Wayne Simmonds came to Philadelphia in the offseason with a fresh start and an expanded role. He looked like he could be the answer to the team’s problems in front of the net. His size and speed was raved about by every coach, fan, and pundit.
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.
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 ...
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.
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. ...
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...
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...
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...