The fast and furious: MacKinnon has Avs buzzing in playoffs

Hockey 05/03/19, 14:17

Nathan MacKinnon received a text message from a good buddy just before the start of the playoffs. The basic point: Attack and dictate the pace. The speedy Colorado Avalanche forward has taken Sidney Crosby's advice to heart. Credit Crosby with an assist. San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones, left, covers the puck after ...

What now? Penguins face crucial offseason after flameout

Sports 04/18/19, 13:52

Jim Rutherford's question was rhetorical. The answer — whenever the architect the Pittsburgh Penguins general manager arrives at it — will determine how the franchise emerges from the rubble of a first-round playoff sweep at the hands of the New York Islanders. "Are guys too content with where they're at in ...

Islanders prove they’re for real in sweep of Penguins

Sports 04/17/19, 01:52

The expectations were modest at first. The New York Islanders simply wanted to be better than the team that allowed the most goals in the NHL in 2017-18. Tougher to play against. Smarter on both ends of the ice.Momentum built slowly. A midseason surge under new head coach Barry Trotz ...

Islanders finish off Penguins 3-1 for stunning playoff sweep

Sports 04/16/19, 21:32

The New York Islanders' turnaround season is heading to the second round of the playoffs.Jordan Eberle scored for the fourth straight game, Robin Lehner stopped 32 shots and the Islanders finished off Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins with a clinical 3-1 win in Game 4 on Tuesday night to ...

Lightning, Penguins look to avoid surprising sweeps

Sports 04/15/19, 16:54

The Tampa Bay Lightning carved out their own slice of NHL history during a dominant regular season in which they tied the league record for most victories.A fourth straight loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday, and the Lightning will have a chapter of NHL lore all to themselves. ...

Star-laden Penguins open playoffs against stingy Islanders

Hockey 04/09/19, 17:43

The Pittsburgh Penguins have the big-name players. The New York Islanders rely on their system for success.Perennial All-Stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin lead the high-scoring Penguins against Anders Lee, Mathew Barzal and the defensive-minded Islanders in the first round of the playoffs in the teams' first postseason meeting since ...

Sid for Selke? Crosby’s versatile game expanding for Pens

Sports 04/07/19, 14:22

Casey DeSmith has seen it at every stop of his hockey career. Practice comes, the focus shifts to defending and the guys paid lavishly to score goals take their foot off the gas."I've had people on every single team I've ever played on like that, obviously," the Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender ...

Strome scores in OT to lift Rangers past Penguins 4-3

Sports 04/06/19, 21:15

Ryan Strome scored 2:09 into overtime and the New York Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 Saturday night in the regular-season finale.Brendan Smith, Brady Skjei and Vladislav Namestnikov also scored for New York, long eliminated from playoff contention for the second straight year. Alexandar Georgiev stopped 36 shots while starting ...

Penguins lock up playoff berth with 4-1 win over Red Wings

Hockey 04/04/19, 20:51

The NHL's longest active playoff streak is still alive.Phil Kessell scored twice, Sidney Crosby added a goal and two assists and Matt Murray stopped 33 shots as the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched a postseason berth for the 13th straight year with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday ...

Penguins surge to 5-2 win over Rangers

Hockey 03/25/19, 20:50

Teddy Blueger scored two goals, Matt Murray made 33 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins surged to a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers on Monday night.Justin Schultz, Nick Bjugstad and Matt Cullen also scored for Pittsburgh. Phil Kessel and Marcus Pettersson each added two assists.Murray improved to 6-0-0 against ...

Crosby, Penguins beat Predators 2-1 in shootout

Hockey 03/21/19, 22:07

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 tie with the New York Islanders in the Metropolitan Division with 91 points each. Matt Murray, ...

Flyers rally late to stun Penguins 2-1 in overtime

Hockey 03/17/19, 21:56

Sean Couturier beat Matt Murray with 3 seconds remaining in overtime and the Philadelphia Flyers put together an improbable rally to edge the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Sunday night.James van Riemsdyk tied the score with 18 seconds left in regulation when Murray's glove couldn't quite reach van Riemsdyk's wrist shot ...

Kessel, Crosby help surging Penguins blank Sabres 5-0

Hockey 03/14/19, 21:29

Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist, Sidney Crosby added two assists and the surging Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-0 on Thursday night.Nick Bjugstad and Jake Guentzel each had a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh, which has won six of seven and sits third in the ...

Malkin at 1,000; a star hiding in plain sight

Sports 03/13/19, 01:53

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 quietly as part of his game-day ...

Gaudreau powers Flames past Devils 9-4

Hockey 03/12/19, 23:52

Johnny Gaudreau had three goals and three assists, and the Calgary Flames scored six times in the third period on their way to a 9-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.Derek Ryan added two goals for Calgary. Sam Bennett, Elias Lindholm, Matthew Tkachuk and Sean Monahan also ...

Malkin picks up 1,000th point, Pens rally by Caps 5-3

Sports 03/12/19, 21:01

Sidney Crosby scored twice during a furious second-period rally and Evgeni Malkin picked up two assists to reach 1,000 career points as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Washington Capitals 5-3 on Tuesday night.Crosby picked up his 32nd and 33rd goals during a three-goal outburst over a span of 1:48 as ...

Penguins continue mastery of Blue Jackets in 2-0 win

Hockey 03/07/19, 22:04

Matt Murray stopped 25 shots for his 10th career shutout and the Pittsburgh Penguins opened a pivotal home-and-home with the Columbus Blue Jackets by rolling to a 3-0 victory on Thursday night.Phil Kessel scored for the first time in 17 games for the Penguins. Nick Bjugstad collected his ninth of ...

Guentzel’s OT winner lifts Penguins over Panthers 3-2

Hockey 03/05/19, 22:12

Jake Guentzel scored on a breakaway 2:44 into overtime to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins past the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night.Guentzel took a lead pass from Sidney Crosby and slipped a backhand by Roberto Luongo for his second goal of the night and 33rd this season. Pittsburgh picked up ...

Guentzel, Crosby power Penguins past Canadiens 5-1

Hockey 03/02/19, 22:29

Jake Guentzel scored two goals and had two assists and Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.Evgeni Malkin and Jared McCann — into an empty net — also scored for Pittsburgh, and Matt ...

McCann scores twice, Penguins beat Blue Jackets 5-2

Hockey 02/26/19, 21:56

Jared McCann scored twice, Matt Murray made 21 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 on Tuesday night.Jake Guentzel, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby also scored for Pittsburgh, which snapped a two-game skid and beat its Metropolitan Division rival in a game marked by big hits ...

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