Gene Collier


 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.

2 days 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.

3 days 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.

4 days 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 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.

3 weeks ago


 Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek stops a shot in front of the Penguins' Brandon Sutter in the third period March 15 at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: More goals a must, and not just for Penguins

There are a number of ways to solve hockey’s growing boredom problem, starting with goalies armed as if they’re going into battle.

3 weeks ago


 St. Louis’ Paul Stastny falls into Marc-Andre Fleury in the first period Tuesday and is called for goaltender interference. The Penguins lost to the Blues, 3-2, in overtime at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Penguins display their March flaws

The biggest problems dogging the Penguins in this important month were on full display Tuesday night in an overtime loss to St. Louis.

3 weeks ago


 Villanova's JayVaughn Pinkston looks for room around NC State's Beejay Anya in the first half of the third round of the NCAA tournament Saturday at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Villanova proves to be its own worst enemy in loss

The Wildcats were unable to save themselves from themselves Saturday night in the loss to North Carolina State at Consol Energy Center.

1 month ago



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