Tag Archives: 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Penguins Blue Line Play Changes Complexion of Series

 

In my last post, I argued that Marc-Andre Fleury was not the fault line upon which the Penguins fractured in Game 3 against the Ottawa Senators. The team needed to give its goaltender a few pucks in the net and the blue line had to stiffen up. Continue reading Penguins Blue Line Play Changes Complexion of Series

Marc-Andre Fleury is Not the Problem

 

If he’s not the most loyal Pittsburgh Penguin to don a uniform, Marc-Andre Fleury certainly makes it onto the team’s Mount Rushmore in that regard. Loyalty stirs the sentiments, but “what about play?” one might ask.

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Thank You Phil: Penguins Even Up Series

Phil Kessel can push his own buttons. Throughout Game 2 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals, the camera caught Kessel broadcasting his internal monologue on the bench, shaking his head and castigating himself out loud. Continue reading Thank You Phil: Penguins Even Up Series

You Don’t Know Dumo: Brian Dumoulin’s Value to the Pittsburgh Penguins

Journalists and broadcasters alike are junkies for statistics and streaks. They illustrate talking points, provide context, and fill up copy space and broadcast time alike. But in Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin, a particular stat hung a phantom monkey on his back during the regular season.

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