Gene Collier


 New York's Carl Hagelin carries the puck up ice against the Penguins' Chris Kunitz in the second period Wednesday at the Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Facing elimination, Penguins embrace one-step-at-a-time mantra

The Penguins’ last best hope is the venue tonight, Madison Square Garden, where they’ve won three of their past five playoff appointments.

3 days ago


 Paul Martin skates off the ice as the Rangers celebrate their overtime goal in Game 4, giving them a 3-1 edge in the first-round series and a chance to clinch Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

Gene Collier: Penguins solve some problems, but find another way to lose to Rangers

After scoring first, holding a lead through the first period, all at home, the Pens still find themselves at the edge of the playoff cliff.

4 days ago


 Penguins' Maxim Lapierre battles for a loose puck against the Rangers' Carl Hagelin in the first period at the Consol Energy Center Monday night.

Gene Collier: Playing at home no help for Penguins

If the Penguins have a home ice advantage at the Consol Energy Center, it's not apparent, especially in the playoffs.

5 days ago


 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save on Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Gene Collier: Series of scores makes it a series

With that kind of scoring, the Penguins could make it an interesting firsr-round series against the New York Rangers.

1 week ago


 Gene Collier suggests Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin should be on the same line.

Gene Colllier: When all else fails, put Crosby and Malkin together

With so little offense, perhaps the Penguins need to use Crosby and Malkin together more often if not always.

1 week ago


 The Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist is good, but Steve Downie and the Penguins seem to keep running into goalies they can't put many pucks past.

Gene Collier: Mental approach aside, another failure for Penguins

In the opening game of what could be a short series, the Penguins were punchless once again as they lost to the Rangers, 2-1.

1 week ago


 Casey Sadler will head back to Indianapolis, but he got the win Sunday for the Pirates in his first major league start.

Gene Collier: A lot to like as Pirates pound Brewers

They didn’t just do it on the mound, or the field, or at the plate — the Pirates played a complete game in their 10-2 win at Milwaukee.

2 weeks ago


 Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli kneels at second after being tagged out while trying to steal the base in the first inning Saturday against Milwaukee.

Gene Collier: Pirates' expectations begin to look blue

Perhaps it’s too early to grouse about the banged-up Pirates, but a 1-4 start to the season certainly isn’t encouraging.

2 weeks ago


 Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run off Milwaukee starter Mike Fiers during the fourth inning Friday at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

Gene Collier: Pedro Alvarez pulls his weight by supplying power vs. Brewers

Pedro Alvarez crushed a home run and drove in another run Friday in Milwaukee for the Pirates’ first win of the season.

2 weeks ago


 Penguins head coach Mike Johnston watches his team take on the Stars March 19 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Stars defeated the Penguins 2-1.

Gene Collier: Penguins coach Johnston definitely not fighting for his job

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford says injuries/illnesses won’t affect the coach’s job security if the Penguins miss the playoffs.

2 weeks ago


 Fans watch the Pirates in the 2014 National League Wild Card Game on Oct. 1 from the Roberto Clemente Bridge.

Gene Collier: Oh, the futility of prediction business

It's only what happens from tonight forward that matters, and much of what soon becomes evident will portend nothing.

3 weeks ago


 Patric Hornqvist slides in to the Flyers goal Wednesday night.

Gene Collier: Flyers rule in Pittsburgh, but what else is new?

This was just another Flyers win in the gorgeous building the Bullies so adeptly haunt along Fifth Avenue — the House That Giroux Built.

3 weeks ago


 Marc-Andre Fleury breathes a sigh of relief after making a save on the Sharks' Logan Couture in the shootout for the win Sunday at the Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Facing playoff-bound teams rarity for Penguins of late

Penguins aren’t warming up for playoffs against playoff-bound teams, and that might turn out to be a problem.

3 weeks ago


 Bill Kreiger and daughter Tara Sweeney made the trip from Maryland to take in the Penguins vs. Arizona Coyotes game Saturday at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Long-time Penguins fan reaches her destination

Tara Kreiger finally was able to see her Penguins play up close Saturday at Consol Energy Center.

4 weeks ago



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