Penguins

Path to glory goes through Pens

ARLINGTON, Va. — Sidney Crosby is standing in Alex Ovechkin’s way again. Of course. Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins extinguished two of the Washington Capitals’ best Stanley Cup hopes in 2009 and 2016, going on to win the championship each time. Now as Ovechkin and the Capitals face a ...

Pens, Capitals ready to resume rivalry

It is the playoff format everyone loves to hate, but say this for the NHL’s divisional setup: It is serving up a tasty feast of rivalries in the second round. For the second consecutive year, Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins will face Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals after ...

Kunitz skates at practice, gives Pens hope

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz returned to practice on Sunday, giving the defending Stanley Cup champions hope the veteran forward can contribute at some point during the team’s postseason run. Kunitz wore a non-contact jersey during the ...

Pens put Jackets away

PITTSBURGH — The puck fluttered into the net and the Columbus Blue Jackets thrust their arms into the air, certain they had tied the Pittsburgh Penguins early in the third period of Game 5 of their first-round playoff series. One problem. They weren’t the only ones with their arms ...

Pens’ Fleury enjoys center stage for now

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Marc-Andre Fleury is doing his best to stay in the present. Who knows how much longer he’ll play for the Pittsburgh Penguins? The winningest goaltender in franchise history certainly has no clue. Heck, 10 days ago he was the backup to ...

Pens will have to wait

By Mitch Stacy The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus coach John Tortorella hates the kind of music his players often blare in the dressing room. Still, he really wanted them to be able to hear it again. After the first three games of the playoff series with Pittsburgh, the Blue ...

Jackets trying to avoid sweep

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Blue Jackets scored more goals in the first six minutes of Sunday’s game than in their first two playoff games combined. That still wasn’t enough to slow down the Pittsburgh Penguins, who dealt the Blue Jackets a third straight playoff loss and put them on ...

Penguins rally, put Columbus on brink

By Mitch Stacy The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — With help from Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel and the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins are on the verge of sweeping their opening playoff series against Columbus. Crosby played keep-away with three Blue Jackets players behind the ...

Pens send Columbus off course

PITTSBURGH — Mike Sullivan’s decision to throw together Sidney Crosby, Conor Sheary and Jake Guentzel was two parts pragmatism and one part experimentation. The Pittsburgh Penguins were banged up in mid-March and needed a spark. So Sullivan put the best player in the game alongside a ...

Pens’ opponent still feeling good

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Sidney Crosby and the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins have looked impressive in jumping out to a 2-0 lead against the Blue Jackets. Crosby had a goal and two assists and Marc-Andre Fleury made 39 saves in Game 2. Fleury is expected to make his ...

Fleury steps up for Pens

PITTSBURGH — Marc-Andre Fleury spent the regular season saying all the right things — and just as importantly, doing all the right things — while watching Matt Murray take his job. It wasn’t easy. Yet the goalie with more wins than any other in the history of the Pittsburgh Penguins ...

Pens set to defend Cup

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Forget about past history and playoff experience. The Pittsburgh Penguins insist those things won’t matter when the puck drops on tonight in Game 1 of their first-round series against Columbus Blue Jackets. So what if the Penguins have ...

Crosby hitting stride for Pittsburgh

Sidney Crosby might be peaking as the playoffs arrive, with a shot to help the Pittsburgh Penguins become the first franchise in nearly two decades to hoist the Stanley Cup in consecutive seasons That’s a scary thought for the rest of the NHL. Crosby led the league with 44 goals, at least ...

Rangers top Pens

NEW YORK — With little at stake in the regular-season finale, the Rangers and Penguins just wanted to get through it unscathed. Now both teams can focus on the playoffs as they chase the Stanley Cup. Jimmy Vesey scored a tiebreaking goal in the third period and the Rangers beat the ...

Maple Leafs join Pens in postseason

The Associated Press TORONTO — Connor Brown broke a tie with 2:48 left and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on Saturday night to wrap up their first playoff spot since 2013. James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak, Kasperi Kapanen and Auston Matthews also scored for ...

Pittsburgh opponent struggling down stretch

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — After seeing his team lose for the sixth consecutive time, Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella was in no mood to analyze what’s going wrong with his team days before the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs. “I am not going to pick apart what ...

Pens outlast NJ

NEWARK, N.J. — The Pittsburgh Penguins clinched home-ice advantage for their first-round playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and it was the role players who carried them over the threshold. The Penguins got goals from seven players, two assists from Sidney Crosby — including ...

Malkin keen on Olympics, hoping Pens let him play

MOSCOW — Evgeni Malkin wants to go to the Olympics next February and he hopes the Pittsburgh Penguins will allow him to do it. Malkin told Russian sports daily Sovetsky Sport he was surprised by the NHL’s announcement Monday that it wouldn’t halt its season for players to go to South ...

Penguins must succeed without Letang

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Kris Letang’s goal in Game 6 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final clinched a fourth championship for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The talented but star-crossed defenseman will have a far different view as the Penguins try to defend their title when the playoffs ...

Pens get much-needed win

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins downplayed the idea they tried to send a message during a decisive 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night, a win that gave the defending Stanley Cup champions the inside track on home-ice ...