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.
We’ve been spoiled, Pittsburgh. Last year’s Stanley Cup run has turned a portion of the Penguins’ fan base into Augustus Gloops from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We wanted our sweep of the Columbus Blue Jackets and we wanted it right there and then on Tuesday night. Continue reading “Stiffen Up, Pens Fans.”
At this juncture of the season last year, pundits and fans alike wondered aloud, “Is Sidney Crosby finished?” His goal-scoring and overall point totals were sloping downward, and his play seemed tentative. Coach Mike Johnston’s defensive posture of play seemed to clamp a vice on Crosby’s freewheeling play that fuels itself on speed, positioning, and creative passing. Continue reading “The Restoration of Sidney Crosby”
After a Stanley Cup victory this past summer, the Pittsburgh Penguins are off to a solid 10-3-2 start to the 2016-2017 campaign. With a glut of young talent like Conor Sheary and Scott Wilson, the Penguins are cultivating the next generation of playmakers and scorers.