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Iginla saw Penguins-Bruins series as ‘big possibility’ before choosing Pittsburgh

May 30, 2013, 9:51 AM EDT

Jarome Iginla #12 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on April 25, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Penguins 3-2.
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Jarome Iginla had his choice of being traded to the Boston Bruins or Pittsburgh Penguins. As we all now know, he chose Pittsburgh, even though the Bruins initially thought the opposite.

Now he’ll battle the team he turned down for the right to play in the Stanley Cup finals — and he’s not surprised by how things turned out.

“I was very fortunate that both teams were interested and I was fortunate that Calgary gave me that chance,” Iginla told the Penguins’ official website. “I chose Pitt. I’m thrilled.

“I know Boston is a great team and it was one of those situations that when I did it, I knew there was a big possibility that we’d be in this situation and here we are. I’m excited about the challenge.”

So far, the Pittsburgh Penguins have gotten exactly what they wanted out of Iginla. He hasn’t been their star player in the postseason, but he’s been a huge contributor with four goals and 12 points in 11 games. That puts him in fourth place among the Penguins, but only one Boston Bruins player has done better.

After missing out on Iginla, the Bruins acquired Jaromir Jagr. He’s struggled in the playoffs, but traditionally has been strong against the team that originally drafted him in 1990. During the 2012 playoffs, Jagr had a goal and seven points to help the Philadelphia Flyers eliminate the Penguins in six games.

Both players will attract a lot of attention in the Eastern Conference finals.

Related:

Iginla: Stanley Cup or no, I’m not retiring

Bruins GM Chiarelli sticks to his guns over Jagr-Iginla debate

  1. myspaceyourface - May 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    The outcome of this series doesn’t make Iginla’s decision a good or bad one. He chose the best organization for him. I know Boston fans don’t like the decision, but he wanted to go somewhere with class. ha ha ha

    • jpelle82 - May 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      ughh you were doing fine until the end there….

      • myspaceyourface - May 30, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        I know. . . I simply had to get the pot stirring.

        There are 2 more days until this things starts. . . AHHHHHHHHHH

    • nosefacekillah - May 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      Class. One word; Cooke. A player that sums up the spirit and ethics of the organization.

      Iginla wanted to go to a team where he could get lost. He has proven throughout his career he wilts in the spotlight. Captaining the Flames is like leading a division 3 team. No pressure, no expectations.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 30, 2013 at 10:33 AM

        The year he led the flames to the cup finals in 04 he had 13 goals and 9 assists in 26 games. I wouldn’t call that wilting. If you think that there are no expectations or pressure when playing for a NHL team in Canada, well that reflects your intelligence of this sport right there.

      • nosefacekillah - May 30, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        You can’t compare Calgary to Toronto, Montreal or even Ottawa and Vancouver. While hockey is the only sport in town that does not involve a bull there is no where near the pressure in Calgary. Even Detroit, NY and Boston have more pressure than Calgary.

        What year was it Jerome lead his team to the cup?

      • sportsfreak13 - May 30, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        2004. Just because they haven’t had a great team since then doesn’t mean there isn’t pressure.

      • JoeAvg - May 30, 2013 at 11:12 AM

        Yeah can’t handle pressure of Olympic gold medals. Want one name (not word) that sums up spirit & ethics? How about nosefacekillah?

      • mhaubach - May 30, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        The whole Matt Cooke rag has ran its course. In professional sports, injuries happen. What happened to Marc Savard wasn’t pretty, but it’s also Hockey. For as many times as I hear about Cooke, I can equally bring up Chara’s hit on Pacioretty. For that matter, google will bring up any amount of Boston “Big Hits.” Hell, Hockey is full of them. The time for talking is over. It’s a Hockey Night in Pittsburgh, grandma’s in the fast lane and the bingo game is ready to roll. Beantown can suck it.

      • fbothharbaughs - May 30, 2013 at 5:06 PM

        Class. How ’bout one word: Marchand?

      • fbothharbaughs - May 30, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        Besides, who’s wilting? Did you say Jagr?

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - May 30, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      I’m a pens fan and there’s no need to add that last part on to your comment.

      • myspaceyourface - May 30, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        relax. . . It was a poke at Pittsburgh as much as it was Boston.

    • myspaceyourface - May 30, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - May 30, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        Ooooook you have a point. With all the stuff thats going to come Cooke and Crosby’s way, this is hypocracy at it’s best……lol

      • onearmdragon - May 30, 2013 at 10:45 AM

        2011 is a great year! Please keep reminding me of the Bruins Cup!

  2. laxman1944 - May 30, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Typical Pen zealot comment…….putz

    • therealdeal18 - May 30, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      It was actually a solid comment till the last part. If Boston wins their fans will love throwing it in Iginla’s face but the truth is theres no telling how it would have played out if he went to Boston so no one can call it a bad/wrong decision.

      • laxman1944 - May 30, 2013 at 11:12 AM

        I had no problem with it UNTIL the end….totally agree.

        Hoping they all beat the crap out of each other.

    • fbothharbaughs - May 30, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      Typical Flyers (golf) fan…

      • laxman1944 - May 30, 2013 at 7:22 PM

        Heck yeah been knocking the crap out of it and strong on the greens. Looking forward to walking Merion for The US Open in a week or so.

        Then off to the beach for a couple weeks.

  3. pastabelly - May 30, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    The Bruins play a different style of game. Iginla or any other Penguin wouldn’t put up those numbers in Boston. He did what he had to do. My only problem with him is that by saying originally that he would go to Boston, he F’d the lives of others like Bartkowski. If you didn’t want to play in Boston, be upfront about it. Either way,he’s a rental, gun for hire.

    • hockeydon10 - May 30, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      To be fair, he never said the deal with Boston was a done deal. He gave a list of teams for Feaster to negotiate with. Feaster wanted the best deal for the Flames (of course) and chose the Boston deal. Iginla still had to give final ok for any trade to occur. He chose Pitt after Chiarelli and Feaster thought they were all set.

      For all we know, he could have given a list to drive up the bidding to help the team he was part of for the majority of his career. If he had given a list of one team, the bidding would have been low.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - May 30, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      Feaster was in the wrong for waiting to ask Jarome about the deal after he had called Chiarelli and told him it was a done deal.

    • 19to77 - May 30, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      How did he f*ck up Bartkowski’s life? Bartkowski got to remain a Bruin, has been called up on this playoff run and had a chance to really show quality play to the Bruins. If anything his life’s looking up because of how those cards were dealt. Would you rather be in Calgary or Boston right about now?

      • jpelle82 - May 30, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        thats what i’ve been thinking the whole time, i dont get why its a bad thing he didnt go to calgary. whats the point of playing more minutes for a losing team when he is playing meaningful minutes now. you gotta earn what you get, and he is now earning his way onto a very good team instead of getting minutes by default for a loser.

  4. pepper2011 - May 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    So he went to Pitt? Seriously? When I think Class I think Western PA/OH.
    And Mario is just the Belle of the Ball putting the A on Matt Cookes jersey and then whining about the state of the league.

    Mario’s 1991 team:
    Steven: 254 PIM
    Samuelsson -206 PIM
    Caufield – 175 PIM
    Loney -127 PIM
    Errey -119 PIM
    Jennings – 104 PIM
    Tocchet – 49 PIM (19 games)
    AND 8 more guys with 60-99 PIMS including Mario.

    • nosefacekillah - May 30, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      Mario surrounded himself with goons throughout his career and does so still today. He knows he could never compete at the level he did without the opposing player fearing a career ending injury from one of the pitt henchmen.

      • therealdeal18 - May 30, 2013 at 10:37 AM

        Speaking of whining

      • sportsfreak13 - May 30, 2013 at 10:41 AM

        Do you remember when Adam Graves slashed Mario wrist in the playoffs breaking it?

      • laxman1944 - May 30, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        Sportfreak……just stop you sound like a petulant child….but that being said it is so you though……Putz

      • sportsfreak13 - May 30, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        Haha well what can I say I’m just happy to see my team in the Eastern conference finals.

      • fbothharbaughs - May 30, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        Actually, the reason Lemieux’s career was curtailed was due to the fact that he didn’t surround himself w/goons, contrary to what that moron Milbury thought. He had McSorley for awhile, & Jay Caufield, who while his workouts pushing a truck around a parking lot were legendary, could barely stand on skates.

        Your lack of hockey knowledge is remarkable, Stupid…

      • cheesesteak75 - May 30, 2013 at 6:24 PM

        noseface = ass clown
        You know nothing about hockey, Mario, or the Penguins team when Mario played.

    • sportsfreak13 - May 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      When did Matt Cooke wear the A on his jersey? Would you like me to bring up the bruins players penalty minutes for that year? I have made you look foolish once, do I really need to do it again?

      • pepper2011 - May 30, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        um… no you didn’t. But it’s ok.

        http://bleacherreport.com/articles/642003-pittsburgh-penguins-why-matt-cooke-should-lose-his-alternate-captaincy

      • pepper2011 - May 30, 2013 at 10:56 AM

        you ok?

      • sportsfreak13 - May 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        I didn’t know he had A on his jersey. That looks nice next to his cup. Do you still want me to bring up the bruins penalty minutes from 1991?

      • jpelle82 - May 30, 2013 at 11:03 AM

        it was 2 years ago and mario yanked it from him. what was your point again?

      • pepper2011 - May 30, 2013 at 11:04 AM

        still trying to find where you made me look foolish. Was it by being wrong and not knowing hockey? sure post away the Bruins PIM’s for that year. They had Nilan and Byers who were goons; what you don’t see is the Bruins WHINING about the state of the game because Sid and Letang got hurt. Put your big boy pants on and see things they way they are. NOBODY outside Pittsburgh likes or respects them (talent yes, dignity and honor, No). Outside MTL, BUF, VAN, And whomever they are playing the majority of fans and players respect them. You never see a Leafs, Sens, Kings, Wings, Hawks, Blues or even Philly fan talking about how they are dirty. It’s always, ALWAYS :Sabres, Habs, Canucks or Pitt. why? cause they try to be like the aforementioned teams, but just can’t get it right.

      • pepper2011 - May 30, 2013 at 11:06 AM

        It was two years ago; after the savard hit, after he had been suspended two other times. Stay classy Pittsburgh

      • pepper2011 - May 30, 2013 at 11:10 AM

        @sportsfreak.

        LOL

        Pitt 1895 PIM
        Bos 1740 PIM

        I would stop. you are making a fool of yourself.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 30, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        One of the classiest captains picked the pens over the bruins. I think that says a lot. I cant wait for this series to kick off. Also please see the senators head coach’s press conference after we eliminated them this year. Not only did he respect us but he called Crosby the best player in the world. Soon we will humble your might bruins too.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 30, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        That’s because we went on to play more games and actually win the cup. Something your bruin squad failed to do that year. 150 PM seperates goons from angels huh? What a fool I am.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 30, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        By the way pepper I love how you automatically thumb up your own comment. It really shows what kind of person I am debating with here.

      • pepper2011 - May 30, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        The point is the hypocrisy of Mario and Pens fans. I repspect the hell out of Sid, Malkin, Neal, Letang, etc… as players. Sid is the best player in the world. Most Bruins fans will agree, but he is still a whinny asshat. Neal is even worse. Malkin is ok, but has perpetual herpes and that’s just nasty. I think Mario was better than Gretzky too, but he still is a effin baby.

        You have a lot of offense, but the worst D and Goalie combo left in the playoffs.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 30, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        Vokoun has 7 GP .930 save percentage and 2.22 Goals against. Rask has 8 Games played .928 save percentage and 2.42 goals against. Please tell me more about how the pens D and goalie is the worst of the remaining teams.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 30, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        How can you call Mario a baby? He had to have someone tie his skates the year they won the cup because his back was so bad he couldn’t bend over to tie them himself. He overcame not only his back but cancer as well and put up ridiculous numbers. The amount of cheap shots players took on him because they couldn’t contain (see adam graves incident) him is why he needed guys like Stevens to protect him.

      • pepper2011 - May 30, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        The Bruins had a much harder playoff draw. Toronto is superior to Wash Offensively and Rangers are better than the Sens. Pens had the best record so they deservedly have the easiest road.

        How can I say you have the weakest D and Goaltending of the teams left?
        really?
        1) you are already using your backup goalie who crapped his pants in the 1st round and has been AWFUL in the playoffs for 3 seasons now. this is not a new trend.

        2) 48 game regular season is better representation than a 7 game stretch(Vokun) against a team in the sens who was just worn out. they played above their head all season and had a tough matchup against MTL. Rask has actually played 12 games.

        3) regular season GA/P:
        – CHI 2.02
        – BOS 2.21
        – LA 2.38
        – PIT 2.48

        You do not know a thing about hockey if you are honestly trying to argue that Pitt has the weakest D/ Goalie combo left. Crawford I am not sold on yet, but If Shero got a call asking to trade either Vokun or Fluery for Rask or Quick it would be done in heartbeat.

        Tuukka 2.00
        Vokun 2.45
        Fleury 2.39

        pretty easy to call them the weakest defensive/goalie team left.

      • pepper2011 - May 30, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        Mario is a whinny baby. I give him all the credit in the world for beating cancer. on the ICE and in the executive booth. Nothing but baby. He also probably had someone tie his skates because it was below him, not cause of his back.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 30, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        Vokoun still has better numbers then rask THIS postseason and the rangers were so offensively challenged they fired torts. The numbers this post season don’t lie and the numbers say vokoun > rask. Plus check out what vokoun did to your bruins on the regular season this year. You can have your regular season stars I’m looking at the 2013 playoff stats.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 30, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        haha yep he had someone tie his skates for one year in the middle of his career because it was below him. Do you even know the severity of his back problems throughout his career? I underestimated your stupidity. You represent your team and city well pepper. Again thanks for the laughs.

      • pepper2011 - May 30, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        Seriously?

        you can’t actually believe yourself.

        you played two teams that didn’t look like they were even going to make the playoffs.

        Vokun has been decent, but not really challenged.

        against the B’s this year, he played well, but I am not worried about him winning the series. at all. I suspect we will see Fleury again and that will not be good for Pitt.

        Also not making excuse; just making so observations when the B’s played the pens in march they played them twice in 7 days. they had a total of 5 games in 7 days. 10 games in 15 days to start March.

        we’ll see sportsfreak, we’ll see

        Boston in 6

      • sportsfreak13 - May 30, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        Pens also played the bruins without malkin for all 3 games and without Crosby for one. We will see. Should be a doozy. Pens in 6.

      • jpelle82 - May 30, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        and the bruins almost got beat by leafs, and then they played a rangers team who almost didnt make the playoffs themselves. the penguins played a fiesty islanders team on the rise and then they dismantled a senators team who shouldve been the 2 seed if they didnt have the injuries they had all year. and dont twist the stats – vokoun is playing better than rask right now – better stats and better w/l record. if you wanna say rask is better than that must mean penguins are better defensively because vokoun has better numbers. either way you are losing that argument because either the bruins are letting rask down or he is just not as good. so which is it? penguins are just so good at defense vokoun has these numbers or vokoun is just that much better?

        rask – 2.22 and .928
        vokoun – 1.85 and .941

        here’s some more numbers just for good measure:
        rask against penguins – 2.54 and .881

      • fbothharbaughs - May 30, 2013 at 7:20 PM

        “dignity & honor”? you talking about figure-skating, pepper? & why would you expect a fanbase of another team to like Sid, Geno et al…

        Not very salient points, moron

    • laxman1944 - May 30, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      Wait a minute…..YOU just wait one minute now…

      Are you really saying there is another team in the NHL other than The Flyer that has “Goons” up and down the roster??

      Be still my heart.

      • laxman1944 - May 30, 2013 at 8:25 PM

        WOW………NOT one reply ……..NOT one argument …..?

        Do not ever kill The Flyers for being “Goons” again……..never

  5. dropthepuckeh - May 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Mario is a complete hypocrite who has no problem gooning it up to “protect” his players but he cries and threatens to take his ball and go home when other teams inflict the same punishment. He wants less clutching and grabbing and yet has one of the bigger diving teams in the league. Crosby is a phenomenal player but his complaining to the refs and diving is pathetic. Has Mario been too strong of an influence or is Crosby just born with the same cowardly gene? Obviously he honed the skill with Letang and Neal, an All Star cast of floppers.

    Who cares about Iginla? This story is overplayed. Obviously Iginla plays more of a Boston style game, hard and grinding, but he’s a Penguin and everyone’s moved on. He won’t be there next year so let’s see if his decision pays off.

    I’m wondering which game we get to see MAF sheepishly back in net….

    • jpelle82 - May 30, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      the bruins dont have the firepower to chase vokoun from his net, doubt fleury steps in other than for an injury scenario. i doubt the bruins will be able to play their kind of game against the pens…all it takes is one or two quick goals by pittsburgh and the b’s will be off their game trying to run and gun to get back in it…suicide for any team playing against the penguins. the reputation of the penguins putting up 4.5 goals per game will get in the b’s heads, especially if the penguins get some 1st period goals on them…they will hit the panic switch and start taking chances and turning it over just like the sens did – and the sens were the best defensive/goaltending team in the east.

      • dropthepuckeh - May 30, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        Yeah, the Bruins will be intimidated by the offensive fire power I’m sure. Just like Vancouver two years ago with the best power play in the world ever, they probably aren’t even sleeping at night anymore.

        The Bruins seemed to find a way to score on Lundquist. Vokoun is no Lundguist. Factor in we have yet to see normal production from the third line and Jagr, I’m okay with the Bruins offense.

        Keep your doubt though bud….

      • pepper2011 - May 30, 2013 at 11:20 AM

        just like the Canucks? I grant you that Pitt has more fire power, but pretty comparable. The 4.5 goals will not get into their head. They have been one of; if not the best defensive team for the last 4+ years. I also disagree about fire power. The Bruins play a defense first game. If Lucic, Horton, Seguin, Krejci, Marchand, Jagr. Bergeron were on Edmonton or Pitt they would put up substantially higher offensive numbers. Jagr is a perfect example: Yes he is old, but he was putting up pretty comparable numbers in philly and dallas this year- then he got to Boston and his numbers fell.

        Seguin vs. P.Kane (last two seasons)

        Seguin 45G 54A +57
        Kane 46G 75A +18

        I’ll take a +39 over 20 assists.

        Don’t be so quick to dismiss the Bruins offense. it’s better than you think. they roll 4 lines ALL season, so the forward TOI is more balanced.

      • erbaker67 - May 30, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        Although I agree that IF the pens score some quick goals the Bruins will open it up a bit, but as these playoffs have shown, they can come back. Also, the Penguins arent that good at holding leads. As a Pens fan, I dont care if its 7-3 or 2-0, no lead is safe. You also can not compare the Sens and Bruins offensively. Two totally different animals. The Bruins are hard on the puck, much more physical than the Sens or the Isles. This is going to be a great series. Go Pens!

      • dropthepuckeh - May 30, 2013 at 11:26 AM

        I was being sarcastic. Everyone said the Bruins couldn’t match the Canucks offense two years ago and look what happened. The Bruins were the better team when they were a man down….

      • laxman1944 - May 30, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        I’d take Jagr over Iggy any day of the week…….

      • sportsfreak13 - May 30, 2013 at 11:49 AM

        So you would take 4 points over 12???

      • laxman1944 - May 30, 2013 at 12:17 PM

        He’ll be a load and than some in Pitts end and drive your blueliners crazy with his huge body and puck control.

        AND

        I got a feeling he may really be looking forward to playing his old team

        Oh I’m sorry I did not answer your question…..Yes I would rather have Jagr.

      • mhaubach - May 30, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        Honestly, I don’t see much difference in the games of any of the teams from the NE Div. MTL had some speed/talent, but Therrien is a joke. It’s all physical, def/goaltending first, bounce on mistakes. Short of round one, the Pens have taken care of the puck with some regularity. Lines three and four have done their job admirably and the top-two’s quick-strike ability is a nightmare. Kuny and Dupers will have a huge series, and I see some solid give from 48, 19, 16 and 36. I do not see the forecheck causing any probs for the D. I respect the beans, but they will have their hands full. If the series goes the pens way the first two, I do not see this getting to seven. If they split, then this could be a good one.

      • jpelle82 - May 30, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        thats why they play the games. the bruins themselves have aknowledged they’re fighting an uphill battle and if its in their heads like that already, just wait til they play the games and the pens put a couple up on them early is all i’m saying. as a fan i’m not concerned one bit going into this series.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 30, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        Lets compare notes after the series. I highly doubt jagr will outperform Iginla but I could be wrong. Ill take iginlas shot over jagr puck control everyday.

      • laxman1944 - May 30, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        So….your thinking….what??……sweep The Bruin…..than sweep the sacrifitial lamb out of the west and Parade…..than undefeated 2013-2014 season and than sweep all over again…..BEST TEAM EVER……

        What do you think kids??

      • sportsfreak13 - May 30, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        Yea no one said anything about a sweep. I think this series will go 6 maybe 7. After your last comment I can’t believe you called me a petulant child haha. You seem a tad jealous laxman.

      • laxman1944 - May 30, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        No jealousy here my man. Weather is heating up nicely and the flowers are in bloom. The beach is calling.

        Kidding aside I think it’ll be a really good series and I hope it does not take more than 2 games for these guys to hate each other….the hate factor makes for a dandy.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 30, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        These guys are going to hate each other from the drop of the puck. Keep your eyes open for Douglas Murray. This series is exactly why shero brought him in.

  6. salsendardo - May 30, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Mario had cancer and came back to win the scoring title that season. He had chemo on game day and went out and still dominated. If that is a baby then sign me up.

    • laxman1944 - May 30, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      No arguments here……..I loved the standing ovation the Flyer fans gave him his first game back after his battle with cancer……pretty claay i’d say.

    • pepper2011 - May 30, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      I agree. All the credit in the world; wouldn’t want to go through what he went through.

      We are not talking about cancer though; I think everyone can agree what it took him to get back was amazing.

      He’s still a baby in all things not pertaining to cancer.

      Is Phil Kessel a tough and physical player or is he kind of baby?

  7. gallyhatch - May 30, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    I love how so many Pitt fans use the pronouns “we” & “us” as if they were actually out there on the ice with the team.

    • sportsfreak13 - May 30, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      WE are all in this together. I really hope WE win the cup. WE are a hard team to beat, no matter who you put on the ice to play against US.

    • mordock57 - May 30, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      What freak said. Pittsburgh fans are one with the team. We live and die with ‘em. Might explain why we have the most consecutive arena sellouts in the NHL, not to mention the best TV ratings… not just in hockey, but in all non-NFL sports ratings. Better than any MLB or NBA market. A good question might be… why aren’t your city and your fans as equally devoted and emotionally involved?

      Go Pens. Pens in five.

      • gallyhatch - May 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        You may be one with the Penguins, but that city sure as hell is not one with the Pirates. Avg. capacity at PNC was 12k under capacity in 2012, and that’s the highest average in 4 or 5 years.

        Can you cite the source from which you gathered the information about Pittsburgh tv ratings? That an interesting statement you made.

      • gallyhatch - May 30, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        “That’s”

      • laxman1944 - May 30, 2013 at 8:30 PM

        Oh…..thank you for letting us all know that Pitt and all their fans are better than everybody in the world.

        No wonder everybody loves you…….

      • mordock57 - May 30, 2013 at 8:33 PM

        Gally, it was in a press release at the end of regular season, few weeks back. I’ll find and link it when I’m home from work later. Mobile is a pain and my work break is limited. :-P

      • mordock57 - May 30, 2013 at 8:43 PM

        Nevermind, got it. My apologies… The Pens led all US teams. (Canadians still care more, go figure). Mea culpa.

        http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=668593

  8. crusty14 - May 30, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    I love how you guys say things like ” pitt is already in these guys heads”! The bruins are recent cup winners, and have been through several playoff battles over the last few seasons, with more or less the same roster. They are playoff veterans , and I doubt very highly anyone will ” get in their heads”

    • mordock57 - May 30, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      All four remaining teams are recent Cup winners. I was at one of the two third period comebacks (in the same week). That sort of thing does tend to get in a team’s head, just a bit.

  9. museofthenetherworld - May 30, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Well it is nice to see trash talking alive and well here! So here is my “two cents”…..What is it about Crosby that inspires and evokes so much Johnson envy? I mean no matter what he does he get’s “lit up” my goodness it is amazing what I read! Regarding Mario, the truth is he was constantly messed with every time he stepped on the ice..period! Still, he found ways to win..and because he was protected my his other team members who made sure he could not be “messed with” he is a whiner and a thug? Oh please! give me a break NEWSFLASH: You are suppose to not only protect your Captain but, your other Team Mates as well! This whole “whiner” and “thug” references reminds me of a scene in which the bully get’s his but whipped by his victim and the bully moans and witches he was treated unfairly. This is a complete load of “bollucks.’

  10. museofthenetherworld - May 30, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Well it is nice to see trash talking alive and well here! So here is my “two cents”…..What is it about Crosby that inspires and evokes so much Johnson envy? I mean no matter what he does he get’s “lit up” my goodness it is amazing what I read! Regarding Mario, the truth is he was constantly messed with every time he stepped on the ice..period! Still, he found ways to win..and because he was protected my his other team members who made sure he could not be “messed with” he is a whiner and a thug? Oh please! give me a break NEWSFLASH: You are suppose to not only protect your Captain but, your other Team Mates as well! This whole “whiner” and “thug” references reminds me of a scene in which the bully get’s his but whipped by his victim and the bully “moans” and “witches” he was treated unfairly. This is a complete load of “bollucks.” Still, this will be one “firestorm” of a game with, both teams extremely intense and tenacious as, it will more than likely go the distance. So with that Take Care All! and Game On!

    • pepper2011 - May 30, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      You should try to be a bit more objective. If you really pay attention to what is said you’ll learn Boston fans (for the most part) have a ton of respect for the Pens talent level. You will hear them rip Mario (not so much for his playing days) but his hypocrisy and whining about “where the league is” and threatening to step down and not be a part of “this type of NHL”.
      Boston fans in particular have a problem with this because he employees Matt Cooke and Played with some well known goons; and cheap shot artists (ULF). If Mario didn’t whine when Sid and his players got hurt – he wouldn’t have that reputation.
      Basically he never said one word when Matt Cooke was ending careers or ULF was running around trying to hurt people, but when it’s his guys, “the league has a problem”
      No team is clear from questionable hits, or plays, but You don’t see Neely or Chiarelli trying to grab the league by the balls when it happens to them.
      Sid takes a beating because he is good and he is fine being physical but if you try to be physical with him it’s heresy.
      Most people have no problem with the super stars being protected, but don’t whine and act like your team is exempt from questionable plays. Basically if you have Matt Cooke on your team; shut up. He has turned it around a bit, but prior to this year – Cooke and Raffi are probably the greatest examples of what is wrong with the league, and what Mario was complaining about.

      • gallyhatch - May 30, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        “Being objective” doesn’t really seem to be part of the agenda for a lot of the Pittsburgh folks posting on here.

      • laxman1944 - May 30, 2013 at 8:40 PM

        F$cking A right……….the man is spot on.

  11. pepper2011 - May 30, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    a little more on why Crosby gets ‘lit up”… probably the same reason Chara does and Marchand do; They suck to play against – they are very good (in Sid’s case Top 3 if not 1), they produce, and they have a face you can only like if they are dawning your teams sweater.

    It’ll be a good series. I think the pens have better players(more top end talent),
    I think the Bruins have the better team.

    • museofthenetherworld - May 30, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      Wow Nice!, Here is my point and I will go back to being “real” this is Hockey is it not..So while all the big beautiful numbers are important as well as moral turpitude, the fact is every player..Every Player has had one of those games where he just collectively “loses his sh7t” and “throws down.” We can run “round and round” this classy or not classy debate until ‘the roosters crow” but, it is still a fact. Now, as far as the “infamous” Cooke well, one thing I do know is when he is on the ice he has a way about him. I liken him to Kasparaitis who do I feel every play was “nicey nice” no I do not but, I do know when he was on the ice he made a HUGE difference. You said I am not objective well, you wrong there because I do feel Boston is going to put up a Hades of a fight and, I feel they are an excellent team. I just constantly see Crosby & Co. getting berated for doing the same thing as other teams do. Still, Hockey is a passionate debate and I must say I enjoy this “go arounds”. Conversely, it was not very classy to say “shut up” to me when I never insulted you specifically but, Hockey does bring out the “primal” in us all now does it not?

      • laxman1944 - May 30, 2013 at 8:50 PM

        Well put sir

      • museofthenetherworld - May 30, 2013 at 11:35 PM

        Laxman, If you are referring to me I am a Woman but, Thank You all the same!..If you were referring to me that is as, I’m a newbian here so, I am still “learning how this forum works.”

      • pepper2011 - May 31, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        I didn’t tell you to shut up; unless you are Mario – which would just be weird. I see how that was unclear, but I assure you it was not directed at you.

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