Photographing an athlete when they return to a city where they are bigger than the sport is stressful. The fear of missing the moment is incredibly real.
Before Andrew McCutchen stepped into the batters box to receive Pittsburgh's best ovation in recent memory he was forced to wait.
I walked out of PPG Paints Arena nearly two hours after shooting Evgeny Kuznetsov's eagle celebration as he ended the Penguins' season.
One thousand, one hundred and nine days. That's how long it had been since the Penguins were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Capitals fans love Sidney Crosby. Wait, that's not it. Capitals fans hate Sidney Crosby.
Kris Letang has a mean streak.
The best signs in the stands are always locally relevant insults which wouldn't hurt anyone that didn't grow up in the area.
In Philadelphia, we expected the series to eventually "throw back" to Penguins vs. Flyers series of the past. It didn't.
The hockey stick is used to pass, to score, to hack, to slash, to cross-check, to trip, and to find ways to use it in any combination of the above.
By now, it's safe to assume the most physical play the Penguins face every year will be in April and early May.
Jake Guenztel has been all but an actual superhero through a series and a game in the 2017-18 playoffs.
It's probably fitting that the first handshake photo of the 2017-18 season would go to Jake Guentzel and Michal Neuvirth.
One more round trip across the turnpike, shall we? For the first time all series, it really looked like the Flyers wanted to carry a playoff mentality into a game...
Game 4 had a storyteller's script to it. Every image seemingly full of celebration via the Penguins or dejection on the faces of the Flyer fans.
Despite animosity between the Penguins and any of last playoffs' teams, particularly the Capitals, none of them felt like working from within the Wells Fargo Center.
After a 7-0 result in Game 1, it was easy for fans, and maybe the Penguins themselves, to look past the Flyers and expect a similar result the rest of...
If you would have predicted a Game 1 shutout for Matt Murray, but then said he would only be the third star (or fourth, but Evgeni Malkin got snubbed), I...
Unlike in the regular season, playoff hockey means I spend a lot of time around the opponent as well as the Penguins.