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Deadline Dealing; An Art and a Luxury


The trade deadline has come and gone.  In Pittsburgh, this was the first time in Ray Shero’s tenure that a move was not made.  Guys such as Hal Gill, Bill Geurin, and Gary Roberts were acquired by Shero on the deadline in seasons past, but this season Shero kept his word in saying “I believe in our hockey team”.  He made this statement about a month and a half ago, during a 6 game losing streak.  Quite a few questioned him at the time, but now, everyone is quiet. 

The Penguins have reeled off impressive wins over the past few weeks.  Lead by points leader Evgeni Malkin and top five goal scorer James Neal, the Penguins have...

Malkin-g A Big Impression


The NHL.com-esk headline is only deserving for the Pens as their highlights dominated the webpage this weekend.  After a few back and forth games that featured tw big divisional wins and pathetic loss, the Pens put together two dominant home performances. 

In two games this weekend the Pittsburgh Penguins managed to put up 12 goals and allowed just three.  Evgeni Malkin, the league’s leading point scorer, had 4 goals and an assist in the two games, giving him 78 points on the season.  The stats, while impressive, do not tell the entire story. 

Heading into Saturday’s matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Steven Stamkos and Malk...

Penguins Update. 2/19/2012


Trade and Season Update

It has been a wild season for the Pittsburgh Penguins, to say the least.  Since the last update, the Pens have reeled off winning streaks, losing streaks, and have seen super star Evgeni Malkin vault into the MVP discussion.  The Pens currently sit in 5th place in the East, but need to vault the Flyers if they would like home ice advantage in the first round.   The problem still resides, however, that the Pens are not playing playoff hockey. 

Over their last 6 games the penguins have allowed 20 goals, a very unimpressive number.  Malkin, Neal, and Kunitz might be performing well, but they cannot produce to that...

Division wins are key for the Flyers moving forward

It’s not a mind-blowing concept.

Coming into Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Philadelphia Flyers needed to win the game.

The reasons are endless really: because it’s their hated rivals from Pittsburgh, because the Flyers are only two points ahead of them in the standings, because it’s a day game, because they’ve only won three of their last ten, because the Flyers play poorly at home, etc.

The list goes on and on.

However, the most basic reason the Flyers needed to win on Saturday is far simplier than all the other seemingly logical conclusions. The team needed to win above all else because the game was against a division opponent.

Feeble Finish: Philadelphia falls apart in 6-4 loss to Pittsburgh

The game was lost in the third period.

Following another disappointing home loss in an afternoon game by the Philadelphia Flyers, it is a simple fact that the team lost the contest with their horrendous play in the third period.

With Sergei Bobrovsky in net relieving Ilya Bryzgalov, the Pittsburgh Penguins quickly jumped on the Flyers sloppy play, scoring the eventual game-winning goal 37 seconds into the final frame.

All Eyes On The New Guy

After a season full of some defensive woes and a couple of weeks’ worth of trade discussions, the Philadelphia Flyers (32-18-7) made a move to improve on the blue line and acquired defenseman Nicklas Grossman from the Dallas Stars.

Grossman will make his Flyers debut on Saturday afternoon when the team faces off against the Pittsburgh Penguins (32-20-5) for the third time this season.

Based on Friday’s practice, Grossman will probably be paired with Andrej Meszaros on defense.

All eyes will be on him and on the Flyers’ defensive core as a whole, as their struggles have been greatly publicized so far this season.

Canadiens Win In Shootout

Montreal Canadiens 3 - 2 Pittsburgh Penguins (SO)


The Pittsburgh Penguins were visiting Montreal on Tuesday night for a match-up with the Montreal Canadiens. While it took a while for the scoring to begin, the game was a tight battle all the way through. With the two teams battling right past overtime into a shootout, it really could have gone either way. However, on this night is was the lowly Canadiens who got the extra point after Tomas Plekanec netted the winner in the shootout.


The scoring opened midway through ...

Understanding the NHL’s real problem – Operating Income

In business, the sole purpose of the corporation is to maximize shareholder value.  In other words, the goal and only goal is to make money.  Period. 

There are many financial figures that help us understand if a business is doing well, but the all-important one is operating income.  Operating income is not how much cash you make from sales.  Operating income is the difference of everything that goes into running the business minus everything from operating the business (costs, expenses).  If the business is operating at a loss, chances are they won’t be around for a long time.   A business can sell a hell of a product but they al...

Canadiens Fall to Penguins Heading Into Game Day: Montreal @ Toronto

Pittsburgh Penguins 5 - 4 Montreal Canadiens (SO)


The Montreal Canadiens paid a visit to the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for a meeting with the Pittsburgh Penguins. After finding themselves up 4-2 to start the third, the Canadiens had trouble holding the lead, and ended up with a 5-4 shootout loss.


The first period opened up with Lars Eller scoring his ninth of the season just 34 seconds into the first period, giving the Canadiens an early lead. The rough stuff started soon after as Max Paciorett...

Jagr, Flyers erase early deficit to beat Penguins

Though Pittsburgh fans treat every Flyer with a nice chorus of boos, none received a worse ovation than Jaromir Jagr did in Thursday night's 4-2 win against the Penguins.

And if he didn't have many friends to begin with in the Steel City, he made sure to leave with fewer. It was Jagr's second period goal - and a salute to cap it off - that gave the Flyers their lead.

With the score knotted at one-apiece, Jagr found the back of the net for the 12th time this season, giving the Flyers a 2-1 lead with under 14 minutes left in the second.

But the star of the night for the Flyers was in net. Sergei Bobrovsky improved to 4-0 in his career in Pittsburgh, making one huge save after another.