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Penguins Blew It!

Posted by Scott Holstad on May 14, 2014

So my Pittsburgh Penguins cemented their monumental meltdown last night by losing to the New York Rangers 2-1, thereby losing the series 4-3. A week ago, they were up 3-1 and poised to go on to the conference finals once again, but they just lost it and scored only three goals in their final three games. New York really outplayed them and out energized them the whole way and it’s incredibly frustrating and disappointing to see this happen — again. The Pens had a marvelous regular season and finished with a great record, like they have every year since at least 2008 when they went to the Stanley Cup, winning it in 2009. However, since then, they’ve blown it in the playoffs, losing to lower seeded teams each of the past four years. This was also the second time in four years they’ve blown a 3-1 series lead. That’s totally inexcusable. The last two years, a primary culprit for playoff losses was our once sterling goalie, Marc-Andre Fleury. But he had two shutouts in this series and had a decent playoffs, I think. The person I’m most pissed at is captain Sidney Crosby, widely considered to be the best player in the world and who will likely win the MVP of the league award. He’s always superb in the regular season, but got shut out by Boston in last year’s playoffs and scored only one goal in 13 playoff games this year. That indicates to me that he’s not a money player, that he can’t be counted on to be a clutch player at crunch time and that’s bitterly disappointing. The other former MVP on the team, Evgeni Malkin, had a decent playoffs with, I think, five goals, but he really wasn’t overly effective either when he needed to be. They both let the team down. Everyone says the coach is going to be fired. Here’s what I think needs to be done. The team has shown it’s got plenty of All Stars and lots of talent, but underachieves in the  playoffs every year. So tear the damn team apart and start over! Fire the coach and bring in someone who can get these guys to play their best when it counts. Here’s the big one — trade Crosby! That’s right, I said it. Do the unthinkable and give away the face of the franchise. Trade him for a top line goalie who will win us games like Boston’s Tuka Rask or the Ranger’s goalie, Lundquist. Trade him to the LA Kings for Jonathan Quick, who was America’s Olympics top goalie and he may be the best in the league. I’m sure the Kings would love to have a player like Crosby — who wouldn’t? He scores 100 points every year. Trade him and get Quick, a scoring center, and a number one draft pick. Then trade Fleury for another top line scorer and a good defenseman, maybe one who has a temper and is big enough to beat people up. Our top penalty man was Tanner Glass this year and he only had 83 penalty minutes. That’s embarrassing. Back in the 1970s, people got like 300 penalty minutes. That’s when men were men. Also, trade James Neal. He’s a former 40 goals scorer, an All Star, but he’s been worthless in the playoffs and just gets stupid penalties that hurt the team. He’s overrated. Trade him even up for another high scoring forward who can score in the playoffs when it counts. I’d also think about unloading Kris Letang. I know the Pens signed him to a five year, $56 million contract last year when he was a finalist for the Norris trophy, but his game really slipped this year and I think he lost us some games. Besides, we have at least four defensemen who are better than him defensively, which is what we need. There were many times during the playoffs when our defense wasn’t good enough. Bring in more high quality defenders, please. But I think the top priority has to be a Stanley Cup-caliber goalie. Get him, get proven playoff scorers, and take us back to the Cup. Please, Pens, do something. You’re going nowhere fast.

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Evgeni Malkin’s hat trick clinches series for Penguins

Posted by Scott Holstad on April 29, 2014

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets – Recap – April 28, 2014 – ESPN.

It was a tough series, but we prevailed in six games. Malkin was on fire last night and even though Columbus mounted a furious third period comeback, we held on to win. Next up will be the winner of the Flyers/Rangers series. Go Pens!

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Penguins score 3 goals in span of 2:13, stun Blue Jackets

Posted by Scott Holstad on April 22, 2014

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets – Recap – April 21, 2014 – ESPN.

Great come from behind win last night. We’re up 2-1 in the series now. We came from down 3-1 in the third to win 4-3. In each of their wins, each team has come from down 3-1 to win 4-3. Isn’t that weird? Go Pens!

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals – Recap – October 04, 2013 – ESPN

Posted by Scott Holstad on October 5, 2013

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals – Recap

Let’s go Bucs! Nice playoff win yesterday.

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Penguins Overwhelm Senators

Posted by Scott Holstad on May 15, 2013

Ottawa Senators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – Recap – May 14, 2013 – ESPN.

My Pens, while not playing their best, were still on fire last night, beating Ottawa 4-1 to take a 1-0 lead in the series. We scored two power play goals and killed off every power play Ottawa had. Very nice. I think Game 2 Friday night will be tougher — and rougher. Go Pens!

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Penguins have to get rid of Fleury

Posted by Scott Holstad on May 13, 2013

What We Learned: Pittsburgh Penguins have to get rid of Marc-Andre Fleury | Puck Daddy – Yahoo! Sports.

This is sad. I’ve loved Fleury for years and he does have excellent regular season stats. But he melts down in the postseason, as we’ve seen the past two years. It’s a pity. I might have to take his jersey off my Amazon Wish List….

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New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – Recap

Posted by Scott Holstad on May 10, 2013

New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – Recap – May 09, 2013 – ESPN.

I’m so proud of my Pens. They looked great in blanking New York 4-0 last night. Backup goaltender Tomas Vokoun was superb in blocking 31 shots and our offense looked good. We finally played the way we’re capable of playing, at least since the first game of the series. Now we’re up 3-2 in the series and just need one more win to finish off the Islanders and advance. Let’s go Pens!

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Islanders-Penguins Preview

Posted by Scott Holstad on May 8, 2013

Islanders-Penguins Preview – Yahoo! Sports.

The Pens are hurting badly and I’m very worried we’re going to lose this series and get knocked out in the first round for the third straight year. This shouldn’t be happening to the best team in the Eastern Conference, a team that won more games than any other this year, one with so many stars. This.Should.Not.Be.Happening.

We’re switching out goaltenders for Game 5 and we really need to. I’ve loved Fleury for years, but he’s freakin’ KILLING us by letting soft shots get past him, shots any punk goalie anywhere could stop. He used to be a money player. He got us to the Stanley Cup in 2008 & 2009, winning it all in 2009. Since then, he’s gone down the tubes in the playoffs. He got lit up last year and he’s starting to again this year. But a change of goaltender will be meaningless unless our defense starts playing much better. It’s been truly pathetic! And our passes haven’t been crisp and we’ve been outshot, which is crazy considering we have Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Sutter, Dupois, and many other stars. We should be whipping this team, but they’re totally outplaying us, and it sucks. Now we’ve got to win two out of three. Can we do it?

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Pittsburgh Penguins – ESPN

Posted by Scott Holstad on April 6, 2012

The Pittsburgh Penguins reached a milestone, sewed up home-ice advantage when the playoffs start and drew the ire of another divisional opponent on a busy Thursday night.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves to tie the Pittsburgh franchise record for wins and the Penguins clinched home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Pittsburgh earned the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference for the fourth consecutive season and will play the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round. It was in the aftermath of a 6-4 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday that Flyers coach Peter Laviolette called Penguins counterpart Dan Bylsma “gutless” and Philadelphia forward Daniel Briere said Joe Vitale was “trying to hurt me” after a late-game check.

After Thursday’s game, Rangers coach John Tortorella was even more scathing, calling the Penguins “one of the most arrogant organizations in the league” during a profanity-laden tirade following Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik’s knee-to-knee hit on New York center Derek Stepan.

via New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – Recap – April 05, 2012 – ESPN.

 

My Penguins clinched home-ice advantage to play against hated rival Philadelphia. They beat us pretty badly just last week. I’d say it’s time for payback, and where better than in the Stanley Cup playoffs! I like where Pittsburgh’s at right now. Most everyone is finally healthy, we’re hitting on all cylinders, and we should have a great playoff experience. Anything short of reaching the Stanley Cup finals would be a disappointment. Go Pens!

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