It Is Finished: Pens Grab Back-to-Back Titles

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For the length and breadth of this Stanley Cup Final, the national media fawned over Nashville’s arena atmosphere, heaping upon it the same aura they do when talking about Jonathan Toews’ leadership.

But Smashville suffered a Steel City Invasion, the kind of invasion that hushed the whole of Bridgestone Arena’s collective vocal cords. Continue reading “It Is Finished: Pens Grab Back-to-Back Titles”

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Marc-Andre Fleury is Not the Problem

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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

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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”

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”