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June 30, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Right-hand turn

My dad, who is left-handed, always joked that he screwed up by not forcing me or my two younger brothers to be left-handed as well. That way, if one of us had become a major league relief pitcher, his retirement …

June 29, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Development camp roster

Nine of the 37 players who were on the Penguins’ development camp roster last year ended up playing at least one regular-season game for a team that won a Stanley Cup. It’s hard to imagine that same percentage holding up again …

June 24, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Draft blog

I’ll be updating this blog post periodically with observations from the draft floor: — After Calgary acquired Brian Elliott from St. Louis for a second and conditional third, I’m seriously having a hard time thinking of a team where Marc-Andre …

June 13, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Game 6 San Jose postgame

In a changing media landscape, today is a day where you want to pick up a newspaper. Between photographer Chaz Palla’s photo and designer Matt Rosenberg’s layout, I think this is a keepsake Penguins fans are going to want to …

June 12, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Game 6 San Jose pregame

Coming into the Stanley Cup Final, it was widely assumed that the Sharks had a special teams advantage. Their power play was dangerous. The Penguins’ power play was mediocre. Through five games, it hasn’t worked out that way. The Penguins …

June 11, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Mr. Jones and Me

Had an interesting exchange with Evgeni Malkin after practice today. He was talking about what it was going to take to beat Martin Jones, who was the star of the show in Game 5 Thursday night. “Maybe more fake shot …

June 10, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Game 5 San Jose postgame

Matt Murray is confident. Like really confident. So much so that it shocked me after tonight’s game, a 4-2 San Jose victory that staved off elimination for the Sharks and get up a Game 6 Sunday night. Murray gave up …

June 10, 2016
by Bill West


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SCF Game 5 GIF-cap

Martin Jones refused to let the Stanley Cup Final end with a Penguins win in Pittsburgh on Thursday, as he made 44 saves during San Jose’s 4-2 win at Consol Energy Center. Feel free to insert the Crying Jordan meme …

June 9, 2016
by Bill West


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Conn Smythe candidates among Pens

Is there such a thing as an optimal time to discuss Conn Smythe candidates in the Stanley Cup? A rift appears to have emerged among Penguins fans, not to mention prominent members of Hockey Twitter, about whether it’s reasonable to …

June 7, 2016
by Bill West


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SCF Game 4 GIF-cap

Only one win now stands between the Penguins and the Stanley Cup. A 3-1 win over San Jose on Monday at the SAP Center included some serious ebbs and flows. But, as has been the case for most of the …

 
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