Blog Posts - Pittsburgh Penguins



Penguins Schultz a Bargain

Aside from the fact that they both hail from western Canada, Justin Schultz has little in common with his lone Penguins namesake. Indeed, Dave “the Hammer” Schultz was a ferocious left wing of modest ability who brawled his way to 535 penalty mi...
by PenguinPoop on Dec 18, 2016

Penguins Update: Murder, Inc.

Back in the day, the Italian-American Mafia and Jewish mob carried out their nefarious activities with the aid of well-established enforcement groups. Headed by notorious gangsters such as Louis “Lepke” Buchalter and Albert “The Mad Hatter” A...
by PenguinPoop on Dec 13, 2016

Penguins Update: What’s the Maatta with Olli?

It’s a question I’ve posed—and had posed to me—by numerous hockey pals. Especially over the past year. What’s the Maatta with Olli (pun intended)? Or more to the point, what’s the matter with Olli Maatta’s skating? A puzzler, to be sur...
by PenguinPoop on Dec 11, 2016

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

Penguins Update: Crosby in a League of His Own

Around this time last season, Penguins fans across North America (including yours truly) were all asking the same question. What’s wrong with Sidney Crosby? Despite the presence of super sniper Phil Kessel on his right flank, the Pens’ captain w...
by PenguinPoop on Nov 13, 2016

Penguins and Oilers Dazzle

On a Tuesday evening in November when Presidential election results sent shockwaves reverberating through the nation, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Edmonton Oilers did a little bedazzling of their own before an appreciative throng of 18,576 patrons at...
by PenguinPoop on Nov 9, 2016

Penguins Update: Jack Riley Passes Away

He wasn’t the winningest general manager in Penguins history. Nor did his teams capture a Stanley Cup. Or even a division title. Yet Jack Riley was a pivotal figure through the Pens’ difficult early years. Thanks, in large part, to his perseveran...
by PenguinPoop on Jul 15, 2016

Penguins Re-sign Justin Schultz

The Penguins re-signed defenseman Justin Schultz to a one-year deal, general manager Jim Rutherford announced today. Schultz, who made $3.9 million last season while splitting time between Edmonton and Pittsburgh, will earn $1.4 million during the...
by PenguinPoop on Jul 13, 2016

Penguins Free-Agent Update: Lovejoy and Zatkoff Depart

For our Pittsburgh Penguins, the first day of free agency was a far cry from last summer. Remember? When GM Jim Rutherford sent shock waves through the NHL by acquiring Phil Kessel from Toronto as the centerpiece of a stunning six-player swap? Of co...
by PenguinPoop on Jul 1, 2016

Penguins Update: Rutherford Named GM of the Year

The National Hockey League confirmed last night what Pittsburgh Penguins fans already knew. Jim Rutherford, who did a masterful job of transforming a shopworn black-and-gold team into Stanley Cup champions, was named General Manager of the Year in a...
by PenguinPoop on Jun 23, 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

Pittsburgh Penguins Defeat San Jose to Win Stanley Cup

Sidney Crosby believed when he was 21 that anything for he and his Pittsburgh Penguins was possible and he would have the opportunity to end each of his seasons with the Penguins by lifting the Stanley Cup in triumph as he did back in 2009. However,...
by Sportsperspectives on Jun 13, 2016

WE DID IT! PENGUINS WIN THE CUP!

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

Not So Fast: Sharks Top Penguins in Game 5 to Extend Finals

Put the champagne back on ice. Cancel those victory parade plans. The Penguins’ must wait a couple more days for another shot at hoisting Lord Stanley’s glittering chalice. In the Game 5 battle of young goalies, San Jose’s Martin Jones reigned...
by PenguinPoop on Jun 10, 2016

Penguins Halt Sharks 3-1 in Game 4

Something old, something new. Something borrowed, something blue. You might be wondering what the heck an olde English bridal rhyme has to do with hockey. Guess it kind of reminds me of our Penguins. A true mulligan stew of superstars, grinders, cast...
by PenguinPoop on Jun 7, 2016

Sharks Trip Up Penguins 3-2 in Overtime

Like all sports, hockey’s a game of inches. A nudge of the puck…a bounce this way or that…often can determine the outcome of a game. Such was the case with the Penguins’ 3-2 overtime loss to San Jose in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Minut...
by PenguinPoop on Jun 5, 2016

Penguins Stanley Cup Update: A Familiar Ring

The history of the Pittsburgh Penguins is filled with anomalies and precursors. Consider, for example, the strange case involving three of the team’s brightest stars—Michel Briere, Mario Lemieux, and Sidney Crosby. If you add the uniform numbers...
by PenguinPoop on Jun 4, 2016


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