A quiz …

… with no wrong answer.

The Penguins power-play, currently mired in a 0-27 six-game streak, inching closer to their 2003 0-32 seven-game streak, needs:

a. Viagra

b. a defibrillator

c. juju

d. voodoo

e. more cowbell

f.

It needs SOMETHING. This is getting ridiculous.

Also, I spent time this morning trying to find what the NHL regular-season record is for the longest stretch without a power-play goal by any team and guess what? I CAN’T FIND IT.

I have searched every engine with every possible string of words except for, “JUST TELL ME WHAT THE DAMN ANSWER IS, BITCH!”

So if you know it or you can find it, please tell me what it is. So I know what we’re working toward.

Now, that said, Sidney Crosby is frustrated too. I particularly like at :33 when you can see him throw his gloves down.

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In light of the fact that he shook that guy like a ragdoll and almost snapped his neck, the judges and I have unanimously ruled this fight as a Crosby win.

I’m not biased at all and neither are the judges, me, myself and I.





19 Comments

  1. Pensgirl
    November 4, 2010 12:26 pm

    I don’t know the answer, but I feel relatively certain it has to be held by the Penguins. At least, it feels that way having watched the ineptitude for so long.

    I wish I would run into Mike Yeo so I could apologize profusely for thinking it was his fault.



  2. mcf
    November 4, 2010 12:38 pm

    In light of all the great fights last night, I am thinking James Harrison might want to consider switching sports.



  3. Cassie
    November 4, 2010 12:40 pm

    It’s only November. The season wears on for quite some time. Don’t get too excited to begin to compare them to the Pirates.



  4. Becky
    November 4, 2010 1:05 pm

    @Pensgirl..me too…I want to apologize to Mike Yeo.

    Two of my favorite things about that video…how Daryl Reaugh is chuckling. And how Sid demonstrates his leg strength. Aside from the initial take down Niskanen can’t even shake Sid!



  5. Jagoff
    November 4, 2010 1:14 pm

    I think they need someone to yell SHOOT! during the power play. This will let the players know that it’s time to shoot. Maybe we can get a group of fans to do this during the game.



  6. PA Girl in VA
    November 4, 2010 1:29 pm

    @Jagoff – I told my husband just last night that when Steigey and Errey talk about the 3 main things each team needs in order to win, the Pens list should include “SHOOT THE DAMN PUCK!!” Can’t score if you don’t shoot! It’s so frustrating.



  7. CrashJK
    November 4, 2010 2:00 pm

    Nice topic….yes, poor Mike Yeo (I too offered to buy him a train ticket to Siberia last season). Now, let’s look at who’s running the PP this season – COACH DAN BYLSMA ! that’s who. WTF Disco…the rover, that’s all you got ? Sending Gogo on the rover mission ? I’m beginning to think Disco may have reached his limits in abilities, this “get to our game” approach is well…an empty sound byte. What’s the plan, pass the puck, look for the perfect pass and a super skilled move or two ? Danny, you mix up lines more than Therrin did…seriously, that is SOFF !

    Pre-season this team looked STACKED on paper, the Defense looked solid, the new wingers were cooking in preseason and now…meh.

    Sure, injuries are part of the game, Gronk is out till Christmas and the assorted FreeCandy & Big Z setbacks didn’t help the D “gell”…and Asham missing the first ten didn’t help. BUT….we have 17.4 million dollars invested in two superstars (not Max)…and they are well – flat lining nightly. Calling Planet Geno – dude, seriously play the game, please ? I love ya man, but come on…

    WTF is going on in that locker room ???

    Here’s the quick fix (semi-serious)….send Mr. Mike Duff-Comrie packing…bye bye, thanks Hillary, hope you liked Market Square an ‘nat… bring Eric Tangradi back now…red eye to Anaheim. Next – find Uncle Billy Guerin, get that number 13 jersey out of the mothballs and his wise, mentoring smirk back on that team. Billy can be a place holder till Staal comes back. Maybe he can get some order back to whatever is causing this up/down performance…they are playing like they did right before Therrin was fired.

    Yep, I love hockey and I love this team…I get very frustrated with them (sorta like my kids) as I KNOW they have so much talent. It’s not focused right now.

    Please don’t tell me relax, we are only 13 games into the season. There’s a problem, it needs some attention.

    Later…gotta a bridge to jump from ; )



  8. BB
    November 4, 2010 2:44 pm

    someone has been drinking a bit too much hockey juice…



  9. unsatisfied
    November 4, 2010 3:15 pm

    kids. it’s a long season. it’ll be ok.



  10. Dan (I lost my own county) Onorato
    November 4, 2010 3:19 pm

    Frustrating? Yes. Actually if people start jumping from bridges, the sane people who want tix might have a chance at tickets for the playoffs.

    I wouldnt mind tickets for the playoffs this year so you know what I say….



  11. empirechick
    November 4, 2010 3:25 pm

    @5 Jagoff –

    Indeed. Perhaps they can scream it when the defenseman has the puck at the blue line and every single opposing player is lined up between him and the net. That way we’re nearly guaranteed a blocked shot and an odd man break going the other way. Then the same fans can boo Johnson or Fluery for allowing the shorthanded goal.

    Sounds like a win-win to me!



  12. Dan
    November 4, 2010 3:29 pm

    I can’t find the info either in any of the sports records books – perhaps a quick email to Alan Muir of SI would get an answer – and now I’m curious, so if you get the answer, please post it!



  13. CrashJK
    November 4, 2010 4:18 pm

    So far I’ve found in Feb 2003 Dallas Stars went 0 for 35 on the PP….we are getting close.



  14. Pensgirl
    November 4, 2010 4:21 pm

    Nothing in official records sites but a google news archives search turned up this quote from an article published Jan. 2, 1998:

    “Toronto had taken a 3-1 lead with 10:54 left in regulation on Mats Sundin’s goal — the Maple Leafs’ first power-play score in 15 games and 59 attempts.

    Toronto had gone 0 for 51 with the man advantage in December [alone], last scoring on the power play Nov. 29.”

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/605012/Senators-match-zeros-with-Bruins-for-0-0-tie.html



  15. PA Girl in VA
    November 4, 2010 4:26 pm

    @empirechick – But they have to take chances. If they get the puck flying around enough, eventually they’ll get two quick shots on goal and the goalie won’t be able to cover both. Yes, occasionally that backfires, but sometimes it doesn’t. Like I said in response to Jagoff- you can score if you don’t shoot the puck. Ya just gotta try.



  16. empirechick
    November 4, 2010 4:37 pm

    @PA Girl

    Yes, I totally agree they need to shoot more. All the passing around looking for the perfect shot doesn’t do anything, that’s true. Someone needs to park himself in front of the net either to screen or deflect, or both, and let’s put some pucks on the net.

    But there is something to be said for moving the puck around a little bit to open up a shooting lane, instead of just blasting it with no regard to what’s in front of you. The fans who yell SHOOT, at least the ones who sit around me, have no idea of that difference. Half the time they’re yelling it when we’re still in our own end.



  17. Ex-Pat Pittsburgh Girl
    November 4, 2010 4:47 pm

    For as long as I can remember, the PP has never been a strong suit for the Penguins. I remember going to games the late 80’s, early 90’s and during the PP everyone screaming “SHOOT THE PUCK! SHOOT THE PUCK!” It’s early, we’re impatient. They’ll work it out or not.



  18. Sooska
    November 5, 2010 1:48 pm

    Scott Paulsen once did a humorous ditty for the DVE Morning Show called “Shoot the puck” about the Pens’ Power Play.

    Lemieux with the puck
    he glides it in to Francis,
    who gives it now to Nedved,
    who gives it back to Francis,
    he passes it to Zubov who slides it on the boards,
    back around to Mario, so we must shout once more, shoot the puck! shoot the puck!
    can’t you hear us shout?
    shoot the puck! shoot the puck!
    we’re the experts, do you doubt?
    shoot the puck! shoot the puck!
    you might just score I bet!
    pass ‘n pass ‘n pass ‘n pass,
    put it on the net!
    get it outta der,
    getta it in der,
    get it outta der,
    HIT SOMEBODY!”

    Proves it isn’t the coaches. It’s the players. “I’ve seen this fish before.” sayeth Mike Lange.



  19. Loopy
    November 5, 2010 6:46 pm

    Love that dve song. Started singing it right away. Never gets old. The other great song is the “we’ll kick your arse you Flyer scum.”