Penguins

Pens, Aston-Reese sign deal

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins and forward Zach Aston-Reese avoided arbitration on Monday, agreeing to a two-year deal that runs through the 2020-21 season. The deal is worth $1 million annually. The two sides came together minutes before heading to ...

Pens give Sullivan 4-year extension

PITTSBURGH — Mike Sullivan is sticking around to see if he can get the Pittsburgh Penguins back to the Stanley Cup. The coach whose arrival in the winter of 2015 helped propel the Penguins to championships in 2016 and 2017 agreed to a four-contract extension on Friday that runs through the ...

Penguins sign versatile Tanev

PITTSBURGH — Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford began his team’s longer-than-expected offseason by talking about the need for a culture change. Two months later, the process is finally underway. The Penguins opened free agency Monday by signing versatile forward Brandon Tanev to a ...

Penguins deal Kessel for Galchenyuk, more

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Coyotes were one of the NHL’s best defensive teams last season while just missing their first playoff appearance in six years. The biggest reason they came up short: Lack of scoring. The Coyotes took a step toward shoring up their long-standing scoring woes ...

Hollidaysburg’s Lafferty making strides

One team swept in the first round of the playoffs, the other two eliminated in the regular season. That’s not the standard for one of the premier organizations in professional hockey. Pittsburgh Penguins assistant general manager Bill Guerin, the architect of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton ...

Capitals, Penguins star Orpik calls it a career

Brooks Orpik called it a career Tuesday after 15 bruising NHL seasons in which he established himself as a big-hitting, shutdown defenseman and won the Stanley Cup twice. The 38-year-old played 1,171 regular-season and playoff games for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. He won ...

Pens pick offense from Quebec juniors

VANCOUVER, British Columbia —- The Pittsburgh Penguins added some offensive firepower when the team drafted left winger Sam Poulin with the 21st overall pick of the 2019 NHL draft Friday night. Poulin was selected from the Sherbrook Phoenix of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in ...

Sports at a glance

Pens’ Maatta part of trade CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired defenseman Olli Maatta in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins for forward Dominik Kahun and a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft. The Blackhawks had been looking to upgrade their blue line after missing the ...

Pens resign Ruhwedel for 2 years

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins are holding on to defenseman Chad Ruhwedel. The Penguins re-signed Ruhwedel to a two-year deal on Thursday that carries an average value of $700,000 a season. The 29-year-old Ruhwedel played in 18 games for the Penguins in ...

Lafferty already turning heads in minors

WILKES-BARRE — Getting to the Calder Cup playoffs is always a goal for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and they came up a little bit short despite their best efforts. But focusing too much on standings, points and potential tiebreakers diverted from the more important takeaway from ...

Isles send Pens packing

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Barry Trotz had questions when he took over the New York Islanders last summer. About the defense. About the goaltending. About where the scoring would come from if star John Tavares bailed in free agency. One by one over the last 10 months, the Islanders ...

Backs to the wall for Pens, Lightning

By Will Graves The Associated Press The Tampa Bay Lightning carved out their own slice of NHL history during a dominant regular season in which they tied the league record for most victories. A fourth straight loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight, and the Lightning will have a ...

Penguins lose at home to fall into 3-0 hole

PITTSBURGH — The New York Islanders don’t play a particularly sexy brandy of hockey. They forecheck. They backcheck. They block shots and take few risks, more focused on fundamentals than flash. It’s a style designed to frustrate opponents regardless of pedigree, one that has them on ...

What to do down 2?

The Associated Press UNIONDALE, N.Y. — After falling behind in the second period, the New York Islanders didn’t get discouraged. They maintained their focus, tied it minutes later and then pulled away in the third period. Jordan Eberle and Josh Bailey scored less than four minutes apart ...

Pens-Isles capsule

Pittsburgh at N.Y. Islanders: Pittsburgh Penguins (44-26-12, third in the Metropolitan Division during the regular season) vs. New York Islanders (48-27-7, second in the Metropolitan Division during the regular season) WHERE: Uniondale, New York; tonight, 7:30 p.m. EASTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ...

Penguins beaten in overtime in playoff opener

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Josh Bailey scored on a rebound at 4:39 of overtime and the New York Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, on Wednesday night in the opener of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. Jordan Eberle had a goal and an assist, and Brock Nelson and Nick ...

Penguin stars set to challenge Isles’ system

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. — The Pittsburgh Penguins have the big-name players. The New York Islanders rely on their system for success. Perennial All-Stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin lead the high-scoring Penguins against Anders Lee, Mathew Barzal and the defensive-minded Islanders in the ...

Penguins getting healthy at the right time

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan spent a significant portion of his team’s choppy season in search of healthy bodies. Ten players — including stars Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang and goaltender Matt Murray — missed at least 10 games, a spate of injuries the Penguins ...

Crosby can compete defensively just as well

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Casey DeSmith has seen it at every stop of his hockey career. Practice comes, the focus shifts to defending and the guys paid lavishly to score goals take their foot off the gas. “I’ve had people on every single team I’ve ever ...

Pens fail to get needed point at home

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ryan Strome scored 2:09 into overtime and the New York Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 Saturday night in the regular-season finale. Brendan Smith, Brady Skjei and Vladislav Namestnikov also scored for New York, long eliminated from ...