The Penguins can fool themselves to whatever extent they please that they earned two points that were absolutely indispensable last night, but the way they've played the Islanders over the past 125 minutes of ice time plus a shootout has left little doubt that they've kissed this season good-bye.
-Gene Collier, PG Columnist- Feb 26, 2009.
It is easy to call Collier a joke for writing that, but lets face it who didn't feel like that? He was just dumb enough to write it on the Internet.
The season that looked to be left for dead on Long Island has come full circle.
The Penguins crawled through 32 points in about six weeks, and came from a place we couldn't even possibility imagine.
The 2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins.
The team that crawled through a river of shit, and came out in the NHL playoffs on the other side.
The stage is yours Mr. Manilow.
St. Pete Times Forum
Tonight the Pens roll into Pittsburgh South with one goal in mind: Clinch a playoff spot.
If the Pens win tonight they can finish no worse than seventh in the East.
We meant to do this yesterday.
Blogging an 82 game schedule will take you to highs and lows you'd never imagine.
But 162 games? Unreal.
And that is why we must pay tribute to our good friend and fellow bloguin member:
[WHYGAVS] or in long form Where Have You Gone Andy VanSlyke?
How anyone could write about the last 17 years of Pirates baseball is amazing.
Good luck to all the Pirates bloggers out there.
And how about those Bucs? Big time win today against the Jokeinals.
Shades of 1997? If there is one season of non hockey, in pro sports we wish we could go back in time and blog, it is that season
Fritowill with the pic of the day of some fat ass in the stands.
Today is judgement day in the NHL.
Everyone in the playoff picture is basically playing.
Montreal lost to Ottawa last night. Jokes. They play the Rangers tonight.
More in gameday later.
Real quick though.
This lady must be related to Mike Richards.
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It's Monday. It's cold outside. The Pens lost both games this weekend. Malkin's points lead is down to two.
It's tough to be in a good mood today.
The good news is that the playoffs start soon.
Just like with everything he does, the world is scrutinizing Bing's actions yesterday as if their lives depended on it. Youtube videos of the Ballard hit and subsequent fight have been analyzed more than the Zapruder film.
If any other captain in the league does the same thing it warrants one line in the middle of a recap.
We'll say this again. We're a Pittsburgh Penguins blog. We write about the Pens and throw in some Youtube videos of infomercials to mix things up. We'd blog about what Chris Minard ate for breakfast if nothing else was going on in the 'Burgh.
When a Pittsburgh Penguins site obsesses with ridiculous minutiae concerning the team it makes sense.
When anyone else does it we shake our heads that the same people complain about Sid being "the face of the league."
One more time:
"I expected someone to come; I didn't know who it would be," Ballard said. "He's their captain, and he understands that no matter who it is, you have to do something. He's an intense player, competitive. At that point of the game, that was pretty much the right thing to do."
No question the Panthers and their fans watched this episode of Matlock to get ready for the big game:
Wow that's a meltdown.
Anyways, screw the Panthers. We hope they make the playoffs because they will be the easiest bet we've made all season.
Boston will destroy their lives.
The one good thing about this is that the Pens losing puts the Rangers in trouble. Anything that adversely effects the whiny bitches in the big apple is fine with us.
Before you start getting all worried about everything, chill out.
Because Pens are clinching Tuesday night. And how ironic will it be against the very team that tried to become them.
Interesting side note to this game, though.
Pens have never won a road game in which Bing and Malkin have both been held scoreless.
That is unreal. If you don't believe it, take it up with Bob Grove because he is the one that found it.
What a human.
5:00 game after 7:00 game.
People always flip out when Penguin fans defend themselves against accusations of the Pens getting calls every game. All we hear from prominent blogs around the NHL is that the Penguins get all the breaks and the NHL is fixed.
The call on Bill Guerin at the 18:12 mark of the third period
no question was a horrible call.
It led to the Canes advange in OT, and although it wasn't the powerplay that did the Pens in, it may as well have.
But really, Sidney Crosby and Evegni Malkin both
had clean breakaways on Cam Ward, and Ward shut the door.
Ward was better, and the Canes won the game.
The Pens got a point,
Now they must somehow get ready for huge game in less than 24 hours.
Win and you're in from here on out.