Penguins

Crosby still in NHL elite player debate

TORONTO — Connor McDavid or Auston Matthews? Auston Matthews or Connor McDavid? With debate ramping up about which player sits atop hockey’s throne — after some remarkable early performances — Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock’s goes in a different direction — Sidney ...

Canucks waste no time in OT in win over Pens

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The arrival of 19-year-old Elias Pettersson has provided Vancouver with a much needed jolt. Yet the Canucks believe they’re far more than their fresh-faced rookie. Going toe-to-toe with Pittsburgh near the end of a draining road trip ...

Penguins unable to hold on to early lead

The Associated Press MONTREAL — Paul Byron and Jonathan Drouin scored in the shootout as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on Saturday night. Tomas Tatar had two goals and an assist, and Brendan Gallagher had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens. Antti Niemi ...

Concussion will keep Murray out indefinitely

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray is out indefinitely with a concussion. Coach Mike Sullivan said Murray suffered the concussion during practice Monday and reported potential symptoms to the training staff immediately afterward. Sullivan did not ...

Penguins topped by Montreal

PITTSBURGH — The Montreal Canadiens used a systematic approach to frustrate and shut down the Pittsburgh Penguins’ star-studded attack. Paul Byron scored two goals and added an assist, leading the Canadiens to a 5-1 victory over the Penguins on Saturday night. “Our plan was just to ...

Letang’s second goal matters the most

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins gained a measure of revenge against a rival that ended their season last spring. Kris Letang scored his second goal 1:20 into overtime and the Penguins opened theseason with a 7-6 victory over the Stanley Cup champion Washington ...

Penguins newcomer happy to fit in

PITTSBURGH — Jack Johnson has spent nearly half his life tangling with Evgeni Malkin in front of the net in rinks all over the world. Bruising affairs that often left one or the other — and occasionally both — skating away in aggravation. The truce finally came this summer when Johnson ...

Rested Pens like their chances

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby can admit it now: The Pittsburgh Penguins were tired last season, a natural byproduct of becoming the first franchise in two decades to win consecutive Stanley Cups. And though the Penguins came as close as any team in the ...

Lafferty sent to Wilkes-Barre

From Mirror reports Sam Lafferty fulfilled part of his dream Sunday afternoon at the Consol Arena. The Hollidaysburg native played in his second exhibition game, and first in Pittsburgh, in a 3-2 loss to Detroit. Nearly a couple hundred fans from Blair County were on hand, and Lafferty ...

Lafferty eager for Penguins’ exhibition

When Pittsburgh hosts Detroit this afternoon in an NHL exhibition game at Consol Arena, Hollidaysburg native Sam Lafferty will be continuing his bid to earn a roster spot with the Penguins. And he can hardly contain his enthusiasm. “I’m so excited,” Lafferty texted to the Mirror. ...

Crosby, Penguins return from long summer break

CRANBERRY — Sidney Crosby has been back in Pittsburgh for a few weeks, participating in several informal practices while his Penguins teammates returned from an unusually long offseason. Still, the first day of training camp felt different Friday. “It’s always an exciting time. You’re ...

Goalie signed for two years

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed goaltender Tristan Jarry to a two-year contract. The deal Thursday is a two-way contract for this season and a one-way contract for 2019-2020. The average annual value at the NHL level is $675,000. The 23-year-old ...

Reunion time for Penguins

From Mirror, wire reports On Sunday, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford made two free agent signings in hopes of improving the team’s fortunes for the 2018-2019 season. The Penguins signed defenseman Jack Johnson to a five-year contract that will pay him $16.25 million. ...

Sabres GM uses Pens’ ties to rebuild

The Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill is drawing from his championship past in Pittsburgh to provide a boost in Buffalo. The Sabres improved their top-six forward ranks by acquiring Conor Sheary and defenseman Matt Hunwick in a trade with ...

Penguins decide to extend contract for Rust

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Bryan Rust to a four-year deal that runs through the 2021-22 campaign. The deal, announced on Tuesday, carries an average annual value of $3.5 million. The 26-year-old Rust set career highs in both assists ...

Pens appreciate three-year run

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins don’t expect the sting from their second-round playoff exit to fade anytime soon. They also don’t expect it to compel general manager Jim Rutherford to give the roster a thorough makeover after the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions’ bid for ...

Fleury enjoys star status again

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press Anyone who has played with Marc-Andre Fleury can tell he’s dialed in by watching his mannerisms. Last year, he rubbed the shaft of his stick after making a save with it on Alex Ovechkin. This year, he continued a career-long tradition of rubbing the ...

Lack of depth, urgency among Penguins’ woes

PITTSBURGH — It’s over. No Stanley Cup, no parade, no special T-shirts. The Penguins were bounced from the playoffs in the second round after two consecutive championship seasons. And, no, this is not similar to what happened in 1993, when the Penguins were eliminated by the New York ...

Caps exorcise ghosts vs. Pens

PITTSBURGH — The Washington Capitals kept trying to downplay their own forgettable playoff history, the one pockmarked with disappointment and despair. Still, they couldn’t run from it. No one bore the weight more than Alex Ovechkin. All the goals in the world — and the star forward is ...

Cup run is over

PITTSBURGH — A cathartic celebration 20 years in the making began with a poke of Evgeny Kuznetsov’s stick. It built as the puck that Kuznetsov tapped away from Sidney Crosby made its way to Washington Capitals teammate Alexander Ovechkin. It neared its crescendo as Ovechkin flipped it ...