Penguins

New playoff format could be trouble

The Associated Press In a cruel twist of the NHL’s divisional playoff format, say goodbye to one of the three best teams in the league in the first round. “I don’t think it was designed for this,” Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. “I don’t think it was ...

Pens clinch playoff berth

The Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — After losing a pair of front teeth, Sidney Crosby wasn’t available to discuss the highlight-reel, one-handed goal he scored in helping the Pittsburgh Penguins clinch their 11th consecutive playoff berth. Crosby’s teammates had plenty to say about ...

Sid and the kids are doing alright

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jake Guentzel still finds himself staring. And really, it’s kind of hard to blame him. A year ago he was fresh out of Nebraska-Omaha trying to find his legs with the Pittsburgh Penguins’ AHL affiliate, all speed and youth and talent ...

Crosby’s hat trick propels Pens past Panthers

PITTSBURGH — A moment of reconciliation more than 15 years in the making allowed the Pittsburgh Penguins to pay tribute to an important part of their past. Then Sidney Crosby and the precocious kids who play alongside him provided a thrilling reminder of just how good the defending Stanley ...

Pens fail to generate offense in setback

PHILADELPHIA — Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers feel their record isn’t indicative of the team they have. They certainly showed why on Wednesday night. Wayne Simmonds scored the 200th goal of his career and Steve Mason made 23 saves to lead Philadelphia to a 4-0 victory over the ...

Bonino, Malkin gang up for Penguins on Jets

The Associated Press WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Nick Bonino had a hat trick, Evgeni Malkin scored twice and added an assist and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Winnipeg Jets 7-4 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory. Justin Schultz and Jake Guentzel also scored, and Matt Murray ...

Penguins rally to defeat Sabres

PITTSBURGH — His team flat, listless and basically overwhelmed during a miserable first period against Buffalo on Sunday, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan looked down his bench searching for a jolt. He found one in Marc-Andre Fleury, who wondered in recent weeks if his time with the ...

Kuhl, Cutch are solid for Bucs

From Mirror reports BRADENTON, Fla. — Andrew McCutchen’s third-inning sacrifice fly was the key hit in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 3-2 win over Boston on Saturday in spring training action at LECOM Park. McCutchen, making his last appearance before joining Team USA for the World Baseball ...

New guy comes through for Penguins

PITTSBURGH — Mark Streit was dealt from Philadelphia to Tampa Bay to Pittsburgh in the span of a few hours at the trade deadline on Wednesday. If his head was swimming, it hardly showed. The veteran defenseman wasted little time making an impression with the Penguins, scoring the go-ahead ...

Penguins have no answers for Chicago’s Kane

By Matt Carlson The Associated Press CHICAGO — Patrick Kane had his second hat trick in three games, Scott Darling made 36 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight victory and 10th in 11 games. Richard Panik also ...

Pens go outdoors to sink Flyers

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby scored his NHL-leading 34th goal, Matt Murray made 35 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 at blustery Heinz Field on Saturday night. Matt Cullen, Nick Bonino and Chad Ruhwedel also scored for Pittsburgh, which ...

Penguins, Flyers hope for touch of winter

PITTSBURGH — Mother Nature appears ready to make a kick save on spring ahead of the Stadium Series game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at Heinz Field. After a week of temperatures more suitable for early May than late February gave NHL vice president of ...

Penalties don’t hurt Pens

The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin spent more time in the penalty box than usual for the Pittsburgh Penguins. They made up for it by scoring a couple of important goals. Crosby got the go-ahead goal on a deflection in the second period, Malkin added an ...

Pittsburgh runs into some red-hot Red Wings

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Admittedly not where they want to be in the standings, the Detroit Red Wings still have plenty of fight left. That much was evident this weekend with back-to-back wins against two of the NHL’s best teams. Tomas Tatar and Thomas Vanek ...

Pens only one ahead of Columbus after OT loss

The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets provided a sellout crowd at Nationwide Arena with a captivating look at what the first round of the playoffs might look like. The high-energy Friday night game between the Metropolitan Division rivals ...

Malkin makes it tough on visiting Canucks

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The quality Mike Sullivan appreciates the most in Evgeni Malkin is the one that separates the Pittsburgh Penguins star from just about everyone else who happens to do what Malkin does for a living. “He’s such a threat when he’s on the ice,” ...

Hornqvist, Murray lead Pens to victory

DENVER — Patric Hornqvist scored twice Thursday night while Sidney Crosby was held in check, and Matthew Murray made 27 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1. Crosby remained stuck on 998 career points. The Penguins captain needs two more to become the 86th player ...

Goalie, posts tough on Pens

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby’s pursuit for 1,000 career points hit a speed bump — not to mention a couple of posts — against Calgary’s Chad Johnson. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain picked up point No. 998 with a third-period assist, but Johnson and the Flames ...

Pens love it when Crosby scores

By David Solomon The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 22 shots and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 Saturday night. Kris Letang and Justin Schultz also scored for the Penguins who are 20-2-2 when Crosby ...

Kessel takes the right shot in OT

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Phil Kessel wasn’t even aware he was playing in the 800th game of his career until the Pittsburgh Penguins forward glanced up at the scoreboard at some point on Friday night against Columbus. “I guess it’s a lot of games,” Kessel ...