Penguins

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 ...

Pens get edge for playoffs

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins can admit it now. The regular season is kind of a drag. Being the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions creates a target on your back that’s impossible to shake. An NHL-high 19 back-to-backs left them spent. A sluggish first half forced them to ...

Penguins beat Jackets in overtime thriller

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Pittsburgh Penguins battled back to force overtime and picked up a win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, who still got the point they needed to clinch a playoff spot for the second straight season. The Penguins answered every Columbus goal in regulation before Phil Kessel ...

Pens emerge from recent funk

On the ice Tonight: Idle Next up: Pittsburgh Penguins at Columbus Blue Jackets,Thursday, 7 TV: AT&T SportsNet Records: Penguins (45-29-6); Blue Jackets (44-29-6) By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Evgeni Malkin made the proclamation more than two months ago, ...

Capitals clinch division

PITTSBURGH — There was no dogpile in the dressing room. No champagne celebration. Not even a beer. Nothing. The Washington Capitals have been here before. Many times, actually. It’s not that they don’t appreciate winning Metropolitan Division title after Metropolitan Division title like ...

Mehno: MLB teams at mercy of nature

PITTSBURGH — It’s a cruel April Fool joke that’s being played on the Pirates. They get extra time in Detroit. Two of their first three scheduled games had to be postponed because of weather, including the Thursday opener and Saturday’s matinee. So at 6:10 p.m. this evening — about ...

Pens clinch playoff spot with win

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mike Sullivan knew the Stanley Cup hangover was coming. Even if the Pittsburgh Penguins coach danced around the phrase whenever the subject came up during the opening three months of the season as the two-time defending champions alternated between sizzling ...

Crosby ends OT quickly

NEWARK, N.J. — On the opening day of the baseball season, Sidney Crosby swung and connected for the Pittsburgh Penguins, preventing the New Jersey Devils from sweeping their four-game season series with the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion. Crosby batted his own rebound out of the ...

Pens can’t capitalize on fast start

DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings are a team in transition, and that was evident Tuesday night. Veteran defenseman Niklas Kronwall scored a goal for his 400th point, while rookie defenseman Joe Hicketts, playing his second NHL game, grabbed a pair of assists for his first career points as the ...

Rust’s ricochet lifts Penguins

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby crystallized the Pittsburgh Penguins’ hot run against the Philadelphia Flyers with the kind of goal that he and few others on the planet can create. The Pittsburgh captain then sealed his team’s first season sweep of its ...

Pens settle for one point

PITTSBURGH — The New Jersey Devils and their roster stuffed with speed and youth haven’t made the playoffs in six years. The drought for Taylor Hall is even longer. Eight years after being taken with the top pick in the draft, the Devils forward is still waiting for his first taste of the ...

Highlight reel play by Crosby keys ‘W’

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby doesn’t really have an explanation for how he does what he does. He just does it. So if you’re looking for clarity on how the Pittsburgh Penguins star managed to knock a pass from Jake Guentzel out of the air, deflect it ...