Pittsburgh Penguins

This article was originally written in December, 2012. In 1997 the National Hockey League lost one of the greatest players to ever play the game early.  Mario Lemieux didn’t pass away during his career, nor did he decide to go out on top.  No, the announcement Super Mario made was for different reasons and will
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Summer is about to come to a merciful end for hockey fans. Teams report to training camp in a few weeks, and in just over a month we will welcome back regular-season hockey. This means, among other things, that the Stanley Cup’s second straight world tour in the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins is nearing
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have invited 34-year-old forward Jay McClement to training camp. With Matt Cullen and Nick Bonino’s departures, the team is in need of some depth down the middle and a hole to fill on the penalty kill. Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford has taken a patient approach to filling out the roster and may still
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Repeating as Stanley Cup champs isn’t easy. In fact, before the Pittsburgh Penguins’ ridiculous 2017 run, it hadn’t been done since before the salary cap era, when the Detroit Red Wings repeated as champions in 1998. Of course, the Wings probably spent around $60 million on their team—adjusted for inflation, that’s about $90 million in
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Whether it has been due to the sheer number of games the Pittsburgh Penguins have contested in the previous seasons, or by some other force of nature, the team has made as many headlines for the injuries they have sustained as the success they have achieved. At the conclusion of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs it was announced
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On July 12, forward Josh Archibald signed with the Penguins for a two-year contract at just over the league minimum. The contract isn’t inherently a bad idea. Archibald has shown promise with the Penguins, laying his fair share of determined hits whenever he gets ice time. His puck-handling skills put him on a level with other up-and-coming
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As laid out in the Pittsburgh Penguins Top 4 Prospects for 2017 article last week, the two-time defending champions still have some young pieces in the organization that could help the team win more Stanley Cups down the road. But, there was one obvious thing missing from the list of the top four prospects for
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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby joined Mario Lemieux and Bernie Parent as the only other players in NHL history to win the Conn Smythe Trophy in back-to-back years. Crosby deserved it, posting eight goals and 27 points in 24 playoff games. But he wasn’t the only member of the Penguins who played at an MVP level.
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Late in the 2015-16 season, Pittsburgh’s third round (83rd overall selection) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, got his shot in the NHL when Marc-Andre Fleury fell to a concussion. Murray, a standout performer in the American Hockey League with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2014-15 and the early part of 2015-16, was called up. His record in
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It took 213 games, 49 of those playoffs appearances, to make history. It was the 66th playoff series in Penguins history and the 87th game of the 2017 playoffs — some things are just meant to be. Kris Letang hadn’t played since February, they were outshot in more than 70% of games played these playoffs, and
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have played a ridiculous amount of hockey these past two years. After going all the way to a championship in 2016, they barely had enough time to eat French fries out of the Cup before their stars were whisked away for the World Cup of Hockey. Between two four-round postseasons, the World Cup,
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As Yogi Berra first uttered 40 years ago, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” Some fans might find it difficult to tune into Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday night after the Pittsburgh Penguins destroyed the Nashville Predators, 6-0, in Game 5. It was no contest from start to finish, as Sidney
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Despite a three-point performance and first star honors in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, Sidney Crosby’s night would be defined by a scrum with P.K. Subban and a water bottle. USA TODAY’s “For The Win” called Crosby’s Game 5 “a night of bad behavior,” and that seems to sum it up. However, many have
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April 5 was a dark day for Pittsburgh Penguins fans. You probably remember it; that was the day it was announced that Kris Letang, core of the Penguins’ defense, irreplaceable in everything from 5 on 5 play to special teams, would be out for four to six months with a herniated disc in his neck. Ever
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They’ve played over 200 hockey games in the past two seasons, they’re missing one of the world’s best defenseman and they got embarrassed in Game’s 3 & 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the 16th seeded team in the playoffs. Hockey analysts will try to pinpoint reasons why the Penguins are losing but at the
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Welcome to the Stanley Cup Final, where a cast can indicate a day-to-day injury. Nick Bonino joined the Pittsburgh Penguins at their practice on Sunday, which is fairly ridiculous given that Bonino made his way into Bridgestone Arena for Game 3 yesterday on crutches and in a walking boot. But who cares if the man can’t
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The Pittsburgh Penguins should be embarrassed; not because of the final score of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final but because of the way they conducted themselves in the final minutes of the third period. Forty-four penalty minutes, three game misconducts, and an ungodly amount of undisciplined plays all equal a very concerning loss
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It may seem like the sky is falling in the Steel City since the Pittsburgh Penguins dropped Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final in ugly fashion, 5-1, against the Nashville Predators. The fact remains, though, that it was just one loss, and Pittsburgh still controls the series with a 2-1 lead. The Penguins have
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There are certain teams that some players love facing, and then there are other squads that players would really rather never see again. Sometimes these preferences are created because of matchups, and in other cases, there’s no rhyme or reason to it. For Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne, the team he would love to never
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