Dominant Caps Force a Game 7

 

Capitals 5 – Penguins 2 The series is heading to a seventh game and all of the momentum is with the home team Wednesday night. The Washington Capitals put on a mockery of the Penguins Monday night at the PPG Paints Arena in a dominant 5-2 victory. Washington held Pittsburgh to eight shots through the first 40 minutes of the game and scored three times on their first 17 shots, the dagger being an odd-man rush goal from Nicklas Backstrom 16 seconds into the third period that buried the hapless  Penguins tonight. A good way to sum up the Penguins performance was lifeless but credit goes to the Capitals. They executed a great game plan and the Capitals beat the Penguins in every facet and frustrated the Penguins throughout. For the first time in the Mike Sullivan era, the opposition looks to be in the Penguins heads and Pittsburgh beingRead More »

Jameson Taillon treated for suspected testicular cancer

 

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that starting pitcher Jameson Taillon was treated this morning at Allegheny General Hospital for suspected testicular cancer. The Pirates say further testing is required before a charted course is determined. Taillon released a message on twitter moments ago. pic.twitter.com/ZcwEXwfDNz — Jameson Taillon (@JTaillon19) May 8, 2017 We wish Jameson a speedy and full recovery.

Series Buzz: Penguins eyeing more balance to matchup against Caps line changes from Game 5

 

Series Buzz Game 6: Capitals @ Penguins Barry Trotz and the Washington Capitals saw a shake of the lines pay dividends in the third period of Game 5 and tonight in Game 6 it will be the Pittsburgh Penguins shaking things up. In a close out situation again, Mike Sullivan and the Penguins coaching staff are experimenting with going back to the HBK line as there was a shakeup this morning with the top-9: Sidney Crosby centered Conor Sheary and Patric Hornqvist; Evgeni Malkin centering Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust; Nick Bonino centering his old pals Carl Hagelin and Phil Kessel with Chris Kunitz – Matt Cullen – Tom Kuhnhackl rounding out the four lines. It’s basically the same top three lines as last post-season, with the rookie Guentzel in Kunitz’ place on the Malkin line. “We’re trying to put lines together that we think gives us the best chanceRead More »

Game 5 Fallout: From Holtby to the Capitals stars, they have life heading into Game 6

 

Game 5 Fallout: Momentum trending towards Capitals? The Pittsburgh Penguins closing out the series in five games that would have included winning all three games on the road never would have seemed to be in the cards prior to the series starting. Yet, here were the Penguins Saturday night holding a 2-1 lead after two periods and Pittsburgh’s stifling play defensively had the Capitals lifeless. Barry Trotz playing Alex Ovechkin on the third line looked like a disaster as Ovechkin was invisible through two periods and Pittsburgh’s opening goal came against the Ovechkin-Eller-Wilson line when an Eller’s turnover in the neutral zone led to the Penguins striking first. Things, though, would change seconds into the third period. A big Braden Holtby save on Tom Kuhnhackl early in the third prevented the Penguins going up 3-1 and the Penguins uncharacteristically quit skating on the backcheck and Washington exposed their poor gapRead More »

Off-Day Buzz: Crosby Skates; Penguins long-term goaltending situation to change?

 

Off-Day Buzz: Crosby Skates The Pittsburgh Penguin were off today and not practicing but it wasn’t an off-day for Sidney Crosby. Recovering from a concussion suffered in Monday’s Game 3, Crosby skated in full gear this morning and it wasn’t just a casual skate. “I can confirm Sid skated today and is in the process of rehabbing,” head coach Mike Sullivan said during a conference call. “We’ll just leave it at that. He’s day to day and keeping each day as it comes. We rely on our medical staff and they’re good at what they do. He’s in the [rehabilitation] process right now and will continue to be, and it will be a day-to-day situation.” This doesn’t mean by any means that Crosby is going to return this series but no one with the team is ready to rule it out just yet. The optimism continues. There was talk insideRead More »

Game 4: Every Penguin that puts on a sweater showing special trait of doing ‘whatever it takes to win’

 

Game 4: Penguins 3 – Capitals 2 Behind a 36 save performance from Marc Andre Fleury, the Pittsburgh Penguins hung on for dear life to secure a 3-2 win in Game 4 and put the Washington Capitals on the brink of elimination. What many will be talking about is the Capitals outshot Pittsburgh 38-18 and out-attempted the Penguins 72-39. That’s now three games this series where the Capitals had at least 72 shot attempts and lost. The Penguins once again had the Capitals chasing the game for most of the night. So, yeah the Penguins continue to defy logic, they continue to get lucky, Dmitry Orlov putting a back into his own net tonight, T.J. Oshie getting called for a high sticking penalty in the final two minutes when his stick never hit Nick Bonino’s face, but at the end of the day, they just continue winning and maybe weRead More »

Game 4 Series Buzz: Will it be Washington’s night?

 

Game 4 Series Buzz Tonight’s Game 4 is going to be a fascinating one. There are so many storylines that could or won’t play out. You now also have some war of words starting with Phil Kessel calling Jay Beagle an “idiot” and so on. Without Kris Letang and Matt Murray, the Penguins have continued to carry on, debunking all the numbers to be 6-2 in the post-season and with a 2-1 series lead over the President Trophy winners. Now we get to find out if they can continue to go against the grain and survive without Sidney Crosby, the games best player, who has hands down also evolved into the best 200-foot player in the game over the last year and a half. “He’s the best 200-foot player in the game in my estimation,” Mike Sullivan said of Crosby after his dominating two-way performance in Game 2. “He playsRead More »

Steelers already seeing red flags with Martavis Bryant?

 

Steelers already seeing red flags with Martavis Bryant? The unwritten rule in the NFL is that unless you’re a star player, you better be showing up to VOLUNTARY workouts. Martavis Bryant learned last Wednesday he was officially reinstated by the NFL and it was outlined what he needed to do moving forward. Why isn’t a player who was suspended for a full season in Pittsburgh yet for phase-2 of off-season workouts? He’s yet to take care of business, that’s why. Steelers GM Kevin Colbert appeared on 937 The FAN Tuesday afternoon with the Cook and Poni show and talked at length of Bryant not yet being in Pittsburgh. He said all the right things but you can still get the gist of the situation that the Steelers have their doubts with Bryant. “No

All the Pirates do is win when Tyler Glasnow starts

 

Pirates 12 – Reds 3 W: T. Glasnow (1-1) L: S. Feldman (1-3) S: W. LeBlanc (1) PIT Record: 12-14 CIN Record: 12-14 PIT Key Performers Tyler Glasnow (1-1, 6.97 ERA)| 6 IP-4H-3ER-5K-4BB Josh Harrison (.310) | 1-4, HR, 3 RBI Alen Hanson | (.240) | 2-3, 3B, SB, 2 R Gift Ngoepe (.455) | 1-2, 2 RBI, R Tyler Glasnow (.200) | 1-2, 3 RBI All the Pirates do is win when Tyler Glasnow starts. The Pirates improving to 4-1 this season when Glasnow starts, despite the rookie having a 6.97 ERA on the season, won a game by nine runs tonight when they fell behind 3-0 after a Joey Votto home run three batters into Glasnow’s night. It was a night where Glasnow would also drive-in three runs himself at the plate and the Pirates boasted a lineup with John Jaso batting cleanup, Jose Osuna batting fifth andRead More »