Aaah, home sweet home. Nothing like driving the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-95 during the holidays, I always say.
Except for the bummer of the outcome, always great re-visiting the Igloo, this time for last night’s Bruins/Penguins tilt. Gonna be sad when they tear down the ‘ol barn.
From the Penguins:
Sidney Crosby to Play 250th Game Tonight
Penguins center ranks among top all-time NHL scorers at 250-game mark
Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby will play his 250th career NHL regular season game tonight when the Penguins take on the Boston Bruins at Mellon Arena.
The 21-year-old Crosby ranks among the top scorers in NHL history at this juncture of his career, with 343 points through 249 games. If he scores two points tonight, he will tie New York Islanders Hall of Famer Mike Bossy for the fifth-highest total in NHL history after 250 games.
Greetings from a balmy NW Pennsylvania.
So much for any snow, had a record-high of 61 degrees here yesterday. And I forgot the sunscreen.
I took care of my Timmy’s fix first thing this morning. Tim Horton’s opened it’s first store here in Meadville in September with another store due to open in the spring. The coffee is just addictive I tell ya, gotta bring some back home with me. It didn’t help that a severe thunderstorm rolled through as I was there and flipped my dozen donuts over, but miraculously, they all stayed in the box.
When we last saw the Devils, it was one of those completely frustrating games that often occurs when playing them.
Well, tonight it was the Devils’ turn to feel that frustration, as they were stoned by Marc-Andre Fleury 37 times and missed some wide open nets as the Penguins blanked the Devils 1-0 for a much, much needed win.
Ruslan Fedotenko’s second period goal that squirted between the body of Devils’ goalie Scott Clemmensen was the only tally of the game.
Penguins at Devils, 7PM ET, Prudential Center
Penguins, 18-12-4, 40 pts, 7th in Eastern Conference
Devils, 19-10-3, 41 pts, 6th in Eastern Conference
So by now on Christmas morning, at least here on the Right Coast, the presents are opened, you’re on your second cup of coffee, and you’ve watched Sportscenter for the third time in a row.
Well, I have the remedy for your ails. Be sure that you take a listen to these gems from my buds at The Pensblog. Pensblog contributors Eric P. and Co. have compiled a plethora of doozies that only Bob Errey could spew out during Penguins games. It’s called, obviously, The Bob Errey Soundboard.
My personal favorite: Errey’s manlove of Gary Roberts was well chronicled during his time with the Pens. One night while Roberts was still healing from his broken leg last year and in Mario’s luxury box, the cameras panned up to them, and Bob exclaimed, “Look at Roberts drinking the (Fiji) water !!!”. Just classic Bob Errey. If you’d like the video version, click here.
It’s not just a Penguins thing, nor is it just a Pittsburgh thing (we’re notorious for complaining about the Steelers too), I’ve been reading Rangers and Wings fans moaning about their first place teams for a few weeks now as well.
But the Penguins blogosphere and message boards are getting hammered regarding the mess that is playing out on the Igloo ice recently. Putting it bluntly, the Penguins are simply playing bad, bad hockey and things are going to have to start changing, and soon.
There have always been people that haven’t been Michel Therrien fans, but the numbers are growing fast that now want Therrien and his staff fired. But that’s not even the eyebrow-raising recommendation some of the fans have been putting out there;
Some even want Sidney Crosby to lose the “C”, at least temporarily.
If it ain’t one thing, it’s another.
After watching the Penguins string together a couple of decent games filled with good work ethic, they pulled out the ‘ol hotdoggery tonight, and it bit them square in the butt-ocks.
Tampa Bay immediately turned two Penguins misfires into Lightning goals, put forth a very mediocre offensive effort and that’s pretty much all she wrote, as the Pens were blanked by the Lightning, 2-0.
From the Penguins:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have introduced a new fantasy hockey game, “Extra Attacker,” on the team’s website , http://www.pittsburghpenguins.com.
The game was developed in partnership with Electric Owl Studios, a locally-based game studio formed by Carnegie Mellon University graduates.
“Extra Attacker is a Penguins-themed game that was created to add another touch-point with fans in Pittsburgh and around the world,” said James Santilli, the team’s’ vice president of marketing. “It will enable fans to utilize their knowledge of the Penguins’ roster and also encourage them to follow the team more closely.”
Lightning at Penguins, 7:30 PM ET, Mellon Arena
Lightning, 7-16-9, 23 pts, T-14th in Eastern Conference
Penguins, 18-11-4, 40 pts, 7th in Eastern Conference
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