History Repeats

This was supposed to be the Washington Capitals’ year. Again. After another dominant regular season where they ran away with the Presidents’ Trophy, the Caps entered the playoffs as a runaway favorite to fin...

Not So Fast; Caps Send Series to Game 6

With a three-goal third period, including two in 27 seconds, the Washington Capitals staved off elimination Saturday at Verizon Center and forced a Game 6 Monday in Pittsburgh. Things started well for the Pe...

Penguins ‘Win One for Sid’ in Game 4

As the Pittsburgh Penguins headed into Game 4 against the Washington Capitals without Sidney Crosby, there was only one kind of retaliation on their minds for the play that sidelined their captain with a concus...

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...

Fleury, Crosby Line Steal Game 1 for Penguins

With apologies to Sidney Crosby’s line and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, the Pittsburgh Penguins had no business emerging from Game 1 with a win. The statistics say the Washington Capitals outshot the Pengui...

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...

Surprise Starter Fleury Leads Penguins to Game 1 Win

From the time their first-round playoff opponent started coming into focus, the Penguins knew what they were getting from the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets, as always, would try to establish a phys...