When the Pens were in New York earlier this week to play the Islanders, Nick Bonino and Ian Cole visited the Barstool Sports headquarters to participate in the "El Pres Goalie Challenge."
That's where the founder of Barstool Sports, Dave Portnoy (also known as El Presidente or El Pres) puts on goalie equipment and challenges a shooter - usually an NHL player - to see how many goals they can score in 10 attempts. Taylor Hall and Logan Couture have both done it in the past.
Cole went first, and while most of the guys predicted he'd score two or four, the defenseman predicted he would score "at least" six out of 10. Which was apparently a bold prediction.
"That's spoken like someone who has never watched the goalie challenge, because no one in the history of this challenge has come close to six goals," Portnoy said. "Good luck to him."
He was right. Cole was just a little off, as he only ended up getting two. But it must have been good practice for Thursday's 6-2 win over Dallas at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday, as the defenseman opened the scoring with an absolute blast from the point.
"I tweeted at El Pres I can't score in real life and I can't score on him," Cole laughed after the game. "Apparently he was a great warmup for the game tonight because we were able to get that first one."
That night, after Bonino finally arrived and also went 2-for-10 in his El Pres Goalie Challenge, he offered to put on the pads and let Portnoy shoot on him.
After Bonino stopped 10, he joked, "90 more or are we good?" Portnoy said if he could stop 100 in a row, he'd shoot 100 in a row. So they went for it. Bonino was incredible, as Portnoy wasn't able to score until his 93rd attempt on a phenomenal shot that banked off the back wall and in (much like Sidney Crosby's score against Dallas).
"I think all the credit goes to Barstool. The things that I learned out there in New York from El Pres, enough can't be said for the things that he taught me," Cole joked. "The goal that he scored on Bones, I just learned a lot from that. Kudos to him. He's an inspiration to all of us."