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Backup goalie comes up big for Penguins

PITTSBURGH — Casey DeSmith felt the puck at his feet, looked down to confirm it was indeed the case then exhaled as his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates poured over the bench in the middle of an empty arena to congratulate their backup goaltender, the one hardly playing like a backup. Starting ...

Not much brotherly love for Pens in Philly

On the ice Saturday: Idle Next up: Pittsburgh Penguins (0-2) at Washington Capitals (2-0), Sunday, noon TV: NBC Radio: WFBG-AM 1290 & 104.5-FM The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Gritty’s hat trick was that the mascot had one at all, a comically oversized Flyers cap he flung, ...

Penguins fall to Flyers in 2021 season opener

PHILADELPHIA — Nolan Patrick missed last season with debilitating migraines and Oskar Lindblom had his shortened in his fight with a rare bone cancer. The only cheers they heard in their comeback games came in the locker room before faceoff in the form of rousing approval from the ...

NHL having a season big gamble for league

On deck Today: Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers, 5:15 p.m. TV: NBC Sports Network Radio: WFBG-AM 1290 & 104.5-FM By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press When the NHL charter flight back from the Edmonton bubble landed in New Jersey, Gary Bettman’s phone started ...

Taxi squads needed in a pandemic

On deck Tonight: Idle Next up: Pittsburgh (0-0) at Philadelphia (0-0)-, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. TV: NBC Sports Network The Associated Press The NHL is bracing for bumps as it aims to pull off a season during the pandemic and the hope is that taxi squads will help teams stay on the ...

New outdoor venue found for NHL games

The NHL played outdoors in the shadow of the Green Monster at Fenway Park, on consecutive days at Dodger Stadium and Yankee Stadium, and at Chicago’s Soldier Field. This year’s outdoor games will be in a unique, picturesque setting: along the shores of Lake Tahoe. The NHL announced ...

Pens, in the east, part of unfriendly group

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers WHEN: at Philadelphia; Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. TV: NBC Sports Network BOTTOM LINE: The Philadelphia Flyers face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at home in the season opener. ... Philadelphia went 16-4-4 in division action and 25-6-4 at home in ...

Not many key Penguins left from title regime

On the ice Season opener: The Pittsburgh Penguins will open the season one week from today, Jan. 13, at Philadelphia in a game that will begin at 5:30 p.m. The game will be televised live on the NBC Sports Network. AT&T SportsNet in Pittsburgh will broadcast 49 of the Pens’ 56 games ...

Pens sign defenseman Marino to 6-year extension

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins are betting big on defenseman John Marino. The team signed the 23-year-old Marino on Sunday to a six-year contract extension that carries an average annual value of $4.4 million. The deal caps a meteoric rise for Marino, who was acquired from Edmonton ...

Pens will play 56 games this season

The National Hockey League and players reached a tentative deal Friday to hold a 56-game season in 2021, pending the approval of each side’s executive board and Canadian health officials. The season would start Jan. 13. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the sides have an agreement, ...

AP: NHL will start mid-Jan.

The Associated Press NEW YORK —Time has all but run out on the NHL’s hope to start the season Jan. 1, with the league and NHL Players’ Association now focusing their discussions on opening play in mid-January, a person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press on Friday. A ...

Daley returns to Pittsburgh as advisor

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Trevor Daley’s steadying presence on the blue line helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017. The team hopes Daley can make the same impact in a different capacity as a hockey operations advisor. The 37-year-old Daley ...

Rodrigues returns to Pens

PITTSBURGH — Evan Rodrigues is back to where he once belonged. The Pittsburgh Penguins signed the 27-year-old forward to a one-year deal worth $700,000 on Friday, less than two months after Pittsburgh shipped him to Toronto as part of a trade that brought Kasperi Kapanen to ...

Pens give Lafferty deal for two years

From Mirror reports Hollidaysburg native Sam Lafferty impressed enough in his short time with the Pittsburgh Penguins to warrant a new deal. The team announced Thursday that they have signed the one-time Golden Tiger to a two-year contract extension. According to the Penguins’ website, ...

Pens trade Murray

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Matt Murray’s time in Pittsburgh is over. The Penguins sent the two-time Stanley Cup-winning goaltender to Ottawa on Wednesday in exchange for forward prospect Jonathan Gruden and a second-round pick in the 2020 draft. Murray became expendable when ...

Johnson’s tenure comes to an end

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Jack Johnson experiment is over in Pittsburgh. The Penguins placed the 33-year-old defenseman on waivers Monday so it can buy out the remaining three years of the deal he signed with the club in 2018. Johnson signed a five-year, $16.25 million ...

Penguins trade Hornqvist

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Patric Hornqvist’s grit helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win a pair of Stanley Cups. To keep their championship window opened, they decided it was time to move on without him. The Penguins traded the 33-year-old forward to Florida on Thursday in exchange ...

Penguins bring back one-time assistant

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Todd Reirden is back with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The team hired Reirden as an assistant coach under Mike Sullivan on Wednesday, just over a week after Reirden was fired as head coach of the Washington Capitals following a playoff loss to the New York ...

Pens star has wrist surgery

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby underwent arthroscopic wrist surgery on Monday but should be ready to go well before the start of training camp. The team announced the procedure on Tuesday. It did not specify which wrist was injured. General manager Jim Rutherford says ...

Kapanen returns to Pens

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The retooling of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ roster has begun. The team acquired forward Kasperi Kapanen from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, reuniting the 24-year-old with the team that originally drafted him with the 22nd overall ...