Stanley Cup Finals X-Factors

So here we are. And then there were two. The last lap of the season. It's you know, the end. Whichever you decide to choose it's the Stanley Cup Final. An all-yellow affair, if you will. This year's hopefuls...

‘No. 3 Star’ Anderson Steals the Show in Game 6

For the third time in as many series, the Pittsburgh Penguins failed to close out a playoff series the first time they had the chance. Unlike the eggs they laid in Game 4 at Columbus and Game 6 versus Washin...

‘Galvanized’ Penguins Knot ECF with 1-0 Win

It had been a while since the Pittsburgh Penguins had outshot an opponent. Since April 16, to be exact, when they outshot the Columbus Blue Jackets, 47-37 – and had 94 shot attempts – in the third game of their...

Opportunistic Sens Grab 1-0 Series Lead

The Senators’ 1-3-1 system didn’t come as a surprise to the Penguins. And, while Ottawa executed it nearly to perfection in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Final series, Pittsburgh still managed to get their...

Caps Suffocate Pens to Force Game 7

Late in the first period of a potential elimination game in which they had generated three shots – and none of them particularly threatening – the Penguins’ home-ice advantage had turned to boos. By a second...

Opportunistic Penguins Take 2-0 Series Lead

For the second straight game, the Penguins didn’t have the chances the Washington Capitals did. They were outshot, 36-24, including a 16-5 first period, and had to block 33 more on their way to the net. They di...

Penguins’ Skill Rises to the Top in Game 2 Win

You couldn’t blame the Blue Jackets if Sid and the Kids are in their heads. Columbus came out for Game 2 of their first-round series in Pittsburgh with another strong start, firing the first nine shots at go...

Penguins Hope Adversity Makes Them Stronger

They’re called the Penguins, but the defending Stanley Cup champions have come into March more like a lion. After opening the month with a 4-1 loss at Chicago, Pittsburgh has gone on a five-game tear at what...

All-Star Crosby Prepares for Second-Half Sprint

January has been streaky for the Pittsburgh Penguins, with a three-game losing streak followed by a four-game winning streak, then another two-game downturn heading into the All-Star break. Much like the Wor...

Murray Taking Reins as Penguins’ No. 1 Netminder

Last Monday, the Penguins, losers of three straight, limped into their matchup with the Washington Capitals, owners of a nine-game winning streak. Pittsburgh was playing uninspired hockey, relying on bursts ...