The Pens have now started the season 7-0 on the road. Thursday night, they'll have a chance to set a new NHL record for most consecutive road wins to start a season. That's some good shit.
A quick look at the NHL scoring leaders, and you won't see Crosby's name at the top. That's easily the best thing that Pens fans could see. The Pens are winning games because Mike Rupp, Pascal Dupuis, and Chris Kunitz are scoring goals.
As if we had to mention Alex Goligoski's name in that group of scorers. He is slowly supplanting Washington's Mike Green as the premier up-and-coming offensive defenseman. Look at those words closer: OFFENSIVE DEFENSEMAN.
Defenseman: Alex Goligoski leads all NHL d-men in plus-minus with +13.
Mike Green isn't even on the first page in the plus-minus stats.
Many feared that when the calendar flipped to November and thus Gogo would be able to shave his moustache, that he would be getting rid of his good-luck charm. No. His good-luck charm is skill and probably a huge sac.
Many Pens fans were wondering what the hell Shero was doing when he threw a good chunk of change for a handful of years to a player that had barely seen time in the NHL. Shero saw in Gogo what many Pens fans are seeing now: Gogo as an eventual replacement for Gonchar.
But we're done getting ahead of ourselves.
The performance of the PP without Gonch and Geno aren't too sharp.
And guaranteed a journalist complains about it somewhere.
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A late gameday for a late game.
The Pens begin the first game of their west coast trip today.
We could be calling it "Two Places Dan Bylsma Used To Play, And Also San Jose At The End" but that doesn't have the same ring to it.
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From Sports Illustrated:
"Next time a fan tells you he's a "diehard" or that she "lives and dies" with her team, feel free to tell the story of Pat Celesnik and the Penguins.
Last April the 59-year-old Celesnik was at home in Derry, Pa., 40 miles east of Pittsburgh, packing for a trip to see her newborn granddaughter, when her heart began thumping erratically. She was rushed to a hospital, where doctors diagnosed atrial fibrillation and performed a heart catheterization. Two days later she collapsed on her kitchen floor. Back at the emergency room, her internal organs began shutting down like lights in an office building at the end of the day. The artery used for the catheterization had opened. Blood trickled out of her ears, seeped from her eyes and pooled in her stomach. Doctors induced a coma. Eventually, Pat went into cardiac arrest. For the better part of a minute she was, medically speaking, dead. Once revived, she faced a grim prognosis. Four times over the next week a different priest delivered last rites.
Still, Pat hung on, her bed ringed by her husband of 35 years, Ray, and their three children. If Pat survived, doctors said, she might never breathe again without a ventilator, much less walk. Finally, two weeks after collapsing, doctors brought her out of her coma. In her weakened condition, Pat could only mouth words. Her first were: Is there a hockey game on tonight?"
Read the full story here.
Thanks to Fleuryous for bringing this to our attention.
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We simply unpublished that earlier post from this morning.
C-bloggers, your efforts from that post aren't gone from the internet.
They just won't ever be seen again.
Best thing about blogs is the readership is the jury.
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To blatantly steal an idea from Empty Netters, we've received word of a pretty terrible jersey foul:
"My sister, her husband, my roommate and I all went to the Pens game in Columbus this weekend. We sat up in the Skybox Terrace, where the ratio of Pens fans to Blue Jackets fans was 10 to 1. I personally saw a few jersey fouls (a couple of Ovechkins, a Zetterberg, and the notorious Stanley Cup 09), but this one really ticked us off. My roommate did the sneak attack and took a picture of it, as you can see, but it gets even better.
She and I walked up to him and asked him about this ugly thing. He had a bunch of excuses up his sleeve. His first one: "Oh, I can still wear it if either one of them gets traded blah blah blah." Yeah, okay, try again. "I wanted a cheap Penguins jersey, so I went on eBay. The description said that it was a quality jersey that was just a misprint. So I bought it at half price."
Sorry dude, but that's no excuse.
By the way, fantasticmax initially saw the jersey foul and we were also with malkinstein. I'm rovers17182. Gotta give credit where its due."
Rob Rossi, whose haircut defies the laws of physics, inked a delectable column recently. The title: History not on Red Wings side.
We weren't really surprised it was given its own post on Paul's Kukla's
Red Wing Blog Kukla's Korner. [ KKK ]
The Chief at A2Y picked up on the story (because his Wings had won the night before, therefore he did not completely disappear for an undetermined amount of time), and decided to lump Pittsburgh fans in with the media. Bizarre logic, but you got to do what you got to do.
With Lidstrom only having one ball left, it takes less time for Wings bloggers to lick the region thoroughly, freeing up time to type some posts, trying to convince themselves that their Mighty Wings are still relevant. So we end up with bloggers who say other people have an inferiority complex...while incessantly whining and moaning about the team that beat the Second Best Team In The NHL in the Finals.
As far as we're concerned, the Pens have the title belt.
Penguin bloggers can talk about whatever we want.
<Detroit-esque Arrogance> And honestly, we're bored with the Pens winning so much already, we need to come up with posts about opposing teams in order to entertain ourselves. </Arrogance>
Hossa abandoned a sinking ship.
Franzen will be injured for the rest of his contract.
Zetts and Dats are past their prime.
Their goalies are still learning Be A Pro controls. (Pens4Evar)
Wings fans like The Chief are backed into a corner.
They don't know what to do.
So they come out and fire shots at familiar foes to feel safe again.
We don't even know what to say to this stuff anymore. We'll just sit back this year
and watch the achieving (not underachieving) Wings speak for everyone.
Classless Wings fans, refusing to honor Gary Bettman, our hero.
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Thanks as usual for all the pics from everyone.
The winner of the costume contest is Ana Peasgood and her five year old son Robert who dressed up as the Stanley Cup and the Cup keepers.
Maybe the best costume of all time.
Best mother of all time.
Here is the slideshow of all pumpkins and costumes:
Thanks again to everyone.
We'll keep adding to the slideshow, so if you have any, send them in.
Some good costumes after the jump.