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May 28, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Quotes, Sharks and the Missing Link

Some odds and ends from today’s practice in Cranberry. — Bryan Rust on his newfound celebrity: “Definitely more people are noticing me, that’s for sure. It’s obviously a really great feeling, but I think the feeling of going to the Stanley …

May 27, 2016
by Bill West


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ECF Game 7 GIF-cap

It’s pretty late, so I’m going to slack off and just deliver the GIFs. Enjoy! Meet two of the smarter coaches in the NHL. It was a pleasure to watch them over the course of seven games. this went on …

May 27, 2016
by Bill West


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Game 7 as Sullivan saw it

Friday's cover: #Pens earn the right to play for the #StanleyCup; @BombulieTrib's story >> https://t.co/tRlg0TMkDu pic.twitter.com/eg77a8MLaz — PittsburghTribSports (@TribSports) May 27, 2016 Even Penguins coach Mike Sullivan found the emergence of Bryan Rust as the hero of Game 7 remarkable …

May 26, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Game 7 Tampa Bay pregame

The beauty of a Game 7 is its randomness. Just ask Max Talbot. A cottage industry has sprung up analyzing hockey stats and trends, and a lot of those concepts have been discussed here at length over the course of the …

May 25, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Rest as a Weapon

The Penguins have had a good bit of success in recent days using rest as a weapon. Olli Maatta sat out three games after a string of poor play. Since returning, he has three assists and is a plus-3 in …

May 25, 2016
by Bill West


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ECF Game 6 GIF-cap

These last few games between the Penguins and Lightning have provided almost too many moments to sufficiently cover with a GIF recap. But here’s a modest effort on my part to revisit the highs and lows of Tuesday’s 5-2 win …

May 25, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Game 6 Tampa Bay postgame

When analyzing the numbers from the first six games of the Eastern Conference finals, colleague Bill West came to a conclusion. For the Penguins to win, just having an edge in possession hasn’t been enough. If the Penguins only out-possess Tampa …

May 24, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Game 6 Tampa Bay postgame

Have you wondered what captain Sidney Crosby’s words to his teammates will be before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals tonight? I think his comments after morning skate provided a clue. “We all know the circumstances. We just gotta …

May 23, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Game 5 Tampa Bay postgame

Mike Sullivan didn’t want to talk about Marc-Andre Fleury’s performance immediately after Game 5 tonight. “I’m not going to assess his game right after the game,” Sullivan said. “It’s obviously a disheartening game that we just lost. I’d rather digest …

May 22, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Game 5 Tampa Bay pregame

When it comes to making pregame lineup decisions, Game 5 is probably the toughest one of the postseason so far for coach Mike Sullivan. Marc-Andre Fleury or Matt Murray in net? Olli Maatta or Derrick Pouliot in for Trevor Daley, …

 
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