1. Penguins-Islanders Debacle Should Inspire NHL Soul Searching

    In the National Hockey League, the frigid month of February has provided a classic example of playing with fire...

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  2. Is The Pittsburgh Penguins' Physicality Hurting Them Late in Games?

    In an article earlier this week on SportsHaze.com , I pinpointed discipline as one of the Pittsburgh Penguins ’ problem areas going forward...

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  3. Pittsburgh Penguins End Slide With Satisfying Win in Montreal

    Game 45 Recap: Pittsburgh 5, Montreal 2 After Carey Price stopped Chris Kunitz to preserve a shootout win last Thursday, the Montreal goaltender struck a cross-armed ...

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  4. Pittsburgh Penguins: Opponents Using Intimidation Against Sidney Crosby and Co.

    Now that the Pittsburgh Penguins ' winning streak has reached the rare length of 12 games entering Tuesday's game in Philadelphia , it's no secret that opponents are searching for any way to discombobulate the NHL 's current top team...

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  5. "Buzz Line" Keeps Pittsburgh Penguins Humming Along

    Even before Jordan Staal's season debut was postponed indefinitely by multiple health setbacks, the Pittsburgh Penguins were planning on moving the 6'4" center from the third line to the second, alongside Evgeni Malkin ...

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  6. Two More From Crosby Push Pittsburgh Penguins' Winning Streak to 11

    Through two periods, all was well for the Pittsburgh Penguins . Sidney Crosby was already on hat trick watch, helping his team to the cusp of their 11th consecutive victory ...

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  7. Pittsburgh Penguins Squeak Past New Jersey Devils, Boost Winning Streak to 10

    With the first-place Pittsburgh Penguins on a nine-game winning streak entering Monday night’s home game against the last-place New Jersey Devils , many a bet was likely placed on Pittsburgh to make it 10 in a row...

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  8. Pittsburgh Penguins' PK Reaching New Heights: Natural Born (Penalty) Killers

    The Tampa Bay Lightning 's Steven Stamkos ripped a one-timer into the Pittsburgh Penguins ' net during a 5-on-3 power play to draw the visitors to within one goal in the third period on Nov...

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  9. Steeltown Lockdown: Pittsburgh Penguins Ride Defense To Winning Streak

    With Sidney Crosby riding a 12-game scoring streak to the top of the NHL scoring race and the once-sluggish power play gulping espresso, the Pittsburgh Penguins ' current six-game ...

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  10. Rock Solid: Sidney Crosby Playing the Best Hockey of His Career

    In the New Testament, Jesus tells his disciple Peter he is the rock upon which He will build His church...

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  11. Pittsburgh Penguins Are Close To "Getting to Their Game"

    On the surface, Monday's bizarre 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Rangers at CONSOL Energy Center seemed to be an unsightly blemish on the Pittsburgh Penguins ' already pockmarked season...

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  12. At What Price Freedom? Pittsburgh Penguins Lacking Defensive Cohesion

    The play was emblematic of the season thus far. Defenseman Alex Goligoski charged up the boards inside the blueline, trying to keep the puck in the offensive zone midway through the third period of a 4-4 game...

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  13. They Shall Be CONSOLed: Pittsburgh Penguins Look Forward to Home-Heavy November

    After losing their first three games at the infantile CONSOL Energy Center, the Pittsburgh Penguins could be excused for wanting to get away from their new home...

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  14. Time for Pittsburgh Penguins Head Coach "Disco" Dan Bylsma to Start Dancing

    Here's a surprising fact: since last Nov. 3, the Pittsburgh Penguins are 41-31-8, which translates to a winning percentage of .512...

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  15. Pittsburgh Penguins Continue to Display Bipolar Tendencies

    Sporting a record of six wins and six losses, one of which came in overtime to confer the illusion of being over .500, the 6-5-1 Pittsburgh Penguins closed out October with a 3-0 shutout victory in Raleigh, N...

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  16. Imperfect 10: What the Pittsburgh Penguins Can Learn From Their So-So Start

    Following their 5-3 come-from-ahead loss in Tampa Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Penguins find their season off to an imperfect start through 10 games...

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  17. Eric Godard Must Go: Why the Pittsburgh Penguins Need to Drop the Goon

    Monday morning, the Pittsburgh Penguins demoted forward Eric Tangradi and defenseman Andrew Hutchinson to their American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA...

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  18. Pittsburgh Penguins Head Coach Dan Bylsma Wisely Turns Back to Marc-Andre Fleury

    For Pittsburgh Penguins fans, there's a lot to like about goaltender Brent Johnson. Now in his 11th NHL season, the Farmington, Michigan native has failed to post at least a ...

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  19. Trading Nyjer Morgan a Risk Pittsburgh Pirates Had to Take

    You'll have to excuse Pittsburgh Pirates fans for not knowing quite how to react to a front office with a plan. Tuesday's trade that sent the speedy and affable outfielder Nyjer Morgan and left-handed ...

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  20. Pirates Striving to Climb Pittsburgh Sports Hierarchy

    It's difficult to imagine now, but there once was a time the Pirates stood indisputably atop the city of Pittsburgh's sporting hierarchy...

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  21. Pittsburgh Penguins' Slow Week Yields Promising Results

    The National Hockey League regular season has reached its scoreboard-watching phase, a span during which every coach, player, and fan knows the significance of each game to the developing playoff race...

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  22. Penguins Finally Return to Earth in Loss to Flyers

    The Pittsburgh Penguins were perturbed following their 3-1 defeat to the cross-state Philadelphia Flyers Sunday afternoon, and they had legitimate reasons for refusing to take the loss in stride...

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  23. 8-0-2 Run Has Pittsburgh Penguins Challenging For Home Ice in First Round

    A lot can change in a month. Whether it's considered one unbroken unit or reduced to four weeks, 28 days, 672 hours, 40,320 minutes or 2,419,200 seconds, the fact remains that a month ...

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  24. Penguins-Blue Jackets: "I-70 Series" Limited By Current NHL Geography

    Pittsburgh and Columbus are less than 200 miles apart, but in the mind of the National Hockey League, they might as well be on opposite ends of the North American continent...

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  25. Pittsburgh Penguins' Winning Streak Adds to Eastern Conference Gridlock

    As of the morning of March 10, seven points separate seven teams tussling for the bottom five Eastern Conference playoff berths. From the Philadelphia Flyers, in the No...

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