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Monday, June 1, 2020

Today In Penguins History (6/1/1992)





On this day in 1992, the brooms were out in Pittsburgh as the defending Stanley Cup champions completed a four-game sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks.  The 6-5 victory capped off a series that saw the Blackhawks in the finals for the first time since 1973.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Today In Penguins History (5/25/1991)





On this day in 1991, the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Minnesota North Stars, 8-0 in game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.  This sealed the deal for the series and earned the Penguins their first-ever franchise championship.  They would later go on to repeat the following season.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

This Week's Puck Junk Hockey Podcast: The One In Which We Surrender To The PowerPlay



In this week's Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal and I discuss all the ways I can't stand the 1993-94 Fleer PowerPlay cards that graced our presence all those years ago.  They aren't completely horrible. Only mostly horrible.  We also chat about the latest cancel culture victim, Brandon Leipsic, from the Washington Capitals and all the nasty things that got him canned. 


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Monday, May 4, 2020

This Week's Puck Junk Podcast: The One In Which Wolves Devour Checkers



In this week's latest episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, after a two-ish week hiatus, Sal and I talk about the new affiliation agreement between the Carolina Hurricanes and the AHL's Chicago Wolves -- which leaves the Charlotte Checkers in limbo.

We also discuss the new Pro Visions insert cards found in 2019-20 Upper Deck Credentials Hockey and the difficulties of packing and moving a card collection to a new home.

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Today in Penguins History: 4-17-2006 The Kid Gets 100

 

On this day in 2006, Sidney Crosby became the youngest player in NHL history to score 100 points in a season.  At just 18, he had three assists against the New York Islanders to put him over the top for this outstanding record.  He assisted, along with Ryan Whitney, on Andy Hilbert's goal in the first period to open the scoring.  With a 2-1 lead in the 2nd period, he helped out on the goal by Tomas Surovy (along with Colby Armstrong).  Then, later in the period, he picked up another assist on Ryan Malone's second goal of the game, a power play goal also assisted by John LeClair. 





The Penguins went on to score two more goals in the third period by Josef Melichar and Ryan Whitney, winning the game 6-1.  From a franchise standpoint, Crosby became only the second rookie to ever do that in a Penguins uniform.  The other...Mario Lemieux.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Today In Penguins History: 4/13/1991 THE SAVE


Today in Penguins history, the franchises first Stanley Cup victory was assured by the quick glove of Frank Pietrangelo. 

Frank hadn't played very much all season long and was thrown into, as Mike Lange called it, "A Pressure Cooker Situation" after Tom Barrasso went down with an injury.  This was his first playoff game ever, with his team facing elimination in game 6 of Round 1 versus the New Jersey Devils. 


Pittsburgh had a 1 goal lead going into the third period and Pietrangelo was being abused with shot after shot.  As Slava Fetisov took a shot stick side on Pietrangelo, Peter Stastny came up the glove side with an eye on potting a rebound.  Frank played the initial shot but couldn't hang on and was caught out of the crease as the puck caromed directly to Stastny's stick. Game over? Not quite.


Diving across the goal mouth, Pietrangelo caught the puck in his Heaton-model trapper, gloving Stastny's shot out of mid air, and the Pens hung on for the win.  He then went on to start game 7, shutting out the Devils and helping the Pens march on toward their first Stanley Cup.  "The Save" as it has affectionately become known to Pens fans, will go down as one of the biggest in franchise history.