In the wake of yesterday's game, you may need some cheering up.
Today we have two stories that should help.
The first is from the Pittsburgh Penguins' official website:
"When Sidney Crosby scored his third career hat trick against the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 28 there was one question that undoubtedly lingered in the minds of many hockey fans. What happens to the hats that are thrown onto the ice?
It’s a mystery that ranks right up there with Area 51 and Stonehenge. When it comes to the hats from a Pittsburgh Penguins’ hat trick, Mike Behme has the answer.
Behme, a Boy Scout and high-school freshman at West Allegheny High School, has been working with the Penguins since March in putting the hats on the heads of less fortunate children all around the world."
Our second story comes from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Going into this game, the Kings were as real as the Tooth Fairy to us. Coming out of this game, the Tooth Fairy is real and it will shit in your mouth. Anze Kopitar is the most imposing player the Pens have played against in a long time. The Pens needed Evgeni Malkin for this one, case closed.
A vintage Chernobyl in the third period led to the Pens' demise.
Any talk of injuries catching up to the Pens is garbage.
They just didn't show up in the third period.
Bill Guerin's scoring a goal on Saturday.
Charlie's birthday was also celebrated in L.A.
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The tour of "Places Dan Bylsma used to play that now have a former Penguin on defense" reaches its second and final stop.
Tonight "The Piece" plays his former team.
Scuds was an important part of the Penguins Stanley Cup-winning team last season.
His work in the Final against Detroit was where legends and four-year, $13.6 million dollar deals are made.
Scuderi grew with the Penguins.
He was drafted by the team in 1998, made his NHL debut during the 2003-2004 season.
He struggled while the team struggled, and he succeeded when the team succeeded.
He left the team a Stanley Cup Champion.
Now, after the jump, get gets Photoshopped.
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.