It's a point. "And it's a big point," Mike Sullivan was more than just mouthing late Thursday night at BB&T Center
Sidney Crosby sat at his stall. Staring straight ahead. Speechless.
Football is fading from public interest, as we're all now hearing. The Steelers, specifically, are losing the faith of their fans.
It wasn't exactly tough to tell that Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann were ecstatic about their arrival in Pittsburgh. Meaning, first and foremost, that they'd made it at all.
"Don't poke the Bear!" was how Brooks Orpik would word it. This was how he'd describe the inherent idiocy of the Penguins' opponents ever provoking Evgeni Malkin.
Ask yourself this: If tonight's game against the Lightning were Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, how would the top two lines look?
"A lot of games are won before the puck drops." Yep. Close the curtain. Call it a day.
It was nine whole days ago, way out in the Nevada desert, that Mike Sullivan appeared to leave his Penguins with the equivalent of an extended homework assignment.
Forget, for the moment, the pathetic payroll. And the failure to sign a significant free agent for a second consecutive winter.
All hope is lost. I mean, I saw the same New England team we all did on that dream-come-true December afternoon at Heinz Field, right?
What Art Rooney II spoke this week won't matter. What action he takes, that will matter. To that end, he's off to a lousy start.
Antonio Brown will be traded. We can agree on that much, right?
Everyone wants to talk about the head coach, right? OK, let's do that.
When Kris Letang is wrongly blamed for messing up, he'll bite back. It's how he's always been wired.
"It's a good hockey team." This was Jim Rutherford. And this came in a conversation we were having before the Penguins' outrageously energetic 7-4 comeback of the Ducks.
My 39 reasons to believe the Penguins will keep rolling through the rest of these remaining 39 regular-season games and through to the Stanley Cup playoffs.