Penguins

Spotlight on goalie Fleury in Game 6

Three goals in five minutes sparked sing-song chants of “FLEU-RY! FLEU-RY!” and might’ve planted enough of a seed of belief for the Washington Capitals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. All series the Capitals had struggled to beat goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, but he allowed four goals ...

Not over yet

WASHINGTON — It was quiet in the Washington Capitals’ locker room during the second intermission as they stared down the prospect of the end of their season and last best chance at a Stanley Cup potentially being 20 minutes away. A few minutes into the third period, the players made their ...

Crosby keeping Game 5 options open

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP — Sidney Crosby returned to work Friday, practicing with his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates barely four days removed from a frightening hit that left him with a concussion, and his status for the rest of the playoffs uncertain. While the two-time MVP declined to get into ...

Caps trying to stay alive

ARLINGTON, Va. — Alex Ovechkin is Washington’s third-line left winger as they face elimination against the Pittsburgh Penguins. At least, that is what coach Barry Trotz did in practice Friday as the desperate Capitals, down 3-1 in their second-round series, prepared for Game 5 tonight in ...

True grit

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins were a puck-hogging, ice-tilting blur last spring, overwhelming opponents with an avalanche of shots and sustained offensive pressure that ended with the franchise’s fourth Stanley Cup. A year later, the faces in the lineup - save for two very notable ...

Penguins take 3-1 advantage, minus Crosby

PITTSBURGH — Forget about revenge for the brutal cross-check that knocked Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby out of the playoffs indefinitely. Marc-Andre Fleury didn’t want any part of it. The Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender came up with a more effective method of retribution against ...

Crosby out indefinitely

PITTSBURGH — The scene brought back jarring memories. Sidney Crosby woozily making his way off the ice after taking a brutal hit from a member of the Washington Capitals. His brain foggy. His immediate future uncertain. The sight of their captain slowly heading to the dressing room on ...

Crosby injured in first period, does not return in Game 3 defeat

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Kevin Shattenkirk scored 3:13 into overtime and the Washington Capitals overcame a late collapse in regulation to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Monday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Washington drew within 2-1 ...

Pens in commanding position

Desperate times called for a players-only meeting in the Washington Capitals’ locker room after they fell behind 2-0 in their second-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. What was said? Matt Niskanen called it “none of your business,” Alex Ovechkin insisted “it stays ...

Pens go home up 2-0

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press WASHINGTON — With Sidney Crosby continuing his brilliance for the Penguins and Braden Holtby not having the same response in net for the Capitals, the second-round series between the NHL’s top teams has tilted in Pittsburgh’s favor. Crosby set ...

Pens’ Hagelin might return for Game 2

WASHINGTON — Carl Hagelin could be bringing his trademark speed back to the Pittsburgh Penguins’ lineup. Coach Mike Sullivan said Hagelin will be a game-time decision to return for Game 2 against the Washington Capitals tonight after being out since March 10 with a lower-body injury. The ...

Crosby’s two goals give Pens 1-0 lead

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Sidney Crosby outdueled Alex Ovechkin in a vintage goal-for-goal showdown between the NHL’s top teams, and Nick Bonino and Marc-Andre Fleury put the finishing touches on a playoff classic. Crosby scored two goals in 52 seconds, ...

Pens, Caps renew rivalry

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press ARLINGTON, Va. — The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins arrive at their latest showdown looking very much like they did a year ago. It’s the little things that might matter most this time around. The Capitals added center Lars Eller and ...

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 ...