Sunday, February 22, 2015

GAMEDAY 60: Panthers at Penguins

Consol Energy Center
6 PM
105.9 The X

The Penguins return home after playing 6 minutes ago in St. Louis. Look for Marc-Andre Fleury to play tonight and Al Montoya will be in net for the Panthers. The Panthers are 1 point behind the Boston Bruins for the 2nd Wild Card before today's games but Boston looks like they're going to beat the Blackhawks today. The Philadelphia Flyers have also tightened the gap between them and the Panthers to 1 point, so this is a pretty big game for the Cats. The Penguins are now just 1 point behind the Washington Capitals for 3rd in the Metrosexual Division. Scoreboard watching time is here. 22 to go after tonight. Buckle up, it's starting to be the best time of the year. Pittsburgh native Vincent Trochek looks to be in the lineup for the Panthers tonight.

Lines (via Daily Faceoff)

Jokinen - Bjugstad - Hayes
Huberdeau - Barkov - Boyes
Fleischmann - Trochek - Upshall
Kopecky - MacKenzie - Thug Thornton

Campbell - Ekblad
Kulikov - Gudbranson
Kampfer - Petrovic


Perron - Crosby - Hornqvist
Kunitz - Malkin - Comeau
Spaling - Sutter - Downie
Adams - Lapierre - Downie

Martin - Letang
Scuderi - Despres
Pouliot - Bortuzzo


Who are the Stripes? (Via Scouting the Refs)
Kelly Sutherland
Graham Skilliter

Greg Devorski
Tony Sericolo

*grabs bleach because Sutherland*

  • Pens aren't very good at back to backs (too lazy to look up stat)
  • MAF only allowed 5 goals in his last 3 starts (0-3-0)
  • Penguins scored 2 goals on the powerplay last night.
  • #JagrWatch
  • #StaalWatch
  • #StrikeWatch
  • Christian Ehrhoff was activated off IR today but will not play tonight
  • Pens and Panthers have split this season series so far (Florida's win was a shootout)
Trade deadline in a week.

2 Games until then after tonight.

Buckle Up.

Do It. 

Go Pens.

Recap: Game 59 - Pens win 4-2.



What a day to be alive. #BrandonWatch is over. He is home. #StaalWatch began, and #JagrWatch is, as always, still ongoing. Josh Yohe has the city of Pittsburgh by its testicles.

Regardless of what happened this weekend with our two games, the problem still stands: this team needs changes. Whether it be line changes, or trades, remained to be seen. Welp, we got one of those changes, in the form of our lines. 

Mike Johnston finally removed Sidney Crosby's balls from his mouth, and finally put our two best wingers - David Perron and Patric Hornqvist - on Sid's line. The ever-so-struggling and becoming-more-untradeable-day-by-day Chris Kunitz was moved to Malkin's line, which seemed to make Kunitz look like an actually hockey player again. Not sure why Steve Downie was scratched, but whatevs.

The game against Florida starts in like five minutes, so I'll keep this short, sweet and full of GIFs.

Blake Comeau got the scoring started at 16:31 of the first period.

Really, really solid first period for the Penguins.

They finally get Sid behind the goal line on the powerplay, and look what happens.

2-0 Pens after the goal by Hornqvist. First PP goal for the Pens since Ronald Reagan was in office.

Nearly 10 minutes later, Blake Comeau gets his second of the game.


#SutterDong backhander, as cool as the other side of the pillow, makes it 4-0.

Blues scored two meaningless goals to ruin #ThomasGreissSuperstar's shutout.


3rd Star

Thomas Greiss - fantastic performance in a game where no one gave him a chance

2nd Star

Kris Letang - I wonder who his PCP deal is

1st Star

Blake Comeau - I'm really scared to see how much money is going to be thrown at him in July


Also, stay tuned for an article on what it could take for Staal to come back to Pittsburgh, and what it would mean for the Penguins from here out.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Gameday 59: Penguins at Blues EDIT: Line changes

Scottrade Center
8 pm
105.9 The X

The Penguins are trying to get over the blues as they enter St. Louis Saturday night to face the Blues. *I'm lighting myself on fire for even typing that*. The Blues are the 2nd best team in the Western Conference (38-16-4, 80 points). The Blues beat Boston 5-1 last night so expect Brian Elliot in net tonight (Jake Allen played last night). Thomas Greiss is in net for the Penguins tonight. The trade deadline is a 9 days away, so #JagrWatch is slowly coming to an end. If you haven't checked it out yet, make sure you check out our Jagr Photoshop Expo. Since the Penguins play Florida tomorrow and Florida is only 9 points behind them (1 behind Boston) Florida is in Ottawa tonight.

Lines (via Daily Faceoff)

Perron - Crosby - Hornqvist
Kunitz - Malkin - Comeau
Spaling - Sutter - Bennett
Sill - Lapierre - Adams

Martin - Letang
Pouliot - Bortuzzo
Despres - Scuderi


Steen - Backes - Oshie
Schwartz - Lehtera - Tarasenko
Jaskin - Stastny - Berglund
Ott - Goc - Reaves

Bouwmeester - Pietrangelo
Gunnarsson - Lindbohm
Jackman - Cole


Who are the Stripes (via Scouting the Refs)
Rob Martell
Wes McCauley

Jay Sharrers
Shane Heyer

  • The Penguins have scored 3 goals in their last 3 games (that's total goals, not per game)
  • The Penguins power play hasn't scored since Vietnam
  • Did you know Marcel Goc used to be a Penguin and Max Lapierre used to be a Blue?
  • Thomas Greiss is looking to bounce back from his last start.
  • Crosby has been held pointless 24 times this season
  • Hope these were enough stats for certain people on a certain facebook page.

Do It.

Go Pens.

The 2015 #BringHomeDoubleJ Photoshop Expo: Jagr Through History

   Welp, the way we're looking at it, this post will either break the internet or break us. Throughout American history there have been many events that shaped who we are as a nation today. Little did the Pittsburgh Penguins know when they drafted Jaromir Jagr in the 5th overall of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft that they'd shape our history forever. Jagr is the second best player (behind the 'Great One') to don a Pittsburgh Penguins sweater.

   Jagr went on to record some unreal numbers throughout his NHL career. While we're writing this post, he's probably bettering himself by conditioning or lifting because they guy is an absolute legend. For starters the guy is 5th all-time in points with 1,784. Let's take a second to look at the guys in front of Jagr: Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Gordie Howe and Ron Francis. Just sit back for a second and take that in. That is elite company, and the guy at 43 is still putting up numbers. As mentioned in our Jagr birthday post, Jagr also has many other records worth noting. For example, he is 6th all-time in goals with 716 (and still adding to that total and will be tied for 5th all-time with Phil Eposito on the next one he scores). Jagr is 7th all-time in assists with 1,068 (and still adding to that). Lastly, our favorite Jaromir Jagr stat is 127. Jagr has 127 game-winning goals in his career. My god, an all-time leader in that category. When the game is on the line, you give that puck to Jagr. A true iconic legend. 

   But why are we writing this post you ask? Well one of the reasons is just for fun. The other reasons deal with trolling the Penguins 'fans' that hate Jagr and we want to be in their heads. Lastly, although hope seems to be fading daily on #JagrWatch2015, the possibility still exists. More so this year than most years. We can't say we have sources at all but out of our speculation we believe Jagr and Shero had some #tension so that may have shied the two parties away from each other. However with GMJR at the helm, the Pens are poised to win and are holding no grudges / friendships / 'get along gangs' that were had under the past administration. This year is all business and with the core of the team (Crosby, Malkin, Letang, and Fleury) aging year-by-year, you've gotta think the next few years are cup or bust. A guy like Jagr would fit perfectly here and it would be the perfect fairytale ending to such a storied career. But anyway, we wanted to take some time to put Jagr in historic pictures and hopefully you'll see what he's done for not only the Pittsburgh Penguins, but the world itself. Our goal by the end of this post is for you to want Double J back in a Penguin's uniform as bad as we do.

Hit the play button on this youtube, listen, and let the tears flow.

True Life - #JagrWatch

Made in mid January when Mark Madden broke the news of #JagrWatch being real

Jaromir Jagr on historic interstate 68 - In Grand Theft Auto IV

There was more than one sniper in Dallas that day.

Jagr was also a member of the 'Sons of Liberty' trying to gain independence from England


Jagr was also a proud fan of Dr. MLK's work and stood by him and his good fight

American troops also thought very highly of Jagr and fought for him as well

If you're lucky enough to visit the Statue of Jagr in New York City, it is a sight to see

Jagr also did some wrastling in his day - 'Jagr Mania' is what it was referred to as , and it still runs wild today

Jagr also posed bare ass for the world to see, although his is much nicer

There's no need for an explanation

        Made on Valentine's Day to show support for his fans

Happy 43rd birthday to the legend himself

Mount Jagr-more

The Savior we need

  We know these photoshops are very subpar but they capture Jagr in the moment, which is what we were aiming for. These images should just tell you what a great guy Jaromir Jagr is. A humanitarian, giver, patriot, civil rights activist, and ass model Jaromir Jagr did it all. 

Jagr gets a lot of heat from people who are stuck in the past. Yet, for the first time in a long time, the Jagr hate is starting to go away. The group of Jagr supporters is growing as more and more as people want that fairy tale ending. All we can do is hope that our dreams will come true. After all #JagrWatch has put the Penguins fan base through, it is nothing short of destiny that it will happen. Every second of #JagrWatch, from tracking his plane and researching turtle mating patterns to Jagr signing with the Flyers, will have been worth it. The thought of Sidney Crosby handing the Stanley Cup to Jagr is one that only lives only in our imaginations, but one day it will become a real life memory that we will never forget. Then one day when we go to a Penguins game, we will look up to the Consol Energy Center rafters and see the Stanley Cup Banners, we will see the number 21 and 66 banners hanging. Then we will see the number 68 forever hanging , and we will remember all the highs and lows of #JagrWatch and we will remember the day that the living legend Jaromir Jagr, finally came home.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Recap: Game 58 - Pens lose 2-1- Fans / Team Implode






Live shot of the Pens then

What a leader


Ignore the text at the top, look at this guy?

No one likes Morelli, go jump off a cliff

Yeah let's waste another year of Sid and Malkin's prime!

Computer was on fire, what a #hottake

Tonight's 3rd star

Tonight's 2nd star

Tonight's 1st star and player of the game

   Now in reality we don't know how to fix what's wrong with the Penguins, we don't have the answers, we don't even know what's really wrong with the Penguins. But one thing is for sure, the season isn't lost yet, Morelli is legit incompetent if he thinks any of that game was Fleury's fault, the Pens aren't trading a superstar, and lastly Mike Johnston will not be fired. It's a rough stretch for sure but GMJR knows what he's doing and surely he is just as pissed off as all the fans / members of the organization. The Penguins will rebound from this, and a shake up should come just in time for Saturday's game. Either way, some form of shake up will happen with this team sooner rather than later. 

   If only the Penguins had some savior that could / wanted to shoot the puck, play the wall on the powerplay, change the culture of the locker room and be a top six winger.... If only there was some iconic legend out there....

- oh yeah, Malkin had a goal last night. So that was cool. His 22nd of the season -