It seems like everyone else has already talked about this, but we were too busy watching the Pens winning to notice until now.
From Capitals Insider:
"I think the game plan was, every time Alex touches the puck, that somebody run or hit him. That's what it looked like to me."
-- Bruce Boudreau
Quick! Someone alert the media! Targeting a star player is a great new way to play hockey!
It's a shame that no one on the Capitals ever thought of spending an entire game targeting the opposition's star:
But the worst part of this entire situation is that it made us have some respect for Ken Hitchcock.
"That would be correct," Hitchcock said. "That's the name of the game. Why, is that against the rules now?"
From reader Drew N.
Look at this screenshot from [CNN.COM], tell me it doesn't look like the Iranian Chris Kunitz.
Yea that is a win. This is what west coast trips do to everyone.
It is there if you want it to be. That was done on a moving bus so suck it.
After the jump a message for the chief of pants.
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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