NHL Playoffs

 

Chris Pronger is the reason why the Oilers will upset the Detroit Red Wings In January of 2001 I was in St Louis for a hockey trip and we had a off night so I attended a St Louis Blues game. The Blues were one of hockeys top teams and they had the reigning M.V.P in Chris Pronger. After watching the Sharks win in overtime i was in awe at the way Chris Pronger dominated the game. The guy is a freak of nature at 6ft6 240 lbs. I had never seen a defenseman dominate a game like Pronger did back then. The guy logged over 28 minutes of ice time had 1 goal and 2 assists. The Sharks ended up scoring 4 goals in the game, but none with Pronger on the ice. A knee surgery later the Blues give up on the former M.V.P. and sent him toRead More »

Pittsburgh Penguins Season Review

 

Part 2: A Season that began with high expectations and ended with 60 losses Mario Lemieux’s unexpected retirement was just one of many dissapointments Who would have thought a team the likes of Lemieux, Recchi, Palffy, Leclair, Gonchar, Malone and Crosby would end up being the second worst team in the league. Aside from Sidney Crosby it was the most disappointing season that I have endured as a Penguin fan. First the team starts out 0-4-5 and never rebounds from that start. Disappointing management moves by not putting Ryan Whitney and Marc Andre Fleury on the roster out of training camp. Thibault plays like he belongs in Wheeling, Super Mario retires, Ziggy retires, Gonchar underachives and to make matters worse a 4th straight season of missing the playoffs. Can’t point the finger on one person but heres my top 10 reasons why this season was a nightmare. 10. Not bringingRead More »

Pittsburgh Penguins Season Review

 

A 5 part series of the 2005-06 Pittsburgh Penguins Part 1: The summer of 05: The new CBA, Penguins strike gold and being structured into a ” Stanley Cup Contender”. July 13th, 2005 the National Hockey League announces they have ended their year long labor dispute with the players association and that the NHL will be back better than ever. New rules including the elimination of the two line pass that will open up the game and the shootout which will benefit the fans. Key components of the agreement is a salary cap( max 39 million) that will provide small market teams like the Penguins the ability to compete on and off the ice. Following the announcement Craig Patrick announces that the Penguins will be big spenders in free agency and optimism brews in the burgh. The Penguins win the Crosby sweepstakes June 23,2005 The Pittsburgh Penguins strike gold andRead More »

Pens fall to Canadiens 6-5

 

The Penguins fought all night, but a combination of non-calls and a disallowed goal that wasn’t a goal did them in. The Pens got down 2-0 early in the first period and was close to becoming 4-0 but this team didn’t quit. Colby Armstrong got the Penguins on the board with a powerplay goal his 11th of the year on a cross ice pass from Sidney Crosby. The game was back and fourth from their. Montreal countered quickly with a goal from Higgins then Tomas Surovy poked one in short side and got the Penguins within a goal. Alex Kovalev who was quiet for most of the night scored a power play goal to put the Habs up 4-2 then Brooks Orpik was called for a iffy hooking penalty. All of sudden Andy Hilbert broke down ice shorthanded and Colby Armstrong poked in a rebound to get the Penguins andRead More »

News and Notes

 

University of Pittsburgh head basketball coach Jamie Dixon is believed to be in discussions with Missouri and Arizona State for their head coaching vacancy’s. Dixon is either a idiot wanting to leave Pitt for those schools or he’s trying to get some bargaining power to get an extension and more money from Pitt. In my opinion Dixon doesn’t deserve a extension or more money at all. He hasn’t taken Pitt to the next level so why give him a extension. I still would like to see Dixon stay but if he would leave Pitt would have to make a strong run at bringing in John Calipari who has Pitt roots. Only time will tell. Penguins lose to Senators 5-2 The Pens gave a decent showing against a Stanley cup contender but what a lack of respect from Ottawa especially the cheap shot on Crosby in the third period. A lotRead More »

Sunday Night Report

 

Aaron Gray’s inability to finish around the rim plagued the Panthers during their loss to the Bradley Braves Bradley stuns Pitt 72-66 ending their sweet sixteen hopes Pitt got down early and couldn’t amount a comeback as the Bradley Braves outrebouned, outhustled and outexecuted Pitt. Aaron Gray was a big reason Pitt didn’t win. I’ve been saying all year he is overrated and cant finish around the hoop. Even though he was not productive offensively, he was even wose defensively. The big matchup coming into this game was Aaron Gray VS Patrick O’Bryant of Bradley. Gray didn’t even belong on the same court as O’Bryant. Despite all of that, Jamie Dixon deserves a dose of the blame. Why stick with Gray when it was obvious from the start that he couldn’t compete with O’bryant. Same Young who has been one of Pitts best players in the past month was notRead More »

 

Devils beat Penguins 2-1 The Penguins got the early lead from Jani Rita who threw one to the net and deflected off of Kent Klee’s leg and went in. The devils tied it at 1 in the second period and then in the third Tomas Surovy’s turnover at the Devils blue line resulted in Brian Gionta sniping one past goalie Marc Andre Fleury. In the third period the Pens couldn’t generate any offense and a reason for that was the lazy hooking penalties they still take. Despite the loss this game was still a encouraging sign. Two out of 3 wins against playoff teams can only boost the confidence of these young players and Marc Andre Fleury has benefited the most. Next game Saturday March 18 against the Montreal Canadiens. Buck’s Penguins Insider. Ryan Whitney continues to step up his play. Since the olympic break he has played exceptionally wellRead More »

NHL Report

 

Are Matt Cullen and Carolina Hurricanes the favorites out East? A glance around the NHL The Carolina Hurricanes just keep on rolling after defeating the New York Rangers 5-3 and giving the Rangers a 6 game losing streak. Im not jumping off of the Rangers bandwagon but this shouldn’t be surprising. The Flyers and Devils keep on losing so Rangers still have a slight chance at winning the Atlantic Division. The Hurricanes with the win tonight set franchise records for Wins and Points. Mark Recchi has been non-existence since he has joined Carolina. Maybe Sidney was making him look so good lately. Nashville shuts out the Canucks 5-0 and handing the Canucks their 5th straight loss. Nashville is a dangerous team but the Canucks are fading and wont get out of the first round. The New York Islanders win a much needed game defeating the Devils 6-1. The Islanders haveRead More »

NFL news and rumors

 

Daunte Culpepper is Miami bound for a second round pick Daunte Culpepper lands in Miami. After giving up on Drew Brees the Dolphins decided to trade for the disgruntled quarterback Daunte Culpepper. By obtaining Culpepper it cost them a second round pick, but this is a great move for Dolphin team was quarterback away from making the playoffs. As for Drew Brees. He signed a 6 yr deal with the New Orleans Saints. This move shakes up the draft where the Saints most likely will be looking to trade the pick. Wide Reciever David Givens has signed with the Titans. The Titans also agreed to terms with Center Kevin Mawae. The Cincinnati Bengals have entered the Lavar Arrington sweepstakes. They are in the early stages of contract talks but a deal may get down in the coming days. The Giants, Dolphins and Eagles are also pursuing Arrington. Linebacker Willie McGinestRead More »

Pens 2 – Flyers 0

 

What a game this was. I’ve been to over a hundred Penguin games in my short life time and this was one of the most exciting low scoring games I have seen in person. The Penguins were dominate in every asset of the game. Marc Andre Fleury put together two great games and recorded his second career shut out. The past two games the Penguins are finally looking like a team and the recent play has given fans some hope heading into next season. I’ve said for a while this team is not that bad and are only a few pieces away from making a run next season for the # 8 or 7 seed. One of those pieces will be Malkin who will have a even bigger output offensively than Crosby has this year. Colby Armstrong has shown he belongs in the NHL and scored the Penguins 2 goals.Read More »