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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, …

May 21, 2016
by Bill West


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Penguins-Lightning Game 4 GIF-cap

A second period of wasted power plays, foolish penalties and misguided physicality doomed the Penguins in their 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay on Friday night at Amalie Arena. Here are the highlights/lowlights from the night in GIF form, along with …

May 21, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Postgame Tampa Bay Game 4

A lot went on in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals tonight — Tampa taking a four-goal lead, Trevor Daley getting hurt, Marc-Andre Fleury making his first appearance of the postseason, the Penguins making a comeback that fell one …

May 20, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Roenick vs. Bourque

There was a media dust-up between NBC Sports Network analyst Jeremy Roenick and Penguins radio analyst Phil Bourque this afternoon. Here’s the Cliff’s Notes version of what this is about. During Game 1, Roenick said Sidney Crosby should watch Jonathan Drouin for a …

May 19, 2016
by Bill West


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Revisiting Pens-Bolts Game 3 with a few GIFs

I’m considering a daily day-after-game blog entry recapping the previous night’s action with various GIFs. This routine would start if/when Penguins reach the Cup final, unless the feedback suggests I start sooner. Is there interest in such a thing, or …

May 19, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Kessel and Rutherford

While the Penguins were gathering at Amalie Arena for an optional practice and press availability at Amalie Arena on Thursday, they apparently were having a good laugh over this: Breath check? https://t.co/K3jtLPqI0U — NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) May 19, 2016 …

May 19, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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Game 3 Tampa Bay postgame

I often like to take a look back at games through the comments of coach Mike Sullivan, but tonight, it strikes me that doing so through the comments of Lightning coach Jon Cooper makes more sense. Sullivan’s Penguins are doing …

May 18, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie


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More on line combinations

With the Eastern Conference finals tied at a game apiece, neither the Penguins nor Lightning are in a dire situation this afternoon. The Penguins know that if they handle Tampa’s wall across the blue line appropriately, they can have success …

May 17, 2016
by Bill West


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They said it…quotes and notes, post-Game 2

Sometimes I wish Sidney Crosby embraced the opportunity to shove things back in the media’s face. Alas, after scoring in overtime of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final on Monday, he remained true to his straightforward, no-sass style of …

 
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