For only the second time in Matt Murray‘s career, he lost consecutive playoff games. And for the first time in a long time, Murray isn’t the same goalie the Penguins have effusively praised and enjoyed over their past two Stanley Cup runs. His .906 save percentage isn’t horrible although it’s far from inspiring but he isn’t necessarily the problem right now. What are some things the Penguins … Continue reading What needs to be fixed for Penguins to comeback?
I understand how deep the attachment gets to players like Marc-Andre Fleury. When a player is the most accomplished goaltender in the franchise’s history, and an even more accomplished person off the ice, it’s hard not to become a big time fan of that player, even after their tenure with your team is over. Here’s a harsh reminder for everyone: remember when people wanted to run … Continue reading Halicke: It’s Time to Get Behind Murray
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
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
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
Before the season, the Penguins signed goaltender Antti Niemi to a 1-year, veteran minimum “show me” deal. After getting rid of Marc-Andre Fleury, the Penguins didn’t have the two-deep system they had in their two previous playoff runs. The Niemi signing quickly blew up in their face as he posted a .797 save percentage and a 7.50 goals against average in his three appearances in … Continue reading Flavell: Do the Penguins have their true backup goalie?
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
Since the calendar turned to 2018, the Penguins have started to come back to life. They have posted an 8-3 record in their 11 contests, which leaves them tied for 2nd in the division going into the all-star break. Despite the recent run which includes the resurgence of star players such as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, are the Penguins really back? We know what this … Continue reading Are The Penguins Back?
On Sunday night, the Penguins won a rollercoaster of a game against the Boston Bruins 6-5 in overtime. The Bruins were fresh off a 7-1 victory in Boston against the Carolina Hurricanes, a team that the Penguins just can’t seem to figure out. This game had potential to be very good and very bad and we got exactly that. The best (and worst) of both … Continue reading The Best and Worst of The Penguins in One Night
There seems to be an ever-growing panic in Penguins FanLand that the Penguins made the wrong decision getting rid of Marc-Andre Fleury and keeping the younger alternative in Matt Murray. Should this be something the Penguins should actually be worried about? The early season statistics have proven to be largely in Fleury’s favor. Fleury missed a large amount of time with another concussion but has … Continue reading Should We Really Be Worried About Matt Murray?