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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 ...

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 ...