"Thank Christ for no Bob Errey and the rest of the FSN amateur hour.
Can a Sunday get any better than this?"
Listen to the game at [WXDX]
Know The Enemy:
From Their Gameday:
Today's game will be on NBC, unless it's preempted for horse racing or Jay Leno or anything else the network considers more important than hockey.
Since NBC is showing the game, we headed over to NBCSports.com to see how they are covering it:
You'd think that, since NBC is airing the game, you'd see some sort of promotion for it on the site.
You'd probably even expect a big story near the top of the page.
You'd be wrong.
But after scrolling about halfway down, we finally found this.
Marc-Andre Fleury will be back in the Penguins' net.
John Curry has been sent back to WBS.
Pascal Dupuis will be in the lineup as well.
Nick Johnson was called back up to fill in for Max Talbot.
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Is there is a team that does more community work then the Pens?
Bowling is probably one of the most fun things of all time. Can't remember but last year during the playoffs we went bowling after the Pens went down 2-0 or before some huge game. Completely got our minds right.
You could get lost on the internet searching 7/10 splits:
Might need to get a Pensblog bowling league at some point.
Back to the video, amongest other stuff, Bill Guerin's mustache is completely out of control.
And at the end, around the 7:22 mark watch Granato jobbed Potash while Crosby is signing a shirt for some kid, while a giant tuna looks on:
The bald guy = one of granato's hit men.
Potash better be careful.
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Yea we know that is an "A" and it should be a "C." F off.
It's never particulary fun when the Pens lose to the Washington Capitals. You have to deal with some Capitals fans acting like its a big deal. It makes you wish the D.C. Sniper would have got a couple of extra kills.
The game lived up to the hype for the first two periods, and then things went awry in the third.
And look the Pens were missing some big time contributors. Most notably Marc-Andre Fleury and Mike Green. Yea, thats right--Mike Green not being in the game hurt the Penguins. His turnovers and piss poor defense couldn't bail the Pens out. Green forgot to play last night, but that didn't stop him from using twitter to defend himself after the tag #GreenfearsCrosby spread on the internet.
Of course we have no idea how such things got spread.
Brent Johnson played as well as he could. You can't really level the blame on him. The Capitals powerplay is insane.
As for the Caps, they are rolling. The only thing that actually scares us about them is that Mike Knuble is one playoff series away from entering the Penguin killer zone. He must be stopped before April.
Listen to the game at [WXDX]
Know The Enemy:
From Their Gameday:
"Obviously this is a big game. It's always a big game when the Caps and Pens play, but it probably means more to the average fan than the ultimate season outcome. While it's probably good for Washington's psyche to beat their rival, it only means so much coming in the regular season. Even last year, the Caps took seven of eight regular season points, only to be bounced in the second round. Home ice advantage only matters so much.
However, it is a rivalry game, and the Igloo should be rocking. Look for a playoff-type game between these two highly-skilled teams in an extremely energized environment."
Lots of injuries to talk about for both teams.
For the Pens:
Marc-Andre Fleury has been placed on injured reserve.
Sergei Gonchar is a game-time decision.
Max Talbot is considered "day-to-day"
So is Pascal Dupuis.
The Penguins have called up Nick Johnson and Dustin Jeffrey to fill in for Dupuis and Talbot.
For the Caps:
Semyon Varlamov remains in the AHL rehabing a groin injury.
Mike Green will be a game-time decision.
Brian Pothier and John Erskine are doubtful for tonight's game.
The Caps have brought John Carlson up from Hershey.
Carlson scored the winning goal for the US in the World Junior Championships.
Empty Netters takes a closer look at the injury situation.
Capitals Insider has a piece on Johnson facing Jose Theodore and his old team.
With all the injuries, we're considering it lucky that the Caps didn't call up Chris Bourque.
He would almost certainly score a heartbreaking goal against the Pens.
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For as much hate as we have for the Flyers, it seems like the hatred for the Washington Capitals has begun to eclipse it. 10 years ago, a Capitals/Penguins in January was just another game. Now it is like Wrestlemania.
Do we subconsciously feel the Caps are a more worthy adversary?
Whatever the case, a quick reminder why we hate the Caps:
Maybe the biggest D-bag in the history of hockey.
And the most electrifying.
Our lasting image of Double B is his improptu munchkin dance at the end of Game Six:
Ovechkin's boyfriends' disappearance in last year's playoffs will live on and on forever.
Mike Green still sucks.
Huge, but this poster doesn't tell the half of it.
If the NHL was smart, it would have a pic of Texas Ted Leonsis, with A.O., Semin, Backstrom, Green, and Brodreau.
The Pens' side would have 66, with Bing, Geno, Staal, Gonch and Disco.
And this doesn't even begin to speak of the war that will be waged on blogs and message boards. Or the fact there is going to be some cocky Caps fan that is gonna come to the Mellon, and we're going to posterize his ass.
Yea not much to see here.
Just a post cleaning up some shit in gmail.
PUCK DADDY sent this along to Pens fans in DC.
The Puck Daddy/Japers' Rink Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Viewing Party is Thursday, Jan. 21 beginning at 6 p.m. Location is the big room at Bailey's Pub & Grille at the Ballston Mall (where we held our NHL Awards viewing party), located at 4233 Wilson Blvd. in Arlington (703-465-1300). There's plenty of garage parking, and it's within walking distance of the Ballston-MU (Orange Line) Metro.
It will be interesting to see if Pens fans will take over that too.
Got this email a long time ago, and asked the writer to send it closer to the Pens/Caps.
I relocated to Denver about 6 months ago and as a Pittsburgher and life-long Pens fan, NHL Center Ice is my teat. Having already watched the Penguins dismantle the Flyers, I thought it appropriate to go to the Avalanche game, heckle Ovie and hope for a Penguins assault on first place in the Eastern Conference.
Unfortunately, the Caps similarly dismantled the Avalanche and held onto first, but it was worth watching the Capitals hang 6 on the Avs to witness all of the d-bag Caps fans run around the Pepsi Center as if they had just won the Cup. Please see the attached photo and post it on your site; this fat bastard was grinning ear to ear while trying to finagle a free Avs hat.Feel free to add any color commentary or enhancements to the pic that you feel necessary.-Clark S.
"For those who believe, no proof is necessary.
For those who don't believe, no proof is possible."
-- Some guy
Coming from this game, there are bigger things happening than Sidney Crosby having a 6-point night, Evgeni Malkin answering the Twitter call with a hat trick, or Brent Johnson returning from injury to keep his team in the game against a feisty Islanders team.
Sure, the Isles played hard. Sure, they came back.
A solid effort on the tail end of a back-to-back.
It's about time the Islanders did something.
The Pens will meet them again down the road somewhere.
We're by no means downplaying a win against a divisional opponent who is slowly creeping up the standings.
But all we can think about right now are those lonely hockey fans in red who are planning to grab something to eat at the Breezewood Truck Stop on their way to Pittsburgh.
Thursday night. Mellon Arena.
We now have five (5) shirts remaining.
The winner of the Twitter contest and.........
owner of a Talbot SHHH T-shirt is.........