Gene Collier

 The Penguins' Kris Letang (58) and fellow defenseman Matt Niskanen seem to be moving in opposite directions after Game 1 against Columbus.

Gene Collier: Dan Bylsma makes his own power play

Kris Letang was criticized by coach Dan Bylsma for his play Wednesday night, and the defenseman acknowledged he made a lot of mistakes.

5 days ago

 The Penguins' Beau Bennett is congratulated by Jussi Jokinen, Brandon Sutter and Matt Niskanen after scoring against the Blue Jackets in the second period Wednesday night of Game 1 of this first-round series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Game 1 looked very different

Compared to recent playoffs, first-round opener looked and felt very different from its immediate predecessors.

1 week ago

 Brandon Sutter and the Penguins better hope they don't see too many goal celebrations from the Blue Jackets in their first-round playoff series.

Gene Collier: Time for Penguins to play like ... uh ... Penguins

The Penguins need to play more like the Penguins in the playoffs than play like the Flyers.

1 week ago

 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save on Philadelphia's Tye McGinn in the second period Saturday at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Cheers to this loss for Penguins

Avoiding the Flyers in the first round of the playoffs is likely a good thing for the Penguins, who rarely respond well to their archrivals.

1 week ago

 Pedro Alvarez watches his three-run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the seventh inning on Thursday. The Pirates play the Brewers at 8:10 tonight in Milwaukee.

Gene Collier: Alvarez gives Big Bang Theory a new slant

Pedro Alvarez says he is making progress as a hitter -- his game-winning three-run home run against the Cubs is helping to prove it.

1 week ago

Gene Collier: Two, three more bats would help

Even though the Pirates hit five home runs Wednesday night against the Chicago Cubs, the offense could still use a shot in the arm.

2 weeks ago

 Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez tags out Chicago's Starlin Castro Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.

Gene Collier: 100-year-old home of the Cubs still holds a lot of charm

Wrigley Field, spot of the Pirates' win Tuesday, still holds plenty of vivid memories for a ballpark that has been around for a century.

2 weeks ago

 Pedro Alvarez's slide past Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was just one of several highlights Friday night for the Pirates' powerful third baseman.

Gene Collier: Pirates' offensive outburst sends message to St. Louis

After a trying opening series, the Pirates bringing their bats to the ballpark Friday night was a nice sight to behold.

2 weeks ago

Gene Collier: Pirates offense proving to be a struggle

You sure don't want to be drawing many conclusions based on the first 1/81st of the Pirates season, but they need to score more runs to win.

3 weeks ago

 Carolina's Elias Lindholm celebrates his goal in the second period against the Penguins Tuesday night.

Gene Collier: Penguins' nice start soured quickly by awful effort

It didn't take long Tuesday night for the Penguins to start playing down to their competition and look even more mediocre than Carolina.

3 weeks ago

Gene Collier: A look inside the paradox of the big-money pitcher

Wherein Gene laments the sorry physical state and whopping financial price of big-league pitching.

3 weeks ago

 Penguins forward Sidney Crosby carries the puck against the Coyotes in the third period.

Gene Collier: Another long night for Penguins, and this time most literally

If the Penguins can find more of that time-travel business come playoffs in three weeks, maybe they can jump all the way back to 2009 form.

4 weeks ago


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