Tag Archives: Mike Sullivan

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

The Pens Gave the Blue Jackets Boxing Lessons

The Columbus Blue Jackets came into their series with the defending Stanley Cup Pittsburgh Penguins as the rugged heavy-hitters, the team that could cut off the ice with their dogged forecheck and herd the Penguins’ defensemen in their own end. Continue reading The Pens Gave the Blue Jackets Boxing Lessons

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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Stiffen Up, Pens Fans.

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We’ve been spoiled, Pittsburgh. Last year’s Stanley Cup run has turned a portion of the Penguins’ fan base into Augustus Gloops fromĀ 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.

The Restoration of Sidney Crosby

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

Penguins Perspective: Tom Kuhnhackl’s Potential

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.

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