Penguins

Sens proving they belong among finalists

PITTSBURGH — The Ottawa Senators heard the naysayers. The chorus has grown so loud over the last month, tuning it out simply wasn’t an option no matter how many one-goal victories they pulled off in the playoffs. “A lot of people were doubting us and almost made us start doubting ...

Home-ice advantage gone with OT defeat

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Bobby Ryan beat Marc-Andre Fleury on a breakaway 4:59 into overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Ryan took control near center ice and ...

Penguins leary of pesky Senators

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins spent the first two rounds of the playoffs engaging in high-stakes games of rope-a-dope with Columbus and Washington, absorbing some hits, avoiding others and counterpunching brilliantly to get halfway to a second straight Stanley Cup. A very different ...

Sullivan making right moves

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins looked like they needed a day off. Maybe more than one. And yet there the defending Stanley Cup champions were on Tuesday morning, dressed and skating barely 12 hours removed from a listless Game 6 loss to Washington that put Pittsburgh’s bid for a ...

Penguins own Caps when it matters the most

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Marc-Andre Fleury thanked his stick and flashed a smile so wide it could be seen through his mask. This was vintage Fleury, and he has the Pittsburgh Penguins one step closer to another Stanley Cup. Fleury stopped all 29 shots in a ...

Stifled Pens in need of Game 7 spark

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins spent the better part of five games exploiting the few chances the Washington Capitals gave them, focusing on generating quality scoring chances while the Presidents’ Trophy winners seemed more intent on ...

Game 7 hasn’t been kind to Caps

Game 7 may be the most exciting phrase in sports to a lot of people. Probably not for the Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks. The Capitals have lost six of nine Game 7s in the Alex Ovechkin era, and the Ducks have lost five in a row with stars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, including a ...

Failure to capitalize

PITTSBURGH — The Washington Capitals are well aware of their franchise’s inglorious past, one filled with unmet expectations and gut-wrenching collapses. And they don’t care. It’s not 1992. It’s not 1996, 2009 or 2016 for that matter. The Capitals have spent the better part of the ...

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, ...