The Crosby GoPro Video and Other All Star Game Ramblings

By now, you’ve surely all seen the GoPro video of the league’s most skilled guys doing dirt nasty things with a hockey puck.  If not, here it is:

You can never truly wrap your head around how masterful these guys are at their craft, but this may be the closest thing.  Unreal stuff. [Read more…]

REPORT: Malkin to Miss All Star Game

Dave Molinari of the Post Gazette reported that 71 is going to miss the useless All Star Game with the lower body injury sustained in the Flyers game that held him out of the shootout loss to the Blackhawks last night.

He won’t return immediately after the break. – GM Jim Rutherford, via Molinari

Probably for the best.  Let Malkin get at least that full week to recover.

You can and should read his full article here.  Includes a little update on Letang as well as other GMJR quotes.

Update: The Penguins made it official.

Rediscover. Pens Rediscover How to Hockey, but Fall in Shootout 3-2

 

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What a relief last night’s game was.  Sure, the shootout loss sucks because the shootout is stupid and also dumb, but the Penguins and Blackhawks actually showed up and played hockey.  After the Flyers game, this hard on shouldn’t need explained.

And boy, was it an entertaining 65 minutes of ice hockey, as you’d expect from 2 of the most skilled and talented teams in the league, even in the wake of the noted absences of Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin.  With the point, the Penguins stay within arms reach of the Islanders at the top of the division, just 3 points back heading in to the All Star Break.  Obviously, getting a win would’ve been ideal before the extended work stoppage, but don’t underestimate how important rediscovering how to play proper hockey is prior to the layoff.

Cover photo via Justin K. Aller/Getty Images.  Full recap:

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Game 46: Penguins vs. Blackhawks

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26-12-7; 59 points, Metropolitan Division29-15-2; 60 points, Central Division
8:00 PM | CONSOL Energy Center | Pittsburgh, PA | NBCSN
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The Penguins return home to round out the season’s informal first half, looking to snap out of a three-game losing streak in the second of a back-to-back situation. They’ll take on perennial Western Conference contenders in the Chicago Blackhawks as the two teams meet for the first of two times this season.

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Freak Show. Pens Drop Game in OT, 3-2

 

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2 F/OT3

Where can you even start with a game like this?  If the Penguins had played the full 60 (or 63:57) like they did in the first 20 minutes, this game wouldn’t have even been close and we would’ve been sitting here laughing about how bad the Flyers are.  We can still do that, but it’s not as easy in defeat.

No, the game wasn’t good.  No, the game wasn’t that traditional high scoring affair.  But then again, as volatile as Pens/Flyers games are, is anything really traditional outside of the physicality?  But in a game that played just 37:13 at 5 on 5 and featured 93 minutes of penalties, where do you start?

While we are relieved that the Penguins went in to a really tough place to play and came away with a point, we’re going to choose to start and end with Zac Rinaldo.  His blatant disregard and disrespect for his peers ended the night of the Penguins best defenseman in the first period and it proved to be the turning point in the game.  No more would the Pens dominate the possession like they did prior to that and no more would the Pens powerplay look nearly as lethal as it also did prior to that.

Cover photo via Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images.  Full novel-esque recap of the freak show:

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