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As can be seen, Brady’s numbers across the board get worse when he is pressured: he is less accurate, throws fewer touchdowns and more interceptions, and posts a lower yards-per-attempt statistic. All of this has to be expected, though, as no quarterback in the NFL is getting better when he is facing pressure. The problem, however, is just how comparatively ineffective the future Hall of Famer gets when opponents disrupt him.

Brady’s passer rating of 47.9 ranks him as the fourth-worst starting quarterback in the league under pressure, while it is simultaneously his worst since PFF started charting players in 2006. For comparison, he ranked 15th in the NFL in passer rating when pressured last season (71.2). The year before that, he led the league with a 96.6 mark. Of course, he also only achieved a 53.4 during a 2014 season that ultimately ended in a Super Bowl win.

The impact that quarterback rating can have on the overall success of a team can be disputed — passes that are thrown away are part of the equation, for example, but preferable to sacks or other negative plays that are not — but the bigger issue still remains: Brady’s performance while facing pressures leaves some to be desired, and the drop in adjusted completion percentage from 81.9% to 55.7% illustrates this very clearly.

So, where does this leave the Patriots? Above all else, they will need to find a way to protect Brady. Getting back starting left tackle Isaiah Wynn, who was placed on injured reserve after suffering a toe injury in Week 2, should certainly help in this regard: Wynn’s replacement, Marshall Newhouse, has been highly inconsistent and is responsible for 21 of the 74 pressures New England’s blockers have surrendered through nine games this season.

Despite that, however, the team still ranks among the best in football when it comes to pressure rate at this point of the season: Brady has been sacked, hit or hurried only just 29.7% of his drop-backs so the protection has actually been fine most of the times (PFF, meanwhile, has New England ranked as the 13th best pass-blocking team in football). That being said, the quarterback’s statistical drop-off resulting from the pressure cannot be ignored.

If Wynn’s return plus the added time the rest of the offensive line has spent together — center Ted Karras, for example, replaced David Andrews just shortly before the season began — can improve the Patriots’ pass protection and give Brady just a few more clean pockets to work with, there is little doubt he can work his magic again. At this point in time, the 42-year-old’s success is closely tied to the level of pressure a defense applies.

The Patriots need to make sure this level is kept at a minimum.

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Not too great, though, when he calls Kilgore “old man” or sometimes “mountain man.” Though he knows that’s just Guge being Guge.

Then there’s the historical side of DeGuglielmo like when he shows clips to his players of some of the best offensive linemen in NFL history. Showed them one about former Patriots All-Pro John Hannah. And another that featured former Bengals’ All-Pro Anthony Munoz.

“Tried to show them what greatness looks like,” he explains. “Can you believe they hadn’t heard of them?”

And, oh yes, there’s one other side of DeGuglielmo we have yet to really touch on, a side that his players seem to have embraced as well – as much as you can embrace a kick in the butt. He can be brutally hard on his players, demanding that things be done precisely the way he wants it. Just as that sense of humor can quickly appear so can that Italian fuse.

Guard Evan Boehm played for DeGuglielmo last year in Indianapolis, which is a large reason why he is now with the Dolphins. You take care of Coach Guge and he’ll take care of you. Sometimes he’ll do it with a smile; other times with a scream. Either way, the message is usually received loud and clear.

“What you see is what you get,” Boehm said of his coach. “He’s the same person 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He’s intense. He gets after it. He demands perfection. He makes practice 10 times harder than a game. He’ll kick you in the ass and pat you on the back, but I think he’s best known for kicking you in the ass.”

He’s been doing a lot of that lately, what with so much turnover on the offensive line and so little time each week to adjust and react. Consider what’s it been like:

The team’s best offensive lineman, left tackle Laremy Tunsil, was traded to the Houston Texans for a treasure trove of draft picks about 10 days before the season began.

Two early on starters – tackle Julién Davenport and guard Danny Isidora – are now on injured reserve.

Jesse Davis, the most versatile of his linemen, has missed time with an elbow injury.

As a result of the injuries, sixth-round pick Isaiah Prince got his first start a few weeks ago against the Chargers. Coach Guge was asked recently why he started Prince at right tackle. The response: “As opposed to me playing right tackle?” Funny man.

Last Sunday against the Redskins, it became four different lineups in five games when Davis returned from his injury.

Could it be five out of six games with different lineups on Sunday at Buffalo? There’s certainly a chance of that with Kilgore missing Wednesday’s practice due to a knee injury sustained late in the game against the Redskins.

“When we say we have a long way to go, that’s an understatement,” DeGuglielmo said.

But progress is being made. Every day. Every practice. The hope is that a clear starting five can emerge and that some cohesiveness can develop that just wasn’t possible amid all the early season changes. The hope is that DeGuglielmo can get the most out of these players just as he has done so often through his coaching career.

Talk to each player and it is clear the type of impact Coach Guge is having.

“I’d love to play for him for the rest of my career,” said Kilgore.

When you get right down to it, what more do you really need to know than that?

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Yes, we all know the New England Patriots are the most successful football team of our times. It seems like they win pretty much every year, and if they don’t they are pretty close to winning. If you follow football even a little bit you know the fans of the New England Patriots are very proud of their team, some might even say overly so. You also know there a ton of fans who absolutely hate the Patriots, fans of the team will say they’re just jealous.

Whether you love the Patriots or you hate them, the team has definitely has had its share of odd situations over the years. Whether it be allegations of cheating, players having brushes with the law, or just some shady situations, in general, there are a lot of things the Patriots want to keep on the down-low.

Here are 20 things the Patriots don’t want fans to know.

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SPYGATE WAS ACTUALLY A THING

Back in the day, the Patriots were actually an underdog, remember when they beat the St. Louis Rams team in Super Bowl XXXVI? Well, come to find out the Patriots were actually taping signals of opposing coaches and had been doing it for a long time. For shame.

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DEFLATEGATE WAS TOO

Ahh good old Deflategate. Remember how mad Patriots fans were after Tom Brady was suspended? If you don’t remember, and the Patriots hope you don’t, the team used to deflate their footballs so Tom Brady had an advantage. Such bad form.

18
THEIR FIRST SUPERBOWL WIN WAS TAINTED

While the Patriots didn’t really do anything wrong here, they still got lucky. Tom Brady looked like he fumbled during their first Super Bowl win but because of the Tuck Rule that states “any intentional forward movement of his arm starts a forward pass,” the play was ruled an incomplete pass.

17
TOM BRADY’S HEALTH ADVICE IS SUSPECT

Just because Tom Brady is a star quarterback doesn’t mean you know everything about health. Tom wrote a book called “TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance.” Some reviews of the book have been pretty negative.

16
MOST PEOPLE ACTUALLY DON’T LIKE TOM AND GISELLE

While it’s true a lot of people think it is super cool that Tom Brady is with Gisele Bundchen, who is a famous supermodel a lot of others just find the two of them annoying. Maybe it’s just jealousy rearing its ugly head but either way, a lot of people don’t like these two.

15
THEY WANT YOU TO FORGET THE SNOW PLOW GAME

Way back in 1982, the Patriots were playing the Miami Dolphins in the middle of a huge blizzard. The field was covered in snow which would make any sort of kick difficult. They were attempting a field goal to win the game. Patriots had a snowplow operator come out and clear a spot on the field to make the kick easier. They made it and won.

14
BELICHICK IS RUDE TO THE PRESS

Everyone knows Patriots coach Bill Belichick can be pretty rude sometimes but when it comes to the press he takes it to a whole other level. He’s not only rude to the press but he seems to get a big kick out of being that way. That’s never a good look.

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“DO YOUR JOB” IS MADDENING

A slogan is a slogan, and yes a lot of them can be pretty irritating. With that said there is something about the Patriots and their fans using the “Do Your Job” slogan that’s really irritating. The Patriots don’t want people to know how many people can’t stand this slogan.

12
THEY GET ALL THE CALLS

Whether it’s true or not a lot of fans of the rest of the league think the Patriots get all the calls. Sure if a team is good, and the Patriots always are, they’re probably going to get the benefit of some calls. But seriously? The Patriots won’t admit it but they get a lot of calls that go their way.

11
BOSTON MEDIA IS BIASED

Sure it’s true that almost every team’s local media gives the home team the benefit of the doubt, but when it comes to the Patriots it’s just ridiculous. The Boston media tends to fall all over themselves talking about how the Patriots can simply do no wrong.

10
THEY CAN BE HEARTLESS

Tiquan Underwood was cut 24 hours before the Patriots played in Super Bowl XLVI, even though he had a great attitude, even to the extent he had the Patriots logo shaved into his high-top fade haircut. These guys are cold, and there is no doubt about it.

9
JON BON JOVI IS A FRONTRUNNER

Jon Bon Jovi isn’t even from Boston, in fact, he is from New Jersey, which is not an area known for its love of sports. But ever since the Patriots cranked “Living on a Prayer” during a playoff game it seems he is a huge Patriots fan. Talk about lame.

8
THE FANS ARE ENTITLED

The Patriots make it sounds like they have a loyal fanbase, but in reality, the opposite is true. Most of the fans who follow the team are just all about winning and haven’t been long term fans. Some Patriots fans are okay but quite a few of them are insufferable.

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THE FANS ARE ALSO OBNOXIOUS

Entitled is one thing, but come on many Patriots fans are also obnoxious. Many of them act like they were the ones out on the field winning games and not just fans of the team. They don’t care about irritating other teams fans though, they seem to enjoy it.

6
THEY DID THE WORST SUPERBOWL VIDEO OF ALL TIME

After the Chicago Bears won the SuperBowl they put together a video called the Super Bowl Shuffle. The Patriots made their own attempt at something like this, they did a video back in 1986 called “New England, the Patriots and We.” It was ridiculously awful.

5
BRADY WHINES A LOT

Sure Tom Brady is awesome. Probably the best quarterback ever. So why does he whine all the time? It’s almost like every single play that doesn’t go his way is something for him to complain about. Being a sore loser is bad, but being a sore winner is just ridiculous.

4
BOB KRAFT IS KIND OF CREEPY

Bob Kraft has always seemed kind of odd, but when he was arrested in a Florida prostitution sting he took it from “odd” to “creepy.” Not to mention he was about 40 years older than his girlfriend at the time of his arrest. Hey Bob, not a good look.

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THEY PUSHED DREW BLEDSOE ASIDE

Drew Bledsoe was a darn good quarterback and the face of the Patriots for years. In 2001 he suffered a near-fatal injury and was replaced as the starter by backup Tom Brady. He got healthy in time for the playoffs but the Patriots kept Brady as the starter leaving Bledsoe in the dust.

2
GRONKOWSKI DUMPED DRINKS ON WOMEN AT A CHARITY EVENT

Former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski spent a lot of time acting in a way he only could have gotten away with because he was rich and famous. A good example of this is when, according to Business Insider, he was at a charity event in 2012 and took his shirt off and dumped drinks on numerous women.

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PROBLEMS WITH THE LAW

Of course, we all know about Aaron Hernandez, who was convicted of murder, but many other Patriots have also been arrested recently. Some of them include Brandon Spikes, Willie Andrews, Chris Sullivan, Terry Glenn, Ty Law, and Irving Fryar among many others. Yay team!

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So I was thinking about Dean Prentice, the outstanding left winger who skated on a line with Andy Bathgate on the right and Larry Popein in the middle on some pretty good Rangers teams in the latter part of the 1950s, and who passed away at age 87 on Nov. 2.

I wasn’t thinking that he belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame, though in a bit I will establish a comparative standard that would certainly seem to indicate that No. 17 has been done wrong by a succession of HHOF selection committees.

Rather, I was thinking about the trade that sent the winger to the Bruins for Don McKenney, a fine center, on Feb. 4, 1963, in the midst of a typical early-’60s Original Six season in which the NHL’s only two U.S.-based Northeast teams both missed the playoffs in six of the decade’s first seven years.

And I was thinking not only how that trade wasn’t exactly a winner for the Blueshirts, but how the Bruins have seemingly gotten the best of the Rangers in just about every deal between the clubs that I could recall.

Guess what? Until Jeff Gorton had baubles to offer the B’s leading up to the 2018 deadline purge, Boston pretty much had run the table.

As follows, ranked from best to worst, the good one or two, the bad, very bad and worst of the eight significant trades between the franchises:

1. February 2018: Rick Nash to the Bruins for Ryan Lindgren, a 2018 first-rounder, a 2019 seventh-rounder, Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey.
Pending free agent Nash sustained what became the final concussion of his career in Boston before retiring for medical reasons following the season. The Rangers, meanwhile, not only netted Lindgren, who is fast impressing folks in New York, but K’Andre Miller by virtue of an ensuing draft-day deal that included the previously owned Boston first-rounder.

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2. February 2018: Nick Holden to the Bruins for Rob O’Gara and a 2018 third-rounder.
The draft choice became Joey Keane, a potential part of the future on the blue line gained for a transitory part of the past on his way to free agency.

3. November 1975: Brad Park, Jean Ratelle and Joe Zanussi to the Bruins for Phil Esposito and Carol Vadnais.
On the ice, it honestly wasn’t all that terrible, the Rangers getting to one post-trade losing Cup final in 1979, the B’s reaching two in 1977 and 1978. But according to the heart, it was the day the music died and never, ever should have happened.

4. February 1963: Prentice to the Bruins for McKenney and Dick Meissner.
From 1955-56 through 1961-62, Prentice was 10th in the NHL with 358 points (163 goals). McKenney was seventh with 387 points (159 goals), per Hockey-Reference. But while Prentice continued to be productive after the deal, McKenney recorded just 50 points (17 goals) in 76 games before he was sent to the Maple Leafs a year later in the Bathgate trade.

5. January 1966: John McKenzie to the Bruins for Reg Fleming.
True enough, Fleming was a fan favorite and a reasonably important part of Emile Francis’ first three playoff teams, but Pie became an integral part of the Animalistic team wearing the spoked-B that won two Cups in the early ’70s while scoring 28 goals or more in four straight years on the line with Fred Stanfield at center and John Bucyk on the left.

6. December 1933: Babe Siebert to the Bruins for Vic Ripley and Roy Burmister.
When the Rangers shipped out Siebert, he was a fading winger. The Bruins moved him full-time to defense, where he became a first-team All-Star before going to Montreal, where he won the Hart Trophy. Neither Ripley nor Burmister made an appreciable impact during their respective short stays in New York.

7. March 2000: Mike Knuble to the Bruins for Rob DiMaio.
Knuble, acquired from the Red Wings entering the 1998-99 season, simply could not establish himself on Broadway (24-25-49 in 141 games) despite getting opportunities to play with Wayne Gretzky and Adam Graves his first year and Niklas Sundstrom and Petr Nedved his second season. But after leaving New York, Knuble emerged as one of the league’s most productive power wingers (243-236-479 in 851 games) while DiMaio rang up one goal and two assists in 12 career games wearing the Blueshirt.

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8. May 1976: Rick Middleton to the Bruins for Ken Hodge.
Seriously, need one say more about this one other than it stands as New York hockey’s version of Jay Buhner for Ken Phelps? Even Frank Costanza believes John Ferguson’s deal (under the prodding of Phil Esposito) was worse.

OK, now the Prentice HHOF case. The winger, who played through 1973-74, retired with 860 points (391-469) in 1,378 games, for .624 points per game. His name is never mentioned when the annual balloting rolls around.

Yet winger Dick Duff, a contemporary, was inducted into the Hall in 2006 after a career in which he recorded 572 points (283-289) in 1,030 games, for .555 ppg.pren

It makes little sense, except that Duff won six Stanley Cups with Toronto and Montreal while Prentice won none while skating for the Rangers, Bruins, Red Wings, Penguins and North Stars.

But how many do you think each would have won if they’d exchanged sweaters throughout their respective careers?

Duff, of course, played in New York for a brief time, obtained as part of the package from Toronto for Bathgate in February 1964. He recorded 20 points (7-13) in 42 games as a Ranger before he was sent to Montreal for Bill Hicke 10 months later.

So maybe we can infer.

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When the NHL expanded from six to twelve teams in 1967, it was imperative for the half-dozen new teams – if they wanted to be competitive, at least – to have solid goaltending. With a West Division housing each of the new teams – the Oakland Seals, St. Louis Blues, Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia Flyers, Minnesota North Stars, and Pittsburgh Penguins – they were ultimately at the mercy of the “Original Six” in the East for the first few seasons.

Good goaltending could keep scores in-check and perhaps steal unexpected wins here and there for each team’s inaugural season.

Goaltender Leslie John Binkley
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Les Binkley was the team’s most important player during the first five seasons of the franchise. (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)
And so, the new teams tried to do just that – secure a cornerstone goaltender – when the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft took place. The Kings selected arguably hockey’s greatest goaltender, Terry Sawchuk, from the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Blues grabbed another Hall of Famer in Glenn Hall. The Seals acquired a 6-time Stanley Cup champion in Charlie Hodge.

While a total of 12 goaltenders were chosen in the Expansion Draft, the Penguins made two marginal selections for the position in Joe Daley, whom they took from the Detroit Red Wings, and Roy Edwards from the Chicago Blackhawks.

Neither was a bad goalie per say, but were also not of the same caliber as Sawchuk, Hall, Hodge and some of the other netminders who were chosen. In fact, Edwards would be traded to Detroit on Sept. 7, 1967 in exchange for Hank Bassen, who would serve as the Penguins’ inaugural backup. Meanwhile, Daley would not appear in the Pittsburgh net until the 1968-69 season.

Nevertheless, the Penguins would in fact acquire their cornerstone, who would serve the franchise well for its first five straight seasons. Shortly before the 1967-68 season got underway, Pittsburgh acquired a 33-year-old rookie goalie from the old Western Hockey League’s (WHL) San Diego Gulls in exchange for cash.

His name was Les Binkley, and he would go on to have a one for the ages season as an original Pittsburgh Penguin and the team’s earliest hero.

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Toiling in the Minors for Many Years
Binkley was born Jun. 6, 1934 in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada. He had played 12 seasons of minor professional hockey across North America before he ever stepped foot into the NHL. This first portion of Binkley’s career saw him play in five different leagues and suit up for 10 different teams.

Les Binkley won the AHL’s Calder Cup championship with the Cleveland Barons in 1963-64 (THW Archives).
His finest minor league successes came during the parts of seven seasons that he played for the Cleveland Barons in the American Hockey League (AHL). Binkley won the league’s Dudley “Red” Garrett Memorial Award as the Rookie of the Year for 1961-62 after playing 60 games, while posting a 3.02 goals-against average and helping the Barons to go 39-28-3.

He would follow that up with two AHL Second Team All-Star selections in both 1964 and 1966, and won the Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award in 1966 for allowing the least amount of goals during the season. From 1961-62 through 1965-66, Binkley played seasons of 60, 63, 65, 40, and 66 games respectively.

Additionally, he backstopped the Barons to the 1963-64 Calder Cup championship – the most major trophy that Binkley would win in his professional career, at least as a player. He followed that up with an additional Calder Cup Final appearance in 1965-66, though the Barons would fall short to the Rochester Americans.

Keep in mind too that all of these accomplishments by Binkley in his minor league career were done while he played without a goaltender mask.

Throughout his career – both in the minors and in the NHL – he had somewhat of a unique look. A crew cut hairstyle, Binkley was taller that some of his contemporaries at 6-foot, and while not overweight by any means, still looked a bit paunchy. Off the ice he may have looked more like a grocer or barkeeper. Instead, he would become the first star goalie in Penguins history.

Success in Pittsburgh and the Team’s Composition
The first-year Penguins would finish second from the bottom in the West Division with a record of 27-34-13. However, they were only two points back of the North Stars (27-32-15) and barely missed out on the final playoff spot.

What is most critical to our discussion is that of Pittsburgh’s 27 victories, 20 of them belonged to Binkley. Likewise, 10 of the 13 ties were his as well. The 54 games that Binkley suited up out of the Penguins’ 74 total were the fullest NHL work of his career. Each of his games that first season were played maskless as well.

When compared with his goaltender counterparts from throughout the league, Binkley did quite well. Here is a quick synopsis of how his numbers looked league-wide that first season:

54 games played (third most in NHL).
10 ties (tied for third most)
150 goals allowed (third best)
1,585 shots against (third most)
1,435 saves (third best)
Six shutouts (tied for second best)
While Binkley may have been the Penguins most important player their first season, he was not their only key contributor. They were a very seasoned team too. Of the 25 players to have appeared in at least one game during the first season, 17 of them were 29 years old or older.

35-year-old eventual Hockey Hall of Famer Andy Bathgate led the Penguins in scoring with 20 goals and 39 assists in 74 games. Ab McDonald was the team’s top goal scorer with 22 tallies. Noel Price was the top scorer among Penguins defensemen with six goals and 27 assists across 70 games. Nine different Penguins reached double digits in goals.

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GLENDALE, AZ – NOVEMBER 06: Paul Martin #7 of the Pittsburgh Penguins awaits a face off during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on November 6, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Penguins defeated the Coyotes 4-3 in an overtime shootout. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Martin announces retirement after 14 NHL seasons

by Jake Andersen

Sports Reporter

Arguably the top athlete to come through Elk River is calling it quits.

After a 14-year NHL career with the New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks, former Elk Paul Martin announced his retirement in an article published by The Athletic on Nov. 14.

Martin explains why he chose to retire to The Athletic’s Michael Russo, saying he wants to finish out his college degree and start a family.

Martin steps away after putting together a prolific high school, college and professional career. The 6-foot-1, 200 pound defenseman got his start at Elk River High School, lettering four seasons and winning Mr. Hockey in 2000 for a standout senior season in which he scored 15 goals and 35 assists. He also was an all-state football player, while playing baseball and track in the spring.

From there, Martin played three seasons for the University of Minnesota, totaling 20 goals and 77 assists, while winning back-to-back national titles in 2002 and 2003. Following the 2002-03 season, Martin signed his first NHL contract with the New Jersey Devils, who selected him in the second round in 2000.

Martin played six seasons with the Devils before playing five seasons in Pittsburgh and three seasons in San Jose. He scored 50 goals and 270 assists in 870 career games.

Martin made the postseason in each of his 14 NHL seasons, totaling six goals and 40 assists in 122 postseason games, but never was able to lift the elusive Stanley Cup despite making the Stanley Cup Finals with the Sharks in 2016, losing to the Penguins.

Internationally, Martin made three U.S. Men’s Olympic Team in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Martin was bought out of his four-year contract with the Sharks last June and according to Russo, wasn’t going to play again unless he received a pro contract. He didn’t want to tryout for an NHL team or play in Europe.

On top of finishing out his degree, Martin will be active with his non-profit organization Shine A Ligh7 Foundation, which raises awareness and reduces the stigma for those affected by bullying, depression and mental health issues. Martin started the non-profit in 2017.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have been on the winning side of many lopsided games in their history. Here is a look back at a few games when things didn’t go according to plan.
Any team like the Pittsburgh Penguins that has employed such talent as Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Sidney Crosby, and Evgeni Malkin is sure to have caused nightmares for opposing teams and their fans over the years.

But what happens when the tables turn is bound to leave players shaking in their skates with ice-cold blood and goaltenders with the echoing sound of a goal horn piercing their ears. Here is a look at five of the scariest games in Penguins history.

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Chi-town Beatdown (Oct. 05, 2018)
When the 0-1-1 Penguins and 0-1 Blackhawks faced-off in this early season contest, nobody could have predicted that the Penguins would have been handed one of the worst losses in franchise history.

Off-season acquisition and former Blackhawk Goaltender Antti Niemi made his first start with the Penguins and unfortunately, Chicago was not feeling hospitable towards their old ally.

Niemi allowed four goals on 13 shots, which set the precedent for his time with Pittsburgh. He was put on waivers two games later after he allowed 16 goals in three games. Matt Murray didn’t fare much better in the relief effort, as he allowed six goals on 31 shots.

By the time the horn sounded at the conclusion of the third period, Chicago had put 10 pucks in the back of the net and served the Stanley Cup Champions a large piece of humble pie.

Thunderstruck (Nov. 08, 2003)
When the 3-7-3 Penguins locked horns with 8-1-1-1 Tampa Bay Lightning, the end result was an abomination of a showing. The porous Pens defense hung goaltender Sebastien Caron out to dry, as he faced 37 shots and allowed eight goals by the mid-way mark of the third period.

Rookie Marc-Andre Fleury got to see some action after Penguins coach Ed Olczyk finally ended Caron’s bleeding near the midway mark of the final stanza. Fleury made four saves on five shots in his 11 minutes of work.

Along with the lopsided score, an air of physicality and ugliness developed over the course of the contest. The teams combined for 77 PIM, with Lightning forward Chris Dingman responsible for 27 of the team’s 36 penalty minutes and Martin Straka racking up 14 of the Penguins 41 penalty minutes.

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Battle lines Drawn (Oct. 20, 1977)
It did not take long for the Flyers to break the seal on the Penguins net in the is mid-Oct. massacre. The Flyers built up a solid 3-0 lead by the eight-minute mark of the first period and poured 21 shots on Pittsburgh goaltender Dunc Wilson by the end of the frame.

The Flyers offense continued their siege on the Penguins net and pulverized their way through the hapless Pittsburgh defense the next two periods and ended up with hefty 12-0 victory. Philadelphia spread the offense pretty evenly scoring four goals in the first and third periods and three in the second.

Wilson did the best he could with the barrage of rubber that came his way, he made 42 saves on 54 shots. Perhaps this is when the bad blood between clubs developed.

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Revenge is Best Served Cold (Nov. 25, 1992)
It’s a good thing dead arenas tell no tales because Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena certainly bared witness to its fair share of ghastly games, including this 1992 Division Final rematch vs. The New York Rangers.

Pittsburgh got off to a fast start as Mario Lemieux buried his 26th goal of the season just 14 seconds into the first period, but it wasn’t long before the Rangers began their assault on the Penguins goaltenders.

The Rangers entered the third period with a 5-3 lead and capitalized on their power-play opportunities afforded to them by three consecutive Rick Tocchet infractions. New York capitalized by scoring three goals on five chances in the frame, and added three additional even-strength goals to claim an 11-3 victory.

Getting Torched (Mar. 9, 1989)
When the Pens and Calgary Flames met in this late-season contest, Pittsburgh ran headfirst into a team on the cusp of capturing their first Stanley Cup Championship. Bob Errey got the Penguins on the board early in the first, but the Flames responded by scoring nine unanswered goals, amassing a 9-1 lead by the midway mark of the third period.

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Despite the insurmountable goal deficit, Pittsburgh scored two goals late in the frame (Kevin Stevens, Troy Loney) to put a somewhat more positive spin on this early March. dousing Penguins goalie Wendell Young was on the clock for 9 of 10 Flames goals and faced 40 shots before Tom Barrasso made his way into the game.

What are some of your scariest games in Pens history? Did we forget any? Feel free to tell us in the comments!

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Former Pittsburgh Penguins center Greg Johnson, who spent parts of two seasons with the team in 1997, died Sunday in Detroit at age 48, according to multiple reports Tuesday.

A cause of death was not immediately known.

A skilled center who was the University of North Dakota’s all-time leading scorer, Johnson came to the Penguins from Detroit in a Jan. 27, 1997, trade for winger Tomas Sandstrom. He was traded to Chicago for defenseman Tuomas Gronman early the next season Oct. 27, 1997.

In between, Johnson had eight goals and 17 points in 37 regular-season games for the Penguins.

He also played five playoff games, scoring a goal.

Johnson was claimed by Nashville in the 1998 expansion draft and went on to play the last seven seasons of his career with the Predators, acting as the franchise’s second captain.

All told, he scored 145 goals in 785 NHL games and won a silver medal at the 1994 Olympics and a gold medal at the 1991 World Junior Championships.

Johnson retired in 2006 when an irregular heartbeat was discovered during a routine physical after he signed as a free agent with Detroit.

Sergei Zubov Jersey Penguins

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — No Dallas Star ever wore No. 56 before Sergei Zubov. Now, no Dallas Star will ever wear No. 56 after Zubov.

On Monday morning, the Stars announced the franchise will retire Zubov’s number next season, making him the sixth number to hang in the rafters at the American Airlines Center. Zubov played the final 12 seasons of his career in Dallas and was a key member of the 1998-99 Stanley Cup championship team.

Zubov finished his career as the franchise’s all-time leader among defensemen in games played, goals, assists, points, plus-minus, power-play goals, game-winning goals, shots on goal and time on ice. He will be the first defenseman in franchise history to have his number retired.

Zubov will also be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 18 in Toronto, one of two former Stars who will be enshrined.

“There was nothing easier than making this decision,” Stars CEO Jim Lites said. “It’s simple enough.”

Zubov joins Neal Broten (No. 7), Bill Goldsworthy (No. 8), Mike Modano (No. 9), Bill Masterton (No. 19) and Jere Lehtinen (No. 26) as the only retired numbers in Stars franchise history. Zubov is the third member of the Cup-winning team to have his number retired, joining Modano (ceremony in March 2014) and Lehtinen (ceremony in November 2017).

Lites said the franchise always intended to retire Zubov’s number, but waited to give him the proper time and circumstances to be recognized.

“And then with Zubie getting inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, it seemed kind of crazy that we hadn’t done it yet,” Lites said. “Once that happened, we said ‘We’ve got to do this right away,’ because Zubie should be honored effectively with our team as well as internationally.”

The Stars are expected to pick a date for the ceremony when next season’s schedule is released in June.

Zubov was not only the best defensemen in franchise history, but also one of the league’s best of all time despite never winning a Norris Trophy. No Russian defenseman has more NHL assists than Zubov. Among all defensemen, Zubov ranked 19th in league history in points and 16th in assists. Of the 15 players in front of him, only one (Gary Suter) is not in the Hall of Fame.

“He was always a really dynamic offensive player, but over the years, he just became this consummate professional, did things the right way, became a great defender, penalty killer,” Lites said. “He wasn’t a heavy player, but he was always in the right spot, never in the wrong spot.”

Zubov was a wizard on the power play, piloting three different teams (Rangers in 1993-94, Penguins in 1995-96 and Stars in 1997-98) that finished the season with the best power play in the league. In those three seasons, Zubov had 98 combined assists on the power play alone.

The Stars acquired Zubov in one of the best trades in franchise history, sending Kevin Hatcher to Pittsburgh at the 1996 draft for Zubov. The trade was one for one. Hatcher played five more seasons in the league for three different teams, while a 26-year-old Zubov began his decade of dominance in Dallas.

“We were worried he didn’t want to come and we had heard that, that he wanted to go back to New York and he was pretty Russian, he enjoyed the Russian community in New York City,” Lites said. “When we acquired him in ’96, I remember Bob Gainey worked really hard to get Sergei comfortable about coming to Dallas. We were a relatively new market at the time.”

Zubov is back with the organization, helping general manager Jim Nill in a consulting role. He watched last week’s win over Colorado in the Stars’ management suite and attended the team’s practice two days later with Nill. Zubov was available after he was let go by HC Sochi in the KHL in October.

“Whatever role that Jim and Sergei work out that’s right for Sergei and for the team is great by us,” Lites said. “I think he’s terrific. Sees the game, understands it, relates well to players. With our really significant young defensemen, Sergei is going to be great for John Klingberg, great for Miro Heiskanen, great for Esa Lindell and hopefully Thomas Harley. He can grow with the team and help us in an area that’s really significant.”

Whatever comes of Zubov’s career in management, his playing career will be immortalized at American Airlines Center.

Matthew DeFranks. Matt covers the Stars for SportsDay, and previously covered the Florida Panthers for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He’s also covered college football, the Miami Marlins, the Kansas City Royals and the Los Angeles Angels for a variety of outlets. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame.

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Domingo German Jersey Yankees

Before we get started, domestic violence should not be tolerated or justified, even if a New York Yankees player commits it, in this instance, starting pitcher, Domingo German. The negative attention and press an event like this causes for a prestigious team like the Yankees can spell the end of a player’s career in the Bronx, but it seems as if the organization is behind German.

According to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, the MLB is coming to a conclusion in regards to German’s case, who will likely walk away with a minimal suspension after reportedly striking the mother of hid children, Mara Vega, in public, on the evening of September 16.

Without a police report being filed, there’s little evidence and cause for a lengthy suspension for the young pitcher. Teammate Aroldis Chapman was suspended for 30-games in 2016 and Houston Astros’ Roberto Osuna, missed 75 games in 2018 on domestic violence charges.

The offseason for the Yankees could be determined by the result of the case against German, who is set to be a consistent starter for the next several seasons.

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How did Domingo German perform for the Yankees in 2019?
The Dominican starter had a career-high season in 2019, finishing 18-4 with a 4.03 ERA, 1.147 WHIP, and 153:39 K:BB ratio over 143 innings. At just 27-yeard-old, the Yanks are expecting him to grow into an ace that can help solidify one of the best starting units in baseball.

Despite the concerns regarding Domingo, the Bombers are known for giving player’s multiple chances to redeem themselves unless you’re Clint Frazier, of course, who was sent to the dog house for being negative towards reporters last season.

I anticipate the committee will impose a 30-game suspension for German, who likely won’t miss the majority of the 2020 season. Having him in the starting rotation will undoubtedly give the Yankees an edge, and if they manage to sign a big-name arm this offseason, they could be walking into next year with an exceptional rotation.