Flavell: The inevitable was bound to happen

It’s such a weird feeling. The playoffs go on without the Penguins for the first time in two seasons. Emptiness fills your heart and the feeling of a longer offseason sucks. But, looking back on it, this just seemed like the storybook ending. The Penguins have tortured Braden Holtby and the Capitals over these Stanley Cup triumphant seasons. It was the fourth meeting between Sidney Crosby and Alex … Continue reading Flavell: The inevitable was bound to happen

COLUMN: A Zero Tolerance Policy is a Must

I’m starting this column off with a disclaimer: This is a Penguins site (non-affiliated). We talk about the Penguins or things related to the Penguins 99% of the time here. Most of us here are hockey fans. This column isn’t coming from a Penguins fan. It’s coming from a hockey fan. The NHL has a serious problem. The league’s priorities are way out of whack. … Continue reading COLUMN: A Zero Tolerance Policy is a Must

Flavell: Adversity? The Penguins know no such thing

The sweet smell of victory arose over the eastern side of the Keystone state Sunday afternoon after the Penguins beat the Flyers 8-5. The Penguins suffered an internal loss before the game even started when they learned Evgeni Malkin wasn’t going to be in the lineup. They did get Patric Hornqvist back and while this is no slight to Hornqvist, Malkin not being in outweighed that. It was … Continue reading Flavell: Adversity? The Penguins know no such thing

Flavell: Why the Penguins have all but won the series

You know it’s playoff season again when the Penguins have nearly made the opposing starting goalie fear even so much as seeing the colors black and gold. They’ve given Brian Elliott the yips this time around. Elliott has been atrociously bad in the first four games of this series. Despite what some national media members have said about Elliott being “stellar” and getting no help, a … Continue reading Flavell: Why the Penguins have all but won the series

Flavell: While the Penguins lose some battles, they’ll never lose this war

Look past this 3-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday night and chalk it up in the “practice round” column. Ask yourself: Can the Penguins actually somehow lose to the Capitals in a seven game series? Haha! I laughed, too. There’s the whole cliche that you shouldn’t overlook your opponent ever. The Penguins don’t do that come playoff time and they surely won’t begin … Continue reading Flavell: While the Penguins lose some battles, they’ll never lose this war

Flavell: Few things will matter more this postseason than Matt Murray

This postseason is really just gravy for the Penguins. After winning back-to-back Stanley Cups, the expectations will be high but not necessarily attainable for this group that has been almost carbon-copied from season to season. The one glaring difference in this challenging playoff season will be the goalie situation. Previously, the Penguins could turn to one of two franchise goalies in Matt Murray or Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury … Continue reading Flavell: Few things will matter more this postseason than Matt Murray

COLUMN: Nothing could’ve ruined Fleury’s night

On one of the most emotional night’s in team history, the Penguins potted five goals behind Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. Wow, what a weird sentence that has become. Fleury’s team lost 5-4 in his return to Pittsburgh for the first time since being taken in the expansion draft last summer. Despite losing, Fleury’s night will be one he forever remembers. Fleury returned to PPG … Continue reading COLUMN: Nothing could’ve ruined Fleury’s night

COLUMN: We Could Learn A Lot From Matt Murray

The NHL’s Expansion Draft is now a distant memory. The moment Marc-Andre Fleury was taken by the Vegas Golden Knights, it assured in the era of Matt Murray. It has been a hard pill to swallow for some fans. It’s been really hard for some others. It’s definitely been an adjustment getting used to seeing someone taking their place between the pipes that’s not wearing a 29 sweater. It’s not … Continue reading COLUMN: We Could Learn A Lot From Matt Murray