Pittsburgh Penguins fans seem to have quite a bit of trouble with humor. Either they have no sense of it, as shown by countless 40 or 50-somethings posting on JetBlue’s Facebook page demanding the pilot who called a crying baby “Sidney Crosby” be fired immediately, or even worse, they have one that’s morbid and warped. The Pensblog, a Penguins fan blog in the Bloguin network, falls into the latter category.
“Pens were on another power play for too-many-men, and Gregory Campbell basically died on the ice after he blocked a Malkin slapper,” their Game 3 recap reads.
“He looked pathetic, and it was hilarious. What wasn’t hilarious was Malkin not shooting it at his face. Pens couldn’t capitalize, and the Bruins fans cheered Campbell for some reason. Turns out Campbell broke his leg, which lolololol [sic]. He sucks.”
Campbell suffered a season-ending broken right fibula after blocking a slap shot from Malkin during the second period. Campbell courageously remained on the ice and killed the rest of the Penguins’ power play before heading off for medical attention.
Perhaps the Pensblog is just upset that their team’s biggest stars – Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Jarome Iginla – have not produced a single point in the series. Perhaps they’re just uneasy, considering their team, once the “runaway favorite in the Eastern Conference” is now facing not only elimination, but a sweep too.
Maybe the writers at the Pensblog, having watched season after season of Penguins hockey, have completely forgotten what grit like Campbell’s looks like. Considering Crosby had a mere three shots – all stopped by Tuukka Rask – in Wednesday’s contest, maybe “effort” is a foreign sight to the Pensblog too. Or maybe once the Pensblog rises above a fifth grade reading level, its writers can more clearly articulate why their team’s back-up goalie is starting, or why the once mighty Penguins power play has had a whopping conversion rate of zero percent.
After all, if Campbell was so pathetic, maybe someone on the Penguins could have gotten a puck past him.