The Daily Bongo
|2011-2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Matchup|
|1||Wednesday, April 11, 7:30pm et||Philadelphia Flyers @ Pittsburgh Penguins||PHI||4-3|
|2||Friday, April 13, 7:30pm et||Philadelphia Flyers @ Pittsburgh Penguins||PHI||8-5|
|3||Sunday, April 15, 3:00pm et||Pittsburgh Penguins @ Philadelphia Flyers||PHI||4-8|
|4||Wednesday, April 18, 7:30pm et||Pittsburgh Penguins @ Philadelphia Flyers||PIT||10-3|
|5||Friday, April 20, 7:30pm et||Philadelphia Flyers @ Pittsburgh Penguins||PIT||2-3|
|6||Sunday, April 22, TBD||Pittsburgh Penguins @ Philadelphia Flyers||PHI||1-5|
|2011-2012 Atlantic division|
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 -- Evening
Pens Are Back In ActionThe Pens are back in action. Hockey had a lockout for the second time in eight years. I have to admit that as time passed, I didn't find myself missing it. They made a deal, and there will be a shortened season. It's starting this weekend, and going through the end of April. Then there will be playoffs. I'm still not much interested, and I'll have to see if my feelings for the game returns when the season starts. The Pens are doing a nice thing tonight. They had a black on white scrimmage game for free at Console. The stands were standing room only to watch the Pens play each other.
Sunday, September 16, 2012 -- Afternoon
NHL LockoutBecause the NHL owners and players were unable to come to an agreement, the owners have locked out the players. Most analysts believe that the season will be delayed. It's just a matter of how long. Some of the NHL players, like Evgeni Malkin, are going to play in the KHL.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 -- Evening
Parise to the WildRay Shero wasn't able to get Zach Parise to sign with the Pens. After four days of everyone wondering where Parise was going, Parise announced that he would be joining Ryan Suter, the other big free agent out there, with the Minnesota Wild. Parise comes from Minnesota, so it was a return home. I think Parise intended this from the beginning, and I think he was just dragging out the drama. The problem is that Shero doesn't seem to be able to get wingers to sign on with the Pens. Last year, Jaromir Jagr went to the Flyers. Jagr signed with the Dallas Stars for the upcoming season. We'll have to see if Shero is able to get anyone else to be Sidney Crosby's winger.
Sunday, July 1, 2012 -- Evening
Zach Parise to the Pens?Zach Parise, captain of the New Jersey Devils was unable to come to an agreement with the team before noon today, and he entered the free agent market. Parise is a close friend of Sidney Crosby, and the Pens are one of the teams making offers. We won't know what Parise's decision is before tomorrow, but Pens nation is on the PariseWatch.
Friday, June 22, 2012 -- Evening
Bye-bye Jordan StaalAs I write this, the NHL draft is being held here in PIttsburgh. That leads me to the shocking news that the Pens traded Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes. The Pens had made a good ten year deal to Staal yesterday, but Staal turned down the offer and said he wanted to go free agent. Well, the Pens decided to trade him to get something at the draft. Supposedly, Staal wanted to go to Carolina so he could play with his brother, Eric, and possibly with his younger brother, Jared, who is a prospect with Carolina. Staal got married today, and supposedly Ray Shero referred to it as a wedding gift. The Pens got the eighth pick, and they chose a defenseman, Derrick Pouilot. The Staal trade isn't such a shock to me. Staal really didn't have a role here, and he probably was getting tired of being on the third line. Also, he was getting as many hours as he wanted.
Malkin's TrophiesEvgeni Malkin made out at the NHL Awards a couple of days ago. He got the Art Ross since he lead the league in scoring. Then he won the Hart Trophy, for the league MVP. The NHLPA members voted Malkin the league's best player, giving him the Ted Lindsay Award. Malkin deserved all the accolades for the great work he did this season.
Thursday, April 5, 2012 -- Evening
Annual Pens AwardsThe annual Pens team awards for the regular season are:
Baz Bastien Memorial "Good Guy" Award - Marc-Andre Fleury and Pascal Dupuis
NHL Masterton Nominee - Matt Cooke
A.T. Caggiano Memorial Booster Club Cup - Evgeni Malkin
Player's Player Award - Brooks Orpik
Edward J. DeBartolo "Community Service" Award - Evgeni Malkin
Defensive Player of the Year - Brooks Orpik & Marc-Andre Fleury
Most Valuable Player Award - Evgeni Malkin