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Pens part of 24-team playoff

By Stephen Whyno The Assoociated Press The NHL’s regular season is over and the chase for the Stanley Cup is on if hockey returns this summer. The league settled on a 24-team postseason format earlier this week that Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano supported back in March as the ...

Pens must move on without Bjugstad

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins will head into whatever becomes of the NHL postseason without forward Nick Bjugstad. The team announced Wednesday that Bjugstad underwent spinal surgery to repair a herniated disk. General manager Jim Rutherford said the surgery was necessary after ...

NHL will monitor potential hub cities

The Associated Press Concerns about Canadian coronavirus restrictions could push hockey south of the 49th parallel into the U.S. this summer. Seven of the 10 locations the NHL has zeroed in on to hold playoff games if it resumes are American cities not restricted by Canada’s 14-day ...

NHL moves ahead with 24-team format

The Associated Press The NHL will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams instead of 16 — if it is able to resume play. The decision, announced Tuedsay by Commissioner Gary Bettman, is no guarantee that games are coming back. The NHL and the ...

Penguins’ Simon not returning this season

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins forward Dominik Simon is out six to seven months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Simon initially hurt the shoulder in a loss to the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 29 and underwent surgery on April 29. ...

Ex-NHL enforcer fights virus

A couple of weeks ago, former Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins tough guy Georges Laraque was running five or six days a week as he trained for a marathon. Now, the former NHL enforcer’s biggest challenge is trying to breathe clearly as he fights COVID-19 from a hospital in ...

Bettman: NHL may not get to finish its regular season

The Associated Press For the first time since halting play four weeks ago, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman raised the possibility Tuesday of not completing the regular season in order to squeeze in time to award the Stanley Cup. Bettman also acknowledged during an interview with NBCSN the ...

League working on playoff possibilities

The Associated Press Shorts and skates don’t usually mix. Maintaining NHL-quality ice in August or holding a Stanley Cup Final in September? Those are far from the norm, too. With the NHL playoffs, which were to begin Wednesday, on indefinite hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, ...

Crosby, McDavid favorites again in NHLPA annual poll

The Associated Press Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid is still regarded as the NHL’s top forward, while peers consider Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby the game’s most complete player. When it comes to game-day dress code, hockey players overwhelming favor relaxing the rule requiring ...

Injured Penguin on schedule for possible return to ice

When it all stopped When the NHL shut down because of the coronavirus outbreak, the Pittsburgh Penguins were 40-23-6 in the Metropolitan Division, good for third place behind the Philadelphia Flyers (41-21-7) and the Washington Capitals (41-20-8). The Associated Press PITTSBURGH ...

NHL operations put on hold

The Associated Press The NHL has placed its season on ice — for now. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday the league will “pause” its season, effective immediately, because of the coronavirus pandemic. The move came one day after the NBA suspended its season after a player ...

Cup shot means more to vets

PITTSBURGH — The evidence of Patrick Marleau’s near miss is everywhere. In the rafters at PPG Paints Arena. In the lobby on the way to the Pittsburgh Penguins dressing room, where a replica of the Stanley Cup the franchise won in 2016 at the expense of Marleau and the San Jose Sharks sits. ...

Malkin lifts slumping Pens

NEWARK, N.J. — Evgeni Malkin scored two goals and set up another to lead the slumping Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night. Evan Rodrigues and defensemen Justin Schultz and Kris Letang also scored as the Penguins won for only the third time in 11 ...

Home invasion: Penguins drop second straight at PPG Paints Arena

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Morgan Geekie didn’t have time to think. On Saturday he was in the minors. By Sunday afternoon the newest Carolina Hurricanes forward found himself thrust in the middle of the playoff race. The 21-year-old rookie hardly looked ...

Pens slow start costly against Caps

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The playoffs are still a month away. It just feels like they’ve already started for the Washington Capitals. Dominant at the start and disciplined at the finish, the Capitals pushed the Pittsburgh Penguins around 5-2 on Saturday to give ...

NHL game will feature all-female crew today

By Joe Reedy The Associated Press Kaitlin Urka’s goal of having an all-female crew work an NHL game will become a reality today. The St. Louis Blues-Chicago Blackhawks telecast on NBCSN will be the first time a pro hockey game is led solely by women in the United States. It also ...

Hornqvist helps get Penguins another ‘W’

On the ice Tonight: Idle Next up: Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins, Saturday, 1 p.m. TV: AT&T SportsNet By John Wawrow The Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — Patric Hornqvist scored twice in leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-2 win over Buffalo on Thursday ...

Crosby gets 800th; Penguins snap skid

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby’s march to 800 career assists slowed to a crawl in recent weeks. So did his team’s momentum after a stirring — if brief — sprint to the top of the Metropolitan Division. So forgive the Penguins captain if he was more relieved than elated after reaching the ...

Steel City native hurts Penguins

On the ice Saturday night: The Pittsburgh Penguins trailed the San Jose Sharks, 1-0, in the 2nd period at press time. Tonight: Idle Next up: Ottawa Senators at Pittsburgh Penguins, Tuesday, 7 p.m. TV: AT&T Sports Net By Joe Reedy The Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. — John ...

Pens mired in losing streak

On the ice Pittsburgh Penguins (37-19-6, second in the Metropolitan Division) at Anaheim Ducks (25-30-8, sixth in the Pacific Division) When: Tonight, 10 p.m. TV: AT&T SportsNet BOTTOM LINE: Pittsburgh aims to break its four-game losing streak when the Penguins take on Anaheim. ... ...