Penguins

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 ...

Crosby’s hat trick propels Pens past Panthers

PITTSBURGH — A moment of reconciliation more than 15 years in the making allowed the Pittsburgh Penguins to pay tribute to an important part of their past. Then Sidney Crosby and the precocious kids who play alongside him provided a thrilling reminder of just how good the defending Stanley ...

Pens fail to generate offense in setback

PHILADELPHIA — Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers feel their record isn’t indicative of the team they have. They certainly showed why on Wednesday night. Wayne Simmonds scored the 200th goal of his career and Steve Mason made 23 saves to lead Philadelphia to a 4-0 victory over the ...

Bonino, Malkin gang up for Penguins on Jets

The Associated Press WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Nick Bonino had a hat trick, Evgeni Malkin scored twice and added an assist and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Winnipeg Jets 7-4 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory. Justin Schultz and Jake Guentzel also scored, and Matt Murray ...

Penguins rally to defeat Sabres

PITTSBURGH — His team flat, listless and basically overwhelmed during a miserable first period against Buffalo on Sunday, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan looked down his bench searching for a jolt. He found one in Marc-Andre Fleury, who wondered in recent weeks if his time with the ...

Kuhl, Cutch are solid for Bucs

From Mirror reports BRADENTON, Fla. — Andrew McCutchen’s third-inning sacrifice fly was the key hit in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 3-2 win over Boston on Saturday in spring training action at LECOM Park. McCutchen, making his last appearance before joining Team USA for the World Baseball ...

New guy comes through for Penguins

PITTSBURGH — Mark Streit was dealt from Philadelphia to Tampa Bay to Pittsburgh in the span of a few hours at the trade deadline on Wednesday. If his head was swimming, it hardly showed. The veteran defenseman wasted little time making an impression with the Penguins, scoring the go-ahead ...

Penguins have no answers for Chicago’s Kane

By Matt Carlson The Associated Press CHICAGO — Patrick Kane had his second hat trick in three games, Scott Darling made 36 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight victory and 10th in 11 games. Richard Panik also ...

Pens go outdoors to sink Flyers

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby scored his NHL-leading 34th goal, Matt Murray made 35 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 at blustery Heinz Field on Saturday night. Matt Cullen, Nick Bonino and Chad Ruhwedel also scored for Pittsburgh, which ...

Penguins, Flyers hope for touch of winter

PITTSBURGH — Mother Nature appears ready to make a kick save on spring ahead of the Stadium Series game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at Heinz Field. After a week of temperatures more suitable for early May than late February gave NHL vice president of ...

Penalties don’t hurt Pens

The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin spent more time in the penalty box than usual for the Pittsburgh Penguins. They made up for it by scoring a couple of important goals. Crosby got the go-ahead goal on a deflection in the second period, Malkin added an ...

Pittsburgh runs into some red-hot Red Wings

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Admittedly not where they want to be in the standings, the Detroit Red Wings still have plenty of fight left. That much was evident this weekend with back-to-back wins against two of the NHL’s best teams. Tomas Tatar and Thomas Vanek ...