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Litmus Test Time

Yes, the Philadelphia Flyers showed something in their small west coast swing last week. Yes, they came back against the lowly Anaheim Ducks and won. Yes, they started strong and cruised to a win in Phoenix over the Coyotes. Yes, the team took care of business and did what they were supposed to do.

Was it a litmus test? In terms of the ability to win on the road after a long layoff and a plane trip longer than one in-flight movie, it was.

Game 24: Caps/Pens, need I say more?

Crosby/Ovechkin. Caps/Pens, 7 pm NHL Network. Need I say more?

  

 

Dale Hunter doesn't like Pittsburgh. Proof below. 

 

 

Prediction: 4-2 Caps; Goals by Crosby and Ovechkin. 

Winning is as Simple as Depth

 

In many ways the Pittsburgh Penguins can be considered a star studded cast.  Teams such as Chicago, Philly, Washington, and Detroit boast a lineup of great talent.  These teams are winners for one reason though, depth.  Depth is what wins championships, depth is what every team needs, and this season the Pens so called depth players are rising into stardom.

  For many years they have been lucky to have a third line center that was offensively respected and defensively feared in Jordan Staal.  His play over the years has earned him a selke nomination, league wide respect for one of the best penalty killers, and mostly a Stanley Cup, but now ...

What Concussion? Sidney Crosby Dazzles In NHL Return

59 seconds of icetime was all it took before the hockey world knew that “Sid the Kid” was not merely healthy – he was officially back.

Taking a pass from Pascal Dupuis at centre ice at the start of his second shift, Pittsburgh Penguins Captain Sidney Crosby flew into the offensive zone like a man possessed once the puck arrived on his blade. After blowing the doors off of helpless defenceman Andrew MacDonald, he fired a backhander with a level of speed and accuracy that outweighed many players’ best shots on their forehand, making no mistake in rifling the puck into the upper portion of rookie Anders Nilsson’s net.

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No Malkin, No Crosby, No More

 

It has been over 300 days. It has been over 60 regular season contests. It has been a long freaking time, but it is finally over.  Arguably the best player in the game of hockey made his return to the game tonight. Crosby has waited a long time and with every passing interview one could see the ever growing impatience on his face.  While tonight will mean a lot for the fans and for the NHL, this night was really about Crosby.  A player that lives and breathes the game is finally allowed to take the ice.  Crosby’s return was sure to be great, but this one was downright special.

In the first period of play, Crosby scored on his third shift. ...

Crosby Watch Ends: Islanders in Pittsburgh

When the puck drops for Monday night’s matchup, the New York Islanders will officially become a part of the biggest milestone in Sidney Crosby’s comeback.

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced on Sunday evening that Crosby will be playing in his first game since suffering a concussion on January 5th, which was the second of that week for him. This comes after months of speculation and rumors ranging from being ready on opening night to contemplating retirement.

The Islanders have really fallen on hard times as of late, and it seems to have come to a head after their embarrassing home effort on Saturday night, where they dropped a 6-0 decision to the Boston Bruins. If t...

Montoya Minutes: Al Needs To Play

Al Montoya was the surprise starter for the Islanders home opening loss to the Florida Panthers back on October 8th when both Rick DiPietro and Evgeni Nabokov were healthy and capable of starting the game. DiPietro, who had been battling injuries for what had seemed like forever, probably expected to dress for the season opener preparing to embark on another attempt to return to glory. But that wasn't the case.

Head coach Jack Capuano chose to go with El Cubano, a goaltender that the Islanders acquired in a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes after injuries seem to strike every single net-minder in the 2011 season. Montoya seemingly won the starting position between himself and Kevin...

The Return of the Kid

 

In a recent interview with THN, former NHL’er Joe Mullen said that his favorite player to watch in this era is Sidney Crosby.  When I read this, I laughed, knowing the former Penguin still has close ties with Pittsburgh, but also laughed at the irony of the comment. 

Sid hasn’t played in a long time and for most regular hockey fans, we have found that the NHL moves on without him.  Frankly, I am one more “No Crosby, No Problem” headline away from traveling to the NHL’s headquarters in New York and punching their entire staff in the back of the head. 

On Friday, 11/11/11, the Pittsburgh Penguins will be at home play...

In The Rear View: The Sharks' First Month in Review

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It was almost exactly a month ago when the Sharks kicked off their 2011-12 season with an opening night win against the Phoenix Coyotes at the Shark Tank. San Jose dominated that game by a score of 6-3, which doesn't really do it justice, considering just how much better the Sharks actually were. This was the first time fans and coaches alike had a chance to see just what this new, and hopefully improved, Sharks team would look like, and it looked good.

 

But then there were the dark times. A three game stretch where the Sharks played Anaheim, St. Louis, and Anahe...

One Month Review

There are a few things that fans want to see from their hockey team.  That is winning and a winning effort. 

In Pittsburgh, we have been very fortunate to see both of that lately.  I’m not going to discuss the lack of Crosby or Malkin, because by now we know this team can win without them, but they have won this season without a few others.

So far Kris Letang served a two game suspension, Brooks Orpik missed the first eight games after recovering from hernia surgery, and Tyler Kennedy sustained a concussion and has missed quite a few games thus far.  These were crucial contributors at the end of last season that have already missed time, but despite t...