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What to do down 2?

The Associated Press UNIONDALE, N.Y. — After falling behind in the second period, the New York Islanders didn’t get discouraged. They maintained their focus, tied it minutes later and then pulled away in the third period. Jordan Eberle and Josh Bailey scored less than four minutes apart ...

Bucs win on Moran homer

On deck Today: Pittsburgh at Washington, 4:05 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Chris Archer (1-0) vs. Nationals RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-1) TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Colin Moran had a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the 10th inning and the Pittsburgh ...

Musgrove outing is wasted

The Associated Press CHICAGO — Jose Quintana struck out 11 in seven innings of four-hit ball and the Chicago Cubs blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Thursday night. Daniel Descalso and Victor Caratini each had two hits and an RBI in a game that was delayed 69 minutes by rain before the ...

Pens-Isles capsule

Pittsburgh at N.Y. Islanders: Pittsburgh Penguins (44-26-12, third in the Metropolitan Division during the regular season) vs. New York Islanders (48-27-7, second in the Metropolitan Division during the regular season) WHERE: Uniondale, New York; tonight, 7:30 p.m. EASTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ...

Penguins beaten in overtime in playoff opener

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Josh Bailey scored on a rebound at 4:39 of overtime and the New York Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, on Wednesday night in the opener of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. Jordan Eberle had a goal and an assist, and Brock Nelson and Nick ...

Lyles gives Bucs a lift

CHICAGO — Jordan Lyles struck out 10 in crisp six innings to tie a career high, Francisco Cervelli and Starling Marte homered off Yu Darvish, and the Pittsburgh Pirates topped the Chicago Cubs, 5-2, on Wednesday night. Lyles (1-0) allowed three hits and was sharp again in his second start, ...

Penguin stars set to challenge Isles’ system

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. — The Pittsburgh Penguins have the big-name players. The New York Islanders rely on their system for success. Perennial All-Stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin lead the high-scoring Penguins against Anders Lee, Mathew Barzal and the defensive-minded Islanders in the ...

Steelers’ preseason is set

The Pittsburgh Steelers team will open the preseason with back-to-back home games, and then close out the preseason with two games on the road, including a nationally televised game against the Tennessee Titans. The Steelers kick off the preseason at Heinz Field in a Week 1 matchup against ...

Archer, Puig suspended

NEW YORK — Pittsburgh pitcher Chris Archer was suspended for five games, Cincinnati outfielder Yasiel Puig for two and Reds manager David Bell for one on Tuesday for their parts in a bench-clearing fracas last weekend at PNC Park. The commissioner’s office said Archer has appealed his ...

Cubs’ bullpen gets well with Pirates in town

By Jay Cohen The Associated Press CHICAGO — First, Brad Brach escaped a tough situation. Then Brandon Kintzler, Randy Rosario and Pedro Strop finished the job. Chicago’s beleaguered bullpen stepped up after Jon Lester departed with left hamstring tightness, leading the Cubs over the ...

Penguins getting healthy at the right time

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan spent a significant portion of his team’s choppy season in search of healthy bodies. Ten players — including stars Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang and goaltender Matt Murray — missed at least 10 games, a spate of injuries the Penguins ...

Crosby can compete defensively just as well

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Casey DeSmith has seen it at every stop of his hockey career. Practice comes, the focus shifts to defending and the guys paid lavishly to score goals take their foot off the gas. “I’ve had people on every single team I’ve ever ...

Bucs send Reds packing after four-game sweep

By Alan Saunders The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Yasiel Puig looked eager to take a big swing. And not with a bat, either. An enraged Puig barreled into a bunch of Pirates during a bench-clearing fracas Sunday, and was among five ejections in Pittsburgh’s 7-5 victory over the ...

Newman delivers victory for Bucs

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Kevin Newman put the ball in the left-center gap — the most spacious place in PNC Park — and Francisco Cervelli turned on the jets. Newman lined a double in the 10th inning and Cervelli scored from first base, diving home with the game-ending run to ...

Pens fail to get needed point at home

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ryan Strome scored 2:09 into overtime and the New York Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 Saturday night in the regular-season finale. Brendan Smith, Brady Skjei and Vladislav Namestnikov also scored for New York, long eliminated from ...

Lyles, Bucco bullpen combine on shutout

PITTSBURGH — Jordan Lyles became the latest Pittsburgh starter to open the season with a stellar effort. Lyles threw five effective innings in his Pirates debut, a 2-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night. Lyles, who played for San Diego and Milwaukee last year, allowed three ...

Bullpen continues to falter

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mike Shildt would prefer to not have his team consistently find itself in a spot where it’s forced to rally. At the moment, though, the St. Louis Cardinals manager isn’t arguing with the results. At least when the Cardinals are facing Pittsburgh’s ...

Detroit keeps Penguins from clinching

By Paul Harris The Associated Press DETROIT — The Pittsburgh Penguins came up empty when they tried to clinch a playoff spot on Tuesday night. Tyler Bertuzzi led the way for the Detroit Red Wings once again. Bertuzzi had two goals and an assist, and Detroit beat Pittsburgh 4-1 for its ...

Bell is hoping power returns

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell didn’t read the criticism from an anonymous scout in a national magazine last month, the one that labeled the Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman as a player with “five o’clock power,” someone who could put on a show during ...

Sloppy start at home

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Down four on the road late against a team feeding off the adrenaline of its home opener, the St. Louis Cardinals waited patiently for the buzz to wear off. When it did, they pounced. Kolten Wong hit a two-run homer to provide St. Louis ...