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Penguins

Surging Pens close in on top spot

NEW YORK — The surging Pittsburgh Penguins are closing in on the top spot in their division. Teddy Blueger scored twice, Matt Murray made 33 saves and the Penguins rallied from an early two-goal deficit for a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Monday night. “I thought we didn’t ...

McCann scores twice for Pens victory

DALLAS — Jared McCann scored twice, including the go-ahead goal on a spinning short-handed play in the third period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Saturday night. McCann has 11 goals in 26 games since coming over in a trade with Florida, and now leads the Penguins ...

Penguins pick up victory in shootout

By Chip Cirillo The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Sidney Crosby’s goal in the shootout gave Pittsburgh a 2-1 victory over Nashville on Thursday night, ending the Penguins’ three-game losing streak. Bryan Rust scored in regulation for the Penguins, who moved into a second-place ...

Pens drop playoff-like game

By Joedy McCreary The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins traded hits — and, occasionally, goals — during an intense game with a decided playoff feel. Because the Hurricanes found a way to rally for a victory, they moved closer to finally ...

Flyers rally to stun Pens

PITTSBURGH — Clock ticking down on both the game and in some ways their season, the Philadelphia Flyers summoned some more late magic to stun the Pittsburgh Penguins yet again. James van Riemsdyk scored with 18 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Sean Couturier finished off a ...

Mirror columnist dies at 64

From Mirror reports John Mehno, who has covered Pittsburgh sports for the Mirror for more than 35 years, has passed away. He was 64. “All of us who worked with John loved his witty, informative and entertaining style,” Mirror Managing Editor Neil Rudel said. “His columns and his ...

Peaking Penguins pummel Sabres

By Mark Ludwiczak The Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — With Sidney Crosby at the very top of his game, the Pittsburgh Penguins are peaking at the right time. Crosby contributed two assists and Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist to lead the Penguins to a 5-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres ...

Malkin is a star hiding in plain sight

PITTSBURGH — The cameras crowd around Sidney Crosby’s stall, parting only to let the Pittsburgh Penguins captain slip through and tug on a baseball cap before the lights flip on, the microphones close in and the questions come. Fifteen feet away, Evgeni Malkin goes about his business ...

Pens’ Malkin has historic night

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Evgeni Malkin isn’t one for nerves. And yet they came anyway as the weeks crept by and the Pittsburgh Penguins star inched closer to 1,000 career points. A pep talk from coach Mike Sullivan helped. So did the return to form of one of the NHL’s most ...

Trip to Pittsburgh cools off the Bruins

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — For the first time in nearly two months, the Boston Bruins ran out of time. It tends to happen when the Bruins play in Pittsburgh, no matter how hot they are. Jared McCann scored twice, Matt Murray finished with 39 saves and the Penguins ...

Atkinson scores twice in win over Penguins

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus’ Boone Jenner was sent to the penalty box for slashing just 20 seconds into Saturday night’s game, giving Pittsburgh an early power-play chance and sucking some of the energy out of a sold-out Nationwide Arena. But the Blue Jackets killed the penalty, and ...

Pens having their own ‘Groundhog Day’ with Columbus

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mike Sullivan isn’t looking for an explanation. The Pittsburgh Penguins coach isn’t sure there is one that can adequately describe why his team dominates the Columbus Blue Jackets. “All I can tell you is, every game we play them is a hard-fought ...

The Pens can win, but will they win?

PITTSBURGH — It looks like the Penguins are going down to the wire, which is not what management had in mind. They’re in a fight for a playoff spot, but they can take an important stride this week with back-to-back games against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Penguins seem to have the ...

Special night ends with special victory

On the ice Tonight: Idle Next up: Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins, Thursday, 7 p.m. TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The night began with a tribute to Matt Cullen’s longevity. It ended with another sparkling play that highlighted Pittsburgh ...

Pens fall in overtime

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Conor Sheary and the Buffalo Sabres aren’t ready to be counted out of the Eastern Conference playoff race just yet. With Buffalo in jeopardy of fading further down the standings, Sheary assisted on Brandon Montour’s tying goal with 2:32 left in regulation and scored his ...

Penguins’ injuries piling up

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The injuries keep piling up for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who hope the arrival of defenseman Erik Gudbranson will help them deal with the loss of forward Bryan Rust and defenseman Chad Ruhwedel, both of whom are out indefinitely after getting hurt in a ...

Penguins blow lead at Lincoln Financial

PHILADELPHIA — Claude Giroux scored 1:59 into overtime and the Philadelphia Flyers scored three straight goals in the rain to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, on a soggy Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field. The Flyers and Penguins took one of the NHL’s more heated rivalries ...

Penguins outscore Rangers

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins survived a four-minute penalty kill and went on the hunt against the New York Rangers. Kris Letang scored his second of the game and Evgeni Malkin scored twice in a span of six minutes, helping the Penguins beat the Rangers 6-5 on Sunday. Defensemen ...

Pens collapse in 2nd period

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — A big second period ended up being just enough for the Calgary Flames. Michael Frolik had the first of four second-period goals for Calgary, and the Flames held on to snap a season-long four-game skid with a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on ...

Murray clutch in goal for Penguins

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The NHL’s most electric playmaker swooping in on him and his team’s one-goal lead very much in doubt, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray did something that’s kind of tough when Edmonton’s Connor McDavid has the puck dangling ...