Penguins forward Rust, defenseman Ruhwedel out ‘longer term’
PITTSBURGH (AP) — 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...
Penguins avoid being swept by Devils, beat New Jersey 4-3
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins seem to be getting their act together for a playoff push and one clear sign of that is finally finding a way to beat the New Jersey Devils.
Guentzel, Rust each score twice, Penguins beat Senators 5-3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann will always remember their first game with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the whirlwind day surrounding their debuts.
The newly-acquired Bjugstad and McCann made it to the arena minutes before puck drop, and new teammates Bryan Rust and Jake Guentzel each scored twice to help the Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 5-3 on Friday night.
Devils pick up rare road win in 6-3 rout of sliding Penguins
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Travis Zajac had a goal and three assists, Keith Kinkaid made 37 saves and the New Jersey Devils had little trouble in a 6-3 victory over the sluggish Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night.
Rust helps Penguins top Wild 2-1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bryan Rust has no explanation for his career-best scoring run. He just wants to keep playing the same way.
Rust scored two more goals to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Thursday night.
"Sometimes that's how hockey goes," Rust said. "It just wants to make me shoot the puck more, I guess."
Henrique, Getzlaf help Ducks win again, beat Penguins 4-2
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Adam Henrique and Ryan Getzlaf each had a goal and an assist, and the Anaheim Ducks rallied past the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 on Monday night.
The Ducks won for the ninth time in 10 games despite spotting the Penguins a two-goal lead. Henrique started the comeback with a power-play goal early in the second period and Getzlaf's empty net tally in the final minute pushed Anaheim to its sixth straight road win. Ondrej Kase and Kiefer Sherwood also scored for the Ducks.
Phil Kessel scores in OT, Penguins beat Kings 4-3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray was just happy to be back on the ice after a rocky start to the season.
Murray made his first start in a month and his strong play, particularly in overtime, helped the Penguins to another win.
Phil Kessel scored a power-play goal at 3:59 of overtime to give Pittsburgh a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
Hornqvist, Kessel each score twice, Penguins beat Flames 9-1
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins scored a lot of goals in Alberta — 15 in two games, to be exact.
Patric Hornqvist and Phil Kessel each scored twice and the Penguins pounded the Calgary Flames 9-1 on Thursday night.
Sidney Crosby, Bryan Rust, Jack Johnson, Jake Guentzel and Matt Cullen also scored, and Matt Murray made 38 saves to help the Penguins improve to 5-1-2 overall and 3-0 on a four-game Canadian trip.
Penguins sign F Bryan Rust to 4-year deal
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Bryan Rust to a four-year deal that runs through the 2021-22 campaign.
The deal, announced on Tuesday, carries an average annual value of $3.5 million.
The 26-year-old Rust set career highs in both assists (25) and points (38) while playing in 69 games for the Penguins this season and added three goals in 12 playoff games.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The sight of Evgeni Malkin on the ice brought a smile to many in the Pittsburgh Penguins' locker room.
Even knowing they wouldn't have him in the lineup for Game 1 of their second-round series against the Washington Capitals on Thursday night, the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup champions could glean some optimism that the skilled Russian center won't be out long with his apparent leg injury.
1Puck luck for Penguins: The Penguins took a 3-0 first-period lead in Game 1 of their first-round playoff game against the Philadelphia Flyers, thanks to several spectacular plays.
What shouldn't be lost in the first two goals by Bryan Rust and Carl Hagelin was how the puck went the Penguins way.
Speaking of the highlight-reel goals by superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin after the Penguins' 7-0 win in their playoff opener Wednesday, Mike Sullivan put it best.
"There aren't too many guys who can make those types of plays," he said.
But, luckily for the Penguins, there also aren't too many guys who can make the kind of far-less-conspicuous and under-the-radar plays many of their other forwards did during the Game 1 rout of the Philadelphia Flyers.
The calendar reads April, the stakes are high, the opponents familiar and the animosity between them high.
In other words, about the only thing that isn't "playoffs" about Thursday's Penguins-Blue Jackets game in Columbus will be the regular-season ticket prices.
"This game is going to have big implications," Penguins wing Bryan Rust said.
"It's definitely going to be, basically, a playoff game."
Second-line right wing, first-line left wing, third-line checker, fourth-line "energy guy."
The only constant about Bryan Rust's role with the Penguins this season? He has made better players of all the centers he has flanked.
Rust was back on Sidney Crosby's wing for practice Monday, another of coach Mike Sullivan's tweaks to his forward lines. Whether that remains locked in through Tuesday's game in Brooklyn isn't certain. But the statistics suggest wherever Rust ends up, he brings value.
Rust’s OT winner gives Penguins season sweep of Flyers
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby crystallized the Pittsburgh Penguins' hot run against the Philadelphia Flyers with the kind of goal that he and few others on the planet can create.
The Pittsburgh captain then sealed his team's first season sweep of its cross-state rival in 11 years with a pass that wasn't nearly as flashy but just as effective.
The Penguins have the best third-line center in hockey.
It's not newly acquired Derick Brassard. It's Sidney Crosby.
In his effort to balance the Penguins' offense by dividing Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel among three lines, coach Mike Sullivan has, in effect, made Crosby the team's third-line center.
Crosby has spent way too much time skating with Conor Sheary and Dominik Simon lately.
Hornqvist scores 2 as Penguins beat Canadiens, 5-3
MONTREAL (AP) — It was only a matter of time before the relentless Pittsburgh Penguins pulled away from the Montreal Canadiens and held them at bay.
Patric Hornqvist's second goal of the game gave the Penguins the lead in the third period, and they went on to beat the Canadiens 5-3 Thursday night.
Pittsburgh fell behind 2-0 early before scoring tying it late in the first period, and taking the lead in the second. The Canadiens then quickly tied it again.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray is nearing a return from a concussion that's sidelined him for two weeks.
Murray faced shots Tuesday before the rest of the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions took the ice. Murray hasn't played since sustaining the concussion after taking a shot to the facemask in practice late last month.
Five games ago, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan had a thought.
Why not split up Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin, his two leading goal scorers? Put Malkin with Bryan Rust and Carl Hagelin to take advantage of the wingers' speed and see what happens.
Sullilvan's creation never looked better than it did Saturday night at PPG Paints Arena in a battle of NHL heavyweights, won by the Penguins against the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-3. The line was responsible for three goals:
Crosby scores 400th goal as Penguins beat Blues 4-1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Sidney Crosby scored twice, including his 400th career goal, and the Pittsburgh Penguins pulled away from the St. Louis Blues for a 4-1 victory on Sunday.
Bryan Rust snapped a tie with a third-period tally and Riley Sheahan also scored for the Penguins, who have won 12 of 17. Matt Murray made 33 saves.
Kyle Brodziak scored for St. Louis, which had won two in a row. Jake Allen had 19 stops.
Crosby scores 2, reaches 400 goals in Pens’ 4-1 win
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Sidney Crosby got another milestone goal on Sunday. The puck went right to his dad.
Crosby scored twice, including his 400th career goal, and the Pittsburgh Penguins pulled away from the St. Louis Blues for a 4-1 victory.
Bryan Rust snapped a tie with a third-period tally and Riley Sheahan also scored for the Penguins, who have won 12 of their past 17. Matt Murray made 33 saves.
Friday marked exactly one month that Carter Rowney had been out of game action.
"Felt like I was out for six months," the Penguins forward said Friday morning, with a relieved smile.
He didn't have to wait any longer.
Rowney was activated from injured reserve a couple hours later and was in the lineup for the Penguins' game against the rival Washington Capitals that night.
Malkin, Kessel lead Penguins to 7-4 win over Capitals
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Evgeni Malkin had two goals and two assists, Phil Kessel added two goals and an assist, and the surging Pittsburgh Penguins rolled past the Washington Capitals 7-4 on Friday night.
Bryan Rust, Carl Hagelin and Patric Hornqvist also scored for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions, who won their fourth straight to pull within four points of first-place Washington in the crowded Metropolitan Division.
Kessel, Malkin lead surging Penguins past Capitals, 7-4
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins spent the first three months of the regular season looking tired, lethargic, blah.
Then the calendar flipped to January and the urgency the Penguins lacked for long stretches as they slogged through their opening 40 games returned. So did the goals. Now they're coming bunches and so are the wins. And suddenly a legitimate shot at a three-peat doesn't seem quite so far-fetched after all.
After a three-game reprieve as a healthy scratch, Ryan Reaves is expected to return to the Penguins' lineup at a rather opportune time: for a game against the Capitals.
"A rivalry is rivalry; you hate each other," Reaves said after the morning skate in advance of Friday's 7 p.m. game against the Capitals. "You love playing against each other, but yeah there's just a lot of hate."
Penguins’ Conor Sheary ‘week to week’ with lower-body injury
CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins forward Conor Sheary is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.
Coach Mike Sullivan says Thursday that Sheary is "week to week" after getting hurt in a 5-2 win over San Jose on Tuesday.
Sheary has 12 goals and 19 assists in 52 games. Bryan Rust, who scored twice against San Jose, took Sheary's spot on the top line with Sidney Crosby and Dominik Simon during practice Thursday.
Penguins center Carter Rowney is out for "a minimum of four weeks" because of an upper-body injury and defenseman Brian Dumoulin has been diagnosed with a concussion and is "day-to-day,' coach Mike Sullivan said Thursday morning.
Rowney did not play after the first period of Tuesday night's win at Philadelphia; Dumoulin was stuck in the head by a puck off a Claude Giroux shot in the second period of that game.
Hunwick leads Penguins to overtime win against Islanders
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Penguins defenseman Matt Hunwick made a decision to gamble in overtime.
Hunwick jumped up to join the play and created an odd-man situation for Pittsburgh that led to the winning goal.
Hunwick scored 1:29 into overtime, lifting the Penguins over the New York Islanders 4-3 on Thursday night.
Sidney Crosby leads Penguins over Flyers 5-4
PITTSBURGH (AP) — PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby redirected Jake Guentzel's shot past Philadelphia's Bryan Elliott 1:48 into overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Flyers on Monday night.
The Penguins lost goaltender Matt Murray to a leg injury in the second period and trailed by two entering the third before storming back against the reeling Flyers, who have lost eight straight for their worst skid in nearly a decade.
Crosby’s OT winner lifts Penguins past Flyers; Murray hurt
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Their young franchise goaltender was in the trainer's room dealing with a lower-body injury and their struggling cross-state rivals were up two goals. That's when the Pittsburgh Penguins' erratic start briefly came into sharp focus during the second intermission on Monday night.
The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions responded with perhaps their best 22 minutes of hockey since raising the Cup in June.
Penguins’ Malkin out at least 1 game with upper-body injury
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will miss at least one game with an upper-body injury.
Coach Mike Sullivan announced the injury on Tuesday. Malkin will sit out on Wednesday night when the Penguins host Vancouver. Sullivan says Malkin will be re-evaluated on Thursday. Pittsburgh visits Boston on Friday and hosts Tampa Bay on Saturday.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final (all times local):
Six different players scored and Sidney Crosby had three assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins chased Pekka Rinne and blew out the Nashville Predators 6-0 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in the series and move one win away from a second consecutive title.
No one is totally healthy this late in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, certainly not the last two teams standing.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without forwards Bryan Rust and Patric Hornqvist and defenseman Justin Schultz for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals in Ottawa on Wednesday night.
Coach Mike Sullivan says all three have upper-body injuries and won't play against the Senators until at least Game 4.
PITTSBURGH — Seeing a top-line forward and your most indispensable defenseman walking slowly down the tunnel and out of sight during a game would be startling if the Pittsburgh Penguins haven’t grown so used to it.
At least Bryan Rust and Justin Schultz felt well enough yesterday to join the team as the defending Stanley Cup champions hopped a plane and headed to Ottawa for Games 3 and 4 of their Eastern Conference final tied at 1-1.
Seeing a top-line forward and your most indispensable defenseman walking slowly down the tunnel and out of sight during a game would be startling if the Pittsburgh Penguins haven't grown so used to it.
At least Bryan Rust and Justin Schultz felt well enough on Tuesday to join the rest of the team as the defending Stanley Cup champions hopped a plane and headed to Ottawa for Games 3 and 4 of their Eastern Conference final tied at 1-1.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury thanked his stick and flashed a smile so wide it could be seen through his mask.
This was vintage Fleury, and he has the Pittsburgh Penguins one step closer to another Stanley Cup.
Fleury stopped all 29 shots in a turn-back-the-clock performance to shut out the Washington Capitals 2-0 in Game 7 on Wednesday night, sending Pittsburgh to the Eastern Conference finals to face the Ottawa Senators.