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Turn Out The Lights, The Party’s Over:  I’m Stepping Down

Now that we’re in the summer doldrums, awaiting the start of training camp, I’ve had lots of time to think things through.

And so it’s after a lot of thought that I’ve made a decision:

I’m stepping down.

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Bill Cowher’s Daughter to Marry Kevin Westgarth

From Canada.com’s Bob Duff:

A little bit of NFL mixed in with some NHL and a hint of hoops.

That’s the formula for an upcoming celebrity wedding.

On Aug. 12, Los Angeles Kings enforcer Kevin Westgarth will tie the knot with his fiancee Meagan Cowher.

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Penguins Sign Forward Steve MacIntyre

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Steve MacIntyre to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

MacIntyre’s contract is a two-way deal worth $600,000 at the NHL level.

MacIntyre, 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, spent the 2010-11 season with the Edmonton Oilers, collecting one assist and 93 penalty minutes in 34 games. Both his games played and penalty minute totals were NHL career highs for the 30-year-old forward.

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Penguins Re-Sign Forward Dustin Jeffrey to Two-Year Deal

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Dustin Jeffrey to a two-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

Jeffrey’s contract is a two-way deal in 2011-12 and a one-way deal in 2012-13.  The contract has an average annual value of $575,000 at the NHL level.

Jeffrey, 23, is coming off a season where he saw the most extensive NHL action of his professional career. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound forward established NHL career highs across the board in games played (25), goals (7), assists (5) and points (12) before his season was cut short due to a torn ACL March 24 at Philadelphia.

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Crosby Donation Leads To Renovation at Children’s Hospital

From the Canadian Press:

A donation from Sidney Crosby has helped Nova Scotia’s largest children’s hospital expand and renovate a lounge used by teen patients.

The hockey superstar dropped by the lounge Wednesday at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax. He spent two hours talking to young patients and staff during the low-key event.

“It was a really special day for the kids,” Brad Jacobs, vice-president of development for the IWK Foundation, said Thursday.

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Penguins Make Depth Signings

The Penguins continued tweaking their Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton rosters, signing big defenseman Boris Valabik, re-signing goalie Brad Theissen and according to TSN, defenseman Alexandre Picard.

Valabik’s deal is a two-way deal worth $550K, Theissen’s is a two-way worth $525K and Picard’s deal reportedly is a two-way worth $600K.

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Jagr’s Kick to the Gut Lowlight to Pens’ Free Agency Day 1

And here I thought July 1st might be sorta anti-climatic for Penguins fans.

Sorry for the lack of opinion-based posts over the summer. Between work and being on the road every weekend for my son’s baseball tournaments at various colleges, it’s been hectic to say the least.  Was supposed to be on the road again this weekend at the University of Virginia, but we cancelled out of that, so all of a sudden, I was free for July 1st!

And as it turned out, July 1, 2011 for Penguins fans turned into a bizarre, incredulous day.

 

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Judas

From Pittsburgh’s 105.9 The X’s Mark Madden:

The Penguins offered $2m. Detroit offered more.

But Philadelphia offered 30 pieces of silver. Tailor-made for a Judas.

I’ve always hated when Pittsburgh fans booed Jaromir Jagr every time he touched the puck as an opposing player. But now he’ll richly deserve it, and then some. Maybe he deserved it all along. Joining the ONE TEAM a Penguins legend should NEVER join shows how little regard he has for his Penguins legacy, and indeed for Mario Lemieux.  Forget the alumni golf outing. Forget retiring No. 68. Forget all the pleasantries exchanged. Jagr is dead to me. He should be dead to you. Dead to the Penguins. Dead to Mario.

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Ray Shero Press Conference

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Penguins Re-Sign Forward Tyler Kennedy

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Tyler Kennedy to a two-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

Kennedy’s contract will run through the 2012-13 season and has an average annual value of $2 million.

Kennedy, 24, is coming off the best season of his four-year career after establishing single-season highs across the board in games played (80), goals (21), assists (24), points (45) and power-play goals (7). In seven postseason games, Kennedy added two goals and one assist.

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Penguins Withdraw Offer to Jagr

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins withdrew their one-year, $2 million contract offer to free agent Jaromir Jagr Friday morning.

“We made what we thought was a very fair contract offer to Jaromir on Tuesday, based on his stated interest of returning to the Penguins,” said Ray Shero, the team’s executive vice president and general manager. “We made our best offer from the start, given our salary cap structure, in an attempt to facilitate a deal. But now, after several days, with an extended time frame for making a decision, and additional teams getting involved, we have decided to move in a different direction. It was never our intention to get involved in a free agent bidding war, and we have to focus on our team.

“Jaromir is one of the greatest players in Penguins history, and we wish him all the best.”  For more information please check http://www.pittsburghpenguins.com and the Penguins’ official Facebook and Twitter page.

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Penguins Re-Sign Forward Arron Asham

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with forward Arron Asham on a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

The deal is worth $775,000.

Asham, 33, recently completed his first season with the Penguins. The veteran winger was one of Pittsburgh’s top performers during the postseason, leading the team with three goals and tying for the team lead with four points in seven games.

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Report: Penguins Re-Sign Dupuis to 2-Year/$3M Contract

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Rossi:

Dupuis has agreed to a two-year contract to remain with the Penguins, sources told the Tribune-Review. The deal, which will be announced this afternoon, is worth $3 million total — meaning Dupuis will count $1.5 million against the salary cap each of the next two seasons.

Dupuis, 32, counted $1.4 million against the cap each of the previous three seasons. Over that span, he produced 47 goals over that span — including 35 the last two years, missing only two games over that period.

With Dupuis getting only a slight raise, the Penguins are committed to approximately $57 million toward NHL contracts for next season, when the salary cap will be $64.3 million.

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Rossi:  Pens Plan on Reaching Agreements with Kennedy, Jagr Before Friday

From the Twitter feed of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review’s Rob Rossi:

More tomorrow, but I’m hearing #Pens plan to reach agreements with (Tyler) Kennedy and (Jaromir) Jagr before Friday #tribpens #jagrwatch

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Penguins Open 2011 Pre-Season Schedule Sept. 21 vs. Detroit

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins will open their 2011 pre-season schedule Wednesday, Sept. 21 against the Detroit Red Wings at CONSOL Energy Center. Game time is 7 p.m.

It will be the first of three straight pre-season home games – also including Thursday, Sept. 22 against Chicago (7 p.m.) and Saturday, Sept. 24 against Minnesota (3 p.m.)

The Sept. 21 and 22 games will be part of season ticket packages, with individual game tickets also going on sale to the general public.

 

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Penguins Re-Sign Forward Ryan Craig

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Ryan Craig to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

The deal is for the 2011-12 season and is a two-way contract worth $525,000 at the NHL level.

Craig, 29, recently completed his first season with the Pittsburgh organization, splitting time between the Penguins and their top minor-league affiliate, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. Craig appeared in six games for Pittsburgh, accumulating 22 penalty minutes.

 

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Penguins Re-Sign Craig Adams to Two-Year Contract

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins signed forward Craig Adams to a two-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

The contract has an average annual value of $675,000, and runs through the 2012-13 season.

Adams, 34, played the last two-plus seasons with Pittsburgh and was a key contributor to the team’s Stanley Cup championship season in 2009. Adams, who was originally claimed off waivers by Pittsburgh March 4, 2009, was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, but chose instead to re-sign with the Penguins.

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Penguins Name Bill Guerin Player Development Coach

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have hired former player and Stanley Cup champion Bill Guerin as player development coach, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

In his new role, Guerin, 40, will be responsible for working with young prospects throughout the Penguins’ organization – assisting in the development of players in the minor leagues as well as junior and college hockey.

Guerin played 18 NHL seasons for eight teams, recording 429 goals and 427 assists for 856 points and winning two Stanley Cups.

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Penguins Re-Sign Assistant Coaches to Multi-Year Extensions

From PittsburghPenguins.com’s Michelle Crechiolo:

Ever heard that saying “The future’s so bright, I need shades?”

Well, Penguins fans may want to get their sunglasses ready following the news that the organization has signed Pittsburgh assistant coaches Tony Granato, Todd Reirden, Gilles Meloche and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach John Hynes and his assistant, Alain Nasreddine, all to multi-year contracts.

“Now we can grow as a group and learn from the good and bad from each year,” Hynes said. “We can continue to progress as a staff, and ultimately with both Wilkes-Barre and Pittsburgh, take it to a different level.”

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Agent: Sidney Crosby on track

From ESPN’s Pierre Lebrun:

Crosby’s agent Pat Brisson released a statement Saturday night firmly rebuking [Mario] Tremblay.

“It is very disturbing and disappointing to me when someone from the media and especially an ex-player brings such baseless comments toward the medical status of player. Unless a report comes from the medical staff and or an official voice for the player it’s of no merit whatsoever,’’ Brisson said in a statement he sent ESPN.com and other media outlets.

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Malkin’s Injury Rehab on the Fast Track

From Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov:

According to Evgeni Malkin’s father (what a source), who spoke with Pavel Lysenkov of Sovetsky Sport, Malkin flew to Moscow on May 10 and started on-ice workouts immediately.

“Evgeni is seriously focused. I am not even sure he will vacation somewhere this summer. He wants to approach the start of the NHL season in top form,” Malkin Sr. told Lysenkov.

It is good news for the Penguins that Malkin’s recovery is seemingly going well and he is well enough to take to the ice. The news of Malkin’s recovery may be even more important for the Penguins considering a report out of Canada that Sidney Crosby’s(notes) career may be “compromised.”

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Penguins Re-Sign Forward Nick Johnson

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins signed forward Nick Johnson to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

Johnson, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, opted to re-sign with the Penguins to a two-way deal worth $550,000 at the NHL level that runs through the 2011-12 season.  Johnson, 25, appeared in four games for Pittsburgh this past season, posting three points (1G-2A) before suffering a concussion that sidelined him for the remaining 23 games of the regular season and playoffs.  Johnson (6-foot-2, 196 pounds) spent the majority of the year with Pittsburgh’s top-minor league affiliate, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. He posted 20 goals, 39 points, 10 power-play goals and a plus-12 rating in 48 games with WBS.  Johnson, Pittsburgh’s third-round pick (67th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, has played 10 games with Pittsburgh in his career, notching two goals and five points. He’s played three-plus seasons with WBS after turning pro in 2007-08. He’s totaled 50 goals, 94 points and a plus-46 rating in 169 career games with WBS, adding 15 postseason points (8G-7A) in 26 contests.  The Calgary, Alberta native played four seasons at Dartmouth from 2004-07. He finished his college career with 125 points (57G-68A) in 133 games. Johnson was named First-Team All-ECAC and First-Team All-Ivy League as a senior after scoring 35 points (10G-25A) in 32 games.

 

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Crosby to Start Summer Workout Program

From PittsburghPenguins.com’s Sam Kasan:

Penguins center Sidney Crosby met with Dr. Michael Collins of UPMC Tuesday and is starting his summer program of off-ice workouts. He will be joined by his long-time personal trainer for the next 2-3 weeks as he works back into his routine in Cole Harbor, Nova Scotia, according to Penguins general manager Ray Shero.

“I met with Sid Wednesday before he left for home and talked to Dr. Collins,” Shero said. “(Crosby) will resume his workouts and get back into his program in Cole Harbor.”

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Kansas City to Host Penguins/Kings Exhibition Game

From the Kansas City Star’s Randy Covitz:

On the day the National Hockey League announced that the Atlanta Thrashers would move to Winnipeg, Manitoba, the league awarded Kansas City an exhibition game.

The Los Angeles Kings announced Tuesday that the team would meet the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the Sprint Center.

The Kings are owned by AEG, which operates the Sprint Center, and the team will be playing its third exhibition game in Kansas City in four years. The last two games, in 2008 and 2009, were not especially successful as the teams left many star players at home, and in the case of a 2008 game against St. Louis, the Kings played a split-squad game because they had another game in Los Angeles the same night.

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Penguins relinquish rights to prospects Bathgate, Ekbom

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Dave Molinari:

The Penguins are parting ways with two prospects, center Andy Bathgate and defenseman Viktor Ekbom.

They were 2009 draft choices, and had to be signed by June 1 if the Penguins wanted to hold onto them.

Both will go into the talent pool for the draft June 24-25 in St. Paul, Minn.

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Pittsburgh Area’s “Fab Five” Meet at Consol Energy Center

From PittsburghPenguins.com’s Michelle Crechiolo:

The NHL Entry Draft has historically been dominated by Canadian-born players.  And usually, the American-born players that do end up being selected in the draft hail from hockey hotbeds like Minnesota, Massachusetts and Michigan.

But this year, Pittsburgh will be amply represented, as the Steel City is set to have its best NHL draft class ever.  A total of five prospects who grew up playing developmental hockey in the Pittsburgh area – John Gibson (Baldwin), Brandon Saad (Gibsonia), J.T. Miller (E. Palestine, OH/Coraopolis), Vince Trocheck (Upper St. Clair) and Barrett Kaib (Upper St. Clair) – are ranked among the best players eligible for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, set for June 24-25 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

To top it off, three of those players – Gibson, Saad and Miller – are projected as potential first-round picks.

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Ray Shero: Five Years on the Job

From PittsburghPenguins.com’s Michelle Crechiolo:

“It’s overwhelming, really, when you’ve got so much to do and so much on your plate and now everybody’s looking for you to make a decision,” Shero said. “I remember July 1st of ’06, I was trying to figure out how in the heck we’re going to get from 58 points to try and get back in the league here.”

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It Was 20 Years Ago Today…...

Apologies for the redundant title phrase, fellow Pens bloggers:

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Penguins Sign Forward Zach Sill

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Zach Sill to a two-year contract, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

Sill, 23, has played the last two seasons in the Penguins organization with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton – Pittsburgh’s top minor-league affiliate. In 134 games with WBS, he posted 16 goals, 41 points, 133 penalty minutes and a plus-19 rating.

In 2010-11, Sill recorded 11 goals, 30 points, 85 penalty minutes and a plus-16 rating while appearing in all 80 games for WBS. He chipped in three points (1G-2A) in 12 postseason games.

The Truro, Nova Scotia native played two years (2007-09) of junior hockey with Moncton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Sill totaled 27 goals, 50 points and 173 penalty minutes in 124 contests for the Wildcats.

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Jagr Back to the Pens:  Why the Hell Not?

“What can you say about Jagr?  He’s unbelievable. He’s 39 but playing like a 20-year-old, flying on the ice. He’s so strong.”

That was Ottawa Senator and current Czech teammate Milan Michalek describing former Penguins great Jaromir Jagr after his hat trick propelled the Czech Republic to a 4-0 shutout of the United States yesterday.

But for as impressive it is to see Jagr still lighting it up, it only served as fuel for the speculation fire in Pittsburgh, as numerous outlets are reporting that the Pens want Jagr to participate in a summer golf outing that will serve as a quasi-reunion for the 20th anniversary of the 1991 Stanley Cup Champions.

Speculation is just that, but it’s inevitable that the question now becomes:  Will the Penguins offer Jagr the ultimate reconcilation and attempt to sign him for the 2011-2012 season?  If you ask me, I say why not?

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Long-time Pittsburgh Vendor Passes Away

Sad day around Pittsburgh sports today.  Long-time vendor Kenny Geidel, who was a big fan favorite at Pirates, Steelers and Penguins games since 1986, passed away today.  He started vending at Three Rivers Stadium, as well as the Heinz Field, the Civic Arena and then the Consol Energy Center.  For the older folks, he was the “Coke Here” guy at Three Rivers, for the younger generation, he was the “Cotton Candy Heeeee” guy.

RIP Eddie.

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Despres Continues to Impress

From PittsburghPenguins.com’s Michelle Crechiolo:

It could have been tough for Simon Despres to swallow his re-assignment to the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) after being the final roster cut from Penguins training camp last September.

But Despres instead viewed his situation as an opportunity for improvement and responded by taking his game to another level, earning the Emile “Butch” Bouchard Trophy as the QMJHL’s Best Defenseman and a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championships.

“The three goals for him this year were one, having been sent back to try to maintain and elevate his game, because it’s difficult going back to juniors,” Penguins general manager Ray Shero said, who is thoroughly impressed with the team’s first-round pick (30th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. “He probably was ready for the American Hockey League at least, maybe the NHL.

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Coffey: I’d consult on Penguins’ power play

From the Pittsburgh Tribune Review’s Mike Palm:

Paul Coffey isn’t interested in coaching in the NHL.

But the Hall of Fame defenseman said Tuesday he’d be willing to consult with the Penguins next season, after an ineffective power play sent the team to an early playoff exit.

“Anything to help anybody,” Coffey said in a phone interview.  “I was going back and forth with Mario (Lemieux) on texts (during the playoffs),” said Coffey, widely considered to be one of the game’s great power-play quarterbacks.

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Team Up with Pond Hockey and Mario Lemieux to Help Kids

From PondHockeyBook.com:

This week, we’re asking our friends in the hockey community to do something special…
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We are teaming up with Mario Lemieux, and the Mario Lemieux Foundation, to help make every child’s hospital stay more comfortable.

From now through May 10th, 100% of the proceeds from sales in our online store directly benefit the Austin’s Playroom Project, establishing cheerful playrooms for children and their families to use during their hospital stays.

We’ve already donated a hard-cover copy of “Ben and Lucy Play Pond Hockey” to each playroom. Now you can help us do even more. To participate, simply make a purchase in our online store, every order qualifies.

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Lessons Learned:  Crosby Recovery Could’ve Been Handled Better

During last week’s final media scrum, Sidney Crosby not only admitted that he suffered a setback in his recovery from the concussion(s) he suffered in January, but that “my expectation probably wasn’t that I’d play.

So, Crosby didn’t expect to play this season.  Therefore, a reasonable assumption is that Penguins’ management knew he wasn’t expected to play this season.

Which makes me wonder:  Why, then, heavily publicize Crosby skating around the rink?

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24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic Receives Sports Emmy Award

From the Penguins:

NEW YORK (May 2, 2011) - Winners for the 32nd Annual Sports Emmy® Awards were announced today in New York City at the Frederick P. Rose Hall in Time Warner Center.

24/7 PENGUINS/CAPITALS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC received one Sports Emmy Award.  The award is for the following category:

OUTSTANDING EDITED SPORTS SPECIAL

For a complete list of all the winners go to http://www.emmyonline.org/sports

 

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Pens Post-Season Meetings:  Crosby Suffered Setback Last Week

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is meeting with the media after today’s post-season meetings with the coaching staff, and has confirmed what many had suspected:  He suffered a setback last week.

“I was working out and skating, but had a little bit of symptoms so I had to take a step back,” Crosby said. “All the stuff that comes with it. Up to that point the progression had gone pretty well, but at the same time I still wasn’t ready.

“(It’s) frustrating. My expectation was that I wouldn’t play, but I was trying to make sure that if there was any chance and it was possible to comeback, that I was ready and did everything I could to be ready for that. It’s frustrating and disappointing. You can’t really control any of that. All I can control is what I was doing off the ice and trying to rehab. Unfortunately it didn’t work out.”

Crosby also indicated that he now believes he suffered two separate concussions from the David Steckel and Victor Hedman hits on Jan 1st and 5th, respectively.

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The Morning After:  What Could Have Been

I guess I take consolation in the fact that all but one team’s bloggers have to write “The Morning After” article.  That’s something.

Doesn’t really matter in which playoff round your respective team gets eliminated.  Unless your team is the one that’s hoisting the Stanley Cup in June, you will eventually write this article, and yeah, it sucks.

But now that the emotions have mostly died down after a night of tossing and turning, I’ll attempt to look at the Penguins’ playoff loss to Tampa Bay, as well as their wacky season, in perspective.

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Various Penguins/Bolts Pre-Game 7 Audio

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Give Us Your Prediction for Bolts/Pens Game 7

I’m already a complete wreck, such is life.

Give me a final score in tonight’s Game 7 between the Lightning and the Penguins.

The person who correctly predicts the score will win, well, not a damn thing.

Me?  I despise this, but I predicted Pens in 7 before it started, so I’m going to go 4-2 Penguins.

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Pens/Bolts Game 7:  It Is What It Is

Let’s put this into perspective.

It’s not like Penguins fans

didn’t

know that the Pens’ offense would be sporadic (I’m being nice) without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

It’s not like they

didn’t know that the Pens’ powerplay would be woeful.  Shit, they had a bad powerplay with

Crosby and Malkin.

It’s not like they

didn’t

know that the Penguins’ record vs. playoff teams was not good.

So when you really look at it, are you really

that

surprised this series has now gone to a Game 7?

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Lightning/Penguins Game 7 Tickets on Sale Tuesday at 10am

From the Penguins:

The Penguins will host Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, April 27 at CONSOL Energy Center (starting time is TBD).

Approximately 2,000 tickets will go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Fans are encouraged to order tickets at http://www.ticketmaster.com Ticke.ts also will be available for purchase at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Box Office at CONSOL Energy Center, all Pittsburgh area Ticketmaster Locations, or by calling Ticketmaster at 1.800.745.3000. Fans are advised that lottery systems will be used at the box office and Ticketmaster locations.

For more information please check http://www.pittsburghpenguins.com and the Penguins’ official Facebook and Twitter page.

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Penguins Had Better Treat Game 6 Like Game 7

The last thing the Penguins should want is to go back home to the Consol Energy Center for a Game 7 against the Lightning on Wednesday night.

That may seem obvious - Of course they’d want to win in tonight’s Game 6.  But unfortunately, there’s also a nagging trend that has continued to blossom in the relatively short Dan Bylsma regime.

For after their 8-2 drubbing at the hands of the Bolts in Game 5, the HCDB-led Penguins are now 0-5 in potential series-clinching wins at home.

Um, git r’ done tonight, boys.

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Bolts Force Game 6 with Decisive Win over Penguins, 8-2

{ In his best Ron Burgundy voice… }

“Boy, that escalated quickly!  I mean, it really got out of hand fast!”

Tap of the stick to the Tampa Bay Lightning, who scored the game’s first goal late in the first period and never looked back, blowing the Penguins out in their own barn by an 8-2 score in Game 5.

That said, the Penguins still lead the series 3 games to 2, and Game 6 will be Monday night.

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Penguins Could Use the Rest with Game 5 Win

The fourth win is always the hardest one to get, the other team’s going to throw everything at us, yadda, yadda…..

All the cliches aside, the Penguins could do well by winning Saturday’s matinee Game 5 back at the Consol Energy Center vs. the Lightning.

Because with a win on Saturday, the Penguins could have close to one week of rest before Round 2 begins.

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Neal Gets Off Schnide, Pens put Bolts on Brink

It has been almost painful watching James Neal do literally everything except score goals for the Penguins.

After last night, it’s all good James.

Neal’s wrister from the right boards, from a bad angle, got past Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson at 3:38 of the second overtime to give the Pens a 3-2 win and a 3-1 series edge.  The Penguins can eliminate the Bolts Saturday afternoon back in the ‘Burgh.

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Penguins-Lightning Game 5 to be Played at Noon Saturday

From the Penguins:

The NHL announced that the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning will play Game 5 of their opening round Stanley Cup playoff series on Saturday, April 23, at 12 p.m. at CONSOL Energy Center.

The Penguins, who have a 2-1 lead in the series, will play Game 4 in Tampa Bay Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

ROOT SPORTS will broadcast the remaining games of the series locally.

If necessary, Game 6 will be played Monday, April 25, in Tampa Bay and Game 7 will be played Wednesday, April 27 in Pittsburgh.

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Penguins Regain Home Ice with 3-2 Win over Bolts

Whatever it takes, I guess.

Despite allowing two powerplay goals, the Penguins were able to grind out three goals, including the eventual game-winner by Tyler Kennedy 31 seconds after Tampa tied it, to give the Pens a 3-2 win in Game Three.  The Penguins now regain home-ice advantage in the series.

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Welcome to the Playoffs, Mr. Stamkos:  Penguins Take 1-0 Series Lead

Tenacious forecheck? - Check.  Solid defense? - Check.  Stellar goaltending? - Check.

That, combined with an 18 second burst with two goals resulted in a 3-0 Penguins victory over Tampa Bay in Game One of their opening round playoff series.

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“We Are One” Penguins Playoff Intro Video

After the jump:

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