Saturday, October 11, 2008

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7:30 Pm


The Mellon Arena never looked as sweet.
Sure it is old, sure it is cramped, sure it is outdated.

But it is our home, and for 40 nights a year starting tonight, it's the best place on earth.
For three hours we can get away from all our troubles.

The last time we saw a game here, we know what happened.

But that is history now. A new season is here.

It will be funny to see some people, who jumped on the bandwagon last year, flipping out when the Pens give up a goal, or lose at home.
But for those who have been here before know whats going on.

This is a grueling marathon, and nothing gets decided in October, November, December, January, Feburary, March or early April.

But these months must be used for good. Home ice advanage is huge.
You have to wonder if the Pens would have had home ice in the Finals, would they have maybe split the first two games?

For us, these games must be used for good as well. The timing of bathroom breaks, nacho runs, and smoke breaks doesn't happen over night. It is a process that has to be fine tuned, so in late May it is like tying your shoes.

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From commentor [Dr. Turk]:

Why only get 2 hours sleep prepping for a Hockey Draft?

Why have butterflies today like it's the 1st day of Kindergarten?

Why stare at the closet, trying to make a decision about which Penguins attire you're going to wear to the game?

Why countless hours in the driveway shooting pucks against an Orange Cone goalie?

Why bother with 10:00pm practices, at a semi-outdoor rink, when there's no scholarship involved and you know that this is the end of competitive hockey?

Why Road/Street/Ball Hockey? Dekhockey? Roller Hockey? Adult Leagues? Midnight Pick-Up games?

Why order NHL Network? Center Ice?

Why bookmark every Gore site that even mentions Hockey?

Why read a 'Penguins blog' and feel like peeps here are a 2nd family of sorts?

.....

Because I love this game.

We all love this game...for days just like today.


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There are places in this world that aren't made out of stone. That there's something inside... that they can't get to, that they can't touch.

That's yours.


Go Pens.



180 comments:

Pops Freshenmeyer said...

First home game. Bring it.

sh0ez said...

So fucking stoked.

Let's do this.

Pops Freshenmeyer said...

I also hope that at least some of the Pens' road games are among the ones that get the home/away feed option on Center Ice this season. Of course, the feed option only seems to show up on lighter nights on the schedule. Steiggy and Errey aren't perfect, but they're still better than most of the other TV crews for US-based teams.

Beav said...

Awesome post.

Let's Go Pens!

dmbforum40 said...

IT'SSSSS AAAAAA HOCKEY NIGHT IN PITTSBURGH!!!

Lets drop the puck and hit 'em hard!

--GO PENS--

Pops Freshenmeyer said...

Six years in the wilderness make the current Penguin renaissance so much sweeter.

Coming up on four hours to go.

Flyer Hater said...

I love that dump.

JYo said...

If they don't win tonight, the Pens aren't making the playoffs! I'll be watching the game with Elmo.

Lets Go Pens!!! WOOOOOOOOOOO!

fleuryous said...

I'm feeling a bit verklempt.


And STOKED.


AAAAAAAAAAH THE PUCK DROPS IN FO' HOURS.


I'm going to miss the Igloo--so much.

I'm so excited, I may vomit. WOOOOOOO.

christina said...

Red and Andy, let's start things off right.

LETS GO PENS!!!!!!!!!!

TheFandangler said...

Why play video game hockey like it's going out of style.

Do it.

J.S. said...

go get 'em Red!

daismog said...

It looks like I missed the bus on the new post here, so once again:

"A Great Day for Hockey" season schedule wallpaper 1440x900


http://img204.imageshack.us/my.php?image=gdsched1440awn9.png

Raybin said...

Staff in mid-season form already.

I fucking love the Igloo. It's just old and just crappy enough to have a kind of mystical charm no other arena I've ever been in has. My eyes will mist when they blow it up in a couple years. (But they will be big, manly tears so it's all good...)

I certainly hope the new building has nearly vertical steps in its upper reaches so I can continue to feel like Jimmy Stewart at the end of "Vertigo" while trying to make it to my seat without spilling beer.

Doc Turkleton is a fucking beast. But we all knew that.

This is the REAL start of the season. A split in Swedejoke suits me just fine.

There will be times when Fleury will be all over the place, hopped up on talent and PCP. There will be times when he gives up 5 goals in 2 periods and gets pulled.

There will be games where Malkin has 6 points and then stretches where he can't even see the net, much less get a puck into it.

There will be games where Free Candy and the USS Hal Gill will crush bones like glass. And then we will see games where Orpik pursues a hit instead of the smart play or Gill is too slow and ponderous and they blow it.

On and on and on...we'll probably hear as the fortunes of the Pens wax and wane over the coming months people vibrating between extremes such as:

"Satan is the best free agent signing ever!"

"Trade Staal, what a joke."

"What was Shero smoking when he gave an extension to Kennedy?"

"Godard rules Laraque's sorry ass."

"Don't re-sign Sykora to an extension, he's done."

"Couldn't we have just given Ruutu his three year deal? Who is this Cooke guy anyway?"

"I'd go gay for Max Talbot."

Most of those hysterics will come from people at LGP. Except the last one. Mmmm....yummy Max. (Did I just say that out loud?)

Anyway...

Let's keep perspective here at CBlog. Because we rule. Because we're the most badass, witty bunch of hockey fanatics anywhere across the glorious expanse of electronica founded by Al Gore. (Except me...someone's gonna have to ride herd on me, because I'm apt to fling off on a tangent and make an ass out of myself.)

We will job the shit out of Rags, Cryers and Craps fans and it will be a thing of beauty.

We will watch road games on TV and whenever the Pens score we will hear John Barbaro in our heads (THHHHHHHEEE PITTSBUURRRGGHH GOOOOAAALLLLL....) Let's face it, no other P.A. announcer in the league even comes close.

When bored, we will go to YouTube and watch clips of Mario ruining the lives of Jon Casey and Andy Moog and chuckle.

We'll get together for wings and sandwiches and games and gorge on food and beer and hockey to levels that would make Caligula turn his head away in horror. (Again, with the exception of me.)

And, of course, Charlie will make out with the Senators a lot.

The journey of 80 games begins with the drop of a single puck.

Let's do it.

Help Me Rhonda said...

Dr. Turk is awesome.

Let's go Pens!

Stanley P. Kachowski said...

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Anna. said...

Uggh.
Go Pens.





Let's Play.

Eric P. said...

Sick.

LETS GO PENS!

Bissonnette vs. Clarkson

Godard vs. Rupp/Brookbank

PittHockey said...

Commit to the Turk

jefe p said...

fuck Versus.



go pens!

slush said...

ah, feels just like home.

do it.

Vanessa said...

I can't believe it's here! I am SO excited!

Work has slowed down so now I can spend countless hours here again!

There's no place like home.




*Vanessa*

J.S. said...

bah, forgot to drop this motivator after staff's rickrolling.

(OK, I'll admit it, I didn't forget. I ran across it while looking for something else in my photobucket.)

dying alive said...

2.5 hours to game time.

*dies*

Raybin said...

dying alive said...

2.5 hours to game time.

*dies*


I'm going to guess you're still alive though.

Me = on fire.

Vanessa said...

Whatever, you guys... I actually like Rick Astley. He's British, he's hot, and he is British. I've liked that song since I was a kid.

Allison said...

So was there some talk of a little c-blog meet up outside gate 23 or something between periods? Cause that would be pretty sweet

Stoosh said...

Damn, dude...

Between Dr. Turk and now Raybin, this has been Chillsburgh for the last 6 hours.

Stoosh = committed

Annie said...

Ahhhhhhhh.

Posts like this are what I've been waiting for all summer. Nothing beats hockey. At all.

Dr. Turk is a beast. So is Rabyin.

Staff kicks ass so much it's not even funny.

I honestly can't find words to describe the Pens themselves, except that I fucking love this team. Always, no matter what.

And in celebration of Opening Night in two and a half hours, I thought I'd dig up my first ever contribution to cblog back in April. It was for the playoffs, but it applies to the regular season too.

Take it away, King Henry -

"This game is called the Game of Lord Stanley:
He that outlives this day, and wins the Cup,
Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Mario.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly in the Playoffs greet his neighbours,
And say 'To-morrow is the Final Game:'
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.
And say 'These wounds I had in Stanley’s game.'
Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day: then shall our names.
Familiar in his mouth as household words
Crosby the king, Malkin and Staal,
Fleury and Talbot, Sykora and Orpik,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember'd.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Penguins Dynasty shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember'd;
We few, we happy few, we band of Penguins;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall bolster his condition:
And everyone not in Pittsburgh tonight
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold themselves in shame whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Lord Stanley’s game"

Docciavelli said...

Hope I can catch the tail end on the internet somewhere (haven't signed up for center ice yet). The gf convinced me to do dinner with her folks. ACK!

Priorities?

[kill myself]

Vanessa said...

@doccia... Find a gf who likes hockey as much as you. Buck up and get center ice... it's not living unless you have it.

&hearts
Vanessa

Rage said...

Annie...dear annie of the HHOF visit with the pictures you were kind enough to share....the St. Crispin's Day monologue has been a favorite of the men of my profession for many years, and while some would take offense to it's use in the milieu of sports, I do not. It's epic, and I love it!


RANGERS LEAD THE WAY




GO PENS!!

nikki said...

fucking rights
let's do this shit

J.S. said...

Sorry in advance for not getting off the "Gamecenter = fail" topic, but I do have a question about it.

Since somebody mentioned Center Ice, I thought I read something over the summer like if you bought CI, you got Gamecenter with it." I may be wrong, and I'll admit to not doing much research on the Gore prior to posting this, but if this is the case, you can bet that I'll be transferring from one package into another.

debbs6814 said...

Rock on Pensblog!!!! I have been a hockey fan for years. I was stuck in the miserable Washington DC area for 6 of them. LETS GO PENS!! I love this game!!!

ANY Day is a Good Day For HOCKEY!!!! Go Sid, Geno, and TK!!

TheNWChica said...

@j.s....you don't get Gamecenter free, but they used to give you like 1/2 back if you sent them your cable bill showing you had CI on TV too.

And damn it I can't wait!!! I'm so happy my other game is out here...don't have to flip back and forth!

Susan Burghart said...

Do it.

Go Pens.

Tweakedmelon said...

Does anyone know where I can watch this game online? I am currently in NZ and have no way to watch the game otherwise.

Thanks

GO PENS!

Annie said...

Twenty-four years ago today, Mario Lemieux played his first ever NHL game, scoring his first goal on his first shot, on his first shift.

Lauren said...

About an hour to go. I have no voice, it hurts to even try talking, and my lungs are trying to come out of my nose, but I will STILL be screaming at the TV.

WOOOOOOOOO.

TheNWChica said...

Has anyone gotten GameCenter to work, or is just my compy that is full of fail?

TheNWChica said...

And to Tweakedmelon... Yahell is going to show the Pens game online as well as the Sharks and Kings after.

Just go to their NHL page, and on the scoreboard, there is a link that says Watch Live under the start time. http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl

Once the feed is active, the link will be too. Just go there and it should play the game for you.

jaos said...

Damn it feels like coming home. Gameday post as solid as this make me glad its a hockey night in pittsburgh.

Damn straight I'm already timing the "bathroom breaks, nacho runs, and smoke breaks". My wife was so burned out on homemade nachos last year. And here we go again!

And cblog posts like Adrienne's "I'd let him stick it in me" and Raybin's "I'd go gay for Max Talbot" make it that much more pensblog.

LETS GO PENS!

KaylaJ said...

if you can't get anything else to work, yahoo will be showing the game. i lost my paper that showed me how to make a link, but just go to yahoo sports, then nhl, and the scoreboard and you should see a camera under the nj~pens box score. click that and voila! the only problem is it will be a few off and you never know who's broadcast you're going to get, however if you're like me in the wrong side of the continent (or world), better than nothing eh?

KaylaJ said...

and apparently i'm really that slow as chica beat me to it

TheNWChica said...

What are you trying to say Kayla? *laughs*

I only found it because GameCenter isn't working for me, and I want to be here for chatblog rather than all alone in the living room.

J.S. said...

nwchica, I won't even start on my feelings about Gamecenter right now. That should tell you how well it is "working".

TheNWChica said...

Oh...well, thank j.s. At least I don't feel so alone and it's not my compy all fubar.

Susan Burghart said...

tweakedmelon:

I'm in the U.K. -- sometimes without a proxy, streams on U.S. sites will not work -- channelsurfing.net and myp2p.eu do work, though

Sometimes when the feed is crappy I just give up and listen to the radio, though. :(

J.S. said...

susan, I sometimes have the opposite problem. I'm too close to the Mellon and don't have versus so I have to proxy away from the arena so I can pick up the game on Yahoo.

KaylaJ said...

lol chica, i think i was focusing on outside too much (squirrels are playing on the metal shed and its lightning) and i tried to link it and it failed so by the time i finally put everything up, you had done all the work

and you should def keep it as a fav. while the broadcasting pair may be questionable, they do show quite a few pens games including the one with the caps this month.

Annie said...

Oh. My. God.

Did anyone just see what was on Hockey Night in Canada on NHL Network just now?

Chillsblogcity.

Tweakedmelon said...

Thanks chica and kaylaj!

Can't wait to see this game, I was worried being across the Pacific would result in me missing everything till I return to the burgh.

GO PENS!

TheNWChica said...

They just had the puck drop in Philly, and OMG the boos! And she had her two younger daughters I think. There was the little one and I would assume it was the middle one since she was wearing jeans and a short jacket. I'm sure the oldest one is getting pretty big by now.

xuscbausp said...

http://www.blackcatpaintball.com/sponsoredteams/submafia/erics_stuff/pensblog/pensblogchat.htm




wooooooooooooo

Matteo said...

FSN still thinks it's preseason.

"Gil" is in the starting lineup. That's at least 2 of the first 3 games with a dumb typo from the crew at fox.

Kat said...

lol, The Blackhawks score on the Caps 20 seconds in. Theodore=mud.

xuscbausp said...

...are we not doing chatblog anymore haha

xuscbausp said...

(oh, and LETS GO STATE)

PittHockey said...

gamecenter is fucking fail, yahoo is working though.

PittHockey said...

gamecenter now working, sweet

Annie said...

Picard for the Sens just scored on Elroy.

J.S. said...

Gamecenter is only rolling audio (real great when I'm in a bar with friends)

The place I'm at won't put the game on (thanks PSU), and Yahoo says I'm too close.

I hate life.

Hip said...

It's a Great Day for Brother Love - that shit was funny.

Nick said...

It's a great day for Free Candy!

TheNWChica said...

Gamecenter is just sitting there.

Matteo said...

about that gamecenter shit... do you guys know if it will pick up the pens games if your billing address is in Pittsburgh but you are trying to access it from somewhere else?

I'm asking b/c i'm going to italy in the spring but my permanent address is Pittsburgh. will nhl.com let me watch it or will it think i'm in pittsburgh?

Stilly said...

Fuck me sideways. The Pens are blacked out on center ice. I hate life right now.

TheNWChica said...

THey still haven't started the link on yahell and gamecenter sucks ass for me.

J.S. said...

anybody else having problems with Yahoo buffering?

Kat said...

Can I just say how stoked I am for Center Ice right now? And the fact that I get Steigy and Errey and Potash? It's lovely.

TheNWChica said...

I don't even have the link working for me on yahoo.

TheNWChica said...

Never mind

I Have Kasparaitis said...

The Mellon *sighs* The only place in the world that I have hugged someone I have never met before ... I love it there, the atmosphere is absolutely intoxicating *smiles*

Stoosh, thank you for telling me about Schenn. I'm interested in watching him because he kinda reminds me of Jack Johnson.

J.S. said...

Here's the link for YaHell click

It sucks more than Dyson vacuum convention

Ian said...

No Chatblog?

Kat said...

Why is Sydor playing wing?

J.S. said...

chica, I think I have the same hat that Steve is wearing in your pic. It looks like it has the Hockey Fights Cancer logo on the side.

Ian said...

Sydor is at wing because Sykora is out with a pulled groin.

ricky said...

ALL HAIL SATAN!

Kat said...

Finally. Nicely done. Love that Satan

J.S. said...

Satan buries it!

Brodeur crawls into the net looking for leftovers.

dmbforum40 said...

ALL HAIL SATAN!!

PP goal too.. I like it boys..

J.S. said...

Langenbrunner to the box.

2 minutes for having too many N's in your name.

Kevin said...

Nice NHL ad with Sid stepping out of the photo. Except he should have skated over to Hossa and kicked him in the groin.

[In ABQ]

F1reb1rd said...

Look like Cooke lost another chicklet or two...

debrisslide said...

I just managed to turn this game on while stealing Internet at my roommate's house in Wakefield, Massachusetts. Satan scored, I hear. How's the powerplay? Haha.

Kat said...

I hope someone uploads this Under The Tights Sweden thing to youtube. It looks amusing.

Raybin said...

Miro Satan = monster

Luke Schenn = will be a beast

Jose Theodore = HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

That is all for now.

Stoosh said...

Power play = SOLID

We're two for our last three on the power play and one Marty Brodeur "being in the right place at the right time" save away from three straight.

Cookie took a stick to the chops from Zubrus, though. Should've been a penalty, but I think someone's gonna beat Dainius's arse before the night's over. Kennedy went right after Zubrus after he jumped on for Cooke.

Vanessa said...

woooo! second period! someone needs to hurt zubrus. let's hear it for more games in hd this season!

Vanessa said...

flower is a beast!

&hearts

Allison said...

Ummm so who is the cblogger sitting in the last row of second c wx? Can someone just gave a nice holler of FREE CANDY!!!!!

Rage said...

someone mail big hal some fight lessons

LargeTurkey said...

wow. Hal Gil should know how to fight a little better than that.

Allison said...

Yea that should have said c 13
Stupid blackberry

squagles said...

anyone else just catch the announcer call kennedy hossa?

Vanessa said...

haha, stupid michigan. someone put a sports section with a huge picture of the wings under my windshield wiper.

fuck wings fans.

&hearts

J.S. said...

squag, did he call him hossa or was he trying to talk about past penguins? It was about the same time they were talking about the Pens on the way out.

Wow, what a miss.

J.S. said...

The Quick News Channel commercial with Quick Mick = F - minus

Yes, that bad.

squagles said...

he called him hossa but he corrected himself a minute later.

J.S. said...

Cros draws the penalty, niiiice!!

squagles said...

i love dupuis' forecheck so much.

spanky kane said...

game here for those that arent local:

http://www.justin.tv/mcanimx

Guy Germaine said...

Did they move the camera closer to ice-level from previous seasons?

LargeTurkey said...

Satan looks pretty good with the puck.

Flyer Hater said...

I almost forgot how dominant a fully healthy Crosby is.

Vanessa said...

@guy: I think its just because its in hd tonight.

Annie said...

The Wangs are losing. That's always nice to see.

I Have Kasparaitis said...

So ... The Leafs aren't looking too good, and it seems TB is doing okay in this game ...

Wings are losing by a point, and the Flyers are losing by 2. I think our division is going to be hard to beat again this season.

Also, the Peca suspension is bullshit in my mind. I hope his hearing with Bettman goes well ...

Sid has been practicing his stick-handling or maybe it's the fact that he isn't injured, but nonetheless, he looks amazing tonight with his puck control and movements.

Vanessa said...

@annie: wangs!?! that's awesome. serious fodder for me here in mi!

J.S. said...

It hurts me to pull for that team, but when I see they are playing the Wangs, then I realize it's OK. At the end of the day, I know it's only a passing phase and that I'm sure I'll be over it by about 1040 tonight.

Joose said...

I love this.

J.S. said...

you gotta be kidding me

Joose said...

Squirt, squirt.

J.S. said...

Steigy has....LOL, he just mentioned the USS GILL!!

Adam Sacco said...

USS Gill reference!

Annie said...

Steiggy dropping the USS Hall Gill again!

J.S. said...

I think Steigy loves to mention that everything "squirts"

Regardless of my vote, I can't wait for these political commercials to end. I'll vote for Kenny Melvin if it stops these commercials for the next month.

Vanessa said...

you know they have their homepage srt to tPB... for sure.

J.S. said...

Boooooooo is right.

Did they get these refs from this weekend's college football games?

Joose said...

Paul "Squirts" Steigerwald for President

I Have Kasparaitis said...

How the hell? TB is tied with the Canes, Wings won by one goal, the Caps won over Chicago ... Ovie had 2 goals ...

Kevin said...

57+ minutes of good work. Shot in the backside.

Kat said...

Ugh, what a bad break. 1-1

J.S. said...

fuckingdammit

Nobody wanted to touch Elias' shot because they didn't want to contract hepatitis A

J.S. said...

cmon Rob King, chess is not serious business...

The Internet Is Serious Business!!

spanky kane said...

letang......


wow

Annie said...

FUCK! That was frustrating.

F1reb1rd said...

Even tho the Pens lost...

3 Stars of the Game:

3. Marc
2. Andre
1. Fleury

That's what's up.

Joose said...

WOW.

Erik said...

Haha...

Rangers will sign Sundin within the month. Write it down.

The Big K said...

Fuck this shit.

Vanessa said...

damn that SUCKS. at least psu is dominating. good night everyone.

Erik said...

Where are all the band-wagoners now?

Funny how all so called Pens fans disappear as soon as the team finds itself in the trenches.

Stilly said...

I'll bet there's a suicide party over at LGP. You can't expect to win when you're outshot 48-15. Fleury was insane. It's going to take the defense some time to adjust to life without Gonch, and probably less so Whitney.

Better days are ahead.. believe that.

Lauren said...

I am so totally in love with MAF. I don't even care about the loss (yes I do). What a beast.

oddjobber said...

Holy shit, anyone watching the Calgary FLames opening ceremony? It was f-ing sick!

Penguins game was embarrassing. So far the 08-09 season has been nothing but frustrating.

When do we get to score 6 goals in a game? The Canadiens did it tonight, we are much more talented.

oddjobber said...

Calgary is my second favorite team, they are like the Pens of the West..

brett said...

ugh.

As soon as the Devils lose Brodeur, they are the next Islanders. They can have this win. We'll seek vengeance when it matters.

I Have Kasparaitis said...

On the positive side of things, Zigomanis played well for just entering our system, Flower played out of his mind, and the defense played well ... blocking those shots like that and Eats and Scuds playing like they did, not to mention the offensive prowess Tangers and Goose are showing.

We have little to worry about with the defense ... it was more like the entire team sitting back and saying we scored, we'll play their game ...

Oddjobber, 3 games that's how many we've played ... chill out. You do realize the Canadiens were playing the Leafs, right? And the Habs are a talented team. We got a point in a game we were overshot by a wide margin, I think we should be thankful.

J.S. said...

NESN have also lost the concept of math.

They said Mario buried ir for the first time 25 years ago today vs Boston. 25 years ago, Mario was still skating in the Q with Laval.

daismog said...

Ugh. How did the Penguins turn into this??

Fleury in net was absolutely awe inspiring.

The defense was solid. One bad break, or Gill should have been #1 star of the game.


The forwards left them out to dry. Our wings couldn't get the puck out of the zone. At least four breakaways or 2-on-1's where they choked.

15 shots on goal? What's going on here?

On a team with players like Crosby and Malkin, Staal and Satan...

Against the New Jersey "Defense first, second, third, and fourth" Devils...

... And the Penguins can't match the offense of the Devils.



Now, I expect the Pens to lose a fair number of games, probably more even than most other fans.

I expect to lose to the Brodeur's 1-0 or 2-1 at least once.

But to get out shot more than three-fold?


I just don't understand it.

J.S. said...

I'm still saying fatigue. Jokes aside, recovering from an overseas flight is serious business. If they're not recovered after the Flyers game, then I start questioning a little more.

Flyer Hater said...

"Ugh. How did the Penguins turn into this??

Fleury in net was absolutely awe inspiring.

The defense was solid. One bad break, or Gill should have been #1 star of the game.


The forwards left them out to dry. Our wings couldn't get the puck out of the zone. At least four breakaways or 2-on-1's where they choked.

15 shots on goal? What's going on here?

On a team with players like Crosby and Malkin, Staal and Satan...

Against the New Jersey "Defense first, second, third, and fourth" Devils...

... And the Penguins can't match the offense of the Devils.



Now, I expect the Pens to lose a fair number of games, probably more even than most other fans.

I expect to lose to the Brodeur's 1-0 or 2-1 at least once.

But to get out shot more than three-fold?


I just don't understand it."

Put your head in the toilet, and flush.

Rage said...

It's all gravy, baby...Ziggo-whatsits looked damned good IMO, Fleury was the love child of Jesus and Buddha, the rest? meh....they'll get there. Patience young padawans...79 games to go...

Flyer Hater said...

MAF=Beast

Rage said...

Think we send Sonni Abatta to get Mats Sundin?


WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

DO IT

squagles said...

this just in: snoop dogg was just sighted in a pens jersey in a commercial for his show. i didn't catch which player it was but it ended in a 9. whitney maybe??

Flyer Hater said...

The Pens were lucky to even get a point in this game.

I Have Kasparaitis said...

J.S. I think the Flyers game will get them back in business ... nothing like playing a team you hate.

"Put your head in the toilet, and flush."

Flyer Hater, already having to say that is a bit depressing, isn't it?

How does one blow a 3-0 game?
Answer: Melrose. Why Bugsy did you go there? *shakes head* I'm ashamed for you ...

Nulpher said...

One of these days Brodeur will retire. Until then, he will continue to be difficult to crack a puck past.

Although Weekes is capable, he just doesn't have enough defense in front of him to keep him from getting raped. Brodeur is one of the few goalies that can handle a craptastic defense.

Anyways, that means were now 1-1-1. Kinda sucks, but its early in the season.

Oh, and Sykora needs to come back soon... putting Syd on wing isn't a good situation.

Oh, and I was cheering for the Sens tonight too (Yes, I feel dirty, but the enemy of Detroit is who I cheer for... unless its Philadelphia, then I just cheer for Detroit to lose.) and they lost to Detroit.

Vanessa said...

flower was amazing. I can't believe more goals weren't scored in that game (on either team). we'll work it out, for sure.

go pens. I heart all of you. no matter what

&hearts

I Have Kasparaitis said...

nulpher: Really? Philly? Uhh, Philly has been our rival for how long ... I root for the Wings when they play Philly. No way in hell do I root for Philly over anyone ...

Flyer Hater said...

I don't know why people are bitching about Brodeur. The Debs could have brought Chris Terreri out of retirement and won tonight. He played almost zero part in the win.

Nulpher said...

As far as snoop goes. It could've either been a Fleury or a Whitney jersey. I'm going to guess Fleury since its easier to find. It could also be a custom jersey since he has been known to wear a "Gin and Juice" jersey with the number "94" on it.

It wouldn't surprise me to see him in a jersey, he is a huge NHL fan, he just really doesn't admit to it directly due to his rap career.

Oh, and he was at the SCF game with Anaheim:
http://www.playerhatersball.com/2007/05/i-like-way-snrub-thinks-apparently.html

Nulpher said...

To be honest, I root for the arena to blow up when a Philly v Detroit game happens, but I tried not to say that due to the black helicopters that result from the Patriot Act ;).

Flyer Hater said...

The playoff run last year taught me not to take these regular season losses hard. 3 years ago, I'd be devastated over this loss, now you take everything in stride and just view the bigger picture. Pens have always been a slow starting team, 3 points in 3 games ain't too bad.

Tony Little said...

ehh. whatev.

Tony Little said...

not too concerned, although we can't get out shot by 30+ shots by the DEVILS! NJ barely gets 30 shots a game. WTF!

dying alive said...

Couple of thoughts on tonight's game:

1. Sighted at Mellon tonight: a Surovy jersey.

2. MAF is a beast.

3. HUGE thumbs down to the crowd tonight. It wasn't the most exciting game ever, but they didn't even get into the pre-game stuff all that much.

4. THE PENS AREN'T MAKING THE PLAYOFFS!!!1!!1

5. I don't claim to be a professional hockey player, but it seemed like they should have taken more than 15 shots in three periods + overtime.

6. I can't wait to go to LGP tomorrow and count the number of times the word "putrid" is used.

7. Some choad hung a McCain/Palin sign on F balcony. I don't really care who is voting for who, but a Pens game isn't an appropriate place to get political. Conversely, there was a disappointing lack of signs involving Satan.

Docciavelli said...

Eh, just got home. Missed the game.

Doesn't sound like I missed anything I wanted to watch anyways.

Remember people, no Mark Recchi.

And I don't care if they only got a point out of this one, as long as they beat the hell out of Philly Thursday.

Go Rays. F the BoSox.

Kat said...

Jarett Stoll sounds way too much like Jared Staal and I keep double taking thinking that Little J was randomly playing on the Kings.

Anywho, I'm still not worried about the Pens. Jetlag, people being out, new guys, whatever. Adjusting takes time. And there's still 79 games left. MAF was out of his mind and that can only lead to great things. And there were some really good moments tonight.

Kudos to Ziggo for a decent first showing.

jefe p said...

i was hoping tomorrow to see the headline of "Satan slays Devils" or something. but oh well.

im perty sure the pens are always out shot and still make a game of it. they will work out the kinks.


why would you root for detroit OR philly? or anyone in the eastern conf? just focus on the pens and let the rest of the league sort itself out.

Docciavelli said...

@dyingalive

Someone should've reminded the choad that Palin was dropping the puck for the slackjaws in Philly, not in Pittsburgh.

I guess when your campaign gets desperate, you're willing to do anything.

I Have Kasparaitis said...

But, Docciavelli, he scored for the Bolts ... shouldn't we pick him up again? *laughs*

Flyer Hater said...

If you're worried about other teams winning or losing this early in the season, you might as well schedule the triple bypass surgery now. It's just not worth. I don't start to seriously look at the standings until February.

dying alive said...

I'm always worried about the Flyers losing, but that's only because I take so much delight in their suffering.

Stoosh said...

@ Erik -

Haha...

Rangers will sign Sundin within the month. Write it down.


You mean with the half-million dollars they have in cap space?

The cap is $56.70 million and the Rangers total cap hit per www.nhlnumbers.com is $56.23M.

Research = novel concept, eh?

Eric P. said...

Did Staal play?

j.s.22 said...

thank god for another season of steigy jinxs.

Stoosh said...

not too concerned, although we can't get out shot by 30+ shots by the DEVILS! NJ barely gets 30 shots a game. WTF!?

That's the Devils playing Devils hockey. When the Devils have to come from behind in close games, they play that system that forces a lot of neutral zone turnovers and they use a quick transition game to generate shots.

Like Flyer Hater said, this one is on the Pens forwards to generate better sustained pressure in the Devils zone. This is why the blind drop passes and unnecessary stuff like that can kill you against a team like this; the Devils are too good in transition.

Flyer Hater said...

The Devils have always been a good transition team, even when they had Niedermeyer, Daneyko, and Stevens, they also had the A line. When the opposition is constantly turning the puck over at their own blue line like the Pens were doing tonight, you're going to get burned.

Anna. said...

It's way too early to care about losing.
But it still made my stomach drop to my feet when I got the text that we lost 2-1 in OT.
Out shot 49-15 = unreal.
Sounds like Flower was a beast... always good to hear.

Can't wait till Sykkie gets back.
Go Pens.

fleuryous said...

Dude, the guys stayed after and signed, despite probably being a bit upset.


Such great guys.


They played well--especially MAF. Love the kid.

I took two prime National Anthem pictures.

OOOOOOOOOOOOH YEEEEEEEEAH.

meecrofilm said...

The only thing that bums me out about this one is that Fleury deserved that shutout.

Stupid Fucking Karma. I guess the rest of the team deserving to lose overpowered MAFer deserving to win. shame.

Dr. Turkleton said...

Just getting in from a loooooong [but Great] day.

Thanks tPB staff for posting my comment and fellow cblog peeps for their kind words...

1st 20 minutes: resembled 2008 Penguins Playoff Hockey intensity & execution.

Middle 20: like they hadn't played a real game in 6 days.

Last 20+: who were those 18 guys masquerading as Penguins? [MAF + Sabu get a PASS]

Meh....it's just 1.21951% of the season.

Ran into BNG66 outside the Mellon & he was in mid-season form!...Especially when John Barbero read his name as it was displayed on the Jumbo as a 'Special Guest' during the 1st intermission.

OK, Turkrest: OUT.
Time for some....
[z z z z z z]

fleuryous said...

Who's complaining about Brodeur?


You'd ABSOLUTELY be lying if you criticized Brodeur. haha


He's the Jesus...no, just kidding--the God...of goalies.


However, MAF was a FIEND tonight. I just hope they don't overwork him, and everybody pulls their own weight, you know? Because he played his balls off tonight.

And Therrien waved at me in the parking lot. He's all business.

fleuryous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhEJNbkHEWI


Goddamn, I love TK.

Adrienne said...

Goddamn Brodeur... Goddamn Kolzig. At least Minnesota won tonight :(

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