Thursday, December 6, 2007

I've moved. . .

You can now read my posts about the Penguins, as well as other sports, at Sports Bird.

Thanks for visiting, and if any of you ladies are interested in becoming a Lady Bird blogger, email ladypenguinblog@gmail.com.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Welcome to Pittsburgh, Mr. Sykora

In an often shaky game for the home team, the Penguins managed to defeat the defending Stanley Cup champ Anaheim Ducks 5-4 in the home opener. Petr Sykora scored to goals in his home-Penguins debut. Armstrong, Malkin and Malone added the other three goals.

Fleury still looked very soft in goal and will need to start stepping it up. Sure, the defense made some mistakes, but your goalie needs to make those saves.

I thought Mark Eaton played an exceptional game defensively. Every time I looked, he was making one good play after the other.

Overall, it was a much better performance for the Pens than the previous night. Let's hope things continue moving in this direction.

Other notes:
  • Attendance was 17,132. Plan on hearing that number a lot this season.
  • "Cotton Eye Joe" won the text message vote with 80 percent of the vote. Their were some boos, but this song is part of the Pens hockey experience to me. If they want a different song to win, maybe they should mix it up a little. The three choices at the past three games have been the same.
  • Sidney Crosby smartly called soft drinks "pop" to the delight of the crowd during an in-game Jumbotron feature called the Pizza Hut Hot Seat or something like that.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Dear...

Dear people who sit in the first row and feel that they need to stand up, turn around and wave every time the puck comes near you: Stop doing that. You are not cool.

Dear Best Damn Sports Show graphic: Please go away. You take up half of the ice and I cannot see the game.

Dear Penguins: Please play better tomorrow.

I'm just crabby. ;-)

Eric Staal was a terror in the first period, and the whole Hurricanes team was for the first two.

Sabourin played better than I expected in the third. Of course, the Hurricanes may not have been playing as tough.

I really need to set it up so I listen to the radio and watch on TV. Steigy and Errey suck.

Take some time to read the article on the Staal family FSN mentioned tonight. It's a month old, but oh well.

Woo hoo!

I drafted #10 of 10 in my fantasy hockey league on NHL.com. My league's team name is "pitt fans unite." Presumably all Penguins fans.

And I got Sidney Crosby on my team.

How did that even happen?

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Penguins vs. Steelers

Vote now! No Doubt About It has posted their "who would you rather live without" poll, pitting the Steelers against the Penguins. Right now the Steelers have a slight lead. It should be interesting to see how much of a hockey town Pittsburgh really is.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Return of Thibault

Last night's preseason game between the Penguins and Buffalo Sabres was much more entertaining than last week's Red Wings game (makes me think even more that it's a Red Wings thing). Some highlights:
  • Thibault! He's backing up Buffalo's Ryan Miller now and got the start. I think we'd be better off this year if he was still our backup--he did a pretty solid job last season. Sabourin didn't look very impressive.
  • Lots of scoring--12 (okay, 11) goals. Guess that's what you get when you have two back-up goalies playing.
  • "Cotton Eye Joe" lost the text message vote to Donnie Iris. I'm going to miss the "Cotton Eye Joe" timeout if this gimmick continues during the regular season.
  • Malkin scored to tie the game with negative 0.1 seconds left. So close.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Apparently the Pens will lose in the Stanley Cup finals this year.

NHL.com has an article from the Canadian Press announcing that in a video game simulation of the entire upcoming season, the Pittsburgh Penguins are defeated by the San Jose Sharks in six games in the Stanley Cup finals.

The simulation also has Crosby winning the Hart Trophy and Therrien winning coach of the year honors (how exactly does the game figure that out?).