Game Night: Pens vs Flyers

During the regular season, there’s nothing better than Pens vs Flyer games. If you don’t think it’s the best rivalry in hockey, then you might as well just leave this blog right now. I know it’s not Original Six, but the hatred is real and strong. You can feel it in the air, and you can see it as soon as both teams hit the ice.

I don’t like anything about the Flyers. They are just filthy, greasy, dirty goons. And don’t even get me started on their fans.

flyers

It doesn’t matter where you come from or where you end up — if you wear the orange and black at any give point in your career, I’m not going to like you. That goes for you too, Talbot. Sorry, superstar.

With that being said, I’m not going to pretend that we haven’t choked a time or two because we let those filthy Flyers wind us up during rivalry games. It’s so easy for us to lose our cool with them and start playing Philly hockey. We never win when that happens. Tonight I’m so happy to see us playing our kind of hockey out there.

LET’S GO PENS.

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Are you ready?

This time tomorrow I will be enjoying the end of the first Penguins regular season game!  It feels like ages since they last laced up their skates. And now that several other teams have already started playing, I’m just getting jealous. I’m ready for my team to be back on the ice, too.

As a Pittsburgh hockey fan living in Cleveland for the time being, I have my fair share of hockey viewing issues. Luckily, a fellow Penguins fan at work lives just down the road from a bar that gets all the regional networks. We’ll be enjoying dinner and potentially some Yuengling with a group of friends tomorrow night. I hope this Cleveland bar is ready for some Pittsburgh pride.

It’s going to be an interesting start to the season with today’s announcement that Vokoun is out for 3-6 months and Neal is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Not to mention that Letang is on IR. I know we have a long season ahead of us, but I’m hoping we can start off with a bang. And I have high hopes that Fleury will come out with something to prove. Despite the talk surrounding his recent performance, he is and always will be my goalie. 

Have you watched a game yet? Who are you pulling for?

Pittsburgh Penguins, Consol Energy Center

Are you ready? (Source: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America)

Back in the lineup…

It’s a great day for hockey. And I’m not just saying that because I love the Penguins tagline. It’s a great day for hockey because I feel like playoff hockey is within reach. The season is coming to a close, teams are leaving it all out on the ice and my team is looking like a top contender for the Cup.

Not to mention that Sidney Crosby is back.

Sidney Crosby returns

Sidney Crosby back on the ice and making an impact. Photo by Getty Images.

Regardless of whether you’re a fan or not, you have to appreciate what it means to have him back in the game. The entire league benefits from having the best player in the world back on the ice.

Stay tuned for the latest and greatest hockey news. It’s only going to get better and better the closer we get the playoffs.

The Pittsburgh Penguins broke my heart.

The Penguins after Game 7.

That's right, feel shame. Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images.

My hockey world came crashing down in flames last night. The Penguins lost Game 7. It was a shutout. Embarassing.

Are there a million reasons why we didn’t win the series? Yes. Could I give excuses? Yes. But I expect more from the Pens. I expect them to raise Lord Stanley every year. No excuses.

So what’s a girl to do?

Apparently I’ll be cheering on the Bruins for the rest of the playoffs. Why? First, I spent my summer in Boston, and I’ll always have a place in my heart for the B’s. Second, they’re playing the Flyers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. If the Pens can’t win it all, then I would at least like to see the Flyers knocked out soon.

In the aftermath of the first round, what do you think?

It’s a great day for hockey blogging…

2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Back in time to see Lord Stanley!

Well, my friends, I’m back! I’ve been feeling the itch to blog lately and was inspired by Erin Orsini over at Pink Cleats. EO is one of my best friends. When she started up her sports blog again, it made me want to do the same. And it is NHL playoff time, after all. This is the best time for hockey, and the best time to start up my blog again.

After my senior PR course came to a close last week, I found more time to devote to the best sport in the world. Then I proceeded to watch more overtime hockey than I’ve ever watched in my life. OT is the story of this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Now it’s probably best for me to disclose my personal opinions regarding playoff teams. I have three that I’ve been closely following:

Pittsburgh Penguin Max Talbot

Pittsburgh Penguin Max Talbot gets fired up during the first round of the playoffs. Photo courtesy of Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images.

Pittsburgh Penguins: My all-time favorite team. I became a hockey fan because of the Pens. There’s nothing better than a hockey night in Pittsburgh.

Chicago Blackhawks: My Western Conference team. They’re just exciting to watch! I’m also fascinated by the way that the franchise recently turned itself around in PR terms.

Boston Bruins: My dream team. I spent last summer in Boston, and the Bruins will always hold a place in my heart.

I obviously won’t be worrying about the Hawks anymore after they blew it last night. I woke up at 1:18 a.m. to a text message telling me the Vancouver Canucks won the series in overtime, and it was hard to fall back to sleep after that. It was a tough year for Chicago.

The Penguins and the Bruins are both facing the pressure of Game 7 tonight. The Pens are up against the Tampa Bay Lightning (Fun Fact: A Kent State grad is the Lightning’s in-game host), and the Bruins are battling the rival Montreal Canadiens. I’m hoping they’re both able to pull it off. In which case, I would love to watch the Caps and the Flyers get knocked out in the next round. I’m ready to say goodbye to Ovechkin and the entire city of Philadelphia.

So what do you think? Who are you pulling for this year?