Penguins

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 ...

Injury-plagued Pens edge ’Canes

PITTSBURGH — Mike Sullivan keeps insisting his team isn’t looking ahead. That the Pittsburgh Penguins haven’t let their eyes creep ahead to next week when their injury riddled regular season ends and the real defense of their Stanley Cup begins. Sullivan’s team backed up its coach, ...

Pens recover in nick of time

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Sidney Crosby came through to help the Pittsburgh Penguins pull out another close win. The Penguins’ captain scored a goal and an assist in regulation and then got the clinching tally in the shootout to help Pittsburgh snap a four-game skid with a 4-3 ...

Slump goes on for Pens

PITTSBURGH — Patrick Kane darted behind the Pittsburgh Penguins net, seemingly intent on trying to bend a wraparound past Marc-Andre Fleury. Halfway there, the Chicago Blackhawks star changed his mind, instead flipping a backhand pass to Artemi Panarin at the left post. Panarin flicked the ...

Pens limping to the finish line

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ron Hainsey arrived in Pittsburgh from Carolina a month ago on the verge of reaching the playoffs for the first time in his 14-year career. The durable defenseman found an odd but perhaps apt way to fit in with his new team: He got hurt. ...

Penguins’ losing skid continues

PITTSBURGH — The Philadelphia Flyers are trying to balance desperation and cool heads as they make a last-gasp, late-season run at a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Jakub Voracek and Dale Weise sparked Philadelphia’s four-goal third period and the Flyers finished a four-game road trip ...

New playoff format could be trouble

The Associated Press In a cruel twist of the NHL’s divisional playoff format, say goodbye to one of the three best teams in the league in the first round. “I don’t think it was designed for this,” Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. “I don’t think it was ...

Pens clinch playoff berth

The Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — After losing a pair of front teeth, Sidney Crosby wasn’t available to discuss the highlight-reel, one-handed goal he scored in helping the Pittsburgh Penguins clinch their 11th consecutive playoff berth. Crosby’s teammates had plenty to say about ...

Sid and the kids are doing alright

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jake Guentzel still finds himself staring. And really, it’s kind of hard to blame him. A year ago he was fresh out of Nebraska-Omaha trying to find his legs with the Pittsburgh Penguins’ AHL affiliate, all speed and youth and talent ...