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The Potential Of The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Shame on me for looking so far ahead. It’s November 22. There still is much hockey to play, 61 regular-season games before the playoffs. A lot can happen. Heaven knows injuries can happen.

I realize all of that.

But if you watched Crosby and the Penguins blow away the Islanders, 5-0, how could you not at least be tempted to look ahead? How could you not begin to formulate a picture in your mind of Crosby holding up the Stanley Cup on Consol Energy Center ice?

I pictured it quite clearly, actually.

That was the Penguins team Monday night, their whole team. With defenseman Zbynek Michalek and that Crosby fellow back in the lineup, they were complete for the first time this season. And they were spectacular.

“You saw it, man,” winger Matt Cooke said. “You saw in relative quick fashion the potential of this hockey club.”


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Link_Gaetz's avatar

You know something happened when Ron Cook decided to write a hockey article in November. What a hack.

Posted by Link_Gaetz on 11/22/11 at 09:59 AM ET

Primis's avatar

OK, seriously?

The Islanders had like their 4th or 5th string goalie in there.

And they’re the Islanders.

Get.  A.  Grip.

Posted by Primis on 11/22/11 at 09:59 AM ET

WingMan's avatar

It would not have mattered who was in net last night.  The way the Pens were attacking and moving the puck….  it was fun to watch - the way hockey should be played.

Sigh, I wish the teams would only dress 3 lines…  I know, never gunna happen.

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 11/22/11 at 10:21 AM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

Boston won 6-0 two days ago, so they are even better than the Pens with Sid the media-kid.

Don’t want to be all, they just won because NYI is a bad team. But you can’t deny that they are in a slump, 0-11 the last two tells it all i think.

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 11/22/11 at 11:37 AM ET

Nathan's avatar

Posted by Primis on 11/22/11 at 06:59 AM ET


No doubt Crosby is the best player in the world, even today with only one game in almost an entire year under his belt. And no doubt the Pens are a good team that will compete for the most points in the East and overall league, and have the depth and experience to go all the way.

But it was the Islanders, and the season is long…

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 11/22/11 at 11:48 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

But if you watched Crosby and the Penguins blow away the Islanders, 5-0, how could you not at least be tempted to look ahead?

You just answered your own question.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 11/22/11 at 11:50 AM ET

John W.'s avatar

Well hell, the Oilers just beat the Hawks 9-2 on Sunday.  I guess a Pens-Oilers SCF is a lock.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 11/22/11 at 02:21 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Pens are the real deal. I’d put Eastern Conference power rankings at the top:

1. Pittsburgh
2. Boston
3. Philadelphia
4. Washington
5-15. everybody else.

not a very far stretch, but it’s not about wild-ass guesses. I’d be surprised if one of these four teams isn’t in the cup finals.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 11/22/11 at 02:39 PM ET


The Pens aren’t the “most talented team” in the league, but they do have the most talented player in the league (I feel extremely guilty typing that statement). Most of the credit should go to Bylsma. He proved the integrity of his system could be maintained without Crosby and Malkin, and the Pens were still dangerous without them. They play a very sound game and it makes me jealous, because Wings have shown only glimpses of that this season. I’m confident they’ll get back to where they need to be, and they’ll have to, because Pittsburgh is definitely the heavy favorite in a mediocre East.

Yes, it was the Islanders. But the Pens looked scary-good last night

Posted by Jesters Dead on 11/22/11 at 05:33 PM ET

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