period highlights include new call-up Bobby Farnham getting destroyed, other new call-up Bryan Rust fighting Corey Tropp and of course concluding with a Downie / Dubinsky brawl. All in all, a solid period. 

(Courtesy of ROOT Sports and the Pittsburgh Penguins, who have stepped up their social media game lately, so thank you).

   The third period section will be broken down into two sections: First, we will place the GIF of Letang's unreal shorthanded goal to put the Pens up 2-1. 

Jesus what a play by Adams 

       Next, we're going to attempt to explain the NHL officiating that led to the Penguins almost getting shafted in this game. Although we have always said, "why care about two points in random December game", it is different when the refs put the game in their hands. First, Boone Jenner's penalty shot goal (which was a foreshadowing of how Greiss would perform in the shootout). In fairness, Despres (I believe that's who hauled Jenner down) got puck first... it just happened that Jenner went down thus making it more convincing. Jenner isn't the issue, it was a good goal. It's rule 57 that was altered for this season. From - "But, in situations where a penalty shot might otherwise be appropriate, if the defending player "dives" and touches the puck first (before the trip), no penalty shot will be awarded. In such cases, the resulting penalty will be limited to a two-minute minor penalty for tripping." Personally, thought Despres / whoever made contact with Jenner got puck first and made a hockey play, but those aren't allowed in the game anymore. Jenner 2-2 on the penalty shot.

   Let's discuss a potential game-altering diving call on Blake Comeau. Bobrovsky trips Comeau with about four minutes to go in the game, tied at two by the way. Comeau was trying to skate away from the net when he was tripped. So naturally it appears the Pens go on the powerplay. BUT NO. All mighty stripes had struck again. Basically taking away a Penguin powerplay and making the penalties offset. GOOD LORD. As recent luck for the Penguins would have it, Jack Johnson decided to get his 2nd goal of the season with 2:12 left to play in the game. It was indeed a blast past Greiss and a great snap shot, however the Comeau penalty for diving basically took away the Penguins powerplay and led to the Jackets scoring the go-ahead goal. 

   Following the Johnson goal, Downie took a ten minute misconduct. He probably said something about how shitty the officiating was in the game and how these refs are probably closely related to Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Helen Keller and Brian Gibbons. Thank god, there was a higher power looking over the Penguins tonight. The Penguins pulled Greiss in a desperate attempt to tie the game, when 2015 future Norris Trophy winner Kris Letang stepped up with 10.9 seconds left to tie the game at three...

NHL Officiating these days: 

They continue to plot against the Penguins...

    Both teams had some great chances in overtime as both teams swapped powerplays. The Penguins got the first powerplay due to a Cam Atkinson hook on Nick Spaling, then Spaling decided he wanted to try hooking too so he went to the box. Both teams had come close to winning it a few times...

  Greiss - no. Cam Atkinson and Ryan Johansen converted in the shootout. Nick Foligno tried some teleport 360 spin-o-rama, which the league disallowed this year, so go home. Either way, Penguins = goodnight moon in the shootout. Jackets get that CRUCIAL 2ND POINT IN DECEMBER (kidding). In all honesty, with Crosby out, the Penguins playing the second of a back-to-back, a depleted lineup and Columbus riding a six game winning streak, getting a point was better than we expected.

3rd star: Kris Letang (2 goals)

2nd star: Ryan Johansen (shootout winner)

1st star: Boone Jenner (1 goal, 1 assist)
  • Despite sloppy first period, Pens outshot Columbus 36-27
  • Penguins recorded 50 total penalty minutes, Steve Downie accounted for 29 of them
  • Bortuzzo left the game early and will reevaluated
  • Penguins powerplay 0/4, Penguins PK 4/5
  • With a point, the Penguins hold a two point lead over the Islanders for 1st in the Metro
  • Officiating is trash and almost cost the Penguins the game - absolutely terrible
Next game: Monday at Consol against Steven Stamkos and the  Tampa Bay Lightning

*Thank you Pittsburgh Penguins and ROOT Sports PITT for the GIFS*