11 and counting …


Greetings, happy Pens fans.

This is really getting ridiculous. The Penguins, playing without arguably two of their three best players, simply can’t lose. Sidney Crosby can’t be stopped. It was the same old story against the Maple Leafs at Consol Energy Center Wednesday.

= There are plenty of tidbits from this game, the funniest of which just happened outside the Penguins locker room. Rob Rossi, Joe Starkey and I were filming a video with the Trib’s Justin Labar when, as we were concluding the production, Eric Godard walked behind Labar and said, “You suck, Rossi.”

Instead of shooting the entire video again, we decided everyone might enjoy Godard’s comment. So, enjoy the video. I’m hoping it will become an instant Youtube classic.

= In that very hallway about 12 hours earlier, LW Chris Conner found himself trapped. Literally. Conner was departing the locker room when he walked into a crowd of Pittsburgh and Toronto media members who were busy conducting an interview with Ron Wilson. Conner is so small that he probably could have crawled through the reporters. Instead, he patiently waited for the interview to end while drinking out of a juice box. I think juice boxes are great, so I felt like this part of the story was important. After the interview, I suggested to Conner that he should have shoved the Toronto media out of the way and snarled at them while making his way to the parking lot. He gave me a curious look and said, “Um, yeah.”

= What Sidney Crosby has accomplished over the last five weeks is truly astounding. This has become the story of the NHL’s season. Crosby has totally reinvented himself from the game’s finest playmaker (which he still is) to the game’s finest goal scorer. How many players have ever accomplished this? And he’s 23. Wow. Rossi’s game story suggests that Crosby may have a chance to record 50 goals in his first 50 games, something only Maurice Richard, Mike Bossy, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Brett Hull have done. Crosby would need 24 goals in his next 20 games, which seems to make him joining that group unlikely. But then, at this point, it has become clear that betting against Crosby is never wise. And by the way, Crosby won 19 of his 26 faceoffs.

= Colton Orr would be wise to stay away from Deryk Engelland. Seriously. I assume Orr has a family, and I’m sure it would like to see him live a long, happy life. Fighting Engelland on a regular basis just isn’t in his best interest.

Until next time, you stay classy, Pittsburgh.

– Yohe