No, it's not about hits and fights, scraps and scrums and all that other tough stuff.
It's possible that, by the time the Zambonis complete their final laps here tonight, the most compelling quotes I could cull about the Penguins would come from the Bruins' locker...
Dominik Simon caught himself, and cleverly at that.
When Major League Baseball's historic axe swung down upon Houston's front office, it brought similarly strong reactions from across the continent, almost all in approval.
The problem with Mariano Rivera having been the Baseball Hall of Fame's first unanimous selection a year ago is that he's set the new standard for encouraging homogenized voting.
"It takes everyone," Marcus Pettersson was telling me the other night at PPG Paints Arena. "Everyone in here."
Kris Letang needs to be better. There. Lets' try the positive approach this time.
Kris Letang's ill-advised overtime penalty cost the Penguins at 2-1 loss to the Sharks.
It's New Year's Eve, and the predictions for 2020 will be pouring at the pace of champagne.
"I'm looking forward to Ben hopefully coming back healthy. So it can get back to the way it used to be and whatnot. ... You know what I mean?"
The Penguins kept right on defending, right on winning in shutting down the Predators, 5-1, Friday night at Bridgestone Arena.
The Steelers have learned a lot in 2019 toward 2020, and one of them is that they'll be just fine at quarterback.
On an otherwise sunny NFL Sunday, one butchered by botched snaps, benched quarterbacks and just bad all-around football, this pass was pristine.
"I don’t think anything went wrong. We were just a little bit on edge. That can spook a young quarterback." My goodness.
"House money" was what David DeCastro called it in our conversation a couple weeks ago in Cincinnati, and I'll be damned if he didn't nail it.
Tristan Jarry and the Penguins beat the Los Angeles Kings, 5-4 by shootout, Saturday night at PPG Paints Arena.
T.J. Watt, superb linebacker of the Pittsburgh Steelers, deserves to be the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2019.