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Adrian Fung (@PenguinsMarch) contributes game reports, opinions, analysis and features, mostly about the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has covered the World Hockey Summit, Kraft Hockeyville, World Junior Championship exhibition games, CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, MasterCard Memorial Cup and NHL Rookie Tournament for Hockey Independent. twitter.com/PenguinsMarch

Fleury, PK both critical for Pittsburgh in 1st round match against Islanders

Fleury, PK both critical for Pittsburgh in 1st round match against Islanders

Most pundits have selected the Penguins to easily cruise by the surprising New York Islanders, but as someone who was scarred for life by last spring’s 30-goals-allowed-to-Philadelphia debacle, my approach to fandom and blogdom this year is to adopt a “prove-it” approach. At the end of March, a friend on Good Friday morning jokingly shook [...]

We’ve been down this road before: More Pens injured, but team keeps winning

We’ve been down this road before: More Pens injured, but team keeps winning

Last season, in the 2010 portion of the schedule, the Penguins were blissfully sailing along.  At one point, they won twelve games in a row and Sidney Crosby was on a rampage, ravaging opposing defences and goaltenders, seemingly on his way to an historic season of scoring and Pittsburgh was firmly entrenched in the elite [...]

Week in review: Safety is paramount: Letang suspension fair, reasonable

Week in review: Safety is paramount: Letang suspension fair, reasonable

Kris Letang quietly returned last evening to the Pittsburgh lineup and earned a power play assist on the game-winning goal during the Penguins’ 4-1 win over New Jersey.  He logged a game-high 23:35 of ice time and fired four shots on goal.  It was the defenceman’s first game since last Monday night in Winnipeg when [...]

Week in review: Penguins make 1st visit to Winnipeg in over 15 years

Week in review: Penguins make 1st visit to Winnipeg in over 15 years

Before anyone could even finish saying “The Penguins are playing their first game in Winnipeg since February 16, 1996″, the new Jets took a 1-0 lead last Monday night when journeyman Kyle Wellwood scored eight seconds after the opening faceoff.  It was an abrupt and apt start to a night that will go down in [...]

The Arron Asham vs. Jay Beagle fight and its fallout

The Arron Asham vs. Jay Beagle fight and its fallout

The Arron Asham vs. Jay Beagle fight from this past Thursday’s game in Pittsburgh overshadowed a lively game won 3-2 in overtime by the visiting Capitals over the Penguins and brought forth another deluge of opinions on fighting and shots to the head in hockey.  Shortly before the whistle blew at 5:54 of the third [...]

Elysian Fields become “Rink of Dreams” for one day in Winnipeg

Elysian Fields become “Rink of Dreams” for one day in Winnipeg

About half way through the movie Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner’s character, the baseball dreamer-farmer Ray Kinsella, drives from Iowa to Boston to visit reclusive writer Terrence Mann, played by James Earl Jones.  Kinsella desperately tries to convince Mann that he must come with him back to Iowa to see his supernatural cornfield where ghosts of [...]

Pens take 5 of 6 points on season-opening road trip: How the West was Won

Pens take 5 of 6 points on season-opening road trip: How the West was Won

The Pittsburgh Penguins (2-0-1) play their home opener this evening, 7:30 EDT at Consol Energy Center when they host the new-look Florida Panthers (1-0-0).  Pittsburgh will be without the services of centre Evgeni Malkin for the second straight game with a lower-body injury.  Head coach Dan Bylsma stated at the morning skate that unspecified “soreness” [...]

Season opens with irony, redemption and re-introductions for Penguins

Season opens with irony, redemption and re-introductions for Penguins

For those in the Eastern time zone that stayed up late Thursday evening for Opening Night of the 2011-12 NHL season, they witnessed Evgeni Malkin skating slowly through the slot well past midnight, bearing down on Vancouver netminder Roberto Luongo.  Malkin twitched once to fake the Canuck goalie into falling to the ice then calmly [...]

2011-12 Pittsburgh Penguins: Summer Review, Season Preview

2011-12 Pittsburgh Penguins: Summer Review, Season Preview

Flip open the driver’s side door of the DeLorean.  Hop in and set the LCD display to 2010.10.07, Opening Night of last season.  Find an open lane on the Veterans Bridge and slam your foot on the gas until the speedometer hits the magical 88 miles per hour.  Suddenly, with a zap and a brilliant [...]

Roster waters less murky as Opening Night draws closer for Pens

Roster waters less murky as Opening Night draws closer for Pens

The Pittsburgh Penguins made nine transactions Monday, leaving 23 players on the active roster – the maximum number allowed when the regular season begins on Thursday.  From a group of 55 that reported to training camp on September 16, the Penguins executed four rounds of cuts to arrive at 23.  The first cut after one week of camp [...]

Pre-season prospecting: Tom Kuhnhackl

Pre-season prospecting: Tom Kuhnhackl

It is not clear how many people in recent history have made the 4,250 mile journey from Augsburg, Germany to Pittsburgh.  In a few years, the Penguins are hoping a prospect who travelled that path will realize his NHL dream.  Right wing Tom Kuhnhackl, 19, a 6’2″ 172 lb. native of Landshut, Germany, was drafted [...]

Sky’s the limit for award-laden Nashville blue line prospect Ryan Ellis

Sky’s the limit for award-laden Nashville blue line prospect Ryan Ellis

After a distinguished four-year major junior career in which he put his name in the conversation of all-time best Ontario Hockey League defenceman while earning just about every award imaginable, 20-year old blueliner Ryan Ellis only took a brief rest this past summer before resuming his training program.  This week, Ellis continues his journey to [...]

Despite winless Rookie Tournament, Nasreddine, Samuelsson positive

Despite winless Rookie Tournament, Nasreddine, Samuelsson positive

The Pittsburgh Penguins lost all three games of the 2011 NHL Rookie Tournament in Oshawa, Ontario, falling by a lopsided composite score of 13-2 in three games over four days.  Today, the Penguins’ prospects fell 4-1 to Chicago’s prospect squad in a game that turned near the end of the second period when after Pittsburgh [...]

McKegg’s 1 goal, 2 assists lead Leafs over Pens at Rookie Tournament

McKegg’s 1 goal, 2 assists lead Leafs over Pens at Rookie Tournament

Greg McKegg, a returnee from last year’s Rookie Tournament, scored a third period goal and added two assists as the Toronto Maple Leafs won their second straight game this weekend, 5-1 over the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Pittsburgh fell to 0-2 in Oshawa.  McKegg, 19, scored 49 goals and 92 points for the Erie Otters of the [...]

Brandon Saad making most of chances with Hawks at Rookie Tournament

Brandon Saad making most of chances with Hawks at Rookie Tournament

Chicago and Toronto played a competitive, back-and-forth game on Saturday night at the 2011 NHL Rookie Tournament with the Leafs’ propsects prevailing over Chicago’s youngsters 4-2 with Jake Gardiner scoring the game-winning and insurance goals in the third period. After Toronto took a 1-0 lead, the game featured two lead changes before Gardiner, a forward [...]

Cowick’s 2 goals help Sens shut out Penguins in opener of Rookie Tournament

Cowick’s 2 goals help Sens shut out Penguins in opener of Rookie Tournament

The Ottawa Senators defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0 for a shutout win in the opening game of the 2011 NHL Rookie Tournament at General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ontario.  Left wing Corey Cowick, a 2009 draft choice of the Senators, scored two goals while Robin Lehner, Sweden’s netminder at the 2011 World Junior Championship, made [...]

Rookie tournaments give prospects chance to make a statement

Rookie tournaments give prospects chance to make a statement

Hockey Independent will be on-site at General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ontario this weekend to report on the 2011 NHL Rookie Tournament. Prospects from the Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs will play each other once for a total of six games from Saturday until Tuesday.

Lokomotiv tragedy pierces the soul of global hockey community

Lokomotiv tragedy pierces the soul of global hockey community

The imminent start of hockey season and the usual excitement of seeing players slowly trickling into training camps enthusiastically looking forward to making a fresh start suddenly seems very irrelevant and very meaningless this morning.  Writing off-season recaps to remember who went where in free agency or trades suddenly seems equally irrelevant and equally meaningless [...]

One year after World Hockey Summit: Player transfer agreements – Part 2

One year after World Hockey Summit: Player transfer agreements – Part 2

Part 1 of this retrospective article on the one-year anniversary of the Molson Canadian World Hockey Summit quickly reviewed the nature of NHL – European league Player Transfer Agreements and the refusal of the Russian Hockey Federation to enter into such agreements.  The acrimony surrounding the movements of Evgeni Malkin from Russia to North America and [...]

One year after World Hockey Summit: Player transfer agreements – Part 1

One year after World Hockey Summit: Player transfer agreements – Part 1

The final notable topic that still resonates one year after the Molson Canadian World Hockey Summit was held in Toronto, is international player transfer agreements.  With the exception of Russia, most European nations have a formal legally-binding agreement in place with the NHL that stipulates the price to be paid by a North American club to [...]