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Pens watch Ovechkin make history

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin scored twice to reach and exceed the 1,000-point plateau, leading the Washington Capitals to a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. Becoming the 84th player in NHL history to hit the milestone, Ovechkin put the team ...

Bullish Steelers going heavy during streak

PITTSBURGH — Offensive lineman nirvana arrived for the Pittsburgh Steelers late in the first quarter on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Ten snaps. All handoffs from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to Le’Veon Bell. Each one of them chewing up clock, yardage and whatever mettle ...

KC’s Smith different for playoffs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two distinctly different versions of Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith have emerged over the years. Regular-Season Alex and Playoff Alex. The regular-season version may be the most boring player you will ever meet. He rarely says anything inflammatory. He is exceedingly ...

Big Ben’s foot not a distraction

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH— A day later, the way the Pittsburgh Steelers manhandled the Miami Dolphins for long stretches during their lopsided wild-card win on Sunday felt just as good as it did the first time around. “It was a pretty thing to watch,” right ...

Big Ben says he’ll play despite injury to ankle in win over Dolphins

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell spent the last two Januarys watching helplessly while the Pittsburgh Steelers tried to make a deep postseason run without him. The ever fluid running back made up for lost time Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. So did Ben ...

When it’s all said and done, Steelers do what is expected of them

Commentary PITTSBURGH — You know all those so-called experts who said the Steelers would have no problem with the Miami Dolphins? They were right. The Steelers scored early and often Sunday to beat the Dolphins 30-12 before 62,726 delighted fan-sicles at the walk-in freezer labeled ...

Chiefs getting another shot at Pittsburgh

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The NFL has trimmed the playoff field to eight teams, and two of them are the Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs. They’ll meet in Kansas City this Sunday with the winner to advance to the AFC Championship game against Saturday’s Houston-New ...

Dolphins rattled by Pittsburgh’s ‘D’

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Matt Moore slowly sat up and took a moment to gather himself after a hit by Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree to the chin of the Dolphins quarterback sent Moore flying onto the frigid Heinz Field turf. Teeth? Check. Wits? Check. Any ...

GM made few mistakes in building KC

By Dave Skretta The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A year ago, in the days after the Chiefs were eliminated from the postseason by the New England Patriots, general manager John Dorsey was faced with a series of decisions that would shape whether Kansas City would be a contender the ...

Pack figures out Giants’ ‘D’

The Associated Press GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers, master of the Hail Mary pass, struck again in another big moment. Rodgers overcame a sluggish start and finished with four touchdown passes, including a momentum-swinging 42-yard heave to Randall Cobb at the end of the second quarter, ...

Plenty of rest a big deal for Penguins

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins were rested after a week off since their last game, while the Tampa Bay Lightning were playing for the third time in four days. It showed. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots in his fifth straight win, leading the Penguins to a ...

Steelers feel happy, healthy for a change

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The feeling of helplessness remains very real to Le’Veon Bell. Bell was standing on the sideline in sweatpants each of the last two Januarys, his knees in various stages of repair, the Pittsburgh Steelers trying to soldier on in the ...

NHL enforcers have faded into memory

The Associated Press TORONTO — Tie Domi is no different than any proud hockey father when it comes to worrying about his son. Having spent 16 seasons establishing a reputation for being one of the NHL’s fiercest enforcers, Domi fully appreciates the importance of protecting a ...

Steelers’ Green doubtful against Miami

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Ladarius Green sat out practice on Friday, putting his availability for Sunday’s playoff game against Miami in doubt. Game time is set for 1:05 p.m. Coach Mike Tomlin held Green out after expressing concern about ...

Numbers don’t look good for Miami

DAVIE, Fla. — Outscored. Outgained. And in the playoffs? The numbers don’t add up for the Miami Dolphins, who have overachieved to earn their first postseason berth since 2008. They have allowed 17 more points than they’ve scored, and have been outgained by 798 yards, more than all ...

Tannehill officially out

DAVIE, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins dispensed with any pretense of suspense regarding their quarterback situation. Ryan Tannehill was ruled out of Sunday’s playoff game at Pittsburgh, and backup Matt Moore will start for the fourth week in a row. The Dolphins announced the decision Thursday ...

1992-93 Penguins’ players voice admiration for streak

WASHINGTON — When Ulf Samuelsson watched the Columbus Blue Jackets pick up their 14th win in a row in Winnipeg last week, he could see the confidence oozing off their bench and out of their locker room. It felt familiar. “There’s certainly something that was going on in our locker ...

Blue Jackets’ run ends at 16 straight

WASHINGTON — John Tortorella broke from his usual routine after the Columbus Blue Jackets’ streak-breaking clunker on Thursday night. He felt he had to. Tortorella walked into the visiting locker room and told his players he was proud of them, even after the Jackets lost 5-0 to the ...

Steelers likely to face Moore, not Tannehill

DAVIE, Fla. — Ryan Tannehill stood on the practice field Wednesday wearing a cap, T-shirt and knee brace, idly spinning a ball in his hands as he watched teammate Matt Moore throw. That’s how Tannehill is preparing for the Miami Dolphins’ playoff game Sunday at Pittsburgh , where he ...

Associated Press foresees 4 competitive contests

Wild-card games can be so unpredictable because, at times, the visitors come in with a better record than the host. That’s the case in two of this weekend’s matchups, and Pro Picks sees it as a mixed bag. The Raiders (12-4), one of the AFC’s powers until, well, the past three weeks, ...