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May 14, 2016
by Bill West


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“I don’t think they saw our best today.”

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan tried not to say too much about Tampa Bay’s speed and transition abilities ahead of the Eastern Conference Final’s opener. He called them a good team with a comparable style of play and described defenseman Victor Hedman …

May 13, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Game 1 Tampa pregame

We’ve covered a lot of angles in a short period of time leading up to Game 1 of the conference finals tonight. The Crosby vs. Hedman matchup. The speed of the Penguins forwards vs. the size of the Tampa Bay …

May 12, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Statistical preview

I know I’m probably going to expose my own ignorance with this post and should probably just leave the statistical analysis to Bill West, but I figured I’d take a look at the Eastern Conference finals using a couple of stats …

May 11, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Game 6 Washington postgame

Two big picture points and two small picture points come to mind after the Penguins closed out Washington tonight. Big picture point No. 1 The Penguins are resilient. Coach Mike Sullivan has talked about that concept pretty much since he …

May 10, 2016
by Bill West


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Frustrated by Sid and Geno, eh?

After about a week of build-up, the avalanche of criticism about Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin’s performances in the Penguins’ second-round series against Washington finally came rumbling down media mountain on Monday night and Tuesday morning (after coach Mike Sullivan …

May 10, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Game 6 Washington pregame

Panic. It’s a concept worth thinking about heading into Game 6 of a playoff series tonight. I know there are fans that are panicking after the Penguins lost Game 5 Saturday night. They saw Alex Ovechkin bombing one-timers in Game …

May 8, 2016
by Bill West


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Now who’s unlucky?

After three straight games in which the Washington Capitals argued they played well enough to deserve a win — and had some evidence to support the claim —  it became the Penguins’ turn to embrace that way of thinking on Saturday …

May 7, 2016
by Bill West


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Penguins & the psychology of success

In all likelihood, regardless of how Saturday night’s Game 5 between with the Washington Capitals ends, the Penguins’ psyche will emerge as a topic of discussion in the aftermath. Win, and talking heads will commend the Penguins for their ability …

May 4, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Game 4 Washington pregame

Two interesting topics in the build-up to Game 4 tonight: What will the Penguins D corps look like without the suspended Kris Letang and what role will call-up Tom Sestito play? On the defense situation, here’s what pairs looked like …

May 3, 2016
by Bill West


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Pens-Caps Game 3 afterthoughts

Matt Murray stole a win for the Penguins tonight, and every player in the home dressing room knew it. Just look at the shot attempt charts from Game 1 through 3, and it’s easy to see why coach Mike Sullivan …

 
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