Hollow Kings. Pens Shut Out Kings 3-0.



In what was truly the 3rd big test of this early season for the Penguins, they managed to come away unscathed against an albeit under-strength Stanley Cup champions.  LA was without two of their best players in Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik while also missing one of their best defensemen in Slava Voynov and sitting Olympian Jonathan Quick.  That’s not to say that the Kings were poor last night.  They weren’t, but giving up two first period powerplay goals and having they’re top scoring line of Tanner Pearson, Jeff Carter, and Tyler Toffoli shut down all night by Olli Maatta and Kris Letang ended up being too much to overcome.

Behind the 36 save shutout on the 11 year anniversary of his first career shutout, Marc-Andre Fleury held the fort and helped lead this Penguins team to victory in yet another 100% complete game.  Really refreshing to see that kind of stuff, eh?

Hockey Fights Cancer Consol Energy Center cover photo and all game photos via Geoff.  Full recap (guest written by Josh's scientist brother Ian):

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Game 9: Penguins vs. Kings

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5-2-1; 11 points, Metropolitan Division6-1-2; 14 points, Pacific Division
7:00PM - CONSOL Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA - Networks: ROOT Sports, 
Stream Links: Wiziwig, Frontrow

The defending champs are in town on Thursday night, as the Los Angeles Kings come to the CEC to take on the Penguins. Despite LA having hoisted the Stanley Cup the last two times an 82-game season was played, the Penguins have won 6 of their last 8 against Jonathan Quick and the Kings. It was a fun series with the Kings last year, split evenly with the visiting team taking each game. Tune in to see who comes out on top in what might be a really fun one, with the offensively potent Penguins taking on the brick wall known as Jonathan Quick.

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Smashed into Pieces. Pens Explode, Beat Devils 8-3



If you would have looked at us before this game and said “Yeah, Penguins Sauce, the Pens are going to score 7 unanswered goals against the New Jersey Devils in ice hockey tonight,” we probably would’ve laughed at you so much that our collective brains would’ve exploded from aneurysming so hard.  But fortunately for you, you didn’t tell us that and our brains are still intact.

So here we are, after the Penguins fell behind 9 seconds into the game and 3-1 early in the 2nd with a shorty thrown in there for good measure, they came together as a group and exploded for 7 goals in the last 31+ minutes of the game.  It wasn’t just because the Penguins were that good last night.  They were, but the Devils also did a lot of it to themselves by playing some pretty porous hockey.  They knew it was self inflicted and that they gave the Pens an inch to get back into it.  Unfortunately for the Devils, the Pens took a mile and smashed them to pieces with it.

Cover photo via Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports.  Full Recap:

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Game 8: Penguins vs. Devils

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4-2-1; 9 points, Metropolitan Division 4-2-2, 10 points, Metropolitan Division
7:00PM - CONSOL Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA -Networks: ROOT Sports, MSG
Stream Links: Wiziwig, Frontrow

The Penguins return home to take on the New Jersey Devils in an early season Metropolitan Division matchup. The Penguins have been hot and cold after a blazing start, while the Devils have surprised some as a ragtag bunch of AARP members have teamed up for a strong start to their season. The days of the trap are over in games against Jersey, and this one has the potential to be a lot of fun, even if it does turn into a goaltender’s duel.

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Side Sauce: Week 3 Around the NHL

Injury updates, fisticuffs, milestones, and some goal virginities taken highlight this weeks Side Sauce.  All the stories and more:

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