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Penguins

Pens ousted from playoffs

TORONTO — The Pittsburgh Penguins entered their qualifying round matchup against Montreal healthy but wary. Optimistic but guarded. While they’d shown plenty of grit during a regular season that featured extended absences by high-profile names on their star-laden roster, in a short series ...

Loss leaves Pens down 2-1 in series

From Mirror, wire reports TORONTO — Jeff Petry scored 5:33 into the third period as the Montreal Canadiens rallied from two goals down and beat Pittsburgh 4-3 in Game 3 on Wednesday night, pushing the Penguins to the brink of elimination in the best-of-five series. Shea Weber had a goal ...

Penguins have shot at taking 2-1 lead

On deck Tonight: Pittsburgh vs. Montreal, 8 p.m. Best-of-5 series: Tied at 1-1 TV: NBC Sports Network The Associated Press TORONTO — The C’s have it: Crosby and Connor, that is. It didn’t take long for the two captains — Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Edmonton’s Connor ...

Penguins draw even in series

On the ice Tonight: Idle Next up: Montreal vs. Pittsburgh, Wednesday, 8 p.m. Best-of-5 series: Series tied 1-1 TV: NBC Sports Network The Associated Press TORONTO — Sidney Crosby, Jason Zucker and Jake Guentzel scored for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 3-1 victory over the Montreal ...

Pens know what’s at stake

On the ice Tonight: Montreal vs. Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. Best-of-5 series: Canadiens lead series, 1-0 TV: NBC Sports Network The Associated Press Trouble keeps following Winnipeg Jets, from one of their best players not reporting to training camp to a bevy of injuries throughout the regular ...

Pens ready to begin playoff run

On the ice Saturday: Montreal vs. Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. Best-of-five-game series: 0-0 TV: NBC The Associated Press TORONTO — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman took a short break from watching the final few exhibition games Thursday to ponder the significance of awarding the Stanley Cup some ...

Injured stars imprace 2nd chance

On the ice Tonight: Idle Next up: Montreal vs. Pittsburgh in first round of NHL playoffs, Saturday, 8 p.m. TV: NBC Sports Network The Associated Press Seth Jones stood on his surgically repaired right ankle as his Blue Jackets teammates practiced and played without him. That took its ...

NHL playoffs will be a grind

On the ice Who: Pittsburgh vs. Montreal What: Best-of-5-game series When: Game 1, Saturday at 8 p.m. The Associated Press Fans counted down the seconds to the final buzzer, “Brass Bonanza” played over the speakers at Hartford Civic Center and Whalers players Dave Tippett, Joel ...

Pens wary of upstart Habs

Zach Aston-Reese pondered the question for a minute. “I’m not exactly sure who is on their first line,” the Penguins forward said when asked how Pittsburgh plans to slow down Montreal’s top line in their best-of-five play-in series that begins Saturday in Toronto. The answer made ...

Flyers win in OT

TORONTO — The Pittsburgh Penguins got in their one exhibition game prior to this weekend’s NHL playoff opener with the Montreal Canadians, losing in overtime to the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2, Tuesday night. Scott Laughton ended it with a goal in overtime for Philadelphia. Conor Sheary ...

Pens, NHL gets ready for reboot

The Associated Press When the Boston Bruins boarded their flight bound for Toronto, they thought of it as just another long road trip. Sure, they were spaced out and masked up on the plane, but they were en route to compete for the Stanley Cup that they fell one win short of earning last ...

Pens’ Malkin feeling much better

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Evgeni Malkin is already thinking about the future, the one where the hockey star in the family isn’t the four-time All-Star forward for the Pittsburgh Penguins but his 4-year-old son, Nikita. The younger Malkin certainly seems to be on his way. The ...

Crosby misses practice with undisclosed issue

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby did not practice on Sunday, a day after leaving a team scrimmage with an undisclosed health issue. The team captain and two-time NHL MVP scored during an organized scrimmage on Saturday. Head coach Mike Sullivan declined to offer specifics ...

Penguins playing it safe when it comes to COVID-19

The Associated Press St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington is so accustomed to wearing a mask, he didn’t mind doing so for the past four months during the coronavirus pandemic. “Sometimes, I forgot I’m wearing it while driving,” Binnington said Monday, when the Blues were among ...

NHL officially re-opens Monday

Montreal vs. Pittsburgh (BEST OF FIVE SERIES) Saturday, Aug. 1: Pittsburgh vs. Montreal, TBD Monday, Aug. 3: Pittsburgh vs. Montreal, TBD Wednesday, Aug. 5: Montreal vs. Pittsburgh, TBD x-Friday, Aug. 7: Montreal vs. Pittsburgh, TBD x-Saturday, Aug. 8: Pittsburgh vs. Montreal, ...

NHL lottery set to go

The Associated Press The once-proud Detroit Red Wings hope to win the NHL draft lottery, giving them a shot to select Canadian Alexis Lafreniere. Detroit desperately needs a boost after easily being the worst team in the league during the pandemic-shortened season that was put on ice in ...

Iginla headlines hockey hall of fame inductions

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press Jarome Iginla headlines the Hockey Hall of Fame’s six-person class of 2020 after being elected Wednesday in his first year of eligibility. Iginla will be the fourth Black player inducted after Grant Fuhr, women’s hockey pioneer Angela James ...

Pens’ Murray ready to get things started

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Matt Murray’s legacy with the Pittsburgh Penguins — such as it is at age 26 — is secure, as. That tends to happen when you have your name on the Stanley Cup. Twice. It’s the goaltender’s future, however, that is murky. Not ...

Enough MVP candidates out there

By John Wawrow The Associated Press The Edmonton Oilers’ resurgence placed Connor McDavid back in the NHL MVP conversation, along with teammate Leon Draisaitl. Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon and Boston’s David Pastrnak made their case, too, during a pandemic-shortened season. And ...

NHL hub city search continues

The Associated Press Canada has approved the NHL’s return-to-play proposal that could lead to one or more cities north of the border serving as host sites for the league’s 24-team playoff format. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Friday that the nation’s top public ...