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May 1, 2016
by Bill West


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Pens-Caps Game 2 thoughts (West)

That coach Mike Sullivan chose to openly speak out against Brooks Orpik’s hit on Olli Maatta rather than reserve judgment was a testament to the ugliness of the incident. “I thought it was a late hit,” Sullivan said. “I thought …

April 29, 2016
by Bill West


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What to do about Daley and Maatta?

Just like in Round 1 against the New York Rangers, the Penguins’ defensemen found themselves answering quite a few questions at Friday’s practice about how they can better handle forecheck pressure and reduce their turnovers. Giving up goals on these …

April 29, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Wilson on Sheary

I think everyone understands that coaches defend their players in situations like this, but Capitals coach Barry Trotz had some comments about Tom Wilson’s hit on Conor Sheary in Game 1 Thursday night that I have a feeling might get …

April 29, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Game 1 Washington postgame (Bombulie)

Let’s take a quick look at Game 1 through the lens of the postgame comments from coach Mike Sullivan. “I didn’t see all the angles, but obviously they saw one and they felt it went in.” T.J. Oshie’s overtime wraparound 9:33 …

April 29, 2016
by Bill West


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Game 1 Washington postgame (West)

The Penguins and Capitals delivered drama and down-to-the-wire antics in Game 1. If the season-long data is any indication, this trend will continue for the rest of the series. The Capitals’ best offensive push of the night came right before their …

April 28, 2016
by Bill West


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Pens-Caps Game 1: Holtbeast, Flower and the Beanstalk

Tired of all the Sid vs Ovi talk yet? You best believe the Penguins, from coach Mike Sullivan on down through the young wingers, are, particularly because they became a serious Stanley Cup contender with a strong team concept and thrived even …

April 27, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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What to watch

Many television viewers in Western Pennsylvania will have a tough decision to make tomorrow night: Game 1 of Penguins vs. Capitals or Round 1 of the NFL Draft. Jeff Zatkoff feels your pain. Zatkoff will be watching the hockey game, of …

April 24, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Game 5 Rangers postgame

It’ll be easy to forget given the final score and all the hoopla over clinching a playoff series at home, but Game 5 between the Penguins and Rangers was a close game for a good long while this afternoon. In …

April 23, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Rangers Game 5 pregame

Here’s a look at today’s game between the Penguins and Rangers from a coach’s perspective. MIKE SULLIVAN “I think, obviously, the elimination game is always the most difficult, when teams, their back is against the wall. There’s a lot to …

April 22, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Rangers Game 4 postgame

Even though the series seemed to be trending in their direction, I really thought the Penguins had something to prove coming into Game 4 against the Rangers tonight. Here’s why. The style of play they used to dominate the final …

 
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