Penguins

Score one for Penguins’ youth movement

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Not much more than a month ago, Dominik Simon, Jean-Sebastien Dea and Casey DeSmith were playing minor league hockey in Wilkes-Barre for the AHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Fast forward to Tuesday night, when that unlikely trio carried Sidney ...

DeSmith earns first victory for Penguins

LOS ANGELES — Until Pittsburgh goalie Casey DeSmith got the start at Staples Center on Thursday night, his entire NHL experience consisted of two relief appearances in Penguins losses. DeSmith seized the chance to grab his first career victory — with plenty of help from the Penguins’ ...

Penguins goalie takes leave of absence

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray is taking a leave of absence from the team following the death of his father. The Penguins announced Wednesday that James Murray, Matt’s father, died on Tuesday in Ontario, Canada. Matt Murray, who backstopped ...

Penguins dispatch Red Wings, 4-1

PITTSBURGH — Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins returned from their bye week and picked up right where they left off. Malkin had two goals and two assists, and the Penguins beat the Detroit Red Wings, 4-1, on Saturday for their third consecutive victory. “It’s always fun when ...

New, former Penguins selected for all-star contest

On the ice Tonight: Idle Next up: Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins, Saturday, 1 p.m. TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press The league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning’s top performers will be on full display when the city hosts NHL All-Star Weekend later this month. Top ...

Aho forces Pens to shout ‘Oh no’

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Sebastian Aho and the Hurricanes helped Cam Ward have a fairly comfortable night in goal against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Aho scored twice, Ward stopped 21 shots and Carolina beat the struggling ...

Reaves sparks Pens over Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Reaves can be quick to drop his gloves and start a timely fight to spark his team. With his gloves on, Reaves instead found another way to lift Pittsburgh with an opportune goal. Reaves had a rare goal and an assist, and the Penguins scored four times in the second ...

Penguins end 2017 on a downer

DETROIT — When Gustav Nyquist scored a career-low 12 goals for the Red Wings last season, coach Jeff Blashill downplayed his concern, insisting that Nyquist was a playmaker who’d been miscast early in his career as a potent goal scorer. This season, Nyquist is casting doubt on his ...

Year of the championship

More than perhaps any other year in recent memory, the calendar year 2017 brought something special for just about every sports fan in the Altoona Mirrorás readership area. Name the sport, and there was a corresponding honor or accolade for an athletic team or individual. Penn State ...

Test your knowledge of the year past

PITTSBURGH — It’s that time again: the last week in the last month. Time to vacuum the pine needles, hunt for 75 percent discounts on picked-over Christmas merchandise and — oh yes, thank you, Lord — send the kids back to school. But before any of that happens, it’s time to tackle ...

2017 in review

JANUARY n The Penn State football team loses a heartbreaker in the Rose Bowl, 52-49, to USC on a last-second 46-yard field goal. n Penn State’s Chris Godwin and Garrett Sickels announce they will leave early for the NFL Draft. Teammate Marcus Allen announces he will return for his senior ...

Red-hot Hurricanes too much for Pens

RALEIGH, N.C. — A coaches’ challenge wiped away the Carolina Hurricanes’ first go-ahead goal. There was no doubting the second one. Sebastian Aho’s goal with 1:55 left in the second period helped the Hurricanes earn their season-best fourth straight win, a 2-1 victory over the ...

Penguins wear out Jackets

PITTSBURGH — Penguins coach Mike Sullivan called it the biggest character win of the season for his struggling team. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin scored in the shootout, and Pittsburgh rallied past the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 on Wednesday night. “With all the challenges we faced, ...

Pens closer to last place

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — John Gibson grew up in Pittsburgh. He downplayed his annual homecoming Saturday night, but his teammates with the Anaheim Ducks understood this wasn’t just any game and it wasn’t just any arena for the 24-year-old who has helped keep them afloat during ...

Murray’s save on final shot lifts Penguins to victory

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan doesn’t want to see Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang drop the gloves every game. But a frustrating first two periods led to a breakout third and a shootout victory. Letang scored the ...

Pens end 3-game slide

The Associated Press GLENDALE, Ariz. — Olli Maatta scored with 14 seconds left and the Pittsburgh Penguins ended a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night. Pittsburgh pressured Arizona early and took a 2-0 lead on second-period goals by ...

Fleury tough on Penguins

On the ice Tonight: Pittsburgh Penguins at Arizona Coyotes, 8 p.m. TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — Marc-Andre Fleury has been thinking about one game for quite a while. And Thursday night he rose to the challenge. Fleury stopped 24 shots against his former ...

Barberio’s goal sinks Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — Colorado defenseman Mark Barberio was a healthy scratch last week against Buffalo. He made a huge play Monday night against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. Barberio scored in the third period and Jonathan Bernier stopped 39 shots, helping the Avalanche to a 2-1 ...

Penguins dig too deep of a hole against Maple Leafs

PITTSBURGH — Tyler Bozak scored two goals, and the Toronto Maple Leafs got off to a fast start in a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. Conner Brown and James van Riemsdyk scored in the first 1:42 of the game, and Bozak also scored in the first period. Mitch Marner ...

Defensive gamble pays off for Penguins

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Matt Hunwick made a decision to gamble in overtime. Hunwick jumped up to join the play and created an odd-man situation for Pittsburgh that led to the winning goal. Hunwick scored 1:29 into overtime, lifting ...