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Penguins at the Quarter Pole:  Copacetic, but Still Work to be Done

For all of the vitriol spewed about the goaltending, the defense, the lack of offense, the coaching, the ice surface and a number of other complaints, your Pittsburgh Penguins are a mere two points behind the Flyers for the Atlantic Division lead.

Last night’s 5-4 shootout win over Carolina gave the Penguins points in five straight games with a 4-0-1 record.

What do ya know, the season may not be over after all.

Some other observations:

- Very candid and interesting comments about Evgeni Malkin that Penguins’ color commentator Bob Errey recently said on The NHL Network’s NHL Live, as transcribed by David Todd’s “The Hammer Speaks” blog.  I focused specifically on Errey’s comments concerning’s Malkin’s poor showing on faceoffs (currently winning at a 32.9% clip).  Errey said, “You’re talking about a centerman, he’s a guy that can’t win draws worth a lick. I mean, he just puts his stick in there and it’s going the other way.”  No doubt that’s a jab at Malkin’s lack of commitment toward any improvement in the faceoff circle, and it’s not a coincidence that he mentioned that after watching Sidney Crosby grow from being mediocre in the faceoff circle to now being one of the best in the league.

- I hesitate to even give this dumbass the extra hits by linking to his “article”, but I never understand the gross immaturity such as the “author” of this whinefest about Crosby.  It’s three pages of crap drafted by someone who sounds like he typed it while stomping his feet.  Three pages of references to “Cindy Crysby” and, for good measure, he refers to Mario Lemieux as “Lepew”.  How old is he, nine?  Is this what what blogging has come to nowadays?  Having to resort to juvenile jokes to hopefully make you seem funnier?  Or that you’re gonna get more hits out of it?

Look, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:  I have no problem at all with criticism towards my team or any of the players on my team, and that includes Crosby.  Crosby is not without his faults, I’ll be the first one to concur with that.  But when you criticize, act like an adult when you do it.  Writing “Cindy Crysby” only makes you sound like a 13-year old girl, and frankly, eliminates any sort of validity that you’re criticism may otherwise contain.

And allow me one footnote:  I have one rule regarding comments on my blog -

You put those names in your comments and I will delete the comment

.  Don’t waste your time complaining to Paul, he supports that 100%.

The Pens are back in action Monday night in Florida.

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They are looking like they are turning the Corner & “Getting to Our Game” sick God how a hate that BS line !!  LOL  was scary for a while!

Posted by Evilpens on 11/20/10 at 10:19 PM ET

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- I hesitate to even give this dumbass the extra hits by linking to his “article”, but I never understand the gross immaturity such as the “author” of this whinefest about Crosby.  It’s three pages of crap drafted by someone who sounds like he typed it while stomping his feet.  Three pages of references to “Cindy Crysby” and, for good measure, he refers to Mario Lemieux as “Lepew”.  How old is he, nine?  Is this what what blogging has come to nowadays?  Having to resort to juvenile jokes to hopefully make you seem funnier?  Or that you’re gonna get more hits out of it?

No, that is what blogging has always been, and that’s also the reason why the oldtimer media doesn’t trust or respect blogs. Serious, educated, well formulated blogs are not the norm and never will be, as the internet monkeys will always be in majority, because that’s exactly what the real world looks like. If I want an informed opinion on Flightless Fowl I’m not going to ask the man/woman/misc. in the street; I’m going to Kuklas.

If you strive to maintain a high level of quality on your blog, you must pretend that the monkeys don’t exist, i.e. don’t link to or mention their shite (I said shite and I meant shite). Why would you? Whiner-dude is (mentally or otherwise) 9 years old, who gives a flying feck what he thinks about anything? He’s just internet-monkey white noise.

Having said that, that Crosby dude is clearly old hat by now; all hail our latest Great White Hope, the mighty Stamkos, Lord of (wherever it is that the Bolts come from) :D
He’ll show that pesky russian what’s what. Oh yes.

Posted by Mr. Fnytelhatt on 11/21/10 at 07:50 AM ET

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“...No, that is what blogging has always been…

Agree fully with the sentiment of that paragraph.

Getting to Our Game” God how a hate that BS line !! “

How is that a bs line? A sports team wants to play a certain way (their ‘game’), and to be successful, you need to ‘get’ to that place. I know Bylsma’s one of the weakest NHL Coaches OF the last Decade, but what is he supposed to say? Seriously, what is an alternative? Then while you’re at it, come up with around a hundred more different ways to say it, because it’s a long season.

Posted by NathanBC on 11/21/10 at 03:43 PM ET

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Thank you for linking to that blog, I feel much more enlightened about Crosby’s shortcomings. I’d like those minutes back, please. However, it takes courage to expose yourself as a complete idiot to the world like that. Blogs are a good media for crappy ideas and narrow minds. Finding the worthwhile reads is a time consuming exercise.

The second revelation is clichés in sports. Who knew they existed?

Bylsma probably meant to say that they modified the system from kamikaze attack to something a bit more defensively responsible, and discovered the joys of winning in the process.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 11/21/10 at 04:53 PM ET

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Just a question Tony….if Paul supports you in not allowing the Crosby haters to spew all over your blog post comments, why doesn’t he do something about the usually worse crap that gets posted by the actual WRITERS of IwoCPO?

Posted by VAHockeyFan on 11/22/10 at 05:38 PM ET

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I won’t speak for Paul, I’m sure he will….

Personally, just ignore it buddy, like I do….

Posted by Tony from Virginia Beach, VA on 11/22/10 at 05:39 PM ET

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