Penguins

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 ...

Detroit keeps Penguins from clinching

By Paul Harris The Associated Press DETROIT — The Pittsburgh Penguins came up empty when they tried to clinch a playoff spot on Tuesday night. Tyler Bertuzzi led the way for the Detroit Red Wings once again. Bertuzzi had two goals and an assist, and Detroit beat Pittsburgh 4-1 for its ...

Penguins pick up victory, inch closer to playoff berth

PITTSBURGH — Matt Cullen is well-versed in the electricity that creeps into a locker room when the games dwindle down to a precious few and the playoffs loom. It’s one of the main reasons the veteran Pittsburgh Penguins center — at 42 the NHL’s oldest player — keeps coming back for ...

Rinne gets one over on the Pens

PITTSBURGH — Pekka Rinne’s difficulties against the Penguins, particularly in Pittsburgh, have been well documented. So, it felt good for the Nashville Predators’ star goaltender to put those questions to rest — at least for one night. Rinne stopped 42 shots to lead the Predators to ...

Surging Pens close in on top spot

NEW YORK — The surging Pittsburgh Penguins are closing in on the top spot in their division. Teddy Blueger scored twice, Matt Murray made 33 saves and the Penguins rallied from an early two-goal deficit for a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Monday night. “I thought we didn’t ...

McCann scores twice for Pens victory

DALLAS — Jared McCann scored twice, including the go-ahead goal on a spinning short-handed play in the third period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Saturday night. McCann has 11 goals in 26 games since coming over in a trade with Florida, and now leads the Penguins ...

Penguins pick up victory in shootout

By Chip Cirillo The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Sidney Crosby’s goal in the shootout gave Pittsburgh a 2-1 victory over Nashville on Thursday night, ending the Penguins’ three-game losing streak. Bryan Rust scored in regulation for the Penguins, who moved into a second-place ...

Pens drop playoff-like game

By Joedy McCreary The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins traded hits — and, occasionally, goals — during an intense game with a decided playoff feel. Because the Hurricanes found a way to rally for a victory, they moved closer to finally ...

Flyers rally to stun Pens

PITTSBURGH — Clock ticking down on both the game and in some ways their season, the Philadelphia Flyers summoned some more late magic to stun the Pittsburgh Penguins yet again. James van Riemsdyk scored with 18 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Sean Couturier finished off a ...

Mirror columnist dies at 64

From Mirror reports John Mehno, who has covered Pittsburgh sports for the Mirror for more than 35 years, has passed away. He was 64. “All of us who worked with John loved his witty, informative and entertaining style,” Mirror Managing Editor Neil Rudel said. “His columns and his ...