Letang, Penguins rally past Stars 4-2 for 5th straight win
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins spent the offseason talking about the need to build a new identity, one predicated less on flash and more on fundamentals. The early returns are...
Crosby, short-handed Penguins beat winless Wild 7-4
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Just four games into the season, injuries have decimated the top lines for the Pittsburgh Penguins as Evgeni Malkin, Nick Bjugstad, Alex Galchenyuk and Bryan Rust have all...
Penguins centers Malkin, Bjugstad out with injuries
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad will be out indefinitely with injuries.
Coach Mike Sullivan said Monday that Malkin's lower-body injury will...
Crosby leaves preseason finale with apparent foot injury
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby left the Pittsburgh Penguins' preseason finale against Buffalo in the first period Saturday after taking a shot off his skate.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins are holding on to defenseman Chad Ruhwedel.
The Penguins re-signed Ruhwedel to a two-year deal on Thursday that carries an average value of $700,000...
Penguins nearly at full strength as Islanders loom
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan spent a significant portion of his team's choppy season in search of healthy bodies. Ten players — including stars Evgeni Malkin and Kris...
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...
McCann scores twice, Penguins beat Blue Jackets 5-2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After the Columbus Blue Jackets beefed up their roster at the NHL trade deadline for a Metropolitan Division playoff run, the injury-plagued Pittsburgh Penguins came to town...
Penguins add defensemen Wideman, Gudbranson at deadline
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins gave their beat-up blue line a needed shot of depth on Monday, acquiring Chris Wideman from Florida and Erik Gudbranson from Vancouver.
Malkin, Letang each score twice, Penguins beat Rangers 6-5
PITTSBURGH (AP) — 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 Marcus Pettersson and Brian Dumoulin also scored for the Penguins (31-21-7), who leapfrogged the Carolina Hurricanes for the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot.
Murray makes 50 saves, Penguins beat Flyers 4-1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Matt Murray made 50 saves and Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.
Jake Guentzel and Nick Bjugstad also scored and Kris Letang had an empty-netter for the Penguins, who snapped a four-game losing streak while winning for just the fourth time in the last 12. Pittsburgh entered holding the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Murray, Crosby lead Penguins past Flyers 4-1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Matt Murray guzzled a sports drink through part of his postgame interview. It's not surprising the Pittsburgh Penguins goalie needed to rehydrate after such an intense outing.
Murray made a career-high 50 saves and Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist to lead the Penguins to a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.
"When you're out there, you don't really think about that," Murray said of the shot total. "You just do what you can to try to stop the puck."
Letang, Penguins jump out early, top Lightning 4-2
PITTSBURGH (AP) — After a baffling loss to a last-place team and with a visit from the NHL's best club looming, the Pittsburgh Penguins called a players-only meeting on Tuesday in an effort to clear the air.
"We needed an answer," defenseman Kris Letang said.
Matt Murray makes 28 saves, Penguins rout Rangers 7-2
NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Murray stopped 28 shots to keep up his strong play since returning from an injury, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 7-2 on Wednesday night for their season-high seventh straight victory.
Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jake Guentzel, Kris Letang and Dominik Simon each had a goal and an assist. Zach Aston-Reese and Tanner Pearson also scored to help the Penguins win for the ninth time in 10 games. Patric Hornqvist had two assists.
Murray helps Penguins beat Rangers 7-2 for 7th straight win
NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Murray doesn't think he's made any big changes since coming back from an injury last month. He's just focusing on details and helping the Pittsburgh Penguins pile up wins.
Murray stopped 28 shots to keep up his strong play since his return, and the Penguins beat the New York Rangers 7-2 Wednesday night for their season-high seventh straight victory.
Crosby’s 4 points lead streaking Penguins past Blues 6-1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Murray returned to the lineup Dec. 15, rejuvenated after missing 13 games with a lower-body injury.
What a spark he's provided for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Murray made 30 saves and Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists to lead the surging Penguins past the St. Louis Blues 6-1 on Saturday night.
"I'm just trying to get better as I go here," Murray said. "I think everything is going in the right direction and I just need to stay focused on what's important."
Crosby, Murray lead Penguins to a 3-0 win at Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins are going one way in the Eastern Conference and the Carolina Hurricanes are going the other.
Sidney Crosby set up three goals and Matt Murray made 38 saves as the Penguins defeated the Hurricanes 3-0 Saturday night.
Jake Guentzel scored twice and Kris Letang added a goal for the Penguins, who won for the fifth time in six games. It was Murray's second shutout in 14 starts this season.
Penguins’ Letang avoids major injury, could play vs Ducks
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang took part in a morning skate Monday and it will be decided at game time if he plays against the Anaheim Ducks.
Letang appeared to injure his left leg after colliding with Boston forward Joakim Nordstrom during the third period of Pittsburgh's 4-3 overtime victory Friday. He sat out a victory against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday but appeared to be fine Monday.
DeSmith shines with 48 saves as Penguins slip by Bruins 5-3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Casey DeSmith is not the highest-paid or most accomplished goaltender on the Penguins. Yet he's playing like it, a development that's helped Pittsburgh keep its season from unraveling.
The backup thrust into a starting role while two-time Stanley Cup winner Matt Murray recovers from a lower-body injury and shaky play stopped a career-high 48 shots as Pittsburgh fended off a third-period Boston rally to slip by the Bruins 5-3 on Friday night.
Kessel, Letang score twice, lead Pens past Islanders
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A renewed commitment to defense has the Pittsburgh Penguins back on track after a bumpy November.
The Penguins' dynamic offense appears to have found its stride, too.
Kris Letang and Phil Kessel each scored twice, and the Penguins beat the New York Islanders 6-2 on Thursday night.
"Obviously, this year hasn't started off the best for us, but we're right in it," Kessel said. "There's a lot of hockey to play and we just gotta keep improving and getting better."
Malkin scores twice, Penguins beat Maple Leafs 3-0
TORONTO (AP) — Matt Murray and the Pittsburgh Penguins slowed down Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Murray made 38 saves for his first shutout of the season and Pittsburgh snapped Toronto's winning streak at five games with a stifling 3-0 victory Thursday night.
Kris Letang lifts Penguins past Capitals, 7-6 in OT
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins gained a measure of revenge against a rival that ended their season last spring.
Kris Letang scored his second goal 1:20 into overtime and the Penguins opened theseason with a 7-6 victory over the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals on Thursday night.
"I think we wanted to respond to last season," Letang said. "I don't think it mattered if it was (Washington) or another team."
Cullen powers Penguins past Blue Jackets
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Cullen scored two goals and had an assist to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 7-3 preseason win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.
Zach Trotman, Garrett Wilson, Adam Johnson, Juuso Riikola and Kris Letang also scored for Pittsburgh. Fourteen Penguins players recorded at least one point, led by Cullen and Zach Aston-Reese (three assists) who had three points each.
Matt Murray stopped 30 shots while playing the entire game in goal for the Penguins.
Capitals beat Penguins in OT to advance to conference finals
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Evgeny Kuznetsov's breakway goal 5:27 into overtime gave the Washington Capitals a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 on Monday night, and a berth in the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in 20 years.
Kuznetsov took a lead pass from Alexander Ovechkin and tucked the puck by Matt Murray to end Pittsburgh's two-year reign as Stanley Cup champions and propel the Capitals into the NHL's final four for just the third time in franchise history.
Crosby, Penguins keep 3rd straight championship in sight
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sidney Crosby tormented the Flyers just as he has from the start of his NHL career. Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin were clutch when needed in pivotal games. And Matt Murray? Oh, just two shutouts and the type of outings that show more zeros on the board are possible in the second round — and maybe, beyond.
But with the game on the line and facing a Game 7 on home ice where they already lost twice, the Pittsburgh Penguins turned to a blossoming postseason star to lead the way.
Kevin Gorman: Where Penguins’ stars shine, Flyers’ go silent
PHILADELPHIA — What a star-studded score sheet for Game 4 of this Stanley Cup first-round playoff series.
The Penguins featured four of the top 10 playoff scorers in franchise history, with goals by Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel and Kris Letang in succession.
The only thing missing from the score sheet in the 5-0 victory Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center was, well, the Flyers.
Where the Penguins' shooting stars have been shining, the Flyers' top players have been all but invisible.
Penguins blank Flyers in Game 4, take 3-1 series lead
PHILADELPHIA —– For 15 years, it was the last place in the world the Penguins wanted to be.
This season, it's a city they brotherly love.
Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang turned in record-setting performances as the Penguins routed the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-0, in Game 4 of a first-round playoff series Wednesday night.
The Penguins lead the series 3-1 and can close it out Friday night at home.
Crosby helps Penguins beat Flyers 5-0 for 3-1 series lead
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sidney Crosby scored his fifth goal of the series and became the Pittsburgh Penguins' career postseason points leader in a 5-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.
The Penguins lead the first-round playoff series 3-1 as its shifts to Pittsburgh for Game 5.
Penguins’ Kris Letang misses practice but is expected to play in Game 3 against Flyers
Kris Letang did not practice Saturday afternoon in Cranberry, but he remains on track to play in Game 3 of a first-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday afternoon.
Coach Mike Sullivan said Letang had the day off for maintenance and that the 30-year-old defenseman would make the trip to Philadelphia for the game.
Tim Benz: Penguins could do no wrong in Game 1 blowout win
If the Penguins get to where they want to go, they are going to need 15 more playoff victories.
It's probable none of them will be as easy as Wednesday night.
Sure, the Penguins dismantled the Flyers, 7-0, in the 2018 Stanley Cup playoff opener at PPG Paints Arena.
Previous history tells us, though, the rest of the playoffs likely will be filled with nothing but nail-biting, gut-wrenching emotional swings.
Derick Brassard among those not present at optional Penguins’ morning skate
Derick Brassard did not participate in the morning skate Wednesday in advance of the playoff opener against the Philadelphia Flyers, but that is not necessarily an indication the Penguins forward's return from a lower-body injury was derailed.
Kevin Gorman: Penguins 3-peat chances ride on Kris Letang’s play
A year ago, the Penguins had to answer an alarming question about Kris Letang: Could they win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships without their best defenseman?
Now, after doing just that, they won't bother answering one that's absurd.
The newest narrative is about whether the Penguins can win a third consecutive Cup with Letang in the lineup, given his glaring gaffes this season.
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan put that notion to rest after the season finale Friday night at PPG Paints Arena.
In working back from neck surgery, Penguins’ Kris Letang earns Masterton nomination
Kris Letang still sports the scar. Every time he looks in the mirror, it's a reminder of the neck surgery he underwent late last spring.
Being prevented from playing hockey as a result of that surgery? It's the mental scarring that has endured just as long.
"I love hockey. That's the main thing. I just love to be out there," Letang said Monday after practice. "I'm just glad I'm playing hockey again."
The All-Star defenseman has been playing it just about as much as he ever has, too.
Crosby scores in OT to lift Pens past Devils 4-3
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Sidney Crosby batted his own rebound out of the air and into the net 19 seconds into overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Devils 4-3 on Thursday night, denying New Jersey a sweep of the four-game season series.
Crosby bats in OT goal, Penguins beat Devils 4-3
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — On the opening day of the baseball season, Sidney Crosby swung and connected for the Pittsburgh Penguins, preventing the New Jersey Devils from sweeping their four-game season series with the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion.
Glendening scores twice to lift Red Wings over Penguins 5-2
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings are a team in transition, and that was evident Tuesday night.
Veteran defenseman Niklas Kronwall scored a goal for his 400th point, while rookie defenseman Joe Hicketts, playing his second NHL game, grabbed a pair of assists for his first career points as the Red Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2.
"It's neat for sure," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. "It's good. I thought a number of our young players played well."
Mark Madden: Fitting Penguins’ pieces together after Derick Brassard trade
Last year, Kris Letang missed the playoffs. No problem.
This year, Ian Cole got traded. Big problem.
Such panicky sentiment got batted about by the hoi polloi in the wake of three consecutive Penguins losses that saw 17 goals surrendered. Buyer's remorse pervades discussion of the trade that fetched Derick Brassard from Ottawa but sacrificed Cole's penalty-killing and shot-blocking, qualities that have marked him as a bottom-pair defenseman, yes, but one that can't possibly be replaced.
Goal by Penguins’ Zach Aston-Reese changed to Kris Letang
Rookie winger Zach Aston-Reese went to bed Thursday night with three career NHL goals. He woke up Friday with two.
A video review at NHL headquarters Friday morning showed the winning goal in Thursday's 3-1 Penguins victory over Los Angeles did not hit Aston-Reese's skate on its way to the back of the net. The goal was credited to Kris Letang instead.
Aston-Reese said he was fine with the scoring change and insisted he wasn't just saying that as a show of rookie humility.
Penguins beat Kings 3-1 for 10th straight home win
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Zach Aston-Reese broke a third-period tie with a power-play goal and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Thursday night for their 10th straight home victory.
Two nights after scoring his first two NHL goals, Aston-Reese gave the Penguins the lead at 5:24 of the period. Kris Letang's point shot through traffic clipped Aston-Reese's skate and went between goalie Jonathan Quick's pads.
Aston-Reese lifts Pens past Kings for 10th home win a row
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins' rookie forward Zach Aston-Reese didn't know he scored the eventual game-winning goal until he was on the bench.
Aston-Reese broke a third-period tie with a power-play goal and the Penguins beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Thursday night for their 10th straight home victory.
Washington’s Oshie fined for cross-checking Letang
Washington winger T.J. Oshie was fined but not suspended for a cross-check to the neck of Penguins defenseman Kris Letang on Friday night.
Oshie was fined $5,000 by the NHL's department of player safety, the most allowed by the collective bargaining agreement.
Capitals’ Oshie fined $5,000 for cross-check to Letang
NEW YORK (AP) — Washington forward T.J. Oshie has been fined $5,000 for cross-checking Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang in the neck.
The NHL announced the fine Saturday.
The scuffle along the boards occurred at 19:40 of the second period in the Penguins' 7-4 win Friday night. Oshie was assessed a minor penalty.