1. Final Report Card for the Pittsburgh Penguins' 2013-14 Season

    A half-decade ago, the Pittsburgh Penguins seemed to be on the brink of becoming a dynasty. They had just won the Stanley Cup for the first time in the Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin era and had been to the Stanley Cup Final two consecutive seasons...

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  2. Rangers vs. Penguins Game 7: Keys for Pittsburgh to Win

    The Pittsburgh Penguins thought that this semifinal series was over after Game 4. So did Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, Craig Morgan of FoxSports .com and Colin Horgan of The Guardian ...

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  3. Penguins vs. Rangers Game 6: Keys for Pittsburgh to Win

    Game 5 didn't go according to plan for the Pittsburgh Penguins . They tried to take an unfamiliar route home and got shaken down by a hungrier and more determined New York Rangers team...

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  4. Rangers vs. Penguins: Biggest Takeaways from Game 5

    The Pittsburgh Penguins went out and dominated the New York Rangers in Game 4. The Blueshirts flipped the script on the Penguins in Game 5, taking it to the home team right from the outset...

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  5. Rangers vs. Penguins Game 5: Keys for Pittsburgh to Win

    The New York Rangers had a chance to get back into their semifinal series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4. After outshooting Pittsburgh in Game 3 by a wide margin, New York had every reason to be confident...

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  6. Penguins vs. Rangers Game 4: Keys for Pittsburgh to Win

    The Pittsburgh Penguins already got what they went to New York for in Game 3. After dropping Game 1 on home ice before winning Game 2, the Penguins needed to win either of the next two contests in the Big Apple to reestablish home-ice advantage...

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  7. Penguins vs. Rangers: Biggest Takeaways from Game 3

    The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins split Games 1 and 2 of their 2013-14 NHL playoff semifinal series and struggled to find much rhythm in the Steel City...

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  8. Penguins vs. Rangers Game 3: Keys for Each Team

    If the New York Rangers fail to advance to the Eastern Conference Final, they're going to look back at Game 2 as a missed opportunity to put the Pittsburgh Penguins on the mat...

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  9. Rangers vs. Penguins Game 2: Keys for Pittsburgh to Win

    It's not a series until a road team wins a game. There's a lot of conventional wisdom swirling around the NHL at this time of year as the emotions of the postseason kick into high gear...

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  10. Rangers vs. Penguins: Biggest Takeaways from Game 1

    Three periods wasn't enough to contain the New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the second round. It required overtime to settle this one, and Benoit Pouliot is your hero for the night...

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  11. Rangers vs. Penguins Game 1: Keys for Pittsburgh to Win

    The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers both fought off considerable adversaries to make it to the second round, and the level of play is just going to get higher from here...

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  12. Are Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin's Slow Playoff Starts Officially Over?

    With great power comes great responsibility. Everyone's favorite Webhead learned this lesson the hard way. When you're among the most talented and highly paid players in the NHL , cold streaks are no longer a luxury...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 5 months ago 1,802 reads 10 comments

  13. Complete Guide for Columbus Blue Jackets' 2014 Offseason

    The 2013-14 campaign was the best in Columbus Blue Jackets history. Forty three wins sets a new standard for the Blue Jackets, as does 93 points...

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  14. Final Report Card for Columbus Blue Jackets' 2013-14 Season

    The 2013-14 NHL season has come to an end for the Columbus Blue Jackets , and the campaign will be remembered as a historic one for the franchise...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 5 months ago 2,345 reads 7 comments

  15. Complete Guide for St. Louis Blues' 2014 Offseason

    The St. Louis Blues were a sexy pick to win among pundits last October. Publications like The Hockey News picked the team to win the Stanley Cup after decades of heartbreak and let downs...

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  16. Final Report Card for St. Louis Blues' 2013-14 Season

    The St. Louis Blues made every concerted throughout the 2013-14 NHL season to make a charge at the Stanley Cup...

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  17. Breaking Down the Pittsburgh Penguins' Special Teams Issues

    Coming into their series against the Columbus Blue Jackets , the Pittsburgh Penguins knew that special teams were going to be important...

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  18. What Pittsburgh Penguins Must Do to Avoid an Upset vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

    Game 4 was the embodiment of everything that could possibly go wrong in a playoff series for the Pittsburgh Penguins ...

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  19. Why the Pittsburgh Penguins Aren't Lucky to Have Series Lead After Game 3

    There's a notion floating around that the Pittsburgh Penguins are lucky to have a 2-1 series lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets . Maybe that's because it's so fun to root for the underdogs...

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  20. Marc-Andre Fleury Takes 1st Step in Quieting Doubters

    Goaltender for the Pittsburgh Penguins is not traditionally one of the toughest jobs in sports. The gig certainly isn't up to par with quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys and may ...

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  21. Pittsburgh Penguins' Blueprint to a Deep Run in 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs

    The Pittsburgh Penguins didn't run over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1, but they managed to battle back from a two-goal deficit to secure the win. The magic number to win the Stanley Cup is 16...

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  22. Why the Pittsburgh Penguins Can't Sleep on Columbus Blue Jackets

    If you believe that talent reigns supreme in the NHL playoffs, then you didn't have a tough time filling out your bracket when you had to choose between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets ...

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  23. Creative Tactics Dan Bylsma Should Use for Pittsburgh Penguins' 2014 Playoff Run

    Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma has come under increasing fire over the last two years for his ability—or lack thereof—to make in-game adjustments to his team during the playoffs...

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  24. 5 Keys for Pittsburgh Penguins to Finish Strong in 2013-14 NHL Regular Season

    This is it—the last week we'll be able to talk about the 2013-14 NHL season in future tense. After the next few games, the Pittsburgh Penguins will put a stamp on this campaign and head into the playoffs with revenge on the brain...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 5 months ago 1,121 reads 1 comments

  25. Breaking Down Sidney Crosby's Road to the Art Ross Trophy

    Unless you're among the stingiest of Sidney Crosby "haters," you can look at the NHL scoring leaders and understand that no one is going to catch No. 87 as the 2013-14 NHL season comes to a close...

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