Paul Maurice was spot-on last year when he said, and we’re paraphrasing here, that almost every day in the NHL is pretty darn spectacular. But some are more spectacular than others, and this particular Friday afternoon, in a horse-palace-turned-minor-league-rink a stone’s throw from downtown Toronto, is definitely one of them.
About 15 hours after they’ve dispatched the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team that wants to be them when it grows up, the Pittsburgh Penguins are in that unique state of bliss, having just finished a short, fast-paced practice on the road. With Brian Dumoulin running the music and playing back-to-back selections such as Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2 and Tainted Love by Soft Cell – both outstanding choices – the Penguins are in that bubble of comfort, with nothing to look for...
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