1. Stick Salute: Two Missed Free Throws, One Step Toward Healing

    At the end of college hockey games, players gather at center ice and ceremoniously raise their sticks in salute to the fans...

    Jennie Luptak Written by Jennie Luptak about 5 years ago 56 reads 0 comments

  2. Stick Salute: Chip Kelly Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is

    At the end of college hockey games, players gather at center ice and ceremoniously raise their sticks in salute to the fans. Similarly, this weekly installment will pay homage to those feel-good stories that remind us how wonderful sports really are...

    Jennie Luptak Written by Jennie Luptak about 5 years ago 632 reads 3 comments

  3. NHLPA, You Owe Me Answers

    Matt Stajan doesn’t want to answer to Sidney Crosby. Or Ted Lindsay. Or Bobby Orr. Or, it seems, any person who wants to know exactly what went down when the NHL Players’ Association ...

    Jennie Luptak Written by Jennie Luptak about 5 years ago 299 reads 3 comments

  4. Think Lord Stanley Would Mind If I Borrowed the Cup For 24 Hours?

    Maurice Richard chipped his teeth on it, Patrick Roy threw it in his pool and Sidney Crosby played street hockey for it. The Stanley Cup has fed Kentucky Derby winners, been drop-kicked onto a frozen canal and forgotten by the side of the road...

    Jennie Luptak Written by Jennie Luptak about over 5 years ago 429 reads 5 comments

  5. Dany Heatley Deserves Nothing, Will Get Everything

    What do you get when you mix an All-Star left winger with a no-movement clause, a trade request, and a $4 million signing bonus? Bryan Murray’s worst nightmare...

    Jennie Luptak Written by Jennie Luptak about over 5 years ago 499 reads 3 comments

  6. An Open Letter to Kris Draper

    Kris, Losing sucks, doesn't it? I know. I was there last year, barely stomaching the sight of your captain—Nicklas Lidstrom—becoming the first European to lead his team to the Stanley Cup...

    Jennie Luptak Written by Jennie Luptak about over 5 years ago 540 reads 22 comments

  7. The Staals Are Brothers! (and Other Overused Conference Final Stories)

    The beginning of the Conference Finals means the race to Lord Stanley’s mug is nearing its last phase. It also means the media firestorm will be burning hotter than ever—and the off-day stories will be more and more ridiculous...

    Jennie Luptak Written by Jennie Luptak about over 5 years ago 505 reads 2 comments

  8. Penguins-Capitals: The Unsung Heroes

    You know Crosby. You know Ovechkin. But did you know there are eighteen skaters and two goaltenders on an NHL roster? While Sid and Sasha were the marquee match up the series—and ...

    Jennie Luptak Written by Jennie Luptak about over 5 years ago 347 reads 3 comments

  9. Rope-A-Dope: NHL Drug Testing Embarrassing

    The National Hockey League does not have a doping problem. Just ask. Everyone from Gary Bettman to the Columbus Blue Jackets locker room stands firmly behind the notion that the NHL is untouched by syringe and steroid...

    Jennie Luptak Written by Jennie Luptak about over 5 years ago 1,496 reads 0 comments

  10. In the NHL, Canadian Elitism Runs Rampant

    It's amazing the role sports can play in our lives. After tragedies, they unite us. During international competition, they breed national pride. During the NHL playoffs, they should ignite the deepest, most passionate loyalties we hold...

    Jennie Luptak Written by Jennie Luptak about over 5 years ago 132 reads 3 comments

  11. NBC Sets Broadcast Rules And NHL Cowers

    April is a beautiful month in Pittsburgh. The bright orange construction cones begin sprouting on local roadways, the sun shines brightly off empty seats in PNC Park, and droves of fans gather outside Mellon Arena to watch the Pittsburgh Penguins...

    Jennie Luptak Written by Jennie Luptak about over 5 years ago 738 reads 7 comments

  12. Flightless Pittsburgh Penguins: Not Michel Therrien's Fault

    Michel Therrien is a hard man to love. Before taking up residence behind the Pittsburgh Penguins' bench, Therrien punched an opposing coach in the face, dumped players' sticks on ...

    Jennie Luptak Written by Jennie Luptak about almost 6 years ago 370 reads 9 comments

  13. The Beauty of the Lay-Up

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  14. Marc-Andre Fleury's Return a Boost, Not the Cure, for Penguins' Woes

    When Marc-Andre Fleury returns to his starting spot between the pipes on Thursday, the players in front of him will have renewed confidence...

    Jennie Luptak Written by Jennie Luptak about almost 6 years ago 161 reads 0 comments

  15. Sean Avery Suspended, but the NHL Misses the Point

    Sean Avery, the NHL's resident bad boy, was suspended indefinitely Tuesday morning following an off-color comment made in reference to his ex-girlfriend, Elisha Cuthbert (pictured) and her new beau, Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf...

    Jennie Luptak Written by Jennie Luptak about almost 6 years ago 978 reads 1 comments

  16. Canadiens Stuffing the Ballots: Who Cares?

    Finally, hockey news I can get worked up abo...wait, what?This isn't about hits to the head? Or hits from behind? Or the joke of a hiring—and inevitable firing—of a southern-market coach?Well, hell...

    Jennie Luptak Written by Jennie Luptak about 6 years ago 350 reads 0 comments