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The Pittsburgh Penguins are gearing up for a run at a third straight Stanley Cup!

The Pittsburgh Penguins are gearing up for a run at a third straight Stanley Cup!

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

The Pittsburgh Penguins have played more hockey over the past two years than any other team in the National Hockey League.

That is what happens when you win back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships.

The Penguins won their second-straight Stanley Cup last June when they defeated the Nashville Predators 4-2 in their best of seven playoff series.

Pittsburgh’s success can be largely contributed to their “three-headed monster” which comes in the form of Team Captain Sidney Crosby and Assistant Captains Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel.

All three players currently sit tied for fourth in league scoring with 66 points a piece.

Evgeni Malkin leads the team in goals scored with 32, which is also good for second spot in the league, trailing only Washington Capitals sniper Alexander Ovechkin who currently has netted 34.

The Penguins currently sit in second spot in the Metropolitan Division with 70-points and seem poised for another run at this year’s Stanley Cup Championship.

Pittsburgh has gone 8-1-1 over the course of their last ten games and seem to have found their groove just in time for their next playoff run.

The Penguins are hoping to become the first team since the 1983 New York Islanders to win three straight Stanley Cups.

Penguins win game 7 OT thriller, advance to Stanley Cup Finals

Penguins win game 7 OT thriller, advance to Stanley Cup Finals

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

The defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins were able to fend off a feisty Ottawa Senators squad and win the NHL’s Eastern Conference Title in the final game of their best of seven series last night at PPG Paints Arena.

Penguins star forward Sidney Crosby set up the game winning tally in double overtime, setting up Chris Kunitz for his second goal of the game, breaking the hearts of Ottawa Senators fans in the process.

With the win, the Penguins will once again play for the Stanley Cup, this time against the Western Conference winning Nashville Predators.

Game 1 of the series is set for Monday night in Pittsburgh (8 EST).

The Western Conference’s eighth seed Nashville Predators defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues and most recently the Anaheim Ducks to advance to their first ever Stanley Cup Finals.

Meanwhile, the Penguins defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, Washington Capitals and the aforementioned Ottawa Senators to once again advance to the final round.

Who do you think will win this year’s Stanley Cup Finals?

Sidney Crosby suffers a concussion, ruled out of Game 4

Sidney Crosby suffers a concussion, ruled out of Game 4

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

The NHL’s top goal scorer, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, suffered a concussion during game three of last night’s game in Pittsburgh and has been ruled out of Wednesday’s game four against the Washington Capitals.

The injury occurred during the first period of yesterday’s game in Pittsburgh after Crosby suffered a head shot from Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen.

The Penguins star forward, Crosby, led all NHL players in goals scored during the regular season with 44.

Despite missing a handful of regular season games, “Sid the Kid” managed to finish second in the regular season points race, trailing only Edmonton Oilers forward Conor McDavid.

The Penguins lost last night’s game three 3-2 in overtime and now lead their best of seven series with the Capitals 2 games to 1.

Game four takes place Wednesday night in Pittsburgh before the series returns to Washington for game five on Saturday night.

Stay tuned to KalapakiJoes.com for further updates as they develop.

Penguins acquire Phil Kessel in trade with Toronto‏

Penguins acquire Phil Kessel in trade with Toronto‏

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired sniper Phil Kessel in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday afternoon.

The deal involved a total of six players and some draft picks, here is the breakdown:

To Pittsburgh:  Phil Kessel, Tyler Biggs and Tim Erixon. Plus a second-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

To Toronto: Scott Harrington, Kasperi Kapanen and Nick Spaling. Plus a first and third round picks in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Toronto will also pay a portion of Phil Kessel’s salary going forward, $1.25 million per year to be exact.

Kessel had 25 goals in 82 games with the Maple Leafs last season.

In eight NHL seasons, Kessel has hit or surpassed the 30-goal mark on five occasions.

Those numbers should increase in Pittsburgh, as Kessel will get to play on a line with either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin.

Crosby has never had a go-to sniper as a wing man and was very excited when asked about the trade to acquire Kessel:

“I’m excited! He’s an elite scorer and has a lot of speed. I see him fitting in well with us.”

Pittsburgh’s power play will now boast former Art Ross winner Evgeni Malkin, former NHL MVP Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel, Kris Letang and Patrick Hornqvist. Yikes!

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