Penguins

Same series, different year for Pens, Caps

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press ARLINGTON, Va. — Like tourists flocking to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom, the Pittsburgh Penguins making a trip to Washington in the playoffs has become a rite of spring. The Penguins and Capitals will face off in the second round for the ...

Pens, Crosby will meet familiar foe

On the ice Who: Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals Game 1: Thursday, 7 p.m. TV: TBA Radio: ESPN 1430 WVAM By Will Graves The Associated Press CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP — Sidney Crosby has faced the Washington Capitals three times in the playoffs. All three times the Pittsburgh ...

Penguins eye another Cup

PHILADELPHIA — Sidney Crosby tormented the Flyers just as he has from the start of his NHL career. Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin were clutch when needed in pivotal games. And Matt Murray? Oh, just two shutouts and the type of outings that show more zeros on the board are possible in the ...

Four goals from Pens’ forward eliminates Flyers

By Dan Gelston The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Jake Guentzel dropped to his right knee and slid on the ice in celebration, not only for his second career postseason hat trick, but for the goal that assured Pittsburgh was moving on in the playoffs. He has established his playoff ...

Flyers goalie Neuvirth hoping to carry momentum

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth faces a lot of pressure today with his team down 3-2 heading home against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He stopped 30 shots in Game 5 to help the Flyers extend that series. “I’ve been practicing well and feeling good about my game,” said Neuvirth, ...

Pens fail to finish Philly

On the ice Tonight: Idle Next up: Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, Sunday, 3 p.m. Best-of-7 series: Pens lead, 3-2 TV: NBC By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Sean Couturier did what he could to deal with the pain in his left leg, then hopped over the boards and let the ...

Penguins, Predators look to lock up round 2 spots

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mario Lemieux had one question for Sidney Crosby after the Pittsburgh star slipped past his boss as the Penguins’ career playoff scoring leader during a Game 4 romp over Philadelphia. “He asked what took so long,” Crosby said with a ...

Pens need one more to finish Flyers

On the ice Tonight: Idle Next up: Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins, Friday, 7 p.m. Best-of-7 series: Pens lead 3-1 TV: AT&T SportsNet By Dan Gelston The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Sidney Crosby passed Mario Lemieux in Pittsburgh’s record book and pushed the ...

Flyers needs spark from Giroux against Penguins

PHILADELPHIA — Claude Giroux carried the Philadelphia Flyers into the playoffs. The Hart Trophy candidate might be the reason they get knocked out in the first round if he can’t become the force the Flyers need to have a chance against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Only six years ago, Giroux ...

Right back at you

PHILADELPHIA — The kitschy light-up bracelets flickered in the darkened arena and another packed house roared “Crosby sucks! Crosby sucks!” Here’s the thing Philly fans haven’t yet accepted about Sidney Crosby over the last 13 years, he really doesn’t — and especially not against ...

Lafferty honing his skills in minors

By Tom Venesky Special to the Mirror WILKES-BARRE — Jarrod Skalde noticed something about Sam Lafferty ever since he joined the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in early March. On the ice, the Hollidaysburg native displayed the speed and offensive prowess that allowed him to lead Brown ...

Pens, Caps sticking with hot goalies

On the ice Today: Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers, 3 p.m. TV: NBC Best-of-7 series: Tied at 1-1 The Associated Press By sticking with Philipp Grubauer in net for Game 2, the Washington Capitals are taking a page from the Philadelphia Flyers’ most recent goaltending ...

Penguins try to keep heat on cross-state rivals

PITTSBURGH — Lost amid Sidney Crosby’s latest attempt to win the NHL batting title and Evgeni Malkin’s one-on-three brilliance during the Pittsburgh Penguins’ clinical dismantling of the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 is this: The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions played pretty ...

Crosby, Pens dominate Philly in playoff opener

PITTSBURGH — The sluggish opening three months. The so-so finish. The only occasional attention to detail on defense. None of it matters anymore. The playoffs are here. The champs are, too. Sidney Crosby and the Penguins provided proof in Pittsburgh’s 7-0 dismantling of the Philadelphia ...

Pens confident but wary of Flyers

PITTSBURGH — The chase began nearly a year ago, when Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan addressed hundreds of thousands of fans following a second Stanley Cup championship parade through choked downtown streets in as many summers. Rather than run from the challenge of trying to become ...

Net-front guys play vital role in playoffs

PITTSBURGH — There’s a bit of masochist in Patric Hornqvist. Has to be. How else to explain the thrill the Pittsburgh Penguins forward gets by planting himself in front of an opposing net and daring someone — be it a goaltender or defender typically within a stick’s reach of him — ...

Murray ready for ‘Christmas’

PITTSBURGH — Matt Murray doesn’t keep track of the numbers, which makes it easier for the Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender to not get caught up in them. His goals-against average? No clue. Save percentage? Nope. Pittsburgh’s record during an occasionally uneven regular season for the ...

So many top teams make predictions hard

The Associated Press Seeding means nothing in the giant game of rock, paper, scissors that is the Eastern Conference playoffs. Top-seeded Tampa Bay lost all three meetings this season against eighth-seeded New Jersey, Toronto beat Boston three out of four times and records don’t matter ...

Top teams suffer with format design

Penguins opponent The Pittsburgh Penguins will host the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Game 2, also in Pittsburgh, will be played on Friday night. The Associated Press Two of the top four teams in the NHL are guaranteed to be out the ...

Rest a bigger deal for some teams than seeding

It could be? Though it won’t be official until today, based on the outcomes of several games Saturday night, the Pen-guins’ first-round opponent in the playoffs is expected to be the Flyers. The Pens will host the first two games. The Associated Press Being healthy in the playoffs is ...