×

Penguins

Pens, NHL gets ready for reboot

The Associated Press When the Boston Bruins boarded their flight bound for Toronto, they thought of it as just another long road trip. Sure, they were spaced out and masked up on the plane, but they were en route to compete for the Stanley Cup that they fell one win short of earning last ...

Pens’ Malkin feeling much better

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Evgeni Malkin is already thinking about the future, the one where the hockey star in the family isn’t the four-time All-Star forward for the Pittsburgh Penguins but his 4-year-old son, Nikita. The younger Malkin certainly seems to be on his way. The ...

Crosby misses practice with undisclosed issue

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby did not practice on Sunday, a day after leaving a team scrimmage with an undisclosed health issue. The team captain and two-time NHL MVP scored during an organized scrimmage on Saturday. Head coach Mike Sullivan declined to offer specifics ...

Penguins playing it safe when it comes to COVID-19

The Associated Press St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington is so accustomed to wearing a mask, he didn’t mind doing so for the past four months during the coronavirus pandemic. “Sometimes, I forgot I’m wearing it while driving,” Binnington said Monday, when the Blues were among ...

NHL officially re-opens Monday

Montreal vs. Pittsburgh (BEST OF FIVE SERIES) Saturday, Aug. 1: Pittsburgh vs. Montreal, TBD Monday, Aug. 3: Pittsburgh vs. Montreal, TBD Wednesday, Aug. 5: Montreal vs. Pittsburgh, TBD x-Friday, Aug. 7: Montreal vs. Pittsburgh, TBD x-Saturday, Aug. 8: Pittsburgh vs. Montreal, ...

NHL lottery set to go

The Associated Press The once-proud Detroit Red Wings hope to win the NHL draft lottery, giving them a shot to select Canadian Alexis Lafreniere. Detroit desperately needs a boost after easily being the worst team in the league during the pandemic-shortened season that was put on ice in ...

Iginla headlines hockey hall of fame inductions

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press Jarome Iginla headlines the Hockey Hall of Fame’s six-person class of 2020 after being elected Wednesday in his first year of eligibility. Iginla will be the fourth Black player inducted after Grant Fuhr, women’s hockey pioneer Angela James ...

Pens’ Murray ready to get things started

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Matt Murray’s legacy with the Pittsburgh Penguins — such as it is at age 26 — is secure, as. That tends to happen when you have your name on the Stanley Cup. Twice. It’s the goaltender’s future, however, that is murky. Not ...

Enough MVP candidates out there

By John Wawrow The Associated Press The Edmonton Oilers’ resurgence placed Connor McDavid back in the NHL MVP conversation, along with teammate Leon Draisaitl. Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon and Boston’s David Pastrnak made their case, too, during a pandemic-shortened season. And ...

NHL hub city search continues

The Associated Press Canada has approved the NHL’s return-to-play proposal that could lead to one or more cities north of the border serving as host sites for the league’s 24-team playoff format. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Friday that the nation’s top public ...

NHL players not rushing back to rinks for work

The Associated Press John Tavares took his sticks home from the rink in Toronto to tape them up so he wouldn’t waste his limited time there. Across the border, Andrew Copp is waiting things out in the U.S. before returning to Winnipeg for the start of mandatory training camps because of ...

Guentzel can play for Pens

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jake Guentzel’s roller-coaster season is about to take another unlikely turn: postseason participant. The Penguins All-Star forward has joined a handful of teammates on the ice as part of Phase 2 of the NHL’s Return to Play program ...

Penguins player recovers from virus

The Associated Press The NHL unveiled the final details of its playoff format Thursday even as word came out that a ninth player tested positive for the coronavirus. Every playoff series will be a best-of-seven format after the initial qualifying round and teams will be reseeded throughout ...

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 ...