Sunday, October 19, 2014

RECAP: Everyone's Horny. Pens WIN.



The first Pens-Islanders game of the year did not disappoint. We expect these two teams to battle it out for the top spot in the Metrosexual Division all year. Marc-Andre Fleury had an incredible game stopping 34 of 35 shots, and a few of those saves were not of the easy variety. Steve Downie literally challenged the entire Islanders team. And the Penguins power play has continued to be goodnight moon for opponents through 4 games.

The game started out with the Islanders somewhat controlling play and it ended up being beneficial for them. 5 and a half minutes into the period, Olli Maatta blew a tire around center ice and some Islander got the puck in deep. Kris Letang broke the play to the corner but Ryan Strome found Thomas Hickey streaking down the crease and someone on the Penguins didn't backcheck hard enough, left Hickey wide open who sniped Fleury. 1-0 Isles at the 5:46 mark. After the goal though, the Penguins started coming and Evgeni Malkin drew a trip on Casey Cizikas. The Power Play did not score, but man the chances the Penguins were getting and trying to deflect 4432 shots past Halak. The first period ended with the Penguins outshooting the Isles 16-10, but the Isles took a 1-0 lead into the intermission. Live shot of Jaroslav Halak in the first period.

Live shot of the beginning of the second period.
The teams exchanged Power Plays to start the beginning of the period, and the Islanders had a 5 on 3 at one point but the Penguins PKers and Marc-Andre Fleury didn't care. Note: We haven't really figured out if John Tavares played in this game, he was invisible all night and that might have had a factor on the Isles PP. Corey Conacher took a penalty and then the Isles jumped an extra guy on the ice during the PK and Evgeni Malkin saw it, put his hand up and the ref saw it and gave the Pens a 5 on 3. The Penguins 5 on 3 went slightly different than the Islanders one did. The puck eventually got worked down low to Patric Hornqvist who tried to jam one through Halak, Halak tried covering it, but Hornqvist had other ideas and poked it free behind the net and then eventually worked it to Sidney Crosby who then one touched sauced one to Malkin. Malkin did a glitch move and sniped it near side on Halak. 1-1.
The Isles then tried to gain some offense on the 2nd penalty, but the Penguins again had other ideas. They started moving the puck quickly and the Isles started chasing. Kris Letang found Malkin who then slowly pulled a slap shot and it went through a Patric Hornqvist screen. Well so we thought, but it apparantly hit Hornqvist in the dick. 2-1 Pens and both goals came 55 seconds apart. Not much really happened until the period ended. Sidney Crosby was forechecking and skated around the net and his skate got tangled with Halak's and Halak fell down then started crying to the ref. The period ended then Halak and Crosby had a few words then Tavares made his only appearance of the night, came out to talk to them and then world known piece of shit Travis Hamonic decided he would come out. Kris Letang and Steve Downie would have none of it, then Downie basically told Hamonic to F off and called him a pussy and did this.
brb going to buy 15 Steve Downie jerseys

After the Penguins killed another Islanders power play, this happened.

buying 10 more Downie jerseys
As Zack tweeted last night, this entire sequence was exactly what the Penguins lacked last year, pretty sure that no ones gonna mess with any Penguin for the rest of the year because Steve Downie might kill you.
"Steve Downie's gonna kill you, Steve Downie's gonna kill you, Steve Downie's gonna kill you!" <--- Sing this

Anyways, nothing really happened the rest of the game other than the Penguins were in the Islanders mouths on the PK and Fleury made some pretty remarkable saves. Isles pulled Halak, Crosby chipped a puck to Kunitz who cleared it to open space which Hornqvist got to and skated the puck into the net for his 2nd of the night (4th of the season). Game.

1. Marc-Andre Fleury (35 saves)
2. Patric Hornqvist (2 goals, 1 assist)
3. Jaroslav Halak (35 saves)

Game Notes
  • Crosby recorded his 500th career assist on the Hornqvist empty netter.
  • Evgeni Malkin played his best game of the year, what a player
  • Fleury sucks....oh wait
  • Steve Downie might kill someone. He had 13 Penalties in Minutes in this game
  • Pens PK went 7-7
  • Pens PP went 2-4 and is now 8-18 on the year. Nasty
Pens now have 432432 days off until next game against Philly on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 pm.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

GAMEDAY: Game 4 - Islanders vs. Pens

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

Tonight, the Penguins host John Tavares and the New York Islanders as they look to bounce back from a tough loss against the Dallas Stars this past Thursday Night. The Islanders are actually legit now and are no longer that joke team you pad your stats against. While the Islanders might finally be legit and no longer a joke, whoever was in charge of constructing their new home in Brooklyn clearly didn't get the memo.  


Lines via Empty Netters

Kunitz - Crosby- Hornqvist
Dupuis - Sutter - Malkin 
Comeau - Spaling - Downie 
Sill - Goc - Adams

Letang - Maatta
Martin - Ehrhoff
Despres - Scuderi

Conacher - Tavares - Okposo
Kulemin - Nelson - Strome
Bailey - Nielsen - Clutterbuck 
Martin - Cizikas - McDonald

Leddy - Boychuk
Hickey - Hamonic
Haan - Strait

Notes and Thoughts: 
  • The Islanders come into tonight's game undefeated, holding a record of 4-0-0. They've never gone 5-0-0 to start the season.
  • It's looking like Pascal Dupuis will somehow play tonight despite being stretchered off the ice Thursday night after getting cross checked in the back and then hit in the neck/head with a Letang slap shot. We all feared the worst when the incident happened and whether Dupuis goes tonight or not, he is incredibly lucky as he seems to be OK and was skating the very next morning. 

Dupuis basically
  • The Pens and Islanders hold the top two Power Plays in the NHL. The Penguins are clicking at 46.2% while the Islanders are not far behind at 42.9%. So obviously, special teams will be big tonight. 
  • Tavares is pretty good at hockey. He is leading the league in points right now with 9 in 4 games.
  • Crosby is also apparently pretty good, with 7 points in 3 games.

Go Pens

Friday, October 17, 2014

Recap: Pens Fall to Stars


  The Pittsburgh Penguins suffered their first loss of the season and under the Mike Johnston administration on Thursday, falling to the Dallas Stars 3-2. The Penguins lost with just 3.9 seconds left on the clock as Tyler Seguin buried a beautiful cross-crease pass from Jason Spezza on the powerplay. However, that was not the only loss of the night as Pascal Dupuis was stretchered off the ice with an apparent neck / shoulder injury after being crosschecked by former Penguins defenseman Alex Goligoski in the second period. While Dupuis was down after the check, defenseman Kris Letang shot the puck and happened to hit Duper in and around the neck or shoulder area. This was by far the most significant loss of the night...

  The first period of hockey was all Penguins. The powerplay is unreal clicking at 6/13 on the season, AKA 46.2% and or best in the NHL. Both of the Penguins first period goals came out the powerplay. The first goal came just 2:28 into the first period by #BestInTheWorld Sidney Crosby. It was good to see Hornqvist in front of the net but it was more of a shot-pass intended for Chris Kunitz which tipped of Star's defenseman Jordie Benn's stick and into the net behind Lehtonen. So Crosby the goal with assists from Kunitz and Malkin. The second goal came about five minutes later with a powerplay goal by Chris Kunitz. Letang casually puts a shot on net (something that was illegal to do under Bylsma)  Hornqvist was right in front (again) and Kunitz casually puts the rebound past Lehtonen. So Kunitz the goal with assists from Hornqvist and Letang. The Penguins carried the play in the first, outshooting Dallas 9-7. 

  The second period really felt like the turning point in the game as the Stars scored to make it 2-1 and Pascal Dupuis suffered a head / neck injury. Antoine Roussel scored the only goal in the second period at 6:08 into the period. Basically Roussel brought the puck into the zone, tied himself up along the boards, got the puck deep, got the puck back on a beautiful pass by Vernon Fiddler to beat Fleury shortside. So Dallas goal by Roussel from Fiddler and soon to be anti-christ Alex Goligoski. The only other highlight more like lowlight came when Pascal Dupuis had to be stretchered off the ice at 13:42 into the second period. Duper was in front of the net and was crosschecked by former Penguins defenseman Alex Goligoski. The check was not as bad as some of the checks that happen in front of the net, but nonetheless it put Dupuis down in front. While down, Dupuis took a slapshot (luckily it did not look like Letang got all of the shot) to the neck / back area and stayed down. He was then stretchered off the ice with "numbness in his arm." The feeling was said to have improved after the game but it did not look good.

   The Stars picked up their game in the third period scoring basically three goals to beat the Penguins. One goal was waived off due to Tyler Seguin being tripped by Evgeni Malkin and interfering with Marc-Andre Fleury while Jason Spezza tapped the puck into an empty net. The disallowed goal fired up the Stars and their coach Lindy Ruff decided to stack the lines. In response to the disallowed goal, Ruff threw Spezza, Benn and Seguin out there together, basically Dallas's first powerplay unit to try and tie the Penguins. With just 2:57 left in the third Jamie Benn tied the game for Dallas. Basically Jason Spezza throws another cross-crease pass allowing Benn to get to the net and get the rebound. It was a good hockey goal and almost felt inevitable after the disallowed goal. Dallas had all the momentum at this point. So Benn the goal, assists from Daley and Spezza. Just when you think, "oh let's take this game to overtime and just get the point out of it" because Dallas had the momentum, Jamie Benn is good at hockey and baits Sidney Crosby #BestInTheWorld into taking a tripping penalty. Crosby takes a tripping penalty with just ten seconds left, which sets up that deadly Stars powerplay unit. Benn wins the faceoff back to Goligoski who throws it to Spezza, who throws an amazing slap-pass to Tyler Seguin for the winning goal with 3.9 seconds left. What a dagger. The Stars outshot the Penguins 11-10 in the third although the Pens outshot Dallas for the game 29-28. Dallas went 1/4 on the powerplay and the Penguins went 2/4. A tough one to swallow with a goal in the final seconds and Dupuis injury. 

1st: Tyler Seguin - 1 goal, GWG

                         2nd: Jamie Benn - 1 goal, being good at hockey

3rd: Chris Kunitz - 1 goal, 1 assist 

*Yinzers blaming Fleury already*

Game Notes
  • Despite people saying Fleury sucked, he did make 28 saves in a losing effort
  • After the game Dupuis regained feeling in his arm so that's a positive sign
  • Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, and Jason Spezza can play some hockey
  • Pens powerplay is sitting pretty at 46.2%, best in the NHL going 2/4 against the Stars
  • Malkin has 4 assists already on the season, while Crosby has 4 goals
  • Look for Andrew Ebbett to fill in for Dupuis as Comeau will probably jump up in the lines
  • Penguins outhit Dallas 33-12
Stay tuned for the next game Saturday against John Tavares and the godly New York Islanders

We're still 

Face of defeat

Thursday, October 16, 2014

GAMEDAY: Game 3 - Stars vs Pens

Consol Energy Center. 7 pm. ROOT. 105.9 The X.

The Penguins are hosting the Dallas Stars tonight at 7:08 PM after Jeff Jimerson serenades every single one of the 18,650 in attendance tonight. The Stars come into Pittsburgh after they beat Columbus Tuesday night 4-2. Tyler Seguin, who probably had some chick who sucked his dick in high school in attendance, scored a hat trick while Jamie Benn added the other. 
The Stars might actually be very competitive in the West this year and Lindy Ruff always has his teams prepared. We're looking forward to this game because it could be a very fast paced, up tempo game, just like 95% of all Western Conference games are. Look to see if Sidney Crosby can keep up his 3 PPG stretch while he has scored 6 goals and 4 assists in 6 career games against Dallas. It's only the 3rd game so we're still just looking for good things by the Penguins, but its easy to get excited for the remainder of the season. Lines and notes to follow.

Lines (from Daily Faceoff)
Benn - Seguin - Sceviour
Cole - Spezza - Hemsky
Roussel - Eakin - Garbutt
Horcoff - Fiddler - Eaves

Goligoski - Daley
Benn - Dillon
Connauton - Nemeth


Kunitz - Crosby - Hornqvist
Dupuis - Sutter - Malkin
Comeau - Goc - Downie
Adams - Spaling - Sill

Ehrhoff - Martin
Maatta - Letang
Despres - Scuderi


Game Notes:
  • Evgeni Malkin's next point will move him into 4th all time in Penguins history passing Rick Kehoe
  • Mike Johnston looking to be the 2nd coach to win his first 3 games, Herb Brooks was the other
  • The Penguins have won 8 of their last 10 games against the Stars

Do It

Go Pens

Sunday, October 12, 2014

RECAP: Pens Win, Blow Leafs Blow



    The Penguins remain undefeated (lol) after beating, crushing, and destroying the Maple Leafs 5-2. Although, you may say how is 5-2 crushing and destroying? It's the fact that the Pens outshot the Leafs 41-25 and their puck possession was crazy. Another big night for the number one line of Crosby, Kunitz, and Hornqvist as they recorded six points altogether. Pittsburgh's top line has accounted for 54.8% (6/11) of all goals and 12/30 (40%) of all points through two games ( Safe to say we all feel the same. Just a dominant performance for the Penguins.

    The Penguins opened the scoring 6:44 into the first period with a Christian Ehrhoff blast from the point missing the net and Patric Hornqvist picking up the rebound from the boards and just slamming home this impossible angle shot. Basically under Bylsma the Penguins would have dumped that puck and changed. A minute later the Penguins made it 2-0 on a goal from #BestInTheWorld 87. The Penguins were using the boards to score goals, which never would have happened under Bylsma unless it was an accident. Hornqvist pass to Letang, missed the net on the left side, just to be put in by Sidney Crosby. Oh and by the way, it was the first of a few powerplay goals, as the Penguins went 3/5 on the powerplay. The next goal came at 17:46 of the first when Crosby had the puck down low on the right boards, patiently waited and just threw it to the net (emphasizing this because the Penguins never used to do that) and Kunitz tipped it home, assists by Malkin and Crosby.  Just like Anaheim the Pens had a 3-0 lead in the first period except they'd keep it this time...

   Now it would not be a typical Pens game if the Pens didn't give up a powerplay goal at some point. So at 4:18 into the second period the Penguins decided to give up a powerplay goal to Joffrey Lupul and company. The goal was actually a tip-in in front of the net so it was not a bad goal, just one that makes you think "oh god, here we go again." Lupul the goal from Gardiner and Rielly. Penguins still very much carried the play in the second period though, after allowing that goal the Pens buckled down and in the famous words of an old coach... "got to their game..." The next goal came at 13:46 into the second from a guy who misses all of training camp just to look great the first two games. Evgeni Malkin had a beautiful snipe from the top of the left circle, as he got the puck, basically skated a lap or two, dished it to Letang and then Malkin decides to shoot it. What a shot, what a goal. Assists go to Letang and Crosby. Let it be known, with James Neal on the Penguins, Malkin would have looked to pass the puck instead of ripping it home, what a goal. 4-1 Pens end of the second. 

    Nothing really happened in the third period except for Brandon Sutter scoring a fantastic goal at 8:26 into the third. Sutter basically worked the puck down low and just had a Malkin like moment possessing the puck, then he dropped the puck to Malkin who dished it back to Martin for the shot and Sutter got the junk in front of the net. Get it junk? Because his junk was all over Root Sports last year? ZINGGGGGGGGGGG. Either way, Sutter has been playing some hockey since the playoffs last season. If this is the Sutter we paid, it's totally worth it. Way to grind it out for a goal. The Leafs would go on to add a powerplay goal from Tyler Bozak about two minutes later. We would take time to describe this goal if it meant the Leafs gaining momentum and getting back into the game. They did not though and that goal was just another tally. Altogether, the Penguins had a night, going 3/5 on the powerplay, recording 35 hits, and outshooting the Leafs 41-25. A dominant win. 

LMAOOOO you thought there was overtime, it's the Maple Leafs. 

1.) Sidney Crosby - 1 goal, 2 assists = 3 points
2.) Evgeni Malkin - 1 goal, 2 assists = 3 points
3.) Patric Hornqvist - 1 goal, 1 assist = 2 points

Game Notes: 

  • Patric Hornqvist recorded 9 shots on net
  • Crosby, Malkin = 3 point nights
  • Crosby, Malkin, Hornqvist, Fleury, Letang and Kunitz are good at hockeys
  • Rob Scuderi is still playing like trash so #FreeHarrington
  • Brandon Sutter is playing like the guy we traded for so long ago
  • Crosby is on pace for 246 points this season
    • In addition, Crosby has now won 6,000 faceoffs for his career so there's that
  • Penguins PK still allowed 2 goals, so look for adjustments (because it's not Bylsma) to come
  • Maple Leafs suck
    • Phil Kessel played this game and you wouldn't even know it
    • a fan tossed his jersey on the ice with about 8 minutes to go in the third

Blow Leafs Blow

**Next game: Stars (#SlutsForSeguin) vs Penguins Thursday at 7PM**