Penguins

Sullivan less than thrilled with Pens’ effort

The Associated Press SAN JOSE, Calif. — Tomas Hertl needed just three games to get his first NHL hat trick. It was more than a five-year wait for the second one, which came while he’s playing perhaps the best hockey of his career. Hertl knocked down Evgeni Malkin with his backside to ...

Penguins are hoping to start new win streak

By Dan Greenspan The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Jonathan Quick got another memento to add to the plastic tub in his attic filled with pucks commemorating important achievements. Quick stopped 38 shots to get his 301st win, leading the Kings to a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday ...

Guentzel starts trip right way

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ever since the Ducks won 4-2 in Pittsburgh on Dec. 17, the Penguins have been almost unbeatable and Anaheim hasn’t been able to win again anywhere. When the Penguins got a rematch in Orange County on Friday night, Jake Guentzel and Phil Kessel made sure both teams ...

Penguins’ win streak snapped

PITTSBURGH — Dylan Strome broke a tie 1:48 into the third period and the Chicago Blackhawks beat Pittsburgh 5-3 on Sunday night to end the Penguins’ winning streak at eight games. Strome scored seconds after a power-play expired, beating fallen goalie Casey DeSmith off a pass from Patrick ...

Pens’ win streak up to eight

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The puck fluttered into the air and Matt Cullen turned away so he wouldn’t get smacked in the face. Too bad. The Pittsburgh Penguins forward missed his fourth — and unlikeliest — goal of the season, one that helped propel Cullen’s ...

Penguins staying on a roll

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel are doing their part, continuing to pile up points for the Pittsburgh Penguins, but the team’s goaltenders might have been the headlining act in a big December. Phil Kessel had a goal and two assists, and Sidney Crosby added a goal and ...

Kessel’s 2 power-play goals propel Penguins

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins weren’t happy with their lackluster play in the first period after a three-day holiday break. Then, Phil Kessel and the power play changed everything. Kessel scored two power-play goals, Derick Brassard added two goals and the Penguins defeated the ...

Crosby, Murray spark Pens

The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — The Pittsburgh Penguins are going one way in the Eastern Conference and the Carolina Hurricanes are going the other. Sidney Crosby set up three goals and Matt Murray made 38 saves as the Penguins defeated the Hurricanes 3-0 Saturday night. Jake ...

Pens end Caps’ streak at five wins

WASHINGTON — The calendar said December. The intensity felt like late spring. The third meeting this season between longtime rivals Pittsburgh and Washington featured tight checking, strong goaltending and more than a few punches. The Penguins won 2-1 on Wednesday night, yet the Capitals ...

Pens are unable to hold lead

PITTSBURGH — The Anaheim Ducks would love to stop playing from behind. It’s just not happening. And somehow it’s not a problem, either. Particularly on the road. The Ducks spotted the Pittsburgh Penguins two first-period goals and then roared back for a 4-2 victory on Monday for their ...

Kessel OT goal lifts Pens

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray was just happy to be back on the ice after a rocky start to the season. Murray made his first start in a month and his strong play, particularly in overtime, helped the Penguins to another win. Phil Kessel scored a power-play goal at ...

Blackhawks snap steak on Penguins

CHICAGO — Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks snapped an eight-game losing streak by topping the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 on Wednesday night. Marcus Kruger, Brent Seabrook, Andreas Martinsen, Brandon Saad each had a goal and an assist for Chicago, which ...

Backup provides relief for Pens

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Casey DeSmith is providing a lift for the Pittsburgh Penguins while Matt Murray is sidelined by a lower-body injury. DeSmith made 25 saves to lead the Penguins to a 2-1 shootout win against the New York Islanders on Monday night. “He was really good all night. He was ...

Pens lose on power play

The Associated Press OTTAWA, Ontario — Ryan Dzingel scored on a power play at 1:20 of overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. The Penguins were called for too many men on the ice, setting up the winning power play. Thomas Chabot ...

Hat trick history made as Pens win

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — There isn’t a lot of finesse in Patric Hornqvist’s game. The Pittsburgh Penguins forward understands his job is to get to the places on the ice that not everyone wants to go, set up camp there and make something happen. His team in serious need of a ...

Defeat for Pens is 7th in last 10

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Dale Weise scored in the first minute of the third period and the Philadelphia Flyers held on for a 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny and Jakub Voracek also scored for the Flyers, who ...

Crosby’s natural hat trick wasted

DENVER — Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon put on a show that made Cole Harbour proud, and it was MacKinnon who walked away with bragging rights for the Nova Scotia town. MacKinnon had a goal and three assists, including one on Gabe Landeskog’s tiebreaking score midway through the third ...

Two goals in third lift Pens

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Zach Aston-Reese scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:12 remaining off a perfect pass from Phil Kessel, and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied past the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 on Tuesday night. Derek Grant’s first of the season pulled the Penguins even 5:08 into the third period. ...

Guentzel clutch for Penguins

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh forward Jake Guentzel couldn’t find the back of the net for several games during the Penguins’ recent slump. Now that the Penguins are starting to hit stride, Guentzel is starting to fill the net. Guentzel scored his ...

Crosby makes Pens fans happy with his return

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby’s been around long enough to realize the issues currently plaguing the Pittsburgh Penguins can’t be solved in one shift, one period or even one game. That sure didn’t stop the Pittsburgh captain from trying. Crosby scored a spectacular ...