NHL coaches obsess over obtaining every possible point. NHL coaches seldom instruct anyone on how to play three-on-three.
So I've learned that Derick Brassard's got a loud laugh. Louder, even, than whatever cacophony might have been coming from his mouth in maniacally celebrating his first goal.
Derick Brassard's debut in a Penguins uniform didn't end in victory but the center showed why he can be a valuable contributor in the months to come.
Derick Brassard has been a very good No. 2 center, but he could make the Penguins great as a No. 3 behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
With Willie O'Ree, the first black player in NHL history watching, Ryan Reaves scores the biggest goal in the Penguins' latest win.
As milestones go, Sidney Crosby will have many more momentous than the 400th goal he finally, finally scored Sunday in the Penguins' 4-1 flattening of the Blues.
Defense, as with most sports, is generally about effort. Except when it isn't.
Evgeni Malkin finessed his way to four points, Phil Kessel was fantastic, the power play's in a phenomenal state ... and the Penguins' foremost performers were their defensemen.
The Penguins power play is clicking at 26.7 percent, which if it holds up, would be the second-best in nearly 30 years.
Seriously, Matt Murray was telling us the other day that he doesn't play hockey. He plays goalie, he insisted.
On a night, and really in a season, where little has gone right for the Penguins, it all just sounded and felt so ... wrong. The Penguins and Kris Letang...
It's not possible to describe in any detail the overtime goal Sidney Crosby deflected Monday night, the one pushed the Penguins past the Flyers, 5-4, without delving into the past.
Phil Kessel's shot "comes off his stick a little different," as Mike Sullivan has recited countless times, and others have echoed.
To be clear and fair, NHL officiating is awful across the board, no different for any of the league's 31 member teams.
"It's not about effort. It's never been about effort." Those nine words from Matt Murray followed his 29 saves and the Penguins' 4-0 shutout of the Canucks.
Jake Guentzel is 22 going on 2, judging by that baby face and boyish enthusiasm in pinballing all over the rink.
The Penguins' hearts and minds might have made it out to the ice Tuesday night, but their legs never left the locker room.
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are bound for the NHL's All-Star Game, but they'll leave behind Phil Kessel, the man who just might be most responsible for reigniting both careers.
I knew Sidney Crosby wouldn't agree. "Am I getting more space out there? Really?" the captain came back in basically repeating my question.
Be nice to Tuukka Rask, Pittsburgh. If it weren't for him, there'd be no Patric Hornqvist around here and, thus, no fourth Stanley Cup.
On the morning of June 12, 2016, as franchise history should duly note for so many reasons, Mike Sullivan spoke a two-word admonition to Kris Letang.
Mike Sullivan needed just one game as the Penguins' coach, almost a year ago now, to fully grasp the whole slew of what was systematically missing from his group.
Hockey's neutral-zone trap isn't nearly as much about checking as it is about cheese. The cheese that just sits there on that slab of wood, tempting the mouse
The Penguins' suddenly prolific power play, as easily evident with the eyes as through the statistics, has undeniably been rooted in one simple facet.