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Mike Colligan is an NHL analyst at Forbes SportsMoney and The Hockey Writers. Email: MJColligan@gmail.com

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Sidney Crosby

Crosby addresses setback, Malkin talks rehab, other Penguins exit day highlights

PITTSBURGH – The dust has finally settled in Pittsburgh after a disappointing 1-0 Game 7 loss on home ice Wednesday night. Coach Dan Bylsma said no players were hiding major […]

by · April 29, 2011 · 2 comments · Pittsburgh Penguins
Martin St. Louis is the reigning Art Ross Trophy winner. (Icon SMI)

Pittsburgh-Tampa Bay Game 7 Preview

PITTSBURGH – Lightning and heavy storms will roll into Western Pennsylvania Wednesday afternoon but they’re unlikely to match the intensity of a Game 7 matchup between Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay […]

by · April 27, 2011 · Comments are Disabled · Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning
James Neal has become a major component of the Pens' prolific attack. (Icon SMI)

Is James Neal the Real Deal?

If Pittsburgh blows a 2-1 series lead and Neal can’t find the back of the net, he won’t be able to sidestep comparisons to last year’s deadline-dud Alexei Ponikarovsky.

Will Tampa Bay make the playoffs? (IconSMISelect)

Playoff Playbook: Lightning Looking to Lock Down Penguins

Pittsburgh is supposedly searching for answers after a 5-1 loss in Game 2 on Friday, while Tampa is just looking to ride a wave of confidence and momentum towards a 2-1 series lead.

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Penguins Blueprint: Wilkes-Barre Building a Winning Tradition

As the top seed in the Calder Cup playoffs, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have found a way to defy the traditional minor-league paradox.

by · April 15, 2011 · Comments are Disabled · Pittsburgh Penguins, Prospects
Can Fleury rebound in 2013-14? (Flickr/wstera)

Marc-Andre Fleury’s season comes full circle in shutout win over Tampa Bay

PITTSBURGH – When Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh met back on November 12, Marc-Andre Fleury was a goalie with a shattered confidence.  He had just been pulled in his previous start […]

The hard work of Chris Kunitz opens up scoring opportunities for his linemates (Icon SMI)

Pittsburgh-Tampa Preview: Penguins have utilized rule tweak to terrorize Lightning defense

The first round playoff matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Tampa Bay Lightning kicks off tonight at 7pm and is set to be an intriguing one.

College Free Agent Paul Thompson signed with the Penguins last week (Icon SMI)

Penguins use recruiting strategy to lure Thompson and Gibbons

Pittsburgh instead turned their sights to Brian Gibbons and Paul Thompson, two college free agents willing to sacrifice performance bonuses and the ability to burn the first year of their two-year ELC’s. Neither player attracted the buzz of Da Costa, but they still carry impressive resumes that caught the attention of a number of NHL teams.

by · April 8, 2011 · Comments are Disabled · Free Agents, Minor League Report, National Juniors, Pittsburgh Penguins, Prospects
The Hockey Writers Live: Sunday 6pm EST with Adam Jahns and Paul Fenton

The Hockey Writers Live: Sunday 6pm EST with Adam Jahns and Paul Fenton

On Sunday at 6pm EST, another episode The Hockey Writers Live airs with hosts Mike Colligan and Jim Neveau. This week, the THW Live team is joined by guests Adam […]

by · March 25, 2011 · Comments are Disabled · Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators
Merrimack forward Stephane Da Costa

Penguins Blueprint: Stocking the Shelves for Free

Stephane Da Costa is the latest potential diamond in the NCAA rough – a late-blooming talent who is a free agent because he was never drafted by an NHL team. The native of Paris, France received a few NHL offers following his freshman season but chose to return to school to work on his game. It seems to have paid off.

The fantasy hockey world doesn't hate Mr. Cooke at least! (Icon SMI)

Matt Cooke Suspended 14-17 Games; the End of the ‘NHL Pest’?

Senior Executive VP Colin Campbell and the NHL wanted to send a message. “Mr. Cooke, a repeat offender, directly and unnecessarily targeted the head of an opponent who was in […]

Video: Matt Cooke Elbows Ryan McDonagh; Penguins lose to Rangers in wild third period

Video: Matt Cooke Elbows Ryan McDonagh; Penguins lose to Rangers in wild third period

The NBC Game of the Week matched the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers in an Atlantic Division battle, but over the next 24 hours the spotlight will shine brightest on Penguins winger Matt Cooke after his elbow to the head of Ryan McDonagh in the third period of a 1-1 game.