Blog Posts - Marc-andre Fleury

Penguins Hit Their Stride

Ask any NHL coach or general manager. Ask a player. Heck, ask anyone associated with an NHL team and they’ll tell you. It’s next to impossible to maintain a consistent pace over an 82-game schedule. So much can effect a team. Illness and injuries...
by PenguinPoop on Dec 10, 2016

Foes Beating Penguins at Their Own Game

Let’s go back in time. To Sunday, June 12, 2016. Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Up 3-games-to-2 on the San Jose Sharks, our Pittsburgh Penguins had snatched a 1-0 first period lead on a power-play goal by Brian Dumoulin. Employing their witherin...
by PenguinPoop on Dec 1, 2016

Penguins Lurching at the Quarter Pole

I don’t know about you. But watching our Penguins get skewered yesterday afternoon by the Minnesota Wild was tougher for me to swallow than a leftover turkey sandwich without the mayo. Especially after the Pens had demolished a very tough Rangers...
by PenguinPoop on Nov 26, 2016

Review of Striking Gold: The Penguins’ Amazing Run to the 2016 Stanley Cup

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Triumph Books have teamed up once more to produce a gem of a commemorative book. Striking Gold: The Penguins’ Amazing Run to the 2016 Stanley Cup expertly chronicles the Pittsburgh Penguins’ recent Stanley Cup seas...
by PenguinPoop on Jun 22, 2016


I can write this now without fear of jinxing our guys. Throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs and, especially, during the Finals, I’ve felt an odd sense of calm. As if our Penguins were somehow predestined or preordained to win the Cup. A notion reinf...
by PenguinPoop on Jun 13, 2016

Penguins Stanley Cup Update: Chinks in Murray’s Armor?

We’ve all heard the comparisons. He’s the next Ken Dryden. A sure-fire NHL All-Star for years to come. Maybe even a future Hall of Famer. The plaudits…and excitement…were understandable. Especially given the way Penguins rookie goalie Matt M...
by PenguinPoop on Jun 11, 2016

Penguins Overwhelm Rangers 6-3; Take Series

During the opening minutes of yesterday’s pivotal Game 5 at Consol Energy Center, the New York Rangers threw everything but the proverbial kitchen sink at the Pittsburgh Penguins. Rolled into a collective ball of do-or-die desperation, they pounded...
by PenguinPoop on Apr 24, 2016

Are the Penguins Playoff-Ready?

Not long ago the Penguins were the hottest team in the National Hockey League. Toast of the ‘Burgh. Winners of eight in a row and 14 out of 15. Before a season-ending loss to the Flyers in a meaningless game (for the Pens) splashed a little cold wa...
by PenguinPoop on Apr 13, 2016

Penguins Get Offensive

It ain’t supposed to happen. Not in today’s National Hockey League. One dominated by gargantuan goalies in oversized pads who take away the bottom half of the net simply by dropping to their knees. Our Pittsburgh Penguins have been positively of...
by PenguinPoop on Apr 4, 2016

Penguins A Cup Contender

After watching the Penguins clinch their tenth-consecutive playoff berth with a 5-0 drubbing of the New York Islanders on Saturday, I couldn’t help but reflect on last year. When we squeaked past a woeful Buffalo Sabres squad on the final day of th...
by PenguinPoop on Apr 2, 2016

Penguins Stay Hot; Melt Rangers in OT

It wasn’t all that long ago that the New York Rangers had the Penguins’ number. Especially goalie Henrik Lundqvist. How times have changed. Exuding a grit and resilience that’s come to typify their efforts under Mike Sullivan, the P...
by PenguinPoop on Mar 28, 2016

Penguins Stun Capitals for Sixth-Straight Win

As I took my seat at the Pennsbury Pub and Grille last night to view the Penguins-Capitals game on the big screen, I felt an odd blend of excitement tinged with trepidation. Scarcely 24 hours earlier, I watched our Pens clobber a very good Flyers...
by PenguinPoop on Mar 21, 2016

Penguins Shuffle Forwards

Anticipating the return of forwards Eric Fehr and Carl Hagelin, the Penguins sent Conor Sheary to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton following practice yesterday. Fehr has missed the past 17 games with a lower-body injury sustained against Ottawa on February 2.
by PenguinPoop on Mar 11, 2016

Penguins Rattle Lundqvist: Dump Rangers 4-1

Oh no. Here we go again. Those were my thoughts last night as I watched the Rangers celebrate Chris Kreider’s second-period goal on the big-screen TV at Wright’s Gym. Indeed, the game was following an all-too-familiar script. An on-ice version...
by PenguinPoop on Mar 4, 2016

Penguins Nip Hurricanes 2-1 in Shootout

It wasn’t a pretty win. Especially by recent standards. Indeed, if the Penguins perhaps deserved a better fate during Wednesday’s 3-0 home-ice loss to the Rangers, they were downright lucky to escape from Raleigh last night with a point, let alon...
by PenguinPoop on Feb 13, 2016

Penguins Update: Looking Ahead

“I believe that we will make the playoffs.” With a singular forceful statement, All-Star center Evgeni Malkin reflected the growing sense of optimism over the fortunes of our Pittsburgh Penguins. Almost overnight, it seems, they’ve transformed...
by PenguinPoop on Jan 29, 2016

Sullivan vs. Johnston: Comparing the Penguins’ First-Half Numbers

With a couple of days between games and nothing in particular to write about, I thought I’d compare the Penguins’ stats under new coach Mike Sullivan to those compiled under former skipper Mike Johnston. While the impromptu analysis didn’t e...
by PenguinPoop on Jan 12, 2016

Penguins Not Ready for Prime Time

After watching Chicago’s dynamic rookie Artemi Panarin shred our Penguins to the tune of four goals over the past two nights, the difference between the organizations became painfully apparent. The Blackhawks sign studs like the undrafted Panarin.
by PenguinPoop on Jan 7, 2016

Murray Saves Penguins Bacon in Shootout Loss

It’s one of the golden rules. If you can’t say anything nice about someone, don’t say anything at all. As our present Pittsburgh Penguins continue to reveal more flaws than a botched plastic surgery, it’s increasingly difficult for me to fin...
by PenguinPoop on Dec 31, 2015

Penguins Recall Murray, Porter and Sheary

In the wake of injuries to goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and winger Beau Bennett, the Penguins have recalled forwards Kevin Porter and Conor Sheary—along with goalie Matt Murray—from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. After skating through the opening two mont...
by PenguinPoop on Dec 16, 2015

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