Thursday, January 10, 2008

Garden Of Eaton


Housekeeping always comes first.


We were notified by Robert J.R. that the footage of Ron Francis' heroic performance in Game 4 against the Rangers in 1992 is on YouTube.
We've added it to [ Top 10 Penguin Goals ]

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The news broke early Wednesday morning.
MARK EATON -- OUT FOR THE SEASON. [ PG ]

Eaton is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Will Eaton's last two seasons of injuries scare the Penguins?
Will it scare other teams?

All we know, it was an honor and a privilege.

Will it scare the Pens into making a trade?

1991 -- Art Ross Trophy contender John Cullen and d-man Zarley Zalapski get traded at deadline to Hartford for Ron Francis, Ulf Samuelsson, Grant Jennings.
Pens win Cup.

1992 -- Pens trade fan-favorite Mark Recchi and all-world d-man Paul Coffey to the Flyers and Kings, respectively, for Rick Tocchet, Kjell Samuelsson, Ken Wregget, Jeff Chycryn (sp).
Pens win Cup.

2008 -- ...


In Shero We Trust

Speaking of Eaton, some of Pensblog readers' photoshops
made it onto a segment of "Inside the NHL." [NHL]

What a human being.
Who ever made the picture that pissed his wife off better sleep with one eye open.

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[ Fanhouse ] has Gonchar on their list of halfway-point Norris Trophy candidates.

Crosby is starting the all-star game.
As if we didn't know that before the season even started.

You heard the Pens called up Ryan Stone and Ryan Lannon.[SI.com]
If you didn't, get with it.

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Down on the Farmblog


We never do this, and we really need to start.
The Baby Penguins are having a solid year.

Faceoff Factor shows why they are a huge deal.
They have the Encyclopedia of all Pens prospects. [ Faceoff Factor]

For more Baby Pens coverage, we strongly recommend Jonathan Bombulie's blog.
[Baby Penguins Insider]


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Google was down for 4 minutes after we opened an e-mail from Dave P.
containing these wallpapers...



Be careful setting those up on your computer.
Your icons get scared shitless.



And here's a banner. Unreal.





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Conkblog

Joe Starkey turns in a solid column about the Pens luck with unknown goalies. [Trib]

The photoshops rolling in have been special.

Dr. J.Schiff.

Not to be out done:

Kicksave

[LGP] has a Ty Conklin nickname thread going.

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Don't mess with Tyler Kennedy


Great find by Sean over at [ Going FiveHole ]

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Jess R. sent us this link...
Adam Proteau at [ ESPN ] did some reality checks for NHL teams.

Here's Ottawa's:

The delusion: The Sens still need the services of Gary Roberts to put them over the top in their chase for a championship.

Reality check:
Roberts will always be seen as one of the greatest dressing-room leaders in recent years, but he's got one goal so far in Pittsburgh. Words without follow-through will not win you a Stanley Cup.

Adam Proteau...reality check:

Your wife is cheating on you

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Uh-oh. We'd normally give a player some slack if they score a huge goal in a Game 7 for the Penguins, but Andrew Ference hasn't been heard of since that game in Buffalo.

Until now. [ ESPN ]

"Jarome [ Iginla ] in my books is a better hockey player than Crosby because he does those things [fights].

He will fight, he will lay his body on the line and take the hit and not complain if someone hits him and stuff like that. The superstars of the league should have to do that because they're hockey players, they're not ice-skating princesses."

-- Andrew Ference

We do have a tip for Ference.


When you're cleaning Crosby's fireplace, watch out for those trophies,
especially that Lester B. Pearson one...dick


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David Amber did another top-ten list. [ ESPN ]
10 best individual seasons in NHL history.


#3 -- Mario Lemieux, 1992-93

60 games
69 goals, 91 assists, 160 points

Projected:

82 games
94 goals, 124 assists, 218 points

DISGUSTING

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SICKBLOG

Greg Wyshynski, the hardest-working blogger in hockey,
is the "NHL closer" over at [Deadspin] right now.

He made a discovery that will change peoples lives.
He found some sort of [ puckbunny message board. ]

Now, it takes a lot for us to be shocked.
And we really don't want get into this.

But here is a thread title and description:

Hurt Girls Gossip of OHL Guys - For all you girls who have had one night stands with OHL guys, who have been hurt by them, and who just want to get anger out, and a little moral support. You're not the only one!

Pensblog=Stunned

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This post about future outdoor games is just bizarre. [ CBS Sports ]

Breakdown of salary-cap numbers of top teams with trade deadline looming. [ Fox Sports ]

The ad-nauseam midseason report card.
We're linking this one 'cause there's hardly any Penguin love. [ Sportsnet ]

Mirtle picks his All Stars. [Mirtle]....

Then some crazed Columbus fans go nuts in his comments section.

"Typical Canadian journalist. Columbus does not have an NHL team as far as they are concerned until they need Nash for the World Championships and Leclaire deserves at least an honorable mention as he only leads the NHL in shutouts."

Wow.
No one even knew Columbus had fans.

And to be fair to Mirtle, Rick Nash and Pascal Leclaire are bums.

We don't mean that.
We just want some Columbus fans to get pissed off.

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Got damn, the Flyers suck.

Remember that cheapshot Downie laid on Jason Blake up in Toronto?
Flyers GM Bobby Clarke had this to say about it:

"When he went after Blake, I loved it." [ TSN ]

January 24th cannot come soon enough.


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Luongo is bypassing the all-star game to be with his wife for the probable birth of their child. [ TSN ]

Did he do his wife 9 months ago, knowing it was gonna come out during the all-star break?
We wouldn't put it past him.

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But Letang did. Wooooo.

[<span class=
Daryl Katz wants to buy the Oilers.
He's a big deal with a pharmaceutical company or something.

And hold the phone. Wayne Gretzky is endorsing it. [ TSN ]


Just like he endorsed his own trade out of Edmonton in 1988, shattering an entire country.

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The rumors are heating up.
Sundin may be leaving Toronto. [ TSN ]
And they got smoked by the Ducks 5-0 on Wednesday.

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This is must-see.



It's a brawl in a Russian game from this week.

Just insane.

Thanks to Jesse M.

If you look really close.
You will see an old friend.
Alexsey Morozov.

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[Nicholas E.]

Tampa Bay is last in the Eastern Conference.
That means nothing.

Thanks to Jeffry in C-blog:

Last time the Pens beat Tampa -- January 17, 2003.

Do It
Go Pens

36 comments:

canaanregulatesblog said...

if there ever was an appropriate time to use the word "uber" this would be it.

this post is as good as the ed norton rant in 25th hour. youtube it. beast.

lookingforwardtothe24thblog as i am giving the wach another go to. im pondering a neutral outfit this go around...lol


peace.

canaanregulatesblog said...

hockey related vid:

crowd taunting player:
http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1796489

Kicksave said...

canaan, was that taunting or was he propositioning him?

Loser Chris said...

Note on Luongo... if you read the fine print you see his wife won't be delivering during the All-Star break. She's not due until later in the spring. This is just a good reason for the Canucks to get him some rest for the stretch run.

Maybe it will come back to bite them and she'll go into labor during a Game 7...

Kristen PB said...

Best wishes for Mark Eaton's speedy recovery and continued success, even if it's not with the Pens...

*soapbox time*
I am sick to death of people that snipe Crosby as a cry-baby who avoids fights and whines about people hitting him.

How about the fact that players try to job Crosby more often? And, since Crosby plays balls-out hockey every single game, that jobbing can sometimes interfere with his mojo and keep him from doing what he knows he can do.

I know it comes down to the fact that the Pens have Crosby and other teams don't, boo hoo, but how often do we bitch about the great players from other teams? For example, we don't undercut Brodeur. He has immense skill and it's a pleasure to watch him play. We hate it when he's got the Pens' number, but we don't deny his ability or assassinate his character.

The jabs at Crosby are unfair because they mischaracterize him. All he wants to do is play the game and be successful and do what he knows he can do, just like any player would. But he has to deal with a lot more interference than other, less visible players do.

People who try to unfavorably compare Crosby to other (good) players who have completely different styles and skills just look pathetic. Give credit where it's due or don't call yourself a hockey fan.

And, yes, I'll feel the same way even if Crosby is not always a Penguin.

the general said...

cough cough... rock out with your conk out t-shirts??... cough cough


by the time they would get made, MAF will prob be back acting like he's the brick wall in wayne gretzky 3D hockey

p.s. best game ever

Lady Jaye said...

Nice set up on the Luongo/Letang joke. It was so obvious and yet so funny as the punchline hit. That's what makes Pensblog great. ;)

This question was asked at LGP, but do you think anybody could get away with a Conk Block sign at the arena? I mean... technically it's not bad, but those with dirty minds will find it to be. Haha. My boyfriend and I were wondering for weeks if we could get away with it.... just been too lazy to try.

some guest said...

wow. thats my reaction to the outdoor games column. he was really trying too hard to be funny. nice brawl in russia though. robertt esche is in there too somewhere.

hopefully my mac doesnt die on me when i upload one of those Gary Roberts backgrounds. great job on those. are you going to make any more with other players?

Jersey Bill said...

Re: Crosby doesn't fight
I find it very entertaining that Crosby doesn't "fight" is the reason why guys on other teams are "actually" better than Sid. These are the same guys (read Canadians) who worship at the feet of the Gretzky altar and don't put Mario in the greatest ever conversation. Gretzky played like Deion Sanders - super-human skills without an ounce of physicality. Yet, the ass-clowns, (read Canadians again) will try to offer up any alternative they can find to discredit Sid. How about dealing with it and recognize?

Jersey Bill said...

Oh, and as a hockey fan I love watching Ovechkin and Kovalchuk play. But they are not close to Sid. End of story.

jim said...

canaan-
i think i'm going neutral outfit as well. i know it's weak but i feel i have no choice.

Anonymous said...

this is the dumbest thing i have ever heard:

http://www.thestar.com/Sports/Hockey/article/292233

rwarner174 said...

Andrew Ference is a complete joke. Read that entire article and it is obvious. Not only does he job crosby because crosby kicked his ass, but he is pretty much the equivalant of a hard core hippy. Do the world a favor Ference, just shut your mouth and continue to be an undersized below average defenseman.

Bobby Clarke comments don't suprise me at all. Since when did this guy have any class?

Eaton news is just sad. He was a big part of our defense, hopefully someone can step it up and block the 10 shots a game he was. We still have been winning but it can never hurt to have a guy like eaton back there.

Mike Costa said...

The Joke About Luongo And "Wonderboy" Letang Was Solid.

EmDubs said...

I always think its funny that people who complain about Crosby being a whiner don't actually realize they are whiners themselves. Crosby is a professional athlete fending off dirty attempts to injure him on a regular basis and you are a fat guy in an armchair bitching about him wanting a call. Who's really the whiner?

paekhead said...

never have looked more forward to an away regular season game than the cryers on the 24th

2 weeks.

go pens!

Fleury29 said...

First of all that Mark Eaton video just made my monitor explode so I can't see what I'm typing and if there are any spelling mistakes, don't blame me.

Second, The Pensblog, you owe me a new monitor.

That vid was ridiculous.

kristen pb, I totally agree with you. When we see a talented player on another team, we don't job him (too much, anyway.) Crosby "complains" a lot because officials aren't doing their jobs and calling penalties that need to be called so the game can be played in a fast, exciting way. The same thing happened to Mario but not, it would seem, to "The Great One."

Okay, so I'll job Gretzky. I never liked that guy.

firefox said...

Ok, so I will get down on my knees and grovel to the Pens and the hockey gods. (i.e. Gary Roberts)

PLEEEEEASE Penguins, win this game tonight! I will be there with my Crosby jersey on supporting you all that I can. I need a win because 5 years of getting jobbed out of the Tampa arena really sucks.

And to the person that mentioned having a "Conkblock" sign, I thought about it. I was going to make one but didn't get a chance and now I am at work with no supplies to do so. Oh well. Anyway, I really don't think the sign would be a problem. Yes, the term was derrived from a sexual overtone, but many won't get that. Even if they do, he is a goalie that blocked a shot. The name could come out even if there was no previous reference to the term.

Gary Roberts wallpapers... more solid than a George Laraque body check.

Scared icons... pricess.

Tires...Fires... GO PENS!!!

Anonymous said...

reunite roberts and sundin and see what happens.

PolishKid said...

Andrew Ference says Crosby doesn't fight and is an ice skating princess. Hmmm... Crosby takes more crap than any other player in the league, period. He's hauled down, hung onto, and slashed because no one else can keep up with him. I would estimate that only about half of the penalties Crosby actually draws are called.

Ference was also in a fight with someone from Pittsburgh recently. He got beat up pretty bad, went to the locker room bloody and wobbling and everything... can't remember who he fought, though.

Hip said...

firefox - get your ass to a CVS on an extended lunch break and make the sign. I would orgasm if I saw that at an away arena.

Scared icons was funny as hell.

Tonight starts a span of three straight Pens games I get to see live.
Go Pens.

Anonymous said...

Faceoff Factor has the Wilkes-Barre prospects listed now.

http://www.faceoff-factor.com/wbs-penguins/881/encyclopedia-of-pittsburgh-prospects-in-wbs

Jonny V said...

You're calling Wayne Gretzky 3d hockey the best game ever? What are u fugging mad? Sega NHL '95 would make Gretzky's 3d hockey head bleed.

Pensgirl said...

emdubs: Solid.

Am I the only one who wants to flip out on the media's apparent need to jinx Conkblock? LEAVE IT ALONE, PEOPLE. Don't look the beast right in the eye! There's nothing special happening...just back away.

don cherry said...

since when do russians fight!?!?!?

makisupa police said...

by the way, everyone knows NHL94 is the greatest hockey game created. epic. confirmed.

Adrienne said...

Tonight's game is the one of four Tampa/Pens games that I wait for every year. WAY too pumped to let anything kill my buzz. :D LETS GO PENS!

A puck bunny message board? I didn't think that was even possible. I'm absolutely stunned, I can't even come up with some smart ass comment about it.

I have never laughed so hard at a picture as I did with Kicksave's t-shirt idea. Absolutely brilliant.

since when do russians fight!?!?!?
Dude, I'm holding my breath and praying for the day Malkin gets into a fight. It's gonna be something to watch.

I can't imagine a Conk block sign being any worse then the girl with the "Stick it in my 5-hole Sidney!" sign

Back to Tampa, I will launch small babies out of T-shirt cannons if it means the Penguins will win tonight. It's been too long that I've been getting jobbed by my brother for Tampa winning, it's time to take that back.

I will admit, I'm curious to see how Conk plays against Vinny though :/

BlacknGold66 said...

Yes, NHL 94 for Sega or NHL '95 for Super NES = Best. Game. Ever.

This is what I debate about during the work-week.

Let's Go Pens!

Brett said...

that one article that was linked here - - Sundin for Staal, Esposito and two draft picks? Is that guy on drugs? We get a washed up old-timer in exchange for two potential world-class players +..?

Brett said...

so.. Kennedy and Crusher out for tonight's game with the flu (two of my favorite players)..

but..

Fu Manchu is back!

Anonymous said...

I see I was beat to the news, but the article is here

EmDubs said...

I wonder if Ouellet and Therrien will reunite for a quiet dinner after the game this evening.

christina said...

thrilled that max is back in the lineup, but that sucks about EC and kennedy. both were doing well.

ah well, if nothing else, it means we don't have to suffer through steigy's "Tyler the Tiger" nickname for tonight at least ;-)

slush said...

So glad Max is back tonight. Its about time.

stokes said...

That kennedy video is gross. stupid me, it took me a few viewings to get it, but holy crap! that that slash unreal. honestly, it looked like something that downie would do...


some of the best posts on here are the ones that don't recap a game, today's being a prime example.

i saw that russian vid last night over at EN. let's be honest, Morozov is hiding in the locker room crying like a two year old.

My comments about Ference from last post haven't changed and i really like the jobbing that rwarner put on him. you suck Ference.

Maximus- at least two points tonight. he'll be playing out of his effing mind.

LET'S GO PENS!!!!

Maal said...

PLEASE tell me that conks shirt is real and available for purchase!!!!!!!!!

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